Friday, February 10, 2012

Favourites of 2011

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!

The Guard - 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!

Hanna - 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!

Sucker Punch - 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 to!

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.

Special mention: Another Earth

Best Australian Movie

The Tunnel - 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

Best Documentary

Bill 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.

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