January 6, 2011

MRQE Rewind: The 5 Best (and 5 WORST) Films of 2010

The best films of 2010 were all ironically about men--whether they involved a nearly paralyzing speech impediment, a physical struggle to regain memory, a battle of ownership on a social media domain, or the basic search for love--leading men held a huge part in the box office this year. While on the parallel, the worst films of this year had absolutely nothing to do with gender. What made these films bad was that the humor was down right bad--from the mockery of pop culture to failed romantic and family comedies, the humorous films of 2010 we here at MRQE have already forgotten. And, regardless of how some films failed to even tread water at the box office, the films that did succeed were incredible and memorable; and the leading men will leave a lasting impression on any film goer of 2011.

The 5 BEST Films of 2010

5. Marwencol – MRQE Metric: 84

This truly beautiful film, directed by Jeff Malmberg, illustrates the tale of Mark Hogencamp, a man brutally beaten outside a bar leaving him in a coma with no memory. The strong comparison Malmberg creates, from the war happening in Hogancamp’s front yard (set in WWII Belgium), to the fantastical life in Hogencamp’s backyard--playground and fields filled with Barbies and G.I. Joe soldiers--is a stunning paradox. How Malmberg established such a soft, yet true documentary of art and identity allows the viewer to ponder Hogancamp’s artistic talent. A great film to watch, Marwencol is truly one of the best movies to come out this year.

4. The King’s Speech – MRQE Metric: 86
One of Colin Firth’s best performances, The King’s Speech is a modern look at King George IV’s speech impediment. Nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards (and a sure bet for this year's Academy Awards), The King’s Speech honors a cast whose on-screen relationship create a powerful and wise glance at a historical man’s personal struggle. Helena Bonham Carter, a gift to see on-screen, plays the role of soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth. Carter’s character throughout the film enhances the connection between the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and the King. From the struggles, to the war outside, to the internal torment Firth’s character faces, nether actor or character seems to break perfect stride as the film ascends. Not a moment of The King’s Speech should be missed; it's a pleasure to see from opening breathe, to King’s true final speech.

3. Another Year – MRQE Metric: 84
A truly classic film of marriage and divorce, Another Year, written and directed by Mike Leigh, brings in the organic British remedy of love. This fascinating tale of ordinary people and their trips and trails in life--similar to that of Love Actually--allows the audience to relate to the masterful performances by Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville. Both characters’ passion, yet mediocre love, their son’s struggle for love, and the relationships among their friends, allow a “melancholy but forgiving” message that life, love, and death for these characters is not a fear, but a realization. Everything that happens in between these stages of life is just life. Another Year, aside from its deep reminder of the highs and lows of life, is a memorable and timeless film.

2. The Social Network  MRQE Metric: 86
The highly anticipated film, The Social Network, portrays the birth of Facebook at Harvard University. Praised for its casting and marked "the movie of the decade," David Fincher’s film tells the story of how a small viral network became a billion dollar business. With "finger’s being pointed" and a generation being defined, The Social Network explores how this highly profitable business unfolds from Mark Zuckerberg’s point-of-view--played effortlessly by Jessie Eisenberg. Great for audiences of all ages, The Social Network seemingly became a movie classic overnight. With international praise reigning true, Fincher’s notable tale is a “must see film” for anyone living in the modern age.

1. Toy Story 3 – MRQE Metric: 90
A dynasty of films, Toy Story 3, has truly lived up to its 2010 anticipation. From Buzz to Woody to the rest of the animated gang, this happy-go-lucky movie has fantastically rounded out the Toy Story Trilogy. Now released on DVD and Blu-Ray, viewers will love this film for its light-hearted jokes, and more honest taste of true Pixar talent. Toy Story 3 weaves the tale of Andy going off to college, and the fate of each toy. Yet, with an underlying theme of survival and love, Toy Story 3 has become the perfect final installment of the toy’s lives.

The 5 WORST Films of 2010

5. The Back-up Plan – MRQE Metric: 32
As Jennifer Lopez tries again to break into the realm of romantic comedies, her acting--and this film, in general--fall quite short. The Back-up Plan, written by Kate Angelo and directed by Alan Poul, speaks of a women’s biological clock desperately ticking. Though as the film progresses, it seems as if the audience members' clocks were ticking too. Simply another 90-minute platform for Lopez to move around the big screen, the transparency of this film speaks as "just another romantic comedy." This quite unmemorable film is likely to be on found in airplanes' on-demand features and stay-at-home television movie night.

4. Little Fockers – MRQE Metric - 32
Some films should not have sequels, and this is one of them. Little Fockers, with the similar cast of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, should have stopped at Meet the Fockers. This film, now with the titular "little Fockers," proves that jokes can only go so-dry and laugh-tracks so-long. Without any more density than that of the second film, this was an unnecessary addition to the Focker’s series. And, aside from impressive supporting role faces of Barbara Streisand, Jessica Alba, and Harvey Keitel, this was a quite forgettable film. Let’s just hope Paul Weitz and John Hamburg feel the same way.

3. Furry Vengeance – MRQE Metric 29
Not one of Brendan Fraser’s strongest roles, Furry Vengeance is a typical film about the power struggle between man and animal. As a real estate developer (played by Fraser) moves his family from Chicago to Oregon, many problems stem from the relationship Fraser has to that of the local woodland creatures. The animals develop a control issue as Fraser attempts to cultivate the forest land around them. So, the animals begin to fight back in light-hearted and youthful ways. While a true family comedy, this eco-friendly glance into forest life and the cuddly creatures that inhabit it, does not live up to any great expectations.

2. The Nutcracker in 3D – MRQE Metric 27
As if everyone and their mother have not yet seen The Nutcracker, this film simply pushed that meter over the top. Not a great idea on director Andrey Konchalovskiy’s part, this dreamlike tale of a Viennese Christmas simply carries the plot far too much. And aside from Konchalovskiy’s best efforts to make his nearly “twenty year long dream come true,” he may have been the only person who interpreted any satisfaction from this film. A great recommendation would be to stick to the classics on this one and avoid the modern 3D glance at this traditional holiday tale.

1. Vampires Suck – MRQE Metric 25
True to the second part of this title, the pointless mocking that filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer create is unnecessary and simply not very good. And, although, we here at MRQE are usually quite fond of most vampire films, this was not one that gave any light to the allure of the Twlight Saga or the mystery that men like Dracula once created. The MRQE radar barely moved, and true to our critics' choice, this is not a film we recommend. The acting was dry and the plot has been seen before, so avoid this laugh-free film.


1 comment:

  1. What about MacGruber one of the worst of all time. People were leaving the theater and the manager was only too happy to refund my money after I told him that I paid for this piece of trash.


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