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2011: Movies

by wil — Jan 23, 2012

As a follow-up to my annual book review, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite movies from 2011 as well (technically-speaking, the majority of these are from late-2010, but I didn’t get around to watching them till 2011).

Quirky romance. Funny. Cute.

Survival adventure. Franco’s best.

Drama. Great performances.

Drama. Intense. Freaky intense.

Quirky comedy-drama. Different.

Great little comedy-drama.

Quirky. Funny. Welsh.

Pure action adventure.

So that’s a look back at 2011…and I’m super excited about 2012’s offerings: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and of course, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Woohoo!

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

by wil — Apr 9, 2011

I rented The Disappearance of Alice Creed the other day and really enjoyed it. Beautifully filmed. It’s a tightly woven, tense British (Isle of Man) thriller, with some delightfully unexpected plot twists. First-time-feature-film writer/director J Blakeson did a bang-up job.

And doesn’t he look a lot like Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins?

Plus, Martin Compston, who plays Danny, has a great Scottish accent. And who doesn’t love a great Scottish accent?

Well…that was different

by wil — Feb 10, 2011

I saw two good, not-your-average-run-of-the-mill-Hollywood-movies recently. Coincidentally, both premiered at Sundance 2010.

Buried: Ryan Reynolds in a coffin, with a phone, trying to get out. 94 minutes of claustrophobic Hitchcockian tension. Filmed in Spain. Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.

Enter the Void: If you can get past the scummy underbelly of Tokyo — brimming with drugs, sex, junkies, and strippers — you just might be able to appreciate the thought-provoking storyline (death –> bardo –> rebirth) and stunning visual style. Beautiful camerawork, beautifully integrated CGI. Written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Unrated (if it did have a rating, it would probably be NC-17).

P.S. From the Wikipedia article on Enter the Void:

[Andrew] Male called it “technically stunning”, but also “dreadfully acted, tediously ‘profound’ and painfully overlong”.

Quentin Tarantino listed Enter the Void on his Top 20 movies of 2010, commenting: “Hands down best credit scene of the year … Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history.”

I largely agree with Andrew Male’s assessment — I noticed a few flat deliveries, and the film is a bit overly drawn-out, but I still recommend it. And I totally agree with Tarantino — the opening credits are awesome.