2010 was a bittersweet year in the world of Canadian cinema and Canuck movie stars. We gained a world-class cinema shrine in the form of the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, but we lost our favourite funnyman, Leslie Nielsen.

Canadian cinema's roller-coaster year could perhaps best be personified by Canadian superhunk Ryan Reynolds, who had quite the 2010. He was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, only to have his marriage to Scarlett Johansson fall apart almost immediately afterwards. Poor, heartbroken 'Green Lantern' (not to be confused with 'The Green Hornet,' played by fellow Canadian Seth Rogen). But we can't feel too sorry for him -- his newly acquired Sexiest Man credentials will no doubt help him in the romance department.

As the year draws to a close, it's that time again. Yes, recap time. Without further ado, here's a rundown of the most notable highs and lows in 2010 for Hollywood North.

February: 'Defendor' makes duct tape cool again
Woody Harrelson's charming portrayal of a well-intentioned superhero wannabe made this flick one of the year's best Canadian movies.


March 10: Canada's favourite Corey, Corey Haim, dies
The Canadian half of the two Coreys became an 80s teen idol after starring with Corey Feldman in 'The Lost Boys.' He was just 38 when he died in Burbank, California.

March: 'Chloe' sexes up Toronto
Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson portrayed a very sexy Toronto. It featured everything from a steamy rendezvous at Café Diplomatico to blowjobs in Allan Gardens to forbidden encounters in Yorkville. Oh, Toronto!


April: 'Gunless' shows us another side of Paul Gross
Who knew the world's friendly Mountie could be so bad-ass? This highly anticipated comedy/western proved that Paul Gross can definitely pull off playing a sexy rebel. Goodbye, goody goody!

June: 'Splice' shocks audiences
This sci-fi-horror starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody featured some shocking scenes that got audiences talking. Haven't seen it? Don't worry, I won't give it away. Let's just say that Brody's character engages in some ethically questionable behaviour with his lab project. Bad scientist!


August: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' stays true to Toronto
Tired of seeing Vancouver dressed up as Seattle, the Alberta Rockies being played off as Montana and Toronto subbing for New York and Chicago? Then 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' is a movie for you. The flick, based on the graphic novels set in Toronto, stayed true to the city. It was filmed here and, even though it was technically a U.S. production, the filmmakers kept the book's Toronto base instead of trying to Hollywoodize it by moving it to, say, New York.


October: Sarah Polley finally gets a star on Canada's Walk of Fame
Why is Canada's sweetheart only getting her star now? Why!?

September: The TIFF LightBox opens in the nick of time
Quite frankly, I didn't think the construction would be done in time for this year's film fest. I was happy to be proven wrong. Toronto now has a shrine to the silver screen, where cinephiles can see both new releases and classics on the big screen all year round.

September: 'FUBAR II' doesn't disappoint
The original 'FUBAR' made me proud to be from Calgary. The highly anticipated sequel lived up to the incredibly high expectations everyone had for it -- Deaner and Terry didn't let us down. Bonus points for being set in Fort Mac.


October: 'Score: A Hockey Musical' opens to mixed reviews
'Score' may have netted the coveted opening night spot at TIFF, but when it opened in wide release just a month later it garnered mixed reviews from critics. While The Globe and Mail loved it, CBC said the "corny" flick belonged in the penalty box. Ouch!


November: 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' surpasses 'Porky's' as the highest grossing Canadian movie of all time
After 28 long years, our all-time highest grossing movie is no longer a cheesy teenage sex romp. Thank you, Milla!


November: Ryan Reynolds is declared People's Sexiest Man Alive
Further evidence that Canadians are hot: Toronto boy Drake is also featured prominently on the list. Oh yeah.

November 28: Everybody's favourite funnyman, Leslie Nielsen, dies
Even though he was 84 years old, the loveable comedian's death still came as a surprise. After all, he still looked as spry and snowy-haired as ever. Nielsen was best known for his roles in 'Airplane,' 'The Naked Gun' and 'Police Squad.'

December 6: Mark Dailey, master of the movie summary, dies
The Citytv announcer's silky smooth voice will definitely be missed. Canadians have grown to love and rely on his ability to summarize a movie in less than 30 seconds. He was just 57.

December: 'Barney's Version' honours Mordecai Richler classic on the big screen
It's pretty cool seeing so many big stars in something so Canadian, including Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and, of course, Canadian superhunk Scott Speedman. Canucks will appreciate the running dig at the Canadian television show that's little more than a glorified tax shelter (starring Paul Gross!).