Category Archives: 2010

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Winter’s Bone was the random movie thrown into the nomination list this year that nobody has ever heard of. It was an acclaimed indie that made its way through the festival circut and won a bunch of awards. However, that doesn’t change the fact that nobody had ever heard of it. That being said, people should hear about it. The film was very well done and without a doubt deserved it’s nomination.

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence in an Oscar-nominated role) keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She’s taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week’s time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She refuses to listen, even after her father’s brother, Teardrop, tells her he’s probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.

The performances in this film are incredible. In the next few years, with X-Men First Class coming out now, Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a force to be reckoned with. The supporting cast is great as well.

Winter’s Bone is action-packed and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat until the end, when all is finally revealed.

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Toy Story 3 (2010)

Goal Progress: 80/485

So here comes the task of trying to play catch up with all of the films that I’ve already seen. I don’t know where else to start so I might as well start with this last year’s nominees and take a look at who won, and who I think should have won.

Let’s start with an easy one….Toy Story 3.

Toy Story 3 was easily one of the best movies that I’ve ever seen. It was brilliantly done. It has it all…great cast…great music….great visuals…..literally, everything. Additionally, it is the only movie to date to make me cry (I’m not talking a little tear, which I’ve been known to do….I’m talking about full out crying).

I feel like if you didn’t want to know what happens in the movie, you wouldn’t be reading this, but in any case, spoiler alert ahead.

We pick up with our favorite characters probably around ten years from when we last saw them. Andy has grown up and has, as we all have, stopped playing with his toys. He’s getting ready to go to college and his former playmates are all in a tizzy over what is going to happen to them. They decide to sneak into a box of old toys that is being donated to a local daycare so that they can get played with. Unfortunately, upon their arrival at Sunnyside, they become subjects of an evil regime, led by the pink and fuzzy Lotso (short for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear, voiced by Ned Beatty). Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the gang must formulate a plot to escape and get back to Andy’s before he leaves for college.

The final scene in the movie is without a doubt one of the best in the entire film, and really, one that took me by surprise. I had already cried my eyes out during a previous scene, so I thought my heartbreak was over. Oh how wrong I was. I’m not going to go into the ending, just in case anyone hasn’t seen the film or doesn’t know the ending, because I really think it’s something better experienced firsthand.

But I really think it was the perfect end to the trilogy. I can’t imagine Pixar going forth with any plans for a Toy Story 4. Any continuation of this story would serve no purpose and would only be done to milk the franchise for more money. I know that Disney and Pixar are in the business to make money, but there are other franchises for that (Cars 2, for example) and I think they know that. I just hope that there is no possible way for George Lucas to get a job at Disney and get his hands on this series.