Films of 2010

Published by: Matthew Kerwin

 Well folks, 2010 has come and gone, we had some laughs, we had some cries and we also saw some films that made us do both.

I wont make a top 10 of the year, instead i’ll talk about the  films that left an impression on me for better or worse. First and foremost, it was a fairly slow year in terms of great films so that is why i take this approach instead of a traditional ” top 10 list”.  I would like to designate  the 2010 year in movies as “the little engine that couldnt”.  It started out with great promise with such releases as ” Shutter Island, Toy Story 3 and Secretariat” , but  followed with the absymal, Takers, Book of Eli, Paranormal Activity 2, and Alice and Wonderland. (there were more horrible films, but i wont go Debbie Downer on you.) Also, if you liked any of the films i catagorized as terrible, i am so sorry for your taste in movies.

This year just never had many original concepts or ideas like we have seen in the past. Alot of the good films were even pusing it with recycled material or sequals. This is a bit alarming, but i hope it was just one of those years where nothing came together just– perfectly.  Dont get me wrong i absolutely loved some of the films that were released last year, but i wasnt blown away like years past. Maybe i have been watching too many movies and have become too picky for my own good, i’ll let you be the judge of that.

These films are in no paticular order.

  Blockbuster films

 Inception, The Social Network, Black Swan,The Kings Speech, 127 Hours,The American

Limited released films

Winters Bone, Blue Valentine, Somewhere, Animal Kingdom, I Love You Philip Morris, Another Year

 Documentaries

Exit Through The Gift Shop, Citizen Architect, Lemmy, Catfish,Restrepo

 Animated Films

A Town Called Panic, Toy Story 3

Foreign Films

Mother, The Secret In Their Eyes, Biutiful and Dogtooth

Other films that you might want to check out as well,

Shutter Island, And Everything is Going Fine, Never Let Me Go,Carlos, Monsters

Most challanging film this year goes to:

Enter The Void

Drop me a comment,

Let me know if you agree or disagree with the films i chose and what ones you would have put in their place.

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127 Hours

Review By: Matthew Kerwin

Bio-topics are always difficult to do properly because  it’s a challenge to give the real person being depicted on-screen justice.  Danny Boyle  gets it right and does Aron Ralston and his amazing true story proud.

  The film 127 hours is based on the book Between a Rock and a  Hard Place, the story about Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who gets trapped under a boulder while scaling the canyons near Moab, Utah. James Franco plays Ralston and he does a superb job bringing Ralstons energy and demeanor  to the big screen. Aron has to go to desperate measures to survive, which means, to keep this G rated, will do some pretty crazy stuff to live.

Many things were done well in the movie, the cinematography was fantastic, for the wider shots, vibrant and scenic, for the personal and closer shots of Ralston,  very tight and isolated. The acting very well done as well.  The only thing I would change would be part of the script, I know it was based on Ralstons book but it would be very beneficial to get the viewer inside Ralstons head a bit more. The beginning of the film could have benefited from a little less from the side characters and more on Ralstons life.  I understand that the movie is mostly about Ralstons struggle with the boulder, but it would have touched home with insight on Ralstons life. It would have been smart to incorporate a scene with his family a few days prior to his canyon trip.

Having said that,the one con that  almost took me away from the movie was the music selection, or for that matter, the abundance of music throughout the film. Boyle decides to team up with composer A.R.Rahman again, but it doesn’t work. Throughout the movie we have Bollywood style music weaving into and out of a few scenes and then to top it off,  an auto-tuned Bollywood ballad during the more crucial scenes. Instead of having me lost within the scene, it had me laughing in disbelief. I might be in the minority, but I think minimalism would have worked for this movie. A little less music and more of a character study.

 Overall the movie was touching and very well done. I recommend this film to anyone that enjoys movies that are based on a real events and have real consequences.

Rating: B