It’s hard to believe the year is halfway over! 2011 has been a pretty good year for film, and the best is yet to come. But let’s take a look back at the last 6 months, and our favorite films so far. Enjoy!
This film had ample opportunity to derail under the weight of audience expectations, but to our delight it toes the line between nostalgia and modernity very well. Director J.J. Abrams brings his sci-fi sensibilities to the screen alongside gifted young actors to make Super 8 both an entertaining and compelling film.
Make ’em laugh, Make ’em laugh, Don’t you know everyone wants to laugh? They said it could be done, but it would be a hard sell, and I think it’s safe to say that the ladies of Bridesmaids got the job done. A smart, funny film that spoke directly to women, yet even appealed to some enlightened men out there. It was a great first step for the future of female-driven comedies.
This film was an awesome surprise and a fantastic viewing experience that we were lucky to be apart of. The film is on limited release at the moment, slowly gaining momentum and vying for an even wider release on July 29th. Attack the Block is relying heavily on word-of-mouth to get people in theaters, and we here at filmhash wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t say: GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!! You can read our review of it here.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this thriller, but Hanna scores on every level-from the acting to the energizing score, I loved every minute of it. Although not the first film to do so recently, Hanna stirred up a little controversy with its use of a violent young female character in the lead role. I feel the use of violent women in film, although sometimes sexualized by Hollywood, allows filmmakers to explore the paradigms of innocence and darkness more throughly than if they were to use male characters. It certainly makes Hanna a visceral and stylistic adventure worth seeing.
A wonderful, lighthearted film that nonetheless has volumes to say about our culture’s penchant for glamorizing days gone by. In fact, writer/director Woody Allen couldn’t have picked a more opportune release date amidst the sea of nostalgia films in theaters this season. There’s nothing wrong with looking back, as long as you don’t loose the strength to move forward.
Will any of these movies make it to our top ten at the end of the year? We’ll wait and see!