Best Films of 2010 (That I saw)

The years almost over there were a lot of pretty good films that came out this year. Here are all of the movies I saw from 201o in the order of my preference.

Toy Story 3

 

Inception

Black Swan

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

127  Hours

Kick Ass

The Social Network

How to Train Your Dragon

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Shutter Island

The Town

Winter’s Bone

The Other Guys

Un Prophete

Average

Get Him to the Greek

Cyrus

Iron Man 2

Despicable Me

Dinner for Schmucks

Youth In Revolt

Alice in Wonderland

Not so Good

Red

She’s Out of My League

Robin Hood

“Toy Story 3” : What A Summer Blockbuster Looks Like

I can’t think of a film studio like Pixar that has ever released a weak movie. Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s streak. It’s been over a decade since the last installment of Toy Story, but the characters feel just as alive.

Toy Story 3 takes place after many of the toys (Bo-peep and Wheezy being the most notable) have been gotten rid of. This was a good move, because Toy Story 3 has a very large cast. The people at Pixar did a very good job at juggling them all though.

The first scene is a fun and action-packed re-imagining of the opening of the first film when Andy is playing with his toys. The movie follows the toys as they are relocated to a nursery called “Sunnyside” which may not be as pleasant as it sounds.

(Spoiler stuff ahead)

“TS3” gets pretty intense for a movie who’s main audience may be kids. There is a freaky baby like the one from “The Twilight Zone” and a scary hissing monkey. The most intense scene takes place at the climax of the movie when the toys end up in an incinerator at a junk yard. The toys accept defeat and link arms awaiting their fiery end. The score is really cool during this scene and I actually believed for a second that they were all going to die. They are saved though in a truely “Toy Story” way that makes the rescue seem like less of a forced deus-ex-machina mechanism.

There were a lot of times I found myself laughing out loud during “TS3” and many times that I laughed pretty hard.  Just as in most Pixar movies (excluding “Up”) “Toy Story 3” has good humor, not the lame and childish attempts at humor that are present in most Dreamworks films.  Barbie and Ken are probably responsible for the most laughs.  Ken is puts on a show for Barbie, Mr. Potatohead becomes Mr. Pitahead, and Buzz starts speaking Spanish and does a dance for a surprised Jessie. These things all happen in a short span of time while the toys are trying to escape. I wish there was more of Kristen Schaal’s character, Trixie, because she is pretty funny.

It’s hard to find things to complain about this movie, there are very few third installment into a film series that are this good. The villain of this film, Lotso, is very similar to The Prospector from “Toy Story 2”, but it is done in such a fresh way this time that you don’t even notice.

I could not keep myself from getting teary-eyed both times I saw the ending. Only Pixar can get me to cry about someone giving their toys away. It feels like a good ending to the “Toy Story” trilogy.

Top Ten Pixar Films (Now Including Toy Story 3)

1. Toy Story

2. The Incredibles

3. Finding Nemo

4.  WALL-E

5. Up

6. Ratatouille

7. Toy Story 3

8. Monster’s Inc.

9. Toy Story 2

10.  A Bug’s Life

11. Cars

Viral Toy Story 3 Video

This is what looks to be a viral video promoting one of the new characters from Toy Story 3.    Update: here’s a Japanese version as well:

Summer Movie Guide 2010

May 7th – Ironman 2

I’m not really looking forward to this one. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one, I thought it was overrated and Tony Stark is a jerk. I’ll probably end up seeing it though.

June 4th – Splice

This film has been getting some good feedback from Sundance. It looks like it could be an original and entertaining sci-fi story.

June 4th – Get Him To The Greek

If you liked “Forgetting Sarah Marshall chances are you will enjoy “Get Him To The Greek”, it is written and directed by the same people. Russel Brand’s rock-star character is the same from “Sarah Marshall”, but this time Jonah Hill is a record company intern who’s job is to transport Brand to his gig in LA.

June 18th – Toy Story 3

I must say I am a bit worried about this one, but I will see it, Pixar hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

June 18th – Cyrus

Another favorite at Sundance,  John C. Reilly plays a man fighting for a woman with her son (Jonah Hill).

July 2nd – The Last Airbender

I think it’s easy to say that Avatar: The Last Airbender is the most epic cartoon geared towards tweens or whatever age people are that watch Nickelodeon. A live-action film directed by M. Night Shymalan doesn’t sound like a good idea, judging by his recent releases. The special effects do look pretty cool though. I’ll probably see this one.

July 16th – Inception

This is defiantly the movie I am looking most forward to this summer. It’s probably also the movie I know the least about and I want it to stay that way. All I need to know is that Christopher Nolan is directing it.

July 23th – Dinner for Schmucks

Paul Rudd brings a nerdy Steve Carell to a business dinner in which the man with the nerdiest guest wins. If that isn’t enough to make you wanna see this movie, Zach Galifinakis is a mind reader.

August 6th – The Other Guys

I’m ready to give Will Ferrell another chance, this trailer looked alright. I think it will be better then “Cop Out” and it’s directed by the same guy that did “Stepbrothers”, which was alright.

Toy Story 3 Update: New Teaser Trailer and New Characters

There is a new teaser trailer out for Toy Story 3:

There have also been two posters released, showing new characters of the Toy Story universe:

Explorer Ken looks like he could be a pretty funny character.

Peas-in-a-pod look too much like the French Peas from Veggietales. I hope this movie doesn’t try to be too cutesy. Usually, Pixar movies do a good job at making children movies that aren’t too cutesy and that is something I like about them because they don’t feel as much like a children’s movie.

Update: The first full trailer is now online.

If they take down that video check it out here.

To Be Released in 2010: Movies

Here is a list of some of the movies I am most looking forward to this year.

February 19: Shutter Island

I’m not really into scary movies because I am a bit of a whimp, but this movie just looks good. The idea of a Martian Scorsese horror/suspense film interests me.

March 5: Alice in Wonderland

The old animated Disney “Alice and Wonderland” does not hold up very well, I feel a remake was necessary and this rendition is supposed to be more faithful to the book. Also, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are awesome.

April 9: Date Night

I don’t really like that a Nickleback song is used in that trailer, but it still looks funny. I mean Steve Carell and Tina Fey are in it, together, and they are married to each other, come on!

April 16: Kick-Ass

Based on the red band trailer it looks like this movie could be quite gory, but it also looks really fun. I have not been a fan of Nicholas Cage recently, but he was alright in “Matchstick Men” and “Adaptation”, and judging by the few seconds he is in the red band trailer, it looks like he may be bearable in this film.

June 18: Toy Story 3

Pixar is awesome, Toy Story is classic, and Toy Story 2 was pretty good also. Its good that the whole voice cast is coming back and it should be cool to see new characters in the third installment.

July 16: Inception

All that I have heard about the plot of this movie is that it is a thriller that takes place in the architecture of the mind. I have no clue what that is supposed to mean, and that makes me want to see this movie. Christopher Nolan has not directed many movies yet, but he is one of my favorites. I hope “Inception” is as confusing as “Memento” and “The Prestige”. I love the Hans Zimmer music in this trailer.

November 19: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

I have been a Harry potter fan for a while. I feel that David Yates did well at girecting the last two book adaptaions. I feel that Half-Blood Prince was probably the best done Harry Potter Movie. The Deathly Hallows was one of my favorite books of the series I love how different it s from the others.

Dec 17 Tron Legacy

I have not seen the original Tron, but I sure I will be able to follow this movie anyway. It looks like it will be a good, old, fun, summertime blockbuster.

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