And so, without further ado…The Best
This typically isn’t my type of film because there aren’t any really relatable characters, but there is no denying the script’s intelligence and inventiveness, and the awe-inspiring cinematography.
The Social Network
An extremely well acted and interesting take on the creation of facebook. If there is any character to relate to, it’s the sacrificial lamb Eduardo played by the soon-to-be breakout star Andrew Garfield.
Ben Affleck has discovered that he is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. This is his hugely successful directorial follow up to Gone Baby Gone. Here he combines a gritty heist film and a doomed love story into gripping movie.
The King’s Speech
Colin Firth is one of the most talented actors working today, and Geoffrey Rush is right up there with him. Here the actors combine their talents to tell the beautiful story of Edward VIII’s bond and friendship with his quirky speech therapist.
The Black Swan
This dark, disturbing portrayal of a dancer’s descent into madness is genius. Natalie Portman’s Nina is a tortured prima ballerina who is living the story of Swan Lake in her personal life while trying to dance the character on stage.
Diane Lane’s brilliant portrayal of owner Penny Chenery and the exceptional camera work by director Randall Wallace make this film an edge-of-your-seat adventure even if you know how the story ends.
Joel and Ethan Cohen have made some of my most favorite films (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing) and some of my least favorites (A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men). Here they hit a homerun with witty, intelligent remake of the classic John Wayne western.
The Ghost Writer
Ewan McGregor stars as a writer hired to ghost write the memoir of a former prime minister just as the man is about to be indicted for human rights violations. The intrigue runs deep as the writer slowly begins to uncover a conspiracy.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The two underwhelming sequels are almost enough to boot this one off the list, but you know you’re watching an engaging thriller when you can sit riveted through almost three hours of Swedish.
This is just a great example of touching, funny writing, eye-catching animation and talented voices… oh, and minions.
And now for the fun part…The Worst:
How people who write and perform sketch comedy for a living could make a movie this humorless is beyond me. Moreover, I could almost, almost forgive the lack of laughs if there were an ounce of intelligence or even wit.
This M. Knight Shyamalan disaster of a disaster movie is the most absurd thing I have ever seen. The flora have had enough of us fauna and are fighting back by producing an antigen that compels humans to commit suicide.
The Back Up Plan
Jennifer Lopez plays a woman who meets the man of her dreams right after getting pregnant by a sperm donor via artificial insemination. The studio exec who greenlit that pitch needs to be forcibly removed from the premises.
Normally I don’t include movies like this on my list because they are what they are: family movies geared for kids that never get good reviews. In this case I’m willing to make an exception. This movie is so stupid, so badly acted and so uninteresting it is painful.
Just reread the Furry Vengeance comments.
Sex and the City 2
I want to meet the moron whose genius idea it was to send the four most sexually liberated women on the planet to the Middle East. Did they edit out the part where they get stoned?
Add this to the long list of underwhelming Jennifer Aniston romantic comedies that aren’t comedic or romantic.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
It makes the list for the title alone.
How Do You Know
It is truly hard to imagine Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson starring in a movie this bad, but this film has all the charm of a fire wood salesman.
Robert De Niro agreeing to let his character come down with the most talked about adverse reaction to Viagra is enough to send me walking out of the theater. LN