Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Is Up And Still No Aliens... What's The Deal??

My childhood was a lie. I was brought up on movies with a firm expectation that at least by the year 2010 we'd know of other life beyond our world. Perhaps they'd be our friends, or we their masters. Or perhaps they would rule us -after all they did travel millions of lightyears through heavy meteor showers, temperature shifts, gravity jumps, and Rosche Limits (for all of you extradimensional enthusiasts) just to visit us- with the simple thought of a new home to find us inhabiting that new home like a bunch of natives who still haven't figured out that Hydrogen, when infused with Zinc and ionized to the second particle, can in fact create a sustainable warp drive for any nonchalant space voyage to the local Ralph's, thus forcing us to take cover as a resistance sect with a promised squad of fighters hidden just behind the sun to save us in the nick of time........ but I digress.

I guess all I can really talk about right now is 2010 as it has been. And what it has been is... well, reality. I don't think I knew reality before this year. I've been known to oversimplify and idealize things. This year I found myself actually working. And still managing to do what I love to do when I'm allowed to do it, because it's damn hard to get an acting gig but when they come along you gotta catch 'em. I'm an actor. It's nice to know that is still progressing. I've only lived my whole life with that intention, so I think 2011 will be an interesting year.

But back to 2010. The focus here is movies... and where were the good alien movies this year? Hm? Anyway,  I'm gonna make a list... or rather three lists: Favorites, Honorable Mentions, and Most Disappointing. I'll start with the later.

Most Disappointing Films of 2010:

The Tempest
It hurt my heart so bad to hate... hate's too strong... to meh this movie. Nothing happens. It's not the Tempest I know nor is it interesting. I was sadly ashamed to be in that theatre by the end.

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable either. When I walk into a Robert Rodriguez film I expect to enjoy the hell out of that thing, and instead I found myself nodding off... which I never ever do when a movie's on.

Why did I have expectations for this? All of the trailers looked awful. So how did the reviews sway me into stepping foot into that theatre? And how were all of those reviewers so confused into saying it was worthy of my time? That is the true mystery.

Alice In Wonderland
Because this movie just sucked. Would it have been so hard to adapt the story we know and love into a big budget extravaganza? Shame on you Tim Burton.

Robin Hood
See above (Replace Tim Burton with Ridley Scott).

The Last Airbender
This was a wonderful TV show that needed only to be copied and pasted to the big screen... but instead we got M. Night... Thanks.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Could've been fun. Wasn't.

The Other Guys
It didn't suck, but it's not rewatchable.

Okay, on to the good.

Honorable Mentions:

Favorite Documentary: Waiting For Superman

Favorite Adaptation-Of-A-Favorite Film: Let Me In

Favorite Kid's-Flick-That'll-Scare-A-Kid: The Legend Of The Guardians

Favorite 3D: Piranha

Favorite Old-Guy-Takes-Out-The-Trash Film: Harry Brown

Favorite Films of 2010 (in some strange order):

8. The Social Network
Because Aaron Sorkin can do no wrong (ignore police records).

2. The King’s Speech
Colin Firth... and so much more.

7. Inception
Basically exactly how I feel about The Dark Knight. Totally rewatchable despite its flaws.

10. Buried
Surprisingly entertaining. How did they make this a movie??

1. Black Swan
A film I will have both Fantasies and Nightmares about. Now that's amazing.

4. 127 Hours
So... Awesome...  I still can't believe how much this movie took out of me, in a good way.

6. How To Train Your Dragon
Because it had the balls to be good. And it's the first time I've ever seen Dreamworks attempt to make something of quality. Weird.

5. True Grit
I still love the Coen Bros. This movie moved so well and was tonally right on target. I prefer it to the original, minus the Saving Private Ryan ending. But c'est la vie.

9. Tangled
Took me from my seat and placed me back into my childhood. Made me feel emotions I haven't felt since I first tasted a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Yum.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
For me, the most entertaining movie of the year, without any doubt. I loved the whole ride.

Thanks for reading and have an awesome New Years!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Watch Me Go Crazy

Two pretty crazy days in Vegas and a couple bucks later:

Jungle Fiction - Heat of the Nite from Jesse Nikette on Vimeo.

You can get their EP here.

I'd love to hear some feedback (mostly about my own performance... but any comments would be nice).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Time Is Come Again!

Here's a list of fun and wonderful "Christmas" movies:

Love Actually (2003)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2003)
Elf (2003)
Jingle All The Way (1996)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Batman Returns (1992)

Home Alone (1990)
Scrooged (1988)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Here's a great Christmas album in case you needed one...
Songs for Christmas
Songs for Christmas

Have a great Christmas everyone!