January 20th, 2011


Somehow I Missed the Revels That Now Are Ended

Can you believe it? Julie Taymor's Tempest has struck its tent and stolen away in the night, before I could muster the organizational gumption to go see it. I blame Caliban. I do hope it comes to Doc, because Taymor is a big fan of using the whole screen, and Shakespeare put a lot of work into those special effects. (Seriously. For the first 200-odd years of its existence, The Tempest was always staged with the equivalent of three SFX houses and 3D; live orchestras, giant thunder machines, special costumes for the masques, goddesses on ropes coming down from the heavens ... it's a big, Bruckheimery play.)

So all I can do now is post the traditional list of the Ten Best Movies I Saw in 2010:

True Grit, Black Swan, Un Prophete, Skeletons, Inception, Golden Slumber, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Carancho, TRON: Legacy, and Blame. Despite one absolutely perfect film on top and two near-perfect triumphs right after, this list goes downhill in a hurry. We're already at A- by seventh place, and probably get into B+ territory shortly thereafter. Let's see if the next ten hold up any better. Oh, no, I don't think so; B- starts real soon and C+ swoops in around sixteenth place: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Beshouro, Tehroun, Shutter Island, Salt, Iron Man 2, The Housemaid, Kick-Ass, The Crazies, and then a gentleman's straight C to From Paris With Love. Out of respect for Kristen Bell, I won't name the two stinkers at the bottom of the list, but I'll bet you can guess.

Maybe some of this was the Fabled Austerity, but some of it was just a dog of a film year in 2010. I couldn't even come up with ten whole movies for the Best Ten Movies of 2010 I Haven't Seen Yet. Anybody got two more to offer to go on that list with The Kids Are All Right, The Tempest, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Toy Story 3, The Town, The Social Network, Lake Mungo, and 127 Hours?