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


North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

If I could describe the Germany released movie North Face in just a single word, it would be horrific. Based upon the true story about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face of the Swiss Alps, the subtitled movie gets better and better with each passing frame. For those moviegoers who aren't into subtitled movies, I can sympathize. I tend to groan when I know I'm about to embark on one of those too. Subtitled movies are ones that you need to prepare for and, unfortunately, when a subtitled movie is bad, it almost becomes twice a dreadful to trudge through. But, at the same time, I have seen some absolutely fantastic foreign-language movies and North Face ranks right up there with them. And, as with any good subtitled movies, when you are truly engaged, you don't even notice you are reading the words anymore. I'm not sure how I came across this movie, other than the fact that I love a good adventure movie (I am one of those people that tends to separate the adventure genre from the action genre).


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.


Life As We Know It (2010)

Life As We Know It is one of those movies that didn't interest me when I saw the previews for the first time or encouraged me to overcome those reservations with a 28% positive rating on www.rottentomatoes.com. In fact, I'm guessing I would not have ever seen it had it not been on HBO one day. I decided to record it and give it 15 minutes to interest me. I was so glad I did it. Not only did it grab my attention with a hilarious first scene between the two lead stars, it won my over with its wonderful story, its direction, and its actors who were determined to get it right. And, low and behold, the movie came out in 2010. Even though this movie doesn't come close to cracking the top ten for that year, it further supports my argument that 2010 is the best year for movie releases in my lifetime. 


The Other Guys (2010)

It's not going to get on many Top 10 lists (especially when released in 2010, the best year for movie releases in my lifetime), but The Other Guys is a fun movie. One of my only complaints about the great year for movies that was 2010 was that it lacked a great horror film and a great comedy. Though I have yet to see it, I thought Get Him To The Greek might be the comedy movie I was looking for. While that is a movie I will still see, I no longer think it has the potential to be the top comedy of 2010. I believe that ranking belongs to The Other Guys.


Rabbit Hole (2010)

If it had been released during any other year, Rabbit Hole would have definitely made my Top 10 Movie of the Year list. But as I've stated many times in my reviews, 2010 was, without question, the best year for movies in my lifetime. Rabbit Hole is a very well acted and directed, heavy hitting drama about the grieving process and the obstacles we have to overcome when trying to recover from the unexpected loss of a child. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, Cold Mountain) earned her third Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award Nomination (she won the award in 2003 for her role as Virginia Wolfe in The Hours) for her role as Becca, a grieving mother who struggles to comes to terms with her life after her four-year-old son is struck and killed by a car after running into the street while chasing the family dog.