Here we are again. It’s time for my annual encounter with The Movie Board. We’ve been through a lot, Movie Board, and it’s time to do it again. Let’s dance.
First off, let’s take a look at this year’s Movie Board.
According to it’s all-knowing whiteness I saw 52 movies this past year. Very close to last year in which I saw 53 movies. I was on a tear throughout the summer, way ahead of my pace for last year, but the pace slowed to a crawl in September with the birth of my son. However, I rallied and was able to get my movie viewing total back up over 50. Actually, the number of movies I saw was probably closer to 60 as I also saw movies like True Grit (the original), Death Trap and Harry Brown, but they were all released before 2010. And this list is for movies released within the calendar 2010 movie season.
Anyway, from this list I’ve culled my favorites. And here they are in no particular order.
Inception – Mind bending. Best way to describe this movie. Leo is great in this. I think I prefer this movie to Shutter Island. I’d definitely watch Inception again before watching Shutter Island. Sure, some of the dream mechanics are a little…ill defined. Sure, Ellen Page’s character actually going into the dream made little to no sense. But I enjoyed it all the same. Fun and interesting story, action and a cliff hanger ending that usually SERIOUSLY pisses me off but didn’t here. I love that rotating hallway fight sequence. So awesome.
Salt – I was blown away by this movie. It’s brutally AWESOME. The action is intense. I was not expecting the action and suspense in this movie to be as balls out awesome as it is. Angelina is great and Liev Shreiber is also great (as usual). So ridiculously good. It’s like a female Bourne Identity. I seriously think this is nearly as good as the first Bourne Identity (not the last one, the first one).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I – I have seen every one of these movie in the theater. And dammit if every one of these movies hasn’t gotten better and better. Prisoner of Azkaban is phenomenal, Goblet of Fire is pretty good, but then Order of Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince are nothing short of spectacular. And this movie just continues that awesomeness forward. However, many people I know have been saying they were disappointed with this one. I think it’s all expectations. This movie is much darker than any other of the movies. Plus, it covers the section of the book where Ron leaves and Harry and Hermione are running/searching for horcruxes alone. Many people thought that storyline was boring in the book but I loved it. It shows just how difficult a time they had and just how cut off from the rest of the wizarding world they really were. Makes what happens later mean more. I love this movie and I can’t wait to watch the next one. Oh, yeah, since this is a Part I, it sets up a lot of the story for Part II, which may throw people off also.