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The Most Disappointing & Overrated Films Of 2010

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  • December 29, 2010 7:36 AM
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Contrary to popular belief, we're optimists here at The Playlist. Just as almost every filmmaker goes into a project genuinely wanting it to be the best it can be (“Grown Ups" being a major exception, it would seem), we genuinely hope that every movie released will be worthwhile. Unfortunately, movies are difficult things to make, with any number of things that are liable to go wrong, and more often than not, we come away disappointed. So, if we come across as being cynical when compared to other, more cheerleader-type sites, it's really more a kind of self-preservational realism at work. After all, you can only be disappointed so many times before you grow up about it and learn to manage your expectations.

Read It And Weep: The Worst Films of 2010

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  • December 29, 2010 4:28 AM
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There’s a lot of bad movies released every year. Lots. We are but humans, and we can’t see them all. But someone always does. Sometimes it’s many (“The Twilight Saga”). Sometimes few (“Birdemic: Shock and Terror”). But there’s truly something to be said about the general public’s hunger for art that asks so little of them that they’re probably better off spending their time at home, masturbating or sticking firecrackers up their cat’s ass. Or both at the same time. We don’t judge. Maybe a little.

27 Of The Most Underrated & Underappreciated Films Of 2010

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  • December 28, 2010 6:17 AM
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Each year sees hundreds of movies released into theaters and inevitably, some will fall through the cracks. Our list of the underrated and underappreciated films this year not only highlights the solid, critically acclaimed pictures that for whatever reason never got a fighting chance, but also the imperfect pictures that still had a lot to admire, as well as the straight up guilty pleasures that, despite ourselves, put a smile on our face. At any rate, if you managed to catch up with all the Oscar pictures already and are wondering if there is anything else this year you missed that is worth catching up with, this is a handy guide to those films that deserved a bit more attention or recognition than they got.

The Best Scores & Soundtracks of 2010

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  • December 28, 2010 4:35 AM
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While 2009 seemed to burst at the seams with numerous ace soundtracks -- largely thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Greg Mottola and Quentin Tarantino -- unless you were a “Twilight” fan, pickings were a lot slimmer this year for well curated songs in films (though, as you’ll see, there were some definite standouts). However, as if to compensate, composers stepped it up considerably with old reliables like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Carter Burwell and Michael Giacchino delivering the goods while left field surprises like Daft Punk and Trent Reznor shook up the stodgy old boys club with compelling, highly original work. Here’s the music from films that rocked our iPods in 2010.

The Breakthrough Performances Of 2010

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  • December 27, 2010 6:23 AM
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The Ladies Dominate The Breakout Field This Year

22 Classic Westerns We Love

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  • December 22, 2010 6:01 AM
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True Grit
There are two genres that every filmmaker wants to tackle: the musical and the western. Having flirted with the latter a number of times, the Coen Brothers, undoubtedly one of the foremost filmmaking teams of their generation, have finally delivered their first full-flung oater with "True Grit," a second adaptation of the Charles Portis novel made famous for winning John Wayne his only Oscar the first time around.

Exclusive: Edgar Wright's Top 10 Of The Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2010 9:09 AM
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'Scott Pilgrim' Director Gives Us His Top 10 Underrated Films Of 2010 & Much MoreContinuing our run of favorites from filmmakers and musicians, we're pleased as punch to present a truly awesome list of underrated films, standout scenes, favorite performances and more from "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" director Edgar Wright.

Exclusive: Tegan & Sara's Top 10 Movies Of The Year

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  • December 15, 2010 7:07 AM
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The music and film worlds have a long history of overlapping with musicians taking roles in front of camera, and actors fronting their own bands. So thus, it's not so surprising that some of the medium's biggest fans are indeed, musicians. Obsessively and minutely digging into the details of a film requires just as much grit as memorizing songwriter names and producing credits on your favorite albums. So with that in mind, Canadian identical twin-sister indie rock duo Tegan & Sara have kindly each emailed their individual lists of their top 10 films of the year. The talented duo's latest effort, Sainthood was shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and we recommend giving it a spin.

5 Directors Who Could Replace Jon Favreau On 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2010 12:45 AM
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As has been long expected, news broke today that Jon Favreau won't direct the third film in the "Iron Man" trilogy (and Favreau just confirmed the news himself on Twitter). After creative and financial wrangles on "Iron Man 2," it's not entirely surprising, particularly as Favreau signed on for Disney's "Magic Kingdom" recently. But even without the former Swinger, the film will move forward, and Vulture reported that the search for a director has already begun.
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11 Boxing Films That Will Knock You Out

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2010 7:15 AM
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Not every sport works well on the big screen, and it's not always the ones you think. Basketball? Surprisingly, not that cinematic. Golf? Actually pretty gripping, when done well. Soccer? Don't make us laugh. But probably the king of big-screen sports has to be boxing. It's as stripped down as we can get, in terms of games -- two men (usually), in shorts, punching each other in the face.

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