Month: December 2010

Top Ten Films of 2010

10. Daybreakers Daybreakers has some of the strangest and goofiest moments I’ve seen in an ostensibly serious horror/action film, largely courtesy of Willem Dafoe, but that just makes it all the more entertaining. It almost seems like a big budget B-Movie, aware that taking itself too seriously will destroy the audience’s suspension of disbelief. I’ve never before seen a scenario where the genocide of humans is replaced by relative order, and a society of vampires seems to work fairly well, with new problems of supply-and-demand, healthcare and law and order taking the place of human problems. Plus, it’s just nice to see vampires acting like vampires, and not sparkling or moping around. It was close between this film and Let Me In for the number 10 spot, but this eked it out by being one of the earliest genuinely entertaining films I saw this year. 9. Tron: Legacy The most recent entry on this list, it was always going to be difficult to make a sequel to a film nearly thirty years old, but Tron: Legacy, despite its paper-thin plot and (literally) extremely dark settings, provides a worthy successor to the original. The original, while classic, was not high art, and this film could almost be seen as a kind of remake, re-treading alot of the same ground, and updating the action segments. Particularly impressive are the modernised games, brought to...

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Gullivers Travels (2010)

Gulliver’s Travels is a new cover on a classically old story with recognizable faces playing characters book fans have only been imagining in their minds for years.  Jack Black plays the famous Lemule Gulliver the main character in the story known for School of Rock (2003), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).  He is accompanied by Jason Segal playing Horatio a new friend he meets on the island of Lilliput, famous for his roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and How I met Your Mother (2005).  The movie is a new take on a classic book and exceeds its counterpart in humor and energy to which anyone will enjoy. Gulliver is a mail room clerk in New York.  Troubled that he is stuck in his career and life he tries to show off to his long time crush Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet).  When she sends him to the Bermuda triangle to write a puff piece for his first assignment he is transported to another world.  He awakes to find himself surrounded in a land of strange little people still in a time in history.  Gulliver thought to be an enemy is captured and imprisoned where he meets Horatio, imprisoned for unlawful courting of the Princess Mary (Emily Blunt) his long time crush.  They become quick friends.  After foiling an attempt to kidnap the princess, Gulliver becomes friend to the people...

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Little Fockers (2010)

Little Fockers is the third installment of Ben Stiller’s comedy films based around Greg [Gaylord] Focker (Benstiller) and his difficulty getting his father in-law Jack Burns (Robert De Niro) to accept his marriage to his daughter Pam (Teri Polo) and into the family of the Burns’s.  In this particular film, it seems that Jack has new issues regarding Greg, such as infidelity, taking hold of the family reigns as well as raising his twins.  However Greg strives to meet and exceed his father in-laws expectations and in doing so he usually ends up making things worse in hilarious results. Greg seems to have built himself up to a respectable position in his hospital, so much so it seems that he is handling all of the Drug representatives.  He also has two twins for which he is planning a large birthday party for.  Things take a turn though when Kevin (Owen Wilson) his wife’s ex-husband shows up claiming his girlfriend left him due to Greg’s advice of speaking from the heart for his proposal.  Greg is also being pressured by Jack to take over the family reigns so his legacy and family can live on.   Keeping in spirit with the first two films even more trouble builds on Greg’s plate for a balancing act when he finds that the newest drug representative is the beautiful Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba)...

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The Marine (2006)

The Marine was one of the first films to be solely produced by WWE Studios, (after See No Evil), and it features one of the WWE’s biggest stars John Cena. In an effort to cash-in on Cena’s popularity, they decided to have him attempt to act in a loud, obnoxious, silly action film. The result is likely just about what you’d expect. Cena plays John Triton, a Marine, who begins the film on a mission. Ignoring a direct order to hold back, Triton rushes head-first into a combat zone, and frees prisoners who were about to be executed. His reward is a swift discharge from the Marine Corps. Not being able to cope with his home-life, he and his wife (Kelly Carlson) decide to pack their things and leave. Where do they want to go? It doesn’t matter. His wife is quickly captured while John is inside of a gas station. She waits in the car, and as criminals pull up, led by a man named Rome (Robert Patrick), a police car also pulls up. The criminals feel threatened, and they disable the officers inside, and steal John’s girl. They also blow up the gas station for good measure, but John manages to survive the explosion and begin chasing them. This is what the rest of the film consists of: explosions and chase sequences. John is now a man...

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Movie Review of ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ (2010)

At the start of I Love You Phillip Morris, the words “This really happened” appear on-screen. And to reinforce the point, the filmmakers also added the words “It really did“. Indeed, this Jim Carrey vehicle is the type of film you would not believe unless you knew it to be true. Additionally, for those who were expecting this to be another Carrey comedy featuring the actor’s trademark over-the-top, rubber-faced antics, prepare to be surprised. Based on the novel Prison Breaks as well as the memoirs of the main character, 2010’s I Love You Phillip Morris functions as a reminder of how good Carrey can be if he’s not tied to a generic Hollywood crowd-pleaser. Without a doubt, this is a unique motion picture which melds drama and dark comedy in a surprisingly effective fashion. Armed with a zippy pace, the film barrels through sufficient plot to form a miniseries, and, though it’s a tad uneven, this is a supremely entertaining motion picture. After surviving a nasty car accident, married former police officer Steven Russell (Carrey) has a life-changing epiphany. No longer able to conceal his secret homosexuality, Steven comes out to his understanding wife Debbie (Mann), splits from his family, and moves with his boyfriend to Miami Beach. He finds his new lifestyle to be murder on his bank account, though, and Steven is soon committing every type of fraud under the sun until...

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