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My 2010 Movie Awards

So, we have eventually closed the e-book on 2010. Now, as we transition into the new 12 months, this is whilst most people mirror back on the year before. In the movie international, that is additionally when critics and movie enthusiasts take the time to review the past yr. Not to mention, that is awards season. With the Critics’ Choice Awards in just multiple weeks and the Oscars less than two months ago, suffice to mention the crimson carpet is officially out.

Today, I’m going to throw myself into that very ring as we convey you Couch Potato Club’s 2010 Movie Awards. Up the front, though, I would really like to go beforehand and say, I’m going to do that distinctive than the ones large award shows. For one, you will see some of the standard classes, however likewise there may be some off-beat ones. Also, name me crazy, however I consider the most important element in judging a movie is its entertainment fee. Granted all of the different little aspects of creating a film assist to make a movie higher, but I accept as true with enjoyment succeeds a movie’s technical prowess for you to outline whether or not it is right or now not. So, you might not be seeing me awarding those “artsy” movies just because of their “cinematic achievement” (whatever the hell that is). Instead, I’ll be judging on good ole amusement fee (with performing, tale, etc. Playing factors).

So, with out further ado, here are the winners of the primary annual Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.

Best Film: Inception

For me this came right down to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve absolutely spent days mulling it over in my head which would be my film of the year. However, in the end, Inception wins out. Inceptionwas additionally ideal in a sense. With smart writing, desirable performing, fun motion, tremendous cinematography and so on and so on, the movie proved to be top notch style with wonderful substance. Nolan proved once more right here why he is certainly one of (if now not THE) maximum admired filmmakers these days. A narrative genius. After looking this film, it made me recognize what a god-send Nolan is to Hollywood honestly. Everybody in Hollywood must be taking notes. This is precisely how a blockbuster film should be completed. Let’s not youngster ourselves, blockbuster movement films will stay the bread and butter of Hollywood for some time to come. While that is very well, the hassle commonly lies in that they are so shallow and cliche and simply “eh”. They commonly simply rely upon cool action sequences and first rate looking computer graphics. Not Inception, even though. This film offers all that, but then clearly brings substance to that style giving us an interesting and thoughts-bending/clever storyline to go with it. This perfect blend makes Inception my film of the yr.

Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours

I’ve stated it before and I’ll say it once more: you want to test the merit of an actor? Throw him in a movie wherein he’s pretty a great deal the most effective one ever on-screen and he has to carry the whole movie himself. Where the complete weight of the complete film rests maximum usually on his shoulders. Will he shine? Will he collapse? This is the take a look at. Others have established themselves inside the same way (Will Smith, Tom Hanks). And in reality I accept as true with this (and the “retard function”) is certainly one of the biggest methods to test an actor and spot if he’s one of the greats. So, enter James Franco and 127 Hours. Playing a mountain climber that gets trapped underneath a boulder and is all alone, Franco is left to carry a whole film on his own. Does he prevail? Damn right he does. With flying colours at that. Keeping it thrilling, conveying various feelings at some stage in the movie and sucking you in all on his personal, Franco truely shows he had the mettle to tackle this kind of daunting assignment and come out on top. For that purpose, he’s my actor of the 12 months.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Natalie’s overall performance inside the Aronofsky mental thriller is absolutely exceptional. Her satisfactory work to-date in my view. Playing a position that calls for her to subsequently transition from candy little naive princess female to female-gone-wild (in a dark side kinda manner), she hits every beat with out missing a step. I accept as true with the largest factor for an excellent actor/actress is variety. Anybody can shine in a component that became just made for them (in keeping with their natural personality), however range and gambling one-of-a-kind personas/characters is wherein an actor/actress can show their actual prowess. In Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has shown, in only the two hours, that she has more range than most actresses around. She exhibited more range in a single overall performance than most do in their whole profession. For this sort of top notch performance Natalie Portman gets my vote as actress of the year. I do not assume this is even up for debate.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter

Here’s another that I sense is just a given and isn’t up for debate. Bale definitely stole the display in every scene he seemed in The Fighter. The weight loss by myself suggests Bale’s willpower to his craft. Furthermore, the way he became capable of lose himself in that crackhead personality and into the position of Dicky Eklund simply further proved what an tremendous actor Bale is. To virtually display you the way exceptional his performance changed into, the video clip of real-existence Dicky at some point of the credits showed you just how well Bale nailed that performance. It had to almost be like looking in a reflect for Dicky.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Yes, the supporting solid of The Fighter was just splendid. They’re those that kept this film afloat. Leo’s turn because the “white trash” overbearing mom changed into remarkable and become every other (at the side of Bale’s performance) that without a doubt helped this movie shine. Without these two, The Fighter bombs.

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Like I stated, quality film became right down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s paintings right here become rattling close to best. This turned into a brilliantly directed movie. From the camera photographs to the tune to the story-telling to what he got out of his cast, Aronofsky did a exceptional task in conveying this mystery story very aptly on all ranges. As one among my favorite cutting-edge administrators, it is no wonder that Aronofsky continues to electrify 12 months after 12 months.

Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan

For me, screenplay/story might be the biggest issue in figuring out whether or not a film is enjoyable. Afterall, without an fascinating and interesting tale, then your film is just going to suck. That being said, it’s no surprise that this, for me, came right down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain; the 2 movies vying for my Best Film award. However, ultimately I should go together with Black Swan edging out on this category. The story became top notch for my part. Very interesting and interesting story that left you for your seat the entire while through. To pinnacle it off, even though, was all of the subtext gift during the movie. From the “existence imitates art” to the “greed can eat us all” to the observation of the way a lot strain can be placed on an entertainer and the dangers they turn up when losing themselves in a overall performance in order to be “ideal”. This script had it all and fired on so many cylinders. Truly changed into a brilliant story and I cherished how the primary character’s lifestyles commenced to mirror the very character she changed into attempting to play on level.

Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter

I guess after the preceding assisting awards, this should come as no surprise. However, I will say I changed into additionally seriously considering The Town for this award which had a very good all-around overall performance from its complete forged. However, the cast of The Fighter achieved nicely in all areas. Even Mark Wahlberg became respectable enough (and I don’t particularly care for him). Though, he became the weak hyperlink and his actual character turned into uninteresting. However, all people else turned in nice performances that, as a whole, in reality pulled you into the family in the movie. Then the performances of Bale and Leo actually just driven the general ensemble over the pinnacle. Meanwhile, Amy Adams introduced a superb performance as well standing out.

Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

The film itself, I observed become fairly overrated. However, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an truly tremendous activity of gambling the position of Ree Dolly. If no longer for her, the complete movie could had been a wash. However, her performance become very satisfactory to watch. It made it even more worthwhile as I were given to witness that this lady is absolutely a completely adept actress. Before this, I had handiest visible her in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ wherein she plays the standard cliche ditzy teenage female. Which, in reality, there are one million and one ladies within the country that might pull that off. Watching her cross from that ditzy youngster to this gritty and convincing performance was surely a deal with for me and showed me her really worth. For that, she receives my Breakout Performance of the Year award.

Best Action Movie: Inception

Inception wins here. Of direction being my Best Film of the Year, it will also win in its specific style class. The movie fires on all cylinders for an nearly nonstop joyride, specially for the remaining 1/2 of the movie. The ultimate half in particular, with the gun fights and chases and fights, and so forth. Prove to be an adrenalin rush of motion. Again, that is pretty a lot the Hollywood-motion-blockbuster film perfected.

Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek

Ok, here’s where some might disagree with me (if they have not already). However, it is my notion that Best Comedy movie need to especially be based on which film was the funniest. Granted, there have been movies I appreciated higher ordinary that fall into the comedy category (Scott Pilgrim), however at the chortle scale they did not contact Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. And his component as the standard rock superstar become remarkable and hilarious. Even “P Diddy” (who I hate) had me cracking up all through this movie. For me, it truely turned 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 year and letting someone else have Best Animated prize. Granted, I absolutely loved Toy Story three, however for me How to Train Your Dragon changed into just the higher movie and turned into greater fun. It became lovable, funny, inspiring in its own manner and refreshing. I surely loved the film. How to Train Your Dragon changed into one of these that had heart and depth and turned into simply beautiful (each tale-smart and animation). One that really appeals to each adults and children alike.

Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2

I loved the first one and the sequel proves no special. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror genre I believe. And component 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood as the franchise is going mainstream. With precise pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the artwork of tension and suspense again to a reputedly hollowed out genre. It does a high-quality task of really entering into your creativeness and letting it run wild, in flip terrorizing your self. Really a refreshing movie within the genre, I can not look forward to component 3 q4.

Best Thriller: The Town

Yes, I comprehend Black Swan is a thriller, and I genuinely agree that it’s the higher film. However, like the comedy film, I sense the Best Thriller film need to be judged pretty an awful lot solely at the “thrill” issue. And while Black Swan did engulf me and keep in pleased, The Town pulled that aspect off a bit higher. Maybe because the motion of it catered to that, I do not know. However, The Town simply had me simply on the brink of my seat from start to finish quite lots. The action became properly, the movie was so extreme and the entire of it just never permit up as soon as it took off strolling, that I could not assist however be enthralled as I went on that thrill experience.

Best Docudrama: The Social Network

Social Networking has been spreading like wildfire in the past years, so it comes as no surprise that it’d eventually end up the basis of a movie. The Social Network isn’t just any movie even though. Becoming one of the most mentioned movies of the year and making a real film to be movie of the 12 months, the film is a superb all-round movie that everybody ought to see. And it is probably one of the maximum vast movies of current day (that or its counterpart ‘Catfish’).

Best Indie Film: Buried

Another thriller that just maintains you enthralled all through (sure it appears I even have a component for thriller kind films). With this type of minimal set and minimal story and solid, Buried just seems like it’s set to disappoint. Despite some of these risks even though it manages to be triumphant and become a very interesting and fascinating movie, with Reynolds wearing it properly.

Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception

The visuals and computer graphics changed into just one facet of what made Inception so exquisite for me. And this fight scene became one of these that stood out above the rest. Creative, cool to look at, action-packed, it truly turned into just a truly fun combat and quite outstanding.


Did I in my opinion cry? No. However, Toy Story 3 I feel is the film of the 12 months as a way to most possibly make someone cry. Maybe it is the connection after having grown up with the series. Maybe it’s just the intensity of emotion created in some scenes that hit domestic for most people in a actual-life way. Whatever it is, Toy Story three is positive to get the waterworks running for pretty some people. With scenes just like the incinerator scene and Andy’s very last time with the toys (specially when he realizes Woody is in there and he ends up parting with the toy that began all of it), Toy Story three truly has its moments that simply tug on the ones coronary heart-strings.

Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Both of these actors are some of the higher younger actors round these days (Gosling being my desire for pleasant actor below 30 even). They absolutely show their well worth here on this movie as properly. Giving awesome and effective performances the 2 shine at the display screen together. The chemistry among them is actually remarkable and the real/actual emotion they convey over the course of the movie affords for a very good watch.

Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Jason Schwartzman is simply unconventionally hilarious maximum every time I see him. His look in Scott Pilgrim become simply icing on the cake for a excellent movie. Classic Schwartzman provided humor and intelligence to the position, status out as my preferred villain of a movie full of villains.

Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender

I’m no longer even going to mention anything. Everybody is aware of it sucks. Shyamalan once more proves, that no matter his ultimate movie (The Happening being horrible) that he can nevertheless outdo himself and make a quite worse film than he ever has. The man is spiraling out of manage immediately down the drain.

Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right

I’m sorry. It wasn’t that precise. The acting changed into respectable. Mark Ruffalo changed into quite plenty the saving grace of the movie. Other than that the film turned into so pretentious and contrived and simply flat out boring. Not nearly as suitable as people made it out to be (now not even the performances). Wasn’t funny or funny at all. And the movie simply does no longer deserve even being taken into consideration as a Best Film nominee.

Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass

Sure, the film got first rate critiques, even did reasonably properly in its opening weekend. However, I feel Kick-Ass turned into just underappreciated for the year. Quite frankly, the film, nicely….Kicked ass. In truth, it is able to cross down as certainly one of my Top 10 or 15 favourite films of the year. It’s one of the satisfactory comic ebook diversifications I’ve visible in a long even as. For me, it turned into even higher than it’s competitorScott Pilgrim. A in reality first-rate and amusing film that need to were given extra credit score. Very exciting and greater human beings have to provide it a shot.

Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead

Admittedly, my usually TV display viewing includes sitcoms/comedies. However, there are some dramas I watch here and there. This year’s The Walking Dead proved to be one of these new suggests that drug me in and made me like it. Making me keen to peer the next season, and upset I’ll must wait goodbye.



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