30 Must-See Movies of 2010

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My list in no particular order:

  • Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  • The Kids are Alright (Lisa Cholodenko)
  • Love and Other Drugs (Edward Zwick)
  • Burlesque (Steve Antin)
  • Rabbit Hole (John Cameron Mitchell)
  • Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
  • Get Him to the Greek (Nicholas Stoller)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  • The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone) – Botox-filled action film
  • Your Highness (David Gordon Green)
  • The Social Network (David Fincher)
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (David Yates)
  • The Fighter (David Russell)
  • True Grit (Coen Brothers)
  • London Boulevard (William Monahan)
  • Somewhere (Sofia Coppolla)
  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)
  • Buried (Rodrigo Cortes)
  • Biutiful (Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu)
  • The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi)
  • Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
  • Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek)
  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
  • Chloe (Atom Egoyan)
  • The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)
  • Frankie & Alice (Geoffrey Sax)
  • The Tourist (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  • Easy A (Will Gluck)
  • I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)

Thank You For Smoking

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Genre: Comedy

The film isn’t exactly about smoking. In fact you won’t see anyone lighting up a cigarette in the whole movie. It’s more about personal choices, challenging authority and standing up for what you believe in. The film is full of arguments that, in my opinion, are valid.

Aaron Eckhart plays Nick Naylor (aka Ruby), the “bidang kontrabida”, a lobbyist for cigarettes. Almost everyone in the film hates him but you won’t be able to help rooting for him.

The film also stars Robert Duval, William H. Macy, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, J.K. Simmons, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello and David Koechner. Continue reading

How to Train Your Dragon

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Genre: Animation

I’m not really into dragons. Maybe because every time I see Barney, I want to hit it with something really, really hard.

Anyway, the movie was waaaaaay better than I expected. Actually, I had no plans of watching it. But since some of my friends said it was good, I decided to take a chance and watch it and I have no regrets.

It’s a fun movie to watch.

I give it 4 stars. Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland

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Genre: Adventure

I have always been a fan of bizarre, crazy, surreal films. I was excited to watch this film but got so disappointed. It wasn’t as powerful or as bizarre as I hoped it to be. There’s something lacking in the film that I can’t quite put my finger on. There was no connection for me. Watching two birds fighting is much more engaging than this film.

To be honest, the only thing I enjoyed watching in the film is the Red Queen (played by Helena Bonham Carter). She was funny and endearing. The White Queen (played by Anne Hathaway) was scary for me. She’s supposed to look angelic and kind but something about her make-up made her look nasty and old. I expected a lot from Johnny Depp but somehow he didn’t deliver, just like the director, Tim Burton.

Such a shame.

I give it 2 tumbling stars. Continue reading

It’s Complicated

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Genre: Comedy

It’s a simple story about the complications of love and divorce.

Meryl Streep was hilarious as always. I love the scene where she got stoned. It was so funny!

It was refreshing to see Steve Martin play someone… normal. LOL! He plays the architect/new love interest while Alec Baldwin plays the horny ex-husband.

There were a few confusing scenes/loop holes in the story but I still enjoyed watching it.

I give it 3 big stars!

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

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Genre: Animation

This is probably the best Doomsday film ever! I mean, what do films like Independence Day, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (yes, there is such a film) or even 2012 have that could beat a Spaghetti hurricane? Or a leftover avalanche? Or a meatball shower? Or a gigantic hotdog storm! LOL! Nothing could beat that!

Moral of the story: Too much food is bad for your health (lol).

It’s a fun movie to watch.

I give it 3 and a half falling stars (with a chance of Sisig and a flash flood of beer)!

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

This is Heath Ledger’s last film. His portrayal of the Joker is still the best for me. I enjoyed his performance here as well but it was kinda Casanova-ish (his 2005 movie), but on drugs. I loved the idea of him being replaced by 3 very good (and good-looking) actors: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. All four of them in one movie (swoon)!

This film is all about choices, choices, and more choices. Enough to make you crazy (like the film).

I love it!

I give it 4 handsome stars (and another swoon moment).

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