After the total numbing of my brain that resulted in my ‘true’ inaugural post for ‘You Killed the Car’, and the casual notes on the film I’ve dropped ever since, there was never any question of whether this would be one of my films of the year. An intense, nihilistic (and seemingly never-ending) rollercoaster, Noe’s latest proves to be utterly compelling in its total decimation of drug culture, set against a surreal mirror image of Tokyo that takes the neon sleaze of the city night and amps it up to eleven. This isn’t a film so much as it is a total sensory experience. Audio-visually, it’s everything Avatar attempted and didn’t quite manage. But if Avatar was the dream, Enter the Void could only ever be the nightmare. REVIEW HERE: ‘Enter the Void’ Review
Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy
Four Lions – Chris Morris
Inception – Christopher Nolan
The Killer Inside Me – Michael Winterbottom
Metropolis – Fritz Lang
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World – Edgar Wright
The Social Network – David Fincher
‘The Social Network’ Review
Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich
That moment unfortunately arrived a few months later at the end of The Death Hallows Part 1.
Up in the Air – Jason Reitman
'Up in the Air' Review
And that’s that. I’d be interested to know what you agree or disagree upon in the comments section. BUT WAIT – there’s more! For whilst there’s been some truly fantastic movies this year, there’s also been some full on stinkers. Whilst I unfortunately missed Winter’s Bone, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives, and Mother, I happily avoided the likes of The Last Airbender. I did unfortunately see two movies that, at the year’s close, tie for my personal
WORST FILM OF 2010 (tied)
The Expendables – Sylvester Stallone // Clash of the Titans – Louis Leterrier
Clash of the Titans was a textbook example of a needless remake that, in the process, managed to completely and utterly remove the personality of the original film, instead taking a massive dump on everything that made that film great, creating something only superfluously related. Dull, dumb, and with awful tacked on 3D effects, Clash of the Titans was further proof that Sam Worthington cannot be the action star of our generation, despite his earnest attempts. And literally throwing out the mechanical owl Bubo, chirpy mascot of the original, wasn’t a funny in joke. It was the moment you cemented my hatred of everyone involved in making this travesty. Burn with Hades. BURN.
And that really is that. Happy New Year folks, hope you have a good night to see it in.