I thought it would be fun to look back and make little lists of some of my favorite things over the last ten years. I will start with movies.
Something odd seems to be happening. I like fewer and fewer of the movies that the 'Academy' likes.
This morning I looked at numerous lists to help me remember which movies came out between 2004 and 2014. I was surprised to notice that there were years that I did not like any of the movies chosen for 'best picture'. In fact, this week, Patrick and I went to see American Hustle which has been touted as an award front runner. We both thought it was terrible. The acting was good. But the story was really boring and dull. We kept waiting for the good parts. As Greg Brown would sing, "when does the good part start.' And yesterday morning I watched Miss Potter from 2006. I adored it and watched it a second time with Katie in the afternoon.
So yes. I'm different from the critics in New York and Hollywood. I guess that should NOT surprise me.
So here we go with the movies I really like in the last ten years. I can not say that you will like them all. Lots of times the unique construction of the storyline thrills me so much I am not shocked by the violence or language. (I was however horrified by Django Unchained. I can not watch torture or gore.)
I will write an (R) after the movies that have violence and language.
In no particular order.
1. 500 Day of Summer
clever construction. cute actors. unique storyline. good looking.
2. The Help
3. Slumdog Millionaire
clever construction. great story. beautiful. fave.
4. Crash (R)
genius editing. fantastic writing. dramatic.
5. Gran Torino (R)
excellent storytelling. dramatic. clint eastwood.
6. Hotel Rwanda (R)
true story. unbelievable. sad.
7. Miss Potter
8. the Holiday
cute. sweet. chic flick.
9. It's Complicated
same writer as the Holiday. nancy meyers. meryl and alec and steve.
10. The Kings Speech
true story. colin firth. well done.
11. Les Miserables
12. September Issue
documentary about vogue september issue. charming. beautiful. interesting.
13. Beasts of the Southern Wild
beautiful, great music, magical.
14. The Blind Side
touching. good story.
15. In Bruge (R)
fantastic story telling. very dark but also funny. dramatic.
16. Bridesmaids (R)
Favorite Animated movies
A few trailers
I'm sorry. I'm very sorry.
This one may be my favorite.
What were some of your favorites?