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Musings of a Non-Film Reviewer. I pay, I watch, I comment.

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Foreign – 2010

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT (Kenny Ortega, 2010)

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It tries to be a concert movie and a documentary and it fails as both.

Although the songs are undeniably strong, the movie doesn’t offer any new insights. It just provides glimpses of the icon being nice to his crew and being human just like everyone else.

I would have had more fun listening to his Thriller album.

Rating: 2/5

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (Greg Berlanti, 2010)

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Any movie that places a kid in danger to elicit laughs will get no love from me.

In this flick, the baby gets dropped, shoved, placed near an exhaust fan, abandoned on a couch, fed junk, bounced around, and any other uncomfortable situation you can think of. I kept groaning, not laughing.

And that didn’t even include the requisite rom-com scene involving a race to the airport to profess one’s love. More groans.

Rating: 1/5

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

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A movie like this brings out the regular viewer in me.

I’m lost in all the metaphors and symbolisms and I really can’t appreciate whatever the movie is relaying. I usually have a soft spot for anything subtitled but this one barely piqued my interest.

And is that a sex scene with a catfish?

Rating: 2/5

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher, 2010)

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This will probably end up as one of my favorite movies of all-time.

It tells this interesting story of the youngest genius billionaire and how he’s able to achieve this through apparent deceit and betrayal. The film has received a lot of flack for straying from facts but it seems to be the best approach to heighten the drama.

Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is so brilliant you actually feel smart at the end of the movie. And as directed by David Fincher, you simply forget that all the action is driven by smart dialogue. Jesse Eisenberg is amazing as Mark Zuckerberg and the same can be said about the supporting cast consisting of Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer.

The movie is so good you won’t believe it’s all just about a social networking site called Facebook.

Rating: 5/5

EASY A (Will Gluck, 2010)

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Emma Stone is a star and in a cast where everyone seems to fit their roles to a tee (Amanda Bynes as the Bible-thumping beeyotch, Thomas Haden Church as the professor of reason, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as the coolest parents on Earth), she still manages to outshine everyone.

It may be hard to believe that someone as lovely (and hot!) is considered a loser at school but she plays the part perfectly that you end up sympathizing with her character. Credit goes to the smart screenplay as well making this the funniest teen movie since Mean Girls.

I’m so happy Emma dropped out of Sucker Punch for this.

Rating: 4/5

THE BACK-UP PLAN (Alan Poul, 2010)

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I’m saddened by the fact that this supposed romantic-comedy is actually offensive to women and mothers.

The main character played by Jennifer Lopez is a dimwit that didn’t learn anything from What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, she’s seen reading the book in one scene). Let’s see, here’s a woman desperately wanting a child so she undergoes artificial insemination. After the procedure, she walks in a funny manner squeezing both legs (to probably prevent the sperm from falling out of her vagina). And then she comes out of the clinic and dances under the rain. Where’s the logic in that? While pregnant, she dives into a dumpster to get back her security pillow. Oh, and she dives face first in a cab.

I thought she wanted to have a baby? Why is she not even taking care of herself? And please don’t get me started on all the poop jokes. Offensive, I tell you.

Rating: 1/5

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (Mike Newell, 2010)

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What sands? I just kept wishing that I had Jake Gyllenhaal’s abs.

He was supposed to play a Persian prince and from there I couldn’t stop giggling. The movie did feel like a videogame with its excessive special effects but the story seemed to have been lost in translation. Even Gemma Arterton seemed to have been made of 16-bit icons. I’ve seen better acting from Aeris Gainsborough.

Overall, the movie was one big, bloated mess that should have stayed in a console.

Rating: 2/5

EAT PRAY LOVE (Ryan Murphy, 2010)

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I considered this movie as one of the worst of 2010. After another viewing, I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all and it did have its genuine warmth and charm.

The movie rested solely on the shoulders of Julia Roberts and she succeeded in making a whiny, selfish, self-centered woman somewhat relatable and sympathetic.

I especially enjoyed the “Eat” part with all the dining, drinking, and laughing. I just added “Italy Food Trip” to my growing bucket list.

Rating: 3/5

TANGLED (Nathan Greno, Byron Howard, 2010)

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I initially wasn’t a fan of this Rapunzel retelling but another viewing made me really like it. It hewed closely to the typical Disney classic and even the songs were good and not annoying.

Inasmuch as I love 3D animation, nothing can still beat the traditional 2D. Oh, and don’t get me started on the lantern scene.

Rating: 4/5

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