For Your Viewing Pleasure: 2010

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A ton of movies I've came across that will (ideally) be released in 2010

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Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak 2009,  Unrated)
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak
This was far better than I have would have expected, ever would have guessed, ever would have imagined. Perhaps part of what makes it great is that this comes from the some of the most intersting people of our time. Spike Jonze helms the piece, Catherine Keener makes a brief appearance, Karen O. and Carter Burwell contribute music: in other words, it features the crew from the Wild Things movie. To top it off, Maurice himself is fasinating. By the end of the film, I really felt like I understood. Plus, everything is coming from his own mouth. Unlike other pieces like this, other people are not talking about Sendak, like a eulogy. He speaks for himself. It's a celebration of his life and a celebration of life in general. I'll admit it, I was sobbing by the end, and probably not for entirely justifiable reasons. But, damn, it's beautiful. This grumpy cynic expands upon what made his life worth living and it is not his career or events that are remembered, but the people. What Sendak remembers are cherishes are his friends, his siblings, his lover, his pet. Life itself is not such a grand treat, but it's the people in our lives, the people we care about, the people that influence us, that make it worth living.
Alice in Wonderland 2010,  PG)
Leap Year 2010,  PG)
Leap Year
What? Why so many "Not Interested"s? I'll admit, Leap Year is not the most brilliant thing I have ever seen, but it certainly is not bad. As far as movies of its genre goes I would even say that it is much above average. Its incredibly predictable, but it does not try to hide the fact. It succeeds in being light, charming entertainmentl; So, the fact that is has a poor plot does not seem that terrible. This is a cute and bubbly movie from start to finish, and who could possibly do that better than Amy Adams. In many ways, I would give her the credit for saving the movie. It generally seems like the herione of these types of movies is some kind of a haggard bitch. Well, Adams is not. She is certainly a bit of a self-centered ditz at times, but she is very, very sweet and lovable. Like I said, this is her perfect role. While Leap Year contains hardly any of the elements I would generally look for in a movie, it is light hearthearted and uplifting entertainment. I cannot say that it is great, because it really isn't, but at the same time I am glad to have watched it.
Kick-Ass 2010,  R)
If there were ever a movie that exists soley to prove that the majority is generally wrong, that film would be Kick-Ass. In a nutshell, I simply did not like this movie. Then again, until I started hearing and seeing wonderful things about it, I did not have any desire to see it. It's a bit of a kick in the guts - or in this case, ass - to discover I'm not imune to cultural influence....

The foremost problem with this movie is that I cannot figure out why it was made. There is not any kind of a message or purpose, which is perfectly fine; but neither is there any other noticable goals or purpose. It is crass enough that I do not think it was made exclusively to sell tickets. It seems like that is something that could backfire easily. It doesn't set out to create something new or unique. Unlike The Dark Knight, which defied the boundaries of the genre carrying all the trappings of a top notch thriller; or Watchmen which is entirely singular, dystopian masterpiece, Kick-Ass adds nothing to the realm of superhero movies, or movies in general. The movie is just generic and really a bit on the boring side.

"Kick-Ass" continually states that he is an ordinary guy. If that is case, I"m sort of concerned for average people. To top it off, his narration made me want to close my eyes and scream! Most of the other teen character seem like they are around eleven or twelve. Being generous. The production is just ... tacky. I imagine this was on purpose, but it is still an eye and ear sore. The soundtrack is rather irritating and it just does not blend with the dialog and other sound editing at all. There is not any real kind of style or artistic form, but at the same time the film is not really realistic.

I really, really loath the fact that the film is so consciously "edgy." Everybody cusses like sailors and some gore was thrown in. This is essentially Spiderman raised to a R rating. There is not any heavy thematic material or clever humor or anything else you would think to accociate with a provocative comedy. It obviously intended to be touch in cheek and satirical, but it really does not come out that way. It must be a nightmare for filmmakers to decide what current elements to include in their films. Here we have myspace and youtube, and these superheros pwn; the problem being that, with the exception of Youtube, none of things are really current anymore. Nobody uses myspace, and I haven't heard anyone use the term "pwn" for quite some time now.

Oh god, I"m rambling and complaining so much. There are plenty of people who have and will enjoy this movie. Read their reviews! there really is not reason for all for all this negative bigotry. I can pull out all of these problems from Matthew Vaughn's film, but it's like I've ever created anything better, created anything at all. Overall, I just thought the film was predictable, irritating, and poorly done. It just does not seem like Kick-Ass set out to accomplish much, and it did even meet those goals.

One final note: Chloe Moretz is INCREDIBLE! She was one of the only high points to the film; but I've also always had a soft spot in my heart for 11 year old sadists.
Rabbit Hole 2010,  PG-13)
Rabbit Hole
I love opening scenes. They set the stage for the film and Rabbit Hole shows right from the start that it is something special. We never have this big reveal scene. 'Well, you see our son died. So, we're sad.' Any other film would open with a montage of the parent's favorite memories or the accident itself. Here the film just starts and it is what it is. Anything that's happened is revealed piece by piece and it's mostly up to the viewer to connect and interpret things as they will; everything is simply implied. All of these implications of what 'might be', what the possible motive and feelings behind every word and action are, is what makes the film so intoxicating. Even once the film is over, there are some things that just are left unanswered; the question that needs to be asked is 'do any of them really matter?' These are truly great characters and their lives move on before and after the runtime of the film. We simply see a small slice of their world as everything starts to boil over. Plus the screenplay is really sharp and dryly funny, yet still completely human and heartbreaking. It's not so much that if you person A you would respond this way, or if you person type B, you'd respond like this. These are individuals and they cope is the way that they need to cope; they're people not some kind of archetype of a grieving couple. The thing is, this way it's actually rather moving and convincing.
Gnomeo and Juliet 2011,  G)
Gulliver's Travels 2010,  PG)
Blue Valentine 2010,  R)
Blue Valentine
Dean and Cindy have a, shall we say, 'interesting' relationship, but what I'm really the most curious about is Derek Cianfrance's background. The dynamics and dysfunctions of the characters is so spot-on to reality that you almost wonder if this is in some way autobiographical or if he is just that perceptive. Could be writers as well. Regardless, someone involved is a genuis with an incredible understanding of human relations. Probably the single strongest thing about the film is that we see the awkward and misunderstood moments, the moments when you cannot communicate and every action is misconstrued. We see Cindy grow and mature as Dean settles. It's not to say that either situation is 'better', but neither is the same person as when they took their vows.Someone once told me that 'in forty years sex just isn't an issue and what you need is someone to talk to' Best advice I've ever recieved and, really, it seems to apply here.
Buried 2010,  R)
This reminded me a lot of 127 Hours and really there are only two reasons that I would consider the latter better: Optimism > Pessimism and James Franco > Ryan Reynolds. The reason I bring that up is that when is comes to sheer intensity and that 'Oh hell, can you imagine that!' feeling Buried is so much more successful. I actually held things together pretty well until about half-way through the film. Then came the snake. For most of my life, Riki Tiki Tavi was the most horrifying story I knew off, so now imagining the idea of being buried alive in a coffin with a snake, none the less, may habe taken it's place. The editing and such is really well done. And probably the thing that surprised me the most is that the whole thing does LITERALLY take place within the coffin. It's absolutely brilliant conceptually, but I hadn't expected it. The ending's great too, really, all around everything is. It's an incredibly tense and exciting film; one for the ages and something that shouldn't be missed.
Cop Out 2010,  R)
The Spy Next Door 2010,  PG)
The Resident 2012,  R)
Last Night 2011,  R)
The Extra Man 2010,  R)
Jack Goes Boating 2010,  R)
Jack Goes Boating
I had almost passed Jack Goes Boating over but that would have been a huge mistake for it is so completely wonderful. It's a sad/funny/sweet/tragic/optimistic/thoughtful musing on love and humanity and the hope for a better tomorrow. You can tell the film is based on a play, but the screenplay and dialog is amazing all the same. The base material itself is wonderful, but I also really liked the visual style and music. Most of the locations are pretty washed out, but then you get these occasional bursts of color. It's all really realistic, but filmed in such a way that you realize the beauty that can actually be found in everyday, utilitarian locations. As for the music, Fleet Foxes has to be one of the most horribly underheard bands around; so the prominent use of 'Oliver James' and 'White Winter Hymnal' really added to my appreciation towards the film. It something we've seen many times, but I never get tired of seeing those we tag as 'dysfunctional' or 'weird' find themselves in a better place than those who are perfectly 'normal'.
Marmaduke 2010,  PG)
Remember Me 2010,  PG-13)
Remember Me
Remember Me is by no means a groundbreaking or incredibly original film, but at the same time, I do not think that I have ever seen anything quite like it. It has all the trappings that seem to be essential to any film aimed at teenagers/college students, whether that film be drama, fantasy, comedy, etc. We have obnoxious friends, incredibly adorable (or hideous) siblings, and most important, the promise of true love. Kristen Stewart has shown time and again that she really is a great actress despite the 'Twilight' backround, but I cannot say the same for Mr. Pattison. He likably enough, but Tyler is only a bit more human than Edward. I'm still not totally sure there is blood rushing through his veins. What sets Remember Me apart is that it is darker, more complex, maybe not "better" but much more compelling. There has been a decent amount of discussion about the ending, and personally, I have to agree with the majority that it, well, isn't the best. Besides, it's sort of obvious that it is coming. Let's see what big event comes to mind ten years after the Autumn of 1991? The only thing I really didn't like about the film as a whole is that there just is not anything that special about it. Some stuff took me by surprise and was better than I expected. I liked the visual style of the way it was filmed a lot. There is a lot of drama, but I didn't really follow or care about any of it. Still, I enjoyed it a lot while watching it. Still, while it's worth watching you do not miss anything by skipping it.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2010,  PG)
Clash of the Titans 2010,  PG-13)
Clash of the Titans
I have never really been all that fond of Greek mythology. The gods seen to be a pretty petty and vindictive bunch and then there is also the matter that most of the stories originate from the gods having fantastic, unprotected sex with mortals. Thank god HIV was not an issue then. So, I guess with that in mind, maybe Clash of the Titans is really a great movie if this is the type of thing you like. In the beginning I truly did not think that the film was going to be that bad, but as it goes on it just keeps getting stupider and stupider. Unlike Alice, Perseus has not mastered the art of getting Curiouser and Curiouser. A lot of people have bashed the effects. I'm not totally sure why; they seemed pretty decent. Really, they were one of the stronger parts of the film. The very best point would, of course, be Ralph Fiennes' eyes. I?m not going to mince words, the Titans are pretty awful. I'm not totally sure I would have sat through it had I not been extremely tired and also incredibly jacked up on caffeine while watching it.
London Boulevard 2011,  R)
J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) 2009,  Unrated)
Leaves of Grass 2010,  R)
The Tree of Life 2011,  PG-13)
The Tree of Life
On most levels, this is an absolute masterpiece. The only problem is that one major flaw transcends everything that the film does so masterfully. There is a huge emotional disconnect between these characters and the viewer. They are all realistic enough, I'm pretty sure my own father stole some of Mr. O'Brien's curt phrases, but quite honestly I didn't give a damn about what happened to them. Despite the fact that they are "real" people, they way their story is told almost feels like a scientific study. I just do not see what we're supposed to take from this as a viewer. It's all over the place. The creation segment is hands down the highlight of the film. First, it's visually intoxicating and gorgeous. Second, it's one of the only times the film seems to reach it the lofty, philosophic heights it strives for. Why do have accidental deaths? How can such things happen? To explain this, Malick calls back to the very creation of the universe. History is an interconnected cycle. The past influences the present. The impressionistic scenes are brilliant, the literal one's, not quite so much. Overall, the film's okay, good even, just kind of disappointing for me.
The Way Back 2011,  PG-13)
The Way Back
I'm not totally sure why The Way Back has recieved nothing by way of publicity or promotion or anything else. Although there is that lone Oscar nom. Still, it seems like kind of a high-brow work to go completely unnoticed. I mean, it opened against yet another rom-com about empty sex! It's a very epicy epic and if that's your thing, it's bound to be a masterpiece. I actually liked it more than I would have expected - although it seemed a bit too long. The title itself is kind of ambiguous - at least I think so. Most of the characters are fleeing their homelands, not going home. Still, that really doesn't matter much. I really like Jim Sturgess and I think this has taken him to new heights as an actor. Really, everyone's great. Saoirse Ronan and Ed Harris' characters are really weak, but their acting itself is fine. Idk, it's a good solid film. I really do not have any complaints other than those that it does drag a but. However, the film is good and well and it's a bit of a disgrace that hardly anyone will probably end up viewing it.
Frozen 2010,  R)
It's funny that everyone is comparing this film to Open Water. I haven't seen Open Water, but I remember seeing the posters when the film was first released and they scared the hell out of me. That really doesn't have anything at all to do with Frozen, but I thought I'd throw it out there. The film is flawed, there's no way around it, but there is also no denying that this is gripping stuff. It's the type of thing where your stomach clenches and you momentarily stop breathing. One of my big complaints, though, is that it appears throughout most of the film that it is headed one direction and then does something completely different towards the end. In the right situation, this could be a good thing, but here the actual conclusion isn't nearly as interesting as the conclusion that seemed to be coming. What's the phrase about the gun in the first act again? Anyway, I think it's worth watching. It's a horror movie and is truly terrifying at times. What more do you need really?
The Crazies 2010,  R)
Robin Hood 2010,  PG-13)
I Love You Phillip Morris 2010,  R)
I Love You Phillip Morris
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I ever would have expected. It looked so cheesy and stupid, but it actually ended up being really entertaining. The style and tone reminded me a lot of Big Fish - the color scheme, big goofy atmosphere, the music to some degree, and perhaps most importantly, the fairly unbelievable nature of the whole thing. In a way I'm really surprised that the release way so potched. Overall, it seems really accessable. It's light and entertaining, and besides the fact that it's about gay lovers, it seems pretty safe and non-offensive. I mean, it certainly isn't that profound or a film to herald through the ages, but it does it's thing and works rather well.
The Book of Eli 2010,  R)
Date Night 2010,  PG-13)
Salt 2010,  PG-13)
Ramona and Beezus 2010,  G)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2010,  PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
I very rarely cry during films. I am moved by many, but I almost never actually shed tears. Well, here I choked up within the first five minutes. The scene is one created for the film, the material was in the book, but not explicitly. It does not really seem like a spoiler when it's the opening scene. Hermione erasing her parents memory and we see all traces of her existence removed from their life. It is such a beautiful, emotionally resonant scene. And it's just the beginning. David Yates brings possibly the strongest Potter film yet. This is the first time one of the films has felt like the director really GOT the material. He never forgets just what it is that he is dealing with. This is far more than just a film. So many of us have literally grown up with Harry Potter. Rowling's work has struck a chord with so many people. And now it's ending. I know it's pathetic and dorky, but I sort of feel like you would expect to feel once someone close to you had died. But that's sort of the way this is, Harry Potter was one of the only reasonable constant, stable things in the world and it's almost finished. It was one thing when the books ended, at least there were still some films to be made; but now there will not be anything else and that is absolutely devastating. I think everyone involved in the film and everyone at Warner Brother realized this. I'm probably being naive in saying this, but I do not think this film was all about the money. It's too risky. It is not comfortable nor will it feel familiar for the average moviegoer. This film was made for the fans, the beginning of the final trip down the Hogwarts express, the last glimpse beyond our muggle world. One of Lupin's few lines in the film is that 'Harry's our last hope', the thing is that Harry was also the last offering of genius popular cinema has to offer.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010,  PG-13)
Tangled 2010,  PG)
Toy Story 3 2010,  G)
Toy Story 3
I was really hesitant to watch of review this movie. I know that whatever I write will sound jaded and condescending, but the thing is I've never really been in love with Pixar and have never cared for either of the other Toy Story films at all. Wall-E was pure genius and I liked Finding Nemo a lot; but none of Pixar's other endeavors have impressed me that much. There were two things that really threw this film over the edge for me. First would be all of the shallow, hokey sentiment. Second, would be the humor. I realize the film was supposed to be clever and oh-so-funny, but everything is either disgustingly cliched and stereotyped, mildly crass, or just inane. Nothing felt particularly original either. Personally, this felt like a re-envisioning of the second one. There's certainly more to say, but none of it is particularly enlightening. In short I just didn't like the film. That's okay. Lots of other people loved it. That's okay too. So, why DID I watch it to being with? Other people were and I didn't have anything better to do; or rather I had a lot of things that I SHOULD have been doing but just didn't WANT to do. That's pretty much where this stops. Personally, I think the film sucked, but, still, it was just decent enough that I didn't go do something else.
Crazy on the Outside 2010,  PG-13)
The Tooth Fairy 2010,  PG)
Green Zone 2010,  R)
Howl 2010,  R)
44 Inch Chest 2010,  R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010,  R)
Knight & Day 2010,  PG-13)
The Bounty Hunter 2010,  PG-13)
Priest 2011,  PG-13)
Brave 2012,  PG)
Fish Tank 2010,  Unrated)
Fish Tank
Oh. My. God. Fish Tank was a complete shot in the dark, but it is hands down one of the best films I've seen in quite a while. People say it is not original, which could quite possibly be true. Even so, it still has the ability to captivate and surprise. There were many things I didn't expect and other things that I would have expected that didn't happen. One of the strongest things about the film is that Mia and Connor are very likable characters, but they just keep doing things that you wish they would not. It is really effective filmmaking when you wish they could be swayed, that something else would have happened. Those are the moments when a film has broken beyond the screen and became something more. I really liked the tone, it's sort of subdued and downbeat, but at the same time really vivid and urgent. Fish Tank is the type of film that draws people to the art house. It's about absolutely nothing, yet about everything. It's a slice of an individual's life, but these are decisions we all face. It strives for realism and also contains magic. In other words, it's like seeing the world through the eyes of a gifted artist.
Beastly 2011,  PG-13)
Youth in Revolt 2010,  R)
The Rum Diary 2011,  R)
Babies 2010,  PG)
The main thing that strikes me about Babies is how real everything was. Never before has a documentary seemed this real. Perhaps is due to the experience of being around children, but I've never experienced that nostalgic 'oh yeah, that's how it is' sort of feeling during a documentary. Many a conservative parent would take my head for saying this, but the closest thing to compare this to is one of those Nova or Nature programs on public television (the undertone there being that children and animals are not so very different) Babies is much more innovated and vivid, but the general concept is the same. Another thing I absolutely loved is that there is not any dialog or voice-over. Things like Planet Earth have the potential to be absolutely amazing and then there is always obnoxious narration. I do not care about the details! Nor do I want to learn anything! I just want to watch frogs mate! - alright, scratch that last bit. Anyway, the point being, Babies does not need any dialog because there is nothing to communicate. The film appeals to our very humanity and that is done so much better with imagery than with words. So, why isn't there a higher rating? Honestly, after the first 20 minutes it's boring as hell. Towards the end I realized that I was watching as much for the cats as the babies. So much for sentiment. Still, it really is a good, well-done film and these babies are some of the most charming and well-mannered that you are ever likely to come across.
Death at a Funeral 2010,  R)
Iron Man 2 2010,  PG-13)
Nowhere Boy 2010,  R)
Nowhere Boy
I hadn't really expected much from "Nowhere Boy" seeing as the release had been moved around so much and there really hadn't been much hype. Biopics are also very hit-or-miss to me and for whatever reason this just didn't seem like it would be that interesting. However, on all accounts, these would be misperceptions. Granted, the film doesn't scream 'The BEATLES', for that look to Across the Universe, but it does give us an intimate and incredibly affecting look into John Lennon's early years. There are quite a few light and coy moments, but most of the material is incredibly tragic and sad. Even a lot of the lighter moments are tinged with a kind of melancholy and awkwardness. Lennon came from troubled, at times dysfunctional roots. Perhaps those are the very things that allowed him to become the musician we revere today.
High School 2012,  R)
Dear John 2010,  PG-13)
From Paris with Love 2010,  R)
How to Train Your Dragon 2010,  PG)
The Last Song 2010,  PG)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010,  PG-13)
Brooklyn's Finest 2010,  R)
Little Fockers 2010,  PG-13)
The Last Station 2010,  R)
The Last Station
Damn, I loved this movie. It's at once bubbly and intoxicating, but at the same time incredibly heartbreaking. It's not a real movie. at all. But, neither does it try to be. The characters and situations are all the more beloved because we cannot totally believe them, totally relate to or understand the circumstance. The characters are drawn in absolutes, but never really feel flat. They are all fasinating, most are even easy enough to love, but they are not complex in a human sense. They all at once completely focused, but at the same time they have the complexity needed to be confincing and understood. The acting is obviously great. Everyone has already mentioned that fact, but really. Everyone is fantastic. I've always liked James McAvoy, but this is the first time his acting itself has really stood out as being incredible. The Last Station is a relentlessly optimistic film, and the characters are as well. Which one obvious exception, these are all "nicer" people than the average person. It is even varied types of selflessness that pit them against one other. Everyone feels they know what it best for everyone else, essentially causing all the strife in the film. Love can take many forms, but who is to say which is the best? We see family love, romantic love, pacifism, etc, each takes a different flavor, but each is based on one thing: Love. And what is the antidote to this tragedy? Rules, boundaries, legalism. As Mash says to Valentin "You forgot the rules and remembered love." It is true sincerity that matters, the actions are irrelevant. Love might cause one to give everything to better society or it might cause one to gather up a great inheritance. Neither action is better or worse than the other on it's own. We do not cherish and love people because of what they did FOR us, but because of what drove them to those actions.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010,  Unrated)
Wonderful World 2010,  R)
Let Me In 2010,  R)
Legion 2010,  R)
Celine: Through The Eyes Of The World 2010,  Unrated)
To Save a Life 2010,  PG-13)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010,  PG-13)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Maybe I'm just a cynic at heart but my gut feeling from watching the trailers of Scott Pilgrim was that overall the movie would be rather stupid. When crammed into two minutes, the various exes, and even the plot, is just so obnoxious. That being said, this most got to be one of the most entertaining and fun movies I have seen in a long time. It is definitely flawed, even heavily so, but the things it does accomplish are done so incredibly well. It's just so ingenious, so creative and ironic. I personally was stimulated in the same way you would expect to be in the aftermath of a concert or spending the day in an art museum or park: whatever your scene is. Everything just seems better and different afterwards. Obvious there is a big difference between an Art Institute and Scott Pilgrim, but the general feeling is the similar, the mental stimulation is the same. Things like movies and art affect us all in subtle ways. They help us define what we think, influence our emotions. With that in mind, Scott Pilgrim is in his own rather shallow and rather pretentious way, something special and even the slightest bit profound.
Hesher 2011,  R)
Case 39 2010,  R)
Due Date 2010,  R)
The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) 2010,  G)
Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience 2010,  Unrated)
Dread 2009,  R)
The Ghost Writer 2010,  PG-13)
The Ghost Writer
I was incredibly surprised at how good The Ghost Writer was. It almost makes one wonder if we are in the process of seeing a bit of a turnaround in the style of the typical thriller. What this reminds me of more than anything is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; the story itself, the characters, and the way the plot presents and carries itself out, struck me as being similar. It makes me wonder if the sensation 'the girl' has started is going to spread out into the style of other films. If The Ghost Writer is any indication, this wouldn?t be a bad thing at all. I also really, really liked the visual look of the film. It's really stylish and the palette is pretty extreme, and even the cinematography and such is pretty artistic. The dialog and general tone is also great. It's not really comic, but it certainly is not entirely serious. It is almost playful, not what you would expect at all. Then again, neither is anything else in the film, and that is mostly why I liked it so much.
North Face (Nordwand) 2010,  Unrated)
Takers 2010,  PG-13)
Carmel 2010,  Unrated)
Unthinkable 2014,  R)
Zookeeper 2011,  PG)
Cat Tale 2010,  Unrated)
Saint John of Las Vegas 2010,  R)
Letters To God 2010,  PG)
Jonah Hex 2010,  PG-13)
The Expendables 2010,  R)
Easy A 2010,  PG-13)
Easy A
First off, I think that the trailers and marketing for this film are kind of misleading. There really isn't any one thing to point to, but the Easy A advertised was not really the film that I watched. The way I understood the story from the trailer differed from the "official" description, which in turn differed from the actual film. Regardless, I think the movie was the best of the three. Emma Stone is absolutely amazing. Had the role of Olive been in the hands of any other actress, the film would not have been nearly as good. She truly makes the movie. She's clever and sarcastic, but at the same time, like Ellen Page's Juno, she is really a pathetic, sensitive character. You cannot help but like her and sympathize with her problems. A lot of the other characters are weak, and that is being generous. Most of them are really a bit extreme and clichéd. My only other complaint would be that I sort of wished Cam Gigandet had more screen time. After Olive - and her mom! - he was hands down the most interesting character. The film is not particularly objective at all. I truly loved Easy A, but it is not a masterpiece in any way. It provides laughs and is uplifting, clever and charming, but there really isn't any meat to it, nor is it remotely provocative or dense. Call it a Guilty Pleasure if you like, but I personally found it well worth watching.
Get Him to the Greek 2010,  R)
Sex and the City 2 2010,  R)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010,  PG)
The Last Airbender 2010,  PG)
Lourdes 2010,  Unrated)
Archie's Final Project 2011,  Unrated)
Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) 2010,  PG)
The Yellow Handkerchief 2010,  PG-13)
My Name Is Khan 2010,  PG-13)
My Name Is Khan
If Charles Dickens were alive today, you would expect him to be behind a project like My Name is Khan. I really do appreciate his novels, but you have to admit that they are all wildly sentimental, sappy, and sort of far-fetched. Well, so is My Name is Khan. It is entertaining and heartbreaking, but, I swear, by the end of that movie nothing would have surprised me. You almost have wonder if the writers had a brainstorming session to come up with every type of trial and tragedy known to man. It is by no means a bad movie, and if you tend to be weepy during films, I guarantee you will sob throughout the entire thing. Given the length that is quite an achievement. Still, it is almost just too much, too big, happy, and political, to really be taken seriously. That being said, I do like Khan's mother's view of the world. 'There are only two types of people: good people who do good deeds and bad people who do bad deeds.' If only it could truly be that simple.
Ice Castles (2010) 2010,  PG)
Little Big Soldier (Da bing xiao jiang) 2011,  PG-13)
October County 2010,  Unrated)
The American 2010,  Unrated)
Cyrus 2010,  R)
Tron Legacy 2010,  PG)
Tron Legacy
I wish this film about been released about a year earlier. It would have been perfect. Tron came out ... sometime in the past, the 80s or something, and was one of the most visually and technically ambitious projects of the moment. I think Tron Legacy would have done the same thing now if it were not for another CGI wonder - Avatar. Honestly, I feel that's the only reason Tron hasn't received more hype. The film's not bad at all, per say. The storyline and dialog is absolutely dismal, but that's sort of to be expected. There were two other things that sort of killed the film for me, though. The first is that there is really not any originality to anything. Pretty much every scene echos some other film, everything from Alice in Wonderland, to Harry Potter, to Star Wars, to Speed Racer, and even films like V for Vendetta at times. The second thing, is that the film just isn't exciting. It never gets your pulse pounding. At first I was going to atribute this to the fact that it is aimed at children and families, but I don't think that's the problem. The problem is that the material is flat out boring as hell. No amount of visual flair or electronic beats can cover up that fact. Overall, Tron Legacy really is watchable, but it just doesn't leave you with much.
The Eagle 2011,  PG-13)
Centurion 2010,  R)
Blood Done Sign My Name 2010,  PG-13)
Happy Tears 2010,  R)
Phyllis and Harold 2010,  Unrated)
Shark City 2010,  R)
The Last New Yorker 2010,  Unrated)
Dreamkiller 2010,  R)
Mardi Gras: Spring Break 2011,  R)
The Debt 2011,  R)
Cherrybomb 2009,  Unrated)
The Greatest 2010,  R)
The Greatest
This is a really hard review to open. I would like to start with a compliment or one of the high points of the film, but nothing is coming to mind. It is really a decent enough movie overall. However, the factor that sticks out the most is that the whole thing feels kind of cheap and amateurish - the script especially. It seemed decent enough while actually watching the film, but it seems truly hideous when reading excerpts now in the aftermath. The characters seemed more symbolic than anything else. Each takes on a particular family role. Susan Sarandon does not play a specific mother as much as a general mother; her role is not personal, but a representation of how parents typically are expected to act in such a situation. The same goes for the rest of the family. Carey Mulligan and Aaron Johnson are probably also rather typical young lovers, but I loved their scenes together. The flashback sequences are hands down the best scenes in the film. Carey Mulligan is typically great, but I'm also biased. She could simply stand and smile at the camera and I would think she had done great work. She also had some great attire. Aaron Johnson also stood out from the rest of the cast. I absolutely loathed him in Kick-Ass, but he was rather interesting here, enough that I'm curious to see him in something else. From a critical standpoint, The Greatest is in most ways an absolute piece of crap. The thing is, I rather enjoy this particular type of crap. It's a tragic tale which tries so very hard to make you ponder mortally and love and appreciating what you've got and all those wonderful things. It mostly fails, but, still, it's a rather enjoyable way to spend 90 odd minutes.
Waking Sleeping Beauty 2010,  PG)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
The thing I love the most about Waking Sleeping Beauty is that it really is about absolutely nothing. I mean, alright, there's stuff going on, but it's not this complicated, detailed mess. It's more like, 'yeah, this what we did and how we felt while doing it. Isn't it great?' It's just this celebration of what was arguably the greatest era of Disney animation. That is just before Pixar's thugs took over the market. Personally, I got a bit sentimental, curz tha little mermaid is like the best movie eva! <3 And then there are also a couple really brief shots of Jack and Sally - if you don't know who they are by name alone, just leave. Now. Anyway, I was really surprised and the film is a helluva lot of fun. It's sort of reminder of why you fell in love with Simba, Ariel, Lumier, or Miku to begin with.
Prodigal Sons 2010,  PG)
Blood Into Wine 2010,  Unrated)
Toe to Toe 2010,  Unrated)
Turn the Beat Around 2010,  Unrated)
The Red Canvas 2010,  PG-13)
Formosa Betrayed 2010,  R)
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride 2010,  R)
Triage 2009,  R)
You know, I like Colin Farrell a lot, but he really doesn't seem to have found the most extraordinary work lately. Triage is absolutely forgettable and it doesn't appear that London Boulevard will be much better... (especially considering the release has been delayed over a year) That being said, Triage is not bad, but like stated before, it's forgettable. There really is not anything special about it. The one thing that really sticks out are the "artsy" bits. The photography and even the way everything else was shot is beautiful and/or repulsive at times. The rest of the material has potential, but it just never picks up steam. The story never really goes anywhere and while the characters are interesting broken people, they just have nowhere to go. So, honestly, it's not terrible, but I sort of regret having watched the film. It just feels like it was a waste of time.
Anyone You Want 2010,  Unrated)
Judas Kiss 2010,  Unrated)
Stolen 2010,  R)
Little Big Boy (Little Big Boy: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Duncan) 2010,  Unrated)
Multiple Sarcasms 2010,  R)
Iron Cross 2010,  Unrated)
Calvin Marshall 2010,  R)
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge 2010,  Unrated)
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life 2010,  Unrated)
Our Family Wedding 2010,  PG-13)
She's Out of My League 2010,  R)
The Harimaya Bridge 2010,  G)
Juncture (Suicide Girls Must Die) 2010,  R)
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights 2010,  Unrated)
The Exploding Girl 2010,  Unrated)
Just Wright 2010,  PG)
After.Life 2010,  R)
Lincoln 2012,  PG-13)
Guardians of Ga'Hoole 2010,  Unrated)
Mary, Mother of Christ 2010,  Unrated)
The Losers 2010,  PG-13)
Looking for Eric 2010,  G)
MacGruber 2010,  R)
The Back-up Plan 2010,  PG-13)
Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) 2010,  G)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010,  PG-13)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Honestly, this is hands down one of the most uninteresting, pointless, and uninspired things I've seen in a long, long time. The whole style of the thing reminded me of something, but I cannot put a finger to what it is... Also, this is bit irrelevant, but atmopherically, it feels like it belongs in the 90's. I know the year 2008 is constantly stressed, but everything else screamed 90s! - the music, effects, cinematography, everything. Even beyond the fact the it's boring as hell, I cannot help but wonder why it was made... I haven't seen the original, but it doesn't appear that there was any material that needed to be continued - especially when this is taking place, what, twenty years after the fact? So, in a nutshell, I thought the film sucked - then again, with a sub-header like 'Money Never Sleeps'.... Ah, well, enough complaining. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will find it entertaining; just can't say that I am one of them.
The Perfect Game 2010,  PG)
Machete 2010,  R)
When You're Strange 2010,  R)
Warlords (Tau ming chong) 2010,  R)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010,  R)
Predators 2010,  R)
Four Lions 2010,  R)
Chloe 2010,  R)
Chloe really is not ... bad. It is good, even; but it has the potential of greatness, but never really reaches it, which makes the end product a bit of a mess - sort of like this sentence. The story is strong, the characters are strong, the acting is great, the style is pleasantly sterile and the directing competent. Somehow, the finished product just does not end up being that notable. I think it's mostly because while there is a lot of material, nothing is really explored that much. It's a bit busy. Chloe's character especially needed to be developed further. She just isn't concrete or developed enough to be understood. I really liked Julianne Moore?s character and she was easy to sympasize with. The husband and son, like Chloe, were just too detached and vague to understand or care about. On a side note, I still think that he was cheating on her, but that's neither here nor there. The film really is good and fascinating to watch. It's just frustrating to see so much potential genius laid waste.
Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) 2010,  PG)
Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)
Wild Grass has the most fantastic opening scene. We have this vivid imagery, charming narration, an endearing character, and the introduction to an intriguing plot. Everything seems set up just right to lead to something amazing. Well, the thing is, the film opens on it's highest point. While the rest it good, it just feels like a let down after the opening material. Plus, I'm sort of confused why it opens with Marguerite when she really doesn't spend as much time as Georges in the film. I mean, it just seems like she plays a more subordinate role in the thing. Anyway, that's just overanalyzing things, but still there is just something ... off about the rest of the film and I cannot totally put a finger on what it was. I did like how the story is something that at first seems conventional, but does not play out in the way that you would expect it to at all - by and large. Or rather, it guess to the places you would expect, but takes an alternate route to get there. I liked Marguerite quite a lot, but the rest of the characters are sort of forgettable. Idk, the film had it's moments and really is good. It just felt like it was missing something.
Lbs. 2010,  Unrated)
Godspeed 2010,  Unrated)
La Barbe Bleue (Blue Beard) (Bluebeard) 2008,  Unrated)
Dancing Across Borders 2010,  Unrated)
The Eclipse 2010,  R)
Just Say Love 2010,  Unrated)
Eat Pray Love 2010,  PG-13)
Eat Pray Love
More than anything else, I love this films rating: "PG 13 for Brief Strong Language, Some Sexual References, and Male Rear Nudity." Especially that last bit. What happened to "brief nudity" or "partial nudity" or even just plain old "nudity"? Apparently, there's something particularly offensive about "Male Rears" Oh well, at least that way everyone knows that as Julia Roberts eats, prays, and loves her way around the world, there will be a male bum to ogle somewhere along the line. As for the rest of the film, I kind of thought that it sucked; but everyone else has already sufficiently hit upon the how's and why's of that. It's really pleasantly visually, but it just tries too hard to be cultured. It just seemed too obvious and shallow about how it portrayed the customs and social norms of the places she was visiting. It's sort of like a glorified travel guide. The best thing I can say is that by and large the film is watchable as a whole; I didn't think it was ever going to end and overall it's pretty tepid, at best, but there are compensations, it's rather pretty and then there's also that 'Male Rear'
The Karate Kid 2010,  PG)
Killers 2010,  PG-13)
Ondine 2010,  PG-13)
The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. I think part of that comes from the sense of longing that permeates the entire story, that need to experience something different, that feeling of not belonging in your life. There is also that incredible, optimistic faith in humanity and the promise of eternal love. These things are probably part of why the Disney's Mermaid has proved just as, or more, enduring than the original. Ondine builds on these same ideas. The actual story has the undertones of an Irish legend. However, that is not something I'm familiar with and most of the publicity has hailed the film as a 'modern Little Mermaid' anyway. In a way, though, the roles are reversed. Neither Syracuse or Annir are satisfied with their lives, they feel incomplete and need something more from life. Ondine brings that magic and purpose to their lives. They create a family and you can feel that the three together need each other to be complete. This is what all the versions of the story boil down to - finding who you belong to and what is important, whether it is from the original, or Disney's, or Ponyo, or now Ondine - I think it is probably part of why the story has proved the enduring.
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang 2010,  PG)
Resident Evil: Afterlife 2010,  R)
Skateland 2011,  PG-13)
Mother's Day 2012,  R)
The Dry Land 2010,  R)
Cemetery Junction 2010,  R)
Cemetery Junction
I have never watched an episode of The Office, but I really was sort of skeptical when I saw that its creators had written/directed a film. That film, Cemetery Junction, is not at all what I would have expected to see. Rarely are the cynics' assumptions disproven, but this film should really take a lot of people by surprise. It is sentimental, yes, maybe even sappy, but not in a poorly done way. The film NEEDS to be maudlin; it would not be as affective otherwise. All of us find ourselves at crossroads at various points in our lives. We are continually growing, moving forward. As a coming of age story, Cemetery Junction does everything it should do. We have a couple strong, lovable characters in the lead, the required sort-of-funny-but-really-just-obnoxious side kick, the baddies, and one strong supportive adult. What I wouldn't have expected are some of the supporting characters that are truly desperate or dysfunctional. There are many truly heartbreaking moments in the film, but also just as many humorous ones. Everything is perfectly balanced and plays out as it "should". Appropriately enough, the film even ends with our young lovers rushing to catch their train. Our personal journeys do not always work, but part of the magic of films is the promise that they can, and maybe even will. After all, why not?
Dante's Inferno 2010,  R)
Ca$h 2010,  R)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 2011,  Unrated)
The King's Speech 2010,  PG-13)
The King's Speech
Colin Firth used to be among my least favorite actors. He just seemed so pompous and set in a certain role, usually a bit a pratt and he seemed to play the role well. Now that's he's over fifty, it's almost like Mr. Firth has caught and second wind. This is second year in a row that he's been in one of the best offerings of the season. Last year we had Tom Ford's A Single Man, and now, The King's Speech. His performance is perfect. Not only does he portray the impediment well, he captures the character perfectly too. Hands down his best work yet. Historical dramas are really hit or miss to me. Some are great, some or forgettable or just okay, and quite a few are absolutely terrible. The King's Speech definitely falls into the 'great' category. Probably the single best thing is that it doesn't focus on any one thing that much. It doesn't just focus on the politics, just on the war movement, or just on the treatment/therapy, or just on the family, or anything else. It dabbles in everything which gives us a broad scope of the situation, but also keeps the storyline from falling into needless complications that no one cares about. It leaves you with a general sort of idea of what happened with the nitty gritty details left out. We go on journey with Bertie and experience his transformation. While the characters are almost archetypes of their set roles, it is still a character driven film. It's not perfect and I think a second viewing might spoil it, but honestly, it's a very, very good film and well worth experiencing once.
Flipped 2010,  PG)
Hereafter 2010,  PG-13)
Of Silence 1971,  Unrated)
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network
There is really just one thing that kept me from being completely dazzled by The Social Network, and before a work of praise can be given it has to come out. With an exception for Andrew Garfield's Eduardo, every single person in this film is a complete asshole! Zuckerberg is apparently a crook and an all-around prick and everyone else is varying degrees of the same. You cannot help but wonder why someone, especially someone like David Fincher, thought that this was great material for a film. But that's the thing, the film really is captivating and entertaining. The time goes quickly and I was always curious as to what would happen next. Who would screw who over and how. One other thing is that I personally thought that the film felt dated. It is supposed to be so vividly NOW! But it didn't really seem to reflect the current generation. It's sort of like Adventureland as aimed at those who were in college in the early 2000's. Still, I enjoyed the film a lot more than I ever would have expected. However, there is a difference between 'enjoy' and ''ike.' Still, it is an extremely well-done film. Even though it is not a masterpiece, it should still be viewed for the social impact it seems to carry.
Valhalla Rising 2010,  Unrated)
30 Days Of Night: Dark Days 2010,  R)
High Life 2009,  R)
Well Done Abba 2010,  Unrated)
My Own Love Song 2010,  PG-13)
The Laundry Warrior 2010,  Unrated)
The Black Eyed Peas: The E-n-d World Tour Live 2010,  PG-13)
City of Life and Death 2011,  R)
The Human Experience 2010,  PG-13)
Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin 2010,  Unrated)
Don McKay 2010,  R)
PoliWood 2009,  Unrated)
Love and Other Drugs 2010,  R)
Love and Other Drugs
Wow... I was really, really shocked by this movie. It was actually... good. Honestly, had the trapping necessary for a comedy/hollywood romance been absent, I would probably go so far as to say the film is genuis. However, there is quite a lot of poor comedy and the film sort of follows the romance formula beat to beat. But BESIDES that, the film is amazing. Personally, I think Anne Hathaway shone more than Jake Gyllenhaal, but, admitting, she had a much stronger character to play and better scenes in general. i never would have expected the film to be so heavy; it's really rather sad and tragic at times. One of my favorite things came about halfway through, Maggie asks Jamie to list four good things about himself and even while he blows it off, there is something extremely poignant about it; it is just such an interesting line of thought. Overall, the film seems to be of a different breed than the expectations. Like Jamie, it has that latent bit of humanity inside, you just have to be open to it, and that's what makes the film stand out.
Piranha 3-D 2010,  R)
Furry Vengeance 2010,  PG)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010,  PG)
RoboCop 2014,  PG-13)
The Other Side 2010,  Unrated)
Exit Through The Gift Shop 2010,  R)
It Came from Kuchar 2010,  Unrated)
Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) 2010,  Unrated)
Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) 2010,  Unrated)
L'Homme de chevet 2010,  Unrated)
Root of All Evil 2010,  Unrated)
La MISSION 2010,  R)
The Black Waters of Echo's Pond 2010,  R)
Who Do You Love? 2010,  Unrated)
Preacher's Kid 2010,  PG-13)
11:11 2010,  R)
Handsome Harry 2010,  R)
Pornography: A Thriller 2010,  Unrated)
The Joneses 2010,  R)
Nerveracker 2010,  Unrated)
The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) 2010,  R)
The City of Your Final Destination 2010,  PG-13)
No One Knows About Persian Cats 2010,  Unrated)
The Other Guys 2010,  PG-13)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 2010,  PG)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
This movie should have been entitled Hedwig: Life Before Harry. The opening credits are extreamely similar to the opening of most Harry Potter films and I couldn't help thinking of most of these owls as compared to a certain snowy white owl and owl post of other such matters. Anyway, as for the film itself, I really liked it. I hadn't really expected to, but it was surprisingly good. Honestly, I cannot quite figure out why so many people are hating on this movie. It's not the best movie I've ever seen, but it's still better than most. Then again I've never been sure why everyone is in love with Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. Everything here from the storyline, to the voices, to the animation itself is so much better here. Generally, I kind of hate most action/adventure/fantasy/lets-be-heroes-and-fight-evil-and-stuff kind of stories. Maybe it's just nostalgia shining through, but I liked Lasky's ''Ga'hoole' books many years ago and also enjoyed the film now.
Temple Grandin 2010,  Unrated)
Temple Grandin
Honestly, this has to be one of the most overlooked and underrated films I have come across in a very long time, possibly even ever. There are three things in particular that really stood out. The most important, and probably most obvious, would be Claire Dane's portrayal of Temple. Not only is she incredible, but she also does an amazing portrayal of autism. There is not anything 'wrong' with Autistic people, nor are they sick in the sense that they needed to be pitied or isolated. The film reduces the whole 'disorder' end of Autism and presents it instead as simply a different way of viewing the world and even as a gift. The second thing would be the only screen visuals in the film. I'm not sure what the proper terminology would be, but I liked it. The final thing would simple be that the film is affectionate and sentimental, yes; but it is never sappy. There is a difference. I like where and when the film ended. Anything also would have deteriorated the effect of the whole. It oftentimes has the potential to be depressing, but is always vivacious. Like Temple says "nature is cruel, but we don't have to be."
Psych: 9 2010,  R)
Bunraku 2011,  R)
After Dark Horrorfest: Dread 2010,  R)
The Story of Bonnie and Clyde 2010,  Unrated)
Joueuse (Queen to Play) 2011,  Unrated)
Crowley 2010,  Unrated)
For Love of Liberty 2010,  Unrated)
Child's Play 2014,  G)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 2015,  Unrated)
Fantastic Voyage 2012,  Unrated)
Step Up 3 2010,  PG-13)
Wichita 2010,  Unrated)
The Lost City of Z 2010,  Unrated)
Bioshock 2012,  Unrated)
The Three Stooges 2012,  PG)
Megamind 2010,  PG)
Dinner for Schmucks 2010,  PG-13)
Please Give 2010,  R)
Please Give
A movie can can fail in just about everything, but still be good if it captures the right tone. In Please Give we have this trendy, ironic, satirical view of modern society that is embodied in every element of the film. Even the opening credits portray the sense that, 'oh yes, we are irreverent.' This alone could have made an great film, but it goes even further. There are not any subtleties, everything is pretty obvious, but it is still dense. I'm left with a feeling about the film's message; but it isn't something that can be summed up in a sentence. It is so much bigger and broader than that. The characters are so wonderful that they need to be unraveled. The film comes from the characters, not the other way around. Everyone is flawed, but they are all lovable. They have a humanity that many characters in film lack. Personally, I liked Rebecca Hall's character the most. She was just so sweet and pathetic - in a good way. I'm complete dork for visual flair, but I like the way this was done. LIke everything else it is very trendy and very modern. It's a very relevant, timely film. You could even say that it is moral, but without the probem of being preachy and fake.
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) 2010,  R)
Climate Of Change 2010,  Unrated)
Invisible Frame 2010,  Unrated)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010,  R)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
No, it's not brilliant, but by and large it works as a film. It has to be one of Woody Allen's more generic films, though. I mean, where's the flair. It's clever and dry, but the actual idea and plot does not have any punch. The premise itself is just far more conventional that I woul dever have expected to see. The film is made up of varied connected storylines, which is something i like. The best thing here, however, is that it is actually possible to keep track of who belongs where and what's happened. Generally speaking, I tend to forget those things - like The Informants, who can follow that? This is much better, all the characters connect together in ways that are easy to trace and are obvious. I enjoyed seeing Freida Pinto again after Slumdog Millionaire, although she did seem to have more life as Latika than as Dia. Idk, this would have been so much better had it just been a bit more creative and jazzy. As it stands now, it's awfully conventional and as such just isn't all that endearing.
Red Dawn 2012,  PG-13)
Mercy 2010,  R)
The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest 2010,  PG)
Get Low 2010,  PG-13)
Get Low
I'm really disappointed with this film. It looked so good and ended being boring as hell. I kind of had a hard time even finishing it. Is not even that it is a 'Bad' movie. It just is not a good one. The idea behind the film is rather endearing, but it just takes to long to play out and doesn't have as much energy as you would expect. It should be over-the-top, goofy, and boozy, and it all feels awfully conventional. It's like a sarcastic episode of The Waltons or non-preachy Christy. So, the long and short of it, is that while I didn't like the film by any means, i do not feel enough of anything towards it to feel anything else. It's just too bland and forgettable.
Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3d 2010,  Unrated)
In My Sleep 2010,  PG-13)
A Shine of Rainbows 2010,  PG)
Boogie Woogie 2010,  R)
Paper Man 2010,  R)
Red Birds 2010,  Unrated)
Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) 2010,  Unrated)
Dark Crossing (crusce Obscuro) 2010,  R)
Accidents Happen 2010,  R)
Best Worst Movie 2010,  Unrated)
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 2010,  PG)
The Good, the Bad, and the Weird 2010,  R)
Harry Brown 2010,  R)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) 2010,  R)
OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) 2010,  Unrated)
Metropia 2010,  Unrated)
Hamlet 2009,  PG-13)
Hubble 3D 2010,  G)
The Jailhouse 2010,  Unrated)
In The Darkness 2010,  Unrated)
What More Do I Want (cosa Voglio Di Piu) 2009,  Unrated)
Phish 3d 2010,  Unrated)
House Full 2010,  Unrated)
Anton Chekhov's The Duel 2010,  Unrated)
They All Lie 2010,  Unrated)
The Good Heart 2010,  R)
The Good Heart
One interesting thing about The Good Heart is that from the style and tone it seems like there should be depth and subtlety to the film, when in reality it is incredible obvious. The style screams "This is ART!" while the story itself differs. There is not anything wrong with this, but it is a fairly unique concept. I really like Paul Dano a lot, but he tends to be overlooked. I wasn't familiar with anyone else in the cast, but they all seemed decent enough. The only complaint I have it that the entire film is incredibly predictable. Generally this wouldn't bother me that much, within reason, but this is just too much. I think it might be because you almost get the feeling that you are supposed to me surprise. No one is surprised at the end of a romantic comedy, but neither did anyone expect to be. The Good Heart is different, it seems like the ending is supposed to be shocking, even though it is set up from the start. Overall, I thought the film was great. I loved the characters and the style, and the whole quiet, serene - almost zenlike quality of the whole thing.

Also: Why the hell hasn't anyone seen or rated this movie? (though presumably if you're reading this you've done one of the other. Or at least heard of it)
Andy Kaufman: World Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion 2010,  Unrated)
The Square 2009,  R)
Survival of the Dead 2010,  R)
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage 2012,  Unrated)
Hairspray 2 2012,  Unrated)
The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) 2010,  Unrated)
Waiting for Superman 2010,  PG)
City Island 2010,  PG-13)
Kites 2010,  PG)
Elektra Luxx 2011,  R)
Zero Theorem 2010,  Unrated)
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) 2010,  PG)
Speed Dating 2007,  R)
The Adjustment Bureau 2011,  PG-13)
The Adjustment Bureau
Well, there is defninitely some potential in the raw material here, but there is no denying that the end result is rather shitty. The script is hokey, the characters are kind of flat and besides the two leads absolutely horrible, the story itself really just isn't much more than okay - there just isn't much to grab ahold of. Like Rango, I kind of felt that this tried way too hard to be smart and thought-provoking. It just isn't, it's kind of simple really, but you get this feeling that it is supposed to be oh-so-profound. The relationship between David and Elise is not a romance for the ages by any means, but it definitely helps carry the film. The sharp contrast between their two worlds was also well done. It's presented in such a way that you can definitely see how they would allegedly hold each other back. When with Elise, we travel through raves and studios. When with Norris, we're stuck in political and corporate beauracracies. Idk, I guess the film isn't that bad, but I really didn't much care for it and have already mostly forgotten it. Still, there are certain times and certain situations to where it might be a pleasurable enough way to pass some time.
180 South 2010,  PG-13)
Daddy Longlegs 2010,  Unrated)
Here and There 2010,  Unrated)
Racing Dreams 2010,  PG)
Deadfall Trail 2010,  Unrated)
Princess Ka'iulani 2010,  PG)
Living Wake 2010,  Unrated)
A Surprise In Texas 2010,  Unrated)
Bad Liver & a Broken Heart 1996,  Unrated)
The Kids Are All Right 2010,  R)
The Kids Are All Right
There really are not all that many movies that manage to be both charming and hilarious, but also heartbreaking and incredibly realistic. It is really a hard thing to manage and for the most part The Kids Are All Right flawlessly takes on the role of a enlightening, uplifting heavy-drama: the tone is light, the situations are not. In the long haul, I think the film is going to stick around and become a bit of a milestone. I personally thought the film was close to perfect all around, especially the visual style and the way it was filmed, but what really made it work were the characters. They are all completely dimensional, completely human characters. They have plausible and realistic live, emotions, needs, desires. Ultimately, a film about families and relationships. Nic and Jules marriage may be on the rocks at times and they are not perfect parents, but it is not because they are women or because they are gay, rather, it's because they're human. Paul may provide some excitement and change, but he isn't perfect either. We're all flawed creatures. The thing is they do not have to be perfect for their kids to turn out all right, and, really, what else matters?
Betty Anne Waters 2010,  R)
I Love Sarah Jane 2007,  Unrated)
Super 8 2011,  PG-13)
A Serbian Film (Srpski film) 2010,  Unrated)
Perrier's Bounty 2010,  Unrated)
Solitary Man 2010,  R)
Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) 2010,  Unrated)
Holy Rollers 2010,  R)
Times Talks Live: Lost 2010,  PG)
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky 2010,  R)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead 2010,  Unrated)
The Disappearance of Alice Creed 2010,  R)
Biutiful 2010,  R)
Quite frankly, I loved this movie. I wasn't totally sure what to expect, or even sure of what the plot was; but it was absolutely incredible. It's stereotypically artsy, but not pretentious; it feels the way it does, because that's how it must be. All the elements blend so well together, the surreal, horrific, loving, familiar; they all feel unified. Javier Bardem is incredible; while the role itself isn't necessary a memorable, standout character, it is impossible to imagine anyone else as Uxbal. I loved this, all around. It's a timeless musing on life, love, dysfunctions and horrror, the overlap and the past and present, and what it all means. Ultimately, where it all ends, even at its dirtiest, life is still beautiful.
Trash Humpers 2010,  Unrated)
Charlie St. Cloud 2010,  PG-13)
The Last Exorcism 2010,  PG-13)
Love Ranch 2010,  R)
The Frog King ,  Unrated)
What's Wrong With Virginia 2010,  R)
Alpha and Omega 2010,  PG)
The Special Relationship 2010,  Unrated)
Valentine's Day 2010,  PG-13)
Valentine's Day
So, yes Valenine's Day is pretty awful, but it came closer to being good than I ever would have expected. There are actually some funny moments and at times pretty fun to watch. Everything that you have heard against the film is absolutely true. These are a bunch of shallow, trite stories that lack any spark of ingenuity or originality. At that same time, putting a dozen such stories together is complete genuis. Not one of the plots is interesting enough for a whole movie, but when a couple's entire saga is told in let's say 20 minutes, it isn't that bad to watch. I swear, I love Anne Hathaway more and more with each film she is in. Her storyline was hands down the best and really, she can take the credit for most of the greatest moments in the film. I expected to like the Bradley Cooper/Eric Dane section, but let's just say it sucked, and leave it at that. Ashton Krutcher can not act to save his life! He is even outdone by Taylor Swift! Think about that for a minute. It also felt racist at times, which if true, is disgusting, but I sort of doubt that there was any racist intent. So, yes, Valentine's Day is trite, at times nacious, mess; but it is still pretty fun. Besides, look at the holiday it is named after, trite, shallow, and a teensy bit bawdy, really fits the bill.
Life as We Know It 2010,  PG-13)
Going the Distance 2010,  R)
Going the Distance
I recall Warner Bros. spokespeoples - is there a better term then that? - saying that this film had potential to reach and interest people of both sexes, that it wasn't going to be a typical rom-com. You know, I'd have to agree with that. The main difference, though, is that this film is much raunchier. I'm not sure that it is better though. It still felt pretty generic. One thing I did really like was the visual style and editing. Whoever worked with the production design has my praise. Everything is just a bit nicer and a bit trendier than what you would see anywhere else. This feels like our world, but just a bit nicer; it's the kind of nicer world where people get meet by chance in a bar, hook up, and release they're completely mad about the other. Maybe not the most realistic, but it's not a bad thought. Besides, adding some sex for the guys, I think was also aimed at a younger audience as well. I mean, c'mon, raise your hand if you actually listened to The Boxer Rebellion before this? Or even heard of them?
The Orphan King 2005,  Unrated)
Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) 2010,  Unrated)
Dogtooth (Kynodontas) 2010,  R)
Dogtooth (Kynodontas)
You know, I must admit that on a personal note, I get a certain amount of sadistic pleasure out of seeing overprotective, neurotic parenting played out on such a horrific, satirical way. Perhaps the most striking thing is that if the "children" were considerably younger, most people wouldn't have a problem with parents "protecting" their younglings from the evils of the world. I've known families that are incredibly similiar to those portrayed here and it's just as unsettling. Even in the larger society, how many parents tell their children things like "a pussy is a very big lamp." The problem is that eventually children grow up, they become tomorrow's parents. No one is perfect, but once you've a child, you must become the very best person you can and even if that fails and you fuck up, you've got to let go. Protection and dysfunction are tidy bedmates. The trick is to be able to see the difference.
Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) 2010,  PG-13)
Speed-dating 2010,  R)
For Christ's Sake 2010,  Unrated)
Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) 2010,  Unrated)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2011,  Unrated)
Kaboom 2011,  Unrated)
Leaving (Partir) 2010,  Unrated)
Megapiranha 2010,  R)
Warrior 2011,  PG-13)
Splice 2010,  R)
Splice pulls off something rather tricky and amazing: the film is so 'relevant' and even a bit or a parable/morality tale without being preachy or obvious in its presentation. While it is obviously not completely factual or even likely from a scientific point of view, Splice reveals some of the potential pitfalls of genetic engineering. Clive and Elsa essential create a monster. They play the role of Doctor Frankenstein and have to reap their dues. Like Shelly's monster, Dren is a fairly pathetic character. You cannot help but feel for her at times; but at the same time, her animal characteristic keep her completely foreign and dangerous. Still, she is human enough to make Clive and Elsa seem like the monsters themselves for their "researching" and even creating her. Overall, I really, really liked the film. It is unsettling and tense at times, but it really could be better. It just needs a bit more focus and a bit more power to really be great.
Middle Men 2010,  R)
Conviction 2010,  R)
Conviction is one of those films that you should not judge by its trailer. From the trailer it looks like an over-the-top, cheesy drama sort of in the same vein as My Sister's Keeper or The Blind Side. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with those films, Conviction is definitely better. It is more controlled. The story itself is unbelievable, but that's what makes it so powerful. It is presented in such a matter-of-fact way, that it just seems plausible, and better still, you WANT it to be true. Betty Anne and Kenny are lovely people, but they are not perfect. It is narrowminded, yes, but you can see why people would think that Kenny had commited the crime. Also, the film never shies away from the fact that he actually could have done it, nor does it hide that Betty Anne really was a bit obsessed; but in the end, everything paid off. The ending is expected, but there is still great tension leading up to that point. We want these people to pull through, want them to win. To go back to beginning, the one thing that allows this film to be extraordinary is the fact that it is so controlled. It never falls to heavily into sentiment, Betty Anne and Kenny have been wronged, but everyone against them is not inherently evil, even the closing scenes are low-key enough to be effective. I was pleasantly surprised by the film and for everyone who thought to avoid the film due to sappiness; you may want to rethink that. Overall, it's very strong, affecting film, one that restores some faith in families and even humanity in general.
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back 2010,  PG)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) 2010,  R)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)
Well, I for one am going to go against the majority here and propose that The Girl Who Played With Fire is in fact better than the first film. The thing is that the sort of obvious preachiness of the books is missing in both films, so with what's left, "Played With Fire" makes the better film. The books used statistics and quotes and also capitalization - All the Evil, Men Who Hate Woman - to make to idea of what it is trying to communicate all the more effective and interesting. This was especially prominent in The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. There were many woman in that novel who were abused by Men Who Hate Woman. It just seemed more cut and dry and Lisbeth could simply be seen as a moral vigilant with a vague past. What made the film disappointing for me was that nothing but the main storyline made it through the final cut. Neither film is really about anything, they are simple a captivating thriller and I personally think that simply on the story level The Girl Who Played With Fire is the more interesting of the two. While it is about the sex trafficking, it just doesn't carry the weight of the first, mostly because the film focuses more on Lisbeth than on the general abuse of woman. Granted Lisbeth is a captivating character, as is her history. It is absolutely show stopping when combined with a purpose, as in the first novel, but the next best thing is simply and thriller exploration of her history, as we see in the films of The Girl Who Played With Fire.
The Wolfman 2010,  R)
The Wolfman
It seems like pretty much everything about The Wolfman can be placed pretty much completely into catagories of 'genius' or 'trash'. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and visual style of the film. It's gloriously dark and broody: lots of mysterious shadows, sinister forests lit only by moonlight. Af far as that goes, most of the 'serious' scenes are pretty decent. It is the rest that suck. The action scenes are just cheesy, there is not a better word for it. They are laughible awful, but it appears that the intent was serious. Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving were really good in my opinion, but I really like them both, so it is definitely a bit biased. Overall, it certainly wasn't awful, but it could have been a lot better. It some some rather fine moments, but there are just as many that make the blood-thirsty critic within me howl at the moon.
Shutter Island 2010,  R)
Shutter Island
I try not to review movies by comparing them to others, but this is one instance wher I just cannot resist. Hopefully this can be said without spoiling anything, but Shutter Island has pretty much the exact same plotline as last year's The Uninvited. This itself is not what I find ironic. It makes sense that most of these alleged 'horror' films would share similarities, just as most fantasy films or romances share mutual elements. What is amusing is how everyone loathed The Uninvited while Shutter Island has been incredibly well recieved. The only major difference is that the latter is a bigger, more ambitious film.

All of the technical aspects of Shutter Island are perfect. I especially loved the palette and style of the hallucination/flashback sequences. Michelle Williams was also incredible. These things aside, the film is rather underwhelming. I mean, people LOVE this movie. When the trailer first hit, I repeatedly heard how it was bound to become Oscar bait. I just do not feel that the film is of all that great of a caliber. It has some fine moments and is visually pleasant, but that is about it. To sum up the stroy, it starts out with cliches and overused elements, then at the end tries to justify that by introducing more generic fodder. Still, this is all awfully negative, and the film really is not bad a tall. I truly liked it a lot, but, really, I would never say it is much better than those 'bad movies' like The Univited or The Wolfman.
Peacock 2010,  PG-13)
So, I hadn't actually realized that Peacock was set in Nebraska, not Iowa, until looking at the little description thing right now. It explains the whole strangness of the story anyway. Lets just say that John's story would not cause all that alarm or concern in Iowa. Apparently things are different in Nebraska. I'm also surprsised that this went straight to dvd. Not only is the film rather good, but the cast is fantastic. Cillian Murphy just completely clicks with the role. He could hold up the film without the aid of the likes of Ellen Page, Josh Lucas, and Susan Sarandon. The actual film is fasinating, but really kind of busy. There is just too much going on. The film never really seems to have much direction or much of a plot. Still, it is certainly a achievement in my opinion, even if it does falll on a bit of a flat note.
Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet) 2010,  Unrated)
Red 2010,  PG-13)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010,  PG)
All Good Things 2010,  R)
All Good Things
It really isn't always the most prudent to typecast. I really hadn't expected much from this as it seemed to have a bit of a botched production and then failed to be picked up by any significant studio or ever recieve a proper release of any kind. It may have went straight to dvd, I'm not sure. Anyway, the stars did not appear to be aligned for an amazing picture.

And that's true, it's not amazing at all, but it isn't bad. Really, I would go so far as to say that I found it incredibly engaging and enjoyable. The story kind of jumps from genre to genre and whenever it seems like it's going one direction to does a complete 180. That kind of bugged me, but then again, how often do we all complain about films being predictable? Overall, it's enjoyable enough to watch and definitely unduly overlooked.
Somewhere 2010,  R)
This was exactly the film that I needed it to be when I watched it. I know that sentence is a mess, but this film just struck me in all the right ways at the right time. It's just so Zen and chill. I wish I could remember the ending. I know that I loved it, but I do not remember what happened.. That's kind of how the entire film flows. It watches like a slice of these people's lives, like there is no divide between when the camera runs and when it is absent. The acting is subtle and never feels like acting. There's a narrative, but we never feel like we're being directed to some specefic point. It all just flows and does it thing. You almost feel like Coppola was wrote the film as it was shot, or even if there was a script at all. We see every encounter from start to finish. The film does stop with a scene's convenient climax, we get to see the aftermath and it's among the film's most striking elements. I loved the film, it's not for everyone I realize, but I found it to be incredibly poignant.
Daybreakers 2010,  R)
I really, really admire the idea and concept of Daybreakers. It's almost like True Blood but with a very sinister and pessimistic edge. It really reminded me of Sergei Lukyanenko's novel "Night Watch". The visual style is also great. It has a very cold and sterile washed out atmosphere; and of course is also fururistic and stylish. And that is pretty much where the virtues end. The cast is decent enough, but not great. Ethan Hawke seems to be trying to channel a cross between Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer; Claudia Karvan, Catherine Keener. The actual storyline is instantly forgettable, and it never really establishes a constant tone. The action scenes are incredibly hokey and intentionally comic, and then the rest is all rather somber. The two just do not blend very well. So, it seems like there is certainly potential here for something, but at the same time, it really does not accomplish much and is mediocre at best.
Cairo Time 2010,  PG)
Paranormal Activity 2 2010,  R)
Town Creek (Blood Creek) 2008,  Unrated)
You Again 2010,  PG)
The Concert (Le concert) 2010,  PG-13)
Life During Wartime 2010,  R)
Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) 2010,  Unrated)
The Switch 2010,  PG-13)
The Switch
I probably shouldn't admit to this, but I really enjoyed this movie. Is it a masterpiece, no; but it's surprsingly entertaining and resonant. I fell in love with these characters. I really like the concept of the film, it's off the wall and it's incredibly fun and awkward to explain to people what it's about. I really have nothing else to say, it's touching and sweet in that 'No, i absolutely am not crying at this' kind of way. It's light, fun, and entertaining, not deep, not profound, but incredibly enjoyable.
The Oxford Murders 2010,  R)
Standing Ovation 2010,  PG)
Winnebago Man 2010,  Unrated)
Chain Letter 2010,  R)
Give 'em Hell, Malone 2010,  R)
Solomon Kane 2012,  R)
Welcome to the Rileys 2010,  R)
Welcome to the Rileys
I really, really want to rate this higher but I just can't. Welcome to the Riley's was decent and enjoyable enough to watch, but now afterwards it keeps looking worse and worse. First off, I'm not sure about the premise of the whole thing. I mean, Doug solicits a lapdance, albeit reluctantly, then thinks, 'hey, I should redeem this poor girl' and we can say he was helping her but out of what motivation! She did not ask for help and he had absolutely no right to barge into her life and start messing everything about. He decides to play god with another person's life in order to cope with grief! That's supposed to be healthy, logical solution? You really do not feel any kind of connection with the material either; there's no emotional substance at all. Conceptually, the film has major issues, but by and large it's decent enough to watch. Still, there have been at least two other films this year that deal with the same type of material and do so in much, much better ways...
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010,  PG-13)
It's Kind of a Funny Story
I think the music a film uses in its trailer reveals a lot about the film's tone and its intended audience. The Ting Tings' vibrant and trendy "Great DJ" was placed with Slumdog Millionaire; Easy A made use of the coy and foxy glamour of Gaga's "Poker Face"; and It's Kind of a Funny Story features Ida Maria's surly, rebellious anthem "Oh My God!" So, that kind of sets the tone, which stays true through the beginning of the film. Craig is depressed and suicidal, but why? Nothing is "wrong", he has everything going for him. Perhaps it is simply our American way of life and pressure to "be successful" that has him on edge. The second half of the film is rather optimistic as this conclusion is reached: We need to be our own people and form our own lives. On second thought maybe La Roux's "I'm Not Your Toy" would have been the best song for the trailer. There are plenty of other things inferred throughout the film, but this is sort of the overarching idea. As far as the adaptation goes, there are differences, but I enjoyed the film and novel equally. I thought It's Kind of a Funny Story was an overrated book, but from the reviews I've seen so far the film seems to be underrated. Still, the quality of each is about the same. The only reason I do not rate the film higher is because it is just too flawed. There is a lot of truly fascinating material, but it always takes the easy way out and never carries anything out particularly well. The film is still fresh and provocative to a degree, and humanistic in a wonderful way; but it just carries too many trappings of what it "should" do and the types of things that are "expected." All things considered this is sort of ironic considering that's the line of thought that put Craig in the psychiatric ward to begin with.
Shank 2010,  Unrated)
Lebanon (Levanon) 2010,  R)
Love & Other Impossible Pursuits 2009,  R)
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
I really had expected to be jaded and condescending towards Inception, but really, in it's own way, the film is a masterpiece. If nothing else this has got to be Nolan's best film to date. Not only is not as obvious, black and white, good and evil; but it also has something that all of his other work has lacked: an emotional heartbeat. DiCaprio and Coltillard play out one of the most tragic and yearning romances (and, well, effed up) romances I've seen onscreen. I absolutely love most of the cast, but it would be a complete lie to say that any of them - besides Coltillard - are at their best here. Nolan seems to be a technical sort of director. The story, costumes, sets, everything, are all just so. They're all so very tight, focused. I suppose that's what keeps the film from simply being as acid trip. At the same time, I wish it had been more vague, more impressionistic. I guess, I really loved the movie while watching it, but looking back in retrospect it's mostly criticism that comes to mind. It's like there is a flipside to everything. While it is really impressive that the story holds together, it really is a bit tedious to watch, it's not even perplexing or a type of mind maze where you have to figure out what's going on, it's all obvious, just complicated and tedious. To wrap up the whining, it is also incredibly busy and far too long. Still, trust all those users who have wrote the lovely reviews full of admiration and praise, even though I personally wasn't blown away, it is incredibly easy to see why Inception is being so well recieved. Maybe it's a flaw of my twisted little mind, but in the end I wasn't left with all that much.
The Town 2010,  R)
The Town
God, this film has got to be made up of some of the most irritating and unpleasent characters I have ever came across in cinema. I generally like films where are heroes are of disparaging repute. I'm not sure what the exact difference is, but while Sweeney Todd and Lisbeth Salander are absolutely amazing, these people are just buffoons. The only character that you can feel sympathetic for at all is Racecca Hall's Claire, and of course she ends up getting screwed in the end (and the begining, and the middle...) There was also a lot of humor at really odd moments, and it wasn't even anything particuarly funny. Not to be wholly negative, I really did like the film to a point and it was certainly well done. The story is engaging. Most of the acting is good, even if the characters are a bit cliched. I think you can tell a lot about a film by the people watching it. When I went to The Town, with three exceptions, everyone was male, middle aged, slightly overweight, and slightly bald or wearing a ball-cap in denial of being slightly bald (or possibly because it is so bright inside the cinema) Anway, the point being that I think a certain audience type is drawn to certain films; and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everything is potentially a masterpiece for the right viewer and I guess I just was not a match with The Town.
The Romantics 2010,  PG-13)
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 2010,  G)
Creation 2010,  PG-13)
While I would not necessarily say that Creation is mindblowing or an endearing masterpiece, I was extreamely shocked at how good the movie is. I sort of doubt that it is all that historical; and it also cleverly evades being all that controversial, I mean this is Charles Darwin we're talking about! He is a figure that depending on your beliefs can either be hailed either as a saint or the devil's puppet. As far as trying find ideas or purpose in the film - not that is essential that there be anything - that is the main thing that struck out to me. Charles Darwin was for all practical purposes, just another guy. He had a wife, a family, his own passions, his own insecurities; not really the stuff legends are made of. I also really liked Jennifer Connelly and her character. We tend to think of Feminism as being a modern movement, but judging by Emma Darwin it seems like the very foundation of our history can be accredited to strong, passionate women. Men are generally presumed 'strong' because of inflated ego and excess testosterone. It seems like we could appluad many, many woman even in their pre-enpowered roles. Visually, Creation is absolutely gorgeous and artistic. Everything else could have sucked and I would have still enjoyed watching it. The only reason I do not rate the movie higher is just because the film didn't leave me with all that much. Just a couple of days now after watching it, I do not remember many details or even the major plot, nor did I feel anything while actually watching it. Still, it does an awful lot of things incredibly well, and is not flawed at all. It's more like it doesn't totally fullfill its potential.
Saw 3D 2010,  R)
The Final 2010,  R)
Beverly Hills Cop IV 2012,  R)
The Incredible Shrinking Man 2012,  Unrated)
I Love You Too 2009,  R)
StreetDance 3D 2013,  PG-13)
Cropsey 2010,  Unrated)
Fairfield Road 2010,  Unrated)
Mademoiselle Chambon 2010,  Unrated)
The Night Chronicles: Devil 2010,  Unrated)
Seeking Justice 2012,  R)
Death And Cremation 2010,  Unrated)
The Kings of Mykonos 2010,  Unrated)
I Spit On Your Grave 2010,  R)
Another Year 2010,  PG-13)
Another Year
I love Tom and Gerri! They are the type of couple that reaffirms faith in marriage, faith in family. Perhaps the best part being that we actually come across couples like this occasionally; they do not only exist on screen. Still, you just watch them and think "yeah, they have everything figured out!" They complement each other so perfectly. As for the movie itself. I liked it a lot, but at the same time, I felt that it needed something more. It just didn't leave me feeling all that much. It felt like it was saying more than it actually succeeded in communicating. Still, it's enjoyable, thoughtful, serene yet hilarious. I really loved it, but it still kind of fades from memory fast, just as quickly as day and weeks turn into years. A year can pass, within the time a lot can change, but ultimately each year is not so different from the one before; each moment should be enjoyed and cherish as it blends into the next.
Down Terrace 2010,  R)
When in Rome 2010,  PG-13)
When in Rome
I sort of want to rate this higher simply because everyone else has given it such crappy ratings and reviews. Personally, I didn't think it was bad at all. Shallow and obvious? Absolutely! But without naming any names (yes, I'm looking at you The Proposal) it didn't seem like When in Rome was any worse than others of its kind that have been well-recieved. Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel are both goofy and charming; and I have to admit that the most memorable part of the film was Lee Pace's big scene, which lasted all of about a minute. I really think that you can tell that this was aimed at a younger audience (primarily teenagers) Both of our heros are young, gorgeous people, with jobs they love, supportive friends, etc. The one thing they lack? True love! And of course that little problem will be resolved by the end of the film. The storyline itself also has more of a novelty/fantasy ring to it. Plus, there is also the matter that the director felt the need to have 3OH!3 and Katy Perry blaring within the first 90 seconds. Still, for a light comedy, it does everything it should. The time went fast and it made me laugh a bit. Really, I think that is enough of an accomplishment.
Casino Jack 2010,  R)
Greenberg 2010,  R)
I'm not going to lie. I was really, really disappointed with this movie. It seems like all of Noah Baumbach's films are of a "love it' or 'hate it' quaility; but this is hands down his weakest films, and ironically, probably the most accessible. The film is just a muddled mess, there is not any kind of development, or focus, or plot, or anything else. Specific scenes are interesting and entertaining enough - like the opening, or when Roger is building the doghouse. The problem is that the film as a whole communicates nothing. By nature it is a character study, but at the end of the film everyone is still completely forgein. I cannot convince myself that I care about them, or the movie for that matter.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) 2010,  R)
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 2010,  R)
Vampires Suck 2010,  PG-13)
Nanny McPhee Returns 2010,  PG)
Mao's Last Dancer 2010,  PG)
Soul Kitchen 2010,  Unrated)
I'm Still Here 2010,  R)
I'm Still Here
Had "I'm Still Here" been released just a couple years sooner, I think it would have taken the world by storm. As it stands now, we've simply seen this before and in much more interesting ways. There was a novel that was very similar to this released last year, but for the life of me I cannot think of the title. Also, two summers ago we had Bruno. In many ways, this is the exact same film, just with more of an artistic philosophic manner and less provocative. Even in music, Gaga's single 'Paparazzi' and the entire 'The Fame' album explored many of these same things. So, it's not so much that what Phoenix did is poorly done, as much as just poor timing. And, honestly, the film is boring and Phoenix is obnoxious. In a way, you cannot help but wonder if his career was already dying. I mean, why risk so much unless there wasn't much to lose. Either way, this really doesn't seem like a way to jump start his career. In fact, it seems like many people are sort of frustrated with Mr. Phoenix. I was surprised at how nasty everyone was toward Phoenix in the media. The montage of spoofs and such was one of the film's finest moments. It's terrible and something that we do to everyone. The only other highlight is the film's poster. I personally think it is amazing. Other than those two things, the film kind of sucks. If we could jump back a couple years, maybe things would be different. As it is, the film and possibly even Phoenix will be forgotten in a couple years.
Black Swan 2010,  R)
Black Swan
Personally, I think the opening scene alone establishes Black Swan as hands down the best film of the year. There are many promising films I haven't seen yet, but I do not think it's possible for any to come close to being as great. It's so completely intoxicating from start to finish. It's just perfect, everything is exactly as it needs to be. Interestingly, no one got up to leave the second it finished, almost as if a minute was needed for everything to sink in. The narrative is incredibly easy to follow and makes sense as it goes on, but it is afterwards that so many more connections can be made. It is then that the line is drawn between what really happened and what are hallucinations and what it all means. I mean, you could certainly guess early on, but it carries more meaning in the aftermath. I really loved how the narrative remains really concentrated; it is not a long, sprawling endeavor, but it really intimate and personal. Nina's world is tiny, and the film would not be the same if it were not such a small, claustrophobic reality. Personally, I thought the film was truly unsettling at times. Without going for any conventional horror antics, the film manages to be absolutely terrifying at times. Natalie Portman is perfect. The style is perfect. The story and presentation, everything is just perfect. I just want to rave and rave and rave about this film. There are very few films that I have loved this much. I was really excited to see it, but I had never expected it to be this good. The final line of the film pretty sums it up: "I could feel it and it was perfect..."
Cherry Tree Lane 2010,  Unrated)
Day & Night 2010,  G)
The Virginity Hit 2010,  R)
Peepli Live 2010,  Unrated)
The People I've Slept With 2010,  Unrated)
Morning Glory 2010,  PG-13)
En helt vanlig dag på jobben 2010,  Unrated)
The Tempest 2010,  PG-13)
The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) 2010,  PG)
The Illusionist (L'illusionniste)
The thing about The Illusionist that I'm most struck by in the end is that it looks ever so much better than it actually was. However, that's a horrible way to open as the film really is good. It just looked so much better! Still, the story is sweet and charming; the characters and likable and the whole thing carries a low-key whimsical atmosphere. The animation is beautiful and fluid; the music, as well. The whole thing is incredibly sweet and sentimental, and for once, that's not a bad thing. It works incredibly well.
Happiness Runs 2010,  Unrated)
The Square 2010,  R)
Never Let Me Go 2010,  R)
127 Hours 2010,  R)
127 Hours
I love Danny Boyle, and mostly that's why I love 127 Hours. The film has all of Boyle's typical trappings, it's visually vivid and exciting, and there's fantastic editing, and also that persistent, optimistic faith in humanity. Look anywhere from Trainspotting to Slumdog Millionaire and it's there. I think this optimism is one of the main things that sets Boyle's work apart. He also can balance it so well with edgy and even controversial material. The thing about 127 Hours is that while the film itself is wonderful, it just doesn't have that much of a spark. At times it really does feel conventional, but I think that is unavoidable. First off, the storyline lends itself far too easily into a tell-everyone-you-love-them-and-remember-you-are-not-invincible route. The second thing would just be that everyone is already familiar with Aron's saga so there isn't any kind of surprise or tension really. Honestly though, I do not think that it could have possibly been a better film. There are flaws and it is not perfect, but I do not think that there is anything that could have been done to eliminate them. What we end up with is an absolutely perfect film all around that is formed from good-but-not-great material and there just isn't anything that can be done...
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Burlesque 2010,  PG-13)
I'm not really sure where to start with this without being really mean. Honestly, it kind of sucks, no matter how you look at it. Both this and Wall Street 2 reminded me of films that I watched as an innocent child in the late 90's. I wish I could remember some exact titles, but the characters, plots, ideas, stylings, emotions, solutions for the climax, everything is identical. The problem being it's all tribe. Generally I'm not that big of a fan of Stanlet Tucci, but he is actually really funny here. Cher isn't bad either. One of my biggest complaints would be that besides the fact that the music just isn't very good, nothing is particuarly sensual or erotic. Xtina dances in nothing but beads or at times nothing at all, but it's just this blantent kinky mess, there is no charm. All of the dancing is horribly suggestive, but it just isn't interesting to watch. High School Musical, while a crappier film overall, honestly has better song and dance sequences. Idk, that is enough whining really. It really sucks, there is no denying it, but at the same time it's watchable, but that's about it.
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