2010’s All Time Top 5 Movies

December 31, 2010 at 11:32 am

2010's All Time Top 5 Movies The Athletic Nerd Movie Reviews 2010

Last year, Paranormal Activity won the honor of 2009’s best movie because it stuck with me the longest.

Could Paranormal Activity 2 make an appearance this year?  Nope.  It was definitely a worthy sequel though.

It’s important to note that I’ve missed a lot of notable films that may or may not have cracked 2010’s top 5.

127 Hours, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Let Me In to name a few.

Regardless, I have to go with what I’ve seen and I’m pretty happy about my list.

The Athletic Nerd’s All Time Top 5 Movies of 2010

5. The Fighter

Review: I Showed Up 12 Minutes Late For The Fighter

This film bumped the excellent Monsters from the top 5 right at the last minute.  I loved both films equally but Christian Bale’s amazing performance was unforgettable.

4. Toy Story 3

Review: Toy Story 3 & The Crazy Laughers

What can you say about Pixar? Every year they deliver something new and wonderful.  I love that franchise and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the trilogy.  The last 10 minutes alone almost had me in tears. (Much like Ninja Turtles did back in the day.  What is it with me and toys?)

XTRA: Yeah… But It’s Pixar!

3. The Social Network

Review: Nerds & The Social Network

Everyone thought this movie would fail when it was first announced.  How good can a ‘Facebook’ movie possibly be?  I didn’t think it would be very good.  Now it’s one of my favorites and a serious Oscar contender.

XTRA: 10 Flicks: Movies With Smart Characters

2. The Town

Review: The Town Has It All

Underestimating The Social Network was a big mistake.  I’m happy to say it was a mistake I did not repeat with The Town.  I knew it was going to be fantastic.  Every trailer I saw kept bumping it up my list of must see movies.  It delivered one of the best heist movies I’ve ever seen.  I loved The Town.

XTRA: 2010 All Time Best Movie Moment

1. Inception

Review: Inception Ignites An Idea

Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece will be dissected and studied forever.  Hopefully, it has changed the summer blockbuster for the better and more intelligent and action packed films are coming our way.  From the minute I heard about this film I was fascinated.  How could a film build up so much hype and deliver?  That’s why Nolan is a genius and my favorite filmmaker. Inception is a remarkable achievement.

XTRA: Movie Hype: The Legend Of Inception


The Bottom 3: 2010’s Worst Movies

December 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

The Bottom 3: 2010's Worst Movies The Athletic Nerd Movie Blog

2009’s Worst Movies were pretty bad but I think 2 of them made the list because of my impossibly high hopes that they would deliver.

They didn’t and I was extremely disappointed.

This year’s list is different.  This year’s list is all about movies I just didn’t like.  Forget high hopes and hype, they stunk.  These are the 3 movies that left me wishing I had seen something else.

The 3 Worst Movies of 2010

What’s sad is one of them involves one of my favorite directors, another attempted to revive a beloved Disney classic and the other starred two of my favorite actors…

What happened? Why did they disappoint?

Read on…

#3 Alice In Wonderland

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It saddens me that I had to include Tim Burton’s film on this list.  I’m not a MASSIVE fan of his films but I do have enormous respect for his style and unique approach to film.  When it was announced that he would be adapting Alice In Wonderland I was thrilled.  It seemed like a perfect match.

The Disney animated film is a treasured part of my childhood.  I couldn’t wait to relive the magic.  But I knew that there was a chance I wouldn’t connect with a Mad Hatter played by Johnny Depp or the ‘older’ Alice so I kept my expectations in check.

I left the theater stunned by how much I disliked the film.  The magic wasn’t there.

It felt like the story centered on the Mad Hatter due to Depp’s involvement and less on Alice and her adventures.  The queen wasn’t threatening at all.

The film went on to make a thousand million dollars so some people liked it.  I wish I did.

However, I did have an opportunity to hear Tim Burton speak a while back.  It was a fantastic experience that gave me new reasons to give the movie another shot…

You never know right?

Click here to read: A Conversation With Tim Burton.

Click here for my full review: Alice Returns…  The Magic Does Not

#2 The Last Airbender

The Bottom 3: 2010's Worst Movies Shyamalan

Towards the beginning of this film, a character named Katara narrates about Aang’s (The Airbender kid.) past like she has known him her entire life.  Then her character asks him what his name is.  But the ‘voice over’ version of that character already knew that.

Confused?  So was I…

Shyamalan is better than that.  Many people would argue that he never was that great but I will disagree forever.  He still remains one of my favorite directors.

Click here to read: Director Wars: Shyamalan vs Nolan 2.

The Last Airbender was a mess both in it’s flawed direction and it’s blurry ‘don’t call this crap 3D’ visuals.

I didn’t know anything about the popular cartoon and I still don’t feel like I do.  I don’t think I ever will.

Click here for my full review: The Last Airbender Wasn’t That Bad Was It?

#1 Dinner For Schmucks

2010 worst movies

This movie sucked.

How could they expect audiences to buy that premise?  Are corporate people doing this?  No!

Did anyone find this movie funny?  I found it frustrating.

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are two of the funniest people on the planet and because of that alone, this movie has a few comic moments.

But nowhere near enough to save this disastrous comedy.  I hated it and I LOVE comedies!

2010’s worst movie was an easy pick this year.

Nothing else came close.

Click here for my full review: A Last Minute Dinner For Schmucks

Until next year!

Previously Viewed: Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen

December 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

The Athletic Nerd Movie Blog Previously Viewed

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen…

I adored the first Transformers.  It was full of action, incredible visuals and all the popcorn eye candy you can handle.

The sequel seemed like a sure thing for so long…

Click here to read: Why Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon won’t suck.

The other day, while I was wrapping gifts, I was scrolling through the movies On Demand and came across Transformers 2.  I decided to give it another shot.  After all, I hadn’t seen it since the huge let down in theaters long ago.

I figured it would just be noise in the background while I plowed through the stack of boxes I had to wrap.

Something strange happened that day…

I found myself getting farther and farther behind in my wrapping paper adventures.

Was I enjoying the film?

I wouldn’t go that far but for some reason I didn’t have that same overwhelming sense of disappointment.

Then it hit me.

I didn’t have the same overwhelmingly high expectations.  I went into the second film expecting to be blown away again.  Yet I was so distracted by it’s flaws that I failed to at least try to appreciate what Michael Bay intended to accomplish.

  • Sure the Twins are completely useless. (Why not Ironhide and Wratchet?)
  • Of course the human/robot/hot girl had no business in the movie.
  • Of course the exposition was dumb and the main villain ridiculous.
  • There was no tension, no character, poor humor and worse pacing.

But like it or not, I’m still a fan of visual effects and action sequences.  I still love a good action movie.

When the story and characters are lacking it doesn’t pack the same punch but a movie can still be entertaining even if it’s only a few scenes.

I thought the opening was fun.

I thought the forest scene was the best fight in the movie.

Regardless of the big metal stupid balls, Devastator’s transformation and the destruction he caused blew me away.

Eye candy at it’s finest.

At the end of the day, even Michael Bay admits that Transformers 2 dropped the ball. (Pun intended)  I think that the studio pressured them to go with what they had as a result of the strike and they didn’t have enough time to fine tune the story.

I think had they had the time to simplify things, a lot of the problems would have disappeared and the action would have risen above what The Fallen ultimately became…

A dud.

All Time Best Movie Moment Of 2010

December 27, 2010 at 8:01 am

All Time Best Movie Moment Of 2010

When selecting the best movie moment of 2010, you have to take a lot of things into consideration.

It’s different for everyone.

  • What made you laugh the hardest?
  • What scared you the most?
  • What had the most impact on you emotionally?
  • What surprised you?
  • What blew you away?

For a while, my favorite movie moment was going to be ‘the kitchen cupboards’ from Paranormal Activity 2. It was completely unexpected and had me smiling ear to ear long after it was over.

That was my first instinct.

The more I thought about it the more I was drawn to one of my favorite movies of the year.

The Town

Not only is it an incredible movie but it was full of powerful moments that I could pick for this post.

Strangely enough, I decided to go with one of the funniest moments in the movie.

The Nun Showdown

All Time Best Movie Moment Of 2010

Obviously, I can’t find the actual clip of the event in question but it happens after Ben Affleck and his crew flee a heist dressed as nuns.

An incredible gun fight and car chase ensues and just when they think they’ve lost their pursuers, they come across a cop on his break.

The showdown is hilarious.  The cop is essentially face to face with a group of semi automatic carrying nuns.

He’s alone and pretty smart as he casually looks the other way.

No way he wanted any part of what they were doing.  He chose to live.

It was a subtle way to say

“La la la, I didn’t see anything, la la la”

It’s an amazing moment that stuck out as one of the best in 2010.

Click here for my full review of The Town.

Check out the trailer below.

I Showed Up 12 Minutes Late For THE FIGHTER

December 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I Showed Up 12 Minutes Late For THE FIGHTER | Review 2010 The Fighter

I started preparing my Top 5 movies of 2010 a few weeks back and quickly realized that I could only make a case for 4…

Today I found the 5th.

The Fighter

Except I almost didn’t make it in time…

I Showed Up 12 Minutes Late For THE FIGHTER | Review 2010 The Fighter

The movie was showing at 12:20.

It should have been easy to make it in time but a series of events including the dog needing a quick bath complicated things a bit.

I’m really started to get annoyed with the TTC these days. I’m considering filming some of these adventures with my phone just to show people how many times I get to the subway and JUST MISS a train.  I suppose I can’t fault the TTC but it would be nice to arrive just as a train comes IN to the station.

Today I missed all three of my connections by 15 seconds or less. It’s aggravating.

If I would have made 1 of them, things would have been a lot better.

Regardless, once I reached the theater, I was sure that being 12-15 minutes late would mean missing the first 5 minutes of the movie.

I was wrong.

Apparently, you can be up to 20 minutes late for a movie and not miss a thing.  I had time to buy my ticket, check out the theater, leave the theater to buy 2 hot dogs, a quick washroom break and back to find a seat.

I even ate one of the hot dogs before the movie started.

Still, I would have loved to see ALL the trailers but I’m not complaining.  I got to see every frame of a pretty fantastic movie.

How good was The Fighter?

The true story of Mickey Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund is one I’ve never heard of before. I’ve never really been a boxing fan let alone a boxing historian so I went in not knowing anything about these two boxers.

I absolutely loved The Fighter.

Christian Bale’s Dicky is a triumph. It’s a performance that should earn Bale the Academy Award.

I went in expecting an underdog story but was surprised to find a movie about a family and the struggle to find success.  The Fighter takes you from the rock bottom life of drugs, poverty and despair all the way to championship glory and redemption.

It’s an inspiring story and well worth the trip to the theater no matter how late I was.

Thankfully, I’m happy I was there for the first scene where you truly get a sense of how Christian Bale transformed himself into Dicky.  It’s remarkable.

The Fighter Review 2010

The rest of the cast including Mark Walberg and Amy Adams are also at the top of their game.

Find out next week where this film ranks on my top 5 of 2010.  I would have been happy to write a Top 4 post but it’s still a relief that I found time to see The Fighter.

Great flick.