We ‘ve just passed the one-third mark of the year. I’ve watched about thirty movies in theaters in 2011. So I thought it would be fitting to give a recap of my three favorite–and least favorite–movies of the year (so far).
The Three Best:
Before I name my three picks, I’ll just briefly mention my runners-up. I liked “Jane Eyre,” the wonderful, moody love story based on the Bronte novel. I almost choose “Rango,” the bright and crisply animated chameleon-voiced-by-Johnny-Depp movie. I also enjoyed the wrestling drama “Win Win” and the thriller “Hanna.” But I have settled on the following three movie gems:
1. “Poetry” (also known as “Shi” in Korean), is a sublime film that lingers with me. It features a staggering performance by Jeong-hie Yun. Here is my mini-review of the film.
2. “Potiche” is the french farce-with-a-message which proves that Catherine Deneuve has still got it. Click here to read my review.
3. “The Lincoln Lawyer.” For my third choice, I decided to go with the stylish and satisfying crime drama “The Lincoln Lawyer.” My review is here.
The Three, Um, Not-So-Good:
While “Sucker Punch” might be the “go-to” worst film of the year, I actually thought the film had some merit (which you can read about in my review here). Instead, I’m going with the following three movies:
1. “Battle: Los Angeles.” I know, I know. Some folks (a lot of folks) liked this film. I did not, as evidenced in my review here.
2. “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” is a dreary, boring, amateurish, recruitment soap opera about Randian economics. Yay. Fun. Here’s my review.
3. “Your Highness.” Okay, I admit I laughed, and there was some decent action in the film. But overall, it’s mostly a dud. My mini-review is here.
So there you have them–my three favorite and least favorite movies so far this year. But we still have lots of 2011 left to go. Stay tuned . . .