KJ’S 10 FAVOURITE MOVIES OF 2011

Wow, it’s been a year.

Last year I think I spent a week preparing this post but this time this year, I have only three days before the end of the world year. It’s been a busy year (because work is so time consuming) and I’ve only got the energy to write mini reviews. But you get the drift – anything with lots of capital letters, exclamation marks or “OMG”s means I’m really pysched about that movie.

So, here goes (in no particular order):

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART II

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The most anticipated finale of the year~!

Harry fights his own demons. Ron and Hermione kiss. Neville Longbottom stands up for himself. McGonagall is badass. Snape has a heart. Molly Weasley says the word “Bitch”. Last of all, Voldemort hugs awkwardly.

JANE EYRE

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This is the first movie that introduced Michael Fassbender to me (not including 300 and Inglourious Basterds) and my, my, what a fine Mr. Rochester he plays. Mia Wasikowska was lovely as Jane Eyre too. Each time they appeared together, there were sparks flying off the screen.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy!

The outtakes for this film were full of bromance and even their interviews were full of it. It really set up the back story for the X-Men movies really well and I do hope the rumours of a sequel are true!

ONE DAY

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I really, really liked the book and I don’t care if you didn’t like the movie. To me, the casting was perfect and beautiful. Loving the year they met and that of Paris.

Emma Morley: ‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.

BRIDESMAIDS

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As funny as it was, it was also very real – the feelings of what goes on in the mind of a still-single BFF when the other BFF finally gets married… and there’s someone else fighting to be in your position as the prime BFF.

Melissa McCarthy was a scene-stealer; whether she was spewing “lava”, organizing fight club, stealing puppies or dispensing words of wisdom. Kristen Wiig was just hilarious in that scene, trying to get the attention of Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd).

Annie Walker: I feel like her life is going off and getting perfect and mine is just like phrrr..

DRIVE

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One of my favourite scenes from the movie! (…right before he pummeled the other guy to death)

Ryan Gosling – need I really say more? Strong, silent and charming exhibit of a man.

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE

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Textbook scene. Enough said.

THE KING’S SPEECH

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This year’s big Oscar winner!

Watching Bertie slowly overcome his stutter and cussing was a real joy. Once again, British humour is present! I really enjoyed Geoffrey Rush’s performance as Bertie’s voice coach.

TRUE GRIT

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Another Oscar nominee that introduced the lovely Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross. She really held her own against Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon – and she got to hang out with them!

Loved the scene where Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) carried Mattie after the horse gave out to treat her snake bite.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.

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Hannah Weaver: Seriously?! It’s like you’re photoshopped!

Another Ryan Gosling movie!

It’s one of my favourite romantic comedies and I really liked that scene where Hannah (Emma Stone) rushes into the bar and plants a big one on Jacob (Gosling) and later when they talked the night away, explored his $2000 massage chair and fell asleep.

Honourable mentions:
Attack The Block, Super 8, Win Win, Rango, Real Steel, The Help, Margin Call.

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