Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top and Bottom of 2010 - #10

Here we go with the 10 best and worst movies I've seen all last year. Any guesses as to which films come in at number one?

The Hurt Locker (2008)
This is a truly intense tale of three soldiers whose job is to defuse roadside bombs in Iraq. Jeremy Renner is riveting as Sergeant First Class William James, the man who actually does most of the dirty work. His unorthodox methods and casual attitude put him at odds with his more by-the-book compatriots, especially when it becomes apparent that he has become addicted to the adrenaline rush of defusing bombs. As the end of their deployment inches closer and closer, the audience holds its breath, hoping against hope that they will manage to survive each new day. Director Kathryn Bigelow keeps the tension level high throughout the film, deftly conducting the disarming of each new bomb so that each one is unique and has its own brand of terror.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Having seen all seven seasons of the television show, I was interested to see "the one that started it all" (sort of). I went in knowing that it would be a far cry from the television show, but even knowing that I was still let down. The comedy fell flat, the drama was unengaging, the villain was yawn-inducing, and to top it all off, Kristy Swanson was completely unconvincing as any kind of superhero, giving me absolutely no reason to care about her as a person.

Coming up next: Two men who find themselves completely out of place.

1 comment:

Katie K said...

I actually saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the theater with my mom and one of my friends. I was twelve years old and, even then, knew to appreciate the movie for what it was- a ridiculous teen romp with vampires. I remember just cracking up when I heard "they" were making a TV show based on the movie because it seemed like a terrible idea. I will admit I have only ever watched one episode of the show (I have no idea which episode it was because all I remember from it is the line, "I'm gonna kill you so much!" At least I'm pretty sure that was the line) but a million rabid fans can't be wrong, right?
I have yet to see The Hurt Locker. I'm pretty sure I would enjoy watching it as long as I was psyched up for it. I just don't enjoy action/suspense/thriller movies that take place in the real world like I used to. They just stress me out.