Depending on what source you look at, between 300 and 1300 movies were released this year. I try to get out (or stay in) and see a movie now and then. I don’t consider myself a movie buff, but I like to watch one or two movies each week. Below is a list of the movies I saw that came out in 2010. Just for the heck of it I rated them and jotted down a few thoughts.
Ghost Writer. 7/10. Clever and interesting. Mysteries seems to be more scarce these days.
Shutter Island. 8/10. I really enjoyed this movie. In some ways it’s been “done before” but this is a stand out.
How to Train Your Dragon. 7/10. Dreamworks movies tend to lack the magic of their Disney counterparts. While, not magical HTTYD was a nice distraction.
Clash of the Titans. 7/10. This movie got a lot of flack for bad 3D. I saw it 2D and liked it. It’s a little mindless, but I like Sam Worthington.
Date Night. 6/10. Enjoyable with a few very funny parts. A little exaggerated for my tastes.
Kick Ass. 6/10. This movie had a lot of promise. A little too much profanity for me and some of the violence was brutal. True to the comic, but it could have been a better movie.
Iron Man 2. 7/10. Not as good as the first (9/10). Good effects, good pace, but a little misdirected at times.
Prince of Persia. 8/10. This got bashed by critics, but I thought it was a blast.
The Karate Kid. 6/10. Solid as far as remakes go, but Will Smith’s son was just a touch too young (rap that). Jackie Chan was very good.
Toy Story 3: 8/10. Another great Pixar film. It made me cry (I feel strongly about my toys).
Knight and Day: 7/10. A fun action thriller. It’s got some nice twists and I think Tom Cruise did a great job.
Eclipse: 6/10. This one kind of dragged on. Not enough action for me. There were a lot of weird dialogue close ups too.
The Last Air Bender. 6/10. I haven’t seen much of the cartoon, so I won’t compare. Acting was off, but it was a fun film.
Predators: 6/10. Mindless fun. The plot is, for the most part, nonsense.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: 6/10. Excellent special effects. I didn’t connect with the Grand Merlinian.
Inception: 10/10. I really like Nolan’s work. This was excellent (effects, plot, acting). I watched this one a few times.
Salt: 7/10. I dig Jolie. A little silly at times, but very fun.
Dinner for Schmucks: 3/10. I found this film to be irritating and crass. The laughs were few and far between.
The Expendables: 7/10. It was fun to see a tough-guy-off. Paper thin plot w/ rock solid action. Good guy movie.
The Social Network: 8/10. Partly fiction, partly fact. Well acted, good pace. Makes you want to be a billionaire.
Red: 6/10. Old guys who still want to be tough. Works okay. Slow pace. Karl Urban is excellent.
Megamind: 8/10. I love the new anti-hero hero trends. Unexpectedly entertaining.
Unstoppable: 8/10. This literally had me on the edge of my seat. It’s really simply, but it’s a good nail biter.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Part 1). 5/10. This bored me to tears. Excellent cinematography but way too drawn out.
Faster: 7/10. Another fun guy movie. There’s more depth to this film than critics want to admit.
The Warrior’s Way: 5/10. Not what I was expecting (ninjas vs. cowboys). So ridiculous in parts I nearly choked to death on a Slurpee.
The Fighter: 8/10: Poignant, moving, well done. Underdog stories are always inspirational.
Tron. 8/10. Lots of fun. Good special effects, sound track, etc. There’s some uncanny valley going on, but it’s cool anyway.
True Grit: 8/10. Great humorous moments and an excellent pace. Good acting as well.
And here are a few movies from this year that I want to see, but that I missed somehow (I will try and do better in 2011).
Alice In Wonder Land, The Bounty Hunter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid,, Robin Hood, Tangled, Shrek: The Final Chapter, Grown Ups, Despicable Me, The Other Guys, Scott Pilgrim, Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps, Black Swan. Anyone want to have a movie marathon (that should add up to about 26 hours).
Posted December 30, 2010 by Cam Hughes