Thursday, May 13, 2010

2010 Quick Movie Recap

I feel that people are under the impression that I only watch bad movies (or shitty movies) since that's all I write about. I don't. And I don't simply review every bad movie I see. I'm actually quite selective in the ones I post about. I watch a ton of movies—nearly a movie a day—and not all of them are bad. The majority of movies I watch I feel lukewarm about, like "Ray" or "Good Will Hunting." I watch plenty of good movies, and some of them I even like. Here's a list for some of the better movies I've seen so far this year, as well as a list for some of the worst. You might notice some trends.

The Best
"All the President's Men" - There's more integrity in this than just journalistic integrity.
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" - Nicolas Cage doing what Nicolas Cage does best—acting like a crazy sumbitch.
"Broadcast News" - Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter shine in this behind the scenes look at a love triangle at a news production studio.
"Death of a Salesman" - Dustin Hoffman in the performance of a lifetime as Willie Loman.
"Housesitter" - Standard romantic comedy fare, but I'm a sucker for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.
"Kramer vs. Kramer" - Two actors at the tops of their games.
"Last Chance Harvey" - A simple, sometimes plodding romance, but the actors are just so winning.
"The Long Goodbye" - A hypnotic, modern take on Philip Marlowe.
"The Natural" - Feel-good sports movie.
"Parenthood" - Funny and touching with a strong dramatic acting turn from Steve Martin.
"Raising Arizona" - Crazy Nicolas Cage and cute-as-a-button Holly Hunter in one of the Coen Brothers' classic comedies.
"The Spanish Prisoner" - A clever mystery box movie marred by one particularly poor actress who just happened to be the director's wife.
"Stripes"- Classic Bill Murray. He's 10 and 1.
"World's Greatest Dad" - A surprisingly touching dark comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Yes, that Bobcat Goldthwait.

The Worst
"9 Songs" - Like watching a porno where music concert footage is constantly interrupting the action. I'd rather watch real porn, because at least they have plots.
"The Adventures of Pluto Nash" - Garbage. I'd rather meet Dave.
"Bangkok Dangerous" - Neither good nor bad, which is not what I hope for in a Nicolas Cage movie.
"Confessions of a Shopaholic" - I wished she would have kept them to herself.
"Downloading Nancy" - It's supposed to be an insightful look at people's (in)abilities to relate to each other. I guess it worked, because in the end I couldn't care less what happened to the characters.
"The Girlfriend Experience" - Like watching real life slowly eat your soul.
"Ishtar" - This was actually pretty funny, and I might review it in the future if I can only get that first song out of my head.
"Love And Other Disasters" - I think Britney Murphy was supposed to be British in this, but I'm not sure. Too bad she didn't die before making this one.
"Meet Dave" - My mom recommended this to me. Now I second guess every movie she suggests.
"P2" - This was pretty, damn hilarious. I loved the part when the guy rammed his car into the other guy multiple times, spilling his guts.
"The Princess of Nebraska" - See "The Girlfriend Experience."
"Serendipity" - I wanted to kill Kate Beckinsale in this movie, and I like Kate Beckinsale.
Shortcut to Happiness - Poor Alec Baldwin, he directed this remake of "The Devil and Daniel Webster." I tried to find the shitty in this, but couldn't. It's just bad.
"Sugar and Spice" - Nothing nice about this one.
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" - It didn't look good from the previews, and guess what? It wasn't.
"The Wannabes" - I only watched this because Isla Fisher is in it. Surprise, it's Australian. And it's crap.
"Year One" - Why Harold Ramis?! You've brought us "Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation," and "Groundhog Day." Why do you hate us now?

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