Locke’s 2010 Faves Preview: Comedy

by | Dec 31st, 2010 | 2:10PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, In My Humble Opinion, Movies, Theatrical Reviews

I’ll be posting my Top Ten Films of 2010 list on Monday, so for the next couple days I’m doing “nomination” lists by genre: Action and Documentary went up yesterday, today is Comedy followed by Thrillers tomorrow and and Drama Sunday. Then Monday I’ll lay my Top Ten on ya.

My Favorite Comedies of 2010

(alphabetical)

Cyrus

No, it’s not a cheap riff on Step Brothers II, with John C. Reilly trying to date Marisa Tomei while engaging in psychological warfare with her adult son Cyrus (Jonah Hill). This indie is so much more than that — thanks to its three leads, Cyrus is charming and sweet and yet also deeply, uncomfortably funny.

Read more in my Indie Round-Up

Easy A

I like this sassy, risqué teen movie quite a bit — overall it may sometimes sacrifice plot and message for the sake of super-snarky wit, but boy is that wit ever hilarious. Especially when delivered to sarcastic perfection by Emma Stone.

Read my full review

Four Lions

A British satire about hapless would-be Islamic terrorists whose stupidity greatly outweighs their horrific agenda. Needless to say the humor is very dark and very edgy–as someone who loves extreme comedy, there were moments when even I went, “Whoa, I’m not sure how I feel about that or if I should be laughing at it.” The fact that Four Lions challenged my taste boundaries makes me like it even more.

The Illusionist

Triplets of Bellville director Sylvain Chomet’s adaptation of an unproduced Jacques Tati screenplay about an aging magician and his young ward on the road in Scotland in the ’50s is a low-key delight. If you’re familiar with the late Tati’s classic M. Hulot films, you’ll recognize the graceful, gentle, dialog-free humor. Of all the films I’ve seen this year, animated or not, this is the one I keep finding myself thinking back to fondly, yearningly.

I’m Still Here

Watch director Casey Affleck’s “documentary” thinking Joaquin Phoenix’s attempt to leave acting and become a hirsute rapper is a portrait of an artist spiraling downward, and it plays as a tragic and unsettling. But once you know (as most of us kinda did all along) that it’s an elaborate hoax, satirizing “movie-star” delusion and self-absorption, then it becomes a total riot.

Get Him to the Greek

“Hurry up. It’s not recreational. It’s not meant to be a hobby.”

Read my full review

The Other Guys

As you read in my theatrical and DVD reviews, this one didn’t floor me at first, but on a second viewing I got it. I can’t repeat most of the Prius jokes here, but I have a soft spot for “We found your car — it was voting for Ralph Nader.”

Read my full review

Piranha

If you measure a film’s success by whether it achieves its creative goals, then Alexandre Aja’s Piranha is one of the year’s best. It masterfully does exactly what it sets out to do: chew up tons of spring breakers with silly, gory glee. And yup, it’s a full-blown comedy of horrors. Just ask what’s left of Jerry O’Connell.

Read my full review

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

“Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it.”

“We are Sex Bob-Omb! And we’re here to watch Scott Pilgrim kick your teeth in! Onetwothreefour!!

Read my full review

Toy Story 3

“Oh! That’s just a dinosaur toy down the street, that’s nothing, let me just take care of that… It’s just a dinosaur!”

Read my full review

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Which (if any) of these will make the Final Top Ten of 2010? Find out Monday, and watch for Thriller and Drama lists coming up!


5 Responses to “Locke’s 2010 Faves Preview: Comedy”

  1. Trevor L
    Posted on December 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Haven’t seen Illusionist or Four Lions, but good list.

  2. Spaz
    Posted on January 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    That was probably my absolute favorite line from Scott Pilgrim. And what a movie! I loved it so much more than I expected to. I’ve watched it 3 times. Thought Easy A was rather good and The Other Guys was somewhere between okay and good. Do NOT like Joaquin Phoenix so have no interest in I’m Still Here. Have to check out Cyrus and Get Him to the Greek.

  3. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on January 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Spaz, it was pretty hard picking just a couple great lines from Scott Pilgrim — runners up included (but were not limited to): “Steal my boyfriend? Taste my steel!” “You had a sexy phase?” “I’m in lesbians with you” “Pirates are in this year” and oh so many more…

  4. Fiirvoen
    Posted on January 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    We are Sex Bob-omb! And we’re here to make you think about death and be sad and stuff!