So, we have ultimately closed the book on 2010. Now, as we transition into the new year, that is whilst the general public reflect again at the 12 months earlier than. In the film world, that is also while critics and movie fans make an effort to study the beyond 12 months. Not to mention, that is awards season. With the Critics’ Choice Awards in just a couple of weeks and the Oscars less than months in the past, suffice to say the purple carpet is formally out cimaton.
Today, I’m going to throw myself into that very ring as we carry you Couch Potato Club’s 2010 Movie Awards. Up front, although, I would really like to head ahead and say, I’m going to try this unique than the ones huge award suggests. For one, you’ll see some of the typical categories, but likewise there will be a few off-beat ones. Also, name me crazy, but I trust the largest issue in judging a film is its leisure price. Granted all the other little sides of making a movie assist to make a movie higher, however I believe amusement succeeds a film’s technical prowess as a way to define whether or not it is good or now not. So, you may not be seeing me awarding those “artsy” films just because of their “cinematic fulfillment” (regardless of the hell this is). Instead, I’ll be judging on appropriate ole entertainment price (with performing, story, and so on. Gambling factors).
So, with out in addition ado, here are the winners of the primary annual Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.
Best Film: Inception
For me this got here all the way down to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve absolutely spent days mulling it over in my head which might be my movie of the yr. However, ultimately, Inception wins out. Inceptionwas additionally perfect in a sense. With clever writing, true appearing, amusing movement, first-rate cinematography and so forth and so on, the film proved to be great fashion with super substance. Nolan proved over again here why he is considered one of (if not THE) most sought after filmmakers these days. A narrative genius. After watching this movie, it made me recognise what a god-send Nolan is to Hollywood genuinely. Everybody in Hollywood must be taking notes. This is precisely how a blockbuster film must be performed. Let’s not child ourselves, blockbuster action films will remain the bread and butter of Hollywood for a while to return. While this is okay, the hassle usually lies in that they may be so shallow and cliche and simply “eh”. They usually just depend on cool action sequences and remarkable looking special effects. Not Inception, although. This movie gives all that, however then genuinely brings substance to that fashion giving us an interesting and thoughts-bending/clever storyline to go together with it. This best combination makes Inception my movie of the 12 months.
Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours
I’ve stated it before and I’ll say it again: you need to test the merit of an actor? Throw him in a film in which he’s pretty tons the only one ever on-screen and he has to carry the entire film himself. Where the entire weight of the complete film rests most usually on his shoulders. Will he shine? Will he collapse? This is the take a look at. Others have confirmed themselves inside the identical way (Will Smith, Tom Hanks). And sincerely I consider this (and the “retard function”) is one in every of the biggest ways to test an actor and notice if he is one of the greats. So, input James Franco and 127 Hours. Playing a mountain climber that receives trapped under a boulder and is all on my own, Franco is left to carry an entire film on his very own. Does he be successful? Damn right he does. With flying shades at that. Keeping it interesting, conveying a number feelings all through the movie and sucking you in all on his own, Franco definitely shows he had the mettle to address any such daunting task and come out on pinnacle. For that motive, he’s my actor of the year.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Natalie’s overall performance inside the Aronofsky mental mystery is genuinely outstanding. Her first-rate paintings to-date in my view. Playing a role that calls for her to finally transition from candy little naive princess female to lady-gone-wild (in a dark side kinda manner), she hits each beat without missing a step. I trust the largest element for a great actor/actress is range. Anybody can shine in a part that changed into just made for them (in keeping with their natural character), but variety and playing exceptional personas/characters is in which an actor/actress can display their actual prowess. In Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has proven, in only the two hours, that she has extra range than most actresses around. She exhibited greater range in one performance than most do of their entire profession. For the sort of terrific overall performance Natalie Portman receives my vote as actress of the year. I do not suppose this is even up for debate.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Here’s some other that I feel is just a given and isn’t up for debate. Bale clearly stole the show in each scene he regarded in The Fighter. The weight loss alone shows Bale’s determination to his craft. Furthermore, the manner he turned into capable of lose himself in that crackhead personality and into the function of Dicky Eklund simply further proved what an fantastic actor Bale is. To actually show you the way great his overall performance was, the video clip of actual-lifestyles Dicky in the course of the credits showed you simply how nicely Bale nailed that overall performance. It needed to almost be like searching in a reflect for Dicky.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Yes, the helping cast of The Fighter changed into just excellent. They’re the ones that saved this movie afloat. Leo’s turn because the “white trash” overbearing mom changed into incredible and changed into some other (together with Bale’s overall performance) that clearly helped this movie shine. Without these two, The Fighter bombs.
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Like I said, great movie was all the way down to Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s paintings here changed into rattling close to perfect. This become a brilliantly directed film. From the digicam photographs to the tune to the story-telling to what he got out of his forged, Aronofsky did a splendid activity in conveying this mystery tale very aptly on all ranges. As one in all my favorite contemporary administrators, it’s no wonder that Aronofsky maintains to affect year after 12 months.
Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan
For me, screenplay/story might be the biggest element in determining whether or not a film is unique. Afterall, without an fascinating and pleasing story, then your movie is simply going to suck. That being stated, it is no surprise that this, for me, got here all the way down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain; the 2 movies vying for my Best Film award. However, ultimately I need to go along with Black Swan edging out on this class. The story turned into super in my view. Very interesting and exciting story that left you to your seat the entire whilst through. To pinnacle it off, although, was all the subtext present during the movie. From the “lifestyles imitates artwork” to the “greed can consume us all” to the observation of ways tons pressure can be placed on an entertainer and the dangers they occur whilst losing themselves in a performance with the intention to be “perfect”. This script had it all and fired on such a lot of cylinders. Truly changed into a top notch tale and I cherished how the main man or woman’s existence began to reflect the very person she became trying to play on degree.
Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter
I guess after the previous assisting awards, this ought to come as no marvel. However, I will say I was additionally severely considering The Town for this award which had a superb all-around overall performance from its entire cast. However, the forged of The Fighter completed well in all regions. Even Mark Wahlberg became decent enough (and I do not particularly take care of him). Though, he turned into the susceptible link and his real character was uninteresting. However, all people else grew to become in excellent performances that, as an entire, genuinely pulled you into the family within the movie. Then the performances of Bale and Leo genuinely just driven the overall ensemble over the top. Meanwhile, Amy Adams introduced a very good performance as properly standing out.
Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
The film itself, I determined turned into fairly hyped up. However, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an really outstanding activity of gambling the role of Ree Dolly. If not for her, the whole film would have been a wash. However, her performance changed into very high-quality to look at. It made it even extra worthwhile as I got to witness that this woman is actually a completely adept actress. Before this, I had best seen her in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ where she performs the standard cliche ditzy teenage girl. Which, honestly, there are a million and one women within the nation that might pull that off. Watching her cross from that ditzy youngster to this gritty and convincing overall performance changed into simply a deal with for me and confirmed me her well worth. For that, she gets my Breakout Performance of the Year award.
Best Action Movie: Inception
Inception wins right here. Of path being my Best Film of the Year, it’ll additionally win in its unique genre class. The movie fires on all cylinders for an almost nonstop joyride, in particular for the last half of of the film. The closing 1/2 particularly, with the gun fights and chases and fights, and so on. Prove to be an adrenalin rush of action. Again, this is pretty much the Hollywood-action-blockbuster film perfected.
Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek
Ok, here’s where some would possibly disagree with me (if they have not already). However, it’s my perception that Best Comedy film ought to in particular be based totally on which movie became the funniest. Granted, there had been films I preferred better average that fall into the comedy class (Scott Pilgrim), but on the chuckle scale they didn’t touch Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. And his part as the typical rock famous person was exquisite and hilarious. Even “P Diddy” (who I hate) had me cracking up all through this movie. For me, it surely become the funniest film of the 12 months.
Best Animated Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
Yep, I’m doing it. I’m kicking Pixar to the curb this 12 months and letting someone else have Best Animated prize. Granted, I in reality loved Toy Story three, however for me How to Train Your Dragon become simply the higher film and was more a laugh. It become lovely, humorous, inspiring in its personal manner and clean. I actually enjoyed the film. How to Train Your Dragon become one of these that had heart and depth and become sincerely lovely (each story-sensible and animation). One that genuinely appeals to both adults and children alike.
Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2
I cherished the first one and the sequel proves no exceptional. Paranormal Activity has been something of a savior for the horror style I agree with. And part 2 makes it a saving grace for Hollywood because the franchise is going mainstream. With excellent pacing and ‘storytelling’, Paranormal Activity 2, like its predecessor, brings the artwork of hysteria and suspense lower back to a apparently hollowed out style. It does a great job of truly entering into your imagination and letting it run wild, in flip terrorizing your self. Really a refreshing film in the genre, I can not anticipate element three q4.
Best Thriller: The Town
Yes, I recognize Black Swan is a mystery, and I without a doubt agree that it is the higher movie. However, like the comedy film, I sense the Best Thriller film ought to be judged pretty lots completely on the “thrill” thing. And whilst Black Swan did engulf me and maintain in thrilled, The Town pulled that aspect off a piece better. Maybe because the action of it catered to that, I don’t know. However, The Town simply had me in reality on the brink of my seat from begin to finish quite a lot. The movement changed into exact, the movie changed into so intense and the entire of it simply in no way permit up once it took off walking, that I could not help however be enthralled as I went on that thrill journey.
Best Docudrama: The Social Network
Social Networking has been spreading like wildfire within the beyond years, so it comes as no surprise that it’d sooner or later become the idea of a film. The Social Network isn’t just any film although. Becoming one of the maximum pointed out movies of the yr and making a actual film to be movie of the yr, the film is a incredible all-round movie that everybody must see. And it is probably one of the maximum substantial films of present day day (that or its counterpart ‘Catfish’).
Best Indie Film: Buried
Another thriller that just keeps you enthralled all through (sure it seems I even have a factor for thriller type movies). With one of these minimal set and minimal tale and cast, Buried simply looks as if it is set to disappoint. Despite a majority of these dangers even though it manages to succeed and end up a very exciting and captivating movie, with Reynolds carrying it properly.
Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception
The visuals and computer graphics become simply one side of what made Inception so outstanding for me. And this fight scene become one of those that stood out above the relaxation. Creative, cool to observe, movement-packed, it genuinely become just a virtually fun fight and quite notable.
Tearjerker of the Year: Toy Story 3
Did I in my view cry? No. However, Toy Story 3 I experience is the movie of the 12 months on the way to most likely make someone cry. Maybe it’s the connection after having grown up with the collection. Maybe it is simply the intensity of emotion created in a few scenes that hit home for the majority in a actual-existence manner. Whatever it’s far, Toy Story 3 is certain to get the waterworks running for pretty some humans. With scenes like the incinerator scene and Andy’s very last time with the toys (specifically when he realizes Woody is in there and he finally ends up parting with the toy that started it all), Toy Story three virtually has its moments that clearly tug on those heart-strings.
Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Both of those actors are some of the higher younger actors round these days (Gosling being my preference for pleasant actor below 30 even). They virtually show their well worth here on this film as properly. Giving first-rate and powerful performances the two shine on the display screen together. The chemistry among them is honestly superb and the real/real emotion they bring over the course of the film presents for a terrific watch.
Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Jason Schwartzman is simply unconventionally hilarious maximum on every occasion I see him. His look in Scott Pilgrim turned into simply icing at the cake for a superb movie. Classic Schwartzman furnished humor and intelligence to the function, status out as my preferred villain of a film packed with villains.
Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender
I’m now not even going to mention whatever. Everybody is aware of it sucks. Shyamalan once more proves, that in spite of his final movie (The Happening being terrible) that he can nonetheless outdo himself and make a exceedingly worse movie than he ever has. The guy is spiraling out of control straight down the drain.
Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right
I’m sorry. It wasn’t that suitable. The acting turned into respectable. Mark Ruffalo become quite tons the saving grace of the film. Other than that the movie turned into so pretentious and contrived and just flat out dull. Not almost as proper as human beings made it out to be (now not even the performances). Wasn’t funny or humorous in any respect. And the film truely does not deserve even being considered as a Best Film nominee.
Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass
Sure, the movie got first rate opinions, even did reasonably properly in its starting weekend. However, I feel Kick-Ass turned into simply underappreciated for the yr. Quite frankly, the film, properly….Kicked ass. In truth, it may go down as one in all my Top 10 or 15 favourite films of the year. It’s one of the quality comedian ebook diversifications I’ve seen in a long even as. For me, it changed into even better than it’s competitorScott Pilgrim. A simply splendid and a laugh movie that need to have been given more credit. Very pleasing and more people should give it a shot.
Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead
Admittedly, my generally TV show viewing includes sitcoms/comedies. However, there are a few dramas I watch right here and there. This 12 months’s The Walking Dead proved to be one of these new suggests that drug me in and made me adore it. Making me keen to look the next season, and upset I’ll should wait goodbye.
Best TV Show (Comedy): Modern Family
With a humorous ensemble solid and very funny writing, Modern Family has established to be certainly one of my favored new TV shows these days. And with ‘The Office’ being hit or leave out anymore, Modern Familyis the one that constantly has me giggling the most. Most significantly, Eric Stonestreet as “Cam” always makes me laugh and clearly steals the display almost on every occasion he appears. His overall performance is what places this one over the threshold for me. Though, Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons performance do are available a totally near second for me.
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