My Top 5 Movies of 2011

What Makes A Movie Great?

What Makes A Movie Great?

Well, I'm sure you have your own answer for that. I would, however, like to share with you what it means to me, and my top 5 movies for the year!

A great movie, in my opinion, is something that causes you to be emotional. Not just in a sad way, but not only in a funny or happy way, either. Balance. I think that movies desperately, along with everything else in the Universe, need balance. A great movie also causes you to think. I may forfeit some of the emotion if I feel like my mind is being swept away with cunning and wit, almost or indeed superhuman in nature. Oh, and anything that might threaten my sanity, I welcome. Haha.

My top 5 for the Year are: 50/50, The Help, Drive, Limitless, and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, in no specific order.

If you're interested, please do keep reading!

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100/100 Chance You'll Laugh Hysterically

50/50 is a film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. Gordon-Levitt plays a 27 year old man named Adam who finds out that he has a rare type of cancer affecting his spinal cord. The movie takes you from his diagnosis, through his treatment, everything in between, and as for the ending, well, watch it yourself to find that part out!

Now, you all may probably already know that any movie with Seth Rogen is going to be ridiculously funny and slightly (or extremely) raunchy. The gut wrenching laughter surprises you considering all crying that you do as you can't help but sympathize with Adam. I found myself crying, then laughing nonsensically within the next minute, tears fresh on my cheeks. The writers so brilliantly wrote in the comedy as to not take away from his pain, but to actually make you feel even more connected with him. It is certainly not another predictable movie. Just when you think you know what Adam is really going to do, or what kind of friend Kyle (Rogen) really is, if you pay attention, you'll find yourself being very wrong, indeed.

I recommend anyone who can stomach some raunchy comedy, and doesn't mind keeping kleenex nearby when watching a movie, to watch 50/50. If you do decide to watch it, tell me what you think!

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"The Help" Fight Back!

"The Help!" What a great movie! I know, I know, I have to tell you why, but I couldn't help myself!

So, "The Help" is a movie about an outspoken young woman named Skeeter, played by Emma Stone(who is becoming on of my favorite actresses, by the way). It's set in the 1960's, a time where many African American women took up housekeeping as a profession, especially if their mother was one, etc. Many of these housekeepers, i.e., the help, are greatly mistreated, including Ms. Aibileen, played by Viola Davis, and a Ms. Minny, played by Octavia Spencer, who is especially fiesty. Her employer, Hilly, played by the same woman who coincidentally plays Adam's no good girlfriend in 50/50, Ms. Bryce Dallas Howard, is a horribly nasty employer, who actively makes the lives of those that she doesn't like miserable. But she is repaid in the most interesting manner. It's important to the plot though, so I won't tell you. But, if you don't laugh until you cry, there's something wrong with your funny-o-meter! Well, if you gag, this is also understandable! Ha!

Skeeter is a serious journalist, who feels what she feels, and thinks what she thinks quite strongly. After noticing the mistreatment of the help and also how unfair it is for them to constantly look over their white employers children, while not being able to spend time with their own, Skeeter decides to write about the lives of these women, and it leads her to discover something in her own life she would've never imagined.

Expect tears, laughter, and a SERIOUSLY jaw-dropping moment.

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"Drive" Takes You for A Ride!

First, let me say this. Drive is NOT for the faint of heart. It takes a good grasp on reality to enjoy this movie and maintain your sanity.

Now that I've put that out there, the more I think about it, the more this movie should've been first. Never have I seen a movie that filled me with such disgust and intrigue at the same time. It is gory. But, not for gory's sake. It is reality, with no boundaries, no sugar-coating, no mercy.

Drive is about a no-named man, played by Ryan Gosling, who is quite mysterious, indeed. He has a day job as a professional stunt driver, but by night, he is a driver for hire, who disassociates himself with you after he's made sure the job is done, and/or the time limit is up. He is a man not quite stable, but with a good heart, and a mean will to survive. The level to which he cares for people is so deep, considering his tendency to appear aloof, apathetic, and antisocial. You connect with him, even though you never find out his name.

The love story in this movie is so subtle, slightly inappropriate, and intense. (His love interest is Irene, played by actress Carey Mulligan)The twists and turns of "Drive" will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, covering your mouth from the gore, and sheer terror of the capabilities of man, and wanting to see it out until the end, whatever it may be...

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Limitless Number of Possibilities

Bradley Cooper, the End.

Ok, I understand that this isn't enough, well it is for me, ladies you understand. But, on a serious note, Limitless was fantastical.

Talk about a movie that excites the brain. Not necessarily because of what you must figure out yourself, but the idea of what possibilities may just lie within the human brain. The thought that maybe we could do such things one day, if there aren't already people out there with similar abilities. You can't help but to watch, interested in what happens next, as writer turned drugee, Eddie (Bradley Cooper), turns his life upside down. His girlfriend, played by Abbie Cornish, and the man who started all of the madness, played by Johnny Whitworth, are caught up in a world of madness, as science has potentially opened a door to a world that's, well, limitless, pun intended.

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A Game Well Played

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was so very, very well done. Robert Downey, Jr. has a tendency to be in quality movies.

For those of you unfamiliar with Downey, Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes, fret not! This sequel was done well enough to have been the first movie. Holmes and Watson(Jude Law), go on an adventure that leads them to being face to face with one of the most cunning and powerful men of their time, a Professor, who, for lack of a better term, had lost his marbles, and was insanely brilliant.

The cinematography was wonderful. The fighting scenes were not only awesome, but unique. If you are unfamiliar with Holmes' approach to fighting, I shan't ruin it for you as it's quite intriguing. Let's just say he's a master strategist, and this very fact compels you to keep watching, a long with a list of other things. The conversations that Holmes' has with his brother, played by Stephen Fry, might have you slightly dazed, but, all the more reason for it to be considered a movie that engages the mind, and tickles the thought that the human mind may indeed be able to work in such a manner if it doesn't already for some.

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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I haven't seen a movie in a while. This makes me think it's about time to go see one.


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Alexander Pease 4 years ago from Maine

Sherlock Holmes was so good. I liked the first one in 2010, then I watched the second one and now I am wondering what they will do next. I am sorry to say that I haven't watched any of the others written about here, but after reading this I sure will! :D


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Thank you both for reading and commenting on my hub!! :)


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DIMIR 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

I'm so excited to watch all of these movies (I like to sit back and see which ones turn out well before watching). This list is definitely legitimate, though, because I have been recommended all of these! This is wonderful!


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Thanks, DIMIR! Please do let me know what you think when you do! :)


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jdflom 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

50/50 was very personal to me because I went through much of the same things that JGL's character did. I can attest that it's pretty realistic. It's also in my top 5 and it's nice to see it in someone else's.


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Well I don't know whether to say I'm sorry or congrats... so I'll say both, LoL. I know you weren't fishing for sympathy, I just can't help it! But, anyway, thanks for the comment!


Rad Man 4 years ago

I haven't seen any of these yet and you have inspired me. My wife loved, loved, loved the book The Help. And loved the movie. I will have to see that one first if I know what good for me. I haven't been able to bring myself to see 50/50. I've seen to much. Thanks for the inspiration.


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

And thank you for the comment, Rad Man! You should definitely see The Help. :) And 50/50, while tear jerking and heart breaking, is such a real movie, and has lots of laughter as well! I don't know what your personal experience is with cancer/sickness, but I would recommend it to anyone! You may feel inspired after watching it.


Chasuk 4 years ago

I've seen Game of Shadows, but none of the rest. However, I own most of the others, so it is just a matter of time.

Thumbs up.


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Chasuk! Which ones do you have? And when you watch them, let me know what you think.


Chasuk 4 years ago

I watched Limitless tonight, and enjoyed it. I have The Help, which I will probably watch next weekend.


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parrster 4 years ago from Oz

Enjoyed Limitless and Game of Shadows. Can't say I enjoyed Drive; in fact quite the opposite. It was alien to me, and disturbing. I'll look up the others you suggested. Thanks.


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michememe 4 years ago

The Help yes, I have to catch the other movies you have listed here. I love movies.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Great hub. This reminds me to go out, watch a movie..because im not really familiar with your list :) Gives me ideas too! Thanks


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Thanks unknown spy. You definitely should check them out.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I saw these films and yes, they are great entertainment. Any film with Seth Rogen is a good film, even an animated film like Kung Fu Panda. Some great comedies here. Great Hub. :)


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A Thousand Words 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Astra Nomik. Creative username. LoL


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

Great hub, of those I only saw limitless, which I thought was great. I will definitely check the others out :)


Beth37 3 years ago

Thanks for the recommendations. I haven't seen 50/50, but I love both those actors. I saw drive, it was intense. I enjoyed Limitless too. You have good taste. :)


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marwan asmar 3 years ago from Amman, Jordan

I seen Sherlock Holmes, brilliant the cinematography, amazing techniques, I think not related to the original book, but exciting nevertheless.


Beth37 3 years ago

Sherlock Holmes is the bomb.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Good writing. Welcome to HP


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A Thousand Words 3 years ago Author

Thank you everyone for your comments. I'll be writing more soon.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Can't wait for more hubs. Yours are very interesting.

Voted up.


Lybrah 2 years ago

I liked this hub. Good choices of movies and very well written.

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