As I said on the podcast, this year has been great for movies. There was possibly only one movie I didn’t really like and if you have already heard last week’s podcast, then you already know what my Top 5 movies are for this year. However, in case you missed it, I will clue you in to what they were, but you will have to listen to the podcast for more detail.
Before I start, I just want to make it clear that the movies I picked are the ones I thoroughly enjoyed. You may not agree with my list and that is perfectly fine. In fact, if you don’t, please feel free to post a comment below with your own top 10 of 2011.
With that said, here is my list under the cut:
10. Win Win
This movie is about a struggling attorney, Mike Flaherty, who volunteers as a high school wrestling coach and takes on the guardianship of an elderly client in order to keep his practice afloat. The teenage grandson, who runs away from his family, shows up at his grandfather’s home and ends up upsetting Flaherty’s plan. He then brings in the boy to wrestle on the school’s wrestling team. I saw this movie only knowing the title and that Paul Giamatti was in it. After viewing it, I was impressed with the turn out. Also, I heard the boy in the movie was not even a real actor. This was Alex Shaffer first movie.
09. Another Earth
I have two reasons why I’m fond of this movie. First is that this movie was a real independent movie. It was shot entirely on a Sony EX3 HD Camera with a budget of only two hundred thousand dollars. A real inspiration to aspiring filmmakers. Second is the idea. The story is definitely something I have always thought about. Even when reading comics that had to do with earth two or earth prime. I’m sure everyone has wondered what if there was another you out there on another earth. Someone who made a different choice on that Earth then you did on this one. This movie deals with that very idea from the character of Rhoda Williams.
08. Martha Marcy May Marlene
This was a fantastic movie. The script was strong, the pacing of the movie was spot on, and Elizabeth Olsen was amazing! Olsen’s character is haunted by painful memories of an abusive cult that she escaped from. This causes her to become increasingly paranoid. She tries to pull her life together by living with her older sister, played by Sarah Paulson. After the movie ended, there were some questions that felt a little unanswered. However, I was lucky enough to attend a screening featuring Q&A with Sean Durkin (Writer/Director) and Elizabeth Olsen, which helped clear things up for me.
07. The Descendants
Another great movie by Alexander Payne. In this movie, George Clooney’s character tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is in a boating accident. One thing that bugged me about this movie is that they never really touch on the person who caused the accident. I thought the story of the movie could have covered that just a bit more, but overall, it was a stunning movie with awkward situations and strong characters. I loved it.
I didn’t really care to see this movie except for maybe watching Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks. The ads didn’t call to me and I’m sure I would have just rented it at Redbox. As I said on the podcast, I saw this because my father wanted to see it when he came to visit. I was shocked, slapped in the face, and punched in the gut. This movie was rad! Although it’s not for everyone and is pretty graphic at times, Ryan Gosling tells the story with his facial expressions and only a few words. The first sequence of the movie was phenomenal.
I made my own poster for the rest of the movies on my top 10. If you want to hear what I thought about them, you can download episode 42 of Some S**t We Like. Director Ryan O’Leary and Francis Sky of The Massacre Twins join us as well to discuss their top 5 movies of 2011.
Let me know what you think about my list by commenting below. Feel free to post your top 10 in the comments too.