It’s been an unexpected year for movies for me. If I’d seen this list at the start of the year, I’d have thought it was wrong. Most of these movies I didn’t care to see, or wanted to see so bad that I thought disappointment was inevitable. But I was thankfully so wrong.
Be forewarned, there’s much horror, sci-fi and even a golden-haired singing sensation ahead. So, for all the geeks out there like me, enjoy.
10) The Tree of Life
9) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
OK, hear me out. I know a lot of people think Justin Bieber is over-rated, that he’s just a teen sensation that’s going to fizz out in the next five years, that he has no real talent except that he’s beyond marketable (if you can consider that a talent), but give the Biebs a chance to prove you wrong, because clearly if you think these things, you aren’t giving him a chance. Before Never Say Never, sure, I liked him, he was putting Canada on the map and that was nice. But I didn’t consider that he might actually be more than this generation’s BSB. After this movie, Bieber is a damn talented musician. Seriously. He plays drums, guitar and piano, and he’s got his own twist on it, half drumming, half strumming on a guitar at once. He’s also a charmer, picking a “one less lonely girl” at his shows to sing to and give a bouquet of roses. This movie has turned me into a proud Bieber preacher. And isn’t that what a good bio-doc does?
8) Grave Encounters
7) Red State
6) The Ides of March
I don’t like politics. And I don’t like political movies. But that’s not what this movie is about. This movie is about ethics and knowing who you are. This George Clooney-directed, written and starring film follows a hot shot Junior Campaign Manager (Ryan Gosling) through his spiralling demise as he fights to come out on top. It was the most dramatic film I’ve seen all year, both stylistically and narratively. Shots are cropped tight, the score pulses throughout and you can feel the story pulling in tighter and tighter until you can barely breathe. It’s intense.