Monday, February 20, 2012

Best movies of 2011: Nos. 10 & 9 (Tim)

Editor's note: To coincide with the Oscars on Sunday the Inscaped staff are posting their lists of the best movies of 2011.

Unlike other best of lists you won't see a bunch of pretentious movies you've never heard of. We like to focus on films that the general public actually sees. With that in mind get ready for some unconventional surprises.

10. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Heh, the advertisements weren't kidding when they called this "the feel bad movie of Christmas."

While I thought it was a bit too long and some of the acting I didn't enjoy, there was enough about this film to make it No. 10.

Namely David Fincher. The look of this film was amazing. There is this depraved sense of beautiful here. Some parts you couldn't take your eyes off of (and one scene you needed to...)

This film isn't for everyone, but if you can deal with an extremely tough subject matter then there's something you're bound to enjoy in here.

9. "We Bought a Zoo"

If there was a polar opposite in tone to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," it would be this film.

I caught an early sneak preview of this film with my mom and we both loved it. Not only is it a great family dramedy, but kind of a sweet romance too.

And if you love animals, even better.

I truly love when I can walk out of a theater smiling from ear to ear and this film did it. I kind of even wanted to quit my job in journalism and run a zoo.

Matt Damon is fantastic as usual. But, the shining star of this film was the young daughter played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones. Director Cameron Crowe is known for getting great performances out of kids and they hit a home run here. She is cute in the entire film. Dramatic parts? Right on target.

There is one scene where the family is still grieving over the death of the mother and their next door neighbor is having a party. The little girl goes to Damon and says "Their happy is too loud." A little heartbreaking to watch her deliver the line.

She also delivers the best line of the film perfectly (to the nasty zoo inspector): "You know, everybody here thinks you're a dick. I don't know what that means, but I don't think that."

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