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Top 10 Movies of 2011

It’s that time once again, when the collective movie-loving blogosphere wade through the good and the bad of the year and present it to us in a concise package. This is no different. I’m going to do my top 10 of 2011, although it must be noted that I still haven’t seen some of the big movies of 2011 such as The Artist, Hugo and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Heres a little recap of some of the great movies we’ve seen this year.

In reverse order, here goes…

10. Life in a Day (Various)

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When YouTube announced that it was collaborating with Ridley Scott to create a completely user submitted documentary with 100s of different YouTube clips and no real narrative, I was a little skeptical. Users were asked to submit the everyday goings on in their daily lives, all on the same day. I expected a mishmash of low quality and inconsistent work. But I was amazed at some of the content in the film. There are some amazing visuals and very raw, very real human moments in here.

Also, another bonus is that the movie is completely free and in HD on YouTube, so you have no excuse to not go watch it here. Go!

9. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)

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Bridesmaids is one of those movies that just came out of nowhere last Summer to become the biggest comedy of the year, garnering far more critical acclaim than the inferior Hangover 2. A rarity in that it is a chick flick that appeals to men just as much as it does to women. The cast is fantastic, especially Kristen Wiig in the lead role – I can see her becoming a major comic actress after this.

8. 50/50 (Jonathan Levine)

The partially autobiographical tale of one mans cancer struggle is emotional without being overly sentimental, while still perfectly hitting the right comic notes. Seth Rogen gives his most restrained and solid performance I have seen him give.

7. Page One: Inside the New York Times (Andrew Rossi)

This intimate story of the inner workings and possible failure of the Worlds most famous newspaper. Dealing with the advent of online news and iPads, as well as the work that goes in to producing a single story, the film is a must see for anyone interested in journalism or even people who want to know what goes into producing their morning paper.

6. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

The latest movie from the reclusive Terrence Malick is nothing short of a masterpiece that cannot be easily summised. In short, it is a story of a life that simply taps in to the little snippets of memories we all have from childhood. It does this better than any film I’ve seen. The cinematography is beautiful, just what we have come to expect from Malick. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is that I can’t see myself revisiting it again soon.

5. Moneyball (Bennett Millar)

After last years The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin proves once again the he is the top scribe in Hollywood right now. The dialogue is some of the best work Sorkin has produced – high praise indeed. Also features another flawless perfromance from my favourite character actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

4. Hanna (Joe Wright)

After the release of Atonement, it was clear that Jone Wright was one to watch. A naturally visual filmmaker, Wright takes a somewhat grittier turn with Hanna, a slick revenge movie starring Irish youngster Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana. Also, features arguably the best score of the year, all courtesy of The Chemical Brothers.

3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)

Another film that I had not expected much from and was very pleasantly surprised with. After Tim Burton’s poor 2001 remake, the franchise seemed dead and buried but Rupert Wyatt has revitalised the series with the best action movie of the year including some of the best CGI I’ve ever seen.

2. Drive (Nicolas Windig Refn)

What else is there to say about Drive that hasn’t been said? Ryan Gosling. Perfect soundtrack. Amazing visuals.

1. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

It is probably no surprise that the new movie from my favourite director tops my list this year. Woody Allen’s take on nostalgia and the so-called ‘Golden Age’ is an instant classic. Owen Wilson plays a bored husband to be, on vacation in Paris, who gets swooped into the bohemian 1920’s Parisian culture – meeting the likes of Picasso, Hemingway, Dali and others. It has Allen’s trademark quick wit and great dialogue (which was recognised at the Golden Globes last Sunday, as the movie took away the best Original Screenplay award).

Like most of Woody Allen’s movies, Midnight in Paris deals with themes of faux intellectualism, culture and romance, so those who generally don’t like his movies probably won’t take anything from the movie. That said, I think its his best film in years. Long may it continue.

Zuckerberg

Hey all, just a quick post with a new design. I was asked to do a design for an article in a soon to be published magazine. I also wrote the small piece, which is on influential people of the 21st Century – I choose Mark Zuckerberg. I used some scriptographer tools here, the idea being that he has created a new landscape for communication which has exploded. I am still working on the entire piece (including article), so it will change I’m sure, but will post when finished!

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Hanna: Review & Alternative poster

Hello once again – I’m back with a review and poster for Hanna – this is my first review in a while so I may be a bit rusty… Anyway, onwards…

Joe Wrights last movie, ‘The Soloist’ was meagre Oscar bait that was limp and dull, despite starring some fine actors. Atonement proved he was a serious director, and there were some shots in that movie which blew me away, Wright has an amazing eye for composition. I’m glad to say that Hanna is Wrights best film so far.

Telling the story of a father and daughter living in a forest, Hanna is no ordinary girl – she has been conditioned to be a sort of ‘super-soldier’, and she is wanted by the CIA. At this point it sounds a bit hackneyed and cliched but Wright makes the whole universe wholly believable and engaging. As with Atonement, Hanna is a stunning looking film, immaculately framed in the right places. When the action/chase scenes begin, it gets very Bourne like, with some heave handheld work – it works great.

The score was written and performed by the Chemical Brothers, and it suits the film to a tee. At times feeling like a music video, the score gives the movie a great energy. After the likes of Daft Punks Tron Soundtrack and this, big name bands doing soundtracks is something I hope is done more often – with care of course.

Performances are all fantastic too, Saoirse Ronan gets better every time I see her in a film. Cate Blanchett is great as per usual.

Everyone should see Hanna, a great action thriller and one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

Oh and hope y’all enjoy the poster. Been learning to use some Scriptographer tools and tried to make a nice abstract poster. The Deer imagery plays as a bookend in the movie.
Enjoy!

Everyone should see Hanna, it is the best