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This is not a big shocker here if you have been following this blog for very long! This is a must see movie, a solid piece of film art. I’ve written on it here, here, here, and here.

Shutter Island

You’re likely thinking: “DiCaprio in this guy’s top 2 movies of 2010? What is he thinking!” I’m thinking this is a solid movie that has grown on me. I love the end when seen in light of the hope that the gospel offers. Apart from the gospel, there is no hope – your choices are numbness (alcohol, sex, legalism, or a lobotomy) or despair, especially in light of a severe loss. I also appreciated the theme of self-deception and how so many times you can just be blinded to the fact that the people you see as your enemies are actually the only friends fighting for you and believing in you. Is Ben Kingsley’s Dr. Cawley an enemy or friend? You’ll have to watch and see. This is not a horror flick but a psychological thriller with some disturbing scenes and definitely a darkness to it. You’ll feel like you got punched in the stomach after watching it, but it’s worth it if you can see the beauty of the truths so elegantly on display.

Get Low

This was not a much publicized film and did not end up playing more in the smaller independent theaters. The only reason this isn’t higher than 3rd is because the first two are so excellent. Duvall and Murray are academy award winners and at their best but Black makes this movie for me. Read my full review here.

Crazy Heart

This movie came out right before Christmas last year but I lump it in with 2010 since that’s when most of us saw it. Jeff Bridges is unbelievable in this movie as the alcoholic aged former country star hitting rock bottom. He was so good that in the first half of the movie, my wife was simply grossed out by how genuinely wasted and skeazy he was. The academy award for best actor that he earned for this movie was well deserved. Be sure to check out my original thoughts here. Heads up on 2 scenes with sexual content that are easy to see coming and easy to fast forward through without missing anything important.

Toy Story 3

Is it me, or has every single dude I’ve talked to about this movie told me about how it took nearly everything they had to keep from weeping at the end of this film. That includes me. I nearly bawled at the end. That final scene is the epitome of bittersweet and genuinely heartfelt. I never thought an animated movie could have that effect but this movie did.

The Book of Eli

Denzel kicking the snot out of baddies, eluding the fantastically evil Gary Oldman, and trying to finish his mission to take the Bible to the west: what more could you ask in a film? What haunts me about this movie is brutality and depravity unleashed. This is no movie for the faint of heart or if you’re looking for a pick me up on a Friday night. There is hope, but it is not in this world.

Iron Man 2

Combined with the first Iron Man, this saga has been very entertaining, well acted, and a strong microcosm of how the gospel works into our lives. I discuss it here and here. Watch James Harlman’s (of Mars Hill) here:

Overall, there were some very good films this year, seriously. What’s coming in 2011? At first glance: a ton of sequels. We’ll see what early 2011 movies pop out of nowhere like Shutter Island, Book of Eli, and Crazy Heart did this year.

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It’s slim pickings over the next 2 months in terms of DVD releases. There were 2 that my wife and I have seen. Any other release between August and September out there, I haven’t seen it or most likely just thought it wasn’t worth seeing.

Date Night (Aug 10)

Sam and I saw this movie and definitely enjoyed it. However, the near the end scene with the DA is rather raunchy and lewd and make this one a hard movie to recommend. Once Steve Carell’s (Michael Scott of The Office) character makes his hilarious and unforgettable statement to Mark Wahlberg, you can pretty much fast forward to the end. That statement is also one of the only swear words in the movie but it’s very aptly placed.  The movie tries to make a stab at why marriages dissipate and tends to focus on the element of risk and change. However, the movie indirectly points truly at why risk and change bring about better unity in marriage: centering on a purpose that is transcendent beyond your family. That is the key. Is my family just living for each other? Or are we unifying upon a mission to glorify Jesus in a specific way and see Him made known? Fast forward through the first scene with Wahlberg, as well as the scene where Carell begins to pose as his wife’s pimp.

UPDATE: Robin Hood (Sept 21)

I posted my intial thoughts here. My wife and I really enjoyed this movie and were pleasantly surprised by it, especially considering the skewering it took from critics and even some of my friends. I loved the father-son themes, the parallels with 2 Kings/Rehoboam with King John, and William Hurt as Marshall. I highly recommend this movie. Be forewarned: it’s definitely violent in the style of Gladiator though not as gory and there is some PG-13 crudeness among Robin’s buddies. I’ll definitely be excited to watch this movie again though.

Iron Man 2 (Sept 28)

I wrote my thoughts here and here. I definitely think this movie coupled with the first Iron Man is worth watching simply for how the gospel is readily displayed: sleazy rich guy gets taken captive through what he created, is freed to a new life by a righteous sacrifice, gets a new heart, and then works out the changing of his life. Then, in part 2, old habits of the flesh die hard, consequences of the past come into play, friends have to bring reproof and even temporary exile to bring about conviction of sin, and finally, a renewed heart is given through a renewed understanding of the love of his father. Then, friendship is restored and a victory over evil is secured. The endings of both 1 and 2 are predictable but it’s the how and who that make them powerful if you look at them through gospel lenses.

UPDATE: Prince of Persia on DVD comes out on September 14. I have not seen this but have had it recommended to me by multiple people. It looks like a classic cheesy yet clean action film of good guys versus bad guys from Disney. I’ll update this post if and when my wife and I get to see it.

This will become a regular post on my blog, look for it every 2-3 months as I try to give a heads up on new movies out on DVD. If I miss a movie or if you disagree with a recommendation, please post a comment!

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