Everybody’s Chattin’: Top ten reviews from other bloggers

Happy Friday, everybody! For the first year’s edition of Everybody’s Chattin’, I thought I’d do something different and list ten instead of the usual five. Inspired by Luke @ Cynicritics’ It’s the Most Wonderful Posts of the Year, and the fact that I find review writing the most challenging part of blogging, I selected 10 reviews of 2010 movies I either haven’t seen and/or haven’t yet reviewed.

Writing reviews takes a special skill and these bloggers have done a great job in presenting a critique that’s engaging, a joy to read, as well as informative without giving away spoilers. The last one is crucial as my dental hygienist just spoiled a pretty critical plot about Black Swan as she shared what she thought about the film!! 😦

Anyway, without further ado, here they are in alphabetical order:

  1. 127 Hours
    Review by Castor @ Anomalous Material
    “Should you see 127 Hours? Absolutely, it is one of the year’s best film and a triumphant affirmation of the human spirit.”
  2. Another Year
    Review by Andrew @ theFILMblog
    “A real testament to the rich and enthralling talent currently found in this particular era of British cinema. Mike Leigh: Another Year. Another Hit.”

  3. Black Swan
    Review by The ScarletSp1der
    Black Swan inventively and impressively depicts the individualized stories and struggles of the characters in a manner that is rarely seen. Aronofsky tells the tale through his film that is its own brand of movie: a unique blend of romance, music, self-discovery, suspense, and horror.”
  4. Easy A
    Review by Sam @ BananaOilMovies
    “Chalk another one up for literary staple turned teen movie. With an excellent lead, a strong supporting cast, some solid, non-dated humor, and several nods to the classics of the genre, Easy A is a worthy addition to both unconventional adaptations and to teen movies.”

  5. The Fighter
    Review by Aiden @ Cut the Crap Movie Reviews
    “It’s a poor man’s Rocky, but it does have the best ensemble cast of the year and that goes a long way.”
  6. Monsters
    Review by Richard @ Celluloid Zombie
    Monsters is the alien invasion movie with an Indie sensibility. And, like Signs, the presence of the aliens is a backdrop to a far more human story. There are moments of carnage, but these only occur whenever the military make an appearance, which begs the question of who the title of the movie really refers to.”
  7. Somewhere
    Review by Andy @ Fandango Groovers
    “One thing that can’t be faulted is the acting, Stephen Dorff perfectly captures his character and makes him totally believable, probably even more so than Bill Murray’s Bob Harris in Lost in Translation. Elle Fanning looks as accomplished as her older sister did at a similar age.”
  8. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
    Review by Marc @ Go-See-Talk
    “Leave it to the Brits to tell so much story with so little information and exposition. This is a near perfect film and one that shows you don’t have to make it overblown like Ransom to make it effective and impacting.”
  9. The Town
    Review by Luke @ Cynicritics
    “Out of its countless surprises, The Town saves the best for last, which is proving that Ben Affleck, as a director, is not even close to done baby, done.”

  10. True Grit
    Review by MadHatter @ The Dark of the Matinee
    “This movie takes those Coen-isms and dots a grim and classic tale with them. In many ways it contains touchstones of all their greatest films, while still being very faithful to the source material.”

And since we’re on the subject of critiquing movies, Fitz @ NeverMindPop Film wrote an insightful essay on a controversial film critic: Armond White or: How I Learned to Stop Caring and Ignore the Troll


But before you click over to these wonderful posts, first tell me: what are your movie watching plans this weekend and if you happen to be a movie blogger yourself, what have been the toughest review to write in 2010?