Monday, February 21, 2011

Confessions 2010: Reel Whore vs. the Movies- Day 3

In lieu of posting my Monday Mood Music, allow me to present...

Today's installment of my 2010 Confessions will recognize my favorite song and dance performances.  Before I announce those, I'd like to honor one of the greatest creations of a quality film. There are times when the efforts of the actor, the writer and the director combine to create a character that makes a lasting impression on the viewer and takes the film to a whole new level. What follows are the 7 best characters of this past year. 

Award #3: Most Memorable Characters of 2010

The Sloppy Seconds:

Mindy Macready a.k.a. Hit-Girl (Kick-Ass): Kick-Ass wasn't the awesome film I hoped it to be, but Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl saved it from being a complete disappointment. Foul-mouthed and full of fight, no one could keep this kid down.
Captain H. M. Murdock (The A-Team): Casting Sharlto Copley as Murdock made many fans hesitant. However, as Murdock, Copley stole every scene and made a by-the-numbers action film just that much better. 

Scott Pilgrim (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World): This flick is chock full of memorable characters, but without Scott's pilgrimage of love there would have been no movie! Besides, Scott is the scum of the earth. Wait, what?

Rooster Cogburn (True Grit): Maybe it's because I've seen the trailer about forty-seven times now, but Bridges's Cogburn chews up scene after scene in True Grit. Whether he's killin' criminals or cornbread, he's not a man you'd soon cross.

Lou Dorchen a.k.a. Violator (Hot Tub Time Machine): Rob Corddry owns every minute of this movie. Without his time-disrupting shenanigans WinterFest '86 would have been as colossal a failure as it was the first go 'round.
Nina Sayers (Black Swan): Granted, Black Swan is a character-driven film, but Natalie Portman wouldn't be getting such kudos if she didn't own her role as Nina. Her portrayal made this one of the few movies I'd watch again and again - and not just for the lesbian stuff. 


And the award for Most Memorable Character of 2010 goes to:
Teardrop
(Winter's Bone)
While Christian Bale will no doubt win the supporting Oscar for The Fighter, John Hawkes amazed me in Winter's Bone. Having only seen Hawkes as a mild-mannered businessman or brother to a man-child, I could never have imagined him as the drug-addled, hard-ass Teardrop.  As Ree aptly put it, "you always scared the hell out of me."



Award #4: Most Memorable Music or Dance Performance of 2010
I have a special place in my heart for films that create memorable moments with music. 2010 was chock full of entertaining musical moments, but sadly, only seven could make the cut.

The Sloppy Seconds:

I'm Too Sexy for My Shirt
(Toy Story 3)
It makes Ken's day when Barbie asks him to model his outfits, but it's the audience that enjoyed Ken's tour down the catwalk. 

All Together Now...
(Cyrus)
It doesn't seem like things could get worse for John as he repeatedly strikes out at his ex-wife's party. Then, he starts singing.

Short and Sweet
(Scott Pilgrim vs.the World)
Trying to choose one musical moment from Scott Pilgrim was nearly impossible, what with Sex Bob-Omb cranking out a new tune every few minutes. Scott's serenade to Ramona was a nice change of pace; all twenty seconds of it.

"Oh My God! Where is He Taking Her?"
(Date Night)
Uniting Tina Fey and Steve Carell made for a side-splitting good time in Date Night. Then they went and gave William Fichtner a broom, stuck them all in the VIP Room and waited for hilarious hell to break loose!

"Not With a Fizzle, But With a Bang"
(Easy A)
If you haven't realized Emma Stone is the next great comedic actress, then you obviously missed Easy A. In this risque pep rally number, Stone meshes sexy and sassy to get a rise out of the entire student body.  

"I'm Talking About My Asshole"
(Get Him to the Greek)
Get Him to the Greek held true in that Aldous Snow and his antics were well past their prime. Luckily, his ex, Jackie Q, ran a riotous ring 'round this unfunny story.

And the Most Memorable Music or Dance Performance of 2010 goes to:

Shake Ya Tailfeather
Black Swan
The dance of the Black Swan in the premiere of Swan Lake was mesmerizing. Director Aronofsky deftly melds excellent camera work and visual effects to craft a moment audiences won't soon forget. It's such a shame there isn't a clip available, but trust me, it's worth the price of admission to watch Portman own the stage...and the screen.

While there wasn't a video for my winner, I do hope the Sloppy Seconds' clips I included satisfied anyone's need for a Monday Mood Music. Have no fear, we still have four more days of awards left. I'll see you back here tomorrow for Day 4!
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