Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days. Literally my whole computer crashed, had to reformat my drive:( Though, my friend was able to help me recover most my important data though I lost years worth of fonts, all my programs, templates, etc. Normally I’d probably be more down but I see it symbolic as new beginnings. It still strikes me as immensely surreal how it’s a few mere hours from twenty twelve. That all encompassing “apocalyptic” or mass change year long whispered about for years. To me 2001 and 2011 were rather lame years, for me personally and just in life in general. This year I was immensely depressed…but for some reason I feel like 2012 is a symphony of interesting ideas and a grand new chapter. I feel quite inspired, actually…even if the world and society truly does go to Michael Bay summer action movie levels of crazy.
I really want to pursue filmmaking finally. Not just talking about it or writing scripts…but really getting into comedy sketches for youtube, short films, music videos and attempting an independent feature. That’s always been my dream since I was small. Speaking of film I have a little tradition, cliche as it is, of coming up with a top ten movie list. So here are my top ten favorite films of 2011:
1. The Descendents: December release Oscar bait? Sure…but I was blown away by the performances, tone, balance, impact and feel of the film…and besides Clooney, the main star is just Hawaii itself.
2. Midnight In Paris: What can I say…as much as I haven’t been too keen on Woody Allen’s modern European dramedys, this one blew me away from beginning to end. The whole concept of it, along with the way Owen Wilson plays it had me sold within the first ten minutes.
3. Beginners: A film that strangely felt like a companion to Midnight in Paris, this is by far my favorite Ewan Mcgregor movie. Chrisopher Plummer as well is sublime in it.
4. The Muppets: Hey, I gotta give it up for my felty furry pals! Been waiting 12 years for this, and while I had a number of issues with the pacing and some of the scenes, I thought it delivered in what it needed to do in bringing the gang back to the forefront.
5. Cedar Rapids: I just love Ed Helms here, way much so than the Hangover movies. Cedar Rapids has since become my absolute favorite comedy of all time next to Swingers and Office Space
6. Drive: Wow…it’s like Michael Mann stopped making crappy bad dv shot movies and went back to his glory days of Heat, Manhunter and The Insider. Drive just has this really ambient feel and look in parts coupled with a very 80’sish soundtrack. But then it suddenly erupts into some of the most jarring brutality and violence I’ve ever seen in a mainstream American movie…like Irreversible level crazyness. Overlal a really impressive movie, by the guy who directed Fear X(one of my favorite dramas) and Bronson
7. Biutiful: One of those depressing as eff type of movies, this Spanish language film starring Javier “Friendo” Bardem was simply amazing. It’d be higher on my list if I didn’t love the others so much more.
8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Does David Fincher deliver? He’s been my favorite director(next to David Lynch) since I first saw Se7en…and unfairly, every movie I’ve seen of his I have to compare to that seminal movie event. Unfair, as I don’t think he movie he ever could do would compare to that masterpiece. After Se7en I really LOVE “The Game” and “Zodiac”. By far my top three, as much as people would say Fight Club is one of their favorites. But Dragon Tattoo…such a scrutinized hyped event both a remake and re-adaptation of a beloved book phenomenon. For me the film really brought you in that world of isolated cold Sweden in Winter…Fincher has a knack of doing that. Coupled with his lighting, wonderful use of the Red Camera(Why cant Michael Mann get GOOD dv cameras?), Trent Reznor score and amazing set of actors…I was sold. I liked it a lot better than the original…only, I didn’t think it revealed the major plot points as well as that did. Not my favorite Fincher film by a long shot, but I felt it worked and really pulled you into that world.
9. Rango: Best kids/family cgi film of the year. Best looking one too. I normally am bored of a lot of Johnny Depp’s film choices as of late, but here he shines as the the Gonzo’d lizard.
10. The Rum Diary: Depp’s other turn into Hunter S Thompson land, 13 years after his role in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Although this one feels quite brief, the recreation of the time period alone really made this for me.
Honorable mentions: Will Ferrel’s Everything Must Go, Ides Of March, The Adjustment Bureau, Source Code, Limitless, Trigun Badlands Rumble, etc.
So so films that had their moments for me: Transformers Dark of the Moon(mostly just the last 40 minutes…otherwise I hated it and the first two), The Sitter, etc.
Worst movies of the year for me?
Battlefield Los Angeles, The Tree of Life(sucks as I was really looking forward to it), Thor, Xmen First Class, Pirates of the Carribean 4, Green Lantern, and The Beaver.
Anyways, hope everyone has a good reflective/and or epic new year’s eve and may 2012 bring a new world of amazement and desired good things to you all!