A film geek’s look at 2010

The great thing about 2009 in movies is that, for the most part, there always seemed to be a movie out there that interested me.

And my tastes run all over the map — but usually end up somewhere near geeky/sci-fi/comic book/comedy.

Sometimes it was a huge event film, like Star Trek, Up or The Hangover. Sometimes it was low-key, like Zombieland. Sometimes it was foreign — I thought Red Cliff was really well done. Sometimes it was a surprising choice — one of my favorite movies of the entire decade was this year’s Anvil!: The Story of Anvil. (Right now, Up In The Air is on my list, and I imagine The Book Of Eli soon will be.)

It looks like 2010 will have the same menu of quality.
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I beg to differ: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor in 'Slumdog'
Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor in 'Slumdog'

I was thrilled that Slumdog Millionaire won as many Oscars as it did. And my wife and I both like that movie.

However, my wife doesn’t LOVE that movie. I do.

I thought the framing device was brilliant. I thought it was a great story, filmed beautifully, with great acting. Dev Patel was tremendous, and as the Machiavellian host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Anil Kapoor was even better.

But there’s one thing we can agree on. When it comes to Danny Boyle films, Slumdog was good. Trainspotting was better.

Goodbye, Paul…

Everyone and their brother in the blogosphere is saying goodbye to Paul Newman today, and for good reason. There are few actors, ever, that have that “movie star” thing going for them like Newman.

But for me, there’s one special role I’ll always thank Paul for playing: Reg Dunlop. I’m going to leave it to Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshinski to tell you more about one of the best comedies ever, Slap Shot, and the great Reg.