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Top 5 Films of 2010 – Year in Review: Part 2

It was a good year for film, so I’ve picked out the best five films released in the past 12 months. They are in no particular order, think of them as five experiences you should have in your life.

Toy Story 3

Starring: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton. Released: 19 July

Premise: Rootin-tootin cowboy Woody, reserved space ranger Buzz Lightyear and the other lovable brightly-coloured toys from Andy’s room are on the verge of being forgotten forever as Andy leaves for college and leaves them to the Sunnyside day care centre. How will they escape?

In-a-nutshell: Laughs for all ages return in a way only Pixar can deliver. New recruit Ken (Michael Keaton) is a particular highlight, as is the films nemesis Lotso Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty). With plenty of action and fun the film is a suitable, and moving, end to the series.

Rating: 4/5 (Read Full Review)

 

The Social Network

Starring: Jessie Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Arnie Hammer Released: 15 October

Premise: Semi-truthful account of how Harvard computer wiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg created the Facebook Social networking site, and all the drama along the way.

In-a-nutshell: Eisenberg is fantastic and convincing as the sarcastic and obsessive Zuckerberg and Director David Fincher plays out the story in a mix of real time, flashbacks and flashforwards to keep things interesting. The best docu-film of the decade.

Rating: 4/5 (Read Full Review)

 

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans Released: 25 August

Premise: Geeky bassist Scott Pilgrim is between jobs living in Toronto going nowhere until he meets the girl of his dreams – literally…in a dream. Unfortunately and non-sensically he must fight her seven evil exs to be worthy of going out with her.

In-a-nutshell: Despite being so fantastical it could mostly be going on in the mind of leading man Scott Pilgrim (Cera). Luckily tremendous effort from Director Edgar Wright ensures top-notch quality in cast (Superman AND The Human Torch?!), fights and music. On top of that the style in honed to perfection, from the 8-bit intro to the happily-ever-after finale.

Rating: 5/5 (Read Full Review)

 

Tron Legacy

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde Released: 17 December

Premise: Beginning years after the first movie left off, Sam Flynn (Hedlund) goes looking for his lost father Kevin (Bridges), only to find him locked inside a computer mainframe controlled by Clu, a digital younger version of himself.

In-a-nutshell: The biggest visual spectacle of the year, enhanced further by 3D (which, surely, this film was made for) as light cycles and identification discs wizz around. The father-son relationship which drives the film is believable, even if absolutely nothing else is, and that’s what keeps things grounded and makes you care about what’s going on. Very much a two-tier film, like any good Disney effort, and a perfect and infectious soundtrack.

Rating: 4/5

Inception

Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy Released: 16 July

Premise: Dreams within dreams, planting ideas in someone’s head – concepts don’t get much wackier than this. A band of dream extraction experts plan to make the son of a business man break up his father’s empire, but not before multiple-layered action.

In-a-nutshell: Action, confusion and sublime story-telling in equal measure here from accomplished Director Christopher Nolan. The cast is perfect, the style is fantastic and the final seconds of uncertainty provide the talking point of the decade.

Rating: 5/5 (Read Full Review)

So that takes care of films, stay tuned for music and Xbox 360 titles.

James Michael Parry

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Film: Review – Toy Story 3

The 2010 summer blockbuster season continues with a return to Andy’s room in comedic adventure flick Toy Story 3.

After a decade away from UK cinema screens (save some fancy 3D re-releases in the past year) Woody and the gang are up to their old tricks once more.

Andy, who’s voiced by John Morris (the same chap as in the first two films and now a 25 year-old!), is leaving for college and his beloved toys don’t want to be forgotten or thrown away.

Despite their best efforts the gang can’t tear Andy’s attention away from the all-too-familiar vices of modern life and after a mix-up they find themselves being donated to a daycare centre.

Here there’s a host of new, and often familiar, characters, but things aren’t as ‘sunny’ at Sunnyside as they seem.

In typical Disney (well…Pixar) style the story unfolds as organically as a modern fairytale, with some impressive little touches showing the depth of their characters, such as Jessie’s claustrophobia from her trauma in TS2.

The climax swaps the airport setting from its predecessor for a waste disposal plant, frighteningly realised as the fiery Hell on Earth for all toys, as well as alluding to the chilling dystopia from previous work Wall.E, but on a far larger (relative) scale.

The villain of the piece Lotso’ Huggin’ Bear pushes the limit on evil as well as teaching Disney’s usual lesson about why jealousy and bitterness are bad.

Stand-out character is easily Michael Keaton’s Ken, who defines the modern ‘metrosexual’ stereotype with some unusual fashion choices, while pig money box Hamm is graced with his usual selection of cynical quips and Buzz finds a whole new level of comedy after a botched factory reset…

With the rivalry between Woody and Buzz long forgotten the team work together seemlessly as the film builds to a climax with an incredibly touching moment as they are held on the brink of oblivion.

This proves to be only a hint at what’s to come though as the final coda sets tear ducts on maximum as the characters and audience alike say goodbye to a group of characters who they’ve known for over 15 years.

While some suggest the film is merely a vehicle for further merchandising; it’s obvious writers John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich (who also directed) have put heart and conviction into this (surely) final chapter to a series which sparked the beginning of a new age of animation.

Rating: 4/5

James Michael Parry

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