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Reel Time

February 1, 2010 1 comment

As you may recall, back in October 2009 I challenged myself to watch 365 movies in one year. As I began this challenge in January I realized that 365 is going to be nearly impossible to complete. No matter! The new name of the challenge? “How Many Movies Will I watch in 2010?” It has a better ring to it, I think.

Regardless, below is the list of movies I watched in January. Films in bold will be discussed below. My ratings are the asterisks after the title and are out of 5. What is on your list?

  1. The Lovely Bones *
  2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ****
  3. The Hammer ***
  4. Away We Go ****
  5. Taking Woodstock **
  6. Thirst ****
  7. Big Fan ****
  8. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs *****
  9. The Girlfriend Experience ***
  10. The Road ***
  11. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell *
  12. Sherlock Holmes **
  13. The Proposal **
  14. Flash of Genius **
  15. 2012 **
  16. Junebug ****
  17. Drag Me to Hell ***
  18. Crazy Heart *****
  19. Crank **
  20. (500) Days of Summer (Commentary track) *****

Thirst (2009)

Hey kids, like vampires? Hey kids, like movies about vampires? Hey kids, think The Twilight Saga is a fucking abomination to film (because it is)? Then Thirst is for you. The Japanese subtitled film is an R-rated movie about a vampire who is not afraid to act on sexual tension (unlike the aforementioned Twilight). The movie follows a doctor  who devotes his living body to science. After a medical experiment goes wrong the protagonist finds himself only able to continue living via the typical vampire means. What makes this film better than most vampire movies is that the main character has to struggle both internally and externally with living with himself and others as a vampire.

Crazy Heart (2009)

Often called The Wrestler for country music, Crazy Heart has been stealing much of the potential Oscar buzz this year. Actor Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) delivers a stunning performance of a washed up country music performer who finds himself clawing for every dollar while many of the much more successful musicians credit him for their inspiration. A supporting role played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) helps round out the relatively small cast and actor (although not in this film) and first time writer/director Scott Cooper proves that a great film can be led through characterization.