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Worst Films of 2010

Posted by: Matthew Turner 07/01/2011 @ 14:22
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Total number of films seen in 2010: 469
Remaining films seen in 2010: Season of the Witch, Amer, Meet the Parents: Little Fockers, True Grit (Coens), Arthur and the Great Adventure, True Grit (John Wayne, again), Rooster Cogburn
Films seen so far in 2011: 1
Films seen this week: The Crowd Roars

Bottom Ten Worst Films of 2010
It's not all fun and frolics, this film reviewing lark. Yes, we get to see all the great movies for free but we also have to sit through the Big Momma's House 2s of the world. (Note: Big Momma's House 3: Like Father Like Son is due out on Feb 16th. I wish I was joking). Here are the very worst films of 2010:

1. Old Dogs (not just the worst film of 2010, a contender for one of the worst films of all time)
2. The Lovely Bones (not so lovely)
3. Sex and the City 2 (will almost certainly find DVD success as an al-Qaeda recruitment video)
4. The Bounty Hunter (got to have at least one Gerard Butler movie every year)
5. Furry Vengeance (basically 90 minutes of animals shitting on Brendan Fraser)
6. Wild Target (Emily Blunt, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?)
7. Letters to Juliet (you know something's gone badly wrong when Gael Garcia Bernal is playing The Boring Husband and not the sexy love interest)
8. Dinner for Schmucks (so many comedians, so few laughs)
9. Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (winner of the Most Pointless Sequel of the Year award)
10. Fred: The Movie (the cinematic equivalent of being waterboarded)

Also terrible this year: Eat Pray Love (Yawn, Snore, Vomit), From Paris With Love (John Travolta's second turkey of the year), Teen Patti (pointless Bollywood version of a terrible Kevin Spacey movie), Remember Me (note to film-makers: if you have to resort to having your lead character RANDOMLY DIE IN 9/11 in order to make your audience cry, you have failed to do your job properly), Shank (rhymes with ...), Space Chimps 2 (biggest disappointment of the year – I loved Space Chimps 1), The 7th Dimension (the worst of a large number of terrible British movies I saw this year).

While I'm here, I might as well mention that myself and fill-in reviewer Cassam Looch (see reviews for When In Rome, Killers and Our Family Wedding, which could well have made this list if I'd actually seen them) have started a film podcast called - wait for it - Turner & Looch. There's a special bonus episode with this week's podcast where we talk about our best and worst films of 2010.

Trailerwatch: Hanna
Hanna is another one of those films that I wasn't aware of at all until people started talking about it on Twitter but having seen the trailer it has shot straight into my 2011 Must See list. Directed by Joe Wright (a seemingly odd choice of director for an action thriller), it stars Saoirse Ronan as Hanna, a 14 year-old girl who grows up in the frozen wastes of Finland and is raised by her rogue secret agent father (Eric Bana) to be a cold-blooded killing machine. When her father disappears, she's captured by possibly evil agent Cate Blanchett and then things really get interesting.

The trailer seems to give away a little too much of the plot but it looks like an enormous amount of fun and the idea of tiny Saoirse Ronan kicking ass is pretty irresistible. I'm also delighted to note the presence of both rising star Jessica Barden (Tamara Drewe's Jailbait Jody) as a young girl who befriends Hanna and Michelle Dockery (aka Downton Abbey's Lady Mary), although, if the trailer's anything to go by, she's not in it for long. The cast list also includes Olivia Williams and Tom Hollander, though they're not in the trailer. Opens here on 8th April 2011.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
There was no blog last week so there are several (six, in fact) new entries this week, including Oscars front-runner The King's Speech (ignore the imminent backlash – it's really good), Danny Boyle's 127 Hours (which is more fun than any film about a man trapped under a rock for 90 minutes has any right to be), Diego Luna's offbeat comedy-drama Abel, Peter Weir's The Way Back, and in joint 10th place, giallo pastiche Amer, and Gyllenhaal/Hathaway nudity vehicle Love & Other Drugs.

There's also a tonne of new interviews, including: press conferences interviews with Gyllenhaal and Hathaway; press conference interviews with the stars and director of The Way Back; press conference interviews with the stars of Gulliver's Travels; an exclusive interview with the makers of Catfish; press conference interviews with the stars of The King's Speech and an exclusive interview with actor-turned-Abel-director Diego Luna coming soon - watch this space. I half-jokingly promised last year that I would try to get to a point where I had interviews for each of the films in the top ten and, well, 5 out of 11 isn't bad.

1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. Abel
4. Catfish
5. The Kids Are All Right
6. Megamind
7. The Way Back
8. 127 Hours
9. Somewhere
10. Amer/Love and Other Drugs

DVD of the Week: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2 disc DVD, out now RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs the World, one of the best films of last year. Based on the cult comic books by Bryan Lee O'Malley, it stars Michael Cera as Toronto slacker Scott Pilgrim, who meets his dream girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and discovers that he needs to defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her hand.

This is a hugely enjoyable, frequently funny action-pic-slash-romcom that perfectly recreates the manga meets video games vibe of the comics thanks to a clever, fast-paced script, a terrific cast, brilliant effects work and superb direction from Edgar Wright. The fight scenes are great fun too and there are lots of little touches (such as the clever use of animation during the music sequences) that will reward multiple rewatches on DVD.

The two disc edition is packed with terrific extras, including: a Making of documentary; trailers; alternative footage; several featurettes; music promos; outtakes; Easter Eggs (which I'm terrible at finding – head for Google); a Trivia Track; galleries; FOUR different commentaries (including one with Wright and O'Malley and two separate cast commentaries); and 27 minutes of deleted scenes. Basically, this is a must-have for fans of the film and should serve as a model to DVD producers everywhere. Highly recommended. Also, as an extra special bonus feature you can read our interviews with the stars of Scott Pilgrim including Jason Schwartzman, Michael Cera and Brandon Routh.



by  nosda  12/02/2011 @ 14:08
Hanna looks so good! Thanks for sharing.
by  Matthew Turner  13/02/2011 @ 16:11
You're welcome! Thanks for commenting. Hanna does look like a lot of fun, I agree. She's a terrific actress too - this is a very interesting choice for her and not something I'd have expected. I hope it's good.
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