It’s drawing closer to that time of year once again on this blog where I list my Top Ten movies of the year. As a movie fan who doesn’t get to see everything that is released in one year, I have to pick from those movies I personally got to check out, some of which are left overs I didn’t get around to the previous year. So in the upcoming list you may see titles that you may have seen on last year’s best of lists. It can’t be helped and to stick rigidly to release dates would mean some movies just wouldn’t get mentioned at all.
I think this year so far has been the year of the indie movie and movies that have affected me on a more emotional level. I’ve forgiven some movies that have had plot or acting issues if they have had that special emotional impact … and it’s something few movies, even the most hyped seem to do. Big blockbuster titles have faired poorly compared to more deeper, character driven movies, and I’ve tried to focus on story and direction and atmosphere over CGI and bike chases (not that there isn’t room for that). I’ve been tougher I think this year, and only a handful of movies have earned that converted 5 /5 from me … whilst others have been difficult to critique as their positives and negatives have had a different effect on me based on how I think about them. Horror for example has again been a bit of a let down with hyped movies not fully delivering. So again, it been about turning away from favourite genres, and looking for something that resonates deeper, lingers in the brain and has a stronger impact, even months after seeing it.
This year’s Top Ten is going to be difficult to compile and I’m still trying to see some of the most talked about movies before I finally compile it. So roll on December 31st … and then all will be revealed.
Until then, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope Santa or your loved ones get you something nice!