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Best/Worst Movies of 2010

Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 4:32am

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So I know it isn't quite the end of 2010 yet but I was surprised not to see a thread like this yet.

Essentially, I just want to know what you think were the best and worst movies of 2010.

EDIT:
Mine are:

Best: Inception
The Expendables (I loved it, to me it was just a fun movie).
The Book of Eli (forgot about that one till Limey posted it.)

Worst: Didn't really watch enough movies to have a "worst"

Still need to see: Scott Pilgrim, Unstoppable, and the Social Network.

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Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 4:36am

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Best:
Black Swan
The Social Network
*forgot me some Scott Pilgrim*
Inception
Yet to see 127 hours... but i'm sure it'd be here

Worst:
The Tourist (Very good movie to sit through and make fun of/point out all it's flaws haha)

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Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 5:18am

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Best:
Inception
Scott Pilgrim VS The World
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
127 Hours

Worst:
Chronicles of Narnia
The Last Airbender
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 5:28am

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Best film was The Social Network for me, of what I've been able to see thus far. Best theater experience was probably Toy Story 3, just resonated its nostalgic glory so well. But Kick Ass is a close second. Favorite film on a personal level was kind of a large tie between the first two, Inception, and Shutter Island, on different levels.

Worst though? I saw "The Joneses" on an airplane. If anyone has seen it, I'm sorry. If not just nevermind, just please don't go and look at it. "Piranhas 3-D" was also bad because it had SO much more potential, and I saw it in an underpopulated theater that parents brought kids to (if you haven't seen it, it's gratuitously violent and pornographic for comedic effect). There's the worst theater experience of the year, not to mention the hangover.

I've yet to put any effort into catching up in film this year, have been focusing on a lot of other things. So I've only seen wide releases really.
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 5:44am

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We'll be posting a comprehensive review of all the movies the guys at Atomic saw in 2010 pretty soon. Members in our group have received a big pile of for-your-consideration screeners to review, and still have to see 'Black Swan', '127 Hours' and 'True Grit', amongst others. Recent screeners include 'I Love You Phillip Morris' and 'The King's Speech' both of which we all really enjoyed.

Sooooo basically, super-long reviews incoming once we see the three aforementioned. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 5:54am

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Inception for me - both very pioneering and fascinating movies, in very different ways.

Still have to see 127 Hours, True Grit and Black Swan, however.
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 7:24am

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In a year of unremarkable films, I don't think I have a favourite, but honourable mentions for the Millennium trilogy films ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc), and Mic Macs for being a little different at least!
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 7:37am

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pdrg, have you seen The King's Speech?
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 2:19pm

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Best:
Harry Potter
The tourist
Mega Mind(It was sorta funny)
Dispicable me.(It's So FLUFFY!!!)


Worst:
The Last Airbender(wich was disapointing, because Avatar is one of my faveorite shows:()
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 3:02pm

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The worst by a country mile was 'Unstoppable'.

They took a very interesting real-life event, and turned it into 90 of the dullest and unintentionally funny minutes of cinema ever.
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 3:17pm

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My favourites this year were Inception, Ghost Writer, and Shutter Island, but I enjoyed The Other Guys and Wall Street as well (Harry Potter was suprisingly good too).

I didn't get to see any of those that were listed as being the worst, but the Last Exorcism was my least favourite of the ones I saw. wink
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 5:30pm

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ben3308 wrote:

pdrg, have you seen The King's Speech?

I wanted to, the previews all sold out here - have you? I hear good things about it, so lets see when it goes on general release...
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 6:25pm

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As mentioned, we've had the fortune of watching 'For Your Consideration' screeners the past week and The King's Speech was indeed one of our screenings. It was excellent, and I fully expect Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush to both win Academy Awards for acting.

I also think Jim Carrey will win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy and I think that if the Academy were bolder they'd give Best Actor to Leonardo DiCaprio for Shutter Island - one, because he deserves it for his career, and two because his acting in there (rewatch the last 15 minutes at the lake) is the best he's ever done.

I don't think Franco will win for 127 Hours just because Firth in The King's Speech was founded in real life and it feels very real and very unique. The affliction (speech impediment) has been addressed in plenty of movies and docudramas before, but The King's Speech does a good job of narrowly drawing the line consistently between such a 'disability' being either comical or pathetic. Firth plays the frustration and stubbornness of it so well, and Geofrrey Rush's acting is so bubbly and wit-laden that you'll swear he's 20 years younger in the movie.

Really, I would actually call this a pretty remarkable movie for cinema. No altogether excellent-in-every-way (although, again, I think the Coen Bros. will come through on that in 'True Grit') but great complex escapist heady stuff (Inception), even better, deftly-directed modern sociological 'period pieces' (The Social Network) and then other feats of psychodrama (Black Swan, Shutter Island) and human willpower (The King's Speech, 127 Hours) along the way.

Well, more on that later. The King's Speech has yet to be released in more than four theaters from what I looked up, so I guess I am lucky to have caught a screening of it. But it really is excellent. Also waiting on Innaritu's 'Biutiful' with Javier Bardem, as I've heard that's excellent as well.

And there was Toy Story 3. So yeah, this year was pretty above par. biggrin
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INCEPTION
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 8:59pm

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Unstoppable was what I would consider one of the best/better movies of the year, Arktic. You really didn't like it at all?

That's somewhat surprising, I guess- as it also did really well in Rotten Tomatoes ratings also. (Not that critical opinion matters all that much, just that being universally lauded and my personal taste matched up I thought was worth mentioning).
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 10:58pm

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Recently saw Tangled, which is easily my favorite film of the year. Really like Inception, and there's lots of stuff that came out this year I've not seen, but up til now it would've been Toy Story 3. Tangled beats it out by a long, long way.

I Don't expect it to be that way for everyone, but I absolutely love the Disney fairy tale classics, and Tangled marks a stunning return to form that I've been waiting for since Beauty and the Beast. It was also produced, animated, and for most of its development directed, by Glen Keane, my all-time favorite animator. He eventually had to hand off directing due to health, but the film doesn't suffer for it at all.

10.5/10

Worst - Iron Man 2. Whiplash was just embarrassing. Huge disappointment after how good the first one was.

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Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 11:28pm

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Ohhhhh totally agree with Tangled. It reminded me, to a scary degree, of the animation and storytelling prowess and style of the Disney Renaissance of the likes of Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Took my younger sister to it without having read how great the reviews were, and really really loved it.

It was like The Emperor's New Groove, in terms of structure and humor, if you've ever seen that (more recent) Disney movie. Tangled definitely makes the top ten for me, too.

But alas, a real list from us will come soon. The King's Speech is currently number 1 or 2 in my book, interchangeably with The Social Network.
Posted: Mon, 13th Dec 2010, 12:42am

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Atom wrote:

Unstoppable was what I would consider one of the best/better movies of the year, Arktic. You really didn't like it at all?
Yeah, I was surprised by the RT ratings - I really didn't get it at all.

I saw it with Schwar, and he didn't like it much either. Or anyone else who saw it with us, or anybody else I know who's seen it... I honestly thought it was the silliest film I've seen in years.

Some thoughts about it (highlight to read, some spoilers):
- We're supposed to identify with the conductor character who pulled a gun on an innocent cop because he was an overly suspicious dick who also went to punch his wife? Riiiiiiight.

- In the first hour of the film, NOTHING HAPPENS pretty much. The train DOESN'T hit another train of children. It DOESN'T hit some horses... Very dull.

- They make a massive hoo-har about 'not being able to fit into the rip track' because the runaway will hit the extra carriages at the end of the train... which it does later on in the film, smashing through one of the end cars to NO EFFECT. They keep trying to make jeopardy out of things that just aren't particularly thrilling. Like the bit with ALL THE SEEDS!

- Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington. All the other characters are paper thin (the stupid train guys at the start, the money hungry boss, the safety man, the 'old time' train guys etc etc).


I thought that maybe it was a cultural thing, that us UK guys just wouldn't get it... but my fiancé is a genuine all-American Texas cowgirl*, and she didn't like it either.

So... yeah. Not for me, I'm afraid.

Cheers,
Arktic.

* The cowgirl bit may or may not be true. I can neither confirm nor deny this...
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I thought Unstoppable was intense, but mostly ridiculous and largely forgettable, just like pretty much every other Tony Scott film to date. The ending felt like something from a sitcom. It's a very shallow action film.

Atom wrote:

But alas, a real list from us will come soon.
Heh, alas indeed.
Posted: Mon, 13th Dec 2010, 2:30am

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Context is entirely up to you, Forum Nazi. wink
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Hmmm, for me the "still need to see" list is pretty long. Thats either because I didn't manage to get to the cinema to see them, or in some cases because I'll be buying the DVD anyway, and ticket price == DVD price, so why pay twice.

Best
Inception
Harry Potter (I am a fanboy)
Expendables (for the comedy/violence)
Iron Man 2

Worst
Expendables (for that bizarre bit where Stallone pretended to have feelings..)
Clash of the Titans

Still need to see
Black Swan
The Social Network
Scott Pilgrim
127 hours
Tron
A Team
The Losers
The Town
Posted: Mon, 13th Dec 2010, 9:54am

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The Social Network, Scott Pilgrim, Inception and Kick Ass are not only my top 4 of the year, but they've all leaped straight onto my all-time favourites list.

Even though Gamer came out last year, it was so godawful that I'm going to make it 2010's worst film as well. It's sheer, unadulterated awfulness crosses all time barriers.

Edit: Having just seen Toy Story 3, that's going right up there, too.

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Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 12:20am

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Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap, Clash, Expendables.....

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Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 1:04am

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Best
Machete

The Rest
Splice
Toy Story 3
The Social Network
Inception
The Book of Eli
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DannyFX wrote:

Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap - 2010, Clash, Expendables.....
someone didn't see very many films this yearrrrrrr
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doppelganger wrote:

DannyFX wrote:

Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap - 2010, Clash, Expendables.....
someone didn't see very many films this yearrrrrrr
Been too busy coding and being forcefed cake, most likely.
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Pooky wrote:

doppelganger wrote:

DannyFX wrote:

Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap - 2010, Clash, Expendables.....
someone didn't see very many films this yearrrrrrr
Been too busy coding and being forcefed cake, most likely.
Let me out of here! *rattles cage*
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Pooky wrote:

doppelganger wrote:

DannyFX wrote:

Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap - 2010, Clash, Expendables.....
someone didn't see very many films this yearrrrrrr
Been too busy coding and being forcefed cake, most likely.
I'm pretty sure that cake part is a lie.
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Something you guys might be interested in that I thought fit this topic...

2010 Movie Montage
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2010, 5:13pm

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Staff Only wrote:

Pooky wrote:

Been too busy coding and being forcefed cake, most likely.
I'm pretty sure that cake part is a lie.
Portal quotes aside, I'm pretty sure you haven't been keeping an eye on [url=http://twitter.com/#!/fxhome]our Twitter feed[/url]. wink

Take a look at our photostream: http://twitpic.com/photos/fxhome

Almost all the images are cake or food related. smile

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DannyFX wrote:

Pooky wrote:

doppelganger wrote:

DannyFX wrote:

Pretty terrible year for films in general. Inception was a highlight but there was so much crap - 2010, Clash, Expendables.....
someone didn't see very many films this yearrrrrrr
Been too busy coding and being forcefed cake, most likely.
Let me out of here! *rattles cage*
Only when you finish WPDLab.
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Tarn wrote:

I'm pretty sure you haven't been keeping an eye on our Twitter feed. wink

Take a look at our photostream: http://twitpic.com/photos/fxhome

Almost all the images are cake or food related. smile
Oh, I hadn't been keeping an eye on it. That's great (and a little unhealthy)! Looks like you guys have a lot of fun (how many companies have a snowman team?). biggrin I was going to contribute with my favorite films of the year, but I'll do the list when I've seen Tron. Which could be never at the rate they're doing things here (no sympathy in the Tron thread?).
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I have seen no mention of Winter's Bone on here, which is a shame, because it's a damn fine film. It's on my year-end best-of list, for sure.
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ben3308 wrote:

I don't think Franco will win for 127 Hours just because Firth in The King's Speech was founded in real life and it feels very real and very unique.
I'm not sure I understand that sentence, given that 127 hours is a true story. Am I missing something?

My favourite film this year was The Social Network. Though The Town, 127 hours and Inception are all great movies. Looking forwards to the Kings Speech and Black Swan.

-Matt
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I think he means that 127 Hours is a portrait of a man from his own words and accounts, whereas The King's Speech is based around the illustration of events several people actually saw, that you can compare his performance to.

Which isn't to say that acting, or at least the highest caliber of it, should be the most effortless of mimicking- it shouldn't. But Colin Firth inhabits the role with such conflicted subtlety and outward emotion and frustration that you can attribute and hear in the real King's speeches- that I think you'd be hard-pressed to get from Franco.

They are two of the three best performances of the year, no doubt, but I think Ben is correct. James Franco is an electric, fantastic actor- but there's no beating Colin Firth in The King's Speech. It's transformative. Humorous, dramatic, slowed, frantic- I couldn't believe it was the soft-spoken actor from romantic date movies I've seen in the past.

Plus, he was totally robbed last year for A Single Man. Granted, yes, Jeff Bridges was overdue. But now Firth is.

Although then there's DiCaprio- who has lost out multiple times, and clearly deserved to win for The Departed (which he wasn't even nominated for). He is, to my mind, the best actor of this year. Maybe not as far a stretch or transformation as Franco or Firth.

But Leonardo DiCaprio screaming in the lake at the end of Shutter Island- after a slow-burn build-up of stress, fatigue, and emotion- is some of the best acting I've ever seen. And certainly the best thus far from the extremely talented actor.

Right now for me The Social Network, The King's Speech, Inception, Shutter Island, The Book of Eli, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Toy Story 3, and a few others are on top of the list.
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Firth's performance was founded in real life. As in, it felt grounded in natural expression and realistic communication, rather than an overstyled 'actorly' performance. Being 'founded in real life' haing nothing to do with being a true story or not.
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Best
Inception
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Iron Man 2

Worst.
I can't think of any. Most likely because I only saw the good ones.
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Wow... I've only seen five movies this year. I really need to change that...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I - 10/10
Inception - 10/10
Toy Story 3 - 10/10
Iron Man 2 - 7/10
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - 4.5/10

Some I still need to see:

The Social Network
The Town
Black Swan
Winter's Bone
The King's Speech
Despicable Me
Tangled
Tron Legacy
Unstoppable
The Fighter

And judging from the critical reaction, I think I'll just skip The Last Airbender and Skyline.
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Best (in order):

Shutter Island
The Town
127 Hours
Inception
TRON

Worst:

Skyline (lol)
The Tourist
The Last Airbender
Iron Man II
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Haven't seen too many.
Inception: 9/10.
Scott Pilgrim: 9/10.
Expendables: 5/10.
Ip Man 2: 8/10.
Iron Man 2: 7/10.
Toy Story 3: 7/10.
Clash of the Titans: 3.5/10.
A-Team: 7/10.

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Best film I've seen in 2010 is

Mary and Max

Really really loved all about it. It went straight into my all time top films list. (allthough I do believe it was in theatres earlier then 2010 in the US)
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Counted up all the movies I've seen in theaters in 2010- too many to count on at least 7 or 8 hands. Most of them were really good, and the bad ones weren't all that bad.

For all the complaining I've heard from people about 2010 being a lackluster year- I was all-in-all quite surprised by how refreshingly even it was.
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Nobody has mentioned the film that deserves to win best picture...

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Tangled was awesome.
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Azulon'sAssassin wrote:

Tangled was awesome.
Yes.
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WORST: I'm Still Here with Joaquin Phoenix
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Best (that I saw): Inception, Black Swan, True Grit, Social Network, Scott Pilgrim, Toy Story 3, How To Train Your Dragon, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Kick Ass

Enjoyed: Tron Legacy, Step Up 3D (seriously), Daybreakers, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Shutter Island

Garbage: The Expendables

Still need to see: 127 Hours, Inside Job

I saw about a dozen other films too but they were so insignificant that I don't remember what they were. *cough* Iron Man 2 *cough*
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I really want to see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D, I forgot about that. I'm mad at myself for not seeing it when it was in theaters. Is it still possible, assuming I nor anyone I know would be able to afford a 3DTV anytime soon? Basically what I'm asking is, do they have those cinemas that play slightly older movies with 3D projection? I'd much rather see it in 3D after hearing some feedback from Evman and others, and my love for the 3D experience.

It seems stupid that the options for this kind of situation are either throw down for one of these early 3DTVs, or see it when it's briefly in theaters. There should be a way to rent this experience.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Jan 2011, 6:50pm

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My local theater recently bought a 3D projector and have screened films that have been released many months after their original showing in my city's corporate cinema. Your best bet would be to ask the managers at your local cinema. I saw it in 3D but honestly would have enjoyed it just as much in 2D. I'm yet to be marveled by 3D technology. So far it's just a way for theaters to make more money off the ticket sales.
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2011, 7:15pm

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FreshMentos wrote:

I'm yet to be marveled by 3D technology. So far it's just a way for theaters to make more money off the ticket sales.
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Have you not seen Avatar? Because if you're able to view 3D, I fail to see how that wouldn't impress you. At least initially if nothing else. Say what you will about the movie itself, but even the haters couldn't deny how impressive those visual effects were, including the revolutionary use of 3D technology. If you weren't impressed by Avatar, I doubt you'll ever really be impressed by 3D movies. Or any other type of leap in visual effects. And yes, it's common knowledge that 3D to Hollywood is just a way to earn an extra buck. That's been made apparent in films where they just slap on the 3D title and throw total garbage conversions at you (Clash of the Titans, anyone?).

On a more topical note, I just saw True Grit. I think I owe an apology to the FXhome community and the Coen Brothers. I doubted its greatness, and minutes into the movie I could see just how much I had misread the trailer. One of the top five of the year. Easily.

Other great movies: 127 Hours, Toy Story 3, Inception, Social Network, Alice in Wonderland, Black Swan, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Harry Potter, and Book of Eli. Damn, this has been a great year for movies.
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2011, 8:26pm

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I knew your mind would be changed Thrawn. smile Literally some of the best dialogue in a period film I've ever seen depicted. Definitely met my expectations.

I really need to see the end of the year films that have moved from indie theaters to the cinema, been slackin'.
Posted: Thu, 6th Jan 2011, 11:54pm

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I must be the only person that was disappointed by True Grit. Sure, it was still awesome, but nowhere near as amazing as I thought it would be considering the people involved!

At any rate, after watching everything I had yet to see this year, I can safely say that Black Swan blew me away completely and tied Inception as my fave movie of the year. Amazing how well the movie tied in everything with its main theme so perfectly.
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Thrawn, I have seen Avatar and yes, I was very impressed with the effects it pulled off. But when the actual content of the film does nothing for me, no amount of visual FX will make it worthwhile. Pretty things to look at can't hide corny dialogue, cliché story, and weak direction. Hence, why I still haven't been too sold on 3D films.

I also thought Step Up had more entertaining 3D effects than Avatar. No joke.
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The content is pretty irrelevant when it comes to 3D appreciation. Avatar simply did 3D correctly, and many others haven't. In those cases, yeah, it's a ploy. We can tell the difference. But in the case of Avatar, it was part of the experience of the film. I also thought Avatar was weak as a film, without the visuals and epicness of it, and I was skeptical of the 3D experience having seen many Disney 3D things and other 3D films at amusement parks. But I was blown away, and I love the film because of that. If you truly don't like that aspect of it whatsoever, see it in 2D. But Cameron did it right, and he set the stage for a lot of possibilities. Just put as much negative energy out into the world toward the knockoffs, because that kind of thing needs to stop. Hopefully there won't be too many more 'Clash of the Titans' for too long.

Something like How to Train your Dragon was created in 3D, like Avatar was shot for 3D. I don't think it's *just* a way for theaters to make money, people obviously enjoy the experience. Like me. Besides having fun going out with friends, or seeing must-see films, it is one of the only things that motivates me to the theater these days. Proper 3D. Sadly there hasn't been a huge proportion of good 3D to bad 3D, but in time that will change. If 'Step Up' can do it...

I'll look out for replays of How to Train Your Dragon, I'm glad to hear theaters are doing that. 3DTVs I'm sure are a waste at this point, haven't even considered one. A nice 3D projector would be epic.
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So, I'm not the only one who wasn't impressed with Avatar... All my friends thought it was rediculously awesome. I thoguht "Eh, nice graphics, but really bad movie..."
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Azulon'sAssassin wrote:

So, I'm not the only one who wasn't impressed with Avatar... All my friends thought it was rediculously awesome. I thoguht "Eh, nice graphics, but really bad movie..."
Yes, we get that. We understand. We agree. Anyone who has the least bit of an understanding of film understands that the plot and dialogue weren't that great. The visual effects however, were absolutely incredible. Mind blowing, even.

FreshMentos, I'm strictly speaking about the 3D visual effects here. I understand that it had corny dialogue and ripped the plot straight from the pages of Pocahontas, but my point is that 3D films can be impressive on a visual front.

Pretty things to look at can't hide corny dialogue, cliché story, and weak direction. Hence, why I still haven't been too sold on 3D films.
You seem to be saying that Avatar was a bad movie overall (or Tron, or whatever) because of the 3D. Which is crazy. 3D doesn't make a movie bad, just like it doesn't improve dialogue. Maybe your perception of a 3D film is a film that is (at its core) a terrible movie, but is glossed over by "flashy" 3D? Obviously these are problems with individual films, not 3D movies in general.

Or maybe you're saying that every 3D movie (so far) hasn't impressed you visually, in which case I'd direct you right back to Avatar, which is absolutely breath taking.
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Personally I thought Avatar did a great job at doing what it intended to do with the "message" of the film and whatnot, clearly intended for a MASS audience. That's Cameron's style, he's good at what he does. And I loved the general concept of it, controlling another body and all that. But AA's just expressing his opinion Thrawn, he's allowed. wink

But yeah, I don't get the "hence" part of your post either, FreshMentos. Pretty non-sequitur.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2011, 9:33am

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I rather liked TRON Legacy's use of 3D - actually weaving it into the story. Clever.

However, the THOR trailer really stood out to me at the start of TRON. The 3D in that looks phenomenal - natural but chunky, in a comic book kinda way. Not sure what it is about it, but in the trailer alone it looked more successful as a 3D project than Avatar or TRON, for me.
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Serpent wrote:

Personally I thought Avatar did a great job at doing what it intended to do with the "message" of the film and whatnot, clearly intended for a MASS audience. That's Cameron's style, he's good at what he does. And I loved the general concept of it, controlling another body and all that. But AA's just expressing his opinion Thrawn, he's allowed. wink

But yeah, I don't get the "hence" part of your post either, FreshMentos. Pretty non-sequitur.
(Thanks for that backup part there. smile)

Well yeah, the messege was nice (It's about time someone made a movie with that messege, don't you think) but still, it was nice until I realised that this was a jacked-up Pochahantus. I have yet to see Tron though. Might see it, might not.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2011, 7:23pm

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Tarn wrote:

but in the trailer alone it looked more successful as a 3D project than Avatar or TRON, for me.
3D trailers are always better than the actual film, from my experience with 3D.

I'm still not buying into the whole 3D thing though. I liked TRON in 2D much better than 3D.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2011, 10:35pm

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I watched The Town last night, and I loved it. Definitely a 10/10, and right behind Inception as my favorite film of the year so far. Ben Affleck demonstrates some of the finest use of real-world locations that I've ever seen in film, portraying Charlestown and Boston with astounding accuracy and detail. Because I've actually been to many of the locations shown in the movie, I can personally vouch for the the authenticity on display throughout the film. I've walked the streets of Charlestown, climbed the Bunker Hill Monument (featured prominently in the cityscapes), and I've even walked over that bridge featured in the car chase..... all more than once. And of course, I've been to Fenway Park three times. razz I know there are a few locations/buildings that were filmed in other cities/states, but for the most part, the visuals and atmosphere are ridiculously real. In comparison, I know some of The Departed was definitely not filmed in Massachusetts. Also, it's glaringly obvious to me that with the exception of the aerial shots of Boston, absolutely none of Fringe is filmed in Massachusetts. The neighborhoods, buildings, and streets look nothing like the Bay State.

The rest of the movie was more than solid. Phenomenal acting all around, with the only exception being some iffy Boston accents from Blake Lively (who nonetheless, was surprisingly good), and from (surprisingly) Ben Affleck, who at times, sounded a bit too obvious. Out of everyone involved, Jeremy Renner's performance is particularly strong... definitely deserving of a nomination. The action/heist scenes are also outstanding.... the Fenway Park heist finale is easily the most intense and well-edited shootout I've seen this year.

I'm also looking forward to seeing The Fighter, which was also filmed on location in Lowell, Massachusetts. I've heard some great things about it, so I'm hoping to check it out this week.... even though I'm upset with David O. Russell for not knowing who Nathan Fillion is. razz

Tarn wrote:

However, the THOR trailer really stood out to me at the start of TRON. The 3D in that looks phenomenal - natural but chunky, in a comic book kinda way. Not sure what it is about it, but in the trailer alone it looked more successful as a 3D project than Avatar or TRON, for me.
Hmmm... that's pretty interesting, considering Thor is a 3D conversion as opposed to Avatar and Tron, which were shot-in-3D. Might we actually get a good 3D conversion?
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jawajohnny wrote:

.... even though I'm upset with David O. Russell for not knowing what Uncharted is. razz
Fixed that for you.
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My Favorites

Inception (By far one of the best movies I have ever seen.)
Prince of Persia
Toy Story 3
Despicable Me

The Worst

The Last Airbender (Avatar) (Which they totally ruined.)
Chronicles of Narnia (Which did not hold interest.)
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Best
-Inception
-True Grit
-Book of Eli
-The Town


Worst
-Unstoppable (predictable with no tension at all, none of the characters were worth caring about and HORRIBLE HORRIBLE camera work)
-The Tourist (waste of $100 million, many poor children could have been fed and there were flat performances by actors who looked like they were begging to leave)
-Due Date (they think being random is funny)
-Iron Man 2 (disappointing, all they do is talk)
-Toy Story 3 (disappointing, they just go to some other kid)
-Green Zone (SHAKEYYYY)
-Shrek 4 (....what just happened? It was completely pointless, like it was all a dream)
-Megamind (underwhelming, predictable and not worth the gross budget)
-Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (LITERALLY FELL ASLEEP! Lucky my family could not see my closed eyes pass the 3D glasses)
-Salt (seems like the prequel to the Tourist)

The only good films these days are remakes or adaptions.
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Just saw Black Swan, and by the time the credits ran, it was officially my new favorite film. I am practically speechless. It was a psychological thriller masterpiece, Aronofsky's best work, and Portman's performance-of-a-lifetime. Truly amazing film, and one of the most inspiring and intense pieces I've seen in a long, long time. The third act is simply breathtaking, in more ways than one.
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 12:02am

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Edited list.
Scott Pilgrim: 10/10.
Inception: 9/10.
The Social Network: 9/10. (This is a personal list. I think Social Network is the best movie of the year; I just liked Scott Pilgrim better.)
Undisputed III: Redemption (B-list fighting movie): 9/10.
Ip Man 2: 8/10.
Iron Man 2: 7/10.
Toy Story 3: 7/10.
The Book of Eli: 7/10.
A-Team: 7/10.
The Other Guys: 5/10.
Expendables: 5/10.
Clash of the Titans: 3/10.
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2011, 10:22am

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Saw Toy Story 3 this weekend, so that's in my Best Of list now as well. smile