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Andrew’s Top 12 Movies of 2010

Posted on 14 January 2011 by Andrew

2010 ended up being a great year for movies.  At first, once the summer hit, I thought this was going to be a stinker of a year.  There was just a lot of average movies that came out in the summer, and then some really bad ones (Prince of Persia).  But once Fall hit the year brought us some of our greatest films.  I decided to do a Top 12 List instead of a Top 10 for no apparent reason other than it’s different than everyone’s Top 10 lists.  There are still a few films I have not seen this year (127 Hours, King’s Speech) that I feel may fall into this list one day, but living in Saginaw Michigan has its problems when it comes to seeing independent films.  There are also some great movies that just didn’t make it on this list.  I thought The Crazies and Shutter Island were quite good, but they fell just short for my Top 12.  I am not including Deathly Hallows Part 1 because I am going to judge the entire movie as a whole when Part 2 comes out. I did, however, really enjoy Part 1 so far. Without further adieu – my top films of 2010.

#12 – Jackass 3D

Okay maybe as a film it’s not the best, but it sure made me laugh more than any other movie this year.  I felt that even though they may have slacked a little in the ‘getting hurt’ department, they definitely made up for in the skit and creativity acts.  And who doesn’t want to see vomit and feces coming at you in a third dimension?

#11 – True Grit

True Grit is the most un-Coenlike Coen Brothers film I have seen.  That’s not to say it isn’t a great film, because I feel it is one of their best.  The performances in this film are top notch, especially Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.  Jeff Bridges also does a great job here channeling John Wayne’s Oscar winning performance from 1970.  Overall this a great Western, and has proven to be a sleeper hit so far this Winter.

#10 – Book of Eli

I really enjoyed this film even though many critic’s trashed it.  I thought the Hughes Brothers did a great job at what could have been a run of the mill action movie.  There definitely is an over the top twist you have to buy into, but at that point if you haven’t bought into the mythology at all then you’re really missing the point anyway.  Also, check it out for another classic Gary Oldman villain.

#9 – Black Swan

Trying to discuss what this movie is really about is one of the many strengths of this film.  Darren Aronosfky pulls all the punches here and directs this psychological thriller without any conclusion as to what is real or not.  Natalie Portman gives the best performance of her career for what is sure to be her first Oscar.  Also, Director of Photography Matthew Libatique is shaping up to be one of the industry’s best.

#8 – The Town

This could have been a completely generic thriller but instead Ben Affleck directs this film with a complete understanding of the source material (it was a book entitled Prince of Thieves).  This was one of the best ensemble films of the year, with great performances out of Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, and Peter Postlehwaite (who sadly passed away a few weeks ago).  Ben Affleck is shaping up to become one of the great American directors around.

#7 – Let Me In

Maybe there was no point to this remake, but overall it was a solid film, showcasing two of the best up-and-coming actors – Kodi Smit McPhee and Chloe Moretz.  The movie is beautifully directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).  More a romance than a horror film, it’s a shame that this film is being overlooked come awards season.

#6 – How to Train Your Dragon

The biggest surprise this year for me was How to Train Your Dragon.  The trailers for this were utter crap.  In fact, they almost made me miss the movie in theaters.  I heard great buzz for this film so I decided to check it out and was pleasantly surprised.  The animation is Dreamworks best and John Powell orchestrated an amazing score to accompany all the great flying scenes.

#5- Toy Story 3

Is this the best Toy Story film?  If you said yes, you are right.  If you said no, you are right.  And that’s what is great about this trilogy.  Everyone has their own favorite film out of this series.  Toy Story 3 gave us one of the best scenes of the year when all the toys were in the furnace at the landfill, and they come together holding hands and willingly except their fate.  Definitely could feel the goosebumps there.

#4 – Inception

Christopher Nolan has the hand of Midas right now.  Inception was truly the most original film this year.  From it’s mind bending script to the film’s last second where the entire audience is literally screaming “NOOOO” at the screen.  Definitely the most iconic film of the year, and one we will be talking about for years to come.

#3 – The Social Network

I shouldn’t have underestimated David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin when I first heard about this movie, but how can you honestly get excited for a movie about Facebook?  Boy was I wrong.  What a great film, and one that best represents this generation of filmmaking.  This is one of those films that I really can’t find a fault with at any aspect of the movie.  Everyone who worked on this brought their A game, and David Fincher has a good chance of winning his first Oscar.

#2 – Kick Ass

This film just clicked on all levels for me.  There were just so many awesome scenes that it’s hard for me not to put this film at #1.  Trying to be grounded in reality, yet still having may comic book moments, Kick Ass really shines when it shows you something you didn’t quite expect.  Like take for instance it’s opening shot, where we see a man dressed as a superhero jumping off a building, then crashing into a car and dying.  This really sets the tone for the rest of the film when you’re watching an 11 year old girl tear mobsters to pieces.  Not kid stuff here.

#1 – Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

Edgar Wright is one of the best working directors today.  This movie has the best replay value out of all the films this year.  You really need to watch this 4-5 times before you even catch all the subtle jokes and nuances Edgar has hidden throughout the film.  Spectacular visuals and fight scenes and a hilarious script drive this film to my #1 spot.  And check out the editing by Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss, two editors that shouldn’t have a problem getting a job anytime soon.  Overall, this was by far my favorite film of the year.

If you guys have any movies you really liked, or didn’t like, this year please share them below in the comments section.

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“Inception” Rules The Box Office

Posted on 19 July 2010 by Joey DC

After having enormous success with his Batman sequel The Dark Knight in 2008, filmmaker Christopher Nolan took a bit of a chance with his sci-fi action thriller Inception (Warner Bros.) starring Leonardo DiCaprio with support from Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine. His first movie based on an original idea since Memento with a premise involving dream thieves which mixed high-paced action with cerebral ideas, there were numerous questions last week whether Nolan’s critically-praised film could do well among mainstream audiences, since some thought of it as difficult material. In fact, the originality of the ideas and the overwhelming desire for originality added to the advance buzz to help Inception do better than some expected. After opening on Friday with $21.7 million, Inception held well over the weekend to bring in an estimated $60.4 million in its first weekend, which is in the general range of M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs and Warner Bros.’ earlier 2010 hit Clash of the Titans.

We normally don’t post box office reports, but today we make an exception for the amazingly fantastic “Inception” which really deserves all the positive recognition. The movie plays now in theaters and IMAX.

Source: ComingSoon

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“Inception” Review

Posted on 17 July 2010 by Joey DC

That’s a really tough one! How do you review something if you left the movie theatre with feeling nothing but overwhelmed? And I mean this in a positive way. Don’t worry, you don’t need to fear reading any kinda spoilers in my review. I’ll mainly focus on the actors and what personal impact the movie had on me.

The whole story line was incredibly original and innovative. I don’t think I have ever watched such a creative and inspiring movie before. It’s impossible to rate “Inception” on a scale from 1-10 as it exceeds the highest number possible. I have to admit that the beginning was very confusing and you might get discouraged of ever understanding it. I can assure you, it will all make perfect sense at the end. No doubt, it is a very challenging movie mind wise but also enriches you on so many different levels. As a writer myself, it utterly stimulated my imagination and advanced my creative thinking to a completely new degree. I couldn’t think of any better words than “geniously brilliant” to do the film justice verbally.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s intense performance gave me goosebumps, and as usual he committed himself to his character and role 150%. My continuously growing amazement and admiration for his unbelievable acting abilities can be compared to an endless scale of magnificence. With “Inception” DiCaprio once again outdid his exceptional gift of portraying every character as it was part of himself.

The whole cast did an excellent job, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt really shone in this one. I have to admit that I wasn’t really following his acting career and mostly remembered him as the funny boy in the TV show “3rd Rock.” It seems like ages have passed, because he totally blew me away in “Inception”. His powerful and strong acting was tremendously captivating as well as persuading. I caught myself being overly drawn to him and his remarkably charisma, although having Leo as my all-time favorite actor.

Simply said, you most definitely don’t wanna miss out on “Inception” and its outstanding dreamworld of pure individuality!

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Inception: The Cobol Job – Prologue Comic

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Joey DC

Head over to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Official Website where you can check out “The Cobol Job”, a comic book that occurs before the beginning of the film. If you don’t feel like signing up, Yahoo! has posted this pretty cool comic story as well.

The highly-anticipated movie “Inception” finally hits theaters this Friday, July 16 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.

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Theatrical Trailer for Chris Nolan’s Inception

Posted on 09 May 2010 by Joey DC

This trailer officially comes within the Mind Crime viral game located at:

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Filming Locations for September 8

Posted on 08 September 2009 by David

Sex and the City 2 is filming around 58th Street between 6th and 7th Ave,
signs also spotted on 59th between 5th and Madison in New York City too.They will be at this location tomorrow too.

30 Rock is filming near W 26th and Broadway, New York City.

You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino, might be filming
on Ave U between Nostrand and Coleman in Brooklyn. Filming spotted over the weekend,
we’re not sure if they are still there or not. If anyone checks it out, let us know!
Update: Might be filming around Clinton and Pierrepont Streets, Brooklyn today too/instead.

Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page,
is filming at 617 W. 7th St, Los Angeles.

The Town, starring Ben Affleck and Blake Lively,
is filming at Neptune Oyster located at 63 Salem St in the North End of Boston.

We received a tip that Eclipse might be filming
this morning at Robert Burnaby Park.

Thanks to OLV for their tips!!

Filming on the Red Dawn Remake  starts today.  Click here for the latest updates!!

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