It’s that time of year when everyone’s compiling lists, and I do love a good list so I thought it was a bandwagon I’d happily jump onto. I’m going to do three lists of five items, my favourite TV shows of 2011 on Tuesday, films on Wednesday and books on Thursday.
When I’m at my parents’ the nearest cinema is a half hour drive away, when I’m at home in Wales the two cinema screens each show one film a week (or a fortnight) and don’t get new releases generally until they’ve been out for a month or more. There have been plenty of films that I’ve wanted to see this year but haven’t managed to get to, but I’ve still managed to see some films that I’ve really loved. Like yesterday’s tv post these are in no particular order, they’re just my five favourites.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
With every casting announcement for this film my anticipation grew a little more, with such a strong cast of British acting talent I felt sure it was going to be a great film. Knowing that we needed to watch the film with someone else who would appreciate it I made the journey down south to watch it with my friend Emma, we ended up building a whole weekend around it. We certainly weren’t disappointed, the ensemble cast turned in some fantastic performances in a quiet, clever film. Definitely worth the wait, and the trip to see it.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Like so many fans I’ve spent the last decade going to the cinema to watch the next instalment in the Harry Potter film adaptations so it was with mixed emotions that I went to see this last film. I really enjoyed it, it definitely ticked all of the boxes I had. I even didn’t hate the last sequence (whilst I’m fine with it in the book I was very unsure of the way they decided to film it). It’s very sad to think there are no more films to look forward to, I think it’s a good job I’ve got the Hobbit films to obsess about instead now.
I was so excited about this film, when I first heard that Tom Hardy, who I love, was going to be in a film about MMA I felt like it was made for me. As I read more about it I became more and more intrigued by it and about the story it was going to tell. Unfortunately it didn’t come to a cinema anywhere near me but I knew I needed to see it on a big screen so I went for a day out and saw it and was completely blown away. The three main actors, Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte are all fantastic and the story has so many layers. I walked out of the cinema feeling so glad that I’d both seen it and that I’d made the trip to see it on a cinema screen rather than waiting for the dvd release – it deserved that bigger view.
I first knew of Chris Hemsworth when he appeared in Home and Away, it was a big surprise years later to see him pop up in Star Trek XI albeit in a far too brief role. I loved the idea of him as Thor and all of the images we got to see before the film, and I absolutely loved his performance. I went into the film knowing very little of the character but came out wanting to find a list of all the key Thor titles I needed to read. I thought it was a beautifully directed film and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Thor in next year’s Avengers film.
Fast and Furious 5
I am a huge fan of the Fast and Furious films, I have been since I went to the see the first one at the cinema with my then uni flatmates. Whilst the second and third films didn’t quite live up to the brilliance of the first the fourth definitely picked the franchise back up and I was really looking forward to this fifth instalment. I loved it, the addition of Dwayne Johnson made an already brilliant ensemble even better, and there were moments that made me want to applaud. The film was so much fun, I’m so pleased we’re going to get at least another film in the franchise.
What films did you enjoy this year?