Well, we’ve got this Best of the Year thing covered from end to end. You’ve heard our picks. You’ve heard Roger’s. What about our youngest contributor Jackson Murphy?
My five best movies of the year so far are Gnomeo and Juliette. It’s original, clever, and has great music. Unknown: an exciting action thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins: one of the best live-action family films that I’ve seen in quite awhile.
Cars 2: not as good as the original, but still doesn’t disappoint, and Midnight In Paris, which you don’t have to be an adult to enjoy.
And many critics and fans are calling Midnight In Paris Woody Allen’s comeback film. I can’t agree or disagree with that because this was my first Woody Allen film. What I can agree with is that Midnight In Paris is a delight. The most important thing to know is that not recognizing all the historical characters Allen tosses together, and not getting all the references and inside jokes doesn’t prevent you from enjoying the film.
Others in the A-list cast include Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen, who plays Paul, a loud mouth know-it-all who easily could have been standing in line behind Allen at the movie theater in that classic scene in Annie Hall. The first Woody Allen film I watched after seeing Midnight In Paris.
This is Allen’s most successful movie in 25 years, and if you’re a new fan like me, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I’m Jackson Murphy. Thanks a lot.