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This is a freaking intense and claustrophobic movie. It's impressive how Rodrigo Cortés managed to create such a gripping and exciting movie, based on the premise. Much of it lies on Ryan Reynolds shoulder, seeing as the movie is all about him lieing the coffin and talking to the phone. But he does really carry this movie, and is absolutely fantastic. And I do believe that he possibly should have gotten an Oscar nomination. It also features one of the best endings in recent years.
This is a film that's as effective as you can get, and it does so by the small resources it has. While there is perhaps a scene or two that feels a bit unnecessary, this is pure brilliance.
I knew I would love this movie. Despite the mediocre reviews. It's a beautiful movie for those who are open-minded. The pacing is relaxing. Giving you time to think and enjoy what happens on screen. Clint Eastwood shows that he is a master at crafting movies, even at his old age. This is one of his best. Highly underrated.
I understand that it didn't actually end up like people expected or wanted it to be, but I think that people fails in taking it for what it actually is. A deep, calm and subtle guess of what comes after we die. It's a beautiful film, that deserves much thought and consideration. And a better crowd.
The Social Network (2010)
While some people were in doubts about a movie about "Facebook", I never doubted. David Fincher is one of my favourite directors, and he shows that he is capable of handling drama about friendship and betrayal just as much as chilling thrillers.
This is the craft of a master, and while it benefits strongly from Aaron Sorkin's outstanding script, it is still Fincher's direction that drives this movie. Not to mention the excellent performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. Garfield got snubbed for an Oscar nomination!
Black Swan (2010)
First. Natalie Portman's performance is absolutely mesmerizing. She is perfect for the role, and she hot as hell. And she has lesbian sex. With Mila Kunis. Which is reason enough for this film to be on the list. Luckily it features more than that. Because this film is a nightmare, which is a good thing. It's a film that leaves you shaken for hours.
Darren Aronofsky has proven himself to be a director worth watching. While he slightly missed the target with The Fountain, he has now seriously shown what he is capable of. Creating a thriller that scares more, and leaves much more impact than many horror films today. Fantastic.
Welcome to The Rileys (2010)
First, Kristen Stewart is playing a stripper. That's actually reason enough for me to like this movie. Seeing as she is so cute that I would consider to move to America, and be a full time stalker. She is also a highly underrated actress, and gets a lot of undeserved hate because of the Twilight-films. Well, if you would just watch a film like this, you would see that she actually is quite good.
Now, I don't really know how to express myself according to this film. There really weren't too much going on, but I just sat there thinking "Wow, I love it." I did. I loved it. Every second of it. It's one of those films were you don't really have to say anything. Words can't describe it.
This is the scariest film I've ever seen. It's a film that does everything right in order to gain and keep suspense and tension for the whole duration of it. It goes right under your skin and stays there, creating the most chilling and creepy film I've seen.
The atmosphere, music, direction, cinematography and acting is just outstanding. It nearly avoids every horror cliche (it does use jump scares, but they are done tastefully and not overused. Making them insanely effective), it's an excellent old-fashioned horror film that creates several scary images. Will I sleep tonight? Doubt it.
The King's Speech (2010)
Perfection in every section. Yes, it is one of those films that shouts for Oscars, and it might be fairly predictable. But why care about that? It's so brilliantly made. Powerful performances, particularly by Colin Firth, the direction is flawless, so is the art design, cinematography and music. It's the perfect example of how you take something that can end up like just another ordinary history-film, and turn into something extraordinary. A funny, charming and perfect film.
It's a film that feels completely natural, without running too long. It ends at the perfect spot, with Colin Firth facing the radio. A mesmerizing and powerful scene, and suiting end for this masterpiece.
This is without doubt one of the films that have entertained me most during my entire lifetime. Every time I see it, I'm having a blast. It's perfect entertainment. It's what films are all about. Entertaining. Why care about small flaws? It's a film that's main purpose is too absolutely kick ass. Which it does.
Perfect music, sweet effects, a fun and outrageous plot, a deliciously charming and over the top Nicolas Cage, a strong supporting cast and over the top violence. With a little girl in front of it all, creating one of the most memorable characters in modern cinema. How do you kick ass? Like this.
A Potter movie for the fans. Seeing as I'm a huge fan of the books, this really was the Potter movie I've been waiting for. And it shows that the split was really needed. It's beautifully slow-paced, and it really catches the atmosphere of the book. It's dark and gritty. It's sad, and visually stunning. The action sequences are breathtaking and the cast have really grown in their roles. There are several emotional moments that is completely devastating, and which breaks my heart every time.
It is a bid sad too see that it didn't as appreciated as it should, but I take it that if you were to fully love this film, you would have to be a fan of the book as well. Because this is a love letter to the fans, and it is a perfect set up for the grand finale.
Well, what can be said about the mighty Inception? Christopher Nolan's complex masterpiece ain't only my favorite of this year, but it is also my favorite film of all time. I've watched it several times, and I constantly see something new in it. The originality, the acting, the score, the photography, the visuals and the multi-layered action. What's not to love here? Nolan creates a new world, and I lose myself into it. Every time.
It is one of the most beautiful, emotionally affective, and thoughtful films ever to be created. It's an example of how you can create a grand blockbuster, but yet create something that requires a brain. Inception restored hope for summer blockbusters, and this is a film that deserves a deeper treatment than what I'm giving it at the moment. It's spectacular.
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