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Howard”'s top 10 movies of 2010

Howard”'s top 10 movies of 2010

Howard McQuitter II Movie Corner HowardMcQuitterii@yahoo.com King”'s Speech The King”'s Speech is this year”'s favorite film for me after pondering on it hours and even days later. Colin Firth (nominated for best actor in a “Single Man” in 2009) plays King George VI. He ascends the throne in Great Britain in 1936, when his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates the throne rather than sever his marriage to twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson (Eve Best). His marriage causes a constitutional and ecclesiastical crisis for the United Kingdom and the Dominions. Before George VI takes the throne, he is Duke of Cornwall. George VI has one stumbling problem: he stammers. He”'s sent to a rather unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who, after a number of hurdles with George, achieves success. George VI”'s wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) encourages him to continue to see Lionel. George VI ascends the throne concurrently with Hitler beginning to move aggressively across Europe. “The King”'s Speech” was nominated for best director (Tom Hooper), in addition to best picture as well as Colin Firth for best actor, Helena Bonham Carter for best supporting actress and Geoffrey Rush for best supporting actor. Inception Inception is arguably the most imaginative big film of the year. What irks me though is the Academy conveniently snubbing director Christopher Nolan for nomination in the best director slot. True, “Inception” received eight nominations, but Nolan is disgracefully excluded. Why and how “The Fighter” director David O Russell is chosen over Nolan borders on scandal. That said, “Inception” is full of illusion and perception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as James Cobb. He is on a path of labyrinths because he has the “gift” of inserting ideas into people”'s dreams. His challenge is to [...]

Animal Kingdom & Centurion

Animal Kingdom & Centurion

by Howard McQuitter Crime Drama Sony Picture Classics Running Time: 113 Minutes Rated: R Writer/Director David Michod Jacki Weaver as (“Mommy”) Jannie Cody matriarch of the Codys, a low-level crime family of sons, gives an excellent performance, Ben Mendelsohn as Andrew ”˜Pope”' Cody, one of her most devious sons””a psychopath””the lean crook went into hiding from the cops. Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) and Darren (Luke Ford) are the other two brothers. The Codys live in one of the working class suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Center Stage is Joshua (or “J”) Cody, Janny Cody”'s grandson, who lost his “mum” to a heroine overdose, staying with his conniving grandma and drug dealing and bank robbing uncles. Joshua is seventeen years old and not involved in their crime sprees but is sucked into it by default. Smurf, nickname for Jannie Cody, overprotects “J” trying to shield him from her unscrupulous sons. Though “J” manages to not join the cabal he”'s dragged in when the good cops bring him into custody and questioned on several occasions by police detective Leckie (Guy Pearce) hoping he”'s the Key to the Codys”' nasty crime wave. Well, Joshua”'s stoic demeanor precludes little if any valuable information. Nonetheless Uncles Craig and Darren became paranoid Joshua (James Frecheville) may spill the beans on their operation. Two cops have been shot and killed by part of the Cody clan. Between a smiling, wide-eyed Machiavellian grandma named Smurf and a stoic grandson Joshua (and the relentless uncles) makes for a slow pace, brilliant crime thriller””Aussie style. (more…)

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