Thursday, November 18, 2010

Best of the Decade

As a movie nerd, I can't help myself. I have to copy everyone else and list my top 10 movies of the past decade. Let it be clear that these are on here because they balance artistic validity with appeal; they appeal to me. Their order is none in particular.

Following are all of the honorable mentions I couldn't fit in 1 through 10.

Top 10 Movies- 2000-2009

1. Gladiator (2000)
2. Road to Perdition (2002)
3. Children of Men (2006)
4. Sunshine (2007)
5. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
6. Watchmen (2009)
7. Moon (2009)
8. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
9. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
10. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Best Western
Open Range (2003)

Best Sci-Fi Movie
Pandorum (2009)

Best Sports Movie
Miracle (2004)

Best Horror
28 Days Later (2002)

Best Comedy
who cares???

Best Action
The Bourne Identity (2002)

Most Unforgettable Movie of the Decade
The Road (2009)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Smurfs Look Even Cartoon-ier in 2-D

My search for reference-quality blu-rays had a close call last month, as I narrowly avoided buying one of the Transformer films just to have them. Instead, I went with a movie I can actually stand, Avatar.

This movie was like a gosh darn roller coaster in 3-D, and the computer animation was the most convincing I'd ever seen. However, even though the blu-ray is probably the best ever made, it can't make the Na'Vi look like they're anything other than cartoons. So half the movie looks like a cartoon. The 3-dimensional effect is the only thing that made Cameron's movie look like the greatest achievement in visual effects ever. And the other half looks like it was shot on home video. The whole movie might just as well have been made in a computer.

If I had wanted to buy a cartoon on blu-ray, I would have bought Toy Story.