These are my top 10 favorite movies made last year.
10. Wreck-it Ralph - SO CUTE. I absolutely adored this movie. The animation was on point, and the characters were just adorable. It had humor for the kids, and adults as well.
9. Argo - Ben Affleck really proved himself with this movie. He is no longer a 90’s joke, but a very well established director! The craziest part is that it is based on a true story, and it is insane to think that this happened in real life. Needless to say, I cannot wait to see what Ben Affleck will be up to next.
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I never got to read the book when I was younger, but I’m sure if I had I would have loved it. This movie brought so many emotions to life, and gave an accurate depiction of what high school is like these days. The blossoming friendships in this movie are so heartfelt and relatable; you truly feel like you could be friends with the main characters.
7. Cabin in the Woods - This one caught me off guard completely. At first I thought I was going into a “horror” film, but turns out that it was more so a comedy. It had a lot of witty banter, and clever writing. It made fun of all those horror cliches that you often see in movies, broke them down, and turned them into something new. It was scary and funny at the same time, which is often hard to come by.
6. Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson never fails me. Each movie that he makes is put together so delicately with the cast, script, and cinematography. It’s not necessarily my favorite movie of Anderson’s, but its in the top 3. Again, great performances by all of the actors, but the kids really kept this movie together.
5. Flight - This one hits close to home for anybody that knows an alcoholic. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration of the film. GREAT original screenplay that focuses on a pilot and his alcoholism.
4. The Master - One of the more visually pleasing films that came out this last year. P.T. Anderson always gets it right. Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams all gave outstanding performances. And above all that, the script was fantastic. This movie had everything I expected in it, AND more.
3. Silver Linings Playbook - This movie was filled with terrific performances. Jennifer Lawrence really delivers in this film; she seems to get better and better with each movie that she makes, and this one tops the list. Bradley Cooper was also splendid and showed a side to the audience that we have never seen before in his acting career. This complicated love story is definitely one worth checking out.
2. Django Unchained - Hands down one of my favorite Quentin Tarantino movies yet. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christopher Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson, all gave such great performances in this movie! Such an original and compelling script on a very sensitive subject, yet it was kept truthful and witty at the same time. It ends in a bloodbath, but what Tarantino movie doesn’t have one?
1. Safety Not Guranteed - Aubrey Plaza, who plays Darius, and Mark Duplass, who plays Kenneth, both create relatable characters in this film. Darius is a young intern who is trying to prove her self-worth by leaping at the chance to investigate a story for a magazine. That story happens to be about Kenneth, a narcissistic, intelligent, kook who believes that he can travel back in time. Throughout the movie the two get to know each other very well, and it becomes more of a question if Kenneth is really insane or if he really can time travel. This movie hits close to home with me just in the fact that it has to do with time traveling! WHO DOESNT LOVE TIME TRAVELING? Any who, great script, great cast, and overall great, must see, independent film.