The first cinematic found footage film? I loved that as the characters’ powers grew and the movie progressed the style of filmmaking and the point of view changed as well. I was quite impressed and I wasn’t really expecting much to begin with.
9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
A worthy addition to the Tolkien/Jackson collection filled with great effects and great acting, although I doubt I’ll ever consider it an equal to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.
This film has one of the most tense opening scenes I’ve ever witnessed. The fascinating true story about a CIA agent's quest to rescue a group of Americans from Iran in the 1970s is brought to life by director/star Ben Affleck and a very talented team of actors and filmmakers.
7. Silver Linings Playbook
This film almost shouldn’t work (a family drama, a tale about mental instabilities, a dancing competition) but director David O. Russell pulls it off and then some. The cast is phenomenal and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence particularly shine. I didn’t know Robert De Niro still had it in him.
One of the best time travel movies ever and it doesn’t even have that much time travel. The film features a very unique sci-fi story and engaging performances.
Full review here.
5. John Carter
John Carter is just a big, fun spectacle of a movie. A throwback to thrilling sci-fi/space escapism, the film offers great effects, a story that spans planets, and an old-fashioned sense of fun.
Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 is so great and so, well, Bond, I feel like it really should have been his first. The best Bond movie ever? Let’s leave it at that for now.
3. Moonrise Kingdom
A fantastic, escapist fairy tale of a film. Very much a Wes Anderson flick, this movie boasts great acting (even from its young stars), fun characters, and an excellent story. “What kind of bird are you?”
2. The Dark Knight Rises
A solid story, powerful acting, an incredible villain in the form of Tom Hardy’s Bane - what more could you ask for from the conclusion of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s Dark Knight series? How good is this film? It’s better than The Dark Knight, and that’s saying a lot.
1. The Avengers
What can be said? It’s not just an incredible movie and the culmination of years of films and stories, it’s something that’s never really been done before. It was one thing for it to not be terrible (because it had a lot of potential to be terrible) but another for it to be as great as it is.
Full review here.