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.

Movie Review: Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
Reviewed by: Matthew Kerwin
Grade: A+
"Lost in Translation"

Lost in Translation is the sophomore effort from writer/director Sophia Coppola and it really was a joy to watch. I don’t know why it took me so long to see this movie but I finally got to see it and I’m glad I did. The plot seems simple but it’s far from it. Set in the city of Tokyo, Bob, brilliantly played by Bill Murray, is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte, played by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson, is a curious young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband. Both crippled by insomnia and feeling a bit isolated in their new surroundings, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This subtle meeting becomes a blossoming friendship. Bob and Charlotte are both dealing with personal and marital problems.  Without giving too much away the two of them wander through the streets of downtown Tokyo together, drifting from karaoke to drug bars, dinner, etc. They open up to each other so that they have someone to share a common bond with, so that they have a sense of escapism from their failing marriages and lives.

The directing and pacing of this movie are pitch perfect and the music sets the tone and keeps the viewer glued to the screen from start to finish. Bill Murray easily gives his best performance in this movie; the role of Bob was made for him. Giovanni Ribisi and the always hilarious Ana Faris co-star.

The final scene of the movie is one of my favorites in recent memory. It’s so simple yet intricate at the same time. Without telling you what it is you’ll know what I mean, when and if you watch this movie. I highly recommend it.