Never let it be said I didn’t like nothin’!
GO SEE BLACK SWAN. NOW.
Or, you know, whenever you have the time. It’s the most epic movie about ballet that I’ve ever seen.
It’s a very good movie, but I let my expectations get the better of me and I was a little disappointed in it. I find no real fault in it, but I’d built it up in my mind to be this awesome glimmer of perfection (irony huh?) but it never quite got there. My problem for letting my expectations run riot I suppose….
…why is it that you feel Scott Pilgrim is a “Take That” to the video game culture of today? I never got that vibe…I just thought it was awesome. The same goes for Inception; I really didn’t think it was nearly as complicated as people made it out to be. Were there a few questions I had? Yes, but that was mainly because I couldn’t hear the actors when they started mumbling, speeding with motors for mouths, or it just sounded clunky. The few times the movie legitimately started posing questions…they were okay. I don’t really care for the answer, though.
Then again, I’m not super “philosophical” on movies or games; I really hate people that look too deep into these things. But, hey, if I am just a stupid sheep, then I’ll get right on baa-ing, O master shepherd.
And really? The Social Network? I just…can’t wrap my head around this idea. It’s just…it sounds so STUPID! Why do people say it is so good?! I REALLY hope this doesn’t turn into an “Avatar” for me…especially because the very idea sounds ridiculous. Based on a true story; fine…but so was Open Waters, and how’d that turn out? There’re just some true stories that really aren’t worthy of being on the big screen. I’ll admit, I haven’t seen the film yet, and if it really turns out to be as awesome as people say it is, then I will let you know. Right now…it just sounds like the dumbest idea for a film in ages.
Finally…I kind of hope that I see Tron: Legacy in a positive light. Mainly because, well, I wasn’t a big fan of the original; I didn’t grow up with it, and when I did finally see it a few months ago…I didn’t get it. It looked a bit cheap, even for 1982 standards, the plot lost me, even for being something so basic, and…well, I just didn’t find it all that exciting or awesome. So, maybe I’m not going to truly understand the hate, wrath and ire of hardcore Tron fans towards this film…but I guess the same could be said for Metroid: Other M. Never been a big fan of Metroid, only played a bit MP1, and I really don’t see Other M as all that bad. Hell, this can apply to anybody towards anything. Ask any elitist or super fan of Lord of the Rings, and they’ll find SOMETHING to bitch about in Peter Jackson’s films.
With that, I walk into the flame war of hell, and leave, because I really don’t want to put up a fight. Especially because I’m not an analytical film critic such as Noah here.
Nice… I disagree with most of your list, but nice none the less…
Cant say I agree with all your choices
Most notably Paranormal Activity 2, Easy A and The Social Network (How you thought this was number 1 was beyond me, it was no where near as good as inception :L)
But ecah to his own :)
I agree with you on most of these. But I really think two of these were only average and just hyped up beyond believe.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
Ok maybe I was just too hyped up for this one, but it really didn’t do much for me. I really liked the first part of the film, showing Scotts life and his struggle with Knifes and Ramona, but once the evil exes showed up the film lost me. It became too much about the fights, which weren’t really that great. They probably should have reduced the number of evil exes to make the battles more of a subplot and not the main focus of the movie. Sure that would have pissed off the fans of the comic, but would have made the movie way better.
I just couldn’t suspend my disbelieve enough for this one. A dream within a dream? Come on that’s just stupid. I just could not get over that and since the entire movie is based on it, I just could not enjoy it.
I could have seen dreams transitioning into each other, so that it seems a dream within a dream, but that’s not what they did here. They actually did dreams within dreams, where at every level the brain works faster and time moves slower. Ähm yeah that’s just stupid.
Btw. they couldn’t even get the timing consistent. That van fell forever, but the chase before took comperatively no time at all. You could chalk that up to dreamspace, but they made it very clear that time is very consistent in there and they did a lot of math with it.
And a strong sedative that let’s you wake up when you drop because it doesn’t effect your ears?! Sedatives do not work that way!
Ofcourse a lot of people say that the film could be interpreted in many other wasy, for example that it’s all in Leonardos head and that’s why it’s utter nonsense half the time. But imo the film should also make sense on the level that is presented to us. Everything else is just lazy writing.
I actually have quite a few other quarrels with this film, but that would be too much here.
Ofcorse it was very pretty, but from a writing perspective it really wasn’t good. I doubt it was much beter than Tron Legacy. At least that one didn’t try to be deep and failed like Inception..
Erm.. I have dreamed within a dream so it suspend my disbelieve. A lot of people I spoke with dit.
No you haven’t. You switched from dream to dream while precieving it as dreaming within a dream. Like I said, that would have been believable.
Sorry, but when you are dreaming that you riding on a horse, it’s still a matter of perception. Sometimes horses turn into giraffes. Were you riding a giraffe all the time or were you just perceiving it as a giraffe?
I don’t agree with your A-team decision. But since you didn’t like the A-team as a series I can’t complain about it. Back in the days I liked it a lot. It has some great nostalgic value to it and this film is one big wink to the series. I would put it in the same category as the expandables. It’s just a guilty pleasure. Nothing more, nothing less.
And why inception so low? The ending of this film was perfect. People who start discussing about whether in the ending he was in the real world or not got completely forby the total setup of te movie. But okay, you can see this movie at different levels and each level can amuse you. (that’s why Vertigo for instance is so brillaint because it has the same effect)
This review sounded overly scripted and rushed as opposed to his normal speaking rate. He sounded a bit more like Chris Connely than Spoony.
Oh well, he probably has been swamped making vids.
Merry Christmas Spoony.
I wish I could have seen a lot of these in theaters. I actually need to catch up and get a lot of these on Netflix. When Netflix fucking gets them. Luckily I’ll be seeing True Grit in theaters and I finally saw Scott Pilgrim. It was awesome.
Anyway I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Pretty good list! I still need to see some of the films I missed out on in theaters (Let Me In, Shutter Island, The Town, Inception, Paranormal Activity 2), as well as the Oscar films that haven’t aren’t on the ‘net or in theaters in my area yet (Another Year, Blue Valentine, 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, etc.), but I can still make a small list of the films I liked.
1. Black Swan (All About Eve + The Wrestler + Rosemary’s Baby = <3)
2. Winter's Bone (Jennifer Lawrence is the next Jodie Foster)
3. The Social Network (an indisputable masterpiece, Jesse Eisenberg should win Best Actor)
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (best comedy of the year, hands down, Culkin and Wong deserve Oscar noms)
5. The Last Exorcism (most underrated film of the year, Ashley Bell's chilling performance is Oscar-worthy)
6. Easy A (Emma Stone is the next Molly Ringwald, methinks)
7. Toy Story 3 (it's fuckin' Toy Story… 'nuff said)
I hope to see more, as well as an Oscar win for Natalie Portman and Oscar noms for Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, and Jennifer Lawrence. :)
Now this is more what I love from you man, talking more about the movie. And really I agree with you completely on this list although I think I might switch Predators and Last Exorcism (can you believe an Eli Roth movie is on your best of list :P) for Black Swan and Kick Ass. But again you didn’t see Black Swan and I don’t know about Kick Ass. I would have also though maybe Day breakers would be on here man cause it’s another Vampire movie that doesn’t suck.
For me it would go like this
10. Piranha 3D (we all have that “one” don’t we :P)
6. I love you Phillip Morris
4. Black Swan
3. Toy Story 3
2. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
1. True Grit
I like that you put Piranha 3D in there, a hugely fun movie. Daybreakers though really disappointed me, I think my expectations were set too high on this one because it came off as very dull for me.
I’m still shocked by how many people actually like Paranormal Activity. Are people also freaked out by your house settling? They aren’t bad movies, but they’re so unbelievably far from scary that it’s not even funny.
It’s the horrible color of the curtains that don’t match the sofa. brrrr…
it’s just easier for me to be scared of something i can imagine happening to me. not that i’m stalked by a demon haunting me since i’m 8 ;). but who hasn’t ever experienced a situation like this: you’re home alone / lie in your bed and you hear some unexplainable sounds… or a door is moving for no apparent reason? PA plays with a more fundamental aspect of fear than most horror movies do (to quote spoony: fear of the unknown). for some people it works, and for some it doesn’t…
Mileage may very in regards to what scares us, what makes us laugh etc. For my money, Paranormal Activity is some of the scariest and most effective horror around. People complain it relies on jump scares but the films build the atmosphere so well that each and every jump scare moment is earned. Like when she’s sat in the kitchen in the second film…..I shat a fucking brick during that one, the epitome of the well executed jump scare.
WTF. Predators? Seriously? Talk about “low standards” and being “too easily entertained” :) … that movie was awful. i really miss kick-ass on your list. aside from that i pretty much agree with the movies listed… (although Scott Pilgrim didn’t nearly entertain me as much as i thought)
Wait Kickass was out this year? I thought it was last for some reason maybe Spoony forgot too.
yes, Kick-Ass is a 2010-movie. and god knows why somebody wouldn’t pick this movie for the best-of-2010 list. and if you ask me, it kicks scott pilgrims ass concerning action scenes (SP is too artificial, too much CGI), story, characters and pretty much everything else…
Scott Pilgrim and The Social Network? Really?
The Social Network revolves around Facebook being a good website, being innovative and brilliant. And it’s not, it’s another social media network, it has been done before. The story in it is laughable, the main character is unlikable, all that happens is he gets rich and screws a few guys out of their money. Even the guys who sue him are unlikable. And Justin Timberlake, really?
Scott Pilgrim is a gamers movie and even as a gamer I didn’t care for it.
Where is Kick Ass, where is Toy Story 3?
And how can you like Predator and Reb Brown movies and not like the A-Team? They’re pretty much the same movie. My guess is you didn’t like the series and because of it are biased against this movie.
where is Toy Story 3?
Yes, that omission surprised me, too. It seems to be on everyone else’s top ten list.
Weird that Machete didn’t reach the list. It would be my pick for the best movie of the year
I’m going to step away from the keyboard for a while.
Best movie of the year, really? It’s better than most of the movies on this list, but come on.
Oh hey a Cowboy Bebop Movie Poster, funny to see that there.
Personally I didn’t think The Social Network was THAT good of a movie, I would’ve put Tron Legacy somewhere on my list of best movies this year but I know there is no point beating a dead horse. Also, I love Scott Pilgrim vs the World and that would be my pick of the year!
Hmm…. I disagree with half the list really (the only ones I have no problem with are Inception, True Grit and Shutter Island and the inclusion of Let Me In and Predators didn’t bother me much), but I guess onions are onions.
I’m with you on most of these but I absolutly hated hated hated paranormal activity 2 for three reasons SPOILERS AHEAD, 1) (small problem) It wasn’t paranormal activity it was demonic activity 2) (medium problem) The demon actually managed to take the baby out of the cot at one point and then for no reason put it back! Your after the child, you have the child, why haven’t you left? 3) (large problem) 50% of the movie was black and white/green shots of the house at night where very little happened, how many times do we need to see that pool cleaner go round the pool? And no I’m not saying all the night time stuff was pointless most of the main point in the movie are at night but a lot of the night stuff was just BORING
Mind you that is just me and this is your list. I probs would have put Toy Story 3 in there and put social network lower but again your list. Scott Pilgrim was definetly my pick of the year and I’m glad to see it so high. As for the rest, hmmm, ok, but again its your list.
I don’t like Paranormal Activity either, but demons are still paranormal dude.
Yeah I suppose thats true but two things here, the first film got a diffrent ending because they wanted to make a sequal, bearing that in mind Demonic activity would have been a much more appropriate title.
You are missing exactly nothing by not watching Monsters. Unless, that is, that you want to spend 90 minutes wondering why the movie isn’t called Boring Characters. I get that it’s supposed to be a more thought provoking movie, but it really falls flat on it’s face trying.
I 100% agree on this…..you keep waiting for something to happen, and the movie teases you a few times, but then it ends. It was a short film blown up to feature length IMO, and it suffered badly.
I knew you’d put Scott Pilgrim near the top of the list after seeing it recently. It really does capture this generation. It was a near perfect movie personally and thats as good as it gets.
I honestly don’t know what is was about Scott Pilgrim that made me hate it so much. I’m even willing to admit that it may have been a good movie, but something about every single character in it just made me want to punch them. Knives Chao was the only likeable character, and I was so pissed off at the fairy-tale ending of it all. I guess I just don’t see the hype, I mean, I’ve played mostly all of the Zelda games, and I didn’t get any satisfaction when they added the sound effect. In my opinion, the movie was more for comic book fans than it was for gamers. The scene transitions were unexpected and jarring, the villains had questionable motives and Scott Pilgrim was basically a murderer by the ne dof the movue, and Romano was just a straight up bitch.
I’m a comic book fan and I loathe SPvTW. I think it’s a lot more for the “cool and hip” anime/manga fans than anything.
I can actually see what you mean there, it really did remind me of something a fan of Naruto would make if they were really good at special effects.
The sad thing is, I can actually imagine liking this type of movie if it was a cartoon or television show as opposed to a movie. The battles with the ex’s would have actually meant something, everyone’s character could have been more fleshed out, and I don’t think I would have hated the characters so much either, especially Scott. I get that we’re meant to hate Scott a little bit, but the way he resolves all his problems at the end just happened too quickly for my tastes, it just felt like lazy storytelling.
Did you have to lump us all in with Naruto’s fanbase like that?
That’s like saying fans of Pixar must also like Dreamwork’s shittiest movies.
Its just a generalisation, there’s no need to get offended about it. Besides, I didn’t really ‘lump’ anyone together with anything.
I -do- get offended about it, precisely because it’s a generalization. Generalizations can be very very bad.
Whatever. When I start making generalisations like “All people who like this movie are retarded” then you can start getting offended.
I don’t need your permission to know that the things you say cause problems.
You’re the one with the major hang up. Seriously, out of all the things to get butthurt over in the posts I’ve made, you choose not to get upset over my criticism of the movie, but with a small comparison to the Naruto fanbase? Grow up.
Just to continue the trend :p
Im a comic, video game and and Anime/Manga fan and I agree with VoodooFrog, Ceherz and yourself.
I read the comic and the only character I liked was Knives Cho everyone else just seemed like they had no personality. I watched the movie because I thought Edgar Wright might be able to get me to care about the characters more but I still find Scott to be a fickle douche and Romona to be a cardboard cut out.
I wouldn’t go as far as some have by calling it Twilight for nerds but I can see how they came to that conclusion.
i totally agree with you. the main characters were two dull, unlikeable, emotioneless, assholish teenagers who remind me of the worst kind of young people in existence. scott is a selfish, directionless jerk with about as much emotion as a dead fish and ramona flowers is just an unintresting, boring chick. why does he fall in love with her? it kinda reminds me of the boring love between edward and bella.
the action was great though but at no point was i emotionally invested in the plot or any of the characters. and it wasn’t as funny as i expected…
I know what you mean, I got a few laughs out of it, although in truth I spent most of the time picking out plot-holes in the movie or just laughing at some of the abysmally bad deus-ex-machina that was strewn through-out the film. Honestly, the one scene that I remember being annoyed at the most (SPOILERS) is when Scott kills the Vegan boyfriend after he’s lost his powers. In fact, most the the killing that Scott does in this movie is unprovoked or unneeded, and he seems more like a villain than a hero, not caring about anyone else besides himself and his girlfriend…until he completely shifts his character at the very end of the film and gets forgiven almost instantly by everyone he knows. Great lessons to be learned from that.
Damn, could you imagine how much more epic Tron would have been if Christopher Nolan would have directed it!
Is the Cowboy Bebop poster supposed to be ironic like the Double Dragon poster next to it?…
Cuz it better not. D:<
I think Inception was my #1 for the year, I absolutely loved it. I heard good things about Shutter Island, but I’m not normally a horror movie person, so I didn’t end up seeing it, perhaps I should.
I find it interesting that Spoony put Shutter Island on this list. He regularly bags movies for being predictable and formulaic, and yet I litterly picked Shutter Island’s twist IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES.
Also, bagging out on big dumb action movies and attacking people for being easily amused, then hearing his comments on Predators? Would that be the pot or the kettle talking? Don’t get me wrong, I loved Predators for many of the same reasons, but I also loved The A-Team BECAUSE of how absurd it was.
Eh, I’ll chalk this up to Your Mileage May Vary and leave it at that.
Say what you want about Predators; unlike Tron: Legacy, it told its simple plot without glaring inconsistencies, and the Predators had a clear goal. And there’s the key with a lot of your complaints: tradecraft. Movies like The A-Team don’t even attempt to tell a story; they just look for excuses to string together cartoony action scenes as some actors play dress-up as some TV characters and spout catch-phrases.
Predictable isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it’s expertly done. Shutter Island, to me, was less about the “revelation” at the end– I concede that it was a fairly obvious setup, and that with a premise like this, it’s clear we’re dealing with a very unreliable narrator– but more about how the character coped with the journey and the discovery of the truth.
I should probably clear up the fact that I did, in fact, like Predators. And maybe you’re right: maybe my standards are too low. When I go to the movies I’m basically looking for a good time with my friends, and I got that with the flicks mentioned. It’s all in what you look for, I guess.
I absolutely loved Inception.
… And that’s about the only movie in this list I’ve actually seen. Scott Pilgrim is supposedly in theaters in my country but… Yeah, not anywhere close the backwater hole of a town I live in.
I’m kinda shocked none of this year’s animated offerings made it on your list…at LEAST Toy Story 3.
As for Shutter Island, I can’t in good faith put it on a Top 10 list because it was way too predictable. Seriously, 45 min in and I already knew DiCaprio was just nuts. The thrill factor was there, sure, and it’s got some great performances (Mark Ruffalo was just awesome) but it was WAY too predictable, which has kinda become the norm for Scorsese here lately…just put out a great, well-acted movie and people won’t notice how cookie-cutter the script really is.
I fully concur with the Top 3, though.
The Toy Story series simply doesn’t interest me at all. Animated features in general, along with films primarily intended for children just aren’t something I care to see anymore. I’m sure it was fine.
Fair enough…I get to indulge in all the kiddie fare since I have a 5-year old, but I can honestly say TS3 really pulls at your heart strings, whether child or adult…it was completely shocking to me that by the end I shed tears for fake toys in an animated movie.
That and Michael Keaton was PERFECT as the Ken doll.
Yeah, I would even go so far as to say Toy Story 3 is a movie more for adults than children with the really intense themes about growing up and transitioning out of childhood.
WTF, are you trolling?
Easy A? Maybe that’s my not-living-in-the-US-bias, but I found it really ridiculous.
Paranormal Activity 2? After the first one, this was not at all suspenseful or interesting.
Inception? Sexist, Flashy, Nonsensical. Brings nothing new to the table. Hell, I’d even go as far as calling it not true SF.
Let me in? Stupid remake that completely misses the point of the original.
The Social Network? A movie about fucking Facebook. Nuff said.
“Inception? Sexist, Flashy, Nonsensical. Brings nothing new to the table. Hell, I’d even go as far as calling it not true SF.”
Are you trolling? Shouldn’t you be saying that about Avatar and Tron: Legacy?
People can pick holes in Inception and its claims of originality, but regardless whether or not it is truly original, the biggest success of the film is the way the story is told. Christopher Nolan is a great story-teller and certainly knows how to structure a film and keep our attention. Have you seen Memento and the Dark Knight recently?
People complain that Spoony hates everything, just take a look at your list. Is there any films you liked?
“Shouldn’t you be saying that about Avatar and Tron: Legacy?”
I would, if they were on the list. Which they aren’t. So there.
“Have you seen Memento and the Dark Knight recently?”
I haven’t seen The Dark Knight, but I did see Memento and I agree, it’s a great and thought-provoking movie. Inception however, isn’t.
“just take a look at your list. Are there any films you like?”
New films, this year? Not really. I kinda liked Splice, and Despicable Me, but not enough to rate them “best movie”. I’m still looking forward to Black Swan, though.
I did watch some older movies I really liked this year. Låt den rätte komma in, for example. And Fargo.
If your favourite movies of the year this far are Splice and Despicable Me then I suggest not critiquing a critic. Sure you like whatever you want, but when your choices are decidedly middle-of-the-road and you profess disliking nearly everything you can’t be much of a critic. There’s being critical then there’s being a ‘critic’.
Hey, I did say that I thought they weren’t exactly AAA+ gold titles, just okay. Because franky, this year actually sucked as far as movies went.
And sure, I’m not a professional critic. Never claimed otherwise. But that doesn’t mean I can’t call out an obvious troll (I’m still pretty much convinced that this video is such an obvious troll).
“There’s being critical then there’s being a ‘critic’.”
And there’s a difference between being witty and being eyerollingly idiotic.
I agree that Inception isn’t really special or original and really stretches the believability margin, but I still found it highly enjoyable. I agree with the rest of your post, especially about the Let Me In remake being way off.
Don’t say “nuff said” in relation to anything. It makes you sound like a fucking jackass. Seriously, don’t think you aren’t required to explain shit.
I’d like to break your nose right now, sir. Merry Christmas.
Let Me In: Didn’t have to make the same point of the old movie. Imagine a Jeff Goldblum-less world where the remake of “The Fly” was never made or didn’t ever have that interesting character progression he had. Point being the movie didn’t fail as a movie.
And how exactly is it stupid? So keeping psychological tension now more orientated towards Abby as a mastermind deciever is bad? It’s a stark contrast, but it was quite precise and made Owen’s eventual downfall, the vampuricism, and the murders all feel like it was on an inbound flight, crashing straight into reality from the original’s neverland quality which wasn’t poorly done to say the least.
The Social Network: And… so what if it was about Facebook? Had witty banter; that kind of passing back-n-forth conversation that one can adore, that alone should’ve earned it a notable spot in a viewer’s head. Facebook, is quite considerably, a genius product of mashing together elements from today’s world to suck the living-time out of it’s people so I thought it did keep kind of true in atleast making the creators the genius, goal-orientated, deceptive businessmen they still are now.
Easy A: Can’t agree more. And with Paranormal Activity 2… should’ve switched with Shutter Island in my honest opinion.
Inception: Mehish. It wasn’t bad eventhough it heavily relied on earlier elements of it’s kind to the point where you could have the feeling of a fantastical world setting at the back of your throat once the credits arouse.
Please tell me how Inception is sexist.
I saw Toy Story 3 twice. Both times not in English unfortunately. I was able to follow the general story well enough but I had a small problem with how dark it was. I honestly don’t know if I would let my children see that movie. It got disturbing.
Predators was a pass-by movie, with forgettable characters all around! Easy A was a good movie, totally agree with that pick, Paranormal Activity is a gimmick series and i hope it is forgotten before the rest of hollywood realizes that moviegoers will get suckered in by a shitty camera and no composition starting the end of blockbusters! Inception was good but the south park episode was just too right, it all became convoluted fast
Funny seeing how the SP creators hadn’t even seen the movie before spoofing it.
Insteresting choices. You made me intrigued about Easy A. Have to check it out.
Have to disagree about Inception being innovative though (and I do like it). The whole dreams within dreams within dreams thing isn’t new by far. It’s a fun idea yes but imho the concept has been done more interestingly in movies like Avalon, The Thirteenth Floor and Ghost In The Shell 2. (my opinion don’t shoot me ;-) )
Nolan strikes me a director who has interesting ideas but never really dares to break away from the Hollywood clichés. To me it always feels like he’s holding back to please the general movie going public.
Someone needs to give him total artistic freedom and let him make a movie that doesn’t rely on clichéd action sequences.
Going by your review, I would have thought you would put Kick-Ass in this list plus it would really fit in along side Let Me In and True Grit with astonishing performances by young actresses, Chloe Grace Moretz in Let Me In and Kick-Ass and Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit and if I had my way with the Oscars, Hailee Steinfeld would be nominated for Best Actress so that Chloe Moretz can be nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Kick-Ass, also totally agree with The Social Network and Scott Pilgrim, I loved those films and thought more mention had to be made of them. Plus I also really liked Predators, I watched it on a 6 hour flight from Manchester – New York, and I liked it so much that I watched it on the flight back 3 days later, the swordfight between the Yakuza and the Predator is one of the best action scene of the year to me, after all the Hit Girl action scenes in Kick-Ass and the zero gravity fight in Kick-Ass, brilliant list Spoon, hope you like some more films in 2011
I thought Kick ass was released in 2009?
The comic was, not the film
Spoony I love your site and I find most of your videos entertaining but god damn your taste in movies is horrendous. Predators? are kidding me? The Last Exorcism? It wouldn’t be so jarring if you weren’t so dismissive of other movies. Predators has just as many plotholes and ridiculous, reduntant bullshit as Tron, perhaps more so. Also Highlander sucks, the script is laugh-out-loud funny, yet you act so indignant over the sequels always being shit.
Anyway happy xmas lol
Spoony I love your site and I find most of your videos entertaining but god damn your taste in movies is horrendous.
^ wtf? everyone has a different taste, there’s no such thing as a horrendous taste.
you have a point, it would have been more accurate to say he has a horrendous bias towards and against certain films which is based on his personal taste alone. Tron is no worse a movie than Predators but due to his personal taste, Spoony slams Tron as incoherent bullshit and praises Predators as a decent film. His reviews are completely subjective which makes his occasional ranting and slating of certain films harder to take seriously. Perhaps the same could be said for all critics and reviewers. What annoyed me is that he singled out fans of Tron and insulted them for liking the film and this is the guy who thinks Highlander is a classic. Funny thing is, I thought Tron and Predators both sucked. I’m 28 years old too so it’s not like I’m of a different generation to Spoony, I loved Highlander when I was about 10 but when I rewatched it as an adult I couldn’t believe how poorly made it was.
All opinions are slanted and biased, no matter how hard we try to be objective. Its just part of who we are. I thought Tron: Legacy was just a bunch of flashy, noisy twaddle. On the other hand, if that’s what you went in expecting to see, then you got it. If that’s what you wanted, then it was fun.
I view The Spoony Experiment for laughs, or for the lulz, if you will. I don’t place Spoony’s opinions of anything any higher than my own, or yours for that matter. My friends and I don’t even like the same pizza toppings, so why trust some guy on the internet to judge your media for you?
That being said, Spoony is a funny bastard, and I hope he keeps doing what he’s doing. He’s one of the few internet critics actually worth a damn.
I see what you mean but I don’t actually watch these reviews for guidance on what movies I should and shouldn’t see, I just watch them for entertainment, however, it’s not so much entertaining when the reviewer is calling fans of certain movies (Tron) lesser beings with low standards whilst praising shit like Highlander, Predators, The Ring remake, and Scott Pilgrim. Anyone with a Higlander poster on their wall has no right or reason to say other folks have shitty taste! But this all sounds overtly negative, I do like Spoony and his videos, I just feel it’s neccessary to call bullshit when I see it, especially with his legion of yes-men posting here.
I agree that people are entitled to their opinions, which is fine and all, but (and I’m probably risking a ban here for saying this) Spoony does a lot of bashing of people’s tastes himself. Saying that people have low standards for enjoying a particular film isn’t exactly cool, especially when your tastes are far from elite in the first place. I don’t have any problem with that, but you have to expect people to call you out on it. The sad part is that he never gave that superiority vibe in the past, even when tearing apart games like FF, but I think his popularity and the fact that he has a legion of mindless followers, who agree with everything he says, has really gone to his head.
I still enjoy his reviews and I’m looking forward to more FF bashing and I’m interested in his Ultima reviews, but he really needs to stop thinking that his tastes are automatically better than everyone else’s just because he’s a minor internet celebrity.
I think I’m roughly the same age as Spoony, maybe a little older. So, I do understand what he’s trying to say when he talks about a movie “connecting with this generation”. However, I can’t really say I agree on the qualities of said movies.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World to me, was like watching some jack-ass high school hipster-douche walking out of a Hot Topic snickering about how “ironically awesome” their brand-new Legend of Zelda t-shirt is. The video game references in the movie don’t across as even remotely genuine, mostly because they’re delivered by a group of people that I can’t buy as actually knowing dick about video games.
I’m not sure I entirely agree on Predators. As a big Predator fan I found lots of things I could pick apart. For example the Sword fight so many seem to splooge over was the dumbest scene in the movie to me. I mean Predators can take on Aliens in hand to hand combat. Even a Master Samurai probably wouldn’t stand a chance. So why does a thug? Are all Yakuza master swordsmen? It was lame. The whole third act was really. But yes its miles above AvP series.
Merry Christmas Spoony!
Thanks for making lists of your most favs and most hated movies.
Happy Holidays! BTW, don’t see the Black Swan. The movie was terrible.
Predators? Paranormal Activity 2? Really?
I will have to say I agree with The Last Exorcism though, its one I wrote off myself and went to on a whim, its surprisingly good, maybe not as good as the original but better than most of the other ones in the series, surely.
I don’t think The Last Exorcism is supposed to be part of the Exorcist series. I can see where you would get confused, though.
Here’s my quick list. Figured I’d do a blog on TGWTG latter.
9.How To Train Your Dragon
6.Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
4.Toy Story 3
1.The Social Network
Note, these are the ones I found to be the BEST of the year. My personal favorite list might change a bit (A-Team would actually be higher :p).
lol pretty much the same list for me other than the ones i didn’t watch in ur list
Nice list, but I would have put Inception 1st, can’t wait to see your FFX review rap up. Call me a sap with no taste, but I liked X and X-2, but can’t wait to see you tare X-2 a new one. I actually like the gameplay and story closure, but most of the game is BS. I feel the series didn’t nose dive until XII, got a little better with XIII (Good gameplay and story, needs more polish to the mechanics and exposition in the story), and then utterly died with XIV.
I enjoyed “playing” Final Fantasy X. I didn’t enjoy the over-abundance of cut-scenes and absolutely atrocious voice acting. But, I’m an old fart who thinks that games becoming more cinematic is actually a mixed-bag, at best.
But yeah, the combat was fun, and the story would have been much better with a few tweaks. One of those being a more believable and less guffaw-inducing villain.
So yeah, definitely looking forward to the end of Spoony’s FFX rant.
I played FF10 when I was about thirteen. Liked it back then, can’t really take it seriously now.
I have no idea if or how he’s going to tackle X-2. That game was 90% sidequests.
I didn’t know much about Easy A and from just seeing the poster I didn’t think much of this movie, but now I’m pretty interested in it and will probably watch later this week. Thanks, Spoony.
I have a low tolerance for the kind of horror category that Paranormal Activity falls into. Horror tends towards the idea that if you have something supernatural or some sociopath who is killing people and menacing them, it’s more terrifying if you don’t really know what is out there. You may have a vague idea based on rumors or urban legends but ultimately you can’t defend against what you cannot define. The unknown is more terrible than what is known. And I love the sci-fi and fantasy flicks that explain exactly where all the supernatural beings come from and how they work. As a result I don’t really like horror movies, not because they’re not properly executed, but because my interest lies elsewhere.
From a technical standpoint, paranormal activity seems very effective, but I wouldn’t have put it on a top-ten list.
However, that’s not saying much. There have been a lot of bad movies this year, but not many exceptionally good ones. Inception and Shutter Island are really the only ones I can look at and say without hesitation are technically brilliant. Movies aimed at a younger audience, like “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Despicable Me”, ended up being far more competent and insightful than anything aimed at adults.
Yet there are a lot of movies that I can remember as not being “good” but being incredibly entertaining. Something like “Red”, which wasn’t that good, but was Bruce Willis and Malkovich at their most insane and had some of the most crazy awesome moments to appear in movies for years. Even something like “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” which was by no means strikingly written or executed, and was, at most, mediocre, but fun. Action blockbusters like “The Expendables” or “Salt” weren’t essays on the nature of humanity, but they still were something you could easily watch a couple of times.
… That said, when you’ve got movies like Twilight, Sex and the city 2, little fockers, and step-up 3D your standards are already pretty low.
Thankyou for the bad and good lists, Spoony. Looking forward to FFX!
I’m surprised Spoony hasn’t said anything about Red, Warren Ellis fan that he is.
Maybe hearing that Ellis admitted he wrote that one for the money turned him off of it.
Well we all need to pay the bills… some of us more than others. And some of us within the next 72 hours before the taxation office sends the debt collectors again.
You’re right though, I would have thought Spoony would have said something about Red. It’s not like it had limited screenings (well not to my knowledge anyway).
Sorry, Spoony, but I DESPISE the Paranormal Activity series.
Lol I liked these two vids although,… NOO! Let Me in Was brash obnoxious and completley off mark from the original which was subtle and much deeper than this trashy Hollywood remake >_> OTL just my opinion haha I love Swedish film XD
Good to see you making more lists, Spoony. (sick of seeing the only updates from your website’s feed being Highlander stuff)
I agreed with the movies you listed that I saw, and I’ve added the movies I haven’t seen to my list of must-see/download
An interesting list. I have a confession to make though.
I HATE the Social Network, though to be fair I haven’t actually seen it, because I couldn’t see it. Watching the trailers was enough. I know it’s supposed to be a story about how this generation is coming into its own and doing great things, but all I saw from the trailer was a bunch of mean spirited, self important privileged Harvard kids mouthing off to authority and getting away with murder. I have never seen Facebook as anything especially noteworthy, and certainly not as a major scientific breakthrough, and treating it like its’ the greatest achievement of our generation is just insulting, imo. I have heard that the film was well acted and well directed, but I just couldn’t get over the feeling of nausia I got whenever it was mentioned.
Honestly, I’d rather sit through all three Twilight movies in a row than watch this thing.
…Anyway, Merry Christmas!
…Really? You’d rather sit through 12+ hours of that bullshit, than watching one movie you haven’t even seen? Don’t knock it ’till you try it, man.
I know, and I’m not the kind of person who gets excited over movies or otherwise has very strong reactions to them, and the rational side of my brain can tell me that The Social Network is well put together and well acted, but even with all that I feel the strong, almost irrational desire to yell obscenties at this movie whenever I see it.
It’s just so ugly, so offensive, so amazingly caustic a condemnation of this generation to consider this movie to be an example of what defines us. I can’t imagine Zuckerberg likes this version of his person; no one could like these mean spirited backstabbers in real life. It’s clever, it’s well made, sure, but what the Hell does it say about us that, as critics put it, ‘this movie speaks to a generation?’
That’s why it is so much worse for me than those other bad movies; people accept that those are bad, but when you have a well made movie that you absolutely hate, how can you even riff it?
Thank for bearing with the rant. Your milage may of course vary. :)
Cowboy Bebop poster in the background… represent!
My Top 10 would have been quite similar, but I just cannot over the fact that Spoony likes Paranormal Activity, and I thought we were oh so similar. I absolutely hated the first one, but it was definitely one of the funnier movies of 2009.
Remember the bit where the ghost specialist guy comes visit them the second time, and just says something that the spirit is not too happy to have him there or whatever and just leaves out the door like 20 second later? I’ve never laughed out loud while watching a horror movie, but my god that killed me.
“Oh man, I’m getting bad vibes here guys… well, I guess I better go. Good luck with that demonic spirit or whatever, cya.”
Yeah he was a big help wasn’t he? lol!
10- You’re not alone Spoony. Predator’s was a great time in the theater, and I actually felt that there was a bit of subtle depth referring to suffering and taking one’s own life which made me think quite a bit.
9- Fuck DiCaprio.
8- Didn’t see it.
7- Is okay. Not much else to say
6- Again, fuck DiCaprio and fuck Ellen Page, but Nolan really saves their vapid melodrama with the fantastic script and direction at every angle. Just god damn brilliant
5- Didn’t see it.
4- Again, did not see.
3- Might see it with my pa.
2- Ehh…. I must say though, Edgar Wright does so much WRONG. Shaun of the Dead will never be funny to me, but it’s a good horror flick.
1- Didn’t see, but heard was artsy.
I’m really not understanding all of this DiCaprio hate. I do understand if it’s based on Titanic; I didn’t care for that one either. But come on. It was one movie, more than ten years ago. Let it go.
It’s because he’s not a good actor whatsoever. He drops his voice to sound dramatic and never changes his face.
Whoa, Spoony, I did not expect to see Let Me In and Last Exorcism listed here. I merely assumed they were both your standard, non-scary attempts at horror (going by the trailers alone). Now I need to see them, as your standards for horror are generally pretty high. I’ve also been meaning to see Shutter Island, all because of this supposed “OMG amazing twist ending!” hype.
Anyway, can’t wait to see the inevitable rage in the FFX finale.
Totally agree with your #1. I walked out convinced that would win Best Picture (Best original screenplay for sure). Anyone who didn’t see it because “It’s just the Facebook movie” is a fucking idiot (no offense). Also I see your point when comparing Inception to Tron. Tron: Legacy could have been as thought provoking and buzz worthy as Inception was, but Disney just gave us a Matrix-like action adventure movie..which I’m fine with. People went crazy on you just because you didn’t like the movie which..is..RETARDED. Films are in the eye of the beholder people if we all liked everything pop culture would be very, very boring. Looking forward to another great year of reviews (both positive, negative and hilarious) Rock On SpoonyOne!
I didn’t see The Social Network because it was ‘The Facebook movie’, but rather because the trailers made it look like an amazingly mean spirited rich boy grab fest celebrating a culture of greed. I’m not saying people who liked it are wrong, but I am surprised that so many people seem to love this movie. For me, the thought of ever sitting throug 2+ hours of what I saw in the trailer fills me with dread.
But, each to their own.
So your telling me Easy A is not a vacuous and bland pile of crap, weird….. anyway nice list
So wait, Tron’s plot was impenetrable but you had absolutely no issues with Inception’s? Wow, you WERE having a bad day when you saw it.
As for comparing the two movies…well, SOME might say that it’s not fair to compare two very different movies, but I’m not one of them. They’re both sci-fi flicks and it does bring to light the failings of Tron’s plot and yes even the lack of imagination that went into the action scenes. But I’ve said it before, talent is RARE. The people that could have made Tron as good as Inception were…well, BUSY. Would Tron have been a better movie with Nolan at the helm? hell yes, but he was busy making inception, y’see? Neill Blomkamp? Busy with District 9. Would it have had a better plot with Neil Gaiman as the writer? Sorry, he was busy with Coraline. Would it have had better actions scenes if Genndy Tartakovsky did the storyboarding? Sure, but he was busy with Iron Man 2.
Setting the bar high for everything and everyone sounds like a good way to improve the quality of works…on paper, but in practice it simply doesn’t work that way. And while you can make an argument for trying, to aim for the sky and hit mountains…well, you can still crash and burn down a ravine. In just trying lies costly, costly risks, too. Few are brave enough to take them on.
And if you expect everyone to even come close to matching the greats, well let me tell you, you’re in for a lot of disappointment. And sorrow.
So your suggestion to Spoony regarding Tron: Legacy is that he should simply stop having high standards, because the people involved clearly weren’t talented enough to take the kind of risks that would have made Tron a better movie? Your argument is that we shouldn’t encourage filmmakers to try harder, because they’ll probably just fail anyway?
Please don’t tell me that is the best rationale you can come up with. You can’t excuse a poor movie by shrugging and saying that it’s probably the best that the filmmakers could come up with. Arguments like that are why brand recognition takes precedence over quality storytelling in Hollywood today- because audiences won’t show up for a bad movie if it’s completely original, but slap a beloved logo on it and fill it with recognizable characters and you make millions at the box office. Less risk=greater profit, right? That’s why we get crap like The A-Team and the upcoming Battleship movie. Just because that’s the way it works doesn’t mean it’s the way it should work, and as a critic, it’s Spoony’s job to point that out to us.
Asking for a coherent story that makes sense to the audience isn’t setting the bar high- it’s demanding that the filmmakers meet the bare minimum of decent storytelling. For the millions of dollars they expect to get from us in grosses, it’s the least they could do.
You should really actually watch the movie before forming such strong opinions of it. Your initial impression of the characters is fairly accurate, but you don’t seem to consider the possibility that these traits could be depicted as negative in the film (one of the movie’s morals is certainly “don’t be a dick”).
BTW, I don’t care about Facebook myself (I only made a page at the behest of my friends and can count the number of times I’ve longed onto Facebook on two hands), but I still enjoyed this film greatly.
I’m not saying that people who liked the film are wrong, or that it wasn’t well crafted, and I get that the film is about corrupton and greed and high stakes rich backstabbing, but that just makes me more inclined to leave it alone. What’s more, my initial reaction to the trailers was SO negative that I would never willingly sit through it. It is possible that the trailers grossly misrepresented the movie, and maybe I just don’t ‘get it’, but the thought of watching these smug characters backstab each other for over two hours makes me physically ill.
I’m certain there have been times when a movie comes out that everyone else seems to love, but which you can’t stand. The Social Network is the first film that has made me feel that way in long time, and I am surpised that so many people seem to love what looks like, to me, a very ugly movie.
Also, while Facebook is a neat invention, it doesn’t make Zuckerberg a genius and it certainly doesn’t ‘define a generation.’ I mean come on!
Reading Spoony’s Comments.
HATERS GONNA HATE.
I feel bad for Spoony; he made some somewhat controversal choices, but chose what should have been a safe #1 judging by critical response…and then a jerk like me has to come along and tell him how much I hated that movie, lol!
Spoony, you can’t really hate something for being what it wants to. A lot of people hate Inception because it’s trying too hard to be the next big thing, the one that everyone remembers 5, 10, 20 years from now, and personally I don’t think it is, I think it’s just a movie that had a brilliant director who wrote a script that even he couldn’t give a definite ending for. But a movie like TRON isn’t trying to be Inception, and it never should have. The original movie is a classic in the geek zeitgeist because it was a movie that gave a computer the same intricacies as the modern world, with anthropomorphic beings and real-world conflicts. It had pretty effects and well-executed action. Was Jeff Bridges going to win Best Actor? No, because it wasn’t trying to, it’s not a movie that was meant to be known for it’s acting or it’s direction, it’s remembered solely for its revolutionary effects and new ideas. So why should the sequel be looked at any differently? It’s a sequel that actually sticks to the original movie, and gives the fans exactly what it wants. Sure, it’s not going to please ALL the fans, no sequel truly can, but it did a faithful job making a modern re-telling of TRON. And I applaud it for that. Not every movie needs to be revolutionary or new like Inception for it to be good, sometimes it just has to be entertaining and faithful to the original. Like, oh I don’t know, Predators? The movie you praised for being like the original, and not changing the formula?
As far as my opinion goes, for the movies on your list that I saw (being Shutter Island, Inception, Scott Pilgrim, and The Social Network):
Shutter Island – Absolutely loved it, the direction is classic Scorsese, and DiCaprio was an excellent lead.
Inception – Called it the best movie of ’10, and one of my favorites of all time. It’s new, original, revolutionary, the next generation of storytelling, whatever you want to call it, it’s just amazing.
Scott Pilgrim – Two words: TOO. HIGH. I really liked it, and I’m an avid gamer from the SNES/64-bit generation (yeah, I’m a young’in), but it wasn’t that great. Edgar Wright is a fantastic director, and when he’s in control he knows exactly what he’s doing, but here it felt like his name was just kind of stuck onto the movie, it doesn’t have the same feel as a movie like Hot Fuzz.
The Social Network – When I said that I ‘called’ Inception the best movie of ’10, that was before I saw The Social Network. This movie is beautiful. There’s no other word to describe it. It’s quickly become my all-time favorite movie, and for good reason. I had high expectations going into the theater, but coming out, they couldn’t have possibly been higher. Just a beautiful movie that absolutely deserves to win awards for Director (Fincher), Screenplay (Sorkin), Actor (Eisenberg), and Supporting Actor (Garfield/Timberlake [they were both equally amazing]).
Now that’s the list where Serbian Film should have been!
I loved your choices for this year. I totally agree with Inception and The social network, those are my favorites of this year.
I don’t care what people say about Predators, I kind of like that you have it on your list, I also found it entertaining and even though it is not a masterpiece, I liked it better than a lot of other movies this year.
Really the only one that I disagree with is with Paranormal Activity 2, For me that movie was just plain bad but hey man, is your list.
I like this list, I really do.
But you called Scott Pilgrim a Jackie Chan movie. No, man, just no. No. That is bad and you should feel bad.
I can’t believe the words “bold and surprisingly cute” came out of your mouth.
You’re so adorable! :3
I agree :D
This is kinda weird – I agreed with MOST of your worst movies list (I liked Book of Eli – I’m not really sure I get what your issue with the ending was. There were a lot of hints that he was blind if you go back through the movie). This one…… eh. The Social Network never interested me, still doesn’t. And Easy A? REALLY? I know it’s become cool to bash on Christians, but I’m getting pretty fucking insulted by it at this point. And I’m Jewish.
Yeah, really, there is that too about Easy A. If Spoony’s review was just that he hates Christians and that’s why he liked the movie, at least I could understand, even though I’d be slightly offended. At least that could be a reason for liking the movie. But calling it surprisingly cute, you’ve got to be kidding me. How cute would the follow up movie be were she is turning tricks for heroine in a back alley in three years? And I’m not a prude or anything. I found Easy A to be on the same level as late night Cinemax movies. The only difference is the cinemax movies aren’t suppose to be taken seriously. I’ll stop now but I really, really hated Easy A.
Bashing on religion in general is mostly up for par in any country, except the religious-crazed countries ( yes, most countries does see USA as close to fanatics for the insane belives in God all over the country )
Easy A doesn’t bash Christians. It pokes fun at the celibacy culture a bit, and the main villain is clearly just using Christianity to power trip and be a mean girl. And I don’t think MrWednesdayNight actually saw the movie, because like someone else pointed out, Olive doesn’t actually have sex with anyone. She gets a bad reputation by accident and decides to use it to help her friends.
I would comment on your choices, but i can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not. Easy A looked like stupid and insipid crap, which makes me think that you’re yanking our chains.
I can’t agree with this enough. I can’t believe Spoony would get behind a movie whose message is “being a whore is a good thing.” He hasn’t come across as a feminist like Linkara but still, that is a reprehensible message for a movie to have. Either he is kidding or I really misread the man.
Have…you seen an Easy A?
The main character doesn’t even HAVE sex in the film!
The message of the film is summed up in one line: “I’m going to go out with my boyfriend. I may lose my virginity with him. I may in five minutes, this night, in six months, on our wedding day, or never. But you know what? It’s none of your buisness.”
It was a funny film that I just saw and liked quite a lot.
Hey, check it out. Two people who didn’t actually see the movie but are commenting on it like they know shit.
So wait, defenders of Tron: Legacy are just easily amused… so what, Predators was something more than just mindless entertainment? I liked both films for the record, just thought the comments on Tron: Legacy’s fanbase + Predators making your best of 2010 list was quite the double standard.
Agreed, I really enjoyed Book of Eli myself, but I can’t really disagree on everything ….. it was looong and dragged out, but I liked the pace myself.
Wait, you like something made in this century?!
(Love that I can actually say and mean that… :p)
Inception would be my Number 1… and Social Network would be another one of my favorites up there this year. I’m surprised Inception was so low on your list, though.
Shutter Island was like Book of Eli… I was disappointed at first, but I gave it another watch after it got released to DVD/Blu-Ray and I liked it a lot more.
I should watch Easy A and Scott Pilgrim… I absolutely love Emma Stone and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. They’re great actresses and at the same time VERY easy on the eyes. Plus I think I’d get a kick out of Easy A’s plot.
True Grit was one of those I wanted badly to see and I completely missed it.
And I never saw Paranormal Activity 2 and never want to. I hate ANY of those types of movies shot in a voyeur-like… and/or shaky cam POV concept. Funny thing is… this very thing was only part of the reason why I hated Cloverfield. The only thing good about that movie was the monster looked kind of cool. EVERYTHING ELSE sucked ass about it. I think I hate it worse than Quarantine… at least Quarantine made me laugh… most of the time when it wasn’t supposed to, though.
I’m actually planning to see True Grit myself, Happy Holidays to you Spoony and I’m happy you enjoyed those movies, sorry you didn’t like Tron.
Hey, a Cowboy Bebop: The Movie poster! I just saw that for the first time a few days ago.
More often than not I disagree with Spoony on most things. The differences are generally cultural and social perceptions and that’s why I enjoy Spoonys videos and his opinions even when I don’t always agree (Wing Commander). That isn’t to say we don’t agree on the important stuff, like Final Fantasy for example. I have to forgive that Spoony is unable to grasp the intricacies of humour that can be derived from both high and low comedy when timing and deliverance can make all the difference. This is maybe because he is stubborn or pretentious, but hell I am too so this probably both the attraction to Spoonys material and disagreement to certain comments.
This year, though, Spoony seems more moody and darker. Like Harry Potter, the ‘Experiment’ seems to have reached those depressed teenage years, which explains the fluff around the chin and long hair.
It’s the end of 2010. It’s Christmas. Spoony is 30 on Dec27th and 2011 is the supposed final full year we have left before 2012. What does the future hold for Spoony? Eventual destruction in some kind of Rapturish cataclysm where the just rise above and demons walk the earth. Only then will Spoony be happy and the Experiment collapse. So enjoy the last year and have a Merry Christmas Spoony. The future looks bright :D
I’m a HUGE Coen brothers fan (My name is The Coen Brothers Lost Brother, the same buy on thatguywiththeglasses) and either I hyped myself up to much or went away thinking that it didn’t feel like one of they’re regular movies. I still liked it. Your right, that Hailee girl IS the lead actress. Whats this supporting actress bullshit?
I can’t watch Inception after seeing South Park’s satire of it. Every time I see DiCaprio talking in that movie, I’m ready to have some guy behind him mimicing a dramatic music sting to coincide with DiCaprio’s drama beat.
Again, thanks for the video and take your time on that Final Fantasy video. Like so many people clamoring Mr. Plinkett to finish his Episode III review, you can’t rush something that you KNOW is going to be good and risk screwing it up.
Your top 2 movies both starred Michael Cera!
Michael Cera wasn’t in The Social Network.
That was a Jesse Eisenberg joke.
I agree with everything on the list except the number 1. I’m sorry, but ‘The Social Network’ just bored me. The main character was an insufferable jackass, the legal scenes went by too quickly for me, and everything else just came off rather off-kilter for me. I couldn’t take it.
And although I did love ‘Inception’, in terms of exploring dreams, both ‘Paprika’ and the original ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ beat it to the punch. I also think that Both of them went further with the concept of dreams whereas ‘Inception’ seemed to play it a little too close to the vest.
I can’t disagree with your praise of The Social Network, but I personally just couldn’t bring myself to watch a movie that started even an dramatized facsimile of that smug douche bag Mark Zuckerberg. Hell, it was even filmed partly at my school and I still didn’t want to watch it.
The reason I don’t want to watch it is because I don’t feel that Zuckerberg was particularly innovative, visionary or even that cutthroat compared to other people in the world of business. He is basically like Bill Gates, there at the right time and the right place, only not as much raw programming talent. The only reason people think he is such a visionary is because the hype says it is. Zuckerberg != Steve Jobs. The more he actually begins to tout his “vision” the worse Facebook does. His “power” comes directly from people paying attention to him and nothing more so I simply refuse to do so.
Regarding your other movies try not watching so much horror and you might have time to see more substantive films such as Black Sawn and The Kings Speech. In fact I choose to see The Kings Speech first over True Grit as I knew I could find True Grit playing anywhere for weeks.
Steve Jobs is nothing special either. I can also be a douche and just bash other companies all day, as a matter of fact I do.
I heard that the movie is actually critical towards Zuckerberg, at least some of the time. I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.
1. Come on, Inception open for discussion? It was so friggin’ linear it HURTS! There’s 4 levels of dreams and they’re EXTREMELY easy to follow, which really pissed me off since Hollywood yet AGAIN thinks everyone are retards!
I was hoping for a confusing, “pay attention” movie, but got served a linear action-thriller.
The action and thriller part are NOT badly done, it’s just no good. The ending is of course open though. That’s all
2. The Social Network isn’t even based on facts, it’s “loosely based” on Facebook and it’s origin. Retarded.
The only thing you said in the first five lines of your comment is basically that you wanted the movie to be extremely confusing… yeah… ’cause that would be good movie… By the way 4 levels, 5 if counting the alternate ending.
No, I would like it to be NOT BORING.
You’re right, I messed up on a level there xD
…Christmas to you to Spoony! ;)
I’m like the hundredth person to mention this, but given you stance on anime surprised to see the Cowboy Bebop poster. Are you coming around to anime, or is Cowboy Bebop the exception that proves the rule? Or is it just up there ironically? I really hope it is not the last one.
Merry Christmas Spoony, Burton, Dr. Insano, Son of Insano, Black Lantern Spoony, and Scarlett. I hope your holiday is fun and relaxing. :) Best of luck, and wishes of good health for the upcoming year of 2011.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie poster! Awesome!
Spoony, I salute you for putting Predators on the list!
I also loved that movie! To me it’s just as good as the original.
Aside from Easy A, a pretty solid list. I haven’t seen True Grit. I am always skeptical about remakes but I hear good things. No matter, you more or less got it right with this list.
and hey, if you’re looking for a movie that’s more Tron than Tron…well, i got two words for ya:
It’s like Tron, but with facebook…and a bit of digimon, apparently.
Glad to see inception on the list, as well as True Grit
Hmm. Yet ANOTHER list which places The Social Network as the best movie of the year. This is getting aggravating. I haven’t seen The Social Network yet, but there’s just something I instinctively dislike about a movie that seemingly everybody agrees is the best, particularly when the trailer looked so incredibly pretentious, formulaic, and uninteresting. Mind you, I’m not saying that the movie is bad- far from it, I’m sure that it’s incredible- but… well, the same thing happened when Slumdog Millionaire came out in 2008, and the bombardment of praise that that movie received really made watching the actual film a serious letdown (not to mention that it robbed the Oscars of any dramatic tension- everyone knew that Slumdog was going to win, so what was the point of watching?). It’s irrational, I know, but I probably won’t get much out of the movie now whenever I get around to watching it.
Anyway, other than that, I really liked the list. Predators, Inception, and especially Scott Pilgrim vs. The World all were really surprisingly good fare to come out of Hollywood, and I definitely look forward to seeing True Grit. Paranormal Activity 2 was an unexpected addition, but I certainly agree with it, and I just hope that The Last Exorcism is as good as you claim- I’m going to see it solely based on your recommendation. Easy A and Shutter Island I can’t judge, but I’ll take your word for it.
Here’s hoping next year’s “best movie” won’t be so damn clear-cut…
Yeah, hype can be a tricky thing sometimes, can’t it? I feel sort of similarly about Final Fantasy 8, one of the only games in the series I haven’t tried. Thanks in part to Spoony’s rants on it, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of varying opinions of it, and I don’t think the game can live up to either the good or bad buzz when I finally play it. The internet will probably have ruined it for me.
You lost me at Scott Pilgrim, Spoony. Man when that movie came out I could go on for hours about how loathsome it was, and how it belittled the ability of Edgar Wright.
But now I barely care to argue against it. I retain that that movie was nothing more than pretty. It was like Tron Legacy with a more accessibly horrible plot.
Wow. Let’s file that under “Your Mileage May Vary”.
You’re not the only one who didn’t like it. The Cinema Snob had the polar opposite opinion of Spoony, resulting in some internet drama about the conflicting reviews.
It all comes down to whether or not you can take the “90s hipster” (as The Cinema Snob puts it) attitude in Scott Pilgrim.
Personally, I can understand why you didn’t like it. Scott comes across as a douche who only starts growing up by the end of the movie and in the context of the movie, he’s making a big mistake in who he chooses at the end. The beginning of the movie is also a half an hour of setup and odd (but interesting) manga style editing.
Of course, that “pretty” look is also part of the appeal. It’s the pinnacle of a “video game” on the silver screen adaptations. Although it’s actually a manga.
Spoony you’re not a professional game and movie critic, you are a self employed guy who posts amateur videos on Blip.tv…… when people start paying you to review these things then you can call yourself professional.
Right now no one comes to your website to find out if something is good, they come here hoping you’ll make them laugh. You do not post enough reviews for this to be a review site, it’s a comedy site.
Sorry, I didn’t write this to bring you down but the way you keep referring to yourself as a professional comedian and a professional game and movie is just incorrect, you… are… self-employed. And you only dabble in all these things, when people start queuing up to pay you then you are a professional. That is the criteria, you can’t just declare yourself one, as much as you may want to. Give the ego a rest already.
Professional: participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs.
Spoony makes his living doing online reviews and comedy skits; he has noted on a number of occasions that his living expenses are covered by the advertising revenue from his show. He is therefore a professional. Amateurs would be those who post their opinions about movies, games, or television shows on message boards or websites like Flixster.com without compensation. It’s not ego; it’s fact. Your dissatisfaction with his opinions does not change his status as a paid, professional critic.
And F.Y.I., self-employment constitutes professionalism when the self-employee receives regular payment for his services. Freelance writing, for instance.
By your logic, Chirs Bores, the guy who’s notorious for ripping off The Angry Video Game Nerd is also a professional. You know because he also does his own online reviews, makes silly skits, and gets press passes to conventions where he interviews people about upcoming games. In fact he has a Youtube partnership where he receives a regular payment for his services. That sounds like Chirs is more professional than Spoony who needs to band together with an overcrowded group of people to share said wealth and pump out more videos per month.
Well, if he meets all the appropriate critera, that is true, regardless of what one may think of the quality of his work. Every movie director, whether for a big or small production, is a professional (yes even Uwe Boll) , irregardless of what public opinion is regarding their individual talent. Uwe Boll doesn’t stop being a movie director because his films are generally unpopular, as popularity has nothing to do with the nature of the work itself.
Let us also not forget that Spoony has done television work as well, and will likely do more as he becomes more famous. If doing paid Internet reviews does NOT count as professional work, than doing paid television appearances certainly does.
Well, yes, it sounds like Chris Bores IS a professional. Loathe as we are to admit it, even talentless hacks and rip-off artists can become professional entertainers. Just look at Carrot Top, Paulie Shore, Michael Bay, etc. etc. If you get paid to do what you do, you are a professional. Period. The term takes into account no consideration of talent or quality- Christopher Nolan is as much a professional as Uwe Boll.
This question of Spoony’s status as a professional is simply an ad hominem argument to discredit the man, and thereby discredit his opinions without having to argue against them logically. If you have a problem with Spoony’s opinions, address them directly- don’t try to shift the focus to an irrelevant debate of semantics.
Beautiful comeback. Hats off to you.
I don’t know how you define “professional,” but I make a decent living. I’m a published movie critic, I attend conventions covering games, movies, and comics every year on a media pass, I’ve interviewed movie and television stars, game creators, I’ve been an actor on stage and screen, been in a fully-produced feature film, I’ve been invited to conventions because of my role as a game critic and comedian, and I’ve even won an award for my work.
Really. It was awesome.
As for my work being amateur, I guess that means you’d have no problem making something on par with what I do.
So let’s see it. But until then, I think me and my ego are quite comfortable. Be jealous.
Anybody with a video camera and footage from youtube can do what you do, honestly.
That’s budget you’re talking about. Not professionalism.
Honestly…Guys. Why the fuck are you bitching?
If you don’t like watching… don’t watch..
Really, Were not asking you to stay here, you can go now. He didn’t really ask for a critique on how to record stuff. Just…dont log on..and play Modern Warfare 2 and bitch about that. kthnxbai! ^_^
@Kenny Farino Anybody with a video camera and footage from youtube can make ANYTHING they want. What matters is the quality and the effort put into it (and whether or not it’s simply for fun or for profit, or both).
So what fucking point are you trying to make?
Woah kid, calm down – I’m just saying that anybody with those tools, and whatever determination or skill they have, can do what Spoony does. I’m not saying “Spoony can’t do better than anybody!!!”, I’m simply stating that somebody with the same resources and skill as Spoony can produce what he produces. Take a chill pill.
Let me get this straight, you’re telling us that anybody who has the tools and skill to film reviews … can film reviews? you just blew my mind. The problem with your original statement is the part where you said “anybody with a video camera” Yeah, they can post video reviews, but 99% of them won’t be clever, they’ll have little reasoning behind liking or disliking something (whereas people on here can complain about movies Spoony picks despite actually even watching the film – apparently these guys are the Roger Eberts for movies. They just Know.) They also probably have a lack of experience in “show your face on camera”. Beyond that, if you think all it takes is a camera to do what spoony does, you’re showing more of yourself than I would think you want. You think he got a bluescreen (whatever color it was, i forget), special lighting, and the other things he does, just for the sake of fun? I guess if you just want low graded crap you can go on youtube and search for reviewers. If that was the case(on his part), I doubt other reviewers would ever want to associate themselves with someone who only puts no effort in their videos (filming and editing)
But please, if you do have any other words of wisdom beyond, “somebody with the same resources and skill as Spoony can produce what he produces”. Do tell. rofl.
You’re reading way too much into what I typed.
I agree with Jase and Kenny. Especially when you’re living in your brother’s house. A house he must have busted his ass to earn by having an actual professional career as a police officer.
You want to see someone rub elbows with your caliber? Then check out Roo from Clan of the Grey Wolf who sucks up to Channel Awesome bring far more talent to the table than more than half of your entire staff. He doesn’t need to use forced cursing, tons of green screen effects, and pointless character b plots that take up a big chunk of the review. He even could host a charity drive twice without having to act like a complete jerk on camera to a fan who donated money just to ask a question. I would advise everyone to check out his videos and you can clearly see how he acts far more professional and friendly to all who come into his domain.
In fact Roo actually plays the games instead of taking an existing Let’s Play which you simply credit and get ad revenue for from blip.tv. You’ve been doing this for a year now with the vast majority of your game reviews, Spoony. How can you actually review a game you’re not even physically playing? Instead you just take someone else’s hard work and rake in the cash for it. Not even Slowbeef the man who started Let’s Plays would do something this lazy other than to bring to the attention of others how horrible these people are. Again how is this considered professional?
As for your award you backlash against the very people who earned you that award. Why should you even beg for another. This year you went up against John Cena for a completely different category that you got last year. That man visits hospitals to see sick children and helps those in need in his off time and he doesn’t even know of The Mashables let alone care for it. If he really wanted to win all he would have to do is post a banner under every Twitter post asking people to vote and he would easily win.
But yeah, I’m gonna say you’re professional.
You were in 2 feature films?
Name? I acquired no results from my internet searches.
Was it a supporting role? cameo?
Were you quoting Miz and Morrison?
Imma Kinda have to Semi Disagree with you on 1 and 2… Mostly 1.
I know some people like the facebook movie and Justin Timberlake, But a facebook movie…Really? Is Hollywood really that shit out of ideas that they had to make a movie based on the creation of facebook? Whats next…myspace the musical?
Andddd… I liked the Scott Pilgrim Movie but I would have to give the harry potter argument here. I say the books O’Malley Did are actually kinda better then the movie. I mean yes it was funny but it didn’t get that much sucked in it. It would probley been cool if they followed the books time line a little closer. So yeah that’s my 2 cents, Facebook movie…*face to wall*, Scott Pilgrim movie…Alright but they could of done better.
I think you’re being rather cavalier about the magnitude and importance of Facebook, not only as a social phenomena that has revolutionized global networking, but as a major economic force that serves as one of the biggest and most important data aggregation engines in history. The blunt fact is that almost every single person that interacts online in any capacity has had their browsing experience augmented (at least in small, imperceptive, or even somewhat scary ways) by Facebook.
Anyone who scoffs at The Social Network and derides it simply as “that Facebook movie,” as if Facebook were in some way laughable or insignificant, is being willfully ignorant, and pigheadedly contrarian not to appreciate the genius of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin.
LoL, you could say the same about the story of Henry Ford and the mass production of the Model T, and how it all revolutionized the way people travel from place to place. Pretty sure it made a larger significance to the way we live as human beings post-industrial age than Mark Zuckerberg could ever dream of on his wettest nights.
But the fact is, that story would sound just as boring. Actually a little bit less so since it would be a period piece guaranteeing me no trace of fickle hipster Ivy league douchbags in sight (same reason why I hated Scott Pilgrim with the wrath of 10,000 Hulk Smashes in an emo’s face) .
There’s only one reason I will be forcing myself to watch The Social Network in hopefully the distant future, and that’s because of David Fincher which I am also huge fan of. But for what ever reason he decided to make a movie about how much I hate today’s Trophy Kids generation and Facebook, which is a great tool, but has no emotional investment in need of a story or film, I’ll never know.
Oh yes, and I will be posting with my FB account just to look like a giant contradiction…=D
Don’t judge it before you see it. I was not looking forward to seeing the movie at all for exactly that reason, but when I saw it I was completely entertained.
Saw the film.
Don’t know what you guys are smoking but this has the be the most boring and annoying movie I’ve seen for a while…lol
Although I’ll admit there were two jokes (by the twins) that did crack me up to no end.
The rest was…ehhhhhh>>
I’m probably the only person in the entire world who has never used Facebook, but while I appreciate it as a phenomena and a major step forward in comunications, I would hesitate to call the invention itself a major human achievement. I mean, Zuckerberg himself pointed out that Facebook owes a lot to previous programs, meaning that it’s more of a logical next step than a giant leap forward (not to really undermine the work itself, which is impressive).
And just to further isolate myself from mainstream thought…While I do respect David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, and actually do think both are extremely talented…I’m not really a fan of their work. The first Fincher movie I saw was Fight Club, which I absolutey hated and saw as loud pretentious and cynical, and I have pretty much the same opinion on The Social Network. This is my point of view of course; I can’t say these movies are badly made, or that they aren’t intelligent, just that, try as I might, I can’t bring myself to like them. It’s a strange disconnect between appreciating a film for what it does, but still hating it on a ‘gut’ level.
Oh, and don’t let people tell you you aren’t pofessional; your work is widely appreciated, publicly well known and you have standards of production for your work well above the amateur Internet reviewer. Honestly, you could take any of your reviews and put it on television, and I doubt there would be anyone who would complain about it being substandard. You have most certainly earned the right to call yourself professional, even from tasteless boors like me. ;)
Well, anyway Merry Christmas and I hope your health problems clear up. Once again please don’t feel pressured to hurry out videos on our account, as your existing work holds up to repeated viewings well. Best wishes this season and I look forward to Final Fantasy X! :)
I am interested in seeing more of David Fincher’s work, but my first impression of it, The Tedious Tale of Benjamin Button, was not good at all.
Oh dont get me wrong they had some great actors (Saw like 40 minutes of it) but i just can find any justice for making a facebook movie. I mean honestly yes i use a facebook I use it to talk to family and i do agree with you it has changed how the world talks, but i mean is there not any other movies that would be more deserving of the money? Maybe I just need to watch it again to see its greatness. I kinda get it, its base on the creation of two people in a basement that rose to a multimillion dollar website… but I just cant get too much into it.
(Lol just throwing this in for kicks, People get pissed when i say I didn’t watch avatar becasue it kinda resembles Dances with wolves to me lol. )
Biggest issue I had with Scott pilgrim was the casting of Michael Sera. otherwise the movie was top notch.
I think your a funny guy, but you have horrible taste in movies, HORRIBLE. Apart from a couple selections, it still cements the fact that you don’t like anything good.
With True Grit, I saw it today, and yes the story itself was simple and very good. The little action that happened was believable and there were some funny scenes. The court house scene in the beginning was almost too boring and LONG to bear. I felt like I was watching a later 1800s style of The People’s Court. I think the famous charging scene that was remade in this movie sorely missed the lever action rifle that John Wayne used in his movie. Matt Daemon’s gay mustache was funny in every scene!
Well I can’t say too much about this top ten cuz there aren’t a lot of movies on it that I’ve seen. (not a horror fan) But I do have to agree w/ Predators cuz it surprised me with how good it was. I would also switch Pilgrim and Network myself but thats me. I also more then forgive you for not seeing Black Swan because until today you had to drive up to Scottsdale to see it. Not a short drive for me but trust me when I say it is worth it.
paranormal 2 0_o wow reallly?!?! How was it scary? It was so boring….
I didn’t want to agree with the guy below but calling a spur of the moment rambling Vlog posted on youtube or Blip a professional review makes me weep for the state of the profession. And that’s the only kind of “review” that you do Spoony. And I think it should me more than that.
Yeah it should be more than that, but Spoony used to post text reviews which were a bit more professional you may want to search them out. Anyway that’s the way reviewing is going these days just quick unscripted vids on Youtube, if you want the old school serious style there’s always Ebert and the rest.
What do you want, a musical number? Quit your whining.
He means that they aren’t actual reviews, and is right. Comedy can’t be the main focus in a review. What you do is still hilarious, but they aren’t really reviews.
Sure they are; Spoony goes into great detal about the various points of the film, what he liked and didn’t like, and why. His reviews are some of the most in depth I have seen.
Actually a musical number would be pretty awesome.
My single favourite review you have ever done has to be a the New Moon review; I have never laughed so hard in my life.
To say that wasn’t professional is like saying Bill Cosby wasn’t professional when he was doing stand up. You sir have talent!
Yeah how dare I criticize the man who CRITICIZES EVERYTHING! Lol. I’m sorry you have such a thin skin but the fact is you aren’t professional at all, your Vlogs are just a few random recollections and rants. Which is fine for some amateur guy on the internet but when you start comparing yourself to the pros who take this shit seriously, it’s not only an insult but completely delusional.
But hey you actually like to think you are professional comedian and game journalist even though no one at all is queuing up to pay you to do anything. Professional reviewers at PAX or E3 get paid to go there, you never will. But you’ll never get the distinction will you?
But hey trying to give you a dose of reality is just whining.
Let Spoony believe what he wants, giving himself professional titles is the only compensation he gets cause like you said he’s never going to get paid, at least not very much anyway.
If his lack of professionalism bothers you don’t watch his reviews, he only does a review once or twice a month anyway. Personally I only watch them when I know he’ll go on a rant, I can’t imagine anyone deciding whether to see a flick based on Spoony giving it a positive review because you’d only watch 6 movies a year.
i think as soon as somebody makes a living out of his work, you can call it professional… since it is his “profession” to make money. although i admit that some content (or the website itself) doesn’t always look that professional. but honestly, i don’t care. i like this site BECAUSE of the huge variety of review-styles, which some people may consider as being unprofessional… but who cares. spoony has a lot of fans, so whatever…
You got it wrong spoony, Scott Pilgrim is not a movie, it is a documentary about how we live in Canada.
What sort of proficiency did you pick in 5th Grade?
resist Cold (Winter can be harsh here sometimes).
O_O! ….I am so moving to Canda.
Yeah, I got some sweet loot drops on the way to work today!
When I beated my boss it gave me enough coins to buy me a new HDTV.
Im so glad you had.. Let me in ..as #4 on your best of 2010 what a great film ..yet imo the Swedish version.. let the right one in..was better imo
But great list spoony !!! Get ready for the new year 8)
I’ve enjoyed both of your lists, Mr. Spoony. I applaud your honesty and controversial choices, even if I disagree with them.
My one comment? Personally, the very same comments you made about Tron: Legacy in your top 10 worst movies of 2010 list mirror my exact thoughts on Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, with the exception of the ‘low standards’ thing because I did enjoy Scott Pilgrim for what it was despite those issues.
Wait…so does this mean you’ll be handing out 10 $100 bills?
Ya you get to work on that FF10. :)
My only complaint was your listing for The Wolfman as bad. I thought it was a good movie, especially when compared to other dogshit like Twilight. You got any better for Werewolves in the last 5 or so years? I sure don’t. This was the best thing to happen to Werewolves in years. The plot may be slow, but it was suspenseful and had some good twists.
My problem with movies is that I’m broke until spring and I don’t have a lot of time to rent movies. So I’ve only seen Scott Pilgrim Vs the World. Which was a lot of fun because I’m in that drifting aimless generation.
I am, personally, a jaded cynic when it comes to Hollywood. But, I’m glad to see that they can still put out some good movies.
Completely agree, people are waaay too comfortable about speaking their mind on something they don’t actually know jack shit about.
Ten minutes of internet research on my parts shows that you are the ONLY critic who liked Paranormal Activity 2, kind of like how Roger Ebert was the ONLY critic who liked Knowing.
Looks like I ought to be watching most of these movies soon. I certainly wouldn’t mind watching Inception or Scott Pilgrim again
Paranormal Activity 2 bored me to death, and this is coming from someone who loved The Grudge.
But I guess I can see how some gets thrills by it.
I, like most I know, just don’t get it :P
Is that a Champions book I see there? What do you think of the hero system. Nice lists by the way although I liked the wolfman.
No love for Biutiful? Bu!
easy A was the best movie i’ve watched this year, because it hasn’t been released in sweden yet, I downloaded it and by now i’ve watched it about 5 times and still like it as much as when I first saw it
I got Easy A recently and have been meaning to watch it, seeing as it made this list gives me a little more incentive.
I really want to see Inception and will be picking it up as soon as I can I also saw Shutter Island a couple of weeks age and it was a good movie, and if you had told a 13 year old me who had just finished watching two films with DiCaprio in in the same year that I’d be doing it again I’d say you were crazy.
Oh Scott Pilgrim VS The World, I loved reading it, I love getting my arse kicked in the game (what I suck) and I loved the movie too, in fact I’ve got it on pre-order for when it is out in the UK next week so I can love it again, the only movie I went to the cinema to watch.
ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?! SOCIAL FUCKING NETWORK IS YOUR NUMBER ONE. WOW. I COULD GIVE A SHIT LESS HOW FACEBOOK WAS MADE,AND after seeing Justin Timberlake in The Love Guru I swear to all that I would never see another movie with any of the actors on there. What about Toy Story 3 by most considered to be the greatest animated movie of all time or How to train you dragon? You Disappoint me and to believe I made a song for you and everyone to hear when they want a nice melody to listen to.
However, Its your countdown, you choice, and your website so, I guess whatever. I think I would have a really different list of movies.(sigh)
Dude. That was the list of movies he SAW.
Chill out, bro.
Wow….I really ranted on there. Damn looking back I think I got a little upset, but I realized right after I put the comment to take if off cause I though I was sounding really pissed off.But then I though “I wonder if anyone would reply to this…it might be fun to see what people think about this over done comment about a movie that I will never care about.
I think you’re looking at The Social Network as “the Facebook movie,” and because of your distillation of the entire film down to that point, and because you want to not publicly like anything popular like something associated with Facebook, you’re blinding yourself to the other 95% of the movie, which is actually pretty good I think.
As for Toy Story 3 being called “the greatest animated movie of all time” by “most,” I question that with a high level of scrutiny.
I also think it’s humorous that you’re getting so upset over a top-10 movie list that you’re replying multiple times and are clearly getting short-tempered.
I am short tempered and I apologize looking back I did sound like a douche but I was going to take the comment down,but I wanted to know if anyone were to comment back on this and try to defend the movie.
I must admit that my top ten would not have ten because I didn’t see that many movies this year to come up with one.
Um that Toy Story 3 thing is bullshit, if you ask most people what the “best” animated movie of all time is they will probably be more likely to go for Toy Story 1 than Toy Story 3, the best looking animated film of all time yes, but that does not equal best. It was a good film and had some real emotional weight to it but I’d say that UP, the Nightmare Before Christmas or either of the other two movies are better to it and thats without really putting any major thought into the possibilities.
Anyone who believes this guy is accurate needs to have sex more because you are sad wankers, this prick is flawed both with his critical ananylsis and his artistic interpretation. Trust me please look elsewhere for valid opinion, peace.
ok….then tell me what are your top ten movies of 2010. I would like to know
I at least place trust in the fact that he wasn’t paid off to like a certain movie. But as the saying goes… “opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.”
I watch Spoony’s stuff for entertainment and to maybe give me an overall sense of whether or not I’d like something. HE doesn’t decide what I like. You don’t decide for me what I want to watch. I appreciate your concern, but you’re wasting your time.
Hey troll, go find another bridge to hide under.
And who might I find who has a valid opinion. You? Oh, how fecking convenient. Please, tell me how I should feel about movies, because your opinion is CLEARLY objective truth.
cant wait to buy scott pilgrim vs the world on the blue-ray
The fact that you bitch about TRON LEGACY while not even fully grasping what the film is fucking about, demonstrates that most guys like you are a bit special. Yep… special!
Awfully defensive of an excuse plot, eh?
The best and movie of the year is Shutter Island. There is no doubt about it, whoever who is smart enough to appreciate it in it’s full potential will agree.
Hey Spoony, don’t you just laugh at the amount of people that don’t get the irony in your reviews? Great list.
Scott Pilgrim was easily my favorite movie of the year, it restored a lot of faith (for me at least) in movies in general. I got the books today and they are equally as awesome.
I was not wowed by the Social Network. I saw it as technically well done but also as robotic, nothing seemed natural, all fast paced, all spit it out and move along.
Still want to see Predators, I’m a sucker for the franchise. Brodyquest will be stuck in my head if I watch it though.
Lastly, awesome Cowboy Bebop the movie poster. Emperor, it’s been too long since I’ve seen that movie.
I have to start off by saying THANK YOU. Your points about “Predators” are points ive been making since it came out. I felt the movie stuck to the core of the genre, and I was overall happy with it to, so thanks for showing some love. The rest of the list was spot on, hope you get a chance to see more good movies this year
“Only so many hours in the day for a Professional game and movie critic like me.”
Yeah those Video Blogs must take at least 30 – 40 minutes to make. Really when and where are you spending so much time on these 2 professions? Because it ain’t on this site.
I’m pretty sure he was being ironic. Even Spoony knows he’s quite the cynical bastard, proven by the Critic’s line to him in the Christmas Special.
Lol @ all the guys really angry because a Best/Worst movie list.
Scott Pilgrim should’ve been nr.1, though!
See you next year?!
NO FFX UNTIL 2011?!?!? WTF SPOONY OMG
(Also thank you for the lists, now I know what to rent/buy)
I’m starting to get bored with the insults. We get it, you like it, others don’t. People, stop saying “If you don’t think this is the greatest movie of the year, you are an “…God I want to punch these guys’ face in when they do that. People. This is Spoony’s top 10. I mean, listen to half of the reasons. They’re subjective. He likes these, and you like what you like. Hell, my favourite movie of the year is “How to train your dragon”, and it’s not even on this list. What does that mean? THAT I’VE GOT DIFFERENT TASTES. Just like you. So stop complaining, and stop insulting people, because it only makes you look like ignorant mouthbreathers, who can’t accept that their choice is not a universal truth.
Who insulted who? Wow really?!?! is not really an insult, though it does look reather negative.
XD I will have to admit that my movie taste is different than Spoony’s and more similar to Cinema Snob’s
But, maybe it’s because the way I view movies is different than Spoony’s. While he would view movies with a critical eye and analyze things. I would just sit there with a blank mind waiting to be entertained, if I’m entertained then *walrus claps* I like it.
Predators: Horrible story with an ending that negated anything that was accomplished in the movie. It basically comes full-circle and ends where it began. No gain, no insight, nothing.
These are cool videos Spoony, hope you make one for video games of this year, it’s nice to hear you talk positively about games aswell.
I have to stop you. Scott Pilgrim is NOT a gamers movie. I sat there looking for a reference to any game made in the last 15 years, a full decade and a half of gaming, and you know what I found? A fucking shirt. Scott Pilgrims bass shirt is the entire list of references to any videogame made after 1995. You cannot in good conscience call any movie that ignores the better half of gamings history “the ultimate gamers movie”
Off the top of my head :
Street Fighter Alpha.
Rock band (the shirt)
Metal Gear Solid.
And for some people the better half is in fact the first one. The author was probably more influenced by arcade and early home console gaming in his life, and for a lot of people/gamers too. Some people were born before the 90s you know.
Obviously you need to play more games if that’s what you think
read up my friend. Oh, and one thing they left out there’s also a Tales of Phantasia reference during the fight with Matthew Patel.
I can tell from this that we have waaay different opinions in movies
It’s nice to see a healthier looking Spoony! Hope 2011 treats you better.
Also I love Scott Pilgrim and True Grit!
Granted, I have not yet seen Let Me In and it’s very possible that version tells a different story, but I disagreed on your view of what Eli/Abby is then and after reading the novel it is based on (which is very clear on the subject) I still do. The original movie is very truthful to the novel too. For the record I’m Swedish, so I didn’t fall victim to some half-assed translation.
I disagreed with your top 10 best and worst. Nothing wrong with that, but just had to comment that I disagree. It’s cool to know what you thought, thou, as you have a interesting outlook sometimes.
Anyway, I digress. Happy Holidays Spoony!
Ok I have to throw this out there, Reviewer: Someone who looks over and comments on (reviews) pieces of media. Well Spoony does that. 2) Professional: Someone who makes their living and carrer by specialising in a certain field. Well given that definition I could definetly say that spoony does that.
For all of those who have said that he is not a proffesional reviewer, read the definitions of things before you start typing. And all of you who have said or are going to reply to this saying a review or piece of criticism shouldn’t be mainly comedy have you ever heard of satire? Things that make you laugh make you less angry and, if their criticising you make you mre surseptible to their message. “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Oscar Wilde
Dunno if you read comments, but BTTF : The Game, the first episode is out.
Try it out man, it is so amazing on so many levels. As a BTTF fan you should love every second about it!
My Best Movie – Inception
Oh man that Double Dragon poster. I totally forgot about that movie.
I actually thought Scott Pilgrim was going to be your #1 movie on this list as I completely forgot about The Social Network coming out.
10.Yeah I really liked the film too, it’s the sequel fans have been
9. Didn’t see it but it does look good. Can’t go wrong with Scorsese.
8. I want to see it badly, because it looks WAY smarter than the average
teenage film that gets put out. That and I’ve heard great things about
7. I didn’t like the first (I know I’m part of a small population when
saying that) and this movie isn’t really selling it for me. I like
psychological to but giving the movie an atmosphere of terror helps and
I just don’t feel it. I do like Blair Witch because it’s in an area where
the characters and audience feel unconfortable and unsafe. Also if I can
barely stand watching an episode of Ghost Adventures why would I watch
this? Sorry dude.
6. Yes very good film. Creative, intense and engaging. Another thing I
gotta say Nolan knows how to cast a film.
5. I didn’t see it but it does look scary it does look like it’s trying to
set a scary atmosphere and I will admit exorcism like stuff does scare
the hell out of me.
4. It does look better than most vampire stuff to come out this year
and it does look scary. I may check this out in the future. Also I don’t
know why but knowing the original film came from Sweden makes me laugh,
I have the image of the Swedish Chef as a vampire.
3. YES!!! I am so freaking glad you liked this movie. In my opinion
it’s th best of the year. I’ve read the original book and this was a story
the Coens were born to do and in my opinion it’s better than the John
Wayne version (No disrespect to the Duke) It’s funny and intenese the
Coens knew what to put in when writing the screenplay. The casting perfect
especially Bridges and Steinfeld (she better get at least nominated for
an Oscar) I liked Damon, Brolin and Pepper were great as well. The
cinematography is fantastic. The soundtrack was great as well.
2. Yes!!! I loved the film, Edgar Wright is without a doubt one of the
best comedic directors/writers out there today. My favorite performance
comes from Kieran Culkin.
1. I haven’t seen and I know I’m a horrible person for not seeing it. I
will eventually, it looks good and it wouldn’t surprise me if it does
win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Good list Spoony.
Best of luck with FFX, I’m looking forward to it.
I did a blog on this very topic on Dec 20th, with some quick explanation also. For any interested:
Predators, Inception and TSN all made my list too, but we clash on some other ones, particularly Shutter Island, which I found quite predictable.
I thought Inception should have been at least top 3… just my opinion.
I only liked two movies off that list and they funny enough both include Leonardo Dicaprio.
Hi5 social network was out a year before facebook.
fear factory – powershifter
I’m spade and theres no fucking surrender, can’t loose.
You DID see Kick-Ass right?
Because that’s my favorite movie of 2010! It Kicked ASS XD
It does the superhero formula in movies and changes it.
I think you’ll like it.
I loved every movie on this list hat I have actually seen. I would have liked to have seen Kick Ass make this list. I would have put Shutter Island above Inception, personally.
Inception is a bit overrated imo. I saw it in theatre when it was out and I believe Nolan could have done a lot more with the concept. Also, it isn’t as original as you might think. Movies like Dark City, eXistenZ and Paprika were a lot more innovating and original and were made years ago. They were all headfuck movies with dealing with respectively an artificial world, a virtual world and a dream world and Inception seems to have borrowed a little from each of them, but unlike Inception these films did maintain a dream-like atmosphere which is a must for this kind of story imo.
It’s weird, ’cause I don’t think Let Me In has appeared here yet :S Haven’t seen the Swedish version (equals: haven’t found it) and I haven’t read the book (which one of my friends thought was the scariest book she had ever read, and the other thought it wasn’t much scary at all).. Some of those I’ve actually wanted to check out (actually, some of those bad movies, too :P)..
Soo.. happy new year, now, I guess :)
cept takin’ the last letters of the end of words, caus’ you talkin’ wit’ some bad grammar –
loved the worst and top ten :)
Merry Christmas Spoony
I finally watched easy A and I actually would have put it higher on this list. It’s like breakfast club but without the awfull, awfull ending.
I grew up in germany so nobody was really interested if you were a “slut”, but all the rest of the things in there I can closely relate to. As I think most people who were kind of different can. Which are probably most people who visit this site so I don’t have to tell you.
Despite different circumstances I can really relate to the gay kid. I didn’t even know I was gay but I guess somehow the bullys knew. Only my big hunking black guy never came and it took me quite a while longer to find real friends. I don’t know why but it’s still kinda heartwarming to see these movies where it goes better for the bullied gay kid. Makes one feel more optimistic about the world I guess. Like some day it might actually happen or maybe there are already places where it does.
Ok I kinda got into rambeling there. XD
Why must there always be a best of something list?
There were no real good movies in 2010, why is it so difficult to admit?
Of course there is entertainment and some good ideas in this list, but which of these movies will be remembered?
None will, because none deserves it.
The only movie I will remember this year will be Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows, because its team dared to use a lot of static totals of their actors and it worked marvelous on big cinema screens.
And to Spoony and his fans:
No one here has to prove anything.
It is an important part of academic education to understand criticism and most people will always confuse it with nagging.
The difference is the depth of analysis and the way of addressing it.
A “nitpicky” person points at flaws and bothers other persons with his or her superficial observations, while criticism explains the flaws and offers by that information.
This site bothers no one, because no one needs to visit it and explanation seems to be Spoonys second name, because he uses the word “why” quite extensively.
So this “Experiment” is clearly criticism and if you rather want someone to endorse your first impressions, that would be the job of your close friends.
But if you want so see something in a different way by criticism; I think you will find a goldmine in here.
Yes! That is what this is…
Although I haven’t seen it yet, I was floored by the idea of turning the whole “facebook story” into a movie. That’s like taking Kentucky fried Chicken and turning it into a movie, how interesting can that be. I just didn’t understand how the idea of a social networking site could be entertaining enough to go and see a movie about. But again seeing as how I haven’t seen it yet I wont know for sure. Another movie that I steered away from was Scott Pilgrim because it just seemed like it was geared towards teens age 12-19. Even though I didn’t feel inclined to rush out and see the movie I will probably check it out when it makes it’s DVD release.
I still can’t understand how a movie about Facebook can be good? I will never get it.
Have you ever seen “Citizen Kane”? Would you find it confusing because it’s about newspapers?
1. Who said anything about confusing
2. Newspapers are interesting. For one they actually have history, hundreds of years worth before citizen kane was made.
3. Citizen Kane is about an entire life lived, The Social Network is about a guy who’s not even thirty (that’s not to say a good movie can’t be made about someone so young)
What upsets me about this movie (having never seen it, just the trailers) Is that what’s interesting about facebook and other social netowrks isn’t the people behind it, it’s the people using it. It’s how we use facebook, who people become, or pretend to become online. That’s why The trailer for Catfish fascinated me, I am very excited to see it. The trailer for The Social Network made me yawn. Privileged spoiled kid steals someone’s idea gets rich. *yawn*.Zuckerberg’s not an interesting person, and most reviews I’ve seen of the film say he’s not likeable at all. So why was this movie promoted as a Zuckerberg film if he’s not the good part of the film?
I just want to recommend Red since you didn’t mention it
I really enjoyed it
90% of these movie suck.
I completely agree with all of these movies.
True Grit, Inception, and The Social Network are definitely top contenders for the Oscars. Black Swan will probably be another one, but I’ll be the judge of that when I see it tommorow!
Nice video, the reasons for your choices were well presented.
That being said, I really have to disagree with some of your picks. Predators, while not a bad film, was overlong and failed to really involve me. Much of what made the original Predator film work was the fun you could tell Arnie and crew were having making the film, and there was a good twenty minutes of getting to know the characters before the monster showed up. This latest iteration consisted of a slapdash collection of stereotypes, mostly who exist to get picked off one by one (though I agree Adrian Brody does a good job playing against type). I know they were trying to make a statement about whether selfless or selfish behavior was better for survival, but they could have made that same statement with characters who knew and cared about each other who come to question the value of being a team. As it is written, it’s just an excuse to get a bunch of different killers (Yakuza, drug cartel, mercenary, serial killer etc.) and see who’s the toughest. Yes, it’s “The Deadliest Warrior” with Predators.
Shutter Island was okay, but I figured out the “twist” ending within ten minutes. The acting and art design were top notch, though.
Paranormal Activity 2? Really? The original was just barely passable, as the sound designer did a fairly decent job of evoking dread but was done in by an ending that evoked laughter in the theater I was in. The sequel really was just more of the same… good atmosphere can’t make up for wooden acting and an eye-rolling story. However, I would like to see the makers of both films to bring their talents to a more traditional narrative, so they won’t be tied down by the lame “documentary” gimmick and produce something with some re-watchability.
Speaking of re-watchable, I would have had Inception much higher on the list, but that’s just me.
I can’t believe Spoony liked Predators, that’s a movie for us average Joes who were born in the 80’s not some cynical, hypercritical snob like Spoony.
Lol even Spoony takes a day off now and then. He can’t have a bug up his ass 24/7
so what about kick-ass?
Inception is overrated.
So Let Me In is even better than Let the Right One In? I loved the original and have for that reason not dared to watch the Remake. Like many others I missed Kick-Ass on that list, but hey, it’s your list.
it is worth checking out. I saw it with my friend because we watched the first together and I did quite enjoy it, though I like the original more. I found it more funnier this version though but that’s mostly because I have horribly twisted sense of humor… Seriously… a guy hiding in the back seat of a car waiting to kill somebody and then messing it up is hilarious too me…
I’ve got one suggestion. Go to see The King’s Speech. Go to see it now. I saw it in a cramped movie theater with my neck contorted at perhaps one of the most uncomfortable angles possible causing me more or less constant physical pain throughout the duration of the film… and I loved it. The one aspect of this movie that I think sets it up for success from the very start is the casting. I mean, sure, some people might think it’s odd to cast the guy who played Wormtail as Winston Churchill, or that Helena Bonham Carter might be a bit too crazy to play a member of the royal family, but honestly, I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t live up to their role. Anyone who has not yet seen this movie should seek it out as quickly as possible.
As for the worst of the year… I’d say one that falls into the category of “Probably is one of the worst, but I didn’t see it so, I can’t say for certain” is the remake of Death at a Funeral. The original was a beautifully executed film with great comedic timing. The remake… cast Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence in the main roles along with Tracy Morgan. Do I -really- need to say any more?!? It went from a movie where everyone was panicking but trying to underplay it in a very British style to a cast that could devour a world’s worth of scenery. Kind of like with you and MacGruber, I just could not bring myself to even touch this film. Simply knowing it exists hurts me to the soul. Who knows… I could be wrong about it. They could have turned in some of the best nuanced performances of their careers on it… but I really doubt it. Watch the original, burn the remake. Send it to the pits of Hell from whence it came.
While I do not agree with your list, it’s not like I can change anything. Have a jolly New Year.
PS – My personal favourite was the A-Team. I have not enjoyed a movie like this for some time now.
SHUTTER ISLAND?! Okay, what? How does that abomination wind up on you’re top ten while Tron gets the bottom 5?
I agree with this list at least. Though I personally didn’t like Social Network that much as Predators, Shutter Island, or Scott Pilgrim. Let me in is a good choice and I excepted you to have it on your list but I still prefer the original just for the casting as the vampire. The american Abby was too pretty and model like for me and I know she’s Hit Girl and all but she didn’t just fit the part.
If you love Psychological Horror then see Black Swan :3 I really enjoyed it today and I was laughing through some parts but that’s because I’m a sick and twisted person XD (the scene in Let me in where the man was hiding in the back seat and kept messing up practically had my in tears see what I mean XD I think this is why my favorite movie of all time is Clock Work Orange ) Good to know Easy A was good too.
aww.. no kick ass… i loved it :DD
I didn’t think Paranormal Activity 2 was that good.
Paranormal Activity 2?
This is what I remember calling the worst “movie” I’ve seen the last 5 years. :p
Inception was just weird and badly directed, imo.
am I the only one who found Easy A to be one of the worst movies?
in a way, it was bad like the way you said Tron was bad.
it had a lot of potential and I went in going “this will be hilarious!” but really….in my opinion: the jokes tried too hard to be funny, they cut out the funny gay guy way to early in the movie, the jokes that try too hard to be funny drag on for much to long and it was just not very good.
I like the message it was trying to send and from my point of view as more liberal Canadian it could have been a pretty witty satire on the conservative American. to bad it WASN’T WELL MADE! and I really hate the actress who played the lead, she always seems to play the role that tries much to hard to seem extremely witty.
I guess I felt like the jokes tried to hard to be funny and seem “charmingly witty” because I’m that chick who’s been reading Shakespeare since age eleven.
I fully agree on your top two.
I ADORED Scott Pilgrim, it was my birthday gift x3 it came out on my birthday and was just the perfect game for me, seeing as I’m one of those super nerds who remembers sitting for hours watching her older brother play Mega Man since he wouldn’t let me touch his system.
Nah, you’re not the only one. I really didn’t like “Easy A”.
The characters were one dimensional and unsympathetic (the main girl’s whole thing about challenging norms and being progressive and how she’s some kind of feminist heroine is a load of bullcrap since she just basically was affirming all the norms of the most deranged of patriarchies, the parents were so into their own little world that they came off as uncaring and flakey, and the boys she “served” were mostly a collection of jerks who submitted to society’s warped standards of sexual objectification in order to gain an edge. They didn’t learn anything. They didn’t say “hey, sexualizing someone to get ahead yourself isn’t a good thing. Denigrating women isn’t a good thing. Damn you all for your warped standards”. They were as much villains as the villains).
The villains of this piece were one dimensional, flat as cardboard and about as interesting. They had no real motivation other than “WE R TEH EVIL CHRISTIANS! BOO!”. This annoys me on two levels:
As a Christian myself, I was scratching my head. The whole movie seemed to portray every single christian as an unsympathetic jackass. Back when I was an atheist myself, I went to school with alot of Christians, worked with alot of Christians. Still do. The vast majority would have responded to the situation by pulling Emma Stone’s character aside and gently offering counsel and expressing their concerns, backing away if rejected and simply going on their business. Where the hell were those Christians in this flick (or even just the “not bad just misguided” ones if this director was so opposed to showing any kind of humanity in his characters)? Instead we get the old “Every Last Christian on Earth is a Hypocritical Fiend” trope.
Are there Christians who behave like this in the real world? Hell yeah. Both before and after my conversion I’ve run into such souls on occasion. But they do not compose the majority of Christians and they certainly wouldn’t be the ONLY kind you would see in any given area (especially in California).
More importantly, I’ve seen non-religious persons (your atheists and agnostics) behave in the same judgmental and condematory fashion for ultimately the same reasons: social jockeying and societal double standards insofar as sexuality and sexual objectification. For proof of this statement, the best example I can offer there is contained in “Sexual Assault on the College Campus: The Role of Male Peer Support” By Schwartz and DeKeseredy, as well as, “The Centerfold Syndrome” by Brooks.
Of course, to claim that these persons represent the majority of non-religious persons would be just as foolish and wrongheaded as the claim about Christians (I happen to know many humanists who would have probably either let Stone’s character be…or would just chat with her about if there greater issues that may be at play).
The point is that movie could have easily pointed fingers at everyone down the line: lib and con, religious and non, and made the controversial (but very true statement), “you are ALL at fault”.
But it didn’t. Settling for a muddled message and the usual blind condemnation of all Christians as being “evil conservatives”.
The second level is as a lover of fine film, I really couldn’t understand the villains. They had no depth. No purpose. We’re left guessing as to why there are so cruel and all the film says is “well, uh…CHRISTIANS!”
I’m not asking for a psychoanalysis of Hamlet, all I ask is that the villains of this piece have something driving them more concrete than simply, “BLARG! I R VILLAIN!”
Some might say that a comedy isn’t supposed to be anywhere near this deep. I say that is true. You can make a comedy with a premise thinner than pudding skin, and a plot so phoned in that even Collect wouldn’t take it.
You could make crap, and that’s exactly what Easy A was.
Besides, they kinda threw the gay guy under the bus in this movie, and he was the only character that was half-way sympathetic in this farce.
I read your entire comment and all I can think of is “I concur.”
Honestly, I don’t think you were an ever an atheist to begin with. If anything you just weren’t a Christan and so many Christians are vilified because of how many large “evil” organizations consist of them. You are right in that all Christians don’t act like that, but to act as if the movie was wrong to portray them that way is silly. Sometimes you don’t need to do something beyond it being for religious reasons. When I was a Christian I hated homosexuality because it was simply forbidden in my church. I didn’t hate them as people I just wanted them to conform to a more righteous life.
First off, yes I was an Atheist (in fact, my thesis in college was an “anti-apologia” if you will, a counter to three prominent apologetics works of the time done by three apologists for their respective faiths, a muslim, a jewish rabbi, and a christian) .
Secondly, what “evil” organizations? Or rather what organization is “Evil” because of Christianity? Can individual Christians (or indeed, anyone from any ideology ) be evil? Of course. But to condemn an entire group, to generalize an entire population, is remarkably blind (especially in the way portrayed by this movie) . Furthermore, no one of any ideology or belief commits wrong just because of their ideology. Certainly it can be an excuse, but it is not the cause. No, there are always very human reasons (political power, anger, wealth, etc).
For example, the church I belong to (along with many others) do not view Homosexuality as a sin. Through Scriptural study and analysis (with sensitivity to context and language) we can demonstrate that the Bible has no such condemnations for homosexuals. It has been my experience, that those who choose to reject their homosexual brothers and sisters have more at play than simply feigned righteousness. Some have shown that they simply use them for the purpose of an easy target (an outlet for their own rage and sense of impotence), or because maintaining their stance is the key to continued social and/or political success. Still others do so, because deep down there is a need to sublimate other emotional issues. If you would like a more detailed view of what I’m talking about, I suggest you read Anthony Venn-Brown’s “A Life of Unlearning”.
The fact is, my point stands: the movie created caricatures that had no heft or depth. Their wholesale condemnation of Christianity as being uniformly evil and hypocritical seems to ignore the fact that non-religious individuals have behaved in the same manner in similar circumstances. Are the ideologies really the cause, or is it something more universal to the human experience? A societal double-standard which aids the quest of individuals to grow in social prestige and to gain a sliver more of influence and power or simply a desire to harm others.
The books I recommended previously, “Sexual Assault on the College Campus: The Role of Male Peer Support” By Schwartz and DeKeseredy, and “The Centerfold Syndrome” by Brooks demonstrate my point clear as day.
To suggest otherwise is to engage in wide generalizations and stereotyping that not only are woefully inaccurate but avoid the real issues at play.
This is simply an amazing response…not what I was expecting at all to find in the comments section of one of Spoony’s videos!
Not only did you deconstruct the (stupid) trope really, effectively; but you also gave the names of some really interesting books that now I really want to check out!
I am glad to be of service.
I agree entirely with what you said.
I watched the entirety of the movie on youtube and when it was done I said “that’s it?” Good thing I did not pay any money to watch this waste of time.
Apart from the boring characters and the confused plot, one thing that bothered me about this movie was that not ONE LINE was delivered in a believable way. Not for one second did I really see Emma Stone as a shy but determined high school girl who wants to challenge social norms. My belief was never suspended.
It bothers me, because this movie had great potential to be really funny or at least really bring to light the double social standards many women have to live with.
When Spoony says that this movie is “like a modern Scarlet Letter”, Nathaniel Hawthorne spins in his grave. My only guess is that Spoony never read the actual book or watched a worthwhile adaptation of it.
I always loved the Paranormal Activity movies, because they “appeal” to you by putting the ghastly setting IN our homes. It’s like a glorified film version of all those fake/prank clips on YouTube. No polished, or well detailed environments. No, this is set in an every day house like yours or mine, and is seemingly filmed on an every day camcorder. Really, who didn’t feel at least a bit uneasy in their bedroom at night after watching the first one?
Inception, though, I don’t think it was the artistically talented, mind boggling film it could have or was set out to be, and the only thing that made it as good as it was and probably even stole the show, is the ending, which drove people mad. Did the goddamn thing stop spinning? Nerds debated, and jocks facepalmed as they didn’t get why anyone would care, until good debating detective work uncovered the truth…
And Scott Pilgrim…?
Video Game movie…?
Noooo man…. nooo, c’mon.. it’s so bland. So gimmicky. The way challenges are portrayed… they make all these action styles seem like they belong to the game world and… yeah, no. No, this is butchering it all, and I can’t even explain how stupid this movie feels to me. Then again, I also hate anything Nintendo. Maybe there’s a connection?
Lastly, The Social Network…. ugh… I just don’t even want to see a movie about the one thing that makes the internet an annoying place to be on…. and fucking give Jesse Eisenberg a break, man… I’m so fucking tired of him portraying the awkward nerdy guy, by, you know, never actually being awkward, nor overly nerdy, like ever. He’s just a soft voiced college frat boy who you can tell by the hairstyle that he loves to play on the drums, trying to be nerdy by acting shy. It got so fucking overdone for these past two years, even Sean Connery took longer to establish himself as that one Irish guy with the funny accent.
On the TSN part of it. I disagree. Who cares if you dislike facebook how it was created was an interesting premise. I’m not too into facebook and I loved this movie. Second of all Jesse Aisenburg wasn’t portraying an awkward nerdy guy. He was portraying a man with, possibly, a social sickness called aspergers, (Which I have which is how I know.) it makes you act like that and I feel like he nailed it. Not on the account of Scoot Pilgrim and Inception….tsk tsk.
Spoony would proabably have put Monsters on this list becuase it was a movie with a good premise, emersive story, interesting acting and didnt rely heavily on CGI or over the top action sequences and i really enjoyed it! That being said i really enjoyed Tron Legacy too so what do i know Sponny may well have hated Monsters! PS im really glad Preadators made it on a list because yeah!!!
didn’t like nothin’ – Double negative.
You liked the last exorcism? Seriously?
Anyway, your selections.
I always knew I shared the same opinions on everything with Spoony which is of course the main reason he is my favorite critic, HAHAHA, but man, I agree with the list 100%. On a final note, The Social Network is by far my favorite movie of all time. Phenomenal acting, phenomenal portrayal of the basic plot, phenomenal directing, phenomenal writing, phenomenal everything. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
I saw True Grit this past weekend. It was entertaining, but didn’t top my favorites for the year. I thought the movie was pretty standard… did everything well, but nothing very memorable about it. I had fun watching it and I liked it… so the movie did its job at least.
I sat quietly through the top worst, laughing once in a while…and I made it through most of the top best. I cringed when “Let Me In” was said to be better than the original. I paused for a moment when Scott Pilgrim showed up at #2 and was described as a “video game brought to life in the form of a Jackie Chan movie”…no. Just no. Not a gamer’s movie either. Movies like these are what ruins the video game and internet culture.
I stopped completely at #1. All I have to say is…”Ugh”. Nobody in that “generation” are smart or unique enough personality wise or in any other aspect to be as “interesting” like what’s portrayed in that movie. One must remember that documentary-like movies are not, in fact, documentaries. They’re simply using the template of one and throwing just whatever in there to make an interesting story.
I respectfully disagree. The “original” of Let the Right One In? It’s based on a book. You can have more than one interpretation of it. The Social Network’s characters may not be like they are exactly in real life, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work as a film.
You know, agreed more with your “Worst movies”….
Easy A? Scott Pilgrim? Social Network?
You’re entitled to your opinion. But wow…I wouldn’t piss on those flicks if they were on fire.
I gotta agree with other commenters about Easy A. As a Christian Libertarian who grew up in a Christian Conservative community in my town (and yes its a mid sized town, the kind of town you said should know), I’ve had my quota of Hollywood’s take on my community for life.
Our community has it’s flaws just like any other. I remember a group of skaters that started coming to our church meetings whom I liked who were eventually driven off because a few of them weren’t following basic rules. It has its cliques too. I’ve not been back to church in several years because anytime I set foot inside one, it starts to remind me of my youth group.
But, they were still on the whole, in most instances, far more tolerant than Hollywood ever depicts them. The kind of intolerance you see in mainstream Hollywood Christian conservatives is much more akin to the way our grandparents behaved.
Just as one example, we had on at least one occasion an actual pregnant girl in my class. I say “actual” just to emphasize that, unlike the girl in this movie, there was no doubt that the girl in my class had had premarital sex. there was no hiding it. She already had a prominent pregnant belly by the time I knew her, and nobody ever tried to make her feel bad about it, and if there was gossip about it, I certainly wasn’t privy to it. If anything we went a little beyond the norm to make her feel included. Maybe awkwardly so (its been over a decade, I can’t remember quite that clearly.) And thats just one example. And thats consistent with how I’ve seen it handled by others since then.
They do teach that premarital sex is a bad idea and that it is not biblical but the moment a single woman actually gets pregnant, that discussion stops and the focus is on helping her whereas in a hollywood movie, this is when we’re apparently supposed to grab our picket signs and form a mob outside her house shouting “Whore” and “Blasphemer.” I was so relieved when Nostalgia Critic panned this movie.
Yeah. I’ve had my quota of that for life.
To try to be fair to Hollywood (more fair than they’ve ever been to us) its may be because they don’t understand that we hate the sin and love the sinner. Most of us anyway, I’m not saying we’re better than most people on the whole. But while you’ll see a lot of Conservative Christians decry gay marriage, most of them won’t harrass or condemn an actual gay person. That aspect of them is seen as a flaw, but we all have flaws and most of us understand the parts of the Bible that teach you to focus on your own sin and not the sins of others. Most of us have read the parts of the Bible where Jesus went and chilled out with the sinners while often butting heads with the Pharisees.
Hey, odd question but do think Gordon Gekko from the movie “Wall Street” counts as an example of an “Evil Libertarian” stereotype? I ask because I’m arguing with a dude about it right now.
I’ve not seen that. Now I’ll have to.
Good question I’m sure. I’ve not seen any Libertarian stereotypes in media that immediately spring to mind aside from the beer bellied hick character as best seen on Mr Show that told people to keep off his property and he got to declare independence. Its not really a slam on Libertarians but its the closest I can immediately discern.
I suspect we’ll see more in the future as the 2008 race shook loose a lot of Libertarian leaning conservatives from the Republican party but I’m sure the joke there will be that we’re ashamed to be associated with the Republicans after Bush when it fact we’ve just traditionally voted Republican out of pragmatism (knowing the Libertarian Party will never get it’s act together) and Bush finally alienated us just a little too much with the ridiculous spending (Obama is showing us it can get worse, but I don’t want this to become a political debate, lets just say that Obama is worse by conservative-Libertarian standards. I understand that people who like Obama have valid reasons for liking him)
Well, that’s ok, but there are a lot of places where it isn’t like this. And I have seen it, someone who I personally know. So while having not watched Easy A. I would have to say that the premise of people talking down to her for premarital sex is not a hollywood exaggeration. Then again, the movie could have greatly exaggerated it. Hell, it probably did, and I don’t see a problem with that. Exaggeration is one of my favorite forms of comedy and entertainment.
1. All films (even some documentaries) contain exaggeration. Exaggeration is not a form of comedy, it is comedy as a whole. I think the word you were looking for is “Farce” (stretching an entire situation to the point of absurdity).
2. The problem here is that the “exaggerations” are played straight and treat their carricatures as being 100% true to life (all Christians are evil//all Conservatives are evil). Thus, this is less a comedy and more a ranting hit piece which scapegoats a group of people for a problem that is far wider than that.
3. I have seen in most places that Non-religious people and Liberals will behave the exact same way, in the exact same circumstances (“The Centerfold Syndrome” among other books documents this as well). Thus, the problem is not ideological but something far more societal and universal to the human condition. A problem that this film seems to avoid in favor of stale tropes. So yes, it is a Hollywood stereotype and unfair one at that.
if you liked inception as much as you say you do than I say check out the movie “paprika” or “paprica” or “papricka” I don’t know which it is but I think it’s the first one
note: I would so put the black swan on that list because it’s freaking epic and almost as psychologically mind bending as inception or fight club.
I loved Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I didn’t see The Last Exorcism, True Grit (though I plan on seeing it sometime soon), The Social Network, Predators, and Let Me In. I hated Shutter Island, Easy A, and Paranormal Activity 2.
Easy A got pretty well covered.
Shutter Island was, in my opinion, overly predictable and felt a lot like a poorly handled Inception.
Paranormal Activity 2? No, just no. I mean, I can’t even accept that people say they’re scared by it. The proper term would be startled. It’s not an overall scary movie, because the feeling doesn’t last. Much like the first film, the horror is gone once you’ve had a few seconds to process.
It’s like however right you’re able to be about videogames, that’s how wrong you’re somehow able to be about movies.
I mean seriously, did you ever actually watch the original “Let the Right One In”? Plus, even if The Social Network was an alright movie, the way you described it almost made me hate it.
I hate facebook so I haven’t even watched that movie….but aside from that I agree with a lot of his choices…why do people not like scott pilgrim!! ??? oh btw in scott pilgrim that pizza pizza and cd shop that knives and scott are around is 2 minutes from my house :) was pretty cool keke cheap filming in Toronto ftw
You should see The Social Network in general, it’s a great movie.
Loves u spoony
Well i agree with most of the list, but i was expecting to see something on jackass 3d but it wasn’t even brought up. i think that in all honesty you should do make an honorable mention of it, because i hadn’t laughed so hard in all of 2010.
Love The Social Network. And I love when people understand why. Thanks for that :D
COWBOY BEBOP! *funny that that’s the only thing I have to say*
Great list Spoony, nice to see Predators and Let Me In get all the love that they really deserve. Predators does have one of the most awesome action scenes of all time, Yakuza vs Predator swordfight. Anyway my top 10 favorite films of 2010 would be:
10. Iron Man 2
9. A Town Called Panic
8. Four Lions
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
6. How To Train Your Dragon
5. Scott Pilgrim vs the World
4. Toy Story 3
3. The Social Network
Full reasons for my choices are given on my blog. http://coogsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-10-films-of-2010/
I bet that you will be looking forward to the new Martin Scorcese film coming out this year Hugo Cabret. I am just for the cast, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Richard Griffiths and one of the most talented child actors in film today, Asa Butterfield and the best child actress in film today, Chloe Grace Moretz, the making of Hugo Cabret just shows how much of a good actress Moretz is as, according to interviews, she did such a good English accent that Scorcese didn’t realize that she was American until halfway through shooting.
i only have one problem with the list. Let Me In. I’m not saying its a bad movie, its just an americanized remake of Let The Right One In. They’re identical in almost every way and I don’t think someone should get kudos for just copying someone else’s work.
Amen, brother. Let Me In was completely unnecessary and just a way to cash in on the artistic merit of a foreign director.
Predators was great. Even Adrian Brody surprised and delighted me. And the swordfight? Awesome.
I wasn’t big on Shutter Island. The surprise ending was the kind that always makes me feel like I’ve wasted my time watching the movie, and anyone who’s seen it knows what I’m talking about. I’ve heard some people say that it was done “well” this time around but I still feel jipped.
Paranormal Activity 2, I’m sorry, was not a good film. The first one didn’t draw me in at all and again, the ending was a huge let down. The second one takes everything that was interesting about the first and ruins it all without so much as a spoiler alert. Worse, the plot becomes even more cookie cutter then the first. Like White Noise and similar “ghost” movies, PA2 spends way too much time using a ghost hunting technique (in this casefilming a room all night) and makes it feel just as boring and pointless as the activity sounds.
Frankly, Inception was tangled up and didn’t make me think so much as made me think too much. I hate the “what if this reality isn’t the real one” dilemmas.
Let Me In is what the Twilight series should have been, a dark, creepy (in a good way) movie with a relationship based on actual emotional connection and need between a tormented mortal and a lonely supernatural predator. Even the acting is better, which considering the age differences, is saying a lot. And the ending was just sweet, I agree. Support Cedic Diggory! Murder Edward Cullen!
True Grit was simple and too the point, but that’s kind of the point sometimes, isn’t it? A good movie doesn’t have to twist itself around like Inception to be good. It was fantastic.
I really don’t get Social Network. Everyone makes this huge deal about it and what it did, and I just didn’t get it. As dramatic as it gets, the movie still feels like it exists as a kind of self-promotion for the people the movie is based on, and I can’t stand movies that do that no matter how good people say it is. If I wanted to hear about this guy’s life story, he can post it on his FaceBook page.
I won’t comment on everything but I will note that I wasn’t that keen on either of the DiCaprio movies on the list.
When I saw Shutter Island and came to the inevitable lame twist ending I couldn’t help but think “Has Scorsese sunk so low that he’s doing material out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie?” Believe me, if Shyamalan had directed this flick people would dismiss it immediately.
Inception was better but all of the rigamarole and various levels of dreams were there to mask the fact that there’s nothing to actually care about in this film. What am I supposed to want to see happen here? Do I really want the corrupt Japanese businessman to win and wreck this other rich guy’s life? Not really. So….I guess I’m supposed to want DiCaprio to fulfill the mission and get his kids back. Maybe at first, but as the film went on and we find out the true nature of what happened to his wife I found myself thinking “Do I really want this man in charge of small children?”
Seriously, does anyone who loves Inception really and truly CARE about any of it? Or do they just like the film as a technical exercise?
Okay, you lost me with Paranormal Activity 2. I fucking HATED that movie. I wanted to like it, and I let my imagination run with it for the first half hour, but then they kept on and on and on showing those stupid camera transitions Every…Single…Fucking…Night, and 98% of the time, the camera transitions showed the same damn thing every time. I couldn’t keep my head in the movie, cuz every time that damn pool shot would come on camera, I just started dozing off. Awful, Awful movie. I can’t believe anyone could enjoy it.
10. Predators- not bad, but the dialog needed a beef up. other wise pretty good.
9. Shutter Island- if it has Leo, it sucks.. Sorry Spoony I have to disagree with you on this one.
8. Easy A- ahhhh, the scarlett letter with a twist of “I dont give a fuck- what do you know?” good call Spoony. I agree.
7. Paranormal Activity 2…again, gonna have to disagree- its nothing more than a Blair Witch spin-off. and I didn’t think much of that either.
6. Inception- Ah Leo again, he still sucks. BUT Ellen Page and everything else rock, so yeah it was worth the 6.00 bucks.
5. The Last Exorcism….I’m not touching that one. Too Good, and too freaky.
4. Let Me In- never heard of it.
3. True Grit- not a John Wayne rip off. Very good, and Brolin finally gets to be a cowboy without screwing it up! worth a watch.
2. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World….pretty good. I only bought it for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but it was funny and the fight scenes were great. Added Bonus- Brandon Routh as a bad guy! Awesome! the best part – ” No Clue- Gets It” lol XD
1. The Social Network….eh, not bad. not bad.
and as for the “Many Others” you may have missed? eh… you didn’t miss much.
and : wow, thats a list i didn’t see coming.
Great list! Predators wasn’t too bad, fun movie. Shutter Islands little twist was fun but predictable. Never seen Easy A, Paranormal Activity 2 was another one of those whatever, fun movies. Never finished Inception, always fall asleep to it. The Last Exorcism, don’t get me started, PLEASE – it was utterly retarded and totally predictable. I loved how the preacher questioned his faith and so on but jesus christ (no pun intended), you think they’d try and be a bit more clever than creepy pictures on the wall drawn by a possessed child? Terrible. Let Me In and True Grit, both great movies. Scott Pilgrim another awesome one, and Social Network was ok. Never finished it. Please, do yourself a favor and check out Black Swan – natalie portman + mila kunis in a psychological thriller = mindfuck. That would have to be my top! Cheers!!
Predators and Last Exorcism were fun movies, and while I wouldn’t call them the “best” that 2010 had to offer, they served their purpose. But Easy A and Paranormal Activity 2 can suck my pucker. Easy A was the most insipid, hypocritical piece of crap I’ve seen in years. The idea that this cinematic turd is an update or has anything to do with “The Scarlet Letter” is an insult to Hawthorne and the audience’s intelligence. The characters are boring, and the whole thing shatters from the the film’s constant obnoxious hipster ideological saber rattling and wooden dialogue. PA2 was just sheer weaponized boredom. The idea of “mockumentry horror” is to immerse the audience in the shoes of the protagonist by piercing the fourth wall and deconstructing the nature of traditional cinema. Repeating those same tropes and making them boring, does not accomplish this. For God’s sake, “Marble Hornets” has a fraction of this thing’s budget and is posted on YouTube, and yet it’s a a vastly more impressive example of this genre. When a well funded film is trumped by some guys on the internet, you’ve failed as a filmmaker. That’s exactly what happened in the case of PA2.
But it is your opinion, and I respect it.
I tried watching it… but I fell asleep during the trailer.
The reason the girl from True Grit wasn’t nominated for best actress is quite simple… IF people found out that a 14 year old kid can do their job… that would make the entire profession of acting a laughing stock.
*headdesk* younger people have won Academy awards. I think they were all “best supporting”, but that’s still a huge award. Acting can be fucking hard, and all the dipshits who laugh at actors and say they can do their jobs would be fucking wooden in front of a camera. Interacting with the camera like Spoony does is hard work even if it comes to you naturally.
That and she’s a newcomer in a movie filled with veteran actors who are more “due” than she is…
While I like most of Easy A, one line pissed me the hell off, when the girl said that the Civil war was only about racism! Needless to say that line ruined the movie for me! Why, you ask well, the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, it was two groups of people who had different ideas abouth ow government should work and fought over it! the majority of people living in the south couldn’t afford slaves! Most were hunters, trappers, and blacksmiths!
Just because you couldn’t afford slaves doesn’t mean you didn’t support it. Those people are like the ones today arguing gay rights should be a state decision. Fuck that.
Depends on your definition of ‘gay rights’. I agree that however you choose to live is your choice, as long as it doesn’t interfere directly with my life. So if you want to marry whichever sex you choose, that’s your choice. But there is a difference between the ‘right of personal choice’ and the gay pride that tends to be shoved down everyone’s throat.
I’m not bashing homosexuality, but many times ‘gay rights’ tends to be a label to sanctify forcing everyone to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.
In short, everyone who minds their own business should be ‘tolerated’, but it’s just wrong for the homosexual movement to force the rest of society to conform to suit gays.
Too right! Many modern history textbooks neglect to mention how the north had its fair share of race riots and slaves as well. (The north’s economy just didn’t support it) Or how many of the Union generals – including Grant – said they would switch sides if the war was to free the slaves. I could go on, but suffice to say that yes, the south was overwhelming in favor of slavery, but the war was hardly concerned with slavery in its execution.
Kids are taught to basically parrot what the teachers are teaching you, which they are parroting from a book. If a book says the Civil War was over slavery, everyone thinks it is and no one questions it.
I live about 20 minutes from the Freedom Trail in Boston. Every goddamn year, we were forced on a field trip to walk the whole damn thing. You’d think we know EVERYTHING there is to know about Paul Revere’s ride…but our schools NEVER taught us that there were other riders. It’s understandable if some school in Texas isn’t up-to-par on their Bostonian history, but a school that is probably sitting on land that Revere himself walked on? It’s just sad.
People talk a lot of shit about Wikipedia, but I’ve learned more from it since I’ve been out of school than I ever have in school.
Oh, and sidenote: it’s a movie aimed at young adults who already have too much educational shit being shoved down their throat. They could spend 20 minutes discussing how the abolishment of slavery had absolutely nothing to do with the Civil War, and in fact, was a cunning strategy by Lincoln to get these newly freed slaves with absolutely no means of living and getting them to join the army by offering a paycheck (one that most didn’t see because they were meatshields for the whites), but why would you want THAT much education in your entertainment?
Let Me In better than Let The Right One In?
Spoony, I love your videos, but IMO that’s just does not compute.
Better acting? Hell no. In LMI the boy just looked sad throughout the entire movie and the girl just felt wooden. They both came off as extremely unnatural, and I never believed them throughout the entire film. The fact that they were just doing a performance really shined through for me. In the original they acted like kids. The girl (actually a boy) seemed to actually care about the boy, and the boy did more than just go through the entire movie looking like as if his dog just got run over. Sure it’s easier to feel sympathy towards a boy who looks like a sad puppy as opposed to one who at times looks like a borderline psychopath, but that doesn’t make him it a better performance, nor does it make him a better character. It just makes it easier to digest, which is how I feel about the whole remake; it’s easier to digest, yet much more shallow. In LTROI they actually used a year to find the right actors for the main parts. Let that be an indication of how much they strived towards cinematic perfection, rather than using the two hottest kid actors in Hollywood at the time.
Better production value? Like the extremely unnatural and unnecessary CGI? Like the pool scene which focused more on crappy CGI-effects, but where the original focused on the characters with clever closeups and offscreen killings? Like all those scenes which were frame by frame ripoffs of the original scenes, only with a red filter to try to make it look like an original movie? Like removing any material that may be found offensive to mainstream audiences, like ambiguous gay content, castration, or portraying pedophiles as human beings instead of monsters? Like how removing these things killed the unconditional (and possibly even asexual) love between the main characters? Like using horrible expostition to portray characters instead of making the characters known by using the visuals, which is the principal idea of a moving medium? Puh-lease.
Better music? Now this I just can’t for the life of me understand. I know music is subjective, but this in my mind this just screams wrong on so many levels. The original had one of the most chilling soundtracks to a movie ever. It somehow managed to be dark yet light, warm yet cold as ice, eerie yet comforting, faraway yet close, fragile yet strong, and most of all completely memorable. Most important is the fact that all these qualities are found in the main characters, creating a beautiful union with the characters and the visuals, making it my favourite OST of any movie ever made. LMI had IMO about 30 seconds of soundtrack that was slightly memorable, and that is the scene when Abby leaves Owen. Apart from that it was just stock horror movie music or “emotional” music which just happened to be a derivative of the Lost soundtrack. I’m not even kidding, go to some of the songs from LMI and you will find that they have every key ingredient from the Lost music, like high pitch string sections playing two notes in the background with a cello or a harp playing a darker lead section. They even put in the cliff hangars at the end where the music suddenly takes a dark turn for a few seconds before stopping. How do you get away with that!?
If it sounds like I’m coming down hard on Let Me In it’s because I am. It may very well be my least favourite movie of all times. I’m not saying it’s the worst movie ever made, in fact if it were a stand alone feature I would probably regard it as a great movie. But fact is that it is not a stand alone feature, it is a remake. Let The Right One In may very well be my favourite movie of all time, and I’m personally insulted by the fact that Matt Reeves thought he could do better.
And that is my two cents on Let Me In.
does this video mean that im getting a hundred dollars in the mail?
I was really getting into Shutter Island…then it ended when I thought it was at the halfway point.
man, i have to disagree with Scott Pilgrim, i loved the graphic novel, and i want to hate the movie because of who they cast as Scott, it feels like Michael Cera is so wooden and uninteresting in most of his movie performances and Scott was spastic and hyper in the comic. doesn’t really fit.
If you thought the movie for Scott Pilgrim was good, play the game! It’s awesome. It’s basically a spiritual successor to River City Ransom for the NES.
Predators at this list? The 15min at end of the movie was just stupid, that doctor is a murderer did not help it at all. First and second predator movies there was a hunter after them, in this movie there was some kind of monsterius creatures whit face fucked up and technobables. Who still had some kind of skills to plan diffrent kind of traps and many complexed what if he does that scenarious in the first half of the movie and after that they just got stupid. Only thing the predators did right was that they killed Machete first. I still cant over come the shit how team most of the time solved those situations. After the whole they knew all the mysterious shit about the enemy why didnt they get back to desert and set the whole jungle in flames.
Didn’t see The Social Network at any point, but damn am I glad you put Scott Pilgrim so high up on the list. It was probably my favorite movie of 2010, if only for its sheer quotability. I see it being a cult classic in the vein of The Princess Bride.
dude, i love easy A and scott pilgrim.
I’m horribly late on this one, but I just saw Inception for the first time. Holy crap, that movie was awesome.
inceptions great visually with a good cast but i still think the story is weak
You liked Paranormal Activity 2?! The first one wasnt scary and was silly, and the second one wasnt scary and didnt have a cool story. Why then? Easily frightened pussies.
other than PA2 (what sucked worse than the first sucked) and the comments that the remake for let the right one in was better than the first I agree with this near enough
I agree with list!
Kick Ass > Scott Pilgrim. I don’t know, I saw one after the other, and I couldn’t help feeling like Scott Pilgrim was a less adult (which theres nothing wrong with that) version of Kick Ass. Scott Pilgrim was funny in the sense that you thought “That was funny”, but I liked Kick Ass’s plot and laughs a lot more. I’ll check it out again, but those are my thoughts.
Predators was so damn awesome
Ugh. Predators was one of the worst movies of that year for me.
I also agree Predator was the worst one.
When I shouted out in the theater that he’s the crazy missing patient during the first trailer screening, my grandma and Aunt were annoyed. When they came back from seeing it 4 months later, they told me I was right.
I can’t see the point in watching that kind of film when it’s so horribly predictable.
Augh I hated Scott Pilgrim.