Friday, December 23, 2011

Long Time No Post (2011 in review)

Well its basically been a year with no reviews, so instead of reviewing a ton of individual movies i decided to wrap up the underwhelming 2011 in film with one giant post highlight a few of my favorites.

First up, in no particular order is WARRIOR. Now this is one off, if not my favorite movie of the year, warrior tells the story, of two estranged brothers (Tom Hardy/ Joel Edgerton) each respectively training for the worlds biggest mma tournament. The premises sounds like a typical Spike tv beat emup, but the amazing performances all round (Nick Nolte really shines as the mens ex-alcoholic father ) really brings the audience in to care about the characters. Another thing that makes this movie shine is the way its shot, at times i felt like i was watching at documentary, and they must of trained like hell cause the fights look and feel real. this movie is a much watch for all fans of the UFC and really anyone. 8 Out Of 10.

Next up is DRIVE, this movie is beautiful, throwing you from INTENSE driving scenes to amazingly acted calm scenes between the movies leads ( Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan) back to ultra violent action, as the driver (Gosling) clashes with a group of bandits lead by the real show stealer Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks). This movie is a wild ride, that was refreshing to see in a summer full of stinkers, Backed up a amazing soundtrack and probably the best directing this year this movie is a must see. 9 Out of 10.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was a movie i frankly thought would suck, so when i went to based solely on having nothing better to do i was blown away by how good it was all round. Not a perfect movie by any means (story lacked due to my guess time restraints) it is a really fun movie that had me engaged from the start. The movie is essentially about a smart monkey Caesar (Andy Serkis) whom after finding his people and place at a run down animal sanctuary leads more smart apes on a revaluation,i know sounds dumb, but this movie is a treat and gets my recommendation alone due to THE best scene in a movie all year ("NOOOOOOOOOO"). i would touch on the acting and directing but why bother this is a fun movie with shockingly cool monkeys. 7 out of 10.

Those were really the 3 stand outs this year for me (i found Tree of Life, i dont know, too much) but others that i would recommend included, Fright Night, Attack the Block, X-Men First Class, Moneyball, Super 8 and Your Highness. This year (so far still got alot to watch) has been mediocre compared to last years power house, lucky 2012 is shaping up to be a big one. With movies like The Hobbit part one, The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus all looking spectacular im exited.

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