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Grace’s Top 9 Movies of 2010

As the award season heated up this previous weekend, somnology with the Director’s Guild Awards and the Screen Actor Guild’s awards, I’ve been mulling over what I would consider my list of top 10 movies of 2010. This is the first year that I’ve decided to draw up my favorite 9 of 2010, as I always have a lot of difficulty deciding depending on my mood.  (why nine? I couldn’t come up with ten!) Surprisingly, I found 2010 to be a terrific year in film, thanks to the latter part of the year, and not due to the incredibly lackluster whimper of a summer. As I’ve said before, I don’t profess to be a critic of any kind (especially given my preferences for light comedies), but here is my rundown of my favorite top 9 films of 2010 (in no particular order): Inception: I’ve seen this movie get trashed as of late all over the Oscar boards on IMDB, and I can’t seem to understand all the hate. I think it’s one of the most original films this past year, given the original screenplay and the premise. And, considering the fact that 4 of the top films being nominated for […]

The Mechanic: Smooth and Frustrating

Director: Simon West Screenplay: Richard Wenk, purchase Lewis John Carlino Release Date: January 28, buy 2011 Actors: Jason Statham, recipe Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland Remake of the film of the same name from 1972 Having seen The Rite the night before, I had much higher hopes that The Mechanic would not disappoint me. Jason Statham in an action film immediately made it more appealing than an exorcist movie. Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a hired assassin who takes in Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), after the death of his father Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland), decides to teach Steve the trade of his profession. The film is extremely entertaining, albeit frustrating due to Ben Foster’s character of Steve McKenna. This is of no fault of Foster’s, but is inherently written into his character that he’s pretty much a pompous, irrational, aggressive brat. When Bishop trains Steve and takes him along his assignments, I couldn’t help constantly wanting to pound Steve in to make him shut up. At the same time, it’s a bit amusing when I sit back and think about the fact that the film successfully makes you root for the assassin without a moment’s pause. Because in all of Bishop’s […]

The Rite: Run, don’t walk… away

Director: Mikael Håfström Screenplay: Michael Petroni Release Date: January 28, cialis 40mg 2011 Actors: Anthony Hopkins, visit web Colin O’Donoghue, Ciaran Hindis, Alice Braga, Toby Jones Inspired by a “true” story Exorcist films seems to be a plenty these days in Hollywood, with the last one The Last Exorcism clearly in my mind (and not very good in my opinion.) The last one that really creeped me out was the Exorcism of Emily Rose, which starred Jennifer Carpenter. Because of that movie, every time I now see a picture of Jennifer Carpenter, I think of Emily Rose possessed. Probably not the best connection to be consistently making with an actress. Trailers for The Rite made it seem like it could be interesting, and I had high hopes going into the film that it might surprise or even engage me, but unfortunately it let me down considerably. The film starts off with the introduction of Michael Kovak, played by Colin O’Donoghue (a relative unknown from Ireland). Michael’s family has either raised priests or morticians. Due to his trauma of seeing his father prepare his mother when she passed, he decides to attend school to become a priest. After four years of […]

ReelNerdChick.com: Transitioning to separate domain

My personal domain was turning into what seemed a primarily movie site, cost with only just movie reviews, men’s health and I felt a bit stifled with the amount of blog posts I was making on just reviews. It seemed restricted to movies, yet I felt I couldn’t branch out and write about other movie subjects. This allows being able to talk more than just movie posts on my personal domain – and possibly a foray into food, and other subjects that kind of interest me. Plus, I’m sure there were several friends of mine who had no interest in all the movie reviews I was writing up… hence ReelNerdChick.com was born. About a year ago I wanted the domain name “reelnerd.com”, but my movie buddy Brad (perhaps I should get him to be a contributer, as he is very colorful and detail in his reviews) found out that “reelnerds.com” was already being used. After mulling it over for about a year (yes, procrastination is one of my strongest suits), I settled on reelnerdchick.com. I plan to spread it out with whatever movie idea enters my mind. Reelnerdchick.com is still in its growing phases, but hopefully I’ll eventually get it […]

Movie Review: The Green Hornet (January, 2011)

Director: Michel Gondry Screenplay: Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg Release Date: January 14, order 2011 Actors: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz The Green Hornet was not received well by fans at the San Diego Comic Con last summer. However, with the more recent trailers, a lot more people seem to be at least more interested and have more hope with the film. The Green Hornet comic and original television series were more serious than this new remake of the masked superhero, which seems to be making a lot of the hard core fans unhappy. I have never read the Green Hornet comic, nor have I seen the original series, so I can’t fairly compare to the source. This review will be purely from what I saw from this new film. As many people know, Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Superbad) is the lead actor in the Green Hornet and as Britt Reid and had to shed lots of pounds to play the title character. Rogen also wrote the screenplay along with Evan Goldberg, so he was quite invested in this project in various ways. Mega Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou (which I wrote a raving review for on […]

Movie Review: True Grit (December, 2010)

Directors: Ethan Coen, surgeon Joel Coen Screenplay: Ethan Coen, price Joel Coen Release Date: December 22, pharmacy 2010 Actors: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin Remake of the John Wayne 1969 western of the same name and the novel by Charles Portis (Am continuing to try and catch up to all these movies I’ve seen!) True Grit is the remake of the 1979 original of the same name of the John Wayne classic western, this time directed by the Coen brothers. Most of the time, the Coen brothers does little to please me as I don’t enjoy the kind of humor they tend to throw on screen (No Country for Old Men comes to mind, as I really hated that film). I had my reservations going into this film, with the combination of not really liking the Coen brothers and really detesting most westerns. What I found was pleasantly surprising, and I think it’s due to the young female lead of Hailee Steinfeld. The story begins with the death of Mattie Ross’ (Hailee Steinfeld) father by the hired hand of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Wanting justice for her father’s death, she hires U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) […]