Super 8 was outstanding and yet again proved that JJ Abrams can make the transition between TV and film. The Troll Hunter proved that I wasn't sick of mockumentaries, mainly due to it being fucking awesome. Drive Angry was the best film of the year that should have been horrific, but had me giggling in glee all the way through it, and I laughed so hard at Bridesmaids I nearly shat myself. Bugger I nearly forgot to give shout out to the outstanding Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Dumbass.
But wait if those films aren't in the top ten, what the hell made it.
The film manages to get a ton of emotion across without ever being overly schamltzy. As his father slowly dies of cancer in the flashbacks his relationship with Laurent blossoms, then stutters as real life plays it's part. I won't spoil any more of the film than I may have already have. Just get a hold of the DVD, it's a worthy addition to any collection.
This film took me totally by surprise, I didn't really know what to expect other than it'd be well acted due to the amazing cast. I mean Joe Wright had previously only directed big epic films like Atonement, or Pride and Prejudice so an action film of this caliber completely fucked me up.
The film grabs you by the balls and leads you through a great story and a whole lot of character development which well surpasses the action film I thought I was going to see. Not since the first Bourne film has an action film had me gripped to the seat.
It's not a happy film, like Mullens NEDs last year it doesn't show a nicer side of life. It's a very bleak view of life. From the opening scene where Mullen kicks his dog (and best friend) to death you know you aren't leaving the cinema whistling dixie but the film is so powerful I found myself unable to move at the end of the film. I just had to sit there so I could process what I'd just watched. Words cannot do justice to how good this film is.
Last time I mentioned this film I spoke of the outstanding Danielle Harris who is the mark of a good horror film. I don't mean this in a creepy or pervy way, she's just an actress who only seems to have the midas touch when it comes to horror films. The rest of the cast are also phenomenal considering how little money this film cost. American independent horror is alive and well. Thank fuck for that.
Green Lantern was great but showed that DC still have a lot to learn outside the big two. Cowboys and Aliens managed to be both a great western and the best alien invasion film of the year. Dylan Dog dead of night was fucking immense and if you haven't caught it you really have to check the rather wonderful affair about a supernatural private eye starring Brandon Routh. And Marvel yet again tickled our testicles in preparation for The Avengers with Captain America and my favourite Thor.
Now I've been a huge fan of Thor since I was a kid, but to be honest I wasn't expecting much from this. I just didn't see how the you could make a genesis of Thor film without it being a mess. Luckily Kenneth Branagh and all those involved did. It was thoroughly enjoyable and did indeed get the juices going for the upcoming Avengers film.Awesome.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is quickly becoming an actor which will lead me to see a film regardless of knowing anything else about it. Thankfully since most actors seem to chase the money regardless of the content of the film. Wait he was in GI Joe, cuntballs.