The sad fact of Hollywood is that films are often no more than mammoth "deals," cobbled together by crafty executives who wouldn't know a good script from Shinola. Bigger and bigger effects, great (but wasted) actors--the best of everything, except intelligent stories and believable characters. However, good and even great films somehow slip through the gauntlet of players who need to be part of the process--in order to bag their bimbos and get past that velvet rope. The staff at Buzzine has squabbled, argued, and somehow managed to agree on the Top Five films for 2010. We hope you agree as well!
The Social Network is a throwback to the great American films of the late '60s and early '70s. With crisp dialogue, terrific performances, and sharp direction, The Social Network will easily become part of the fabric of a generation, the way films like The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy help define a decade. (Mark Amato)
To be clear, Inception is not what your dreams are made of. Nobody makes good with the one that got away from high school. Nobody flies. But it is the stuff Christopher Nolan's dreams are made of. Oceans 11 by way of Kubrick, The Matrix, and James Bond. So it's stunning, smart, stylishly dignified, cerebral but thrilling, heady but human. It's more than a critic's buzzword or the awards season tear fest. It's a brand new idea incepted to a blockbuster-sized audience. So it might just be the movie of the year. (Josh Moorhead)
I wasn’t initially excited about Kick-Ass based on the trailer and on-the-nose title but turned out to be pleasantly surprised by the film’s verve, wit, and originality. As matter of fact, I thoroughly enjoyed Kick-Ass! (Richard Elfman)
This movie is for a new generation who grew up with video games. People who don’t understand the humor of this film are just behind the lifestyle. They made this contain a really good balance--not too much, it hits the spot, and sometimes pushes the envelope. (Izumi Hasegawa)
#1:Toy Story 3
I never cry during movies, yet Toy Story 3 had me reduced to a blubbering mess by the time the end credits rolled. I saw it by myself in a theater on the Upper West Side, and all the little children were confused as to why the bearded 20-something sitting by himself in the corner was so visibly distraught throughout 90% of the movie...but what can I say? This latest Pixar effort might just be their best yet. I've yet to see a film that so eloquently explores death and growing up while simultaneously making this often complex subject matter accessible for the young and old alike. I don't like to call films "perfect," but this fitting conclusion to the series comes pretty damn close. (Thomas Sullivan)
And honorable Buzzine mentions to:
The King's Speech
Happy New Year from Team Buzzine!