Thursday, November 25, 2010

The single movie I'm most looking forward to for the rest of this year

First off, happy Thanksgiving to all, and how better to start the day than with a collection of turkeys?

Fandango surveyed its visitors to get the fans' picks for the 10 worst movies of 2010 so far,and I guess I should at least be thankful that I've only taken the time to watch one of these. First the list, and then my bone to pick with one of the picks.

1. VAMPIRES SUCK
2. CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
3. THE LAST AIRBENDER
4. MARMADUKE
5. THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
6. THE BACK-UP PLAN
7. SKYLINE
8. FURRY VENGEANCE
9. JONAH HEX
10. PRINCE OF PERSIA

So, which one doesn't belong there? I have to admit that I kind of liked M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender." Now, it certainly had almost nothing at all to with the source material from which it sprang, but as a standalone work, it's actually pretty entertaining.

For a remake that took a much bigger crap on the original work from which it sprang, I'd certainly substitute Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" on this list. Just sayin'.

But enough of that. It's a holiday, right, and easily one of the best ones of the year (even if I have to work ... nards), so let's keep it positive from here on out.

This being fall and all, there will surely be some fascinating flicks to wrap up the year. "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" are certainly two mind trips I'm ready to take, and I've only heard sensational things so far about Marky Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in David O. Russell's "The Fighter."

The single movie I'm most looking to for the rest of the year, however, has to be the Coen brothers' take on "True Grit" (which is also a great and very funny novel by Charles Portis.)

A remake? Sure, but I still have extremely high hopes. One of the very best things about the Coens' flicks is their extremely strong sense of place, and especially in their last visit to the American West with "No Country for Old Men."

And besides, The Dude as Rooster Cogburn, hunting down Josh Brolin? This should be nothing but extremely cool, so keep an eye out for it Dec. 22, and for now enjoy these three fairly similar but still all worth watching TV spots for the flick, and of course, have a happy, happy Thanksgiving! Peace out.





8 comments:

J. Marquis said...

Surprisingly, Stephen King wrote in Entertainment that "Let Me In" was his favorite movie so far this year. I wouldn't go that far but I thought it was decent.

Reel Fanatic said...

I saw that this morning, Mr. Marquis, and I couldn't believe it .. I was perhaps a little too hard on "Let Me In" because of my love for "Let the Right One In," but even though the kids were fantastic, it was so much just a shot by shot remake that it left me almost completely cold

Best For Film said...

Hi - Madgestic here. Fascinating list. If you like the sound of '127 hours' and 'Black Swan' (and who doesn't get excited by Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky), you might also want to check out 'Buried' if you haven't already. Ryan Reynolds displaying huge range in a nail-bitingly claustrophic film. Brilliant.

I'd argue that Prince of Persia wasn't that bad as games-to-movies go - it had some great ostrich cameos and I loved Jake Gyllenhaal's accent of no fixed abode.

Reel Fanatic said...

I've heard from several people who saw it that Prince of Persia is indeed a lot of fun, and I only skipped it because I just didn't have time to get around to it ... As for "Buried," I'm not sure I can take something that claustrophobic, but if it ever comes to a theater anywhere near me (and unfortunately nothing much does), I'll take a chance on it

john said...

I saw this movies already and it makes me enjoyed a lot. I'll wait to the movies who keeps on coming so soon

Bob said...

One more vote for "Prince of Persia" being a lot of fun. It's actually the only movie on that list I saw.
The thing I find fascinating about those lists is I always wonder who actually votes on them. Who went to see "Vampires Suck" expecting it to be anything but a turd? Why would anyone subject themselves to it? It's just baffling.

Reel Fanatic said...

I was wondering the exact same thing, Bob ... I suspect a little chicanery ... I actually went to see one of those type movies, "Date Movie," because Alyson Hannigan was in it ... They made her put on a fat suit and do the milkshake dance, and that's unfortunately been burned on my brain ever since

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