Happy Friday everyone and welcome back to our pop culture loving review team member Cori. Before the last days of August slip away and the summer blockbusters leave the movie houses, we asked Cori to wrap up the best movies of the season. If you need to escape the heat for a few hours this weekend, or are lucky enough to have a local drive-in, check out one of these movies from the wht Top Five Movie of Summer 2010 list before the fall pictures roll in:
Easily one of the most talked about and successful blockbuster movies of the summer, Inception put the awe back in awesome. Hollywood heavyweights, director Christopher Nolan and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, team up to create one of the most visually dazzling, smart, edge-of-your-seat thrillers I’ve seen in recent years. The synopsis is almost too complicated to even explain in a paragraph, so to put it simply, Leo and his team are hired to perform corporate espionage by entering powerful people’s dreams.
Christopher Nolan is magician with set designs. When you see this movie you might think there is a lot of computer generating involved, and you would be wrong; everything in this movie is a real physical set that was created and then utilized by the actors. Not to mention that this film was shot in six different countries! It could be argued that Inception will be more influential on the future of blockbuster movies than Avatar. Finally, as Chris Nolan said himself, “It’s always good to have some Michael Cain in your film.”
2. I Am Love
This looks to be one of the more under looked, but highly regarded movies of the summer. I Am Love stars Tilda Swinton as Emma, the matriarch of a highly successful Milan family in a contemporary setting. Her husband has just inherited the family’s textile manufacturing company from his ailing father, and things seem to be looking well. However, now that all her children are grown (her son has begun to plan his marriage, and her daughter is discovering herself and the world while studying in London), Emma becomes restless in her lonely estate. She soon develops a relationship with her son’s business partner. Obviously, drama is about to unfold for this wealthy family.
I Am Love is an absolutely stunning film to watch unfold. The breathtaking beauty and richness of the Italian scenery, as well as the remarkable talent of actors made this movie stand out as among the best. Tilda Swinton, who was raised in England, is undeniably convincing as a native Russian who married into this Italian family. Apparently, she learned both Russian and Italian for this film, neither of which she spoke before. Imo, nearly every part of this film is perfect. A must see!
3. The Runaways
All you music lovers out there, this one is for you. The coming of age story about the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. The movie chronicles their story from 1975 through 1977. The band, consisting of teenage girls living near Hollywood, were majorly manipulated by their manager Kim Fowley and saw their share of drugs and sex while playing rock and roll. (See the wht ode to the Runaways here, complete with a comment by Cherie Currie!) Kristen Stewart surprised me in this movie, her awkwardness really worked for her role as Joan Jett. Dakota Fanning plays singer Cherie Currie, which also worked nicely. Dakota’s pre-teen innocent appearance contributes greatly to the captivating nature of her metamorphosis into rock diva.
As a bonus, you don’t have to leave the couch for this one! The Runaways is now available on DVD.
4. Alice In Wonderland 3-D
For those of you who grew up reading/watching Alice in Wonderland, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that this movie isn’t a remake of the famous tale. Tim Burton continued the story, with a 19 year old Alice returning to Underland and reuniting with some of her old friends, including The Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp. Throughout the movie she learns her true destiny: to end the Red Queens reign of terror. Seeing this in 3-D is well worth it. You will feel like you are right there in Underland with Alice. Little flying creatures will be flying around your head and the foliage will be at your fingertips. Tim Burton really has an eye for the dark and quirky things in life and I think that is key for making this movie successful. This Wonderland is a magical and eerie place that you will undoubtedly fall in love with.
Tada: Alice in Wonderland is also available on DVD
5. The Other Guys
I may be a little biased on this one because I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I feel that The Other Guys is worth seeing; not only will you laugh uncontrollably, you will walk out of the theater with a ton of one liners to use on your friends. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up as two mismatched New York detectives; Allen Gamble, (Ferrell) is a forensic accountant who is happy to do paper work and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) has been stuck with Gamble after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter. Do Gamble and Hoitz finally get a chance to prove themselves as real detectives when they stumble upon a case? I can’t say too much more on this one, as I don’t want to ruin it for you, but things don’t go as planned and hijinks abound!
we heartsters -what did I miss? Share your favorite movies of the summer!
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