I have finally gotten around to thinking a little about the movies I saw last year and whilst I know I am going to take some crap for at least one of the movies on my list below, I would ask that you don't judge it until you have seen it! and if you have seen it, well....
In no particular order, these are the 5 best films I saw last year:
The Adventures of Tintin
- Spielberg returns to the kind of movies he was born to direct! It is
just a shame he also released War Horse on the same day. Tintin is what
Indiana Jones 4 should have been!
- Brendan Gleeson shines in this great independent Irish film that is
as funny as it is serious. I do enjoy films that have great characters
and The Guard has some of the best in recent times!
- I really enjoyed this action romp featuring a 16 year old girl
trained as an assassin. Whilst it won't be to everyone's liking, you
can't argue that it certainly creates its own look and feel! Great score
by the Chemical Brothers too!
- Boy was there some hate for this film when it came out! I saw the
film in Imax and came out wanting... then the Blu-ray came along with
the 18 minute extended cut and finally a number of things fell into
place. Snyder is clearly a visual director and despite its over preachy
message the film it magnificent to look at and just as good to listen
Winnie the Pooh - OK, so this is a
bit of a cheat. The movie came out exclusivley to Big W on Blu-ray and
DVD, but it is such a great film with a very wide appeal and it is so
nice to see Disney finally give the silly old bear a decent outing after
the abomination that is the CGI series. I highly recommend reliving
some of your childhood by returning to the 100 Acre Woods.
Best Australian Movie
- Made on a budget brought about by fan sponsorship and given away for
FREE on the Internet, whilst The Tunnel does have a number of horror
movie cliches there is certainly enough originality to keep you
interested. Nice to see some local productions using new business models
in an otherwise draconian industry.
Special mention: Red Dog and The Hunter
Cunningham: New York - Following the life of New York Times fashion
pages photographer Bill Cunningham, the documentary was certainly the
most enjoyable outing I had had to a doco this year! Even better when I
wasn't expecting to like it at all!
Special mention: Life Cycles and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.