I love to see movies and I would love to be able to do a year end post of the best movies of 2011 but unfortunately as a working mom of two very busy girls I don't get to see a lot of movies in the theater. I see almost every PG rated movie that comes out but they are not always the best, probably cannot make a top list based on those alone. However, I do like to borrow movies from the library and I'm always looking for unique, independent movies to watch. So instead of telling you what movies I thought were the best of 2011 I thought I might share with you a few of these movies that I've watched in the past few months that I really enjoyed and you might have missed them.
1. Mao's Last Dancer -- a great, true story of a young man who is trained under the Communist Chinese Regime to be a ballet dancer and comes to the US as part of a cultural exchange and ends up falling in love, with both America and a girl.
2. Like Dandelion Dust -- starring Mira Sorvino as a woman who is battered by her husband who goes to jail and while he is in jail she has his baby and gives it up for adoption. Fast forward 5 or 6 years later, he gets out, finds out about the baby and decides they should get it back. Since he didn't sign the papers they actually have a chance of getting the little boy back.
3. Win Win -- such a great movie, funny and sad at the same time. A financially struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach double crosses a confused old man but then ends up doing right by the family. Starring Amy Ryan who I love.
4. Cedar Rapids -- this movie is HILARIOUS!! Starring Ed Helms from The Office and The Hangover as a insurance agent from a small town who gets to go to the big town of Cedar Rapids, IA for the annual insurance convention. Also stars John C. Reilly who I adore! So funny!
5. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room -- I know this doesn't sound exciting but it is really very good and so interesting. Plus I swear you'll feel smarter just watching it! It is a documentary about the build up and rapid down fall of a major corporation. I was afraid it would be very left leaning but the only mention of the Bush family was just that they were friends with Ken Lay. I was shocked at the things people can do that are dishonest and down right wrong.
6. Wild Target -- this movie stars Emily Blunt who I love and is very quirky and clever. A hit man falls in love with his target and becomes her protector. It reminds me a lot of A Fish Called Wanda. I enjoyed it.
Happy Watching and Happy New Year!