365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About


Shutter Island (2010)

Without a doubt, Martin Scorsese's (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed) was one of the greatest in theater movie experiences of my life. I had been super excited for the movie ever since seeing its first preview some six months or more before he came out. There was so much hype associated with the movie that I was certain it couldn't live up to the expectations. It not only met expectations, it surpassed them. This movie is a complete masterpiece and has only been dampened by the fact that the second viewing (a very important viewing for all fans of the film) wasn't as awesome as I thought it would be. I thought that I would gain some insight knowing things about the movie that I didn't know during my first viewing. Rather than capitalizing on this new knowledge though, I instead found the second viewing to be rather dull. The excitement of seeing this film for the first time was what made it so great. This also is a movie that I think is a much better view in the theater than it is at home, regardless of how big your home television might be. It's a movie that absolutely needed to be seen in a dark theater that is full of other people viewing the movie for the first time.


Blue Valentine (2010)

Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine did nothing but further enhance my opinion that 2010 has been the best year for movie releases in my lifetime. Blue Valentine was one of the few movies of 2010 that I did not see in the theatre and I can only imagine the impact it would have had on me had I of seen it on the big screen. It is a raw. It is emotional. It is the antithesis of the ideal life. As the movie ends, you will be grateful that what you had just seen does not parallel your life and hopeful that it never will.


The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a true story about Mickey Ward, a  It stars Mark Whalberg (The Perfect Storm, The Departed) as the lead character and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) as Dickie Eklund, Mickey's older brother of nine years who taught Mickey everything he knows about boxing. The film is directed by David O'Russell who has to his credits two other movies starring Mark Whalberg (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings). The backdrop for the film is the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, a blue collar, rundown town where everybody is interested in everyone else's  business and addiction is rampant.


The King’s Speech (2010)

The King’s Speech is a true story based upon King George VI becoming the King of England after his father, King George V, dies and his older brother David decides to abandon the throne in order to be with the woman he loves. George VI (aka Bertie to his closest friend) reluctantly takes over as King of England despite his stammering problem and his utter fear of speaking in public.

To help overcome his disability, Bertie (Colin Firth – A Single Man, The Importance of Being Earnest) tries a variety of techniques and visits numerous specialists. It is not until the King meets speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush – Shine, Frida) that he begins to see progress. The two are very different from each other. The King is cold, aloof, often highly stressed, and short-tempered. It makes him unlikeable at times. Lionel on the other hand is charming, friendly, funny, and patient. You like him from the moment you meet him. The contrast in the two characters is what makes them work so well together.


Black Swan (2010)

Swan Lake director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel - Eastern Promises, Oceans 12) welcomes his production company for the upcoming season with the following little story.

“We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a swan. She desires freedom, but only true love can break the spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince. But, before he can declare his love, the lustful twin, the Black Swan, tricks and seduces him. Devastated, the White Swan leaps off a cliff, killing herself and, in death, finds freedom”.

It's short, simple, and we all understand it. And it's the basis of Leroy's ballet. As Thomas is telling this story to his attentive company, he taps a few of the females on the shoulder. It is these women who will be replacing an aging Beth (Winona Ryder - Edward Scissorhands, Girl, Interrupted) as the prima ballerina for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake. Nina (Natalie Portman - The Other Boleyn Girl, Closer ) is one of the girls who is tapped and ultimately is awarded the role.