Monday, January 2, 2012
It is part of the human experience to look back on life and try to categorize our experiences, often year by year. It can be quite difficult to completely sum up a year of anything as that very year is ending. It is easy to get caught up in the moment, unaware of how the past felt when it was the present or how the future might shed new light on the past.
Moments that seemed insignificant at the time might later gain increased significance and, at the same time, events that seemed monumental might not even register once time is given to reflect upon them.
It is with this knowledge that I hesitantly present my list of my Top 10 Films of 2011. Before I begin, I must state that I haven't seen all of the 500+ films that were released in 2011, something that I most likely will never do, but only a mere 68. At best, this list is a mere representation, or time capsule, of my opinions as of the beginning of 2012.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The holiday season is always a hectic time to be alive. At any given moment there are a million different things to do and see, from family events to the panic of last-minute shopping. As a film critic, things tend to get even more crazy. Studios are always looking to get families into the theaters to make some serious holiday money.
This year that mantra seems to have gone too far. Studios have seen fit to release not only all of their holiday film material, but also all of their films that are hoping to be award-winners and what we, as an audience, are left with is an incredibly large number of new films in theaters.
Seeing all of these films has been a herculean task and coupled with the craze of the holidays I haven't had time to fully review them. Tomorrow I will be posting my Top 10 Films of 2011 and I felt that it would be unfair if I didn't give a brief review (some will be returned to later with a full review) of all of the films I saw this holiday. I apologize if some of these mini-reviews are incredibly informal, but its all I'm capable of at this time. So, for better or worse, here they are: