2010 movies – Part 2

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Everyone's a critic, Movies
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Part 1 to be found here. Continuing from where we left off

11. The Expendables or how old actions stars dont just die, they go out with a bang or turn directors

Hot: Jason Statham, Stallone, A sleazy slimy Eric Roberts (‘Bad Shakespeare’), Ode to 80s-90s action movies, Stallone-Willis-Arnold having a go at each other (verbally), Cracking screenplay, and one big mean gun
Not-Hot: Lack of a credible ensemble bad guys team, A wasted Jet Li & Mickey Rourke, A general sense of predictability to the proceedings

Rating: 6 grizzled cynical action heroes on 10

12. Machete or how we did not cross the border, the border crossed us

Hot: Firmly tongue-in-cheek, A very hot Jessica Alba & Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo’s dead-pan expression, Shootout in the church, Jeff Fahey’s conflicted villain, Propaganda spewing Robert De Niro and a bloody garden equipment
Not-hot: Message that kind of gets lost in the middle of the movie, for those squeamish about blood its a bloody movie, and seriously, plot, what plot

Rating: 6 assorted gruesome weapons of mass mayhem & murder on 10

13. Scott Pilgrim vs the World or How to fight your girlfriend’s baggage

Hot: The most visually innovative movie of the year, Hyper-fast 1st half, A gamer’s delight, Michael Cera (Never thought I would say that), Mind-blowing soundtrack, Sex-Bobombs, Fantastic cameos by Chris Evans & Brandon Routh, Energy packed fight sequences, Strong supporting cast (Wallace, Stacey, Kim & Knives), Electric dialog exchanges and did I mention the soundtrack
Not-Hot: Poorly fleshed out Mary Elizabeth Winstead, not too much depth in the Scott-Ramona love, A relatively slow 2nd half, uninspiring choice for the final villain (Jason Schwartzman)

Rating: 8.5 heading banging guitar strumming tracks on 10

14. RED – or The Good, the Bald & the Downright Nasty

Hot: Wattay cast, truly, wattay cast. An ass-kicking Bruce Willis, A totally loony John Malkovich, An iron-fist-in-velvet-glove-y Helen Mirren, A clearly-having-the-time-of-her-life Mary Louis Parker, Urbane Karl Urban & Majestically smirking, vodka drinking Brian Cox, Excellent chemistry, Totally tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top action sequences, fast paced & a pink piggy
Not-Hot: A fairly wasted Morgan Freeman, While based on the excellent Warren Ellis comic, it was not dark enough, the only hint of darkness is when Willis calls Karl Urban up from his house and threatens his family, In the comic, he takes it a step further, illustrating the no-holds-barred approach

Rating: 7.5 Retired, Extremely Destructive (RED) agents on 10

15. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of of Ga’Hoole or How to fight beak & claw

Hot: Animation quality (Phenomenal), Cute-sy looking owls, Excellent voice casting, Fantastic action sequences and flight sequences, The Zack Snyder touch – super slo-mo, brutal action, fast paced story-telling & one very old messed up crippled owl
Not-Hot: Predictable storyline, no real surprise, too much use of super slo-mo at times

Rating: 6 steel tipped feathered Wings of Mass Destruction (WMD) on 10

16. Tangled or What to do when the smolder does not work

Hot: Charming lead pair, excellent animation, terrific music, twist in the usual plot, dollops of humor, good supporting case, a bar fight and a very evil tempered horse
Not-Hot: Nothing gorund-breaking (animation or story-wise), No hummable songs 😦 (Biggest drawback, most Disney movies have atleast one song that you sing)

Rating: 7 star-crossed romances on 10

17. Resident Evil: Afterlife or How to ensure a character does not die (simple, get his/ her spouse to direct it)

Hot: Milla Jovovich (She IS Alice, no questions, no doubts), Smokin’ Hot Ali Larter, Good use of 3D in action sequences, fast paced
Not-Hot: Lazy writing, a lack of freshness, concentrating more on sequelizing the franchise rather than on the current story, A obviously wasted Wentworth Miller

Rating: 5.5 groan inducing sequels on 10

18. Due Date or We would rather not know how Ethan & his dog go to sleep

Hot: The very snarky RDJ & a very stoned Zach G, some awesomely cool gags, No-Fly list, rental cars, A cameo by Jamie Foxx, & a can of ashes
Not-Hot: A general meandering of the plot, some of the gags fall flat and frankly, could have done away with, A general listlessness, to put it simply, not funny enough

Rating: 5 drug induced cross country trips on 10

19. Piranha 3D or Understanding the 4Bs of B-grade movie making

Hot: 4Bs (tons of it), Jerry O Connell’s shady turn, An aged but still hot Elizabeth Shue, Amazingly hot Kelly Brook, firmly tongue-in-cheek B-grade entertainment
Not-Hot: Story, what story, Frankly nothing rational in the movie, (but if you were watching this movie and expecting rational, you are blind, dumb & stupid :D)

Rating: 5.5 bloody summer parties on 10

20. Wall Street 2: or Whats a bike race doing in middle of the financial crisis

Hot: Michael Douglas (boy o boy, that man can really out-act the younger generation of actors), Terrific, meaningful & impactful cameo by Frank Langella, Josh Brolin’s deceit, a very cute Carey Mulligan, smaller cameo by Charlie Sheen & some home truths
Not-Hot: All bark no bite (compared to Wall Street), Shia Lebouf (Lets not even get there but for the sake of humanity, he should really stop acting), Climax – What Climax (a lame fizzle)

Rating: 5 stock market crashes on 10

I seem to have skipped the Debt but I could not even find a copy of the movie to watch. Watch for 2011 movies soon :). (and you thought I was done with it, heh)

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Comments
  1. Shrutz says:

    I LOVED Tangled. Especially the horse.

  2. vinayvasan says:

    Indeed, the horse was the character of the movie

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