Last but not least, we've got to talk movies, I do love a good cinematic adventure! This was the list that I had the most trouble with, not only because I tend to love most movies I see, but because there were SO many that I haven't gotten around to seeing yet. Because of that I've not only listed a few of my favorites this year, but those which I'll be trying to see ASAP. (I also like to see most of the Oscar and Golden Globe nominees, of which I'm totally behind on.) So many amazing movies this year, but these were my faves...
// Moonrise Kingdom // Okay duh. Not only am I an unabashed Wes Anderson fangirl, but this movie might as well be MADE FOR ME. The colors. The vintage. The retro camping. The Bill Murray. The music. I could go on. (I even got a Moonrise Kingdom throw pillow for Christmas. You can get it here.)
// The Queen of Versailles // I loved this documentary so much that I will likely say that it was the best movie of the year. What started out as a film about the largest home being built in the US unexpectedly turns into a portrait of the financial crisis as it's owners (time-share magnate and human cold sore David Siegil, his wife and their brood of children,) react to their empire crumbling due to the real estate bubble & cheap, easy money. I found myself (often simultaneously,) horrified, sympathetic, disgusted, and angry throughout the film. (And it's on Netflix, seriously, go watch it NOW.)
// Pitch Perfect // Yes I was a choir girl. Yes I was in an acapella group. Yes I still pine for the days of belting out perfectly harmonized covers of 90's songs. Yes this movie is so far in my wheelhouse it's not even funny. But on top of that, it's got my favorite person in the world, Rebel Wilson, who is HILARIOUS, and I may or may not have had a dream about the male lead singing to me. Maybe.
// The Hunger Games // Loved the book. Was totally expecting this movie to flop because really, how can you make a PG-13 movie about kids killing other kids. Was totally wrong in my doubt. (I know that basically everyone who's reading this has seen the movie, so i'm not even going to say anything else.) I am so excited for #2!
// Magic Mike // I could leave it at the fact that this movie is full of sexy mostly naked men and be totally satisfied. Because it is. (That Channing Tatum dance sequence to Pony? MEOW.) But I won't. I love that Soderbergh has the ability to create films that examine the seedy underbelly of society and somehow make it seem beautiful and ugly at the same time. (And c'mon Matthew McConaughey is totally going to be nominated for best supporting, he HAS to!)
The Dark Knight Rises
Paranormal Activities 4
Movies that I Haven't Seen (but am dying to!)
The Hobbit- The holiday season has wreaked havoc on my movie watching schedule. I love Tolkein, so I'm probably gonna adore this movie. (Though I am totally bitter about it being a trilogy. I need them all now!)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- This is one of my favorite all time books, but it was only in town for a hot second, so I didn't get to see it. Can't wait to catch it on DVD.
Argo- I am fascinated by this story. Looking forward to it.
Safety Not Guaranteed- Aubree Plaza is my new girl crush.
Silver Linings Playbook- I've heard from everyone (including my beau,) that this is totally my kind of romantic comedy.
Lincoln- I love love love historical movies, and Daniel Day Lewis. (Who really must be addicted to Best Actor awards...)
The Cabin in the Woods- Joss Whedon is A.O.K. in my book. Isn't this on DVD now?
Beasts of the Southern Wild- I fell asleep while watching this movie (which has nothing to do with the movie, mostly to do with my exhaustion level,) but I liked what I saw so far!
Bachelorette- Rebel. Wilson. Period.