# 258 – Top 7 of 2011 (Extra special)

As it turned out, most of my rating system came crashing down when I discovered that I like to give the grade 4 a lot – too much to be honest. So I am already thinking something new and better for next year. But I did get the top 3 with no difficulties and the rest of the list came down to how memorable the movie was. So here it is, top 7 of 2011 – my favorite movies!

#7 Melancholia

Although I had mixed feelings about the ending of the movie, I still remember the amazing cinematography (by Manuel Alberto Claro) and the greatness of the first part of the movie.  Besides, even though I did not enjoy the ending, it is definitely memorable and an image that I can not delete from my mind.

#6 What’s Your Number?

This place shocks me as much as it might shock you. The movie is not that great, it is not the best of the best this year but it sure is best among Chris Evans’ performances – for me at least.  Although, the movie is memorable as well, I mean the basketball scene is not a typical romantic comedy highlight but I think that this is the reason why I keep having those .. never mind.

#5 50/50

This Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie was definitely one of my favorite experiences this year and a well deserved place belongs to this dramatic comedy. I think the movie just gets to you although it is so simple and down to Earth in a way. Gonna watch it again for sure.

#4 Never Let Me Go

This, in some what, alter-world plot is definitely memorable. But this novel-based installment was made perfect with a young cast including this year’s big hit Andrew Garfield. The movie was sad and to be honest, it is the saddest among this list – but sometimes it is good to cry on a Friday night when you don’t feel like going out.

#3 Horrible Bosses

Now comes the surprising part – I have two comedies in my top 3 and the first one is no other than star-filled Horrible Bosses. I have a feeling that it is one of my favorites this year due to the interesting cast choices but probably the most because Charlie Day is brilliant in every scene he is in!

# 2 Crazy Stupid Love

This is no surprise that Ryan Gosling together with Emma Stone and Steve Carell made me so happy when I watched this movie that I still smile secretly when I recall the best moments. Funny, gets to you emotionally and is just a great entertainment for friends and family. Going to my “watch the second time” list right now!

#1 The King’s Speech

Taking the highest price is the first Oscar moment for Colin Firth and the inspiring tale of the king who found a friend in the oddest place. I have no doubt in my mind that this will remain in my list of favorites, it will sure have some competition for the first place (I hope so) but nobody can’t push Firth out of my top 10. He is and will be my favorite of 2011 – just because!

So, this is it, this was 2011 and there is nothing else to say but:

Enjoy the last moments of this year as enthusiastically as you can and enjoy the next one even more that this one! See you next year!

# 141 – Never Let Me Go

There are some movies that I wait for and usually I’m not left disappointed after watching the movie – with some exceptions of course – Never Let Me Go was almost totally worth the wait. I’m not gonna say it was 100% perfect but it is definitely somewhere high up the list.

Never Let Me Go is a movie based on a book that is definitely going on my list (apparently I have a lot of lists) and I read from somewhere that the movie itself is different from it – something about the ending that isn’t quite like it is in the movie. But the plot is the same, it tells a story about people who are brought up as donors. A donor’s mission in life is to lead a healthy life until they are ready to donate and they do so until they basically can’t do any more donations. So from the start, we are faced with the fact that they are going to die at a young age. The movie is set in three stages, from 1978 to 1994, and fallows only three main characters and yes there is a love triangle hidden somewhere – Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) while Kathy remains the narrator of the whole movie. My first thought, when I saw the trailer, was that I like the cast. I’ve been a fan of Keira for a while now, I enjoy her in movies like Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess – she has that timeless quality to herself, she suits those movies and she suited this one. Andrew Garfield is a fresh name for me, I know him from The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (which was of course the last Heath Ledger movie) a little bit and from the best movie of last year (according to the Golden Globes) The Social Network. Andrew is definitely going up and he is making the newest Spider-Man movie with Emma Stone (I’m quite excited, I am a fan of comic-book hero movies and it is a pleasure to wait for the next Spider-Man). Carey Mulligan is a treat for the eyes, An Education was good and Never Let Me Go is no exception. I think it has to do with the fact that the English have the power to adapt to roles on a more deeper level. Of course there are those in America that do the same, but the young stars in UK seem to be better at it than the fresh faces in the States. This being totally my own assumption based on my knowledge about UK and US actors. Anyway, the three worked separately and together: nicely done.

The story itself was a bit slow and by that I mean that the end kept coming and coming and didn’t. I think it was my own doing because I knew what was going to happen, everybody will know it at some point maybe even from the start but the closer the end came the slower it started to move. But I guess you can’t rush movies like this: dark, gray, sad, lonely, hopeless.. A gray movie all in all, from the sky to the plot (I mean it was sad not bad) – even the clothes looked tired of being warned. That being said, I might even revisit the movie some other time because it had some great quotes hidden in it and I don’t mind to watch Andrew Garfield scream like bloody murder one more time – 4 out of 5.