#1 Django Unchained
From start to finish, I laughed myself silly. Christoph Waltz is the heart of the film, Jaime Foxx is the hero, Leonardo di Caprio was evil but Samuel L. Jackson oooozed evil!
#2 Seven Psychopaths
If you haven’t seen this film and are a fan of insanity then this is the film to see. Will Farrell takes on a unique role, Sam Rockwell is hilarious, Christopher Walken deserves every award, Woody Harrelson cracks me up, and John Waits needs a hug.
#3 Life of Pi
It is no secret that I am not at all a fan of 3-D but if there is one to be seen, relished and seen again, it is this film. The story if heart-wrenchingly beautiful, the cinematography is beyond spectacular and the acting of this talented young man in the lead is the soul of the film.
Daniel Day-Lewis has channeled this beloved president in such a way that anyone seeing this film will walk away a little better for it. I hardly think this performance will go unnoticed.
#5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
If it weren’t for the 3D and accelerated frame rate (producing sharper images) this film would have been pure perfection. However, that being said, never have I been more happy to see Gandalf, Elron, Galadriel, Bilbo, Gollum and a few other surprises. Will I be there next December for another go? I’ll be the first in line with no regrets.
#6 End of Watch
What an amazing cop film with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena working so well together; it was quite easy to get lost in their characters. Not even the fast camera movement bothered me because the story flowed, the action was fantastic and these two actors are the film.
What happens when you put Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron in a film with Noomi Rapace? You get an epic film that many had been waiting for. The cinematography is stunning, the special effects are amazing and the casting couldn’t have been better.
#8 The Impossible
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts with Tom Holland bring about the brutality of Mother Nature and the true-life tsunami of 2004. The emotion is wrenching, the scenery unforgiving with a powerful message of love, family and the unflinching desire to survive.
I am really shocked this film hasn’t received more attention. Tom Hardy and Shia LeBeouf put together a stellar story with Jessica Chastain about moon shining and protecting family. Hardy was quiet but deadly and I couldn’t have been more surprised.
I know I will get a lot of flack for not having this further up the list but understand I did enjoy “Argo” very much. I think Ben Affleck will get his share of kudos and rightfully so. He kept to the story, the realism is there and the ending still had viewers on the edge of their seats.
“3,2,1 … Frankie Go Boom” — a film with an amazing cast doing unspeakably funny (and I mean unspeakably funny) things in a story about love, life and a brother who films everything. I have watched this film several times because it is one of the funniest twisted things I’ve ever seen!
Performing arts calendar
ONSTAGE PLAYHOUSE: Chula Vista’s intimate community theater is gearing up for its first production of the 2013 calendar year — Brandon Thomas’s “Charley’s Aunt.” Directed by Bob Christiansen, the OnStage production is slated for a Jan. 18 to Feb. 16 run. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m on Sunday. The theater is located at 291 Third Ave. For more information, visit the website at www.onstageplayhouse.org or call 422-7787.