2010 Leonard Maltin Guide: Actors and Directors Index Adds
With the new Maltin Guide comes the addition of new names to the star/director index (plus the inevitable axing of others). Since putting the guide together every year and making editorial decisions is no easy task, let's not be too harsh on the deletions (although considerable this year: 21), including: Ann-Margret, John Barrymore, John Belushi, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks, Laurence Fishburne, Lillian Gish, Jeff Goldblum, Helen Hunt, Anjelica Huston, Al Jolson, Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline, Hayley Mills, Mary Pickford, Eleanor Powell, Kurt Russell, Winona Ryder, Rudolph Valentino. Instead, let's take a look at the "graduating class" of 2008/09.
New "Faces" added to the Leonard Maltin Guide 2010 Index:
Here is a list of the 2018 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
Quiet Place, A. Farfetched, but compelling in its short running time, with a perfect ensemble.
15:17 to Paris. Modest, sincere.
Black Panther. A rich narrative, which introduces several compelling characters.
Game Night. Screenwriter-y nonsense, with hit or miss laughs, but a fun cast and enough silliness to brighten your day.
I Feel Pretty. A bit of a mixed message, but much funnier than its reviews suggest.
Isle of Dogs. Yeah, mostly cutesy.
Paddington 2. Another winner, with an enjoyable Hugh Grant performance.
Ready Player One. Harkens back to Spielberg of old.
Tomb Raider. Vikander is certainly pretty enough, but it's just a tired formula film still reaping rewards from (1981s!) Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Tully. Not a particularly compelling movie that might have been better as short fiction.
Annihilation. Slow moving and derivative.
Red Sparrow. Corny and absurd.
Super Troopers 2. Like a way-too-late TV series reunion.