So, we’ve got sooner or later closed the e-book on 2010. Now, as we transition into the new yr, this is while most people reflect returned on the year before. In the movie world, this is also when critics and film fanatics take the time to study the beyond year. Not to say, that is awards season. With the Critics’ Choice Awards in just multiple weeks and the Oscars much less than months ago, suffice to mention the red carpet is officially 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 go ahead and say, I’m going to do that distinct than those large award shows. For one, you will see a number of the typical categories, however likewise there can be a few off-beat ones. Also, call me crazy, however I accept as true with the biggest element in judging a movie is its leisure cost. Granted all the other little sides of making a movie assist to make a film better, but I trust leisure succeeds a film’s technical prowess with the intention to outline whether or not it is ideal or not. So, you may not be seeing me awarding these “artsy” movies simply due to their “cinematic fulfillment” (whatever the hell this is). Instead, I’ll be judging on suitable ole entertainment fee (with acting, story, and so on. Playing factors).
So, with out in addition ado, right here are the winners of the primary annual Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.
Best film-themovie: Inception
For me this came all the way down to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve sincerely spent days mulling it over in my head which might be my movie of the yr. However, in the end, Inception wins out. Inceptionwas also perfect in a sense. With shrewd writing, desirable performing, amusing movement, terrific cinematography and so on and so forth, the film proved to be awesome style with splendid substance. Nolan proved once more right here why he is certainly one of (if not THE) most famous filmmakers these days. A narrative genius. After watching this movie, it made me recognize what a god-ship Nolan is to Hollywood truely. Everybody in Hollywood need to be taking notes. This is precisely how a blockbuster movie should be achieved. Let’s now not kid ourselves, blockbuster action films will remain the bread and butter of Hollywood for a while to come back. While that is alright, the problem normally lies in that they’re so shallow and cliche and just “eh”. They usually simply depend upon cool movement sequences and brilliant looking computer graphics. Not Inception, although. This movie affords all that, however then honestly brings substance to that style giving us a fascinating and thoughts-bending/shrewd storyline to go along with it. This ideal blend makes Inception my film of the yr.
Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours
I’ve stated it earlier than and I’ll say it once more: you want to test the benefit of an actor? Throw him in a movie in which he’s pretty a great deal the most effective one ever on-display and he has to hold the whole film himself. Where the whole weight of the entire film rests maximum assuredly on his shoulders. Will he shine? Will he disintegrate? This is the take a look at. Others have demonstrated themselves within the identical way (Will Smith, Tom Hanks). And truely I agree with this (and the “retard function”) is one in every of the largest ways to test an actor and spot if he is one of the greats. So, input James Franco and 127 Hours. Playing a mountain climber that receives trapped beneath a boulder and is all alone, Franco is left to carry an entire film on his own. Does he prevail? Damn proper he does. With flying shades at that. Keeping it exciting, conveying more than a few feelings during the movie and sucking you in all on his own, Franco really suggests he had the mettle to tackle this kind of daunting project and come out on top. For that reason, he’s my actor of the year.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Natalie’s performance in the Aronofsky psychological thriller is definitely tremendous. Her first-class work to-date in my opinion. Playing a position that requires her to sooner or later transition from sweet little naive princess female to female-long past-wild (in a darkish facet kinda manner), she hits every beat without lacking a step. I accept as true with the most important factor for an amazing actor/actress is variety. Anybody can shine in a element that became simply made for them (in keeping with their natural character), but range and playing extraordinary personas/characters is wherein an actor/actress can display their authentic prowess. In Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has proven, in only the 2 hours, that she has greater variety than maximum actresses around. She exhibited extra variety in a single overall performance than maximum do in their whole career. For one of these exquisite performance Natalie Portman receives my vote as actress of the 12 months. I don’t suppose that is even up for debate.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Here’s every other that I sense is just a given and isn’t always up for debate. Bale simply stole the show in every scene he appeared in The Fighter. The weight loss on my own shows Bale’s determination to his craft. Furthermore, the manner he was capable of lose himself in that crackhead personality and into the role of Dicky Eklund simply in addition proved what an great actor Bale is. To actually show you ways first-rate his overall performance changed into, the video clip of real-life Dicky in the course of the credit showed you simply how nicely Bale nailed that overall performance. It needed to nearly be like looking in a replicate for Dicky.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Yes, the assisting cast of The Fighter become simply awesome. They’re those that saved this film afloat. Leo’s turn as the “white trash” overbearing mother turned into tremendous and was another (together with Bale’s performance) that absolutely helped this film shine. Without those two, The Fighter bombs.
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Like I said, fine movie was all the way down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s paintings right here changed into rattling close to ideal. This became a brilliantly directed movie. From the digicam shots to the song to the story-telling to what he were given out of his solid, Aronofsky did a exceptional activity in conveying this mystery tale very aptly on all levels. As certainly one of my favorite present day administrators, it is no wonder that Aronofsky keeps to impress 12 months after 12 months.
Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan
For me, screenplay/story is probably the most important thing in determining whether a film is unique. Afterall, with out an exciting and pleasing story, then your movie is just going to suck. That being said, it is no surprise that this, for me, came down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain; the two films vying for my Best Film award. However, in the end I need to go along with Black Swan edging out on this category. The tale was extremely good in my opinion. Very interesting and interesting story that left you to your seat the complete even as thru. To top it off, even though, changed into all the subtext present for the duration of the film. From the “existence imitates artwork” to the “greed can devour us all” to the observation of the way plenty strain may be put on an entertainer and the risks they take place whilst dropping themselves in a performance so that it will be “best”. This script had all of it and fired on so many cylinders. Truly was a extraordinary story and I loved how the principle character’s life started out to mirror the very character she changed into attempting to play on stage.
Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter
I guess after the previous helping awards, this have to come as no marvel. However, I will say I was additionally severely considering The Town for this award which had a very good all-around overall performance from its complete cast. However, the solid of The Fighter carried out properly in all areas. Even Mark Wahlberg become first rate enough (and I don’t mainly care for him). Though, he become the weak hyperlink and his real man or woman changed into dull. However, anyone else grew to become in first-rate performances that, as a whole, clearly pulled you into the own family inside the film. Then the performances of Bale and Leo honestly just driven the general ensemble over the top. Meanwhile, Amy Adams added a very good performance as nicely status out.
Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
The movie itself, I determined was fairly overestimated. However, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an absolutely fantastic task of gambling the function of Ree Dolly. If no longer for her, the complete movie might had been a wash. However, her performance became very fine to look at. It made it even greater profitable as I were given to witness that this lady is definitely a completely adept actress. Before this, I had handiest visible her in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ in which she plays the everyday cliche ditzy teenage woman. Which, clearly, there are a million and one ladies within the state that would pull that off. Watching her go from that ditzy youngster to this gritty and convincing performance turned into actually a deal with for me and confirmed me her really worth. For that, she gets my Breakout Performance of the Year award.
Best Action Movie: Inception
Inception wins right here. Of direction being my Best Film of the Year, it will also win in its precise style category. The film fires on all cylinders for an nearly nonstop joyride, in particular for the ultimate half of the movie. The closing half of mainly, with the gun fights and chases and fights, etc. Prove to be an adrenalin rush of action. Again, this is quite an awful lot the Hollywood-movement-blockbuster film perfected.
Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek
Ok, here’s where some may disagree with me (in the event that they haven’t already). However, it’s my perception that Best Comedy film must especially be based on which movie become the funniest. Granted, there were films I liked better overall that fall into the comedy class (Scott Pilgrim), but on the giggle scale they did not contact Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. And his component as the standard rock big name became wonderful and hilarious. Even “P Diddy” (who I hate) had me cracking up all through this film. For me, it clearly changed into the funniest movie of the 12 months.
Best Animated Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
Yep, I’m doing it. I’m kicking Pixar to the scale back this 12 months and letting a person else have Best Animated prize. Granted, I simply enjoyed Toy Story 3, however for me How to Train Your Dragon became just the higher movie and changed into more a laugh. It turned into adorable, funny, inspiring in its personal way and clean. I in reality enjoyed the film. How to Train Your Dragon became one of these that had coronary heart and intensity and turned into surely beautiful (each tale-smart and animation). One that definitely appeals to both adults and kids alike.
Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2
I cherished the primary one and the sequel proves no distinct. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror style I accept as true with. And element 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood because the franchise goes mainstream. With excellent pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the artwork of anxiety and suspense back to a seemingly hollowed out genre. It does a excellent job of truly moving into your imagination and letting it run wild, in flip terrorizing yourself. Really a clean movie within the style, I can not look ahead to part 3 this fall.
Best Thriller: The Town
Yes, I realize Black Swan is a thriller, and I clearly agree that it is the better film. However, like the comedy film, I feel the Best Thriller movie ought to be judged quite much entirely at the “thrill” element. And while Black Swan did engulf me and maintain in pleased, The Town pulled that aspect off a chunk higher. Maybe due to the fact the motion of it catered to that, I do not know. However, The Town simply had me in reality on the edge of my seat from begin to complete pretty a great deal. The action became true, the movie was so severe and the complete of it simply in no way let up as soon as it took off strolling, that I could not assist however be enthralled as I went on that thrill ride.
Best Docudrama: The Social Network
Social Networking has been spreading like wildfire inside the beyond years, so it comes as no wonder that it’d subsequently end up the idea of a film. The Social Network isn’t just any movie even though. Becoming one of the maximum talked about movies of the 12 months and creating a real film to be movie of the yr, the film is a incredible all-round movie that everybody ought to see. And it might be one of the most vast movies of cutting-edge day (that or its counterpart ‘Catfish’).
Best Indie Film: Buried
Another mystery that simply continues you enthralled for the duration of (yes it seems I have a aspect for mystery type movies). With the sort of minimum set and minimum story and cast, Buried just looks like it’s set to disappoint. Despite all these risks though it manages to be successful and end up a very thrilling and captivating film, with Reynolds sporting it nicely.
Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception
The visuals and special effects become just one aspect of what made Inception so extremely good for me. And this fight scene became one of these that stood out above the rest. Creative, cool to watch, motion-packed, it in reality was only a truely fun fight and quite brilliant.
Tearjerker of the Year: Toy Story 3
Did I in my opinion cry? No. However, Toy Story 3 I experience is the movie of the year so as to maximum in all likelihood make someone cry. Maybe it is the relationship after having grown up with the collection. Maybe it’s simply the depth of emotion created in some scenes that hit home for the general public in a actual-existence way. Whatever it is, Toy Story 3 is positive to get the waterworks jogging for quite some people. With scenes like the incinerator scene and Andy’s final time with the toys (mainly whilst he realizes Woody is in there and he ends up parting with the toy that commenced it all), Toy Story three sincerely has its moments that genuinely tug on the ones heart-strings.
Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Both of these actors are some of the higher younger actors around today (Gosling being my choice for satisfactory actor underneath 30 even). They absolutely display their really worth right here in this movie as well. Giving outstanding and powerful performances the 2 shine at the display together. The chemistry among them is genuinely awesome and the real/actual emotion they bring about over the direction of the film gives for a good watch.
Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Jason Schwartzman is simply unconventionally hilarious most on every occasion I see him. His appearance in Scott Pilgrim became simply icing on the cake for a very good movie. Classic Schwartzman furnished humor and intelligence to the position, status out as my favorite villain of a movie full of villains.
Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender
I’m no longer even going to say whatever. Everybody is aware of it sucks. Shyamalan once more proves, that no matter his last film (The Happening being horrible) that he can nonetheless outdo himself and make a distinctly worse film than he ever has. The guy is spiraling out of control directly down the drain.
Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right
I’m sorry. It wasn’t that appropriate. The acting was decent. Mark Ruffalo became quite a good deal the saving grace of the film. Other than that the film was so pretentious and contrived and simply flat out uninteresting. Not almost as properly as human beings made it out to be (not even the performances). Wasn’t humorous or funny at all. And the film truely does no longer deserve even being taken into consideration as a Best Film nominee.
Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass
Sure, the movie were given first rate critiques, even did reasonably well in its establishing weekend. However, I experience Kick-Ass turned into just underappreciated for the 12 months. Quite frankly, the movie, properly….Kicked ass. In reality, it is able to cross down as considered one of my Top 10 or 15 favorite movies of the yr. It’s one of the great comedian e book diversifications I’ve visible in an extended even as. For me, it changed into even higher than it is competitorScott Pilgrim. A definitely fantastic and fun movie that should had been given greater credit. Very pleasing and greater human beings need to deliver it a shot.
Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead
Admittedly, my commonly TV show viewing includes sitcoms/comedies. However, there are a few dramas I watch right here and there. This 12 months’s The Walking Dead proved to be one of those new suggests that drug me in and made me love it. Making me eager to see the following season, and dissatisfied I’ll must wait see you later.
Best TV Show (Comedy): Modern Family
With a funny ensemble solid and really funny writing, Modern Family has proven to be considered one of my favorite new TV indicates recently. And with ‘The Office’ being hit or omit anymore, Modern Familyis the one that constantly has me laughing the maximum. Most substantially, Eric Stonestreet as “Cam” constantly makes me snicker and without a doubt steals the show almost each time he appears. His overall performance is what puts this one over the edge for me. Though, Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons overall performance do are available in a very near 2d for me.