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100 movies: The last of 2010

I managed to sneak one more movie in 2010, which brings the total up to 124 for 2010.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age Elizabeth: The Golden Age (31/12/10)
I’d not seen the first Elizabeth film, but I don’t think it mattered too much. Elizabeth’s the queen and there’s a holy way about to start. Don’t think I needed much back-story than what was supplied to me in the introduction. Cate Blanchett was really very good as the equally strong and fragile Queen Elizabeth. She held the film together when I started losing interest mid-way when they decided to forget there was a Spanish Armada heading to England and instead decided to concentrate on the lack of love life for our queen. This historical epic didn’t blow me out of the water, but it held my interest. Wow, that’s a bad compliment to pay something, isn’t it?
Rating: 3/5

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The Top Film Related Lists of 2010

2010’s nearly done and I figure I should put some use to my 100 movies of 2010 which I did this year and compile a list of my favourites. Also wonder how in the hell I managed to watch over 100 films in a year. I’m not sure I’ll be able to beat that amount in 2011.

Onto the lists, I’m doing one top 10 list of cinema releases and one of all the films I saw this year.

Think I watched more movies at the cinema this year than I have done in a long time. In total I saw 34 films at the cinema. That’s not bad!

Top 10 Cinema Releases

  1. Inception: I just bloody love it.
  2. Black Swan: Never been more tense while watching a film at the cinema.
  3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: One word – epic.
  4. Buried: Brilliant piece of film making.
  5. Toy Story 3: A fitting end to the Toy Story movies.
  6. The Social Network: Loved the dialogue.
  7. Never Let Me Go: A moving and surprising story.
  8. Let Me In: Finally, a good vampire movie.
  9. TRON: Legacy: Beautiful movie with the best soundtrack.
  10. Kick Ass: Shaky start, but brought it together by the end.

Top 10 Movies of the Year

This is tough. I want all of those listed above as well as the ones I saw on the telly box.

  1. Inception: Can’t give this movie up.
  2. Moon: Intelligent little sci-fi flick.
  3. Black Swan: Really was that blown away by the movie.
  4. Office Space: Wondering why it took me so long to see this. It’s hilarious!
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Like Inception and Black Swan, this is definitely a must for this list.
  6. In Bruges: Surprisingly moving film, as well as being laugh out loud funny.
  7. Defiance: I do like a good war-ish film.
  8. Revolutionary Road: Do not watch when depressed.
  9. [REC]: Surprisingly good Spanish horror.
  10. Mesrine: Killer Instinct: My favourite of the two parts

Ask me on any other day and I think that list will be different. For today, and prosperity’s sake, this will be in for 2010.

Top 5 Movie Scores of the Year

I love my movie score soundtracks so I thought I should do a list of the things that see me through until the DVD release of my favourite films.

  1. TRON: Legacy: I love you Daft Punk.
  2. Inception: One of Hans Zimmer’s best since Gladiator.
  3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Score: Nice eclectic bunch of score pieces.
  4. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan/Razor: Not cinema releases I know, but movies the same, and Bear’s scores are some of my favourite, ever.
  5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Harry Gregson-Williams is fast becoming a favourite of mine.

Reckon I’ll be able to hit 130 films next year?

100 movies: What the kids are watching

I may be bingeing on Christmas season TV…

Race to Witch Mountain Race 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

Shrek Shrek (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 Third Shrek 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 Penguins March 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 Feet Happy 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

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100 movies: The Dawn Treader

Think this will be my last cinema film of the year. Next it’ll be films watched from the cosy comfortable-ness of my sofa.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (09/12/10)
I think I’ve been kind with the rating of this film. Maybe too kind. But I’ve grown attached to the film franchise due to my own childhood attachment to the original Narnia books. I like the characters and half of what got transferred to screen I liked. What went wrong? The story just wasn’t there. It was a shadow of what went on in the book. The quest for the seven swords was weak. The heavy-handed way in which Aslan basically outed himself as Jesus was pretty daft. Dawn Treader just didn’t have nearly as much depth as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or Prince Caspian. Those two were brilliant adaptations.

So what did work? Well, Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes and Ben Barnes held the movie together pretty well. Though, where did Caspian’s Inigo Montoya-esque accent go? I was never a fan of Eustace in the book, but Will Poulter did a good job. There were some good action scenes. Even when things did go a little Pirates of the Caribbean towards the end. Eustace’s transformation was handled really well. Simon Pegg did a good enough job impersonating Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep. (Though I think I preferred Izzard!) The pace of the film was good. Despite it coming in at nearly 2 hours, it rattled through fairly quickly. It was a fun film to watch. At times.

The film did really suffer from its slash in budget. Which makes me sad. If this one doesn’t do well, even with the 3D offering I don’t think it’ll light up the box office, I doubt we’ll see another Narnia film on the big screen.
Rating: 3/5

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100 movies: Indie and the big budget

Couple of new films in the cinema seen. Start of a good December, cinema release wise for me.

Monsters Monsters (03/12/10)
First time writer and director, Gareth Edwards, does a damn good job with his first film. It’s a beautifully shot film with convincing CG at times and then at other times not so convincing. But at those times you’re not too fussed about being convinced that the CG isn’t perfect. Enough about the CG, what about the film? On the surface it’s a sci-fi film about an alien invasion and humanity fighting to stay alive. Well, in Mexico at least. Though the bigger part of this film is the story of the two leads, their journey to get back to America and seeing them slowly fall for each other. I think a lot of people have compared this to District 9, purely for the style it’s been shot in. It’s nothing like District 9. Other than, there are aliens. Highly recommend this film. I’m hoping, it’ll be one of the better films you’ll see this year.
Rating: 4/5

TRON: Legacy TRON: Legacy (07/12/10)
It’d been a good long while since I saw the first TRON film. Until Sky Movies thankfully put it on in the run up to the release of Legacy. Refreshed on what happened in TRON I was really looking forward to Legacy. The trailers looked stunning, but what really grabbed me about this film? Having a score done by Daft Punk. Daft Punk being heavily influenced by the original TRON movie to the go on to doing a score for a sequel. PERFECT! It really was just that. It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen this year. The way the Grid’s look has been updated is fantastic. There are loads of little throwbacks to the first film. But you don’t need to have seen it to watch this film. It’s a pretty straightforward plot with maybe one mcguffin thrown in for good measure. The action is breath-taking. Some amazing things have been done. I’ve already talked about the soundtrack, but I will again – it was PERFECT. Couldn’t have asked for anything better. The actors were all solid. Though Jeff Bridges’ CG face was a tad rubbery at times. The more you saw it, the worse it got! Garrett Hedlund was a good Sam Flynn, though he came off as a little wooden at times. But he held together the film well enough.

If I have one gripe it’s got to be the 3D. You’re given a little heads up at the beginning of the film informing you that there will be some 2D scenes. Fine. But then when we’re given the 3D scenes, again for me, they add nothing to the film for me. I don’t enjoy a film more with added 3D. In fact I probably enjoy it less because I’m not feeling comfortable with glasses on my head! Yet another film where the 3D is not needed at all. Unfortunately, you’re not likely to find many screenings of this in 2D, if any. Thankfully the film was brilliant enough for me to just pass the useless 3D off and just enjoy the film. Going on my list of top cinema releases of the year.

Oh! Forgot to mention! Cillian Murphy cameo! I did a double take. Expected him to show up somewhere else. But he didn’t. He’s got about four lines, but he’s there!
Rating: 5/5

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