Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Kiss Off

Because everyone loves lists.

2010 saw the creation of this place and by some unexplained force, it's still here. As is the custom with just about any blog you'll come across, January is the time for lists. All sorts of them; best lists, worst lists, lists of lists, yadda yadda yadda. So here I am throwing my hat into the obligatory ring.

Problem is: I'm living in the past, man. I called this blog DVD Fiend because it's a tribute to the format that allowed for my obsession with films to take on an almost transcendent level of fanaticism. You'll notice that I also talk about theatrical films, blu-rays, vhs, and hell, sometimes nothing in general. The one thing in common is that they are all rooted in catalog titles. I'm more about digging into what's already come versus jumping on the bandwagon for what's out now and messing up my objective view on a film, which is why I'll wait a few years for the hoopla to die down about a movie before giving it a go like with Benjamin Button, though it didn't save that movie from being any less awful. Having a toddler doesn't help when you want to rush out and see Black Swan either.

Now, I used to be able to catch up when they hit home video (hence, the huge unwatched count at the bottom of the Pile of Shame posts) but I lost my job some time back and that hasn't been an option. So by and large, I've missed 2010 film-wise. Here's my Top list if you want to see everything from 2010 I've seen so far, including this year's After Dark Horrorfest titles:

Top Films of 2010 I Actually Watched:
1. Lake Mungo
2. Clash of the Titans
3. Predators
4. Dread
5. Splice
6. The Reeds
7. The Crazies
8. Piranha 3D
9. The Wolfman
10. Hidden
11. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
12. The Final
13. Kill Theory
14. A Nightmare on Elm Street
15. Zombies of Mass Destruction
16. The Graves

Pretty much just genre stuff, none of the indies or dramas I would usually see and enjoy.

Top 10 Movies I Would Have Liked To See This Year:
1. Tron: Legacy
2. True Grit
3. Black Swan
4. The Town
5. The A-Team
6. Daybreakers
7. Toy Story 3
8. The Expendables
9. The King's Speech
10. Paranormal Activity 2

Top 10 Movies I Hope To Never See If I Can Help It:
1. Catfish
2. The Tooth Fairy
3. Furry Vengeance
4. The Spy Next Door
5. Alice in Wonderland
6. Death at a Funeral
7. Tangled
8. Yogi Bear
9. Salt
10. Robin Hood

Now, since this blog is all about watching past movies, here's the best movies I saw for the first time this year, many of which you'll find write-ups in the archives or they're coming soon.

Best First Time Viewings of 2010:
1. Grizzly Man
2. The Wicker Man (original)
3. Rolling Thunder
4. Black Belt Jones
5. Savage Streets
6. Dog Bite Dog
7. Forbidden Planet
8. Strangers on a Train
9. Lake Mungo
10. Cherry Blossoms
11. Prince of Darkness
12. Trick R Treat
13. Bug
14. Where the Wild Things Are
15. Vinyan
16. Home Movie
17. Girly
18. Drag Me to Hell
19. Triangle
20. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
21. 100 Feet
22. Surveillance
23. Autopsy
24. Primal Rage
25. Hamlet 2

And of course, there can be no light without darkness:

Worst First Time Viewings of 2010:
1. Cemetery High
2. Fangoria Blood Drive, both of them
3. The Hitcher 2
4. The Happening
5. The Graves
6. The Brotherhood 3
7. The Strangers
8. The Cavern
9. Zombies of Mass Destruction
10. Ghost Game
11. Spirit Box
12. An American Carol
13. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
14. It Waits
15. Wicker Man (remake)
16. Hellhounds
17. Perkins 14
18. Hell's Bloody Devils
19. Bloody Murder
20. Choke
21. The Messengers 2
22. Jennifer's Body
23. The Final Destination
24. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
25. Trancers 4 or 5, pick one

And now for some various other awards I singled out.

Best Trailer:

Best Poster:
How did this shit get by so many producers without getting noticed?

Best Assassination of a Comic Book Character I've Always Loved:
Jonah Hex

How Does He Keep Getting Work?:
Ashton Kutcher

How Does She Keep Getting Work?:
Rachel Miner

Most Overrated Movie I Saw:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World- I'm supposed to care about a whiny asshole that cheats on his girlfriend with an ice queen who not once did I ever buy that she was actually into him. And then somehow the movie becomes about his self-esteem? What the hell? If you get rid of the Scott and Ramona characters, I'd love it. Knives Chau stole the movie and should have been the focus.

Most Depressing:
Curse of the Fly- The ending is almost Shakespeareanly tragic.

Most Disgusting:
Deadgirl- Just icky.

Most WTF?:
Sisters- It's been almost three months since I saw it and I still have no idea how I'm going to articulate my thoughts on this thing when I do the write-up.

Most Under-appreciated:
Bug- Come on, it's amazingly engrossing and insane. If you've ever hung around meth-heads, you'll realize how spot on this is.

Best Movie Made On $500 Bucks:
Outpost Doom- A genuinely interesting and fun throwback to classic horror movies.

Surprisingly Wasn't Completely Horrible:
Stan Helsing

Movie I Would Have Walked Out Of And Fucking Killed Someone If I Had Actually Paid Money To See It:
Catfish- Thanks to Dead Lantern's review, I know everything I need to know about this mis-marketed joke. It pisses me off and I haven't even seen it. Seriously, give their review a listen and tell me if you would still want to see it.

Best Score To A Movie I Haven't Seen:
Tron: Legacy by Daft Punk- It's been months and I still haven't stopped listening to it.

Best Song Still Stuck in My Head After Seeing the Movie:

Movies I've Seen More Than I Ever Wanted To Thanks To My Son's Daily Rituals:
1. Garfield
2. Lilo and Stitch
3. Toy Story
4. Surf's Up
5. Monster House/Monsters Inc., depending on what type of mood he's in.

I think that's all I got at the moment. I'll end this saying that despite my outside pressures, I've had a lot of fun running this blog and it motivates me to push myself even more for the next year. I have to thank everyone that ends up here, through whatever means they arrive, for coming by and reading. I love finding new movies and exposing them to others, so if even one person goes and checks out a few new titles because of something they read here, I'm flattered. I thank you all again and here's to a cinematic 2011!

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