#5 - Limitless
Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro , is technically and creatively intriguing to me. The camera shots used and editing is top notch. The story is also very compelling, who wouldn't want a pill that makes you mentally invincible, while your on it. Unfortunately, just like many other drugs, the consequences of not having it and being totally reliant on it can cost you your life. Bradley Cooper is terrific, as usual, and is so believable as both the bummed out looking writer and the brain pill induced genius.
This film may not make many other peoples Top 5 list of 2011, but I had to give it the nod on my list, because I have found myself re-watching this movie quite a few times. Which is always a sign of a great film.
#4 - War Horse
Steven Spielberg does it again, Warhorse is a beautiful film. Spielberg portrays the horror and unfortunate reality of World War I, through the eyes of a horse, Joey. Joey journeys through war ridden Europe, on an emotional rollercoaster. Joey's adventure is full of joy and misery as he changes and inspires the lives of all those he meets throughout the film.
Warhorse was made with magnificent artistry. Spielberg is masterful at creating a war torn Europe(Saving Private Ryan), as is shown in so many sequences during this film. This film can be viewed by people of all ages and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend taking a few hours and enjoying this emotionally, beautiful adventure.
#3 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The finale of the eight part Harry Potter saga does not disappoint. In many ways, it maybe my favorite, but then again they are all so well done. It was an impressive run for Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the countless other unforgettable and unique characters.
The Deathly Hallows II differs from the rest, as it is basically a war movie. The ultimate good versus evil, in which Hogwarts is under siege against the Dark Lord, Voldemort, and the "Death Eaters." This film was an extradinary farewell to an unbelievable journey of magic, adventure, sorcery, and just about anything imaginable or not imaginable. The Harry Potter films will stand the test of time and for many generations to come people will get to enjoy this masterpiece of film-making and literature.
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#2 - Moneyball
One my favorite sports movies, Moneyball gives audiences an inside look at a courageous General Manager, as he breaks all the rules of managing a Major League Baseball Club. This film, like many sports films, will be a re-watch many times for me. I have a little ritual with my sporting films, a month or so before any particular season(football, baseball, basketball, etc.) I enjoy watching all the classic sporting films. I even break out Seabiscuit and Secretariat before Triple Crown Season.
Based on Michael Lewis' nonfiction bestseller "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," this story teaches us all a lesson about commitment and perserverance. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill give Oscar worthy performances as they reinvent the art of recruiting players. This film is for all those who love an underdog, and who doesn't root for the underdog.
#1 - Hugo
The #1 ranking may come as a surprise to some and for some reason I feel not a lot of people have seen this movie. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is a breathtaking masterpiece which explores the art of filming. So for film lovers and Scorsese admirers "Hugo" will leave you extremely pleased you sat down and watched. This film uses CGI and other techniques to create a 1930's Paris and artistically attracting train station like nothing you have ever seen, especially in the opening shot.
This story follows a recently orphaned young boy named Hugo Cabret through the walls of a Paris train station. A curious coincidence happens upon him and his automaton, which leads him to meet filming pioneer George Melies, played by Ben Kingsley. A film for all ages "Hugo" is a heartfelt, magical adventure sure to be enjoyed by all.
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