It’s that time of year again! Time for every film blogger on the internet to put out a top 10 list. We’ve whipped up a list of our own with some of our favorite movies of 2010 from comedy to drama, indie to big budget Hollywood productions. Some of these are Oscar-caliber and some are… well, some are definitely not, but we still loved ‘em and they’re all worth checking out. So here it is, Trashwire.com’s top 10 of 2010.
I really wanted to talk about the way technology is presented in film and the way it’s used to make films. It’s a little more film geekish than my usual reviews, but check it out and tell me what you think.
Through out film history, there have been films that have changed the game using technological innovations. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings and more recently Avatar became milestones for filmmaking because they used new technology to show us things beyond our wildest dreams. The original TRON was very innovative when it was released almost 30 years ago because realistic computer graphics were still a ways off in the future and more traditional methods had to be retooled to bring the film to life. Disney’s 2010 sequel, TRON: Legacy, uses the familiar CG we see in every movie to try to bring us the next chapter in the story, but the sleek filmmaking techniques of today don’t always bring the same awe factor.
Read the rest at trashwire.com
It’s too bad The Expendables isn’t billed as a comedy, because it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen all year. Imagine if Tommy Wiseau was picked to write and directThe A-Team, but at the last second, they couldn’t secure the rights, so they had to make a low-budget rip off with aging action heroes. Yep, that’s The Expendables….
Last week, I got an email saying three members of the Scott Pilgrim vs the World cast would be in Denver for an interview, but it was scheduled for a morning when I would be at work. I was really bummed! Thankfully, my friend and new Trashwire writer Fatluggage was able to go do the interview and is working on a write up for Trashwire as I type this.
I rolled out of bed Monday morning, already feeling lousy that I wouldn’t get to meet Kieran Culkin, someone I’d wanted to meet since I was a kid. I turned the TV on to our morning show on FOX31 and heard them say that the cast would be in the studio later that morning for an interview. The studio? But that’s where I was headed! I threw on my clothes and booked it to work.
When I arrived, I heard the cast being interviewed just a couple feet behind the fake wall that divided my desk from the main floor of the studio. Oh my god! Kieran, Brandon Routh and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were right there! I would get to meet them after all!
As things wrapped up and they went to commercial, I slipped behind the wall and managed to get a picture of the cast, and another picture with the cast!
Kieran was way taller than I was expecting. After seeing him in Igby Goes Down–which I absolutely love–and after seeing how short Gerard and Mikey Way were when I saw them at Comic Con, I was sure that he would be tiny. He wasn’t. He was about my height, which isn’t super tall, but still taller than I thought, and he was kinda built. It was a surprise. He was also really attractive. I’d always thought he was cute, but he was down right hot, enough to distract me from Superman himself, Brandon Routh. Now, that’s not to say that Brandon wasn’t smokin’ hot. He definitely was. He was a total babe: tall, chiseled features, rockin’ bod. I was super jealous of Mary Elizabeth Winstead because she got to be in a movie with these two dudes and Michael Cera, who wasn’t on this press tour.
It was hard to concentrate on work for about an hour after this as it dawned on me that I just met Superman and my favorite Culkin! I kept looking at the picture on my phone just to make sure it was real and I hadn’t slept in and dreamed it all. It was real. It was awesome and it proved that the past few weeks have been my best ever. Everything’s coming up Milhouse for me these days!
Because I’m so not on the grind with this blog, I forgot to post links to my latest Trashwire reviews. I had the chance to write about two very different films, one about a clingy teenager trying to get intimate with her vampire boyfriend, the other about a clingy son trying to battle his mom’s boyfriend. The Twilight: Eclipse review was also published on KDVR.com, where a bunch of Twi-hards proceeded to tell me I was an idiot because I wasn’t comparably intrigued by the epic battle of Edward vs Jacob. I’ve read the books and seen the movies and, like I say in the review, I get the phenomenon. I just like True Blood and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Series better.
You can read my “stupid idiot” review of Twilight: Eclipse on Trashwire…
When I want to watch sexy vampires and werewolves, I choose True Blood, but if I was ten years younger, I’d be swooning over the sparkly vampires and ab-tastic werewolves in the Twilight movies. If the first film and its sequel New Moon were burgeoning with sexual undertones masquerading as tween-friendly melodrama, then Eclipse is practically porn.
Read the rest on Trashwire.com at http://trashwire.com/2010/06/30/twilight-eclipse-is-like-true-blood-for-tweens
And check out my review of indie comedy Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei on Trashwire too…
Both Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly are more recently known for broader comedies like Step Brothers or Superbad, but both prove they can hold their own with quirky indie fare as they battle for the attention of Marisa Tomei in Cyrus.
Read the rest on Trashwire.com at http://trashwire.com/2010/07/02/cyrus-john-c-reilly-jonah-hill
Check ’em out and let me know what you think in a comment or on Twitter @AlexisGentry. All comments welcome, even if you’re a hardcore Twi-hard who wants to call me a moron for not being in love with Robert Pattinson.
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