I used to blog about movies on Rotten Tomatoes (that’s not a plug, just a statement of historical fact) and I would post my yearly “top ten” lists there. I’d be better about doing that than any actual blogging. Does this surprise you, dear reader? It shouldn’t.
But then, two things happened… First, I was welcomed to blog at this much cooler site called Chud.com, you should check it out, and then the Rotten Tomatoes blog area became a fucking piece of shit. (Theseviewsdonotreflecttheopinionsofchuddotcomoranyoneaffiliatedwiththesite)
So, I decided to debut my first annual Chud Top Ten List as part of my New Year’s Resolution to… Forget it, I’d rather not go there. I keep promising and then I don’t deliver. And I’ve got this really awesome Twisted Sister blog I was supposed to post a month ago but it’s not quite finished and… Should I? Do all three of you really want to read about my experience with Twisted Sister?
But this is not that blog. This is the first annual Chud Top Ten. So, let’s get on with it.
And, boy, let me tell you that it was not easy. Not because there were so many movies to choose from. But because, looking back on the year at first, I could barely come up with 3 movies that had really impressed me – let alone a whole list of ten. It doesn’t help that I don’t get to see a lot of movies when they first come out because they don’t come down here.
So, right off the bat, let me just confirm for you that True Grit will NOT be on here because I haven’t seen it. Would it have been? Maybe. But, believe it or not and interesting film that it was, No Country For Old Men didn’t make my top ten of that year. Neither did Burn After Reading. And I like the Coens. So, who’s to say?
Now then… The way my lists used to be on Rotten Tomatoes is I’d have the movie, followed by some snarky one liner about it and that was it. I thought I was very funny and subversive. Like: I love these movies but I’m still too cool to seriously rave about them!
So… To give you an example, here are some excerpts:
10. King Kong
Sssh! Don’t blow the ending.
3. United 93
Isn’t that the guy from Sledgehammer?
I think you get the picture.
But I’ve decided to take things a little more seriously here, if you don’t mind. What follows is the ten films that most impressed me and/or made a big impact when I saw them this year. Followed by a little comment about why I think they’re special. And yes… In ranking order, since I know how important that is to you.
And there you have it.
But, Erix, I hear you saying – Where were The Expendables?
I loved that movie. I really did. It was a great throwback to the fun Cannon pictures of the 80s. It’s probably the best action film of the year to actually get a theatrical release. But, you know what? Sly doesn’t need me. He’s come back in a big way and we’re going to see more of him. I’ll be in the theater, popcorn in hand and so will you. Does it really matter that his movie didn’t make my silly top ten list?
The answer is no.
No, it doesn’t