It is a joy to watch an actor embody a role with complete confidence and understanding of the character. You might think I'm referring to the stars and seasoned character actors in "True Grit," which include Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper.
Hollywood definitely saved its best for last in 2010. No single movie looks to dominate the box office the way "Avatar" did last year, nor does any movie look poised to sweep the awards season (although "The Social Network" seems to be leading the pack for the moment).
In theory, the New York Yankees should win the World Series every year. Their total payroll is more than double that of 21 of the 29 other teams in Major League Baseball, and over $40 million more than the team with the second highest payroll. Which means every year they field more talent than each of their competitors. It also means their fans expect them to be perfect.
One of the most exciting movie events of the decade is entering its endgame this month. The last chapter of the Millenium trilogy, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," hits limited theatrical release this week and will hopefully spread out over the coming weeks.
Sitting through "Jackass 3D" was the worst 90 minutes I've spent in a movie theater. Hands down, no contest, ever. I can't imagine a more disgusting, stupid, pointless movie ever making it to mainstream theaters.
One of my greatest pet peeves is American remakes of great foreign films. I know there are people, probably plenty of you reading this, who simply don't enjoy reading subtitles. But I will never understand why it's better to watch an inferior remake just to avoid having to glance down to briefly read some dialogue.