CineFiles: My Top 5 Movies of 2011 (so far)

by tatiana on August 17, 2011

So, I realized this morning that I haven’t blogged in a month, which I normally would be upset with myself for, but this lady (points to self) has been WAY busy! Excuses aside, I thought I’d talk a little about the movies I’ve seen this summer (some more than once).

In my opinion it has been a great summer for somewhat infrequent movie-goers like myself. I’m not a fan of most blockbuster films (although a few are on this list), so I rarely find movies I’m down with shelling out $$ to see – on top of the temptation of popcorn and a cup of nacho cheese to dip it in, which is an essential movie snack for anyone in my immediate family, my roommate included.

Here’s what I’ve seen so far this summer:

Bill Cunningham: New York

This is a heartwarming documentary about Bill Cunningham, a man who has dedicated his life to capturing street fashion for the New York Times (but really for himself) for a handful of decades. This film takes a look at the way he lives – his alternative apartment, filled with file cabinets – to his low-key eating habits, despite sometimes being in the most beautiful cities in the world, such as Paris or Milan. Overall, Bill’s story, personality, and general take on life made my cousin Ryan and I incredibly happy; see photo evidence below.

Favorite Quote: “See, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing!”

The Trip

I was somewhat skeptical of this film, seeing as how I had never even heard of it before, and am not a huge fan of British comedies… but this movie was worth my money and time, indeed. I would call it the British Sideways, but it wasn’t as fun as Sideways, it was great in its own ways. My favorite scenes involved Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon improvising whilst driving in the car, such as this one.

Favorite Quote: “Gentlemen, to bed, for at daybreak, we breakfast!”

Midnight in Paris (seen: twice)

Talk about getting bitten by the travel bug. If I wasn’t already feeling antsy after my trip to London earlier this year… I’m even more antsy now! Woody Allen really has a talent when it comes to capturing the beauty of a city (but I’m sure you’re already aware of this). As we’ve seen with his films that take place in his beloved New York, Midnight in Paris instantly transports us into the beautiful, windy, brick/stone-layed streets of Paris. The writing, acting, costumes, and direction were all stellar. Owen Wilson’s comedic performance was much more subtle than what we’re used to seeing (like, say, in Meet the Fockers) and I absolutely loved it… so much, I saw it twice!

A Better Life

So far this list has consisted of feel-good or funny movies. This movie was the exact opposite. I don’t think a film has ever affected me as much as A Better Life did. I literally cried throughout the movie (as did my friend Umrah)… and I cried again when I got home. When I explain the premise of this film to friends or family, I usually describe it as the modern Bicycle Thief. The story broke my heart and made me appreciate the work that non-profits like MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund do for undocumented immigrants.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II

I think I was about as excited and sad to see this last film as most readers of the epic book series. I loved all of the books and not only was sad upon finishing the last one (over a year ago) but I felt a wee bit depressed when I left the theater. The movie was a great end to the series and I totally want to watch all of the movies again, in order… just not all in one day.

Bridesmaids (seen: thrice)

If someone asked me to see Bridesmaids again with them in theaters, I totally would. I could watch the above scene over and over and it would never cease to be funny. When one of my coworkers asked me, incredulously, why I was seeing it a third time, I quickly and defensively responded, “because I feel like it.” Granted, they probably wanted a more eloquent response, but really, you have to see it to appreciate it. (Also, you should NOT question my taste in movies at 9am, or before I’ve had my coffee.) My raving about how disgustingly hilarious it is will probably not do it justice. It is one of the most enjoyable films I’ve seen in a few years, maybe ever. Also, if anything, see it for Kristin Wiig’s penis impression.

Here are a few other movies I am planning to see in the near future:

The Devil’s Double

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Our Idiot Brother


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Marissa August 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

“And I’m going to go down to the rivahhh!”

Ugh, when can I watch Bridesmaids again?


tatiana August 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ha! I love your avatar.


Kendra September 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

I’m thinking your travel bug is telling you to come visit me in the lovely north of London, whereupon we can catch the Eurostar to Paris! Huuzah!


tatiana September 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Omg, totally! I need to explore Europe wayyyy more. It’s on my to do list! My REALLY EXPENSIVE to do list. ;)


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