Note: I write this top 10 list without seeing many of the films from 2010 that I would’ve liked to see it. So if you’re wondering why films like The Fighter or Black Swan aren’t on here, its because I haven’t seen them yet, unfortunately. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again! Time for every film blogger on the internet to put out a top 10 list. We’ve whipped up a list of our own with some of our favorite movies of 2010 from comedy to drama, indie to big budget Hollywood productions. Some of these are Oscar-caliber and some are… well, some are definitely not, but we still loved ‘em and they’re all worth checking out. So here it is, Trashwire.com’s top 10 of 2010.
I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of my favorite movies this year. The quick editing, unique visual style, impressive cast and seeing Michael Cera take a welcome departure from the usual charmingly befuddled geeky character make this film a total knock out. Continue reading
Youth in Revolt might not be in 3D, the cast might not be filled with the biggest stars in Hollywood and it might not be playing at all the huge multiplexes in your town, but it’s sure to draw in a few Michael Cera fans looking for a Juno-like comedy with a quirky indie feel. Continue reading
“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen,” is how the great French writer Francois de La Rochefoucauld summed up love. Dictionary.com describes love as “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” T.S. Elliot gave his opinion on the subject at hand by stating “love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.” Basically, with the few clicks of a mouse, you can easily find out what lots of other people think love is. But does that really tell you anything? Continue reading
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It should come as no surprise that Jason Reitman has made another stellar film. Juno, written by the insanely talented Diablo Cody, is one of the best comedies in years.
Juno is the story of Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), a witty teen who is considered quite the oddball at her school. Her only real connection, besides her best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), is to her pseudo-boyfriend Paulie Bleeker (Superbad’s Michael Cera). After a romantic encounter in a recliner, Juno discovers she is pregnant with Paulie’s child and decides to give the baby to a couple, played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, who seem like the perfect parents.
There have been comedies about teen pregnancy before, but none with such clever dialogue or phenomenal performances from the cast. Saved!, had all the potential to be as witty as Juno, but ended with an all-to-predictable climax at the prom. In the ending of that film, all the characters got what they wanted. By contrast, in the ending of Juno, all the characters are happy with what they have. This lends the film a level or realism, placing it far above Saved! because it is able to maintain its biting wit, even through more touching scenes.
It would be hard to describe why this film is so spectacular without mentioning the fantastic performances from the cast, particularly its young star, Page. As the title character, she is able to encompass every emotion as well as every humorous line of dialogue that Juno has in the film. She is mature, yet youthful. She is cynical, yet sweet. She is strong and tough, yet occasionally nervous and vulnerable. Where Hard Candy proved that Page could act, Juno proves that she may be one of Young Hollywood’s best.
Cera is easy to love as the sweet but awkward Paulie. Like his performance as George Michael Bluth in one of the greatest TV shows to ever get cancelled, Arrested Development, he brings such heart to the role that audiences can’t help but root for him.
There are no weak links in the film and the supporting cast is just as memorable as the lead characters. J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney as Juno’s father and stepmother brought the house down at the Starz Denver Film Festival screening last night with some of the funniest lines in the film.
Juno is, without a doubt, one of the best films at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival. Upon its arrival in theaters this December, audiences are sure to see it multiple times to catch lines they missed while they were laughing.
Superbad has made quite a splash at the box office this summer, grossing over $68.6M domestically since it’s release just over a week ago. It’s also become one of the most hyped movies around and is currently ranked at #1 on IMDb’s MOVIEMeter Top 10 list. Critics are saying that it could usher in a new era in comedy and many have labeled it the best movie of the year.
The teen-movie plot is about two nerdy high school BFFs, Evan and Seth, played by break-out stars Jonah Hill and Arrested Development’s Michael Cera, who go on a mission to provide alcohol for a graduation party in hopes of losing their virginity. To accomplish their goal, they send their uber-nerd friend Fogell (played superbly by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to buy the alcohol using his new fake ID which identifies him only as McLovin, the Hawaiian organ donor.
It seems like things will work out for our heroes until McLovin is knocked out when the liquor store he’s in is robbed. Evan and Seth flee the scene, assuming McLovin will get arrested. The two cops who respond to the call end up befriending McLovin and escorting him on the wildest night of his life. Meanwhile, Evan and Seth are taken on a journey of their own in their quest to procure the coveted booze.
The script was written by Knocked Up star Seth Rogen and his friend Evan Goldberg when they were only thirteen. Rogen also appears in the film as one of the police officers, along with SNL‘s Bill Hader.
The teen movie genre is so tired. Ever since the 80s, every teen comedy has involved boys on a quest to get drunk and get laid. What makes Superbad so miraculous is that it can play within these rules and change the game at the same time. Every time you think the story is about to go in the same predictable direction, it takes a turn towards something different.
Case in point, you assume that McLovin won’t be leaving the liquor store with any alcohol, and he ends up leaving with two bags of liquor and a police escort to the party. In another scene, Seth is getting nasty on the dance floor with a girl (played by Carla Gallo of Undeclared fame) at a totally different party. You assume that he’s going to hook up with this anonymous floozy, only to find that she’s had her period on his leg while they were bumping and grinding and he’s completely horrified.
Aside from plot points, Superbad is incredibly refreshing in terms of it’s comedic tone and genuine feel. The boys behave like real high school kids, not 35-year-old actors pretending to be high school kids. Films like American Pie play up every joke to the point where it feels like parody. By contrast, every line in Superbad feels natural and realistic.
Superbad more than lives up to the hype. At about five minutes in, I was already sure that it would be the funniest movie I would see this year. It’s young stars are sure to blossom into major comedic celebrities, and I wouldn’t be surprised if “I’m McLovin” becomes the new “Vote for Perdo”.