Monday, 20 December 2010

Ten-ish bests film of 2010... in my humble opinion.

Ten-ish bests film of 2010... in my humble opinion. To be further edited when I have proper Internet access - not shitty 3G.
There have been some truly excellent films in 2010 and no doubt there will be more contenders by the end of the year. 'Blue Valentine' and 'The Kings Speech' are tipped for BAFTA's and films that I desperately want to see. For now here are the ten-ish films that have made me laugh, cry, ponder and want to be a movie star.

10. Scott Pilgrim vs The World/ Youth in Revolt

Both star Michael Cera, both feature Michael Cera at his best - portraying an awkward teenage geek. To see Mr Cera as a more 'active' geek, watch Scott Pilgrim (he actually did some martial arts training for this) and to see him show his awesome cigarette smoking, aviator wearing alter ego Francois then Youth in Revolt is a must.

9. The Runaways

I'd heard of Joan Jett thanks to 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' (I heard Britney's version before the original - shame on me) but had no real idea who Cherie Currie or The Runaways were. This edgy biopic looks at the rise and fall of The Runaways with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning playing their roles of Joan and Cherie brilliantly, their relationship on screen is excellent, helped by a great soundtrack and kick ass costumes. Props to K Stew for actually cutting her hair into a mullet - a braver girl than I.

8. Harry Brown

Michael Caine plays badass vigilante Harry Brown, living alone in a high rise council flat he gets sick and tired of the yobbish youth culture surrounding his estate and decides to take out the trash. This was a great role for Mr Caine who was superb as a gun wielding, pissed off pensioner and the script and storyline really did reflect some of the worst culture Britain has adopted in the 21st century. Also adding a brilliant cameo is Plan B, the boy can sign, rap, wear a suit and act as a hoodlum damn well.

7. Kick Ass

The script was sharp, edgy and hilarious and was co written by Jane Goldman (Mrs. Jonathan Ross). The film screamed COOL and it certainly was. Another vigilante movie set in the heart of NYC, where average, unnoticed teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) with a penchant for comic books and masturbating decides to become a superhero despite having no skills or training. Screen stealers were the father/daughter combo of Big Daddy - Nicolas Cage and Hit Girl - Chloe Moretz. The best action/comedy movie of the year.

6. Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese is one of my favourite directors and this film is just another jewel in his crown. Scorsese picks Leonardo Di Caprio to be his leading man time and time again and this film showcases all of LDC's best qualities. Paranoia is order of the day as LDC plays Teddy Daniels a US Marshall investigating the disappearance of a murderous inmate in the mysterious Shutter Island hospital for the criminally insane. His world descends into lies, corruption, conspiracy, paranoia and confusion - a perfect psychological thriller, beautifully shot.

5. Crazy Heart/ Four Lions

Crazy Heart follows the story of washed up country musician Bad Blake who is forced to evaluate his sad life.  Jeff Bridges deservedly won an Oscar for this role and plays Bad's character so well, whether it be as a drunken mess or a tender lover to new beau Jean played brilliantly by Maggie Gyllenhall. The relationship between them, although doomed from the start, inspires Bad to start writing and recording new material. Emotive and moving performances from the lead actors and a passable performance from Colin Farrell.

I'll hand over to Sundance Films for the synopsis: Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. 

Director of Four Lions, Chris Morris, wrote Brass Eye, keeping that in mind you can imagine what this film his - hilarious and satirical.So terrorism by idiots can be funny.....

4. Worlds Greatest Dad

3. The Blindside/ Inception

2. Bad Lieutenant

1. A Single Man

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