Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Best of 2011: Nos. 8 & 7 (Dan)

My countdown of the best movies of 2011 continues with Nos. 8 and 7.

8. "Super 8"

No, it was just coincidence.

"E.T." and "Goonies." If you're an American between 15 and 30, you've seen these movies and they are a part of your upbringing. These movies taught you that you and your friends can be bold. you can adventure, you can hunt treasure or just ride your bikes around town like bad asses.

Where did those movies go?

Well, "Super 8" is a solid throwback to those films. A group of kids work on a home movie (shot on a SUPER 8 camcorder)and stumble onto an alien conspiracy that leads to some great (I just refer to it as JJ Abrams level these days) storytelling.

It should be a crime that the weekend this came out we didn't see preteens put down their Justin Bieber (Bieber? Beeber? I don't care...) to go rock some movie making.

7. "Insidious"

Much like "Red State," "Insidious" gets big points for classy shock value. The opening scene of the film alone says "Hello, I look like some things you've seen. But I hope you're prepared for a ride!"

The Lambert family just moved into a new house expecting the perfect family life. Not so much.

The film will take you through some of the horror punches and rolls, but they will not just feed you the scares and send you packing. You're getting ghosts, demons, dreams, spooky pictures, opening doors, whispering voices, and one of the creepiest (or funniest) songs you'll ever hear.

Don't have the time to go to a theme park for a little fun? Take a ride through this ghost house flick instead and you'll get more bang for your buck.

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