Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Hurt Locker but he delivers a no holds barred, fuck-the-world, volatile insane character that was a joy to watch. I'd go as far as to compare him with Joe Pesci from Goodfellas. He walks that fine line as John Hawkes character did in Winter's Bone as in being an anti-hero type character where the audience loves him but is still afraid of him. Oh and he has one of the best end scenes I have ever seen a bank robber has. If I'm gonna go out, I'm going out like THAT. Minus the trashy drink.
The Dark Knight.
But enough of all this emo crap. You want my top 25 movie list, well here it is. As a disclaimer, I would like to note that yes, I have seen all these films and picked them after careful consideration because that's just the way I roll. For the films that don;t have a review yet, they will be up next year when I have time to write them. Some of these film, you may agree with, some you may not. Let me just say, that this is my list.. so go fuck yourself if you don't like it. Okay. Thanks. Bye.
25. SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
Edgar Wright delivers yet another fantastic comedy in the style of a flashy video game come to life, featuring a fantastic string of memorable villains and a not so stoic Michael Cera.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is the perfect geekgasm for comic book and video game lovers and also a fun popcorn flick for those who are just into watching a really good teen action cum comedy movie.
This is by no means Edgar Wright's masterpiece but it is a very entertaining, endearing, lo-fi mess that understands it's genres and makes no apologies for it. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is lunacy with flash and noise but ultimately delivers heart.
24. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
This is a daring documentary film of the degenerating American intellect under the failing U.S education.
I love it's almost satirical commentary and narrative, following the lives of three kids as they hope to get picked to attend a prestigious school through a lottery draft.
The film did leave me somewhat depressed but does plant an empowering message about the importance of real education.
23. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Without a doubt, this was the best 3D experience post-Avatar.
A typical Dreamworks animation story that is set against amazing visuals, beautiful scores and great voice acting by Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson and Gerard Butler.
The flying sequences in Dragon were amazing, never had I had that feeling of flying or falling in a cinema for the longest time.
22. BLUE VALENTINE
Ryan Gosling is literally on the cusp of becoming one of the best young actors of his generation.
The film weaves a dramatic love story of a married couple in non-linear motion, juxtaposing their happy times together with the not so great times.
Blue Valentine is the darker, married version of (500) Days of Summer, featuring stellar performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
The feel good movie of 2010.
Rob Reiner, director of Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally and The Bucket List captures the story of a boy's first love perfectly.
Madeline Carroll gives a stand-out performance as the story effortlessly switches from her point of view to Callan McAuliffe's.
Flipped has all of the comedy, naiveté and bewilderment of first love. It's a cute film for anyone who fondly remembers the first time they fell in love.
20. RABBIT'S HOLE
It's films like these that reminds me that Nicole Kidman is an amazing actress. This film is also really fucked up.
Rabbit Hole isn't an original story and it does suffer for having many similarities to other films with the same plot but Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart saved this film with absolutely stellar performances.
It is however, still very depressing and might not be for everybody.
19. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
"Yeah.. that's great.. I... I love lesbians......... Great."
Finally, a gay movie where it's not so much about flashing out gayness all over the place and just portraying them as normal everyday people.
The entire cast here is gut bustingly hilarious. Anette Benning and Mark Ruffalo were particularly good and Mia Wasikowska who redeemed herself from the rubbles of Alice in Wonderland.
Great story, great writing, great characters, good acting, wonderful direction, everything I love about indie comedies.
Director Matthew Vaughn is 3 for 3 after making this instant classic of a comic book film combining the gritty violence of Layer Cake and the spectacle of Stardust.
Featuring a literally bloodfilled stand-out performance by Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl who will soon be a guaranteed cult character.
The film's over-the-top inclusion of violence, gore and profanities may make some uncomfortable but does offer it's fair share amount of fun and lunacy.
Easily one of the most suspenseful, creative, thrilling films ever to take place in one location.
The plot of the film is incredibly compact, weaving narrative with breakneck suspense.
Buried goes against all rules of filmmaking, backed by a visionary young director, a daring actor and a zero budget to produce one of the finest films to come out of 2010. Hitchcock would have been proud. Very proud.
The celebrated director of Babel and Javier Bardem of No Country For Old Men fame comes together to bring you a moving drama of a man conflicted between love for his children and his dedication to crime.
Bardem's performance presents a heavyweight menace for Best Actor come Oscar time and Inarritu poised for his second directorial nomination.
Biutiful is a gritty, slowburner film that captivates it's audience with it's dark melodrama descent into Bardem's character's purgatory.
15. NEVER LET ME GO
The film everyone except Michael Bay would like.
Taking place in a dystopian future that follows three teenagers who grow up in a seemingly idyllic boarding school only to discover a horrifying secret about themselves.
Never Let Me Go strikes a mournful chord and is one of the most haunting sci-fi films I have seen since Moon.
It boasts amazing British cinematography not to mention astounding performances from Carrie Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Kiera Knightley.
14. THE KING'S SPEECH
Those Brits can make a fine film out of literally anything with royalty in it, even with something as trivial as a 15 minute war speech.
The King's Speech at it's very element is a buddy comedy film set within the precincts of a historical drama.
I appreciate the film's direction of being whimsical yet still having wit and flair.
The film has wonderful dialog and story, brought to life stupendously by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
At anytime if someone were to say Freida Pinto was the weakest link in Slumdog Millionaire, just utter the word "Miral"
Julian Schnabel returns with an fantastic drama centered on an orphaned girl in war ridden Israel.
This is by far Freida Pinto's best work as an actress, playing a strong, hardened teenager who is still a little girl inside as she is torn between the future of her people and love.
Miral is the foreign Deer Hunter. An excellent window into the Israel-Arab war with an endearing message from a strong heroine.
This is not a better film than Lost In Translation but I loved it nonetheless.
Somewhere is a sort of coming-of-age film about a bad boy actor who begins to reexamine his lifestyle after his estranged daughter enters his life.
This is one beautiful film. A quiet film, a slow film, but a beautiful film.
Somewhere is a hypnotic, seductively pensive meditation on the nature of celebrity, anchored by a charming performance from Stephen Dorff and a starmaking one by Elle Fanning.
11. THE FIGHTER
The most amazing thing about this movie is that Christian Bale and David O Russell didn't blow up on each other during shooting.
A lot of people are comparing this to Raging Bull and I disagree with them. But The Fighter is by far one of the closest a boxing film has ever been on par with Raging Bull.
Christian Bale steals the film with his best performance in his career, a true dedicated method actor who's poised to win his first Oscar.
The story is simple and predictable yet engaging and gritty under the direction of O Russell. Wonderful performances. Wonderful direction. I say bravo.
10. 127 HOURS
The best movie to ever be based on a dumbass.
Danny Boyle truly shines as a director in turning a one man show into a strong internal drama of survival.
James Franco gives an amazing performance that is as gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, worthy of accolades.
The film is beautifully and creatively shot, astounding cinematography with one of the most disturbing amputation scenes in the history of film.
9. THE TOWN
Who would have thought that Daredevil would direct one of the best films of the year.
This is one heck of a thriller. Affleck really knows how to direct great crime cum heist cum action movies. There was not a moment in this film were I wasn't at the edge of my seat.
The film has wonderful acting from Jeremy Renner, John Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Blake Lively. And one of the best cat chase and shoot out scenes I have seen since The Dark Knight.
The Town is a very satisfying crime thriller that I would love to see get nominated for Best Picture.
8. BLACK SWAN
There are not enough words in the English language to describe the praise Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman deserves for Black Swan.
Black Swan is an enthralling and visceral experience from beginning to end. Aronofsky has used what he has learned from making the raw and unflinching The Wrestler and the cerebral horror and incredibly disturbing Requiem for a Dream, and has crafted a film that you will simply not be able to take your eyes off of.
A beautiful and nightmarish masterpiece.
7. WINTER'S BONE
Neo noir with a twist of Southern culture.
On surface, Winter's Bone moves at snail pace but underneath it is a character study that is borderline volatile and horrific with unblinking ferocity and emotions.
Jennifer Lawrence gives a star-making performance. Her acting is depressing & bleak yet somewhat hopeful. Lawrence has created a modern day heroine which is definitely going to land her a nomination for Best Lead Actress come Oscar time.
John Hawkes was also a standout. His character is menacing yet endearing, walking that very brittle wall between scum and hero.
6. PIANO FINGERS
With the exception of Toy Story 3, Piano Fingers is probably my favorite movie of the year.
The story of an aging musical couple whom were once famous back in the day, who have entombed themselves in their rotting house filled with memorabilia of their musical careers. When the wife begins losing her memory to Alzheimer, the husband tries to rekindle their marriage by taking her down a nostalgic trip of their life together.
In every way, Piano Fingers is as sweet and heartfelt as it is crushing of a film. Nancy Linehan Charles and Steve Vinovich were stunning to watch in this. A definite must see.
5. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin pulls out a winner with one of the best courtroom drama ala documentaries I have seen in years.
The Social Network is engaging from start to finish, sucking in it's audience with it's brilliant writing and stunning performances.
Jesse Eissenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake were a joy to watch as their characters claw their way through a very intense narrative of a story.
High praise to David Fincher for directing a masterpiece out of one of the most common human things. His Oscar is long overdue.
4. TRUE GRIT
Not since Unforgiven have I seen a ballsy western such as this masterpiece.
We are presented here with a beautiful, frightening, amusing piece of 'Americana. A reincarnation of a film classic that blows John Wayne with extreme bravura and real grit.
Hailee Steinfeld steals the show and that's saying a lot since that show also stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. A performance well beyond her age with grace, ferocity and also vulnerability. Oscar nom? Yes.
The Coen brothers have proven they are one of the best directors in Hollywood today. True Grit comes so close to greatness it blows my mind.
3. THE WAY BACK
I call this the epic of the year.
A true story of a group of escapees who trek 4000 miles over deserts, oceans and mountains to their freedom. Directed by Peter Weir, The Way Back has every ingredient of an epic on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia and delivers in fine form.
Breathtaking vistas that serve as the backdrop to the cast's efforts lend The Way Back an epic feel, echoed by mature editing & marvelously restrained use of music.
This is the best film of the year from a film making standpoint, whether the mainstream public recognizes it or not.
2. TOY STORY 3
What kind of radioactive performance enhancing drug are the people in Pixar taking? These people just can't make a bad movie. I don't think it even computes for them.
Toy Story 3 is Pixar's crowning glory. The film is much darker than the previous two, he way it is written is so much more mature and yet it never loses the original flavor of Toy Story.
Never has a film made me cry my eyes out then laugh my ass off within a span of a minute. Toy Story 3 is the perfect ending to a long, melancholy meditation on loss, impermanence and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love.
Really? Was there any surprise this is No. 1?
Christopher Nolan along with an elite cast of actors spins a dark tapestry of visceral action and intellectual mind fucks.
This film is so complex, so deep, delving deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of the mind. The pace moves break neck fast I could barely catch my breath.
Inception is every sense of the word storytelling brilliance and it's beginning, build, climax and ambiguous ending is going to be the subject of many discussions for years to come.
Now let's kill that third Batman movie! Muahahahaha.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
A Serious Man were the ugliest cast I have ever seen assembled into one movie, well.. I'd like to take that back and bestow that award of these people right here. Oh My God are these people ugly. But Holly Shit is this movie amazing.
The Cove. Which is also another testament of how great Dickey's menacing performance was, her character is just so scary, you simply do not trust Jennifer Lawrence with her, even if she is trying to help.