So now for Part 2 of My Top Ten Favorite Films of 2010 so far! Theres still many more films to come in the rest of 2010, So no doubt this list may change! I already can think of at least three films coming up that look Sensational!…. Hope you enjoyed my picks and comment below if you have an thoughts of any films I should have added.
Film: Beneath Hill 60 (Paramount Pictures)
Date: 15th April 2010.
Starring: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley
Synopsis: The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It’s 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.”
Notes: It’s fairly well known that “most” Australian Films are fairly average but this one is up there with the best films this year. The fact it was a true story and that I had never heard of it before, is what makes this movie so amazing and for a war film it’s even up there with some of the biggest for me. Beneath Hill 60 was made for around $8million dollars and filmed just outside of Townsville QLD and comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week! So check it out if you haven’t already.
Trailer: Beneath Hill 60
Film: Iron Man 2 (Paramount Pictures)
Date: 29th April 2010
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell
Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man”, reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2”, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
Notes: As far as Superhero movies go, you can’t go past Iron Man 2 and with a cast that impressive it has to be on my top 10 films of 2010. I absolutely loved the first Iron Man and was extremely sceptical about the second but honestly I don’t know what I was so worried about. This movie is as fun as the first but with the introduction of Rourke, Johansson and Rockwell it just made it better!
Trailer: Iron Man 2
Film: Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar)
Date: 24th June 2010
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn
Synopsis: The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re—open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co—director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®—winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.
Notes: I waited for like 13 years to see this film, I grew up with the first 2 and absolutely loved them and this one was just as good if not better then the first instalment. Toy Story 3 has gone on to be the Highest Animated Grossing Film of all time! Pixar just can’t do any wrong.
Trailer: Toy Story 3
Film: Inception (Warner Bros)
Date: 22nd July 2010
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page and Michael Caine
Synopsis: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime”
Notes: Inception was one of the best kept secrets for a while, the teaser trailer was released and everyone really had no clue what the plot was or even what it was about, pretty close to release the official plot synopsis was released and it sort of started to make sense?. The Director Christopher Nolan who brought us Dark Knight is the writer, producer and director on this film so right there I saw a winner. Nolan was quoted as saying the film “deals with levels of reality and perceptions of reality which is something I’m very interested in. It’s an action film set in a contemporary world, but with a slight science-fiction to it”. Inception will be one of the best films of 2010 easily maybe even the last decade.
Film: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (Universal Pictures)
Date: 12th August 2010
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Brendon Routh.
Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), bass guitarist for the garage band Sex Bob-omb, has just met the girl of his dreams. However, he must defeat Ramona Flowers’ (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil exes, who are coming to kill him.Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass — and now is back in town — to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona roller blades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes control her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past, from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.
Notes: The films director Edgar Wright had just finished Shaun of the Dead when he was contracted by Universal to adapt Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Comics. There was no studio interference with casting more unknowns, as Wright stated that “Universal never really gave me any problems about casting bigger people, because in a way Michael has starred in two $100 million-plus movies, and also a lot of the other people, though they’re not the biggest names, people certainly know who they are.” Cera got cast because Edgar was a huge fan of Arrested Development, and after seeing Scott Pilgrim I’m fairly convinced no one else could play that role but him. Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) was that impressed with the film he said “That movie is great. It’s spellbinding and nobody is going to understand what the fuck just hit them. I would be hard pressed to say, ‘he’s bringing a comic book to life!’ but he is bringing a comic book to life.” And I fully agree with him, you kick back and for the first 15minutes its good, but then the first evil ex pops in and wack! It hits you.. Unfortunately this film BOMBED in the States, which for reasons unknown! I spose it did go up against the Expendables but even still… Surprised! I have a feeling it will make back its $85million in DVD/Blu-Ray Sales…. still disappointing though.
Trailer: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Invictus ( 21st January 2010) Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Precious (4th February 2010) Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey
Shutter Island (18 February 2010) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley.
Shes Out of my League (11th March 2010) Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Mike Vogel
Hot Tub Time Machine (22nd April 2010) Starring: John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Crispin Glover.