2010 was actualy a damned good year in movies. I really cant think of too many films I out and out hated... Maybe I was more discriminating in what films I went to, or maybe I was too forigiving of the turkeys. I also noticed a theme from this year being campy, indulgent-but-fun ensamble caper action explosion summer movies. At any rate...
Film of the Year
Christopher Nolan yet again delivers. But more than that, this film is going to have some more deeper meanings for me. I was watching this movie the night Lesa was murdered. And what with this film dealing with feelings of loss, memory, regret, acceptance, moving on with life, etc., in some ways, it feels apropriate.
The King's Speech
Less as story about speech therepy and stuttering problems, and more a character story of George VI, a shy timid person as a result of a strict victorian upbringing, who is forced into a position of greatness, and how he rises to the challenge, and conquors his own doubts by leanring to trust others. Great performances, and great direction.
Sex. Violence. Revenge. Comedy. What more could you want in a film? Ok, believable characters, good story, good acting, and good direction. Just straight up fun with enough intellegence and character to prevent it from being over-the-top lowbrow. One of those rare book-to-movie productions that actualy is an improvement on the source material.
Scorsese scores again, this time venturing into the genre of mindfuck-thrillers, and comes out on top... Pity this film was delayed until after oscar season...
A great, moody noir type film, with a surprisingly good performance out of Ben Afleck (who normaly I cant stand), and the now-late, great Pete Postelwaith delevers a memorable final performance.
Toy Story 3
Yes. I fought back a few tears at this one,I admit. Pixar delivers again, sentimental, without being sappy or sugary.
How much testosterone can you cram into one movie? Honestly, I wasnt expecting too much out of this one, just a film that blows-up real good. But I was shocked and surprised to find myself enjoying this one so much. Yes, its a unpretentious shallow guy movie, with chicks, tough yet sensitive guys, brotherhood, and 'splosions and fightin'. But it all comes together so well with this one, I cant help but enjoy it.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Not perfect, but pretty damned good, this one has to be Oliver Stone's best film since Any Given Sunday. Its a pleasure to see him return to form after such disasters as Alexander and World Trade Center. Yes, its a prodigal return, but Stone pulls it off without it feeling forced, and oddly enough, this one is just as timely and relevant as the original 80s version. Yes, the ending is a little, well, against character for several of the cast, but even still, makes for a good ending.
Up in the Air
Great little film about the lack of job and emotional security of life.
Another rock and roll rise and fall to/from fame. But Floria Sigismondi makes it hers.
The A Team
Another summer action-ensamble 'splosion film. But still fun and enjoyable as far as shallow caper films go.
Secret of Kels
One of the best animated films this year. And it wasnt even CGI or 3-D or any of that garbage. Just great, classic 2-D hand animation, in the same vein as Gendy Tartakofski. Fun, and well animated.
The intellegent version of Get him to the Greek, with actual intelegent humour and character. I was surprised to find myself liking this one.
I didnt read the books, but I could still sence the voice and style of Warren Ellis, with their quirkey characters, clever dialouge, and a stately english woman, with a big gun.
Never saw the original, but with a film like this, why would I want to? A straight-up, well done western, with another amazing performance from Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin
Dark, moody noir film. Depressing, yet fullfilling at the same time.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt.1
Its all almost over now. While several complained about the lingering scenes between the actions on the run, I myself enjoyed them, and felt they added to the quality of the film.
Ramona and Beezus
Given how much I enjoyed the books as a kid, I made it a point to indulge in this one. And was pleased with the results. One of the better family films, Ive seen... something for the whole family, without dumbing things down, or white-washing the serious content. Much like the books I remember.
Still processing this one, but I enjoyed what I saw. Heh heh heh...
Whats this? A turkey in the top rated section? Honestly, I got exactly what I expected- a short and simple time waster... an old west version of Constantine. I find it more humourous that everyone who hated this film talk as if they expected great things out of this. Its not like its Superman level property, right? I certainly wasnt expecting the Dark Knight, but I am glad that it wasnt Daredevil, either.
Mexican shaft. Yes, I disagreed with alot of the pro-immigration sentiment. But honestly? This isnt a film meant to be taken seriously. Its just fun, silly, violent, self-indulgent mexploitation.
Seeing this film after returning from New York made it all the more enjoyable. Yes, it stretches credibility very far, but honestly, that was part of the charm of the film.
a good, intellegent teen movie... although the plot did hit a little too close to home for me at times...
I was surprised to see an intellegent and well done CGI movie that WASNT produced by Pixar.
Youth in Revolt
Oh, Michael Cera, you'll be playing a 18 year old until youre 30.
The Social Network
I was hesitant about seeing this one. And one thing that bugs me about writing fictional stories about real life characters, is the question of why they dont just go all out and create fictional characters to go with their fictional story? But it was a good citizen kane-type story, with a good performance from the lead starring as Micheal Cera as Mike Zuckerburg.
a fine documentary about ocean life. Not bad.
a little different take on Robin Hood... I give it credit for creativity, but I still like the BBC series better.
Guy gets his hand trapped under a rock for 128 hours. Sounds boring, right? Well, Danny Boyle takes would could be a boring topic, and turns it into a surreal sturggle against self for survival.
Another film about a washed up has been trying to get back up again. Not bad, but doesnt reinvent the wheel either.
A Solitary Man
Well directed and acted. Made me really feel for the characters loss, despite my own heterosexist tendencies.
Clash of the Titans
Despite its hastely cobbled together forced edits made to meet the studio's 3D quota demand, I found it enjoyable enough
Iron Man 2
I dunno.... the 1st one was a masterpiece... this one, while not bad, wasnt as good either.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Tom Waits is the devil again. A fine film, with great effects... but I just couldnt connect with it.
a good music video. And while visualy stunning, the plot is about as deep and branched as you'd expect out of the Disney sludgefactory.
The Last Air-Bender
Yes, everyone hated this film. And while the child-lead actor was terrible, I didnt think this film was THAT bad. Then again, Ive never watched the cartoon, so I wouldnt know.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Alice in Wonderland
I thought it was an interesting and differnt take on the mythos. And while the Mad Hatter just wasnt right, I LOVED the two queens.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio
Very disappointed with this one. This film seems to be an apology for the dated sexism and chauvinism of the 1st one... and instead of embracing what makes both so absurd and halarious in practice, it mostly critisizes and finger-wags it away. Not to say that it didnt have its moments, of course...
Not really bad for a documentary about how different cultures raise thier babies... but gets a little boring after a while, not to mention the babies getting a little on the irritating side what with the crying and all...
Legend of the Guardians
Visualy impressive, and very shallow. Just like all the other Zach Snyder films.
The Other Guys
Yes, it had its jokes. But a little Will Farrel can go a looooong way. And I just dont like Will Farrel all that much. Really, it could have helped by knowing when to say when, and maybe organizing the plot a little better. And what the fuck was up with the bail-out lecture at the end? what the hell did that have to with anything in the movie?
Get Him to the Greek
mindless fart-jokes, sophomore gross-out "humour", and unlikable characters forced to look "pretiously deep"- Typical Apatow film. It had its moments, Ill give it that... but its just not my thing. Russel Brand is more annoying than funny, really. And how many fat, 20-something spaced-out-looking jewfro-wearing men do we need in film?
and worst film of the year goes to:
I expected better things out of this. And I can tell they do the best they can with what they have. But the special effects are very lacking... direction suffered from too many cuts and poor timing, and the Wolfman looks less scary and more like a cuddly teddy bear. Not impressed.