Category Archives: Taking on 2010

Taking on 2010: Oscar Predictions (Round 1)

I am a gambling man, a betting man if you will. I will bet on literally anything as long as my bookies will take the bet, and I have a lot of bookies, so they take a lot of bets. I know my film though, so the debt I have built up since the most recent hits I took in a combination of Starcraft II betting, Atlantic City, and Professional Ice Fishing needs to go away and fast before I lose a(nother) body part. So it’s Oscar time baby, and I’m giving you my keys to success, so we can all be winners together!

Yesterday morning the Oscar nominees were announced, each and every category. Like most years there were surprises and disappointments, probably not as many as other years, but we are not here to talk about quality or these disappointments (not directly anyway, we’ll get there friends), we are here to make knee jerk predictions based on my knowledge of the system. As the time of the show comes closer I will do a follow up post in list only form, but I think the fun here is still in making educated guesses. You know what people love? People love nice lists we can check down, so here are some of the methods that result in my madness:

  1. The King’s Speech leads all nominees with 12 nominations
  2. Toy Story 3 is nominated for Best Animated Film and Best Picture
  3. True Grit is the surprise second leading nominee getter
  4. Christopher Nolan, Mila Kunis, and Andrew Garfield/The Social Network’s supporting cast seem to be the people snubbed
  5. The Town seems to be the film supplanted by Winter’s Bone

Checklist made. Films screened. Islands shuttered. All systems are go! Continue reading

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Taking on 2010: Oscar Predictions (short list)

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Taking on 2010: Video Games

Around this time last year the game that many critics have awarded the honor of 2010’s best game, Mass Effect 2, was on shelves. This week that game was re-released for the PS3. I have a hard time believing that this year we have already seen the best game to be developed. I should also note that if you see Mass Effect 2 on this list it will be because I have not played as many video games from 2010 as you may think. Still, Bioware aside, 2010 was a strong year for a number of key franchises, even if I was never left as stunned as I was the year previous when I played Dragon Age: Origins or Batman: Arkham Asylum. It’s more than a list, baby, it’s an experience. Continue reading

Taking on 2010: Lead Performances

We walk a road, a long road. Follow up my previous Top Supporting Performances of 2010 post I now am going to take a look at those who occupy the screens for the majority of a film. The A-listers, the stars and starlets who dazzle us with those big performances, those few who have risen to the top of their profession, jumping from reel to reel with ease. As was the case with the Supporting Performances list, I have not seen every 2010 film but I have seen most of the contenders. I need to let it be known, mostly for the leading females (and two males, I reckon), that I have not seen Another Year, Blue Valentine, or The American. Apologies to all the terrific talents involved with those films. I also seem to be in a position where I will be counting Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives as a 2011 film because I do not think it is being released around me until April. With those two notices issued we move on to the leading men. Continue reading

Taking on 2010: Supporting Performances

With the year officially over, and my inclusion of 2010 winding down as well, I need to start wrapping up my end of the year awards. Naturally I have not seen all the films I hoped to get to over the year, but life happens. I am going to try and continue to catch up with films that need to be seen, but for the most part I think I have had a chance to see most of the films that boast the buzzed about performances. It should probably be noted that I am only drawing from a sample size of 80 films for these lists. Continue reading

Taking on 2010: Songs

I may have tipped my hand a bit by already posting my Top Albums of 2010, but I hope there are still plenty of surprises left for my continued conquest of all aspects 2010. Today I am going to be looking at tracks, but before I go on I should probably state that I am not including covers in this list. I am only including one song per band/artist. So far those are the only stipulations. Sadly, that means that Weezer’s excellent cover of “Viva la Vida,” likely the second best song of the year, is not eligible. It also means that “Monster” will not be making the list. With those possible marks of shame out of the way, we are on to the list. Continue reading