100 movies: What the kids are watching

100 movies of 2010

I may be bingeing on Christmas season TV…

Race to Witch MountainRace to Witch Mountain (15/12/10)
Harmless film, easy enough to watch with a very simple plot. There weren’t much surprises but it was entertaining enough. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a good enough leading man in it. The actors who played the kids – AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig weren’t all that amazing, but did an okay enough job I guess. Why did I watch it then? Well it was on TV and I had done packing. That a good enough reason?
Rating: 2/5

ShrekShrek (23/12/10)
How have I gone this long without ever having seen Shrek? I remember vaguely seeing the second one at some point or another but not being all that impressed. The first one was a lot better than I was expecting. Some good jokes, fun music and a nice twist on some fairy tales. Of course the animation quality has aged the film a fair bit. Though you could say the same thing about Toy Story. I’m not as in love with Shrek as some people got, but enjoyed it while I watched.
Rating: 3/5

Shrek the ThirdShrek the Third (25/12/10)
Christmas day is to be spent laying like a lump on the sofa watching whatever turns up on TV. Shrek the Third happened to be one such item. Not nearly as good as the first. The music was still good though. Jokes were a bit weak and not all that great to laugh at. More rolling of my eyes than anything else.
Rating: 2/5

March of the PenguinsMarch of the Penguins (27/12/10)
Beautifully made documentary narrated by one of the best voices to narrate anything like this – Morgan Freeman! It was interesting to watch but you really have to respect the people who were out there to make this documentary. Not only were the penguins out there in -80 degree Celsius weather but so were the film makers! Penguins have it really hard, it’s a wonder that they’re not extinct if you combine what they have to go through in order to have children and humankind’s impact on their environment. I’m perhaps giving this a higher mark than I was initially thinking, only because of how much respect I have for the people who were down there filming all of what I saw.
Rating: 4/5

Happy FeetHappy Feet (27/12/10)
Penguins dancing and singing – more amusing than I initially thought it would be. Drawn in by the cuteness of the animated fuzz balls the songs were fun and the tap dancing was kind of very cute to watch. The obvious message behind the film was the effect of humans on the environment felt a bit forced towards the end. Jammed in there just to make sure the film had a message in it. I don’t personally feel it was needed, but then again, I don’t know where the film would have gone had that not been put in there. Fun, cute and even more cute.
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see the full list of movies seen this year:

123 movies so far this year

  1. Three Kings (4/5) 04/01/10
  2. Defiance (5/5) 06/01/10
  3. Frost/Nixon (4/5) 06/01/10
  4. Dreamgirls (4/5) 07/01/10
  5. Munich (2/5) 08/01/10
  6. Ray (4/5) 09/01/10
  7. Max Payne (1/5) 09/01/10
  8. Mirrors (2/5) 09/01/10
  9. Ali (5/5) 10/01/10
  10. Slumdog Millionaire (4/5) 16/01/10
  11. Australia (2/5) 16/01/10
  12. Yes Man (2/5) 17/01/10
  13. Shrooms (1/5) 23/01/10
  14. Valkyrie (4/5) 30/01/10
  15. Love the Beast (3/5) 30/01/10
  16. Brick (4/5) 31/01/10
  17. My Bloody Valentine (2/5) 06/02/10
  18. Fantastic Mr. Fox (3/5) 06/02/10
  19. Children of Men (4/5) 13/02/10
  20. We Own the Night (3/5) 14/02/10
  21. Outpost (1/5) 20/02/10
  22. Push (4/5) 21/02/10
  23. Revolutionary Road (5/5) 24/02/10
  24. Milk (5/5) 26/02/10
  25. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (3/5) 27/02/10
  26. Rendition (3/5) 27/02/10
  27. The Reader (4/5) 28/02/10
  28. Flags of Our Fathers (4/5) 03/03/10
  29. A History of Violence (4/5) 03/03/10
  30. Office Space (5/5) 04/03/10
  31. The Eye (2/5) 04/03/10
  32. Alice in Wonderland (4/5) 05/03/10
  33. Bolt (4/5) 06/03/10
  34. Gran Torino (5/5) 06/03/10
  35. Franklyn (2/5) 07/03/10
  36. Green Zone (4/5) 11/03/10
  37. Whip It (4/5) 12/03/10
  38. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (0/5) 12/03/10
  39. Shutter Island (3/5) 13/03/10
  40. Triangle (4/5) 27/03/10
  41. Kick Ass (5/5) 01/04/10
  42. Clash of the Titans (3/5) 02/04/10
  43. Fast & Furious (4/5) 02/04/10
  44. Silent Hill (2/5) 03/04/10
  45. Final Destination 3 (1/5) 03/04/10
  46. Lilo & Stitch (3/5) 11/04/10
  47. Lord of War (3/5) 17/04/10
  48. The Core (2/5) 25/04/10
  49. Iron Man 2 (4/5) 02/05/10
  50. Drones (3/5) 03/05/10
  51. The Orphanage (4/5) 08/05/10
  52. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (4/5) 09/05/10
  53. Robin Hood (4/5) 15/05/10
  54. Underdog (1/5) May
  55. Dan in Real Life (3/5) May
  56. In the Loop (3/5) May
  57. State of Play (4/5) 19/06/10
  58. Pride and Glory (2/5) 19/06/10
  59. The Losers (3/5) 20/06/10
  60. [REC] (4/5) 09/07/10
  61. Inception (5/5) 17/07/10
  62. Moon (5/5) 18/07/10
  63. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (1/5) 23/07/10
  64. Mars Attacks! (3/5) 24/07/10
  65. Inside Man (4/5) 25/07/10
  66. Splice (3/5) 27/07/10
  67. Made of Honor (1/5) 29/07/10
  68. Funny People (3/5) 01/08/10
  69. Toy Story 3 (5/5) 03/08/10
  70. The A-Team (4/5) 05/08/10
  71. The Children (2/5) 07/08/10
  72. The Expendables (4/5) 13/08/10
  73. Gamer (2/5) 14/08/10
  74. Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2/5) 14/08/10
  75. Pour Elle (Anything for Her) (3/5) 15/08/10
  76. In Bruges (5/5) 15/08/10
  77. Salt (4/5) 20/08/10
  78. Piranha 3D (4/5) 21/08/10
  79. Adventureland (3/5) 22/08/10
  80. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (5/5) 25/08/10
  81. Derailed (3/5) 28/08/10
  82. Atonement (4/5) 29/08/10
  83. Sky High (2/5) 30/08/10
  84. The Final Destination (1/5) 03/09/10
  85. Mesrine: Killer Instinct (4/5) 05/09/10
  86. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (4/5) 05/09/10
  87. Inglorious Basterds (3/5) 12/09/10
  88. Sherlock Holmes (3/5) 16/09/10
  89. Planet Terror (3/5) 16/09/10
  90. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (3/5) 19/09/10
  91. The Last Exorcism (4/5) 20/09/10
  92. Devil (3/5) 24/09/10
  93. Quarantine (1/5) 25/09/10
  94. Buried (4/5) 29/09/10
  95. The Time Travellers Wife (3/5) 02/10/10
  96. 9 (2/5) 03/10/10
  97. 27 Dresses (2/5) 03/10/10
  98. The Social Network (5/5) 10/10/10
  99. Let Me In (5/5) 16/10/10
  100. Never Let Me Go (5/5) 17/10/10
  101. Black Swan (5/5) 25/10/10
  102. Paranormal Activity 2 (2/5) 28/10/10
  103. Friday the 13th (3/5) 29/10/10
  104. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2/5) 01/11/10
  105. V for Vendetta (2/5) 06/11/10
  106. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2/5) 13/11/10
  107. New Moon (1/5) 14/11/10
  108. Paranormal Activity (2/5) 14/11/10
  109. The Kids Are All Right (3/5) 15/11/10
  110. A Serious Man (4/5) 19/11/10
  111. Away We Go (2/5) 20/11/10
  112. Law Abiding Citizen (2/5) 20/11/10
  113. Unstoppable (4/5) 26/11/10
  114. The Soloist (2/5) 28/11/10
  115. The Next Three Days (2/5) 30/11/10
  116. Monsters (4/5) 03/12/10
  117. TRON: Legacy (5/5) 07/12/10
  118. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3/5) 09/12/10
  119. Race to Witch Mountain (2/5) 15/12/10
  120. Shrek (3/5) 23/12/10
  121. Shrek the Third (2/5) 25/12/10
  122. March of the Penguins (4/5) 27/12/10
  123. Happy Feet (3/5) 27/12/10