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BOTY ’11: Best movies

List number two, out of four. This one is, like the album one, sorted alphabetically. These are movies that were released this year, and also ones that I’ve seen, of course. There might be some spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t read this post! ūüôā

1. Fright Night (IMDb) | 

A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Collin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco.

I haven’t seen the original version of this movie, and I don’t think I will (I don’t really like ‘classic’ movies, to be honest). I really like this remake, a lot. I was looking forward to seeing Peter Vincent, because he was played by David Tennant (who played the tenth Doctor, and Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire). The first time I watched this movie, however, it was a very bad quality. Since the majority of the movie happened at night, sometimes the screen would be completely black. Eventually, I found a better version (from a DVD I believe), and I watched it again. It was even more awesome then, and oh god, David Tennant in tight leather trousers, wow.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (IMDB) |

Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.¬†Cast:¬†Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman.

You’ll probably already know which movie it is, as soon as you see that Warner Brother’s logo. I’ll tell you honestly, I already got tears in my eyes when I saw that in the cinema. It was a bit difficult to wipe them away, because I was wearing IMAX 3D glasses, which are MASSIVE. I could manage to hold my tears for the first twenty-five minutes or so, but as soon as the trio appeared in Hogsmeade, I started again, because that was it. The battle of Hogwarts would happen, and people would die. A couple of my favourite people. This movie was incredible, though I can’t believe it’s all over now. No more Harry Potter movies. Ugh.

3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (IMDb) | 

A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton.

Another ‘I watched this movie because … played in it’ movie. Yes, this time I watched the movie because Tom Felton had a part in it. A small one, but still, he was there. A small part, a horrible death, but it was nice to see him as someone other than Draco. Another nice part about this movie, was the fact that Andy Serkis played the monkey ‘Ceaser’, and you all know Andy as Gollum from LOTR. I liked this movie, though I’m not a fan of monkeys (or apes). I won’t go and see it another time though, I think.

4. Season of the Witch (IMDb) | 

14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. Cast: Nicholas Cage, Ron Perlman, Robert Sheehan, Claire Foy, Christopher Lee.

A friend of mine and I decided to go and see this movie in the cinema, when we were in Amsterdam once upon a time. It turned out to be a nice movie, even though Nicholas Cage played in it (most of the movies I’ve seen where he plays in were… not so good, in my opinion). Irish actor Robert Sheehan played a part in this movie as well, which was one of the reasons I wanted to watch it. View Spoiler » The movie had some awesome witchcraft, and some scare-moments, where I wanted to jump off my seat and crawl underneath it. But I liked it.

5. Soul Surfer (IMDb) | 

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid,  Carrie Underwood.

This is a very nice, and pretty emotional movie. It’s based on a true story, so that always makes it even more amazing, imo. I am really scared of sharks though, so I was kinda reluctant to watch it, until I saw the shark that bit off her arm. It made me laugh, seriously, it looked even faker than the Jaws shark (which did scare me a lot when I was younger). Besides that, it’s a very beautiful movie, and I just think AnnaSophia Robb is a very beautiful actress. Seriously.