Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Javi's Top Five of The Year (So Far)

Obviously it's a little later than the halfway point of the year; however, I did want to just check in with you guys and share my favorite movies of the year so far. As keeping with my particular standard, I will not recommend or post any movies that you cool kids could not see in a theatre near you, so movies from film festivals are completely out.

Check them out after the jump.

Honorable Mentions:
Yes, it was a completely fun team up of the big Marvel superheroes, but I'm still a little bummed at how they portrayed Loki in this movie.

This will probably be my second favorite superhero movie. It makes great use of the found footage gimmick, and it was basically a super villain movie when it's all said and done.

This movie is literally like having sex so hard you need to have cigarette in movie form.

Now, here are the legit top five movies I've enjoyed.

This one almost feels like I'm trolling a bunch of you, but I seriously enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Maybe I'm stupid (not really), but this was one of those movies where I thought that the conversation regarding it was far more interesting than the movie itself, and thus justified any flaws it might have. Trust me, there are tons of bad things about this movie. You can make the same argument about other equally bad pieces of media.

Seriously 'merica, what was wrong with you? This was such a great a film that seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Supposedly a huge failure (it will make its money back if the Blu-ray sales are anything to go by), and critically devise, I thought that JOHN CARTER brought about a fun sense of adventure that is sorely absent from a lot of blockbusters nowadays. People will claim that THE AVENGERS brought a light hearted fun back to mainstream media, and I guess on that regard it might be true, but JOHN CARTER did it first. Plus, WOOLA!!!

This movie is possibly one of my favorite things I have seen in the past year. A totally assured, if not flawed, directorial debut by Panos Cosmatos. The soundtrack is one of the most immersive soundtracks I have heard in years. The set design and world building are gorgeous, and the story is compelling in its depiction of a dystopian futuristic past. The only thing I was not a fan of was the "SUNSHINE"-esque third act that felt completely disjointed from the rest of the movie.

I am usually pretty cynical when it comes to a lot of the insane love towards Wes Anderson because I used to never connect with his movies. But his last two movies, this one and FANTASTIC MR. FOX, are easily in my top movies of all time list. I absolutely adored this one in particular. It feels like a culmination of all of the cheesy Wes Anderson trademarks distilled into one movie.

We might not have gotten the crazy wolf-punching movie that we were promised, but this meditation on life and death and sheer determination is one of the most haunting, terrifying and down right gorgeous movies I have experienced this year.

So that's it folks. I usually don't try to number my entries in favorite movies of the year, but I'll make a small exception in this case. I'm very interested to see what changes I make come the end of the year when all of the Oscar Baits are coming out.

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