Of the Weekend – 10.11.10

Read of the Weekend:

  • The L.A. Times reveals the 10 best movies of 2010 so far. [L.A. Times]

News of the Weekend:

  • The Bourne Legacy will be going forward with no Bourne. Matt Damon will not be involved with the fourth installment of the series. [Coming Soon]

Review of the Weekend:

  • David Denby says Hereafter does not live up to the promise delivered by its opening segment. [The New Yorker]

Oscar News of the Weekend:

  • Julian Schnabel’s Miral is being pushed back to a 2011 release date, knocking it out of this year’s Oscar race. [The Playlist]

Free Movie of the Day:

  • The classic Humphrey Bogart film noir The Big Sleep is on TCM tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT. [TCM]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “They use blood in their rituals, and the blood with the most power is baby’s blood!” — Name the movie?
    Last Week’s Answer: The Exorcist (1973)

Picture of the Day:

  • The first look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. [Movieline]

Video of the Day:

  • The official trailer for the NC-17 rated Blue Valentine has premiered online and it looks to feature some excellent performances. [Film School Rejects]

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  • Rosemary’s Baby?? I guess..

  • Quinn

    For the list of the ten best movies of 2010 so far, it was called the top ten movies of 2010 “that you may have missed”. But then why were “Toy Story 3” and “The Social Network”, both were in wide release and the former being the fifth highest grossing film of all time ,be on that list?

    And “Blue Valentine” looks great.

  • Andrew R.

    Yep, it’s Rosemary’s Baby. Damn it.

    Miral is this year’s Shutter Island.

    Blue Valentine Trailer-I like it.

    Top 10 of ’10-Yeah, agree with Quinn. Very poor logic. So, here’s my Top 10 thus far.

    NOTE: Haven’t seen Animal Kingdom, Made in Dagenham, or any documentaries. Even if I had seen docs, I wouldn’t include them.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dogtooth (not enjoyable, but fascinating-so far, it is in the dreaded 11th slot), Fish Tank (excellent job by Katie Jarvis), Girl Who Played With Fire (stupid critics underrated it).

    10. THE TOWN-Ben Affleck is…2 for 2. (Be quiet.) While this movie has huge plot holes (if it’s the bank robbery capital of the world, STOP BUILDING BANKS!) it is still very enjoyable and Affleck can definately direct.

    9. MICMACS-The director of Amelie is back with a slightly less innocent film. Well, as innocent as films about the arms race get. Wait, are there all that many films about the arms race?…I’ll stop. Anyway, since Of Gods and Men is supposedly good, I’ll forgive France…THIS TIME.

    8. SECRET IN THEIR EYES-I know this won the Oscar last year, but it’s technically eligible for all awards except Foreign Film THIS year. So there. Anyway, what an ending.

    7. GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO-Not for the faint hearted, weak of stomach, or those who hate awesome mystery/action movies.

    6. SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD-The greatest videogame movie ever AND the greatest movie with the word “Versus” in the title! Badass!

    5. WINTER’S BONE-Jennifer Lawrence is a new star. Congrats.

    4. KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT-Funny, sweet, and featuring Bening on American Beauty-level brilliance. Moore and Ruffalo and the kids are great-“all right”-too.

    3. TOY STORY 3-Hooray! The Academy’s going to hopefully honor the whole trilogy! And they’re specifically honoring the best entry in the Toy Story series!

    2. INCEPTION-I’m listening to Mind Heist while typing this. Dundundundundundundundundundundundundun DUNNNN dundundundundundun DUNNNNN…I’ll stop.

    1. SOCIAL NETWORK-And with that, I saw the best film of the year this weekend! Regardless of FaceBook’s future success or failure and the fact that Zuckerberg is no longer the youngest billionaire ever (Dustin What’s-His-Name is apparently 8 days younger), this is still brilliant.

    For the record, this list won’t last a month. I’m predicting films 6-10 to end up as Honorable Mentions.

  • Hahaha Mind Heist

  • Wow, she looks like Marylin! Also, that Blue Valentine trailer is hauntingly beautiful. I love it!

  • Jose

    Quinn, I assume The Social Network is on since it barely gor released, as for Toy Story 3, the best I can come up with is that not everyone saw it.

  • Quinn

    So far this is my top ten.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS:

    12. “The Joneses”
    The acting was very good, but I think the last third wasn’t. Also, I though it was a dramedy. as in drama+comedy. Not one laugh. It should have been better. B-

    11. “Alice in Wonderland”
    Beautiful visually, with gorgeous costumes and sets. And I thought the Johney Depp was excellent as the Mad Hatter. But the fight scenes were pretty unnecessary and badly done. It kind of reminded me of “The Lovely Bones”. Too preoccupied with giving us dazzling visuals than focusing on the characters. B-

    THE TOP TEN:
    10. “Despicable Me”
    It was better than I thought it would be! It was very funny, especially the minions. And although the story was predictable and had been done several times before, it still managed to be heartwarming and i was never bored during it.
    B.

    9. “Joan Rivers: A piece of Work”
    It was very funny and pretty sad. I went into this film knowing VERY little about Joan Rivers. Like I only knew her name and that was she was somewhat eccentric, but I left sympathetic for her.
    B.

    8. “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”
    I LOVED this movie! I’m actually surprised it didn’t end up higher. Oh well. It was very funny, and filled with great comedic writing and acting. The ending actually made a bit teary eyed. Just two complaints: Some sub-plots were very unnecessary and though most of the jokes worked, some failed. And the ones that failed, failed rather largely.
    B+

    7. “Easy A”
    One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. Emma Stone gives a wonderful, star-making performance. She is one of my early picks for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Very Enjoyable and entertaining. I would definitely see it twice, or maybe even more.
    A-

    6. “Shutter Island’
    Not one of Scorsese’s best, but really how many other movies are as good as Scorsese’s best movies? Leonardo Dicaprio gives a fantastic, nuanced, layered performance. The supporting cast is excellent, as well. The direction is excellent. I look forward to seeing it again.
    A-

    5. “The Kids Are Alright”
    The 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 positions are all so close in terms of quality, it was hard to order them but i did, though they may change come the end of the year. But this film was marvelous. The cast was unbelievable. The writing was superb, The directing was remarkable. Everything was terrific.
    A

    4. “The Town”
    I read the book this was based on though some great parts were left out, I have to admit it was smart to cut them. The cast was excellent particularly Jeremy Renner as the crazy, unstable Jem. Rebeca Hall and Blake lively were also fantastic. The direction was exceptional. It had a smart script, beautiful cinematography, and haunting score. It also left an emotional impact on me.
    A.

    3. “The Social Network”
    My pick for the frontrunner for the Oscars, the latest David Fincher film is masterpiece and my favorite film of his I’ve seen. The cast was dynamic and the writing was perfect. The direction was exceptional. EVERYTHING was exceptional.
    A.

    2. “Inception”
    I’ve seen this film 3 times, and I would still love to see it again. I love everything about it. The cast, the directing, the writing, the sets, the cinematography. Everything!
    A

    1. “Toy Story 3″
    And the Best film of the year is …”Toy Story 3”! I truly believe I am one of the biggest Pixar fans in the world. The Toy Storys 1 and 2 has always been one of my favorite Pixar movies, and this one is my favorite of the three and tied with WALL-E for favorite Pixar movie. This was heartbreaking and gut busting. Beautiful and clever. Everything was Oscar worthy.
    A

  • My top ten so far:

    5. Salt
    Kick Ass
    How To Train Your Dragon
    Contracorriente (Undertow)
    1. Inception

    No other films are deserving of being in it so far.

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