Movie Awards

So, we’ve finally finished the year. As we move towards the start of another year it is the time that most people reflect on the year that came before. movie tavern exton In the film world this is also the time when movie critics and fans look back over the previous year. In addition, it is the time for awards. As the Critics’ choice Awards come up to be held in only a few weeks, and the Oscars just two months ago, it’s safe to say that the red carpet has officially opened.

Today, I’m going join that the ring when we announce the Couch Potato Club’s 2010 Movie Awards. On the first day I’d like to declare that I’m going do something different from the big awards shows. First, you’ll be able to see certain categories that are common However, there’ll be some unusual ones. You can call me crazy, but the most important factor to judge an entertainment film is its worth. While all the other aspects of making a film aid in making a film better, but I think entertainment can be judged by a film’s technical proficiency to determine if it’s excellent or not. Therefore, I won’t be giving the “artsy” movies just because of their “cinematic achievement” (whatever the it is). Instead I’ll judge them on the quality of entertainment (with the story, acting and story. being the main aspects).

So, without further delay this is the list of those who won the inaugural year-long Couch Potato Club Movie Awards.

Best Film: Inception

My personal preference was to Inception and Black Swan. I’ve literally spent hours thinking about it in my head about which is my favorite film for the season. But it’s clear that Inception triumphs. Inceptionwas equally excellent in every way. With intelligent writing, excellent acting and fun action, fantastic cinematography, and on, the film delivered in a style with outstanding substance. Nolan has once more demonstrated the reasons he is among (if not the) most sought-after directors in the world today. A narrative genius. After watching this film it has made me realize the great blessing Nolan has been to Hollywood in the real sense. Everyone who is in Hollywood should be making notes. This is what a blockbuster movie needs to be made. Don’t fool yourself that blockbuster action films will remain the staple of Hollywood for a while to be. Although this is fine but the issue is in their superficiality and boring and “eh”. They typically depend on action sequences that are cool and stunning special effects. But not Inception however. This movie provides all that, but then actually brings substance to that style giving us an engaging and mind-bending/intelligent storyline to go with it. This blend of elements is what makes the film my favorite film of the year.

Best Actor: James Franco – 127 Hours

I’ve already said it, and I’ll repeat it here Do you want to determine the worthiness for an actor? Place him in a scene in which he’s the only actor ever to be onscreen and is required for the duration of the film by himself. The weight of the movie lies in his hands. Will be shining? Do he break? That’s the question. Some actors have demonstrated themselves similarly (Will Smith and Tom Hanks). In my opinion, the “retard role” (and”retard” as a “retard role”) is one of the most effective ways to evaluate an actor to determine whether he’s one of the greatest. Thus, let’s look at James Franco and 127 Hours. As a mountain climber who finds himself trapped under a boulder and left to his own devices, Franco is left to carry the entire movie by himself. Can he make it through? He certainly does. In a high-quality manner at that. Maintaining the interest, expressing an array of emotions throughout the film, and engaging you by himself, Franco clearly shows he was able to take on the task at hand and emerge victorious. That’s why Franco is my favorite acting hero this year.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Natalie’s role in Aronofsky Psychological thriller amazing. Her most memorable work to date according to me. As a character that demands her to change from sweet little princess girl to girl who is wild (in the dark side sort of way) She hits every note without skipping one step. The most important thing in a great actor or actress is the range. Anyone can be successful in a role which was specifically designed for them (in keeping with their own persona) However, the ability to vary and playing various characters/personas is where actors and actresses can demonstrate their talents to the fullest extent. Through Black Swanalone, Natalie Portman has shown, within the span of just two hours she was in, that she is more versatile than the majority of actresses. She showed more versatility in a single performance than many perform throughout their careers. In the wake of such an amazing performance, Natalie Portman gets my vote as the actress best of. I’m not sure it’s even a matter of discussion.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter

This one is a fact and can’t be debated. Bale completely stole from the stage in every scene that he was as a character in The Fighter. The weight loss alone demonstrates Bale’s dedication and dedication to his craft. Additionally, the way Bale was able to completely become a character of a crackhead and take on the character of Dicky Eklund only further demonstrated the amazing actor Bale is. To demonstrate how amazing his performance was and how amazing his performance was, the video of the real Dicky in the credits show you how Bale did his job. It was similar to looking into the mirror of Dicky.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter

The support cast in The Fighter was simply fantastic. They’re the ones who helped keep the movie going. Leo’s portrayal of his “white trash” overbearing mother was a great performance and was one (along and Bale’s acting) which really made the film shine. Without these twoactors, The Fighter bombs.

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

The most enjoyable film was Black Swan and Inception for me. Aronofsky’s direction here was damn close to flawless. It was an excellently-directed film. From the camera angles and the music to telling of the story to the performances from his actors, Aronofsky did a great job of presenting this thrilling story with great precision on every level. Since he is one of my most favored modern directors, it’s not a surprise that Aronofsky keeps impressing me each year.

Best Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin – Black Swan

Screenplay/story is the most important element in determining if the film is enjoyable. In the end, if you don’t have an engaging and enjoyable story, your film will just continue to be a flop. It’s not a surprise that for me was down to Black Swan and Inceptionagain The two films competing with me for the Best Film award. But, ultimately, I’m going with Black Swan edging out of this category. The story was fantastic according to me. It was a thrilling and fascinating story that kept you on your feet all the way through. The best part however, was the subtext that was present throughout the film. It ranged from “life imitates art” to the “greed can consume us all” to the discussion of the pressure that is placed on entertainers and the dangers they face by letting themselves go in the performance to appear “perfect”. This story was all about it and was firing on all different cylinders. It was an amazing story, and I loved the way the main character’s story started to reflect the person she wanted to portray on the stage.

Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter

I suppose, after previous support awards that this shouldn’t come as no surprise. But, I’ll say I had been seriously thinking about The Town for this award. It had an outstanding overall performance by its all cast. The cast from The Fighter was very good across all aspects. In fact, Mark Wahlberg was decent enough (and I’m not particularly fond about the actor). But his performance was weak link and his role was bland. But, the rest of the cast turned into excellent performances that, on the total, really brought you into the characters within the story. The acting from Bale and Leo were a great way to push the entire ensemble over the over the top. While, Amy Adams delivered a impressive performance that was making a statement.

Breakout Performance of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone

The movie , in my opinion, discovered was a bit overrated. But, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone did an incredible job acting as Ree Dolly. Without Jennifer Lawrence, the entire film would have been a waste. But, her performance was extremely enjoyable to observe. It was valuable as I got to see that she is actually an exceptionally skilled actor. Prior to this, I’d only seen her on ‘The William Engvall Show’ in which she is the typical teenager who is a bit ditzy. That’s not a bad thing, considering there are millions and one girls capable of pulling off this role. The transformation from a awkward teenager to this slick und convincing show was certainly an experience for me and proved her worth to me. In recognition of her performance, she is awarded my Breakout Performance of the year award.

Best Action Movie: Inception

Inception is the winner this time. Of course , being the Best Film of the Year and all, it’s bound to be a winner in its particular genre. The film fires on all cylinders to provide an unending thrill ride especially in the latter part of the movie. Particularly the last part, with gunfights, battles, chases, etc. are an adrenaline thrill of excitement. Again, this is pretty much the Hollywood-action-blockbuster film perfected.

Best Comedy: Get Him to the Greek

Okay, here’s an area where some may disagree from me (if they don’t already). It’s my opinion that the criteria for determining the Best Comedy movie should mainly be based on the movie that was the most entertaining. Sure, there are some films I enjoyed more that fit into that class (Scott Pilgrim), but in terms of comedy, they weren’t as funny as the level of Get him in The Greek. Russell Brand is just hilarious. The part he played as a usual rocker was hilarious and hilarious. In fact “P Diddy” (who I dislike) was hilarious during the film. It really was the most fun film of the year.

Best Animated Movie: How to Train Your Dragon

Yes we’re doing this. I’m going to kick Pixar off the road this year, and let someone else take the Best Animated prize. Although I enjoyed Toy Story 3 however for me, the movie How to Train Your Dragon was simply the better film and had more fun. It was funny, cute, inspirational in its own unique way, and refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The How to Train Your Dragon was one of the films that had depth and heart, and was stunning (both in terms of story and animation-wise). A film that really appeals to kids and adults alike.

Best Horror Movie: Paranormal Activity 2

I was awed by the first and the sequel is to be no other than the first. Paranormal Activity has been an inspiration for the horror genre, I think. Part 2 is an important saving grace for Hollywood as the franchise moves mainstream. With great pacing and storytelling that is Paranormal Activity 2 as its predecessor is a great way to bring the art of suspense and tension back to an almost empty genre. It is a masterful job of letting you get into your mind and let it go free, while also terrorizing you. It’s a refreshing film within the genre, I’m looking forward to the third installment this autumn.

Best Thriller: The Town

Yes, I know Black Swan is an action film, and I’m completely convinced that it’s the most enjoyable film. But, just like the comedy I think that it’s the Best Thriller movie should be evaluated primarily by its “thrill” aspect. Although Black Swan did take me by surprise and keep me my excitement, The Town was able to pull that off better. Perhaps because the way they performed it was more geared towards that I’m not sure. But, The Town was a great movie that kept me in an edge from beginning to the end pretty much. The action was thrilling The movie was intense, and it was never letting up after it began to race so fast that I could not resist being enthralled while I was taken on that adrenaline journey.

Best Docudrama: The Social Network

Social Networking has spread rapidly over the last years, and it should come with no wonder that the phenomenon could ultimately become the basis for the film. The Social Network isn’t just any film , however. Being an one of the highly talked-about films of the year, and proving to be the film for the entire year. the film is an excellent all-round film which everyone must see. It’s also among the top influential film of our time (that as well as its companion “Catfish”).

Best Indie Film: Buried

Another film that will keep you entertained throughout (yes it appears that I have a fascination with thrillers). With such a small setting and a bare the cast, Buried just appears to be set to fail. Despite all the risks, it does manage to turn into a exciting and engaging film with Reynolds doing a great job.

Best Fight: Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight – Inception

The special effects and visuals were just one aspect of the thing that makes Inception an absolute hit for me. The fight sequence was just one which stood out above all the others. It was innovative, interesting to watch, exciting It was an extremely enjoyable fight, and quite amazing.

Tearjerker of the Year: Toy Story 3

Did I ever weep? No. But, Toy Story 3 I think is the best film of this year that will likely make people weep. . Whatever the reason, Toy Story 3 will surely get the emotions flowing for many. With scenes such as the scene in the incinerator and Andy’s last time playing with his toy (especially when he finds out Woody is inside and decides to part with the toy that began the whole thing), Toy Story 3 definitely has moments that will really tug at those heartstrings.

Best On-Screen Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Both of them are among the top young actors of these days (Gosling is my top choice as the best actor under 30 or even). They show their merit in this film and in the film itself. With their powerful and impressive performances, both of them shine on screen together. Their chemistry is awe-inspiring and the real emotions they express throughout their time in the film makes for a great experience.

Best Villain: Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Jason Schwartzman is truly funny almost times I’ve seen Jason Schwartzman. His performance on screen in Scott Pilgrim was just the icing for a great film. The classic Schwartzman brought humor and wit to the character, standing out as my favourite character in a film filled with villains.

Worst Movie of the Year: The Last Airbender

I’m not going to speak about it. Everyone knows that it’s a flop. Shyamalan once again shows, despite his previous film ( The Happening which was a disaster) that he has the ability to surpass himself and create the most awful film previously. The man is going through a spiral of chaos straight to the bottom of the barrel.

Most Overrated Movie of the Year: The Kids Are All Right

I’m sorry. The film wasn’t great. The acting was good. Mark Ruffalo was pretty much the only saving grace in the film. Apart from that, the film was pretentious, made up and boring.  The film was not funny or funny even a bit.

Most Underrated Movie of the Year: Kick-Ass

Sure, the film received good reviews and even had a decent performance on its first weekend.  It’s one of the most impressive comic book adaptations I’ve seen for quite a while. It was for me more impressive than its competition Scott Pilgrim.  It’s very entertaining and everyone should take a look.

Best TV Show (Drama): The Walking Dead

There are however certain dramas that I do watch occasionally. The season of The Walking Dead was one of those shows that hooked me and made me fall in love with it. It made me want to watch the next season and sad that I’ll have to wait for so for so long.

Best TV Show (Comedy): Modern Family

With a hilarious ensemble cast and hilarious written material, Modern Family is one of my most fav new shows on TV recently. With “The Office” becoming a miss or a miss these days, Modern Familyis the one that has me having the funniest laughs. The most notable thing is that Eric Stonestreet as “Cam” always makes me laugh, and truly steals the show every time he is on. His performance is what really puts this show on the edge for me. However, Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons performance do come at a very close third to me Read more

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