My favorite movies of 2010.

Wow, I’m on time this year around.

As usual, since 2003, I’ve been logging every movie I’ve watched. Every previous I’ve attempted to try to be a regular reviewer failed terribly, so I simply compile these lists, which is more a reflection of how I’ve enjoyed them.

Even if I appreciate a lot a movie for it’s script and production, doesn’t always mean I loved it. Sometimes I might even find the most ludicrous written and produced movie amusing, and for that I’d enjoyed it so much to include among my favorites.

I find that despite a very disappointing Summer season of movies overall (with some very very bright stars), 2010 was a more satisfying year for movies in my opinion.

My Favorite Movies I watched in 2010:

(In no particular order, except the order I watched them)

– Sherlock Holmes (can’t believe I’d ever include a Guy Ritchie’s film among my favorites, but this was a great “update” and the cast deserve a lot of credit for my listing it here)

– How to Train Your Dragon (It be so good if this was the new template for Dreamworks animation, sadly if the recent shown Kung Fu Panda 2 trailers is any indication, it will not be the new template. Don’t get me wrong Kung Fu Panda was fun but that was it. How to Train Your Dragon was filled with heart that are usually only found in Pixar movies, not only that was gorgeously produced and very well written).

– Ghost Writer (I still got a few chapters of The Ghost to finish, but Roman Polansky did it again with an impressive cast nonetheless)

– Toy Story 3 (The movie of the year in my opinion. I was “cursing” Pixar for making me cry again, don’t know which was worse, me crying when Andy handed the toys over to Bonnie this year, of last year during the Ellie Badge thing in Up.)

– Inception

– Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

– The Social Network (if Toy Story 3 wasn’t around, I think this would probably be the movie of the year for me).

– Lost Paradise in Tokyo (a Japenase movie about forming a disfunctional family in a disfunctional city)

– Air Doll

– Third Star (I’m a sucker for movies that explore friendships and this was a very well done one.)

– Friendship! (Fun, fun, fun…. I would almost call it AmericaTrip, cause it reminded me of Eurotrip in several moments).

-Exit Through the Gift Shop (I love how midway through you’re almost forced to question whether this is really a documentary or just another one of Banksy works of art).

– Kyoto Uzumasa Monogatari – Kyoto Story (a lovely piece of changes in this town)

– 聽說 – Hear Me (I’m almost disappointed I didn’t bought the DVDs on sight, because they were already available in Taiwan, when I was back there in August)

– R. U. There (a very cool companion piece for some of the subjects explored in The Social Network).

 

Worst Movies I watched in 2010

– Nine (how could this gathered talent turn out something this bad).

– Sex and the City 2 (at least I didn’t have to pay to watch this)

– Brilliantlove (one of rare times I almost left the movie midway through, had to be really strong to get to the end of it, and it wasn’t even a long movie. It had a interesting concept, but director decided he preferred to create a soft-porn movie instead.)

– Ponto.org (Ugh, great concept, dreadful delivery).

 

Honorable Mentions

– Zombieland (it premiered late here, so I only got to watch it in 2010. A precussor for the Zombie fare it would come later in the year)

– Kick-Ass (anyone else remember Chloe Moretz as the little sister from 500 Days of Summer, I do. Already found her impressive back then).

– Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Underrated. It was not meant to be huge at all, it reminded me of some great adventure movies from the 80’s)

– Ponyo, gorgeous movie, I still prefer some of the previous Yamazaki movies though.

– Paranormal Activity 2, don’t  know how long the gimmick will last, but this was very well done.

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. OK, I think I never put this online. But I’m not the biggest fan of the 3rd film, which seems to be the favorite among a lot of people. I hated some of the direction Cuaron took, and the script did not help, it’s just a fine adaptation, and the book wasn’t even that big. And after how terrible the adaptation for Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince were, It’s very satisfying to get DH Part 1, to be one of the best movies of the series.  I’d place it among 3 of the best from the series so far. In my opinion the other 2 would be Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell brought a level of Britishness that lacked in Cuaron trip here) and The Secret Chamber (despite Columbus making a bit too HomeAlone in some moments, still one of the best adapted books).

– Karate Kid – I still think they should have re-titled this to Kung-Fu Kid. But I’m impressed how good it was. And it’s impressive how more violent it is compared to the original, and the remake featured much younger kids.

– The Town – I love how good a director that Ben Affleck is becoming and what an amazing cast movie this was.

– Never Let me Go – A very good adaptation. The book still carries a much stronger message.

– Buried (it’s haunting, but I bet the average north-american audience hated the ending).

– Black Swan- Gorgeous movie. Will I watch it again? I don’t think so.

– Easy A

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My favorite movies of 2009.

And finally I reach the point I meant to reach 9 months ago. Not really an accomplishment, more like reach an overdue goal.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies of 2009.

– Australia (underrated, but I really enjoyed it. Also having enjoyed it with my mom, might have helped to put it in this list)

– Changeling

– Slumdog Millionaire

– Watchmen (a better adaptation than I expected)

– Gran Torino (Great year for Clint Eastwood movies, normally I’m not a huge fan of him or his movies)

– I Love You Man

– Star Trek (was never able to enjoy any of the shows, but I enjoyed this take from JJ. Abrams)

– Push

– Okuribito (Departures)

– Veronika Decides to Die

– Up

– 500 Days of Summer

– Paranormal Activity

– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (it wasn’t in this list originally, but I got to re-watch it on the plane last month, and made me appreciate it in another light)

– Quanto dura o amor ( is an indie Brazilian movie that deserves to be checked out, if you ever get the chance. You know how some movies New York City is almost like a character in the movie itself, this movie happens to be able to do the same with Sao Paulo, and that’s not the only reason to check it out. The movie was really well produced, with well rounded characters).

Least favorite movies of 2009:

– The Day the Earth Stopped (the remake with Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connely and Jayden Smith – a remake that no one asked for)

– Angels & Demons (hated how it was adapted)

– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (my nostalgia compels me to watch the movie, which is terrible. This sequel happens to be 10 times worse than the 1st Michael Bay trip into this universe).

– The Ice Age 3 (how not to do 3D for the sake of 3D)

– Besouro (A long form movie should not be like a Music Video, it’s not only about the flash stuff, but also about the script and the rest of the movie. Everything cool about this movie is in the trailer, the rest if just forgetable).


Random Thoughts

These random thoughts are more about why certain movies were not included in either one of the lists above.

This was the year with the real explosion of 3D movies, with the biggest name in this being James “I’m the king of the World’ Cameron’s Avatar. I enjoyed Avatar, I did go to the theater multiple times.  But in the end of the day, it was less about the movie, but a lot more about the cinematic experience the movie provided. The movie was finally taking the 3D screening experience to another level.
I think most of the Avatar detractors, which includes anyone who simply pointed how similar the story was to Pocahontas, pointed how silly is the script, without actually experiencing it, were people who see cinema only as a rational stuff. The magic that was Avatar was the combination of a lot of things, it was a the big screen, the stereoscopy, it’s watching it in a packed screening room, with a bowl of popcorn on your lap. It’s a combo. I think that’s a reason I don’t list the movie among my favorites despite multiple watchings. I don’t own the DVD or Blu-Ray Disk of the movie, and don’t plan to get it anytime soon, as I would never be able to replicate the same experience at home.

Two movies that I think some people might have expected me to feature in the least favorite lists are Dragonball: Evolution and GI. Joe. Unfortunately, I actually enjoyed both on them in some level. They were fun. I’m no purists here, in the sense that I was never a HUGE fan of the Dragonball franchise or the GI. Joe franchise. The movies were fun, mindless fun and you can leave them at that.

Two movies that I think deserve some props but are widely detracted from this year are Gamer and the new Fame. Gamer with all star cast, reminded me a lot of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, by exploring at first some exploitation themes, and then delving deeper into subjects of self-identity, choice and will. Fame from Kevin Tancharoen was a fun movie, a way better remake than a lot of stuff that’s out there, and tried to update some concerns from similar templates from the original movie.

Hangover: watched it and despite enjoying the work from cast, still feel it was one of the most overated movies from this year.

My favorite movies of 2008.

As I review this, it might not be clear, I’m only listing the best (favorite) and the worse (least favorite), no listing all the movies I’ve seen that year. Which would take a lot of work to type in. After a brief count I do watch at least 60 movie titles per year, and that number is higher in years I was less busy.

Now, let me head into 2008.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies of 2008.

– Cloverfield

– Definitely Maybe

– Soom (Breath)

– Iron Man

– Red Belt

– Wall-e

– The Dark Knight

– The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

– Apenas o Fim

– Lat Den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right one In)

– Romance

– Die Tranen Meiner Mutter

– 流浪,神,狗。人 (God, Man, Dog)

– Sydney White

My Least favorite movies of 2008.

– Hancock (1st time ever I almost left the movie in the middle, it was that bad. Can’t believe they’re talking about sequels – I think it’s the worse movie in this list, and there’s some bad stuff below).

– The Happening (The movie that made me lose faith on M. Night Shyamalan)

– Max Payne

– In the name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (it’s Uwe Bowe. No other comment is needed)

– Twilight

Random Comments

Yes. This was the year that started the sparkly vampire madness. If only the movies were actually good or passable, it would be a less sad fact.

It was very bad year for movies, but also a very good one with some titles that will probably stand the test of time. The Dark Knight and Iron Man, two comic book hero movies, done very differently, both with different strengths. And then, there’s Wall-e. I still remember a few years ago when Pixar revealed their slate of upcoming movies, and included both Wall-e and Up. I remember a lot of people winking, and the result were some of the best movies in recent years.  I think Wall-e (the character) might be one of my favorite fictional creations in recent years.

This was also a great year, if you enjoy “foreign” (as in non-hollywood) movies from other countries. I watched great movies from Europe, Asia, and local Brazilian movies are also getting more prominent in my favorite lists.  Among 2008 was Lat Den Ratte Komma In, which Hollywood is remaking as Let me in, and will debut sometime in the next few months, despite the great casting for the US version, I doubt it’ll be a moody and creepy as the original movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet and plan to, I’ll leave you with the same advice from a few posts before. Watch the remake first, then  try the original, never go other way around. The next one to survive this next, might be the adaptations for the Millenium Trilogy series, which David Fincher is the man behind this ship, and have a hard task to follow the amazingly well done Swedish adaptations.

My favorite movies of 2007.

Hey at this pace, I might be able to finish this today.

So here we go.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies from 2007, in no particular order:

– 詭絲 (Silk)

– Dreamgirls

– Last Kiss

– Chinjeolhan geumjassi (Lady Vengeance)

– PIrates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

– Zodiac

– Ratatouille

– Paris Je T’aime

– Rogue Assassin

– Cashback

– Gone Baby Gone

– Mon Melleur Ami

– Across the Universe

– Hot Fuzz

– Dororo

– Stardust

These are my Least favorite movies of 2007.

– Tranformers

– Snow White, the Sequel

– Number 23

With the amount of movies that I enjoyed, and number of movies I watched and didn’t like, gotta say that 2007 was a great year for movies, if you knew how to choose.

My Favorite Movies of 2006.

I started this series of post late 2009, in the attempt to cover all my log up to 2009, but I got busy and never got to finish. As I’m about to give some importance back to this blog, I felt that the 1st task at hand would be to finish this series of blog before heading to other subjects.

So here we go.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies from 2006, in no particular order (probably chronological following their release dates in Brazil)

– 如果,愛 (Perhaps, Love)

– Brokeback Mountain

– Matchpoint

– Les Poupées Russes

– Thank you for Smoking

– Black Dahlia

– The Fountain

– Peaceful Warrior

– Clerks 2

– El Labirinto de Fauco

– Children of Men

My Least favorite movies from 2006:

– Capote – (What a fracking boring movie. Yes, really well acted, but the movie itself is taken and turtle pace. If you’re watching Rubicon, the tv show can be called action packed compared to this movie).

– Silent Hill (Great source material, horrible delivery)

– My Super Ex-Girlffriend (Great cast wasted on a terrible script)

– Butterfly Effect 2 (Unnecessary follow-up)

– Passage (Sometimes the reviews are right, this is one of those cases)

– Wicker Man (The remake with Nicholas Cage. Got the ticket for free.)

– Eragon (great cast, beloved source material, and a horrible adaptation)

Random Notes:

This was the year I got to watch Il Mare and Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl), the really great Korean flicks that originated the respective lukewarm and heartless US remakes The Lake House (with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves – lame reunion for the Speed duo) and My Sassy Girl (with Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert). If you never saw any of these movies but wants to, watch the US remake ones first, then watch the original ones, which are made a level of beauty and inspiration, that makes the western versions really painful.

Curiously Hong Kong went the other way around and actually remade an Hollywood movie. The chosen remake was Cellular, a really fun underated 2004 movie, starring Chris “Human Torch – Captain America” Evans, Kim Basinger, Jason “The Transporter” Stathan, Richard Burgi, William H. Macy and some other people you’ll know when you spot them. The remake called Connected, was released in 2008, with some big stars both from Honk Kong and also Taiwan. Haven’t seen the remake yet, the DVD was still a bit over-priced when I was back in Taiwan a month ago, so maybe another time.

Which brings me to the “the facto” big movie of 2006, The Departed, which ended up getting an Academy Award for best movie and finally landing Martin Scorsese an overdue award for best director. We can’t deny the movie was really well produced, with an amazing cast. But the fact the final product was a really well done transposition from it’s source material, Hong Kong’s 2002 blockbuster Infernal Affairs, is a bit annoying, as producers barely even credit the source material, almost left as a footnote in the final credits, instead of brightly spotted somewhere in the starting credits. I really liked The Departed as a movie, is a remake that worked, but for the reasons just mentioned, I decided not to include it among my favorite movies for this year.

My Favorite Movies of 2005

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

My Favorite Movies of 2005:

– Robots

– FInding Neverland

– Ju-On: The Grudge

– 十面埋伏

– Garden State

– Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– A Lot Like Love

– Sin City

– Bin Dip

– Red Eye

– Danny the Dog

– Serenity

– Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

My Least Favorite Movies of 2005:

– White Noise

– Birth

– Constantine

– Elektra

– Alexander

– Dark Water

– Horror in Amityville

– Domino

– Stay

My Favorite Movies of 2004

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies of 2004, in no particular order:

– The Incredibles

– Cellular

– Alfie

– Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom

– Spider-Man 2

– The Butterfly Effect

– Kill Bill Vol.2

– Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

– The Notebook

My Least favorite movies of 2004 – lots of bad movies that I ended up watching this year:

– Garfield

– Oceans Twelve

– The Manchurian Candidate (remake)

– Exorcist: The Beginning

– Taxi (remake)

– Forgotten

– Catwoman (at least I got this ticket for free)

– Stepford Wives (remake)

– Master and Commander (I know it was nominated, but I HATED this movie)

– Timeline (HATED the movie, annoying shit)