2010 Critic Lists, Award Lists, MCN, etc
Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:19 AM
Yeah, I was wondering that as well. The Secret in their Eyes was the other noticeable absentee.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:40 AM
Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin)
The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids Are All Right (Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko)
Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy)
I Love You Phillip Morris (John Requa & Glenn Ficarra)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
The Town (Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Enemies of the People (Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath)
Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson)
Gasland (Josh Fox)
Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt)
The Two Escobars (Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist)
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? (John Scheinfeld)
Edited by Tyler, 05 January 2011 - 09:41 AM.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 04:28 PM
The toys have returned home safe from their epic journey, and upstairs, Andy's mom (Laurie Metcalf) walks through the door, nattering on about all the things that need to get done before Andy can leave for college. And then she sees her son's room, its bare walls, and her hand touches her heart, and she says, "Oh." And then I cry. This is a character, mind you, so unimportant to Toy Story that never in three movies has she been given a name. She is "Andy's Mom." And yet, watching an animated movie, a sequel, starring a bunch of talking toys—I weep, instantly, without shame, all four times I've watched it. To quote our hostess, Dana: "Shit—now I'm crying again."
Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:35 PM
He misses two of my favorites: Waste Land (which I think he hasn't reviewed and my not have seen) and Babies (which he did review, rating an indulgent three stars).
I am scratching my head over his last line of his last paragraph on Last Train Home (which I saw and liked):
Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:11 PM
And I once lived in Sidney, Ohio -- and have chosen to forget much of that experience.
Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:36 PM
EDIT: The article concludes with this, which emphasizes the family-friendly angle of the list:
2010 is the first time since 2006 that an animated movie doesn't occupy Crosswalk's top spot, and is the first time since 2005 that a Pixar film didn't crack our Top 4. So perhaps it seems a little strange that I'm making the case for '10 being the "Year of the Family Film." But not only did three kid-friendly films crack our Top 10 (Nos. 5, 8, 10 above), there were several more that could have. The aforementioned Nanny McPhee Returns came closest, followed so closely by Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon, an original tale of bravery and seeking first to understand which relies heavily on the tried-and-true father-and-son-are-opposites archetype.
Also getting nods from some of our contributors were Ramona and Beezus, which has now been viewed about 17 times by my 5-year-old daughter, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Despite being saddled with possibly the worst title of 2010, this film from the director of 300 and Watchmen is even more visually eye-popping than those were.
There were some good times (and reviews) to be found with Megamind, Shrek 4, Despicable Me, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief… even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (though I wouldn't recommend taking a child to it—it's very dark, with mature themes—it is based on children's lit).
Of course, simply marketing colorful images and a mostly-clean script to kids and parents doesn't automatically make for a good movie, but that didn't stop studios from trying. The examples above were, if not home runs all, at least base hits. But do watch out for these strikeouts: Alpha and Omega, Gulliver's Travels, Yogi Bear, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Marmaduke, The Last Airbender, and Tooth Fairy. Too many solid places to step to settle for those landmines this year.
Edited by Christian, 19 January 2011 - 12:49 PM.
Posted 06 February 2011 - 12:03 AM
Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:17 PM
Edited by Overstreet, 09 February 2011 - 01:17 PM.