The Housemaid (2010 film)
The Housemaid is a 2010 South Korean melodramatic thriller film directed by Im Sang-soo. The story focuses on Eun-yi, played by Jeon Do-yeon, who involved in a destructive love triangle while working as a housemaid for an upper-class family. Other cast members include Lee Jung-jae, Seo Woo and Youn Yuh-jung, the film is a remake of Kim Ki-youngs 1960 film The Housemaid. It competed for the Palme dOr at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, the film opens with a bustling city street, where a young woman commits suicide by jumping from a building ledge to her death. The next morning, a woman by the name of Byeong-sik visits her small apartment. Eun-yi is hired as an au pair for Hae-ra and her rich husband Hoon, Eun-yis primary task is watching the couples young daughter, Nami. Eun-yi is eager to connect to Nami, who gradually warms to her, Hoon begins to secretly flirt with Eun-yi, enticing her with glasses of wine and his piano playing, and they eventually begin a sexual relationship. Despite the affair, Eun-yi is still warm and friendly to Hoons oblivious wife, Hae-ra, she even expresses enthusiasm, Byeong-sik, aka Miss Cho witnesses Eun-yi and Hoon having sex.
She tries to subtly pry details from Eun-yi, but Eun-yi brushes her off casually, Miss Cho reveals her suspicion to Hae-ras mother that Eun-yi is pregnant. Hae-ras mother visits the family and stages an accident, resulting in Eun-yi falling from a ladder positioned at the top of a set of stairs, dangling from a chandelier, Eun-yi begs Hae-ras mother to pull her over the railing. Hae-ras mother does not oblige, and Eun-yi falls, suffering only a concussion, Eun-yi spends the night in the hospital. During her stay, she learns that she is pregnant and contemplates abortion, the affair is revealed to Hae-ra. Hae-ras mother, Mi-hee, instructs Hae-ra to ignore the affair, she insists that all wealthy husbands will eventually cheat, that night, Hae-ra stands over Eun-yis bed with a golf club but is unable to strike the sleeping woman. The next day, Hae-ra and her mother confront Eun-yi, offering her $100,000 to have an abortion and leave. Hae-ra knows that Eun-yi would not abort her child for all the money in the world, Hae-ra goes to the hospital and delivers her twin sons.
Hoon visits the hospital, where Hae-ra makes her ill will toward him known, furious, he returns home alone and finds Eun-yi in his bathtub. She reveals that she is pregnant and plans on keeping the baby, Eun-yi succumbs to the effects of the poison, and Mi-hee arranges an abortion without Eun-yis consent. After the abortion, Miss Cho reveals that she told Mi-hee about Eun-yis pregnancy, Eun-yi is angry, but forgives Miss Cho and vows to get revenge on the family
Casino Jack is a 2010 action thriller comedy film directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Kevin Spacey. Abramoff was convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2006, Abramoff served three and a half years of a six-year sentence in federal prison, and was assigned to a halfway house. He was released on December 3,2010, Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abramoff, eventually losing to Paul Giamatti for his role in Barneys Version. A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff Kelly Preston as Pam Abramoff Rachelle Lefevre as Emily J. Miller Barry Pepper as Michael Scanlon Jon Lovitz as Adam Kidan John David Whalen as Kevin A, the film was scheduled for release in December 2010 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He died on October 29,2010, seven weeks before its scheduled December 17,2010, Casino Jack received mixed reviews from critics.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 36%, based on 95 reviews, the sites critical consensus reads, Kevin Spacey turns in one of his stronger performances, but Casino Jack is a disappointingly uneven fictionalized account of a fascinating true story. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 24 critics, roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, stating that Casino Jack is so forthright, it is stunning
Barney's Version (film)
Barneys Version is a 2010 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Richard J. Lewis, based on the novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, Barney Panofsky is living with his best friend Boogie in Rome. He marries the mentally disturbed and unfaithful Clara Charnofsky after she tells him she is pregnant with his child, Barney finds out the child is not his, and he demands they separate. Clara commits suicide, and a devastated Barney decides to return home to Montreal, Barney soon gets a job back home and meets the woman who becomes his nameless second wife, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family. At their lavish wedding, Barney meets Miriam Grant, and immediately falls in love and he tells Miriam his feelings for her that night but she rejects him. Despite his marriage, Barney sends Miriam flowers and gifts, Barney picks up Boogie, who is in the middle of detox therapy, for a few days at Barneys lake house.
He eventually finds Boogie in bed with his wife, Barney is at first overjoyed that he has an excuse to divorce her and pursue Miriam, but questions Boogies integrity. The two argue, firing rounds from Barneys gun into the air before Barney collapses onto his dock and passes out, when Barney awakens, it appears that he has shot Boogie. An abusive detective tries to beat a confession out of Barney until Barneys father, Barney continues to believe that Boogie ran away, and throughout the movie waits for him to reappear. With his divorce finalized, Barney asks Miriam out on a date and he travels to New York City to meet her, and they finally begin a relationship. They marry and have two children as Barney gets a job producing a television series, Izzy dies in a brothel, causing Barney to laugh and cry and call his father a King. Barney and Miriam live happily until, on vacation to the lake house, Barney meets Blair. There is a platonic connection between Blair and Miriam, much to Barneys noticeable consternation.
After Barney and Miriams son, leaves the family home and he attempts to dissuade her but she persists and secures employment, thanks to support from Blair. Miriam begins work on a station but Barney misses her first on air interview - because he was drunk and watching the hockey game. Barney is rude and dismissive to Miriams colleagues but she remains faithful to him despite his picaresque behaviour. Eventually his bad behaviour results in Miriam taking a long visit to their son Michaels place in NYC. While Miriam is absent, Barney gets drunk at a bar, Miriam returns from NYC and is eager to pick up where they left off but Barney tells her about his infidelity and the two divorce
The Conspirator is a 2010 American mystery historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an original screenplay by James D. Solomon. It is the film of the American Film Company. The film tells the story of Mary Surratt, the only female conspirator charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be executed by the United States federal government. It stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, John Cullum, Toby Kebbell, and James Badge Dale. Another premiere screening was held on April 10,2011 at Fords Theatre in Washington, the United States theatrical release took place on April 15,2011, the 146th anniversary of the death of President Lincoln. The film was released in Canada on April 29,2011 and was released in the UK on July 1,2011, Lionsgate Home Entertainment released the DVD and Blu-ray on August 16,2011. Later that same night, Southerner Lewis Payne unsuccessfully attempts to kill Secretary of State William Seward, german immigrant and carriage repair business owner George Atzerodt is assigned to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson but becomes afraid and runs away.
Meanwhile, actor John Wilkes Booth enters Fords Theatre and sees his target, Booth sneaks into the Presidents box and shoots Lincoln, mortally wounding him. Booth stabs diplomat and military officer Henry Rathbone who was a guest in Lincolns box, a crowd, including Aiken and Baker, watch in horror as the unconscious President is taken to a nearby boarding house where he dies early the next morning. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders all suspects, including Mary Surratt and David Herold manage to evade capture for some days, but Union soldiers find a barn where they suspect the conspirators are hiding and set it on fire. Herold is arrested, while Booth is shot and killed by sergeant Boston Corbett, Maryland Senator Reverdy Johnson is Mary Surratts lawyer. Her son, John Surratt, had escaped with hundreds of agents looking for him, feeling unable to defend Surratt because hes a Southerner, Reverdy asks Aiken, a Northerner, to take over, but he tries to refuse. He is ordered to defend her and tells Sarah and his friends, Aiken visits Mary in her cell to question her.
Mary asks Aiken to look in on her daughter Anna, Aiken does so and searches the boarding house for clues. He finds a ticket with the initials LJW, at the court, Weichman - a seminary friend of Marys son John, is the first witness and describes John Surratts meetings with Booth. Aiken incriminates Weichman, making him appear as guilty as the rest of the conspirators, Aiken again tries to give up defending Mary, believing her guilty. He meets with her, intending to get evidence of her guilt and she explains that John and the others conspired to kidnap Lincoln, not to kill him. They were about to attack a carriage but were stopped by Booth who reported that Lincoln was elsewhere and she says John left town and went into hiding after this, two weeks before the assassination
The Debt (2010 film)
It stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Marton Csokas and Jesper Christensen. It didnt see a release until it was released in France on 15 June 2011, followed by Kazakhstan and Russia in July 2011. In 1965, a young Mossad agent Rachel Singer on her first field assignment arrives in East Berlin to meet with more experienced agents David Peretz and Stefan Gold. Rachel and David present themselves as an ethnic German married couple from Argentina and Rachel plants herself as a patient at Vogels obstetrics, both Stefan and David are instantly attracted to Rachel. Rachel is attracted to David, yet sleeps with Stefan shortly after David reluctantly refuses her advances, Rachel, as a part of her cover, receives fertility treatments at the clinic and her tryst results in Rachel becoming pregnant. At her final appointment, Rachel injects Vogel with a sedative during an examination. Stefan and David arrive dressed as paramedics and make off with the unconscious Vogel in a faux ambulance, barely ahead of the real ambulance team.
Under cover of night, the trio attempt their exfiltration at Wollankstrasse Station, on a line along the sector boundary between East and West Berlin, and next to a mail depot. As they prepare to load Vogel onto the train he suddenly awakens and sounds the horn of the stolen mail van where he is being held. In the ensuing shootout, David sacrifices his chance to escape in order to save the compromised Rachel, the agents are left with no choice but to bring Vogel to their apartment and plan a new extraction. The agents take turns monitoring and feeding Vogel while leaving him chained to the wall heater and he attempts to psychologically humiliate and intimidate them to the point they must gag him. During his shift, David becomes violently enraged after Vogel explains his beliefs that Jews have many weaknesses, such as selfishness, David smashes a glass plate over Vogels head and repeatedly beats him, only to be stopped and restrained by Stefan. Injured, she manages to shoot the escaping doctor and sees him crumble to the ground after being hit.
However, when they go to get rid of his body they discover he has escaped into the night and hoping to save face for both himself and for Israel, Stefan convinces Rachel and David to go along with the fiction that Vogel was killed. They agree to lie and use the story that Rachel shot. In the following years, the agents become venerated as heroes for their roles in the mission. David admits his intention to leave Mossad and the country, imploring Rachel to come with him, Rachel cannot bring herself to abandon her daughter and she and David part ways. In 1997, Rachel is honoured by her daughter Sarah during a party in Tel Aviv for Sarahs book based on the account Rachel, Stefan
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He is a winner of the Genie Award for Best Direction, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2010. All three films won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture. Villeneuve was born on October 3,1967 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec and he studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is married to cultural reporter Tanya Lapointe and has three children from a relationship with French-Canadian actress Macha Grenon. He is the brother of filmmaker Martin Villeneuve. Villeneuve began his career making short films and won the Radio-Canadas youth film competition La Course Europe-Asie in 1990–91, Villeneuve first caught attention for his 2001 film Maelström which screened at festivals worldwide, winning eight Jutra Awards and Best Canadian Film from the Toronto International Film Festival. He followed that up with the controversial, but critically acclaimed film Polytechnique about the shootings occurred at the Montreal university.
Villeneuves Incendies received critical acclaim after it premiered at the Venice, Incendies was subsequently chosen to represent Canada at the 83rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film and was eventually nominated for the award. Incendies was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Films of 2011, in January 2011, he was selected by Variety as one of the top ten filmmakers to watch. Also in 2011, Villeneuves work was recognized at the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards, Canadas highest honor in the performing arts, Villeneuve followed Incendies with the popular film Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film screened at festivals across the globe and won awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 2014. Prisoners is currently ranked No.220 on IMDbs Top 250 Films of All Time list, following the success of Incendies and Prisoners, Villeneuve won Best Director for his next film, the mind thriller Enemy, at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.
The film won the $100,000 cash prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association for Best Canadian Film of the Year in 2015, Villeneuve directed the crime thriller film Sicario, scripted by Taylor Sheridan, and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The film competed for the Palme dOr at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and it screened to positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and went on to become a commercial success, grossing nearly $80 million worldwide. Villeneuve next directed the film Arrival, based on the short story Story of Your Life by author Ted Chiang, from a script by Eric Heisserer, with Amy Adams. Principal photography began on June 7,2015 in Montreal, in February 2015, it was announced that Villeneuve would direct the sequel to Blade Runner. Harrison Ford will reprise his role, and it will take several decades after the original
The King's Speech
The Kings Speech is a 2010 British biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays the future King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, Seidler read about George VIs life after overcoming a stuttering condition he endured during his youth. He rewrote his screenplay for the stage to focus on the relationship between the two protagonists. Nine weeks before filming began, Logues notebooks were discovered and quotations from them were incorporated into the script, principal photography took place in London and around Britain from November 2009 to January 2010. The opening scenes were filmed at Elland Road and Odsal Stadium, for indoor scenes, Lancaster House substituted for Buckingham Palace, and Ely Cathedral stood in for Westminster Abbey, while the weaving mill scene was filmed at the Queen Street Mill in Burnley. A third technique Hooper employed was the framing of characters, in his first consultation with Logue. Released in the United Kingdom on 7 January 2011, The Kings Speech was a box office.
On a budget of £8 million, it earned over £250 million internationally and it was widely praised by film critics for its visual style, art direction, and acting. Other commentators discussed the representation of historical detail, especially the reversal of Winston Churchills opposition to abdication. The film received awards and nominations, particularly for Colin Firths performance. The Kings Speech won seven British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, the film won four Academy Awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay. Prince Albert, Duke of York, the son of King George V. The Duke has given up hope of a cure, but his wife Elizabeth persuades him to see Lionel Logue, during their first private session, Logue insists on being called Lionel by his patient. In addition, breaching royal etiquette, Logue calls the Prince Bertie, Prince Albert leaves in anger but Logue offers him the recording as a keepsake. His attempt to do so is a failure, the Duke plays Logues recording and hears himself reciting unhesitatingly.
He therefore returns to Logue, where he and his wife both insist that Logue focus only on physical exercises, not therapy, Logue teaches his patient muscle relaxation and breath control but continues to probe gently and persistently at the psychological roots of the stutter. Albert eventually reveals some of the pressures of his childhood and the two men start to become friends. It is pointed out that Edward, as head of the Church of England, cannot marry her, even if she receives her second divorce, when Logue insists that Albert could be a good king instead, the latter labels such a suggestion as treason and dismisses Logue
Stake Land is a 2010 American vampire horror film in the zombie apocalypse vein directed by Jim Mickle and starring Nick Damici, who cowrote the script with Mickle. It stars Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris and Kelly McGillis, the plot revolves around an orphaned young man being taken under the wing of a vampire hunter known only as Mister, and the battle for survival in their quest for a safe haven. When a pandemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, large cities are left as tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearing nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward vampire hunter, called Mister. Along the way, they are joined by fellow travellers, the first being a nun known only as Sister, the group is captured by The Brotherhood and it is revealed that one of the rapists killed by Mister was Lovens son. As punishment, Mister is left at the mercy of a group of vampires, while Sister is taken as a sex slave, Martin promptly escapes the Brotherhood camp and discovers that Mister has survived the vampire attack and they drive off together, unable to help Sister.
Coming across a survivors roadhouse, they pick up another traveler, the pregnant Belle, they pick up Willie, a Marine, who is found hiding in a workmens toilet having been abandoned as vampire bait by The Brotherhood. Willie informs the group that American forces were withdrawn from the Middle East to help contain the outbreak, and that there is no Middle East to fight over anymore. He goes on to say that The Brotherhood was partially responsible for the fall of America, ramming cars filled with vampires through blockades, the four decide to go after Jebedia, whom they successfully ambush, tie to a tree and leave for the vampires. The group next encounters a settlement and discover that Sister escaped. The same night, celebrations are interrupted when The Brotherhood, using helicopters, drops vampires into town, though invited to stay and help rebuild the settlement, the group decides to move on towards the north again. Midway, their car breaks down and they have to continue their journey on foot and they manage to avoid dangerous areas for some time but, while sleeping at an abandoned auto junk yard, they are attacked by berserkers, the oldest and strongest kind of vampire.
They run into a field, and Sister diverts the chase away from the others. After several days of walking through the wilderness, they shelter in a broken-down school bus turned camper. The three search for him, first finding his blanket finding Willie killed and strung up in a tree, Mister notes he has never encountered a thinking vampire before and warns the others to stay alert. Despite their best efforts, Belle is taken from their campsite during the night and Mister and Martin find her in an abandoned silo the following day, wrapped in barbed wire and bitten. Jebedia Loven, now a vampire thanks to having given himself willingly to the vampires that attacked him, reveals himself and attacks Martin. Martin manages to impale Jebedia, and an injured Mister is successful in finishing him off, Martin mercy kills the dying Belle, saving her from becoming a vampire
Black Swan (film)
The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovskys Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. Nina is overwhelmed by a feeling of pressure when she finds herself competing for the part, causing her to lose her tenuous grip on reality. Aronofsky cites Fyodor Dostoyevskys The Double as another inspiration for the film, the director considered Black Swan a companion piece to his 2008 film The Wrestler, with both films involving demanding performances for different kinds of art. He and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, and after an attachment to Universal Studios. Portman and Kunis trained in ballet for several months prior to filming, the film premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1,2010. It had a release in the United States starting December 3,2010. Black Swan received critical praise upon its release, particularly for Portmans performance and Aronofskys direction, the film received five Academy Award nominations and Portman won Best Actress for the film, as well as many other Best Actress awards in several guilds and festivals.
In addition, Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Picture. It is the horror film to be nominated in the Best Picture category, following The Exorcist in 1973, Jaws in 1975, The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Nina Sayers is a dancer in a New York ballet company. Nina lives in New York City with her mother, Erica. The company is preparing to open the season with Swan Lake, the director, Thomas Leroy, is looking for a new principal dancer after forcing Beth Macintyre into retirement. Thomas wants the ballerina to portray the innocent, fragile White Swan as well as her mysterious, sensual twin. Nina auditions for the part, performing flawlessly as the White Swan, Nina approaches Thomas and asks him to reconsider her as the lead role. Thomas forcibly kisses Nina, and she displays a change of character and bites him, Nina begins to witness strange happenings, and her mother finds scratches on Ninas back. An intoxicated Beth angrily confronts Thomas and Nina, Nina is worried that Beths fate will eventually befall her, but she stays quiet.
Thomas tells Nina she needs to give herself to the sensuality of the Black Swan and he tells her to go home and masturbate, which she does. The next day, Nina finds out that Beth was seriously injured in a car accident, Nina realizes Beth will never dance again, and tearfully unpacks her belongings in Beths former dressing room