For Your Viewing Pleasure: 2010
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)
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)
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....
Rabbit Hole 2010, PG-13)
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)