12 Favourites from 2011

In 2011 I watched 110 movies. 69 of those were films I was seeing for the first time (including new releases and older movies I hadn't yet gotten around to watching). Some were films I was watching for the second, third, or millionth time. (when I really love a movie I have the ability to watch it countless times. I never get sick of it).

I'm not going to list all the films here. But I've been through my list and chosen my favourite movie from each month...

January - The King's Speech.

I saw this at the cinema and I lost myself in it. Colin Firth was so good that I forgot he was acting - he became the King to me. The story was so emotional yet funny all at once. Here is my favourite scene...




February - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -

I've seen this film a couple of times as I own it on DVD. I enjoy it every time because of its message about love and relationships - that we do annoy each other from time to time, but being with someone on the rollercoaster journey of life is worthwhile.

March - Across the Universe -

I'd never heard of this movie but my sister had it. I fell in love with it instantly. I thought it was ingenious the way the Beatles' lyrics were woven into the dialogue and events. A beautiful love story too. Love Jim Sturgess! Here's my favourite scene...



April - Philadelphia -

I've lost count just how many times I've seen this one. If it's on TV I can't help but watch it. Tom Hanks gets me everytime. He is so brilliant in this film. And the story is so heart-wrenching. I love the character of Andrew Beckett so much, and I felt for him as though he were a real-life person. That's what I adore about movies - they can make us fall in love with a story, a character, a song. Here is the end scene, one I can't watch without getting teary...



May - I Love You, Phillip Morris -

I'm a very big Ewan McGregor fan so I'm always happy to watch a movie of his. I didn't expect this comedy to be so heartwarming, and heartbreaking in parts. But there were moments of real tenderness and I think Ewan played those particularly well. The best part? It's a true story - there is actually a guy out there who escaped from prison numerous times so he could be with the man he loves. Ahh, how romantic! Here are my two favourite scenes (couldn't choose between them)...




link to second clip - http://youtu.be/-BjVQUIqLSU

June - Bridesmaids -

This film really is hilarious. The dialogue is great, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are amazing, and Chris O'Dowd - how cute is he?! This is my favourite scene...



July - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowes Part II -

How sad that the Harry Potter films have come to an end. :-( I really did enjoy this film. (although my favourite HP movie will always be Prisoner of Azkaban). I have to admit though - I was let down by Ron and Hermione's kiss. We'd waited years to see it and then Ron's head was in the way! why oh why would they use that camera angle?? To cater to the child audience I suppose. Grrr. A big disappointment. Here's the scene for you to watch and judge for yourself...



August - Rain Man -

This was on TV one sunday evening and I couldn't help but watch it. Dustin Hoffman is wonderful and I like the story arc of Tom Cruise's character - he evolves from a real prick into a decent human being all because of his developing a love for the brother he never knew he had. Very touching! Here is the scene where it all comes out why Raymond was sent away...




September - One Day -

I just adored this book so had to see the movie. And it was just as touching, and just as upsetting. When Dexter has his breakdown, lying drunk in the hallway, the tears were streaming down my face. Jim Sturgess is magnificent. I love him! Here is a nice scene from the film...




October - The Help -

What an emotional movie! I cried my eyes out. Such a powerful story. I really felt for the women, not just Aibileen and Minny but Skeeter too. Here's a beautiful scene...




November - Moneyball -

To quote my sister after we saw this film together - "I never thought I could care so much about baseball!" That's what this film does - it drags you into the story so you're rooting for Billy Beane. And as I am a very, very, big Brad Pitt fan this film was always going to get me in. He gives a great performance. No wonder he was given the Golden Globe nomination. An Oscar nomination is bound to follow.

December - 50/50 -

As soon as I read the reviews of this film I knew I had to see it. And I knew I would love it. It really is a brilliant film! Joseph Gordon-Levitt played cancer-ridden Adam so very well. Because writer Will Reiser based this story on his own experience with cancer, this movie really is an honest portrayal of how cancer can affect people. The thing I love was the humour - it is actually a very, very funny movie which is like a breath of fresh air considering the subject matter. Here's a scene that's a perfect example of humour coupled with tragedy...


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