Friday, December 31, 2010

More best of 2010

As with most people that take their movies somewhat seriously, I made my top 10 list of favorite films of 2010 a couple of days ago. Well... I thought just for the heck of it, I'd add on some more " best of's " for 2010. Maybe some not so obvious categories. We'll start off with best popcorn ( what most everyone has seen ) flicks of 2010...

Best popcorn movies:

Toy Story 3
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I
Iron Man 2
Despicable Me

Toy Story 3 enough to make a grown man cry. And even if you aren't a fan, just the numbers alone that the Harry Potter franchise has made is beyond enormous.

Best Documentary:

The Tillman Story

There were many good doc's this year with Inside Job and Waiting For Superman to name just a few high up on the list. But The Tillman Story is something unique all in it's own, because of what the main topic is about. It's a film that takes you on so many different emotional landscapes which finalizes with the Tillman family at peace at knowing how their selfless son truthfully died after an embarrassing cover up by our own government.

Most underrated animated film:

The Legends Of The Guardian: The Owls Of Ga' Hoole

Not only is this one of my favorite animated features of the year, it's also one of the best visually to witness. This could go in the most underrated category. Plus the story is a good one. I feel bad for the film not doing better at the box office. I highly suggest renting it.

Best on screen chemistry:

Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway- Love and Other Drugs

They seemed so natural together as if they had been a real life couple for many years.

Worst on screen chemistry:

Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie- The Tourist

Talk about going through the motions. Easily both actors most forgettable performances in a very long time.

Best Sequel:

Toy Story 3

Has to be. It's also the top money maker of the year. Other close calls are Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, which is still hugely popular, and even if you aren't a fan, Harry Potter has to be mentioned because so many people love that franchise.

Worst remake:

Clash Of The Titans

This was pretty brutal to sit through. I actually liked the original better and that's not saying much. But go figure, it made the top ten grossing films of all year. Just goes to show ya...

Best transformation for a role:

Christian Bale- The Fighter

He's hands down the actor of the year that became their character. You would have thought he lived in Lowell, Ma. his whole life. Plus you always have to mention his attention to detail in the weight loss for the role to make his impersonation of Dick authentic.

Best Foreign film:

A Prophet

One I didn't see in it's original release but still made my top 5 of the year after renting it. And films rarely do that to me when seeing them on DVD, but this film even transcends that.

Best Dialogue:

The Social Network

I read the last draft of the script a year before the film even hit movie screens and as far back as that I said that was the screenplay of the year. If only for the words. It's the snappiest dialogue of any movie in 2010.

Best newcomer:

Hailee Steinfeld- True Grit

It's unanimous. She's a natural and should have a very good career if she chooses to pursue acting farther.

Best performance by a young performer:

Jennifer Lawrence- Winter's Bone

She acts beyond her years as Ree Dolly, a performance so good and realistic, it could garner the young actress a best actress Oscar nomination.

Most underrated performance of the year:

Michael Douglas- Solitary Man

I personally think it's one of the best performances of his career let alone this year. It's a role he enveloped and made only his. In that thinking, that after you see the film, you can't picture any other male actor in that role. That's really putting your stamp on a character.

The most WTF moment of 2010:

The Tourist, Depp and Jolie; all receiving Golden Globe nominations over so many more better films and performances. Actually too many to mention here.

So there ya go, a little look into the 2010 year in film. Here's hoping for a good year in 2011. Maybe a better one ?

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !