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Favorites of 2010 – Film

4 Jan

Favorite Films of 2010 – Inception, The Other Guys, True Grit, Black Swan, Centurion, The Book of Eli

Favorite Performance by Michael Fassbender – Centurion

Favorite Performance by Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 2

Favorite Performance by Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland

Favorite Performance by An Older Distinguished Gentleman (that I’d totally hit it with) – Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, Ken Watanabe in Inception, Liam Neeson in The A Team, anybody from The Expendables

Least Embarrassing Performance by Gerard Butler –  How to Train Your Dragon

Loveliest Portrayal of True Love Overcoming All Odds – Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes in Despicable Me

Favorite Badass Female Lead Character – Maddie Ross in True Grit, Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, Victoria  in Red, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Most F$%&ed Up Female Lead Character – Nina Sayers in Black Swan, Bella Swan in Eclipse, Liz Gilbert in Eat Pray Love

Most Obnoxious Female Lead Character – Liz Gilbert in Eat Pray Love, Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City 2, every female character in Valentine’s Day

Movie I never got to see at the cinema and now all my friends think I’m a loser for it – The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Kids Are All Right

Another reason to hate Tom Cruise – Knight and Day

Most Poorly Executed Remake – Let Me In, Clash of the Titans

Favorite Movie I didn’t expect to like but I really did – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Letters from Juliet, Leap Year

Sweet Jeebus! I want those hours of my life back! – Eat Pray Love, Skyline, The Bounty Hunter

WTF Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? – Tooth Fairy

Feel free to add your own categories or nominate films, characters and actors for the above categories with your comments.

Jason Isaacs in fatigues!!

11 Mar

As if Matt Damon re-teaming with Paul Greengrass wasn’t enough to get you to watch Green Zone, there’s also the promise of Jason Isaacs in camo. Yes, please!

Blink and you’ll miss Jason and his questionable facial hair in the trailer.

Green Zone opens in the US this Friday, March 12.

Oscars Round Up

8 Mar

Last night’s Oscar telecast was BORING, so utterly boring that I went to bed early without knowing who won Best Picture because I just couldn’t take the lame jokes anymore. Yet, as I drove home from work today, the guy on the radio announced that viewership was up beaucoup from last year. Go figure.

Here are some random thoughts from last night’s shit-fest.

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Double the Edward Norton: Leaves of Grass

3 Mar

This comedy starring Edward Norton as twin brothers opens in a month: April 2nd, 2010.

Costars: Kerri Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon

Director: Tim Blake Nelson

RetroVixen: It’s hard to believe this guy is the Hulk.

Valentines’ Day Film Marathon – Cupid Goes Boom!

14 Feb

On Valentines’ Day, for some inexplicable reason, I, Nibby,  like to watch violent films where bad guys get riddled with bullets, buildings and vehicles and other disposable things get blown to bits, and the good guys really aren’t that good to begin with. So for 2010, here are the films I will be watching. Don’t worry about my butt getting numb on the couch. I have strategically placed my elliptical trainer in front of the TV.

1. The Departed (2006)

From the DVD cover: Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by Frand Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, SIU officer Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone’s trust. No one suspects that he’s Costello’s mole. How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed.

Nibby’s Opinion: DiCaprio and Damon are at their best. The first time I saw this film, I almost vomited from the tension. Yeah. Even knowing how it ends hasn’t dampened the gut-wrenching much so it’s perfect for Valentines’ Day since I already have lots of Pepto-bismal handy.

2. Kill Bill, Vol I (2003)

From the DVD cover: Kill Bill Volume 1 stars Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Chicago) and Vivica A Fox (Two Can Play That Game) in an astonishing, action-packed thriller about brutal betrayal and an epic vendetta!

Nibby’s Opinion: Watching Uma Thurman (The Bride) slice and dice her way to finding that back-stabbing bastard Bill is one of the most purely cathartic experiences I have ever had. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

3. Taken (2008)

From the DVD cover: When his estranged teenage daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.

Nibby’s Opinion: Here’s a spoiler that’s not really a spoiler: Liam Neeson kills every Albanian in France and doesn’t apologize for it. There is nothing politically correct about this film. NOTHING. Nothing is sacred. NOTHING. Neeson’s character isn’t someone you would want in your home or even in your neighborhood, but if you’re in a tight spot and he gives a rat’s ass about you (which is the most important part), he’s the guy you want in your corner. So as far as I am concerned he’s dating material.

4. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

From the DVD cover: When the man known only as Smith (Clive Owen), a gorgeous streetwalker (Monica Belucci) and a maniacal hitman (Paul Giamatti) get swept up in a deadly game of cat-and-mous, it sets off an explosion of armed thugs, flying bullets and nonstop action so big it’ll blow you away!

Nibby’s Opinion: This film is utterly ridiculous, but ridiculously fun. It never takes itself seriously and the characters deliberately satisfy every action film cliche. The sight of Paul Giamatti now makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but not as bad as the sight of Phillip Seymour Hoffman after a viewing of Cold Mountain. Also, in the middle of the flying bullets and diaper changes is a love story. Awwww.

5. V for Vendetta (2005)

From the DVD cover: Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace he’s fighting against. Hugo Weaving plays V – a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him. And Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to capture V before he ignites a revolution.

Nibby’s Opinion: By the time Valentines’ Day draws to an end, I usually really really really need to see shit get blown up and this film will not disappoint me. Plus, I could listen to Hugo Weaving read the phone book.