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 AgeElizabeth: 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 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

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100 movies: 3 more films down

Wonder if I can hit 120 films before the year’s out….

A Serious ManA Serious Man (19/11/10)
Coen brothers do good on another film. Loved A Serious Man. I was a little confused at the beginning – I really had no clue what was going on. But by the end I think I understood the purpose of that little scene. More than once I found myself laughing at various bits in the film. Not to sound terribly racist, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film about the Jewish culture before. A very smart little film that kept me watching and had me entertained.
Rating: 4/5

Away We GoAway We Go (20/11/10)
I think I liked this film. Honestly I can only just remember watching it. Sadly, it was fairly forgettable. It’s a really sweet story about a couple trying to figure out where they want to be, physically and spiritually. I felt a bit bored and frustrated by Burt and Verona’s aimless meanderings. I could see where they were going, but the journey didn’t interest me. All the different types of parenting felt a little too obvious. Nice film, glad I saw it, but wouldn’t jump to see it again.
Rating: 2/5

Law Abiding CitizenLaw Abiding Citizen (20/11/10)
I think the only way to describe this film is a cross between the Saw movies and TV’s Dexter. A law-abiding citizen, played by Gerard Butler, is bent on revenge after his family are killed during a home invasion. But he’s no ordinary revenge seeking murderer. Much like Saw’s Jigsaw and Dexter, he’s educated himself on the best ways to get his revenge on those that wronged him. There’s only really one way this film could have ended and it did just that. However along the way I wasn’t hooked into the film whatsoever. Jamie Foxx played a character who I couldn’t care much for and so struggled when I was meant to be on his side of the story. Gerard Butler did well enough in his role, but just failed to capture my imagination. This law-abiding citizen is no match for either Jigsaw or Dexter.
Rating: 2/5

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100 movies: The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All RightThe Kids Are All Right (15/11/10)
Really enjoyed watching this film. There was some laughter and a couple of teary eyes. Great acting from the whole cast and a really nice and smart story. It was the end that got a few tears out of me. When Joni was thinking her family just left her! The ‘unconventional’ family didn’t feel unconventional at all, which was a nice surprise. Think some films try to make too much of a point of it. However, while I did really like and enjoy the film, it’s a bit ‘forgotten’ with me now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I went to see and I’d like to see it again. When it eventually makes its way to Sky I think.
Rating: 3/5

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