Phew! It’s been a busy month. We’ve been Kardashian through the snow, had to deal with the breakup of Demi and Ashton and Black Friday had us all stocking up on pepper spray. But when all the shopping is done, the tree is decorated and your epic Christmas light display is awesome (again!), it’s time to pour yourself an eggnog, put your feet up and reflect on the year that was. We’ll start off with a look at what happened at the movies this year.

Best Movies

Asa Butterfield in Hugo. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk.

Hugo is a sublime mechanical masterpiece from the old magician himself, Scorsese. He embraces modern technology with a 3D love song to the joy and wonder of cinema. This is not just for children; it’s for anyone who loves movies, magic and all things mechanical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda July and Hamish Linklater in The Future. Photo by Roadside Attractions.

The Future is not for everyone. Director Miranda July has a peculiar style designed to evoke emotion in an audience desensitized by too much TV. This cloying love story takes a look at an intelligent, well-educated hipster couple in their thirties who agree to adopt an injured cat. It’s an intense parody of modern middle class romance well worth the watch.

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, in Moneyball. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon.

As Brad Pitt winds his way down to retirement, he has taken great care to pick the greatest films and directors of our times and Moneyball is no exception. An intelligent and exciting look at the business of sports, this movie is gripping and poignant with Pitt providing one of his best performances to date.

 

 

 

 

 
Worst Movies

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1. Photo by Andrew Cooper.

Breaking Dawn - Oh my, I can hear the angst-ridden squeals of disbelief, but yes, it’s on the naughty list. I was for a time swept up by the Twilight saga and its handsome, sparkly heroes, but this latest instalment is as dull as ditchwater. Really. The cliché wedding scenes culminating in the honeymoon sex that that brings forth a possibly demon baby sound exciting in theory, but the sedentary pace leaves you feeling like you’re watching an infomercial.  Surprisingly bad graphics and cheesy soundtrack culminate to make this a sadly unenlightened dawning.

 

 

 

 

Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride in Your Highness

Your Highness – I was excited at the prospect of a Mel Brooksian ‘Princess Bride’ parody with a star cast that includes Natalie Portman, Seth Rogan, Danny McBride and James Franco. Alas, I was sadly disappointed. Not even Natalie Portman’s bare bum can save this movie’s woefully obvious punchlines and predictable toilet humour. I tire of Danny McBride’s two dimensional ‘done to death’ jokes. Your highness is a royal flop.

 

 

 

 

Rising Star

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz is a Hollywood veteran with 20 movies under her belt at the tender age of 14. Best known for her impressive performance as the diminutive superhero in Kickass, Moretz plays Isabelle in Scorsese’s Hugo this year and will be seen next in a movie adaption of Emily the Strange

 

 

 

   

 

Falling Star

Charlie Sheen

The falling star of the year is the tragic Charlie Sheen whose alcoholic drug-fuelled meltdown was like a train smash in slow motion that we couldn’t look away from. At first amusing, but very soon sad, Sheen’s epic breakdown left us all feeling bad for the star and even worse for his two young children, Max and Bob. His family woes continue with ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, arrested on drug-related charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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