3. Win Win - It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve seen WIN WIN that I nearly forgot it was even released this year. That’s just the way it goes with the amount of movies that are released each year and ones from the previous year that I catch up on when they hit DVD not to mention the amount of straight to DVD movies I try to check out. WIN WIN is an indie film that has plenty of heart and humor to spare. I originally sought it out because of some nice things I was seeing about it and when finally saw it not only was I not disappointed, it made me laugh and connected emotionally more than I thought it could.
2. Moneyball - I love baseball, but did that mean I would automatically love MONEYBALL. Not even close, I love a lot of things but how many times have you lifted the curtain of things you like only to be exposed to the more unflattering aspects of it. I found the peek behind the baseball world and the front office politics as well as the process behind bringing a team to play every year to be fascinating. Brad Pitt is great and he has great chemistry with Jonah Hill. MONEYBALL did for front office baseball what THE SOCIAL NETWORK did for computer programming by making something boring and mundane extremely engaging and entertaining. Forgive me for this, but MONEYBALL is a grand slam.
1. Attack The Block - I don’t get to do this often but for me, ATTACK THE BLOCK is about as close as it gets to a movie that is nearly perfect. I’m not saying it is perfect, but to be perfectly honest there is not one thing about this movie I don’t like- there’s things I don’t like as much as others but otherwise everything falls on the positive side of the spectrum. Are the thick British accents tough to decipher- at times yes but after subsequent viewings they get a bit clearer. The actors are all great but I fully get people having trouble accepting the troubled youths as heroes after how the movie begins. I was able to make the jump from disliking them to liking them by the end and once the film gets to the slow motion chase towards the end I feel completely satisfied with my own love of the film.
Honorable Mentions: Bridesmaids, Red State, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Kung Fu Panda 2, Super, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Feel like I missed something? Don’t fire up the keyboard just yet to spit vile and venom at me. Due to various restrictions, time and availability mostly, I haven’t been able to see everything I often want to see. If you think I missed a title check the list below of movies I haven’t seen that I feel had the possibility to make it to the list had I been able to see it. Once I do finally see it keep an eye out for a review to see how I ultimately came down on it.
UNSEEN 2011 RELEASES