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With the start of another semester approaching, I feel I should take a second to contemplate the year thus far. In short, I believe it’s been a cinematic drought. The past eight months have provided us with only a handful of noteworthy films. Otherwise, the lot has been filled with either cash-grabbing remakes, uninspired sequels, or straightforward disappointments. To assuage the disappointment of this year’s fruitless filmic delivery, I’ve compiled a list of my personal favorites. I should be a little optimistic, right?

3. Terribly Happy

Although Terrbily Happy hails from Denmark, it’s a film that is surprisingly inspired by some of America’s greatest directors. Impressions of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers are prevalent throughout the movie’s tensest scenes, and simple American iconography is seen percolating in the quieter, much somber moments. It’s an interesting tone for an even more interesting story. Consolidating film noir and western together, Terribly Happy saunters its way into telling a compelling and very tragic tale.

2. Inception

Unlike anything we’ve seen this year, Inception bends physics, alters time, and damns the viewers’ mind. Director Christopher Nolan imbues us with a cinematic pleasure that’s as precious as the the movie’s subject. Ornately dressed with special effects and great performances, Inception is one of 2010’s best moviegoing experiences.

1. How to Train Your Dragon

Yes, it remains! How to Train Your Dragon is still my favorite film of 2010. Sure, it’s a simple story of a boy and his pet, but to me, it’s a conglomeration of emotions so subjective and personal that it’s impossible to describe on this blog. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of things I can say…The film explores infinite terrain with whimsical scope, but the sense of danger that is projected is unmistakably real. This is done with great technical craftsmanship, but an equally satisfying core of characters also aids in making this film outstanding.


Despite my aversion towards this year’s catalog of films, there are some great titles out right now. For instance…


Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, the innovators behind the mumblecore movement, dually take on their first “Hollywood” film. To the movie’s benefit, Cyrus elegantly uses minimalism to naturally elicit deep characterization and pure emotional resonance.

The Kids are All Right

I’ll be seeing this in the next few days, so I will give my full thoughts then. However, reviews for this dramedy continue to be glowing with positivity.

Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone has been accumulating buzz since its premiere at the Sundance Festival. Winning the Grand Jury Prize, this literary adaptation is carrying a lot of momentum on its shoulders. Hopefully, I can check it out when it comes to the local art theater at school.

Some other films available now include:

  • Mother
  • Get Low
  • Animal Kingdom


So what is there to look forward to? Well, there’s…

  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (August 13)
    • Comedy action
    • Directed by Edgar Wright
  • The American (September 1)
    • Noir thriller
    • Starring George Clooney
  • The Town (September 10)
    • Gangster thriller
    • Directed by Ben Afleck.
    • Starring Ben Afleck, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Jon Ham.
  • The Social Network (October 1)
    • Drama about the birth of Facebook
    • Directed by David Fincher.
    • Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake.
  • 127 Hours (November 5)
    • Directed by Danny Boyle.
    • Starring James Franco
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (November 19)
    • Part 1 of 2 for the final chapter of Harry Potter
  • Black Swan (December 1)
    • Psychological thriller
    • Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
    • Starring Natalie Portman
  • Tron Legacy (December 17)
    • Sci-fi action sequel
    • Starring Jeff Bridges
  • True Grit (December 25)
    • Western remake by the Coen Brothers.
    • Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

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Here are my picks for favorite movie trailers of the year 2009. Each one brought instant gratification, but what’s more important is that they have maintained longtime appeal over the course of the year. Due to the constantly shifting world that is the internet, previews can get lost in the midst of everything-virals, fail videos, and the occasional cute animal montages. However, these trailers stand out not only as advertisements for upcoming films, but also as independent works of art.

Honorable Mentions: District 9, Up in the Air, Toy Story 3

5. The Last Airbender

In this brief glimpse at M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film, The Last Airbender, we’re given a combination of graceful choreography and exquisite attention to detail, all the while being expertly captured in one long shot. How this teaser conveys the film’s tone is quite impressive considering how brief the preview actually is. The spirit of The Last Airbender, which might not exactly appeal to those outside the source material’s devout fan base, is still palplable in every second.

4. A Single Man

What begins this trailer is a moment of suffocating quietness. A naked man drowning. We, too, are lonely, cold, and helpless, but before we can let ourselves be completely trapped in his watery tomb, we are launched into a frenzy of majestic yet ominous colors that are complemented by music of similar manners. The tension that fills this preview overflows with unease, and it eventually drowns us by the end, conveniently bringing us back to that frigid yet powerful moment that started this trailer.

3. Where The Wild Things Are

Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” is a perfect accompaniment to the trailer of Spike Jonze’s telling of the widely beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The adventurous and playful tone is akin to the mind of a child, and as we hearken to the uplifting music of Arcade Fire, we are transported to a world of gorgeous imagery and relived memories. The wonder of Jonze’s imagination gives me goosebumps everytime.

2. A Serious Man

The structure of this brilliant little trailer is very orchestral. Layers and layers of sound, all darkly humorous, build upon each other to create a frustrating symphony of disorientation. The tone of the film is accurately represented in this minute and a half with the use of repitition and misery. Quirky and odd? Yes. Intriguing? You betcha.

1. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

Of all the trailers on the list, this one is the most traditional. However, its unstoppable energy, its dramatic cuts, and its outstanding use of music make it the most exciting preview of 2009. I know I’m in the minority when I say this, but I think it is better than the actual film. I was rather critical of the The Half-Blood Prince, but after watching this preview several times in the past few days, I want to give the movie a second chance. Not too many trailers can do that.

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