The best shit this year! Part 2

3 Jan

Now moving on to the movies (Read Part 1 about the best  music of 2011 here), something everyone likes and enjoys. If you are like me, you distinguish between the years of your life, as to when a certain movie came out. Everything about that year, what you talk, what you think, how you dress is connected by that movie. So this list is special as 2011 was special. These may not be the highest grossing movies of 2011 but are definitely the best ones made. Catch them before the Oscars.

5. 50/50

  This is the black comedy of the year. But it is a lot more than that. Our favourite underdog Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 days of summer, Inception) stars as Adam, a man who lives by all the rules, till the universe bails on him as he is diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer. The cancer tests him physically and emotionally as relationships change, and his perspective changes. This movie is what it is. With a heavy topic, it manages to make the viewer laugh with Adam, as his best friend  bitchslaps Adam’s cheating girlfriend, and as Adam uses therapy on his own psychologist to overcome trauma, by learning to live. And yes it is a happy ending if you will not watch it otherwise. Jonathan Levine directs the movie with the most acute sense of balance, where the jokes are not overbearing or the pain too consuming. But the highlight of the movie is Adam, who makes us believe in him, his faltering trust in people, and his vulnerable outbreaks fighting to live every moment like he had never lived before. Brilliant performances and excellent characters make up for the predictable plot. Definitely a movie to go for on a big date 🙂

4. Ides of March

The political drama of the year. Wide eyed Stephen Meyers, junior campaign manager (a brilliant performance by Ryan Gosling) gets entangled in Machiavellian schemes, in politics and scandals in Democratic presidential candidate race. Watch it for George Clooney’s direction and for a strong plot that takes its time in unfolding. Based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon.  For more read here

3. Sherlock Holmes : A game of Shadows

And our most charismatic detective is back! And it doesn’t disappoint. This movie was popularly the most awaited movie of the year and it maintains the bang of Guy Ritchie films. Adapting the most influential one of Sir Arthur Connan Doyle’s novels; A Final Problem. The movie picks up where the first one left off, Sherlock Holmes meets his match in the ruthless, and brilliant Profesor Moriarty who is planning world domination by funding assassinations all over the world, in order to gain control of various  ammunition conglomerates and cause a world war. But he is powerful and as calculating as Holmes himself, and the two equal and opposite forces collide to a dramatic end. Bizzare subplots with Dr. Watson and his new bride Mary, a gypsy Madam Simza and Sherly’s brother Mycroft ensure action, suspense and dry comedy we love from the Sherlock Holmes movies. What made this movie work? A story as good as the first movie and an ending that will take your breath away. But what did not work was undoubtedly the unfolding of the plot. We know the villain and his motives too early in the movie, and honestly we miss the Irene Adler who made Sherlock Holmes fun. Definitely a must watch in this week if you did not already.

2. Drive

    What a movie! An explosive, violent story that unravels in the grace of silence and beauty. And such a treat it is, to watch Ryan Gosling take over the screen as man who is truly yours in the 5 minutes. Driver is the Hollywood stunt performer who leads a double life as a criminal driver for hire, assisting in robberies and heists as the driver who gets you out of any fix.

He has rules : “I’lI drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours no matter what. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down; I don’t carry a gun… I drive.”

He wins us over by his vulnerability, and unrequited love for a simple girl, who gets caught in a crime gone wrong, and he lives by what he says. This movie is subtle, there are not too many dialogues and the movie takes its time to make us understand and fall in love with Driver and the plot takes off only in the last 30 minutes. Watch this movie, if you truly love the experience of a movie: the acting, the direction, the entire visual experience. Disclaimer : Not meant for everyone.

1. Hugo

  When Martin Scorsese makes a movie, he builds for the viewer another universe. He sketches every dimension, every little line in the movie to make us believe we are not in a theater but somewhere far away, a part of another life. Hugo does this and more.

Based on the Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznic,  its world comes alive in a clockwork masterpiece railway station in Paris, with colorful and eloquent characters you might see in a painting. A sour old man who is a toy shop owner, a lively spirited Parisian girl, a wooden legged insecure and comically cruel Inspector, and a scruffy little Oliver Twist like orphan Hugo battling his world, to repair his father’s last possession an automaton. This movie is a tribute to the child in all of us. An adventure that gives Hugo a place in the world, he always is trying to find, and him fixing not only his automaton, but a broken-hearted genius who has lost his place in the world. Ben Kingsley returns as George Melies a character of a lifetime, a man who makes us feel his struggle and pain as he works listlessly as a toy maker. Sacha Baron Cohen plays a very unlikely role as Inspector Gustav and we wonder if the next Borat movie will be as comical. This movie plays homage to art and movies as they evolved and it takes time to make us believe in the magic of imagination. But the heart of the movie is the story being told through the two childens’ point of view, underlining innocence and a spirit that is not broken by life : Hugo and Isabella.  Hugo and his love for movies and Isabelle with her love for books, set out on a journey that is both heart warming and exciting. Spend the two hours in the theater enjoying the “Stuff dreams are made of” .This is undoubtedly is not only the best movie of this year but also is Scorsese’s best.  It is also his first movie shot in 3D.   Disclaimer: This is not a children’s movie!


The above movies take the ‘aswethinkees’ but here are some other checkouts (and read here)

  1. 1. A Dangerous Method :
  • An interesting story about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud’s relationship tested by Jung’s liaison with his psychotic and beautiful patient Sabina Spielrein. Watch it for stellar performances by Viggo Mortenson (LOTR) and our favourite Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus) who is going to give us his best in 2012.


The movie builds on the madness Fight Club started. Independent cinema at its best, an explosive thriller.

3. Warrior :

Two brothers fight against each other in a martial arts improvised boxing championship. Tom Hardy and sheer entertainment!


Anushree is sorry for putting up Part 2 late as she was too busy partying the last few days. She has a lot of books to read, and too many movies to download. She is urging you to catch up on Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the incredible Hulk before its too late to be the cool ones who watch Avengers :D.

She is going to watch RocknRolla, and Eastern Promises today as the movies she missed from last 3 years list lol!

Happy 2012 from all of us, and look forward to the blog changes over next few days! (I am also behind on taking care of the tech-role)


5 Responses to “The best shit this year! Part 2”

  1. keerthana January 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Loved sherlock holmes!

  2. anushreejazzz January 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Yeah its so overt its covert 😀

  3. Rupertt Wind January 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Damn! I do have a lot to catch up on!

  4. anushreejazzz January 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Rupertt, you seem to be writing a travelogue, now travelling is more fun! But do catch Hugo at bedtime 😀

  5. Vishal January 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Very well described… I haven’t seen any of these, but your write up has convinced me to watch the movie DRIVE 😀

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