Matthew Odam’s Top 10 movies

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the CIA and doggedly pur­sues leads about the where­abouts of bin Laden, de­spite hun­dreds of dead ends and bu­reau­cratic bumps. And the key break in the case comes not from tor­ture, but from bribery. It’s a thrilling story,

1) “Amour.”

Af­ter watch­ing this movie, I wan­dered out of the the­ater and just stared at the sun­dap­pled hills of West Austin, try­ing to col­lect my thoughts. Awed, moved, in­spired, heartbroken. Writer-di­rec­tor Michael Haneke’s story of an ag­ing Parisian cou­ple takes place al­most en­tirely in their apart­ment, as former pi­ano in­struc­tor Ge­orges ( JeanLouis Trintig­nant) ush­ers his ail­ing wife, Anne (Em­manuelle Riva), to­ward death. You feel the full mea­sure of the frus­tra­tion, sad­ness, anger and ac­cep­tance that comes with ter­mi­nal ill­ness and death. The per­for­mances are amaz­ing, the mood is taut and the ef­fect is al­most over­whelm­ing. It’s a movie that’s hard to rec­om­mend, but one ev­ery­one should see. (Sched­uled to open in Austin Jan. 25.)

2) “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook.”

I could sit here and pick apart this movie, poke holes in it and take all the joy out of my ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing seen it. But I don’t want to do that. I want to re­mem­ber fall­ing for the ma­nia and whimsy and the touch­ing fa­ther-and-son story. I want to re­mem­ber the feel­ing I had while cry­ing watch­ing Jen­nifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s characters dance to Johnny Cash and Bob Dy­lan’s “Girl From the North Coun­try” duet. Some­times you just have end­ing with the raid on bin Laden’s se­cret com­pound in Pak­istan. Although “Zero Dark Thirty” is rooted in cur­rent events, it will prob­a­bly be as cap­ti­vat­ing 50 years to al­low your­self to be swept away by a movie and its per­for­mances. Call me a softie.

3) “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Kathryn Bigelow’s dense and cap­ti­vat­ing film takes the au­di­ence on an un­sen­ti­men­tal jour­ney through a decade that changed our coun­try and world. Through the lens of a deeply per­sonal story, the


Jen­nifer Lawrence (left) and Bradley Cooper in “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook.” The film was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe for best mu­si­cal or com­edy. Lawrence was nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a com­edy and Cooper was nom­i­nated for best ac­tor in a com­edy.

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