Short post: My favourite movies this past year. NOT ones that I felt were the most amazing, jaw-dropping, or life-changing moments in cinema; but rather just the movies that I found highly enjoyable- myfavourites
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2) The Cabin in The Woods
Possibly the smartest thing since… well, I have no analogy because nothing matches it. If you are a fan of horror (specifically 80s to mid 90s), this is the thing for you.
3) Django Unchained
Tarantino. Blood. Guns. Acting. Writing.
4) MoonriseKingdom/ Safety Not Guaranteed
Wes Anderson. No one else makes a movie like he does. Delightful.
Just, go see it. okay? You’ll see why.
5) Silver Linings Playbook
Good acting. Good script. Just a fun movie.
It took a lot of criticism because many thought it was bloated and some of the acting was maybe too much. But I fond the movie amazing. Refreshing. Although independently made (the most expensive indie movie ever made), it still shows that some form of hollywood was willing to take a chance and try something new. And for the most part it works out amazingly well. It is at one moment grand and over arching, and at the next small and personal. My personal segment was theLetters from Zedelghem part. Really worth the 3 hour investment.
7) Frankenweenie / The Raid: REDEMPTION
Tim Burton makes maybe his best film to date in this stop motion tale of a boy and his dog. Charming, poignant and very Burton, Frankenweenie gave me all sorts of feels.
The raid is just friggin awesome. It’s Dredd plus martial arts beat-downs.
Maybe not quite as amazing as Coraline, but ParaNorman is yet another example that not all animated moves need to be for little kids and that not all adult movies need be political thrillers. ParaNorman is made with such fine detail that multiple viewings are required just to fully appreciate everything within it. And above all else, it is FUN.
Team-up movie done right. It never forgot itself in being too serious, it never tried to be anything it wasn’t. It was fun. It had the HULK SMASHING SHIT! HOLY BALLS NERD BONERS WERE EVERYWHERE.
10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Well acted. Heartfelt. Touching. Awesome soundtrack.
Others that I thoroughly enjoyed but m too lazy to order in anyway:
- Skyfall (the least Bondy-Bond film while still trying to be a bond film. Still kicked ass)
- The Hunger Games. AKA the twilight slayer. AKA young reader books that are good.
- Lincoln. SOMEONE INVENTED A TIME MACHINE AND YANKED ABE LINCOLN OUT OF THE PAST. Seriously, Daniel Day Lewis is the man. But the last 10 minutes depicting his death were unneeded and it was a rather slow moving picture (as most historical biopics are).
- Wreck-it Ralph. Nerdy video game goodness that just fell short with going into typical cliché kids movie for the last bit.
- Rise of the Guardians. Fun animated adventure, great detail, lots of fun. Brought out the kiddy good vibes from deep within this hallowed man-child.
-Argo. Really well-made movie, but more of the same political intrigue and real life stuff. I get that it is a harrowing depiction of real events, but I have just seen enough.
- Pitch Perfect. Imagine if the tv show GLEE were actually good. And funny. And Anna Kendrick was in it. Yeah. Awesome right?
- Life of Pi. The visuals were amazing. The story is good, but better left on page for the simple reason that a lot of the subtext allusions and morals didn’t transition as well onto the screen.
- Pirates! Band of Misfits. Goddamn Aardman. So detailed, so good, so much fun.
-Chronicle. Doing the “Found Footage” genre proud. A surprising February release for such a well-crafted flick.
- The Grey. Liam Neeson vs Wolves. ut really a tale of survival and courage. Very very very well crafted.
- Looper. The prosthetics. Creepy; but well acted and well made.
THE MOVIES THAT SOME PEOPLE LOVED AND THOUGHT WERE THE GREATEST SHIT EVER BUT I COULD CARELESS ABOUT AND AM ASHAMED I PAYED MONEY TO SEE THEM
1) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES- I laughed. I laughed when I shouldn’t have. Bane was sick, but the stupidity of some parts was just… like wtf. Take the bags of their heads before you get on the plane, see who they are. How did Bruce Wayne get back to Gotham? He’s one of the most famous people ever, wouldn’t someone have seen him in his transport from the pit of 100 trials to Gotham? Wasn’t Gotham in lock-down? Don’t give me shit about “OMG who cares, he’s Bruce Wayen, he does what he wants,” because that shit don’t work. Does he need to talk in that voice when there is no one around? Really? Why did they send ALL THE POLICE INTO THE TUNNELS? WHO IS THAT DUMB? HOW DID BRUCE WAYNE RECOVER FROM BREAKING HIS BACK IN DAYS? FUCK ME. It took itself way too seriously and when you think about it, it is a pretty silly movie (in my opinion).
2) THE MOTHER EFFING HOBBIT- Feeling more like an extended edition of the Lord Of the Rings, the Hobbit’s pacing issues made it almost unwatchable. This is a bit unfair. I saw it twice, two nights in a row. The first time I saw it, I was confused, there was no way it was like this. The second time I was just kind of frustrated. It had a very jaunty pace, explosive action followed by long segments of nothing. That, or Peter Jackson took every chance he got to tell people that this leads into the Lord of The Rings. Needless things that were just thrown in the say, “HEY GUYS! I MADE THE LORD OF THE RINGS. YOU LIKED THOSE. REMEMBER? WELL THIS COMES BEFORE THE LORD OF THE RINGS BUT WERE ARE MAKING IT AFTER SO YOU WILL KNOW WHAT ALL THIS STUFF I’M THROWING AT YOU REMINDS YOU OF.” Or something like that. And THREE MOVIES? From a book the same size as each of the Lord of the Rings? You could tell they were really trying to stretch it out. At almost 3 hours long, the movie certainly slows to a snail’s pace on more than one occasion (see any parts with elves; oh god the elves). Oh, and the awkward longingly homo-erotic looks Gandalf gives Bilbo. I know that Ian McKellen is homosexual, and that’s fine by me, but Gandalf wasn’t as far as I know and it just looked… awkward…