As we approach awards season, one thing I notice is that the Oscars neglect to give some very important distinctions to some very special motion pictures released last year. So without ado, here are my accolades for the films of 2010:
I am going to be blunt: "The Town" really pissed me off. Here is a movie that has a cast of talented actors and a solid director, yet manages to waste its potential thanks to an absolutely boneheaded script. With a few rewrites, we could have had an excellent thriller that showcases the varying emotional conflicts faced by members of the criminal underworld (for this done right, see "The Professional"). Instead, what we are left with is a movie that is merely above average.
As we are all aware, 2010 has been a pretty terrible year for movies. Aside from a few bright spots (Inception, The Social Network, uh...Jackass 3D, I guess) the past eleven months have been dominated by crappy sequels and even crappier remakes. Personally, the prospect of another “Saw” movie seemed about as enjoyable as bad case of herpes, but seeing as it made 50 million at the box office I guess some weirdoes out there still needed their torture fix.