Posts Tagged '2010'

Wick-Quoting #36: Black Swan

“I just want to be perfect.”

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Black Swan is pretty much close to perfect.  The director, Darren Aronofsky, seems to enjoy making films with extremely low budgets.  His previous film before Black Swan was The Wrestler, which only had a production budget of 6 million.  However, the difference between Black Swan and The Wrestler is the quality.  Black Swan beats The Wrestler in every way.  Not only did Black Swan make more than 6 times more money than The Wrestler (approximately 295 million worldwide), but it also contains well-liked stars such as Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  The interaction between the two actors creates a thrilling performance.

BFF?

Natalie Portman displayed what she is capable of in Black Swan, with her sweet girl image combined with a more terrifying personality.  You could say that the film allowed her to express herself to higher levels than her times in Star Wars.  Mila Kunis also fitted very well with her role as the bad girl.  It was interesting to see these two actresses come together and make sparks fly.

Here is a reason why the film was so popular

While this film isn’t necessarily a horror movie, it still contains many elements of one, including frightening images and unnatural occurrences.  Many times, I felt the film to be too much to look at, with all the creepy images, but I was compelled to stay, because I still wanted to be engaged with what was happening and what was going to happen.  You could say that the film was constantly pulling me back in.

Kind of creepy

Black Swan is most definitely in 2010’s top films of the year, alongside True Grit and Toy Story 3.

9.2

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz: 9.2

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Wick-Quoting #33: True Grit (2010)

“I am a Texas Ranger.”

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I had to admit to having some reservations about this film before I went to go see it.  Of course, I knew that it was directed by the Coen Brothers, who made the amazing No Country for Old Men among other great films.  But I thought the trailer for this film looked dry and bland, not to mention that I’m also not a huge fan of Westerns.  Still, I can confidently say that this film personally exceeded my expectations.

They got on their Western hats

Casual movie goers such as teens and college students just looking for activities to do with their friends on the weekends may not be very aware of the Coen Brothers and their library of works.  Many people of the demographics mentioned might not even have watched No Country for Old Men.  To those people, aka those who weren’t all hyped up because of the “directed by the Coen Brothers” line, I think you’ll greatly enjoy True Grit. The story is about a young girl named Mattie (Hailee Steinfield) who is determined to seek justice after her father is murdered helping a man named Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin).  To this end she gains the help of Texas Ranger LeBeouf (Matt Damon) and Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).  Young Hailee does an amazing job as Mattie, and Mattie herself is a strong, witty, and very determined heroine.  Damon and Bridges do a great job in their roles, and play strong and street wise (sorry, this just seems to be the most fitting term in my mind) characters who still each have their weaknesses that make them that much more human and likeable.  The chemistry of the three characters – Mattie, Cogburn, and LeBeouf – fuels a good part of the story’s humane side, and this relationship of the characters all leads to a touching and, in my opinion, strangely lonely although not unhappy ending.

You only got one shot, do not miss your chance..

Overall, True Grit is no tough guy action movie.  It’s not a movie that’ll keep you constantly on the edge of your seat with gunshots and showdowns and villains popping out of every shadow.  But it is a movie with a unique, interesting plot that does plenty to keep you engaged throughout, with great characters and a strangely very moving, human feeling.  I don’t know the exact words to describe it, but the ending of the film gave me that feeling that Mattie also has as she walks away from the camera.  True Grit is definitely one of those films that will leave an impact.

Damon makes for an unintentional humorous Texas Ranger

8.8

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 8.8

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

 

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 26 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 4th with 122 views. The most popular post that day was Wick-Quoting #18: Despicable Me.

 

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, youtube.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, alphainventions.com, and hdw.eweb4.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for despicable me minions, despicable me, minions despicable me, inception top, and scott pilgrim vegan.

 

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Wick-Quoting #18: Despicable Me July 2010
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Chadwick (Mr. Wicked) March 2010

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Wick-Quoting #12: Killers (2010) June 2010

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Wick-Quoting #15: Knight and Day July 2010
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Wick-Quoting #10: Thirst (Bakjwi) May 2010
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Wick-Quoting #13: The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid is a pre-sold franchise.  It is already “sold” to a majority of its audience, due to the original version.  Proof of this is that the film is about kung fu, not karate.  But the film is called The Karate Kid, not The Kung Fu Kid.  That’s advertising for you.  Even so, that shouldn’t be the reason to go out and see the film.

In my opinion, if you do watch the film, you should watch the film to the point where Jackie Chan kicks ass.  That was awesome.  That’s it.  After that, the film gets a bit boring and awkward til the end.  It’s a real shame that Jackie Chan doesn’t have more action scenes and comedic lines in the film.  Those are his specialties after all.  I’m not saying that he’s a bad actor in building a serious character.  It’s just that that’s not what he’s known for.

501.. 502..

One element that the film should do without or tone down a bit is the romance.  Because the film is aimed to be a successful Hollywood film, some inclusion of romance is inevitable.  But seriously, having 12 year old kids making out is a bit too much.  And it wasn’t just a light peck.  Then later on in the film, Jaden’s character goes to the girl’s house and practically asks her father for permission for them to “go out.”  But what was confusing was that he asks her father if they can be friends.  Friends?  Then what was the kissing about earlier then?

They're not even in high school yet

So besides the terrible romance, the film has many more faults.  Jaden Smith is not that great of an actor.  But I should cut him some slack, this being his first big hit and all.  And he’s only what, 11?  He’s much better than how Daniel Radcliffe was in the first Harry Potter movie.  But that’s not really saying much.

And the second act of the film feels so long.  You know how when watching a film, you shouldn’t be paying attention to what you’re doing because you should be so immersed in what’s going on in the film?  Well, I found myself shifting around more than twice.  I just started to lose interest in the middle.

It looks good on him

The film is all over the place.  Everything is half ass.  There’s no definite romance – the protagonist doesn’t really end up with the girl.  Jackie Chan isn’t allowed to achieve his full potential, besides that 5 minute fight scene in the beginning.  And even that doesn’t compare to his previous fighting scenes in other films.  But in comparison with the other summer movies so far, The Karate Kid is entertaining enough to watch.  If only the film was a comedy, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan would’ve made a dynamic, comedic duo.

It’s better than what I expected.  Only ever so slightly.

6.0

Wick-Quoting #12: Killers (2010)

Killers… what does that mean?  Exactly what can be learned about the film from that title?  People kill other people.  I guess that’s pretty much it.  Just like every other action movie.  So besides the vague title, what does Killers have to offer?  Frankly, nothing new.  Now, that’s not to say it’s a bad movie where you’ll find yourself taking a snooze in your seat.  It’s just probably something you won’t bother to see again (and perhaps something you shouldn’t see in the first place).

I spy, with my little eye..

Ex-spy, Spencer (Ashton Kutcher),  meets an ordinary girl, Jen (Katherine Heigl), and live together with a normal life in the suburbs.  Everything is great, until people they know turn out to be killers, trying to take Spencer down for a $20 million reward.  Heigl, known for her typical roles in films such as The Ugly Truth and 27 Dresses tilts the film to be more of a chick flick than a pure action film.  And that’s one of the main problems with this film – it’s too much of a mix of different styles and tones.  It’s like Picasso making something look realistic.  At one moment in the film, the couple is buying a pregnancy test and bickering like a married couple that they are.  At another moment, they are easily shooting bullets right into their neighbors’ skulls.  It’s difficult to settle into one mood while watching.  And considering that keeping audiences on their toes is what action films should do, Killers does so by constantly changing its tone.  Films should be consistent in tone.  A serious film should be serious (There Will Be Blood).  A mature film should be mature (Brokeback Mountain).  And a funny film should be funny (The Hangover).  All the way til the end!!

How many people at this party are going to die?

I had the opportunity to read the original script by Bob DeRosa before it was edited to reflect more of what the final product displays.   It has a solid tone and is more centered on Spencer rather than Jen.  And I believe that centering on the action man and making the story more serious would’ve been a better approach.  The film would’ve been a lot less confusing in the feeling you get (not talking about the plot), and in my opinion, more entertaining.  Although a plus for focusing on Jen is that it allows for a couple of awkward, funny moments.  Killers is “cute” at times.  Perhaps to the point of causing goosebumps.

Arguments, Children, and "Happiness." Pick two.

Considering that Killers is a 4-quadrant picture (it appeals to all four different groups – men under 25, men over 25, women under 25, and women over 25) it should be doing ok money wise.  It has action, a bit of romance (just look at the pink in the movie poster), and older stars (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara) who play as Jen’s parents.  It’s a bit of a surprise to see the ratings the film is receiving when you consider the film’s quality only.  It’s not that bad of a film to receive only 3/10 stars on imdb.  Now that’s a bit harsh.  According to critics, it has worse ratings than Twilight, which is a slap in the face.  I guess that’s what happens when you piss off critics.  Therefore, you should never listen to paid film critics when deciding what to watch.  They’re only in it for the money after all.

Kutcher is a cool guy

It’s a fun film, but not something you should necessarily pay to see.

4.7


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