Gunaxin’s 2010 Movie Rundown

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With the Golden Globes this Sunday and the Oscars approaching fast, we here at Gunaxin decided to take a look back at the year in movies. This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but rather a rundown of the best and worst flicks we happened to see in 2010.

127 Hours – Danny Boyle does it again. The director of Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire hits another home run telling the harrowing true tale of rock climber Aron Ralston, portrayed by Oscar contender James Franco. – Scott Tunstall

Black Swan – Writer/director Darren Aronofsky excels at crafting uncomfortable yet compelling stories. This is no different. Plus Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis go lezbo. What’s not to like? – Scott Tunstall

Cop-Out – Just when you thought that the “white cop/black cop” movie idea couldn’t get any more tired, Cop Out brought in two actors who are both too old for action movies. – Sam Weber

Enter the Void – Drop acid, jump on a motorcyle and race 120 mph down the highway late at night. That might come close to duplicating director Gaspar Noé’s ethereal, hallucinogenic trip about a deceased drug dealer acting as guardian angel to his sister on the neon streets of Tokyo. If you thought Inception was a mindfuck, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. – Scott Tunstall

Exit Through the Gift Shop – Documentary or prankumentary, reclusive street artist Banksy’s debut film is a fascinating and funny journey into an underground world unfamiliar to most of us schlubs. I’ve watched it three times and still haven’t decided what’s real and what’s fabricated. – Scott Tunstall

Harry Potter 7 Part 1 – We think they’re saving all the good parts for the second half. – Sam Weber

How Do You Know? – Reese Witherspoon stars as the most awkward woman in the universe, along with Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson and Matthew McConaughey’s long lost brother Owen Wilson. While it’s a ways away from “good,” How Do You Know? definitely defies the “chick flick” trend with a much more accurate depiction of the reality of relationships. – Sam Weber

Inception – Rivaling Avatar for both usage of special effects and number of vehicles destroyed, Inception‘s depth and plot twists transcend the psychological thriller genre into the genre of ‘full-on mindfuck.’ The soundtrack can be found here. – Sam Weber

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Jackass 3DJackass 3D was better than Jackass 2, because it had 100% less horse semen consumption, but it also had 100% more poop volcanoes. Besides that, 3D has the same caliber of stupid stunt humor that the first two had, although the actual 3D element of the movie didn’t add much. – Sam Weber

Kick-Ass – A little girl drops “c*unts.” Nic Cage is tolerable. And the action, well, kicks ass. – Scott Tunstall

The King’s Speech – It’s like My Fair Lady, except with more royalty and less betting! – Sam Weber

Machete – Since my days of youth jerking off into socks while watching Salma Hayek take it from behind in Desperado, I’ve wanted to see this movie. It’s almost THAT good, as if they took the knife guy right out of that flick and made an entire movie about his journey. Danny Trejo is a complete and total bad ass, as is Robert De Niro… Jessica Alba is never hard on the eyes… cameos by Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Cheech, Jeff Fahey… it’s a formula that ALWAYS works for me. I’ll be adding it to the Blu-ray collection. – Bryan Douglass

Predators – Did we really need another Predator flick? No. The premise is interesting, but the execution misses the mark. It might have resonated fifteen years ago. Not in 2010. – Scott Tunstall

Red – An entertaining spy romp with a geriatric cast. Helen Mirren might be 65, but her firing a machine gun while wearing a white dress qualifies as a turn-on in my book. – Scott Tunstall

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – The real point of this movie is that Michael Cera has finally gotten past playing high schoolers. And also that he’s ok at playing the bass guitar. – Sam Weber

Shrek Forever After – Mercifully, the final chapter in the monumentally successful franchise. The comedy is trite and the sentiment falls flat. At least is was better than Shrek the Third. – Scott Tunstall

Shutter Island – It’s the second best Leonardo DiCaprio psychological thriller of 2010. – Sam Weber

The A-Team – A couple thrilling over the top action sequences prevent this ill-advised big screen adaptation of the popular ’80s small screen hit from being a total waste. – Scott Tunstall

The Kids Are All Right – More lesbians. A slightly overrated story about an unconventional family. It’s well-acted and mildly amusing, but falls victim to being predictable. Mark Ruffalo stands out playing a sperm donor daddy/interloper. – Scott Tunstall

The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin proves that he is still the master of quick-witted banter, even years after The West Wing ended. I’m not quite sure why this movie came out now, as opposed t0 about six years from now when Facebook goes bankrupt, but it was good nonetheless. – Sam Weber

The TouristThe Tourist is just another movie that shows Johnny Depp can be a great actor no matter how preposterous the script is. – Sam Weber

The Town – If not recently released on DVD I wouldn’t have seen it… and I understand it’s not a stretch for Ben Affleck to play some fuckin’ deviant townee bastard from Boston. That said, I enjoyed the story; it was a flick I could see with the misses and not feel like a total vagina hugger (and we both enjoyed), and the cast is pretty damn solid. John Hamm is a winner in my book, as are the Irish mobster from Sons of Anarchy and that little fat bastard that drove the crew and took the bullet in the end. It had violence, action, a few twists… what else ya’ want? – Bryan Douglass

Toy Story 3 –If you weren’t fighting back tears during this movie then you should be castrated because you’re not human. I don’t care who you are… if you are single, you can relate to the loss of innocence and youth. If you are married, you can relate to your own kids or the fact you’ve watched these movies for the past decade. There were several moments in this movie that tear your heart right out of your fuckin’ chest… that’s a good movie. Besides, Pixar deserves the lifetime achievement for the entire series. It will identified as one of the best by an entire generation of kids. – Bryan Douglass

True Grit – An excellent addition to the Coen Brothers catalog. This movie has everything you could want: Jeff Bridges, tongue biting, snarky 14-year-old girls, and more than ten fatal shootings. Plus, it’s a gold mine for one-liners. -Sam Weber

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Twilight: Eclipse – I think it’s time for us, as a society, to move past the Twilight series. The whole franchise could be summed up in a 30-second flash video. Girl meets hot vampire, then wants to marry him despite also wanting to hook up with hot werewolf. Then there’s a battle to the death and she becomes a vampire bride. Boring. And besides, it’s just Mormon propaganda.- Sam Weber

Winter’s Bone – Jennifer Lawrence delivers an incredibly brave and spot-on performance portraying a 17-year-old girl searching for her estranged ex-con father in the dangerous backwoods of rural Missouri, where the locals live by their own code. It was the best movie I saw in 2010 and features the craziest chainsaw scene since Scarface. – Scott Tunstall

Yogi Bear – I’m not going to write a review for this movie because I have absolutely no interest in watching it. This movie was scheduled to be released several decades after the show was canceled. The word “picnic” does not have an “a,” Justin Timberlake should not have an acting career, and I’m pretty sure that all the original voice actors from the Yogi Bear TV show are dead. – Sam Weber