Top 20 Best Movies Of 201125.10.10 # Top Ten # 181 Comments
5. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Release Date: 24th June 2011
In present day San Francisco experiments with genetic engineering create intelligent apes and trigger a war for supremacy. The focus is on the relationship between Dr. Rodman (Franco), who’s trying to find the cure for his father’s Alzheimer, and the most developed ape, Caesar. Andy Serkis motion-captured that role and gives the best performance of the year. The excellent monkey fx are matched with top notch character work (each has a distinct personality and arc despite being mute). The direction is smart and often thrillingly kinect when a monkey is on the move. And it’s a well plotted script that triumphs despite having some very tricky aspects to cover.
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley
Director: Martin Scorsese
Release Date: 9th December 2011
Fantasy-adventure based on Brian Selznick’s part-novel part-comic about an orphan boy in the 1930′s living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station where he maintains the clocks, and thieves to survive. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Moretz), and the reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical
adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. This is director Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film, and he, predictable enough, brings art to the form. It’s also his first kids movie, but really it’s a love letter to cinema itself (film pioneer Georges Méliès is a major character). The magic of childhood innocence meets the magic of cinema in a dazzling presentation.
3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Starring: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Release Date: 9th December 2011
It’s London in the early 70s and a recently retired spy (Oldman) is tasked with finding which of
his former colleagues still in British intelligence is a Soviet spy. Based on the 1974 novel by John le Carré, this has about the best cast you can imagine and a unique style that slow and beautiful to behold – but not for young people seeking thrills. This is a very tense drama aimed at older audiences, or those who looking for something different in the thriller category. Excellent all round, this should have a presence at the Oscars.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release Date: 16th September 2011
Action-drama about a Hollywood stunt driver (Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver. When a criminal job goes horribly wrong, his world begins to unravel. It’s the most visually stylish up and coming director working with one of Hollywood’s most interesting stars. This is a product that harks back to the best movies of old, drawing obvious comparisons to the likes of Bullitt and Day Of The Locust. Drive won the Best Director Award at this year’s Cannes but it’s a movie that pleases the awards crowd, the arthouse crowd and the mainstream crowd.
1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, John Hurt
Director: David Yates
Release Date: 15th July 2011
Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their hunt for Horcuxes at Bellatrix’s vault at Gringotts before heading back to Hogwarts, where Snape is now the Headmaster. When Voldemort realises their plan, he too shows up and the stage is set for an epic battle that will leave the school in ruins. In fact their fight sequence expands on what’s witnessed in the book, as some considered that to be a bit too brief. Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a thrilling and genuinely emotional finish to one of the best film series of all time. It deserves its recognition.
Attack The Block
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Nick Frost
Director: Joe Cornish
Release Date: 11th May 2011
A teen gang in South London defend their block of flats against an alien invasion on bonfire night, accompanied by a nurse who they previously tried to mug. This sci-fi comedy has energy, wit, scares, a distinct British-ness, and great creature design. It all looks like the work of a seasoned professional, except this is the directorial debut of Joe Cornish, of the UK’s Adam and Joe Show. To put it another way: Movie was SICK, blud.