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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Movie Review: Toy Story 3

Rating:

Matthew Frazier: A

Matthew Kerwin: A

Ryan: A-

By Matthew Frazier
We’ve seen our favorite characters from “Toy Story” defy all challenges they face, but can they escape the hand that feeds them once children go wild?

15 years ago the silver screen depicted a close-knit group of toys and their shenanigans. Fast forward to the present day, and those same toys (along with new friends found along the trilogy) are escaping some predicament.

“Toy Story 3” is the final installment in the “Toy Story” franchise, and concludes the story of Andy, a former toy enthusiast preparing for the journey to college. In the chaos of packing, a bag full of audience favorites are nearly thrown into the garbage; naturally, the only place to take refuge from such cruel treatment is a day care.

As most of us know (especially those who may have taught 4 and 5-year-olds like me), children can be loud, energetic and… not exactly careful with their toys. Needless to say, the film features a few scenes of toy abuse.

Without giving too much away for those who have yet to see, “Toy Story 3” is one of the best concluding films I have seen in quite some time. Littered with emotional moments that make you remember those simpler times of the play pin, the movie had the entire audience collectively “Aww”-ing and bawling. And yes, I’ll admit it, I teared up.

Do yourself a favor, movie fans. Treat yourself and salute the toys many of us grew up with and go see “Toy Story 3!”