Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Review Of The Year 2010: My Top 40 Movies Of 2010

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I’ve never really understood birthdays. Call me an old curmudgeon if you like, but I’ve somehow missed the point that our arbitrary calendar system, based on the distance round the giant glowy thing that our damp ball of rock has travelled, requires us to mark each revolution with some significance. Same applies to New Year – we have an odd and occasionally unhealthy fascination with running out of days in a particular year that requires us to spend ridiculous amounts of money to get drunk in public or stand around in the early hours of the morning singing a song that no one actually understands a word of. I’m not averse to a party, I can just think of better reasons.

Now lists, on the other hand, that’s something I can relate to. The need to obsessively collate and rank things in some sense of order, for no real point other than the satisfaction of having done it? Fantastic. I’m also absurdly competitive – get me in a pub with a pool cue or a set of darts in my hand and the demons appear from inside me and take over my brain. So if we have to mark the passing of the year, then I can think of no better way of doing it that with a purely arbitrary collection of a competitive nature, based around another damp-rock-glowy-thing-orbit.

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The Half Dozen: 6 Most Interesting Looking Movies for August

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Month three of my trailer countdown already? My, how time flies. Well, the retrospection first; from June’s list, which I had seen two 8/10 and one 5/10 movies, I’ve since added a 7/10 but two completely eluded me; for July, it’s two 10/10, one 8/10 and one 7/10 and another two unseen. Although I thought it would be City Island I missed out on, it’s actually Splice that has eluded me. My local Picturehouse is suggesting it may still show London River, it just doesn’t know when.

So to this month. I’ve left out The Expendables as I already put that in another post, so this is sort of technically a Baker’s Half Dozen, but I never claimed this would be mathematically accurate. I also resisted the temptation to add the trailer for The Human Centipede (First Sequence), as interesting is really the wrong word for what that’s touting. As always, click on the title of each to jump to the trailer, done that way so I don’t drown in spam.

Black Dynamite

If Airplane was so good (and it was), why have people struggled ever since to make good spoof movies, or indeed comedies in general? Word of mouth is very strong on this one from those internets types.

The Secret In Their Eyes

Well, I love A Prophet, but I also love The White Ribbon. Which is better? There’s only one way to find out – FIIIIIGHT!!! * Wait, neither of them won? Yes, this Argentinian movie snuck up on the rails and stole the Best Foreign Language Oscar out from under the noses of these two heavyweights – now time to find out if that was a smart move by the Academy. (Since I rate the first two at 9/10 and 10/10 respectively, it’s gonna be tough.)

Pirahna 3D

Ving Rhames! Richard Dreyfuss! Christopher Lloyd!! Kelly Brook. 3D Schlocky Pirahnas though!!

Mother

Ever since Oldboy, I’ve been waiting for another truly great Korean movie. Could this be it? Who knows, but it must be in with a chance.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

I think I’ve pretty much come to terms with the fact that this one won’t be as good as the first one, which was very good indeed if you haven’t seen it. But I’m still keep to see how the last two pan out.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

As a man who prefers Hot Fuzz to Shaun of the Dead, my concern has always been that Edgar Wright’s directorial style needed more work than the scripting of those movies, as amazing as they both were. However, this is where Edgar’s on his own, and gets to show if he’s really made of… The Wright Stuff. (Sorry.) I am seeing this at MovieCon III, or at least the four minutes that haven’t been in one of the many trailers.

(* I was once in the audience for Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Fact.)

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