Anyone interested in film knows that right now, Cannes Film Festival is taking place, and much to my chagrin, I was not able to get a badge, plane ticket, hotel, etc. I plan on attending next year, but for this year I'll just have to sit back and read the coverage as it comes in from incontention.com, awardsdaily.com and http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/. By the way, that last sentence was one big fat shout out to colleagues Guy Lodge, Sasha Stone, and Anne Thompson, respectively, who are all doing such a tremendous job of covering this festival this year. Keep up the good work guys. See you all in France next year!
Anywho, the point I'm roughly making here is that while my colleagues get to go and enjoy lots of great films in France, I'm kinda stuck here in the US with the leftovers. Unfortunately, even that's slim pickings. 2010, for me at least, has been a rough year for film thus far, and even the good nto great stuff is slim pickings. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I've only actually enjoyed three US releases so far this year. Those, of course, would be the only three films I've had the time or energy to bother to write a review of. Shutter Island, How to Train Your Dragon, and Iron Man 2. I emphasize the fact that while I loved all three of those films, there haven't been any others that I've seen that I even came close to finding watchable. The Bounty Hunter, Dear John, Remember Me, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and countless others have just been outright awful in so many ways. Kick-Ass wasn't entirely awful, just a disappointment and painfully frustrating film on a lot of levels, so I wouldn't even go so far as to say I really actually enjoyed it, because truth be told, it felt like hitting my head against a wall for two hours.