Every year I find it an exciting and an intensely rewarding endeavor to go through the list of films I saw in the past year and pick the best of ’em. This year, the excitement is not there.
Not that I didn’t see any films in the theater. I saw about 100 of ’em. Many twice. Some even thrice like Men in Black 3, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises and even the abominal Ice Age: Continental Drift. But, it was a mundane, routine chore than an exciting experience. Some films I watched just to get away from home. Some because I wanted to figure out the making aspect of it. Some because I had nothing better to do.
Still, I continue to be a Cinephile standing in the line and buying the ticket to relive the tremendous feeling of watching good cinema. Like a smoker looking for his first high. If it’s engaging, then it’s a good film. If it gives me a satisfying experience, then it’s awesome. All other factors, filmmaking, picturesque cinematography go out the window.
There were a lot of films I would like to include because I enjoyed one of their aspects such as the atmosphere (Prometheus, The Hobbit), the filmmaking style (Haywire : awesome stunts shot in Profile) or awesome New York Cinematography (Premium Rush). But, the sum of the parts didn’t add up to one awesome movie experience and hence will remain as special mentions.
Also, I have included Theatrical Releases in Chennai, India only. As much as I want to include a funny picture like The Five Year Engagement, or an engaging dystopian thriller like Lockout, I am not because they didn’t release here.
Absolutely absorbing from start to finish. Now, this is a movie.
2. Gangs of Wasseypur
An almost-Classic. I prefer that it would have better as a fast paced single-film swashbuckler on the lines of Goodfellas or City of God than a drawn out epic like Kill Bill. But, the directorial vision of Anurag Kashyap makes this funny, rustic and violent historical document with a fun soundtrack totally worth your time.
3. Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
Give me 3 big laughs any day over a well-made boring film. And, OK OK definitely had a lot more than 3 laughs. The scene in which the trademark America Mappillai plays against type and insults the rotund heroine brought the roof down.
4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
What I like most about movies is their ability to transport you to another world.
5. Get the gringo
Racy plot. Mel Gibson awesomeness.