It's that time of year where I look back at the movies I watched. Some (most) were really crap. Most (very few) were really good. Since I have two kids now, this year was a little slim on the movie going. Also after work and then watching a toddler, getting him feed and in bed, I am really tired so the last thing I want to do is put in a 2 hour drama. So the level of light crap is higher than usual this year. I have noticed a couple things in watching the movies of 2010:
1) Hollywood is making a lot of shit, I mean really bad. I don't get it, some board room guys actually watched Cop Out and said "ok, how do we make people think this is a quality film" I mean movies do not need a plot or real characters anymore as long as there is pretty images on the screen? If you are buying into all this crap, and forgave movies like Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland because they "looked awesome" then you deserve all the crap that is on the way. You know they are making a Monopoly movie...MONOPOLY THE MOVIE PEOPLE, COME ON!!!
2) I don't like saying that I'm getting old, but I AM getting old-er and this year while watching certain "films" I said to myself "umm, do teenagers really act like this is school, maybe this movie was made for a 16 year old." This is the first year I have felt this way. Like those same people who are sitting at the board room are also saying " most kids are talking or just looking at there cell phones, so who gives a shit."
3) 3D is stupid
Youth in Revolt - quirky and funny due to Michael Cera, but this was a mess, trying to be funny, and zany, and serious and too much, when it was over, I thought to myself, "so why did all that happen" maybe if I was 16 years old.
Edge of Darkness - I could not even finish the movie. I thought i was getting something like "Taken" at least that is how they advertised it, but instead I got a slow moving quiet dialogue pile of poo with Mel Gibson's bad boston accent right in the middle.
The Wolfman - Had potential to be amazing, but due to its original director dropping off 3 weeks before filming, the movie suffers from lack of direction. Some of it was really really awesome, and then some was really bad. Rick Bakers make-up = awesome, Anthony Hopkins as a wolfman = bad
Shutter Island - If you want to see a masterful film maker at work then see it. Martin Scorsese puts so much into this one and it had me from the beginning, loved it
Cop Out - This is the worst movie I saw all year
Alice in Wonderland - Time Burton should be ashamed of himself. The movie looks like Disney could not get Tim Burton so they got some director and told him to make a movie that looks like a Tim Burton movie. Scary looking trees and all. it got really bad when Tweedle Dee and Dumb started sword fighting and the end of the movie.
Hot Tub Time Machine - Instant Classic, way better that it should be.
Clash of the Titans - Sam Worthington is not human, he is a CGI person created by the studios to look like
Date Night - Went into this one thinking it was going to be bad. I was pleasantly surprised to see that is was funny and the chemistry between Carrel and Fey really worked. Someone put it perfectly when they said "if you replaced Fey and Carrel with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Macanahey, then it would be unbearable" They really made the movie good, and James Franco cameo didn't hurt either.
Kick Ass - http://maxpule.blogspot.com/2010/09/return-of-guess-what-sucks-kick-ass.html
Exit Through the Gift Shop - Great, Interesting documentary about street art. It has a crazy narative that is almost unbelievable. It makes you think about what a shame the art world is.
Iron Man 2 - Ohhh Iron Man 2, I thought it was awesome, but not awesome enough. I think Marvel really is pushing the whole Avengers thing too hard in this. I wanted what Spiderman 2 was for the first Spiderman. Instead we just got the same stuff from the first movie. I really think it fell short, but still really fun and exciting.
MacGrubber - This is a weird, sometimes funny, weird, not so funny movie.
Get Him to the Greek - This was good, well put together, you actually cared about the character which most comedies do not do these day. Russel Brand was hilarious, and Jonah Hill was not too annoying. The problem is the last act. It goes a little too far and ends up messing up the arc of the story.
Splice - This is the funniest movie I saw all year.
A-Team - exactly what I thought it would be. A rip roaring romp of action and fun. This was just fun to watch. The action was cool, and over the top, but I think it worked considering it was an A-Team movie. too much CGI in the end.
Toy Story 3- Well what can I say about Toy Story 3, It was great., I loved it. Most of the new Pixar movies try to shoe horn in some sort of "message", but this stuck to just being a great Toy Story...nothing more, nothing less.
Predators - The best predators sequel, but still not great. It was fun, but fell a little flat in the characters and the story.
Inception - The blew me away, not on a mind blowing level, but an action movie level. It was so fast and quick, and I was on the ride. This is what a summer blockbuster should be.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - I love all the video game stuff, I love Edgar Write and it is nice to see him make something without the net of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I wouldn't buy this movie, but it was very fun and looked great.
Machete - Awesome, Hilarious, sometimes Rodriquez can be very sloppy put together, but this was not at all. I loved all the characters and the jokes. I want more Machete.
Easy A - We watched this because we had heard it was good, it even has a high rotten tomato rating. I have no idea why, it was so bad and stupid. Reviews were saying it was a call back to John Hughes teen comedies. They are wrong, they talk about John Hughes in the movie, and they rip him off blatantly. The writing was bad, I did not understand why anyone was doing what they were doing. I turned it off when they guy lifted up two computer speakers outside the girls house mimicking "Say Anything"
Social Network - My favorite of the year. Such a well crafted movie. Arron Sorkin takes Shakespearean themes of friendship, greed, and betrayal, and puts them in a very modern setting, and it all works.
Jackass 3D - The best 3D movie I have ever seen
Dinner for Schmucks - This is just embarrassing for Rudd and Carrel. They are both great, but this movie is so bad that is it beyond explanation. It is really really bad, like how did someone watch this and think it was good. It is like "Envy" with Jack Black and Ben Stiller bad.
The Other Guys - The first 30 or so minutes are hilarious, but as usual director Adam McKay (Anchor Man, Talladega Nights) has no concept of story or character arcs. Just a series of sketches. Learn how to say cut you horrible film maker.
I'm still Here - That Joaquin Phoenix "documentary" ...................Stupid, just plain stupid
Harry Potter and Deathly Hollows Part 1 - Well it was great for half of a movie. I love all Harry Potter films, so no complaining from me, but it is hard to review half of a movie.
Black Swan - AHHHH!!! AMAZING!!! HELP!!!
Tron Legacy - I saw this had a 49% on rotten tomatoes. I don't get it. I loved it, in fact I was kinda blown away by it. If you like the first Tron then you will like this one. let me say this again...If you like the first Tron, then you will like this one. People must have been thinking Tron is an action movie when its really more a
BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR - SOCIAL NETWORK
WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR - ALICE IN WONDERLAND