Sunday, September 26, 2010

Best of 2010 (so far): Movies

We're well past the half way mark of 2010, yet the best of film (or at least what the studios hope to be the best, aka Oscar bait) is still to come. So, what better time than now to look back on the year that already was. Below are my picks for the best, worse, and undecided movies of the year. Obviously this is all based on what I've seen (and not just my conjecture that a certain movie must be crap), so please fill in what I've missed! Better yet, let me know where I'm wrong.

In no particular order:


* Devil

* Inception- One of my picks for best movie of the year

* Kick-Ass- I'm not sure how I missed reviewing this movie. Oh yea, I saw it on vacation. The point is, if you haven't seen it yet, "What are you waiting for?!". Heck, my Mom liked this movie and that's saying a lot. Regardless of how you feel about superhero movies or comics, "Kick Ass" will blow your expectations out of the water. It's a film about growing up, standing up, and yea; kicking ass.

* Never Let Me Go- Another pick for movie of the year

* Iron Man 2- I don't think I really need to say anything about this one but I will. Dear Hollywood: This is how you make a blockbuster. See also: anything by Christopher Nolan. That is all.

* Shutter Island- People either loved or hated this movie as I've come to find out. I loved it. Sure, I figured out the twist before the half way mark but I didn't care. The relationship between Scorsese and DeCaprio is one that I hope continues for a long time. They really pull the best work from each other. Strong supporting characters (I heart you Mark Ruffalo and am confused why you are playing The Hulk; but then I was surprised when Edward Norton did it and it turned out alright so lets just see) propel this movie from good to great.

* The Switch

* Repo Men

* The Runaways- I just watched this finally and really liked it. The director doesn't shy away from the controversal nature of the band (drug abuse, promiscuity, homosexuality) and it's nice to see Kristen Stewart use her awkwardness for good rather than evil (see: "Twilight"). She really is a revelation here; reminding us that she has some talent just chooses not to use it. Dakota Fanning (most believable in age to the real Cherie Curry) also does well as the real star of the movie. A must for fans of 70s rock, female singers, and biopics.

* The Extra Man

* Spice

* 44 Inch Chest

* Chloe

* The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

* Ondine


* Robin Hood

* Date Night

* The Last Airbender (see: Predators for review)

* Predators

* Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief (see: Girl w/Dragon Tattoo)

* The Crazies

* The Wolfman

* Daybreakers

* Leap Year (see: Splice)

* When in Rome- I will only admit to watching this because I love Kristen Bell. My biggest fear is that she will follow in the footsteps of an Aniston or Lopez and fizzle out in mediocre chick-flick dribble. Instead, she should look to the careers of Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock for how to model a comedic career. In conclusion, this movie sucks.


* The Last Exorcism (see: Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo)

* EclipseI just don't care enough to even write reviews of the Twilight movies. If you're a girl, you've seen them. If you a guy, you've probably been dragged to one. They're fluff in the purest sense of the word and don't even have the decency to make me giggle. That being said, I will be forced to see the other two because I read all the books during a what-can-I-read-in-a-day-oh-I-know-young-adult-books kick. Damn you glittery vampires! 

* Hot Tub Time Machine (see: Date Night)

* Valentine's Day (see: Predators)


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