My Cinematic Journey Through 2010 : Sixties

2010 was an interesting year as far as films go. While I don’t feel like anything hit a home run, there has been a ton of close calls.

We’ll get back to all that – First, let’s look at what 2009 had to offer:
10.  Zombieland
9. District 9
8. Up in the Air
7. The Damned United
6. Tetro
5. Moon
4. (500) Days of Summer
3. The Boat That Rocked
2. Michael Jackson’s This is It
1. Inglourious Bastards

Now on to 2010..

67. The Bounty Hunter (Tennant) – Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston
Ratings: 1/10; RT: 7%; IMDB: 5.1; Flixter: 42%

  • This movie is a pure travesty. Bad script. Bad acting. Not funny. Not romantic. Predictable. I have no idea how a studio backed this movie. Look at the ratings – even your average moviegoer thought this movie blew..

66.  Grown Ups (Dugan) – Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider
Ratings: 3/10; RT: 10%; IMDB: 5.8; Flixter: 60%

  • Watching a bunch of comedy vets team up for this bomb was not only not the slightest bit funny, it was downright depressing. If you can’t do better than this, it’s time to call it a day and live off the royalties from your modern comedy classics. (I’m talking to you, Adam. I love you, but really dude..)

65. The Losers (White) – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Chris Evans
Ratings: 4/10; RT: 48%; IMDB: 6.3; Flixter: 55%

  • Fight, slo-mo fight, explosion, slo-mo explosion, fight. There. You’ve seen the whole movie. While that may work for some, it doesn’t do a thing for me. I will say that it was shot well and the acting was good enough.. to me it was just incredibly boring. On the upside ladies, if your boyfriend makes you watch this, you get to look at Jeffrey Dean Morgan for 97 minutes. I can think of worse things.

64. Splice (Natali) – Adrian Brody, Sarah Polley
Ratings: 4/10; RT: 74%; IMDB: 6.1; Flixter: 38%

  • Oh man, what a fascinating mess! First off, not a horror movie.. just know that going into it. I wasn’t bored, but I’m also not exactly sure what I saw either. I watched Splice with 2 friends – One liked it, one thought it was one of the worst movies ever made. I can’t decide which of them was right.. I think it was the latter.
    For my full review, click here.

63. The Other Guys (McKay) – Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 78%; IMDB: 6.7; Flixter: 58%

  • While the critics we’re relatively big fans of this summer comedy, I wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t expecting much since I think the vast majority of comedies have come to rely on crotch shot/fat-guy-falling-over humor, so I will credit it with saying that it was more clever than some others. However, that’s like saying I’d rather be shot than tortured – Neither are preferable. Of course, this is coming from the girl who thought The Hangover was one of the most overrated movies in the past decade. You might love it.. I didn’t.

62. Paranormal Activity 2 (Williams) – That couple from the first one and no one else you’ve ever heard of
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 61%; IMDB: 6; Flixter: 58%

  • I know the original PA was a love it or hate it, but I fell on the love side – It just missed my top 10 for 2009. Unfortunately, it’s sequel didn’t even come close. What made the original good to me was the effective use of imagery, noises and the lack of explanation of why this couple had a demon in their house. While PA2 did indeed have some disturbing imagery, I was a little dulled to it. Where I think they made their biggest mistake is explaining why the demon was hanging around. It removed the sense of “this could happen to anyone” which was the freakiest thing about the first movie. I watched this movie in my room alone in the middle of the night and wasn’t the slightest bit concerned when I roamed to the kitchen afterward to get a drink of water. For a horror movie like this one, that’s a fail.

61. The Killer Inside Me (Winterbottom) – Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 55%; IMDB: 6.3; Flixter: 42%

  • I followed this movie long before it was released, mostly because it was filmed in Guthrie, OK – about a 35 minute drive from my home. My anticipation was only heightened once I found out that one of my good friend’s brother, Michael Melvin, would be assisting with the production. Ultimately, I ended up disappointed.
    The film looked nice, was decently acted and had an intriguing premise, but the script sunk the ship. It was incredibly brutal, which was difficult to watch at times, but necessary. However, I never found myself attached to any of the characters. Lou had the potential to be one of the most interesting characters of the year, but the writers chose to leave his character development up to a few sketchy flashbacks. Without fleshing out the characters, The Killer Inside Me ended up being something I was watching without becoming involved.. which, other than the disturbing image of Jessica Alba’s face beat in, was entirely forgettable.
    The best part of the film – Seeing Michael’s name in the credits. Also, he said that Casey was really cool to everyone in the crew, which was pretty awesome. Kudos to you, Casey.

60. Hot Tub Time Machine (Pink) – John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 64%; IMDB: 6.7; Flixter: 57%

  • For a comedy, HTTM got pretty decent reviews.. I however, wasn’t so impressed. In it’s defense, I watched it by myself and that always effects a comedy rating for me, but I found the whole thing pretty meh. Aside from a few parts that got a light snicker from me and the rad 80s music, it’s skippable. I say that, but everyone else I know who saw it thought it was decent.. Oh well, this is my list and I say pass.
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2 thoughts on “My Cinematic Journey Through 2010 : Sixties

  1. I will punch you, Affleck style, for what you said about The Killer Inside Me. Also, Hot Tub Time Machine was all kinds of nostalgic fun. Other than those two, I completely agree. Especially with The Bounty Hunter.

    1. Hey, I wanted to love The Killer Inside Me just as much as every other film loving Oklahoman, but I was disappointed. Youwannafightaboutit?

      And I did openly admit that my rating for Hot Tub Time Machine may be off since I watched it by myself. Watching comedies by yourself is lame.

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