So, we’ve got ultimately closed the ebook on 2010. Now, as we transition into the brand new 12 months, that is when the majority mirror back on the yr before. In the movie world, this is additionally when critics and film lovers take the time to review the past year. Not to say, that is awards season. With the Critics’ Choice Awards in just more than one weeks and the Oscars much less than months in the past, suffice to say the purple carpet is formally out.
Today, I’m going to throw myself into that very ring as we carry you Couch Potato Club’s 2010 Movie Awards. Up the front, though, I would love to head ahead and say, I’m going to try this distinctive than those massive award indicates. For one, you’ll see some of the typical classes, but likewise there may be a few off-beat ones. Also, call me crazy, but I accept as true with the biggest component in judging a film is its entertainment cost. Granted all the different little facets of making a movie help to make a film better, however I accept as true with amusement succeeds a film’s technical prowess for you to outline whether it is ideal or now not. So, you might not be seeing me awarding those “artsy” movies just because of their “cinematic achievement” (whatever the hell this is). Instead, I’ll be judging on properly ole leisure cost (with performing, story, and so forth. Gambling factors).
So, without similarly ado, here are the winners of the primary annual Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.
Best Film: Inception
For me this got here right down to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve absolutely spent days mulling it over in my head which could be my movie of the 12 months. However, in the end, Inception wins out. Inceptionwas additionally best in a feel. With intelligent writing, precise performing, fun motion, tremendous cinematography and so forth and so on, the movie proved to be remarkable style with extraordinary substance. Nolan proved once again here why he is one of (if not THE) most well known filmmakers nowadays. A narrative genius. After looking this film, it made me realise what a god-ship Nolan is to Hollywood in reality. Everybody in Hollywood ought to be taking notes. This is precisely how a blockbuster film need to be performed. Let’s now not youngster ourselves, blockbuster action films will remain the bread and butter of Hollywood for some time to come back. While this is all right, the trouble normally lies in that they’re so shallow and cliche and simply “eh”. They generally simply rely on cool motion sequences and first rate searching special effects. Not Inception, though. This film affords all that, but then truly brings substance to that style giving us an attractive and mind-bending/clever storyline to go along with it. This best blend makes Inception my film of the 12 months.
Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours
I’ve stated it before and I’ll say it again: you need to check the merit of an actor? Throw him in a movie where he is quite tons the only one ever on-display screen and he has to hold the whole movie himself. Where the whole weight of the complete movie rests most assuredly on his shoulders. Will he shine? Will he fall apart? This is the test. Others have validated themselves inside the identical manner (Will Smith, Tom Hanks). And without a doubt I accept as true with this (and the “retard role”) is one in all the most important ways to test an actor and spot if he is one of the greats. So, enter James Franco and 127 Hours. Playing a mountain climber that receives trapped beneath a boulder and is all by myself, Franco is left to hold an entire film on his personal. Does he be triumphant? Damn right he does. With flying colorations at that. Keeping it exciting, conveying quite a number emotions in the course of the film and sucking you in all on his personal, Franco genuinely shows he had the mettle to tackle this type of daunting assignment and come out on pinnacle. For that motive, he’s my actor of the year.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Natalie’s performance within the Aronofsky mental mystery is actually incredible. Her nice work to-date in my view. Playing a position that calls for her to finally transition from candy little naive princess female to lady-gone-wild (in a dark aspect kinda manner), she hits every beat with out missing a step. I believe the largest thing for an amazing actor/actress is variety. Anybody can shine in a part that changed into simply made for them (in step with their natural personality), however range and playing specific personas/characters is in which an actor/actress can display their genuine prowess. In Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has shown, in only the two hours, that she has more range than maximum actresses around. She exhibited greater range in one performance than most do of their entire career. For this type of splendid performance Natalie Portman receives my vote as actress of the year. I do not think this is even up for debate.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Here’s another that I feel is just a given and isn’t always up for debate. Bale actually stole the display in each scene he seemed in The Fighter. The weight loss on my own indicates Bale’s determination to his craft. Furthermore, the way he became capable of lose himself in that crackhead persona and into the position of Dicky Eklund just further proved what an high-quality actor Bale is. To honestly display you the way brilliant his overall performance was, the video clip of real-life Dicky all through the credit showed you just how well Bale nailed that overall performance. It needed to nearly be like searching in a reflect for Dicky.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Yes, the assisting cast of The Fighter became just extremely good. They’re those that stored this film afloat. Leo’s flip as the “white trash” overbearing mom was excellent and become any other (in conjunction with Bale’s overall performance) that virtually helped this movie shine. Without these two, The Fighter bombs.
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Like I said, high-quality film was right down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s paintings here become damn near ideal. This changed into a brilliantly directed film. From the camera shots to the song to the tale-telling to what he got out of his solid, Aronofsky did a extraordinary job in conveying this thriller story very aptly on all tiers. As one in every of my preferred cutting-edge administrators, it is no wonder that Aronofsky continues to electrify yr after yr.
Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan
For me, screenplay/story is probably the largest component in figuring out whether or not a movie is pleasing. Afterall, without an interesting and wonderful story, then your movie is simply going to suck. That being stated, it is no wonder that this, for me, came down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain; the 2 films vying for my Best Film award. However, in the long run I have to go with Black Swan edging out on this category. The story turned into first-rate for my part. Very interesting and interesting story that left you in your seat the complete even as via. To pinnacle it off, although, become all of the subtext gift throughout the film. From the “life imitates artwork” to the “greed can consume us all” to the observation of ways a whole lot pressure can be placed on an entertainer and the dangers they happen while dropping themselves in a overall performance as a way to be “best”. This script had all of it and fired on such a lot of cylinders. Truly changed into a splendid tale and I cherished how the main person’s existence started to mirror the very man or woman she changed into attempting to play on level.
Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter
I wager after the preceding helping awards, this ought to come as no wonder. However, I will say I turned into also severely thinking about The Town for this award which had a very good all-round performance from its whole forged. However, the cast of The Fighter accomplished nicely in all regions. Even Mark Wahlberg was first rate enough (and I don’t specially take care of him). Though, he changed into the weak link and his real character turned into dull. However, every body else became in best performances that, as an entire, really pulled you into the family inside the movie. Then the performances of Bale and Leo genuinely just driven the overall ensemble over the top. Meanwhile, Amy Adams added a superb overall performance as nicely status out.
Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
The film itself, I observed became fairly puffed up. However, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an surely excellent task of gambling the position of Ree Dolly. If not for her, the whole film might were a wash. However, her overall performance was very nice to look at. It made it even greater profitable as I got to witness that this female is really a totally adept actress. Before this, I had simplest seen her in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ wherein she plays the standard cliche ditzy teenage woman. Which, certainly, there are a million and one ladies inside the kingdom that could pull that off. Watching her pass from that ditzy youngster to this gritty and convincing overall performance become in reality a treat for me and showed me her well worth. For that, she gets my Breakout Performance of the Year award.
Best Action Movie: Inception
Inception wins here. Of route being my Best Film of the Year, it will also win in its precise style category. The movie fires on all cylinders for an almost nonstop joyride, mainly for the ultimate 1/2 of the movie. The last half in particular, with the gun fights and chases and fights, and many others. Show to be an adrenalin rush of movement. Again, this is pretty lots the Hollywood-action-blockbuster film perfected.
Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek
Ok, right here’s in which a few would possibly disagree with me (if they have not already). However, it’s my perception that Best Comedy movie must specially be based totally on which movie turned into the funniest. Granted, there have been movies I preferred better standard that fall into the comedy category (Scott Pilgrim), but at the snicker scale they didn’t contact Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. And his part as the everyday rock celebrity became amazing and hilarious. Even “P Diddy” (who I hate) had me cracking up at some stage in this film. For me, it surely became the funniest film of the 12 months.
Best Animated Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
Yep, I’m doing it. I’m kicking Pixar to the shrink this yr and letting someone else have Best Animated prize. Granted, I absolutely enjoyed Toy Story 3, however for me How to Train Your Dragon became simply the better movie and changed into greater amusing. It was adorable, funny, inspiring in its personal manner and refreshing. I really loved the movie. How to Train Your Dragon become one of those that had coronary heart and depth and turned into simply beautiful (both story-smart and animation). One that genuinely appeals to each adults and kids alike.
Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2
I cherished the first one and the sequel proves no one of a kind. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror genre I trust. And part 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood as the franchise is going mainstream. With suitable pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the art of hysteria and suspense again to a seemingly hollowed out style. It does a terrific activity of truly stepping into your imagination and letting it run wild, in turn terrorizing your self. Really a fresh film within the style, I can not anticipate component 3 this autumn.
Best Thriller: The Town
Yes, I realize Black Swan is a mystery, and I actually agree that it’s the better movie. However, just like the comedy film, I feel the Best Thriller film have to be judged pretty lots entirely at the “thrill” factor. And while Black Swan did engulf me and maintain in thrilled, The Town pulled that element off a chunk better. Maybe due to the fact the motion of it catered to that, I do not know. However, The Town simply had me truly on the brink of my seat from begin to finish pretty tons. The movement became precise, the movie changed into so intense and the whole of it simply never allow up once it took off walking, that I couldn’t help however be enthralled as I went on that thrill ride.
Best Docudrama: The Social Network
Social Networking has been spreading like wildfire within the past years, so it comes as no wonder that it might ultimately become the basis of a film. The Social Network is not simply any movie though. Becoming one of the most mentioned movies of the yr and creating a real movie to be film of the yr, the movie is a outstanding all-around film that everybody should see. And it might be one of the most great films of modern day (that or its counterpart ‘Catfish’).
Best Indie Film: Buried
Another thriller that simply continues you enthralled at some stage in (sure it appears I have a component for thriller kind movies). With any such minimal set and minimal tale and solid, Buried simply looks like it’s set to disappoint. Despite all these risks although it manages to prevail and end up a totally interesting and charming film, with Reynolds wearing it well.
Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception
The visuals and special effects turned into just one side of what made Inception so incredible for me. And this combat scene become one of those that stood out above the relaxation. Creative, cool to watch, motion-packed, it clearly became only a sincerely fun fight and quite outstanding.
Tearjerker of the Year: Toy Story 3
Did I in my view cry? No. However, Toy Story 3 I sense is the movie of the yr that will maximum possibly make a person cry. Maybe it is the relationship after having grown up with the collection. Maybe it is simply the depth of emotion created in some scenes that hit home for most of the people in a real-existence way. Whatever it is, Toy Story three is positive to get the waterworks walking for quite some people. With scenes just like the incinerator scene and Andy’s very last time with the toys (specially while he realizes Woody is in there and he ends up parting with the toy that started all of it), Toy Story three genuinely has its moments that virtually tug on the ones heart-strings.
Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Both of those actors are some of the better younger actors around these days (Gosling being my preference for pleasant actor underneath 30 even). They really show their worth right here on this film as well. Giving super and powerful performances the two shine on the screen together. The chemistry between them is actually magnificent and the genuine/real emotion they bring about over the route of the movie provides for an excellent watch.
Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Jason Schwartzman is just unconventionally hilarious most each time I see him. His look in Scott Pilgrim was just icing on the cake for a very good film. Classic Schwartzman supplied humor and intelligence to the role, standing out as my preferred villain of a film filled with villains.
Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender
I’m not even going to say something. Everybody is aware of it sucks. Shyamalan once more proves, that in spite of his final film (The Happening being horrible) that he can still outdo himself and make a surprisingly worse movie than he ever has. The man is spiraling out of control straight down the drain.
Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right
I’m sorry. It wasn’t that precise. The performing changed into first rate. Mark Ruffalo changed into quite much the saving grace of the film. Other than that the movie became so pretentious and contrived and simply flat out uninteresting. Not nearly as proper as humans made it out to be (now not even the performances). Wasn’t funny or funny at all. And the film sincerely does not deserve even being considered as a Best Film nominee.
Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass
Sure, the film were given first rate opinions, even did reasonably well in its starting weekend. However, I feel Kick-Ass turned into simply underappreciated for the year. Quite frankly, the movie, properly….Kicked ass. In truth, it can go down as one of my Top 10 or 15 favorite movies of the 12 months. It’s one of the best comedian e-book diversifications I’ve seen in a long even as. For me, it turned into even higher than it’s competitorScott Pilgrim. A simply first-rate and fun movie that need to had been given extra credit score. Very interesting and more human beings must supply it a shot.
Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead
Admittedly, my normally TV display viewing includes sitcoms/comedies. However, there are some dramas I watch here and there. This 12 months’s The Walking Dead proved to be one of these new indicates that drug me in and made me love it. Making me eager to peer the next season, and disappointed I’ll must wait goodbye.
Best TV Show (Comedy): Modern Family
With a funny ensemble solid and very funny writing, Modern Family has confirmed to be one of my preferred new TV indicates currently. And with ‘The Office’ being hit or pass over anymore, Modern Familyis the one that continually has me laughing the maximum. Most substantially, Eric Stonestreet as “Cam” usually makes me snicker and truly steals the display nearly whenever he appears. His overall performance is what places this one over the edge for me. Though, Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons performance do come in a completely near 2d for me.