Movie Reviews

Remember Me (2010)

remember-me-2010-movie-review-posterDirector: Allen Coulter

Genre: Romance, Drama

Runtime: 113 Minutes

Main Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin, Chris Cooper, Ruby Jerins, Martha Plimpton, Gregory Jbara, Meghan Markle

Plot: Tyler (Robert Pattinson) accepts a bet from his friend to try and hook up with the daughter of a police cop who wronged him as payback. Along the way he ends up falling in love with the girl, Ally (Emilie de Ravin) as they both struggle to deal with traumatic family events they both suffered years ago.

  • My Thoughts: Straight up, I’m giving you a SPOILER WARNING. There’s no way I can talk about this movie without mentioning the ending. Let me tell you how I got here in the first place, though. I’m starting to fall down a Robert Pattinson hole. It snuck up on me, he’s found himself into a lot of things I’ve been watching and well, it’s been a while since my last obsession so it was bound to happen eventually. Remember Me has been on the edge of my radar for years now and ironically, I could never remember why…

This is straight up angsty romance in every sense of the word. If you don’t like your romance movies to be depressing you’ll hate this, but I have a weird love for them. Tyler is completely lost, with no idea what he’s doing with his life but he’s a passionate family guy, and has a fierce protectiveness for his little sister. Ally has struggles of her own but fits into Tyler’s world perfectly. Of course, when a relationship starts because of a dare…it’s not going to stay a secret forever, and I knew the fallout was coming.

What I didn’t see coming? THAT ENDING. Bloody hell. Those last few minutes were so confusing. Everything seemed fixed, things were starting to look up, for everyone, but the music didn’t match the tone of the images and I couldn’t work out why. And then the tiny pieces of the puzzle fell into place and…oh man. Was it a cheap and easy way to evoke emotion from an audience? Maybe, but it ruined me. I turned the movie off and disappeared upstairs to ugly cry under a blanket!

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Best Bit: Although it’s one of the biggest, did not see that coming, kind of twist, it broke my heart and it’s not allowed to be the best bit. Being the total loser I am, my favourite scene was in the coffee shop or diner or wherever it was that Tyler introduced himself to Ally. His awkward yet witty charm…I fell for him.

Worst Bit: You know how everyone just hates it when the dog in the movie dies? Well that’s how I feel when kids in a movie are upset. Ever since becoming a parent, I just can’t handle it. So when Tyler’s little sister is mercilessly bullied at school, it really hurt to watch.

Fun Trivia: When casting, Twilight hadn’t come out yet, which means the producers had no idea the attention the movie was about to get when they cast Pattinson in the lead role of Tyler. “I didn’t know who he was,” Allen Coulter [Director] admitted. “That was an advantage, because I cast him just because I liked him.”

My Rating: 4 out of 5 cigarettes which Tyler will swear to you are his last ones.

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Movie Reviews

Black Swan (2010)

black-swan-movie-review-2010-posterDirector: Darren Aronofsky

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Sebastian Stan

Plot: Nina is a young, talented ballerina who finds herself fighting for the position of the Swan Queen in her company’s latest production. She is pushed back initially for not being able to embody the Black Swan as well as the White Swan, but as she strives for perfection, her mental state suffers.

My Thoughts: My youngest brother is a huge fan of twisty movies like Inception, Shutter Island and Memento. Can you imagine my frustration when he refuses to watch Fight Club because “I don’t want to watch a movie about boxing”?! I think he’s avoiding it on purpose now, the argument has gone on for years. Anyway…I guess in a way I’m guilty of the same, I’ve avoided Black Swan because I’m not really a fan of ballet.

Yes, there is a lot of ballet in this movie. There is some incredible dancing, as well as some shots of the dancer’s injured feet that made me cringe – but it’s not surprising with how much time these talented people spend on their toes. Black Swan is so much more than this though, it’s the story of a beautiful, shy girl’s descent into madness, and it’s such a thrilling ride. I’ve seen criminally little of Natalie Portman’s work so I’m open to suggestions of where to turn next, and this is also the first serious role of Mila Kunis’ I’ve seen, she was brilliant too.

10 years later, I think I might be the only person who hasn’t seen this movie yet, but on the rare chance you haven’t, definitely add this to your watch list. It’s slow in places but the payoff is so worth it. Whilst you’re at it, help me convince my brother to watch Fight Club. When I tell him it isn’t about boxing, he says “what is it about then?” and looks less than impressed when I tell him the first rule of Fight Club.

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Best Bit: The ending was so wild. I won’t spoil anything of course but the last 10 minutes are adrenaline-fuelled and you find yourself needing to know if what you just saw was real. You do find out – and bam, what a final shot. Just stunning.

Worst Bit: It’s been 10 years and we don’t have a spin-off movie about what happened to Winona Ryder’s character? Come on Hollywood, sort it out!

Fun Trivia: Natalie Portman met her future husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, on the set of this film. Portman herself pointed out the irony that his character in the film scoffs when asked if he’d have sex with Nina, and joked that obviously, he was a good actor.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 of the comfiest-looking slipper boots that I just want to hand out to everyone in this movie.

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Lists

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2010

This is going to a popular subject amongst all the bloggers right about now, but honestly? Trying to put together a Top 10 of the year list is difficult enough for me, there’s absolutely no way I could do a Top 100 of the decade, so I’m splitting it into ten posts, one Top 10 for each year, and that, essentially, will create a Top 100 of the decade. Make sense?

An interesting little note to be aware of, I started this blog right at the very end of 2016. I co-ran another blog with a friend that we started in 2014, but before then movies weren’t my main hobby. I’ve obviously gone back and watched older movies but looking at my stats, it’s quite shocking how few movies I’ve seen at the start of the decade! For example, I’ve seen just 39 movies released in 2010, compared to 75 for 2019, when we aren’t even at the end of the year yet!

In other words, you’ll have to forgive me if my early Top 10’s are a little…lacking.

Traditionally I went by UK release dates for these lists but it’s too difficult to keep track of, so I’ll be using the general release date instead. My aim is to post each day in the run-up to the new year, wish me luck!

2010 Movies Watched: 39

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#10 The Social Network

Not going to lie, The Social Network was probably the first biopic I ever saw. It damn sure set the bar high, though. It’s not surprising anymore, considering it was directed by David Fincher.

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#9 Toy Story 3

Toy Story was such a huge part of my childhood so it’s no surprise that the third movie was going to end up in my list. I was wary going in – I wasn’t keen on the new characters, but I was easily won over. The same happened this year with Toy Story 4.

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#8 Blue Valentine

Before Netflix released Marriage Story and made us all wonder if we would ever be happy again, we had Blue Valentine. I haven’t been able to ever bring myself to watch this one again, to be honest.

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#7 Despicable Me

Forget the sequels which don’t even stand close to the original, Despicable Me is a brilliant animated movie. Great story, fun characters, and something to enjoy for everyone.

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#6 Buried

I searched this one out on my Ryan Reynolds binge years ago and it probably remains my favourite movie of his. It’s not for everyone, the entire movie takes place in the box that the main character has been buried alive in, but oh my goodness that ending.

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#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I don’t need to even try to justify this one. It wasn’t the best movie in the Harry Potter universe was (that goes to Prisoner of Azkaban and I’ll fight you if you say I’m wrong) but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end of a wonderful franchise.

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#4 Tangled

Can anyone easily answer the question, ‘what’s your favourite Disney movie?’. There’s too many to choose from but if I had to, it would be Tangled. It’s the soundtrack that does it for me. A Disney musical is nothing without some catchy tunes, and Tangled has them in spades.

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#3 Shutter Island

Annoyingly, I watched Shutter Island in 2 parts. That’s not so bad, you might think, but I watched the second half first. Not deliberately, my parents were watching it and I walked in halfway through and joined them. It tainted the experience slightly, but it’s still a bloody good movie.

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#2 Incendies

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen shockingly few foreign-language movies, but Incendies was my first and I’ll never, ever forget it. It’s such a powerful movie about a broken family, and when things all come together at the end, it’s such a gut-punch. A brilliant movie, but not for the casual movie fan!

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#1 Inception

It’s been 9 years and I still love throwing suggestions around about that spinning top at the end. I think 2010 was the year I discovered my love for crazy, twisty, open endings, and Inception is probably the best example of one out there.

Lists

Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Movies

Shame on me, it’s been forever since I took part in Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks. I got into the swing of it, came across a week where I had nothing to contribute, and then fell off the wagon, hard. Typically now I’m back off holiday this week’s theme is a real struggle for me, but I do (just about) have 3 movies to bring to the table this week.

The theme, of course, is Non-English Language Movies. I’ve largely avoided these movies for the majority of my life because…well. I’m from England where we rarely learn any other language at a high level, and the thought of reading a movie was offputting. I’ve widened my horizons in recent years though, and I’ll happily watch any movie that other bloggers are raving about, no matter the language!

Here are my 3 favourites that I’ve seen so far…

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Incendies (2010)

If you’ve seen any of Denis Villenueve’s other movies (Prisoners, Sicario, Enemy, to name a few) then you know you’re in for a wild, often brutal ride. There are no happy endings here. Incendies is the story of a set of twins traveling to the Middle East to discover their family history, and it was one of those endings that has haunted me ever since. 100% a must watch!

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Speaking of no happy endings…Joon-ho Bong’s Memories of Murder was an exhausting (but worth it!) watch. It deals with three detectives desperately trying to solve the case of multiple murders. If you’ve watched Wind River (2017) and found it a good watch, then this should definitely be next on your list.

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Roma (2018)

A weird choice, considering I wasn’t exactly singing it’s praises when I reviewed it last year, but despite Roma not being the most exciting movie I’ve ever seen, it’s stuck with me ever since. On the surface, it’s a quiet story of a housemaid and the life she leads, but there are some really powerful moments in there.