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Best Thriller of the Year

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Sometimes a movie just comes and goes without a lot of noise and if you aren't watching for it you don't know what you've missed. This is especially true of Prisoners which just had its theatrical release in September and has already gone to DVD. This wasn't on my radar either and I am so glad that fellow Movie Maniac Mat steered me towards it.

The acting in this is tremendous. Often I find when a movie is an ensemble with a bunch of well-known names it just doesn't come together like it should. This is not the case here. Everybody's performances are controlled and hit all the right marks. I've never seen a better performance from Hugh Jackman--this is not gruff but lovable Wolverine, nor heroic Jean valJean singing his heart out. This is a man absolutely driven by his certainty, past the point of all reason. Jake Gyllenhaal is pitch perfect, and the two of them deserve any awards thrown their way. Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, and Viola Davis round out the very good cast.

This is the best thriller I have seen all year, maybe even a couple of years. There's no denying it is dark and there are some very disturbing scenes that I actually had to look away from, but what a story. Tightly woven interconnecting threads come together for an explosive ending that leaves you reeling. Don't wait to put your hold on this one.

If this doesn't get some Oscar nods I will be seriously disappointed.

2012 Favourites

by Trevor - 3 Comment(s)

Hi guys. Trevor here, telling you about some of my favorite films over the past year. Despite a few disappointments (cough, cough, The Dark Knight Rises), 2012 was a pretty good year for film. Here are a few that stood out for me.

Looper is a smart and exciting time travel flick that stars the always excellent Bruce Willis and the up and coming Joseph Gordon Levitt…who both play the same character. With a tight plot and a concept as original as anything I’ve seen this year, Looper isn’t one to miss.

Or…if you like your time travel quirky and romantic rather than violent and gritty, give Safety Not Guaranteed a try. As much about nostalgia and regret as it is about time travel, this one is just as good as Looper but in completely different ways.

Argo – Ben Affleck once again proves his versatility by both directing and starring in this taut, tense, and true tale of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in the Iranian capital. You’re guaranteed to be on the edge of your seat throughout this one. (I can't link to this one yet as we don't have it in yet, but check the catalogue in the coming weeks to be the first on the hold list).

Avengers – If you haven’t seen the Avengers yet, do so right now! This film set the bar for which all future super hero movies will be judged. And oh my…that bar has been set high. We are now living in a post-Avengers world. We’d better get used to it!

For a change of pace you could also try Chronicle. A super hero film that’s not a super hero film, Chronicle follows the found footage approach to tell the tale of three high school students who stumble upon super powers. Things quickly escalate from fun telekinetic pranks to super powered mayhem. This low budget film really is much better than it has any right to be.

Cabin in the Woods – If you’re a fan of the Avengers, this one might be right up your alley. Written and produced by Joss Whedon of Avengers fame (and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, and others), Cabin in the woods is a scary, smart, and funny satire of the horror genre. If you liked Scream back in the day, chances are you’ll like this one.

Moonrise Kingdom – This tale of a 1960’s tween-age romance is so captivating, so heartfelt, and so whimsical that it could only have come from the mind of Wes Anderson. It’s poignant and unique in a way few movies can even aspire to. It also doesn’t hurt that you can pause the movie at any point, print off the screen, and frame it as a beautiful work of art!

Were there any of your favorites that didn’t make the list?