As I look over the motley collection of my favorite movie experiences of the year, it’s a weird bunch … but hey, I’m a weird dude. And this was a good year to be weird at the movies …
This stunningly gorgeous, non-narrative documentary just lets its images wash over the viewer. The experience is downright meditative.
Filmed on the cheap in Louisiana with mostly non-professional actors, this wholly original, wholly imaginative tale was a wonder of spirit in its Hurricane Katrina allegory.
8. “Holy Motors”
If you made an entire movie out of the weirdest parts of David Lynch films, you might get this hallucinatory French import. You can say it makes no sense, but you can’t say you’ve had an experience like this before.
Quentin Tarantino made this spaghetti-Western-flavored revenge tale of a freed slave his personal filmmaking playground. You could tell he was having a blast.
Christopher Nolan’s closing chapter in his operatic Dark Knight saga was the final act in what history may well remember as the best film trilogy ever.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film was challenging and obtusely plotted — and not the Scientology exposé some expected — but I’m always on board with this master director.
Romantic comedy-drama can be risky business, but writer-director David O. Russell nailed it in this heartfelt winner. I expected Jennifer Lawrence to be a delight, but so was Bradley Cooper.
Writer-director Rian Johnson took a high-concept time travel idea, a healthy dose of noir and some exceptionally gripping story with real emotional heft. It was this year’s “Inception.”
You love Wes Anderson, or you hate Wes Anderson. I love. And this was Wes at his warmest, quirkiest and best.
Wildly inventive within a genre that didn’t seem to have anything left to invent and deeply, madly funny, this horror-comedy was perfectly executed and remained the most damn fun I had in a theater this year.