A New Year's Resolution for 2011

I made a New Year's Resolution to watch a movie every day of 2011 - not sure my family approves & not sure how long it will last...
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The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ Day 1:
Wow. If there's ever been a more likely vehicle for a Best Supporting Actor then I'm struggling to think of one.
Don't get me wrong; Marky Mark, his girlfriend, his mother (and Dopey, Grumpy, Sleepy & the rest of his sisters) are excellent, however Christian Bale (looking almost as unhealthy as he did in 'The Machinist') makes being a crack addict about as attractive as Kanye West at an awards show.
10/10 (It's hard to be objective when it's the first film in the list - but hey it really blew my freakin' mind) ” - pixelvandals
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ Day 2:
Maybe I was just tired, but this really didn't do it for me. Personally, I find it very difficult not to think every actor, in every western, is simply over-acting. Jeff Bridges drove me insane, Matt Damon was perhaps slightly less wooden than usual & Josh Brolin was not unbearable - for me the little girl was the film's saving grace.
5/10 (It really pains me to give it that low of a rating as I am usually a massive fan of the Coens. I was tempted to give it a 6, but then I remembered the freakin' ending, I mean was it really necessary to be spoon fed that cheese platter - at least leave the future to our imaginations, please.) ” - pixelvandals
The Book of Eli (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. (118 mins.)
“ Day 3:
Post-apocalyptic movies are somewhat hit-and-miss for me; for every Mad Max there is a Waterworld, however I am usually pretty forgiving of massive plot-holes and non-sensical character traits (I even like The Postman).
So I guess I wasn't expecting much from this film (and I still haven't forgiven Denzel for wining Best Actor for Training Day) so I was pleasantly surprised to find out this movie pretty much freakin' rules!
7/10 (Despite the fact that I despise overtly religious iconography in movies I just couldn't help myself here. Denzel is just plain BADASS (so much better than Will Smith in I Am Legend), Mila is a nice diversion & Gary Oldman is deliciously insane...) ” - pixelvandals
Never Let Me Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ Day 4:
Organ donation is always a hot-topic and one visited in movies quite a bit, most recently in the Hollywood Gore-Fest Repo Men (which I really, really liked), so I had my doubts about what I'd heard was more of a slow-paced English Snore-Fest.
Thankfully I had been somewhat led up the garden path - Keira Knightley proves that in the right hands she can be sublime and is ably supported by Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in performances that are so true you kind of forget the somewhat gruesome background the story is played out against.
9/10 (Beautiful cinematography and a mesmerising score enable this delicately directed romance to stand head & shoulders above most - Nobody does an ensemble like the English!) ” - pixelvandals
Megamind (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
“ Day 5:
Let me begin by saying that I am not the hugest fan of animated movies. I've never been on the Shrek or Toy Story bandwagon, so while the voice talent & story for Megamind had me pumped, I was still a little apprehensive (+ it was in 3-D, which if you ask me is a victory of filmmarketing over filmmaking, but now is not the time for that particular argument).
OK, so... umm... I thoroughly enjoyed it, there were several genuinely funny moments, however as I left the cinema with my wonderful children we pondered the question of how much of Megamind was actually aimed at kids & how much would have flown well over their cute, little heads - after all, these films are aimed at kids, aren't they?
7/10 (I know that blockbuster animated films are golden geese for the studios, but I'm a little over them, in the next few months alone we will be bombarded by Kung-Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Yogi Bear, Gnomeo & Juliet, Rango, Rio, Mars Needs Mums!, Winnie the Pooh, Puss in Boots, Happy Feet 2 & I am sure the list will go on - surely there's room for kids films that aren't animated - you know... real films... anyone - please?) ” - pixelvandals
Street Dreams (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This story is based where the skateboard culture is the most foreign, the Midwest. Derrick Cabrera, like all skaters... (88 mins.)
“ Day 6:
I just snuck in with this one, day 6 & I almost failed, thankfully Street Dreams was their to keep me awake.
I have always rated Snoop Dogg as the coolest man alive, but I am really beginning to think that Rob Dyrdek may well now own that title. Skateboarding a car, jumping off buildings, selling awesome gym equipment, gymkahna-ing with Ken Block... and now - acting in the best-worst film of 2009/10 - Street Dreams.
Now I may be biased cos I grew up actually watching the Bones Brigade videos & other assorted 80s skate movies, but Street Dreams rocked my world in the same way a good throwback jersey does... fond memories!
7/10 (Rob Dyrdek is such a whiney bitch in this film, I can only imagine the amount of behind-the-scenes shit that went on during filming - yes I am jealous) ” - pixelvandals
Jonah Hex (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth. (81 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Hayward
“ Day 7:
Well one week down - 51 to go! And boy did I pick a steaming turd to bring home the first week...
Some comics simply SHOULD NOT be made into films. It is as simple as that - Jonah Hex is a badass dude who can talk to dead people by laying his hands on them, he belches crows for god's sake - what crack-head thought this type of thing would translate to a feature film?
What the f*#k was John Malkovich thinking? Josh Brolin probably thought that the fact he didn't really have to change wardrobe between this & True Grit was enough of a reason to sign on...
4/10 (I contemplated giving it a 5 for Megan Fox's amazing corset, but decided that it would be an insult to the Cohen brothers...) ” - pixelvandals
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest. (114 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ Day 8:
I know it was formulaic, but most odd-couple comedies are & I honestly thought there was enough in Dinner for Schmucks to keep people entertained. Sure, there were a few moments that dragged on a bit too long, clearly trying to allow the audience to fully grasp the hilarity of Steve Carell's physical comedy + a few moments where me & my son thought other acting performances were a little off the mark, but overall I thought this movie was sweet, funny & thoroughly enjoyable.
6/10 (Maybe a 7, but I think I'm giving too many 7s and may soon resort to halfmarks - so let's call it a 6.5... We also loved the Flight of the Concords connections - Jermaine was a Sexy Beast!) ” - pixelvandals
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ Day 9:
I'm feeling a little dirty... 9 days in & there are two animated films on this list, I am going to have to watch some horror/gore/slasher movies to boost my credibility again!
What is it with animated films - you always seem to be able to 'project' family & friends onto characters within them? In my case though it is one of my dogs - Honey! Whenever there is a goofy/funny/senile horse/bear/anteater there is Honey - that's why I loved Tangled - Max the horse is straight up Honey the dog! Seriously though Tangled is your usual interesting 'Disney' twist on an old classic fairytale... intelligent, funny & heartwarming (even if the witch/mother looked disturbingly like Cher).
7.5/10 (Up from a straight 7 because it stopped my kids arguing for 90 minutes or so - the 'Power of Disney' no matter how old they get!) ” - pixelvandals
Unstoppable (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Day 10:
Ahhh, if I really needed any more proof of the fact, then Unstoppable once and for all is that proof - Denzel really is 'The Black Kevin Costener'! (You know, no matter what the film is, Denzel just plays Denzel...)
Unlike my son (whom I sometime suspect has ADD) I thought Unstoppable built nicely, intertwining several storylines - each with thoughtful (if not somewhat predictable) characters. Tony Scott really creates 'Thinking Man's Action Movies' like no other director and I found myself quite engrossed in the film (although I really thought Denzel was going to die - in fact as a special feature I reckon it would be a great 'alternate ending').
7/10 (Not only did I think it was impeccably timed, but Scott creates a beautiful looking movie, showing that just because you have an action movie doesn't mean you have to forget about the visuals...) ” - pixelvandals