I have a lot going on in my head and in my heart today. Writing helps me cope. I have things I want to write about my dad, but now isn't the time. Right now I want to write about something else, just a small break from reality.
Movies are a big part of my life. Meg and I watch a lot of movies with the girls, and I have to say, some of the best movies being made nowadays are the "kid" movies. Meg and I watch a lot of movies after the kids go to bed, and when we do go out, it's usually dinner and a movie. I find it hard to go to sleep on the weekends, and I watch a lot of movies after Meg has gone to bed, usually bits and pieces as I surf channels. Being the dork I am, I actually keep track of how many movies I watch each year. This year I've seen 71 movies, which is down a bit from last year. I only keep track of movies I watch from start to finish. Unlike my top ten books, I've only included movies that were released this year. There are some movies I haven't seen yet that I'm sure would make the list (True Grit, I'm looking at you), but whattayagonnado.
10. Date Night: Meg and I had heard this wasn't very good, but we gave it a chance becasue we love Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. Maybe we were just in the right mood, but we laughed a lot.
9. The Ghost Writer: I know Roman Polanski is a scumbag, but I really enjoyed this movie. The story unravels much slower than your standard thriller, but I found myself enjoying the slower pace.
8. Green Zone: This is an action movie with a poitical tilt. Matt Damon is great as a solider looking for WMDs in Iraq.
7. Despicable Me: Here's one of those "kid" movies. An evil genius is transformed by three little girls. This movie is very funny, and like many of the best animated movies these days, surprisingly moving in spots.
6. Winter's Bone: The first word that comes to mind with this movie: stark. It's the story of a young girl trying to save her family home in the Ozark Mountains. It's a bleak world to be sure, but it feels authentic. It's always good to see a strong female character.
5. The Kids Are All Right: This is the story of two gay women raising a family. The issues they face may be unique to their situation, but as we watch this family struggle, we realize all families have one thing in common: love.
4. The Town: Ben Affleck is becoiming quite the director. I loved Gone Baby Gone a few years ago, and this one is great too. Bank robbery, lots of swearing in Boston accents, what's not to love.
3. Toy Story 3: Another gem from Pixar. This movie is a rollicking good time, but let me tell ya, the ending is a tear-jerker.
2. the social network: David Fincher is a great director, and his masterful telling of the facebook story is mesmerizing.
1. Inception: For me, it doesn't get any better than this. Christopher Nolan has created an action movie that refuses to dumb itself down. The special effects are stunning and the acting is top-notch. Like all great movies, this is one you think and talk about long after you've seen it.
I'd love to hear what other people enjoyed watching this year in the comments, maybe some movies to watch in 2011. Your top movie, top 3, 5, 10, whatever works for you.