The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter (2010) — I’m sure one day a movie will come along that doesn’t depict eastern Massachusettes as a bitter hellscape paved with broken dreams, but in the meantime the ones that do are pretty damn good.  The Fighter (set in Lowell) follows the life of “Irish” Micky Ward from 1993 to 2000, though … Continue reading

Megamind (2010)

Megamind (2010) — Premise in a nutshell: evil supervillain actually defeats the superhero who has been thwarting him all these years and find that he now has no idea what to do with his life.  Dreamworks Animation has rarely been on the same film-making level as Pixar (mostly due to over-relying on popular culture references… … Continue reading

Tangled (2010)

Tangled (2010) — For a while Disney seemed to be struggling to make animated family films that were even one tenth the quality of the classic ones.  That seems to be turning around now that Pixar’s John Lasseter has taken over the animation department.  Between this movie and The Princess and the Frog, they seem … Continue reading

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) — The ensuing months have done nothing to diminish my love of this movie.  If you want to bitch about the lack of unique film-making these days, you better have seen this movie because when movies like this tank at the box office (as this one did) it doesn’t … Continue reading

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go (2010) — So there is a “twist” in this film.  Except it’s not a twist really since it’s pretty much the entire premise of the film, but it’s nonetheless something, according to director Mark Romanek, you shouldn’t know going into the movie so I suppose I shouldn’t say anything… (although interestingly … Continue reading

Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In (2010) — With an almost impossibly high standard to live up to, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves actually managed to make a very good movie.  Make no mistake: if you’ve seen Let the Right One In, you know point by point what’s going to happen in this movie.  Details are altered but it’s … Continue reading

Frozen (2010)

Frozen (2010) — Director Adam Green made the movie Hatchet with the tagline “Old School American Horror” and it very much followed the 80s slasher formula.  For Frozen, he seems to have gone a more realistic “holy fuck if that happened to me I would be so fucking dead” direction.  The plot of the film … Continue reading

Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass (2010) — So watching this film several months later, perspective sinks in. While I am still bitter as all hell that the scene from the comics involving a child’s cocaine use was cut, I can appreciate the film’s darkness more, even if it is cut down significantly from Mark Millar’s source material. I am … Continue reading

Inception (2010)

Inception (2010) — Christopher Nolan, the director of Memento and The Prestige, must have sat atop his giant pile of Batman money and thought to himself “hmmm… you know I haven’t really mindfucked anyone in a while…” Well, Inception did not fuck my mind. It made sweet sweet love to it. With a primary cast … Continue reading

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Toy Story 3 (2010) — I think at this point it’s safe to say that if you do not like these movies you are dead inside.  One might think a third Toy Story movie would be crushed by the weight of one’s expectation given the amazing quality of the first two, but nope.  It stands … Continue reading