1. I Melt With You (2011). Directed by Mark Pellington. Written by Glenn Porter. Starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, and Carla Gugino.
I had the opportunity to watch I Melt With You at AFI Fest this past November. It was a mind blowing film, not what I had expected at all. Very dark yet humorous and just brutally honest and real. Following the screening, AFI held a panel with the director and some of the actors. Amazingly enough, these A-list actors were not paid a cent in doing the film but were drawn to the script because it's nothing like what the major studios are producing and it really pushed them as actors. I totally recommend I Melt With You but I also know it may be hard for some to watch.
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011). Directed by Glenn Ficara and John Requa. Written by Dan Fogelman. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone.
I've been drawn a lot more to comedy this year than ever before. I dated a stand up comedian, befriended a bunch of comics, performed in the dark comedy Distracted, and started taking improv classes with UCB, so I think my perception of comedy has changed and my appreciation has grown that much more. With that being said, I absolutely loved the film Crazy, Stupid, Love. The writing is really strong with these interweaving story lines and unpredictable developments. The actors did an amazing job bringing it to life. There was just really great chemistry and strong performances across the board. And I think the story is very relatable... I mean, anything about love and how crazy and stupid it can be is surely relatable for me at least!
3. Bridesmaids (2011). Directed by Paul Feig. Written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne.
Oh wow, I just realized that the lead actress is actually one of the writers! Mad props to Kristen Wiig! Just more motivation for me to pursue comedy and writing. Okay, so Bridesmaids -- I love this film! It's a female driven comedy that is just ridiculously hilarious. You know those moments when you can't even watch because of how embarrassing and humiliating it is for the character on screen? Yeah, there are definitely multiple moments like that in this film. If you haven't seen it yet, just go watch it. Seriously.