Yes but then again I stay up till midnight like every night and most of the time I am up much much later than that. Although as for actual plans…well it appears all my plans have fallen through, ringing in the new year alone lol.
All the way through was a book upon Geek Wisdom just information, and lessons learned from various forms of beloved geek media. It was actually very good, and actually assisted me in taking some previously unknown messages from some films I greatly enjoyed.
Do you have any scars on your body? If so, how'd you get them?
Well I have quite a few…the middle finger from the aforementioned story, my thumb suffers from the area in which a nail went through it, my left eyebrow has a little scar due to the Mcdonalds playgrounds sharp edges, part of my head is a tad bit deformed due to breaking it open while on a slide, and I think that may be it but I have some darn good ones.
I am actually deathly afraid of blenders….why you may ask? Well because when I was three years old I managed to put together a blender and put 3 wizard of Oz action figures within them. You know attempting to send them to the land of Oz….and yet I could see it was not working…so I placed my hand in WHILE IT WAS STILL RUNNING to get them out…and well lets just say my middle finger on my left hand is a tad bit deformed.
Probably the insane amount of exciting movies that are being release…PROMETHEUS and AVENGERS….DARK KNIGHT RISING…Oh my it looks grand. Also I am looking to create some better youtube videos get a better camera create a presence. As well as working on my writing skills, I sense me and the internet shall become the greatest of allies.
Now keep in mind there are quite a few films I have yet to catch up with this year. Like Take Shelter, The Artist, and a few other sure to be oscar contenders. I have however seen the majority of the critically acclaimed films this year. Now this list will probably change drastically within the year. Certain films will stay where they are others will drop off and be replaced so this is by no means a definitive list.
1. Drive: Could it be any other film this year? The soundtrack, the performances, the cinematography everything points out to the best film of the year. It is hard to fully explain the excellence of this film. It has elements of Action, Romance, and horror. The supporting turn by Albert Brooks as the villain of the piece is easily the most memorable villain of the year. This film says more in silence than most films say in 100 pages of screenplay. The film also goes out of its way to avoid cliches. For example the Ex-Confict Husband, is not a trashy sleaze-bag, instead he is a character you feel for and care about. He is a man who made a mistake and wants only to make up for it. This makes the relationship between The Driver and Cary Mulligans character all the more convoluted at first creating an interesting love triangle. Along with all of these unique traits, and great characters is the cinematography. Each shot is framed so deliberately, and comes together like a beautiful painting. The final fight takes place with simply shadows moving together in an awe-inspiring symphony letting your imagination taking the reigns and you can envision just how the final fight takes place. Accompanied with this is the brilliant soundtrack. The score is great, and the original music has graced my ipod on multiple occasions throughout the year.
2. Attack The Block: I grew up upon old classic monster movies, they are revenues of heaps and heaps of nostalgia. Yet it has been quite some time since a good monster film has been made. Cloverfield was terrible, and Super 8 was too much like Spielberg light and didn’t have any heart. Yet Attack The Block manages to completely capture the old school fun of monster films whilst adding a very modern twist. You feel for all of the characters, and the film covers a vast array of emotions. It has extremely funny bits, and it has some heartbreaking tragic moments. You find yourself caring about the cast of characters, and the film feels like it was made for a moment. Kids are growing up much faster than they used to. The creatures themselves have a brilliant design and texture to them that make them highly original. Its got a brilliant script, and is without a doubt the funnest time you will have watching a movie this year.
3. Hugo: Hugo is a film about the magic of cinema, and the endless possibilities that can be achieved because of this magic. The transformative power of cinema is displayed. The cast is fantastic, and the cinematography is great. This is one of the few films that has showed me the merits of the 3D technology. Its amazing how Martin Scorsese can still direct such an awe-inspiring film even after all these years. He is the only director that has made a perfect film in five different decades. Hugo is an experience that must be seen in the proper 3D format in order to be fully experienced.
4. 50/50: One of the funniest films this year, and yet the comedy doesn’t feel forced or exploitative. It manages to show how even in the most bleak dire situations there is still comedy. Joseph Gordon Levitt delivers one of the best performances all year, and the ending feels just right. The film expertly dwelves into relationships between its protagonist and everyone else in his life. From his best friend Seth Rogen, to his therapist Anna Kendrick, and everyone in between. Everyone takes the news differently, and we all deal with our emotions in different ways.
5. Beginners: The Best romance of the year by far, Ewan McGregor makes a delightful protagonist, and he balances perfectly off of the rest of the cast. He even has dazzling chemistry with the dog. The film makes both time lines work, and every relationship made within the film feels realistic. You really believe these characters fall in love, and it shows love in all of its forms. Great cinematography and some unique storytelling devices make this a must see for the hopeless romantic that lives within all of us.
6. X-Men First Class: It should be no surprise that this film has garnered such a high spot in my list. This film is oddly relatable in a way in which few people would truly understand. The emotional throughline of the film the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr is shockingly similar to the relationship I have with one of my best friends. It feels very realistic and relatable due to this similarity and really moves the plot forward. Accompanied with these two magnificent characters is an entertaining supporting cast ranging from the delightfully evil Kevin Bacon, to the chameleon like Jennifer Lawrence. All of the characters have some form of arc they go through and unlike most I felt they had just the right character development to validate the existence of such a large ensemble cast. In a great year of comic book movies this one stood head and shoulders above the rest. Yes the film is not without its flaws “Mutant and Proud” is one such minor annoyance caused by a rocky script but the relationships really make this a must see.
7. The Muppets: It says something when a piece of felt has the ability to make you cry, and we all know the muppets are much much more than just a piece of felt. This was the comeback of something I loved as a child but never fully understood. Sure this film has some script problems but who gives a rip when it manages to make you feel so warm and wholesome upon leaving the movie theatre. I’ve listened to every song at list 20 times, and it made me start a whole new love affair with the Muppets. Lifes a happy song as long as you’ve got this movie to sing a long to.
8. The Descendants: Just as Hugo shows you the brightest stars that cinema can reach, The Descendants shows you how true to life, and depressing cinema can be. The film makes you realize that one day everyone will have to go through the loss of a love one, and it might even be you who is the one lost. It makes you happy for your family regardless of how they may have treated you in the past. It also goes to great lengths to show you that misery always has company you are never alone in the feelings of despair and disdain you have. Your pain has been felt by numerous people all around the world at different times. In the end you have to make the best of a situation and remember there is no one better than family to lend you a helping hand.
9. Midnight In Paris: This is a film I feel will only get better and more love from me as time goes on. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with many of the characters, and their work. I know them by name only and have not read or seen enough of their art and work. However this film currently gets this spot due to its message about the dangers of romanticizing the past, and how it is merely a way of expressing your discontent with the present. If you lived in the 20s you would think the 10s were better, each decade looks back upon other decades and validates them as simpler and better times. When in reality all time periods suffer through the same trials and tribulations that the others have.
10. Meeks Cutoff: Filling my number ten spot was extremely difficult for me, there were a lot of good films this year. However Meeks cutoff gets the nod and the number ten spot due to its immaculate cinematography, and its excess of realism. To many people this film will be seen as boring and uneventful. To me however this is a film with high stakes, and it debunks much of the romanticism that is usually allotted to the old west. The old west was not a time you wanted to live in. Water was scarce, and racism was high. Michelle Williams gives one of the best female performances of the year, and the end climax is very understated. The ending of the film leaves it up to the viewers interpretation much like this top ten list will. IF you like this list then leave me a comment, if you hated it then leave me some feedback as well.