NOW's most-read Movie articles of 2011.
1. Interview: David Tennant? The former Doctor Who hero stars in the film Fright Night. Despite being in Colin Farrell's shadow, he is crucial to the success of the film with his interesting take on the role of Peter Vincent. Audio interview clips included.
2. Nora's Will In this Mexico City-set film, Nora leaves a note of peculiar instructions for whoever might find her after she's taken her life. The film didn't receive the greatest review from our critic but attracted a lot of attention from our readers.
3. Taylor Kitsch is picture perfect in The Bang Bang Club BC's Taylor Kitsch is best known for his role as Tim Riggins in TV's Friday Night Lights, but this year, aside from continuing to be a total hunk, he took on the substantial role of a substance-abusing photographer in The Bang Bang Club. A solid performance in a mediocre film.
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 1 Although this movie only came out mid-November, it finds itself ranked high on our list of most popular movie stories of the year. Obviously the Twilight-craze hasn't died down just yet. In the first part of the final portion of the Twilight Saga, the love triangle continues, only Bella, a human teenager, and Edward, an unaging teenage vampire, end up married and pregnant. It's difficult to explain how this has come to happen so far into the story, but here's our best shot.
5. Amber Heard In this cover story, Amber Heard opens up about feeling like she's trapped in the 1960s, and why she wouldn't take a role in Transformers no matter how much money they might wave in her direction.
6. Q&A Jessica Paré Montreal-born Paré was in town promoting the release of the fourth season of Mad Men on DVD and Blu-ray this March, and sat down with NOW to discuss what it was like joining the cast of television's hottest show. Moments after the interview ended AMC gave the green light to a fifth season, ending months of speculation and robbing us of the opportunity to get Paré's reaction. Way to drag ass, AMC.
7. Denis is on fire In this interview with director Denis Villeneuve, the Montrealer talks about the revelatory theatre experience that inspired his Oscar-nominated film Incendies, and despite making movies almost exclusively about wars and massacres, tries to convince us that he's really a very silly person. On ne pense pas.
8. The Tree of Life We gave this divisive Terrence Malick masterpiece five out of five. Brad Pitt's perfromance is outstanding, and the film itself, a work of art. You've just got to look past the part about the dinosaurs.
9. Murderer in the family John Kastner explores a family living with murder in a disurbing documentary that continues the filmmaker's obsession with criminology and difficult subjects. The story is centred around Mason Jenkins, who was convicted of killing his own sister, an his parents, who through Kastner's lens redefine the concept of unconditional love.
10. Interview: Gerard Butler Butler had two films featured at TIFF this year, both employing his imposing physical presence as a tool for storytelling. In this interview feature Norm Wilner tries to get him to explain his performance style, but fittingly, Butler can't quite put it into words.