|◆||#075: The Blind Side 3/10|
When a movie takes on a story like the one told in The Blind Side it has to be very careful not to come over as being racist. At times if feels like the story of a bunch of gracious white people who go out of their way to rescue a poor black kid that would never have been able to make anything of his life on his own. For the most part this film avoids that "whitey saves the day" vibe, but not entirely. I realize Sandra Bullock's character has taken this boy in as her own son, but she treats him like an infant. He is a teenager, yet he is treated like a small child; too stupid to know better.
|◆||#074: Up In The Air 5/10|
Up In The Air tells the story of Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a loner who spends most of his life traveling around the world firing people. He avoids human connections, and his main goal in life is to collect 10 million frequent flyer miles. His company brings in a recent graduate Natalie (Anna Kendrick) who pitches the cost savings of conducting the firings via webcam. This will ground Ryan and turn his life upside down. Before they clip his wings he is tasked with taking Natalie under one of them and showing her the ropes.
|◆||#073: How To Train Your Dragon 7/10|
How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a young viking named Hiccup. Every viking in this village grows up hating the pesky dragons. They train from a young age to hopefully kill one someday. Hiccup is the son of the fiercest dragon slayer, and of course he is an awkward nerd with an unimpressive physique. He dreams of gaining the approval of his father by one day proving himself as a dragon hunter. When he finally gets his chance he finds that he cannot complete the deed, but rather develops his own strategy for dealing with the dragon problem.
|◆||#072: We Live In Public 3/10|
I had never heard of Josh Harris, and most likely neither have you. This film tries to paint him as an important and influential figure during the rapid rise of the internet. I never quite bought it, but I cannot deny this guy was smart. He had good ideas, and the knowledge to turn them into cash, and a lot of it.
|◆||#071: Fantastic Mr. Fox 8/10|
Most people would not hesitate to crown UP the award for best animated film of last year. I really enjoyed UP, but in my opinion Fantastic Mr. Fox edges it out. UP has some really great moments, but Fantastic Mr. Fox worked better from beginning to end.