ThirdAges Top Movies Of 2010
Historical Drama: The King's Speech
We're looking into our crystal ball and we see ...Oscars ... many many Oscars. Colin Firth has won rave reviews for his portrayal of King George VI, who suddenly takes the crown after the death of his father and scandalous abdication of his older brother, despite a debilitating speech impediment.Firth's portrayal of the King as he conquers his disability and inspires his people into battle has already earned him a British Independent Film Award and a slew of other nominations. It's great to see such wonderful performances, an inspiring story -- and be reminded of a time when a monarch's personal relationship wasn't on the cover of Us Weekly.
Movie To Take The Grandkids To: Toy Story 3
There's a reason this movie has made over a billion dollars: it's great. The third installment of the Pixar franchise is perhaps the most touching, with themes of loss, love and acceptance. In addition to being funny and charming, it offers fantastic life lessons that hopefully stay with the younger generation as they grow up. Executive producer John Lasseter, pointed out the difference between the first two films and the third, explaining, "When you're broken, you can be fixed; when you're lost, you can be found; when you're stolen, you can be recovered. But there's no way to fix being outgrown by the child." Even though Andy has outgrown Woody and the other toys, Bonnie eventually comes into their lives and makes them all feel wanted again. (Remember this story when your little girl is going through her first heartbreak; it'll probably be a lot more comforting than talking about other fish in the sea.)
Action Movie: R.E.D.
Retired and Extremely Dangerous. You don't hear that too often -- but why not? Just because someone's paid their dues in the work force, doesn't they're any less likely to kiss some ass! It's refreshing to see an action film starring the people who really have seen the most action in their lives. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren: who is tougher than those guys? Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox? Oh yeah. That's why they're in the movie too.
Comedy: Morning Glory
Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, what took so long? Harrison said of the long-awaited pairing, "We have been working in the same business, different branches of the business. She was in the intellectual branch and I was in the running jumping and falling down branch. So, we never had the chance to work together. But it was a real pleasure to finally get that opportunity."It's great to see Ford doing comedy after so many dramatic and action roles. Maybe Calista lightened him up? Diane is incredibly charming, like always -- and also -- a really believable news anchor! Obviously we know she's a great actress, but maybe there's another career opportunity around the corner.
Documentary: Waiting for Superman
If you care about the state of education in our nation, this documentary is a must-see. The film, which received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students through the educational system.The Wall Street Journal called the film a "stunning liberal expose of a system that consigns American children who most need a decent education to our most destructive public schools." It's not without its critics -- but anything deemed "revolution-inducing," as Entertainment Weekly called it, is worth checking out. Our nation's education system obviously is not perfect; a film like this can only help to explore the problem and get people talking about a solution.
Contemporary Drama: The Company Men
The recession: now in theaters! Amid the blockbuster action films and sequels of 2010, we finally a get a dose of reality. Ben Affleck stars in this John Wells drama as a white-collar corporate employee who loses his six-figure salary and is offered a job installing drywall. Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner also star, and they too must deal with the recession as it affects their families and their communities. Wall Street 2 might have tried to mirror the tough times of the past few years, but how many people can really relate to Gordon Gekko? This is the ticket to buy if you really want to see big stars dealing with big issues.
Best Remake of a Movie You Loved: True Grit
There's no John Wayne, but the cast of the Coen brothers' True Grit is still pretty impressive. Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, oh my! If Bridges follows in Wayne's footsteps, he might score his second consecutive Oscar for the role of U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, who helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer. Ethan Coen recently compared his version of the story to the 1969 movie and the book that both are based on. He explained, "It's partly a question of point-of-view. The book is entirely in the voice of the 14-year-old girl. That sort of tips the feeling of it over a certain way. I think [the book is] much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humor in both the situations and in her voice. It also ends differently than the movie did. You see the main character -- the little girl -- 25 years later when she's an adult. Another way in which it's a little bit different from the movie -- and maybe this is just because of the time the movie was made -- is that it's a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects. Which is part of what's interesting about it."
Most Romantic Movie: Letters To Juliet
Who hasn't dreamed of meeting a long-lost love decades after a fleeting romance? This is the movie in which to indulge that fantasy as Vanessa Redgrave's Claire journeys to find her sweetheart after a young journalist discovers her "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard. As with most romantic comedies, we're treated to a sweet and satisfying resolve as Claire and her beloved Lorenzo reunite after 50 years of separation. The lesson to take away from this movie? Put the stories of your great loves into writing. You never know who might find them . . .
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