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The Films of 2011

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My Top Picks

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: The series ends with a bang. This was undoubtedly "Harry's Year". I think it was always going to be that way. There were so many years when I thought Harry deserved to be number one only to be topped by Lord of the Rings or other series. At eight GOOD movies, Harry deserves all the accolades it gets. It was sad to see it end.
  2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: This was the surprise remake which almost cost Harry the throne. Wow. If you're going to do a reboot, then this is how you do it.
  3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Prototcol: Tom Cruise is back in top form, thanks mainly to Brad Bird's excellent directing but to give Tom credit, he played the part very well.
  4. Super 8: I know that the intention was mainly to copy (erm "Homage") Spielberg but even so, it was a very enjoyable film for the whole family.
  5. Hugo : Very impressive, particularly in 3D. Interestingly, there's a theory going around that says that watching it in 3D can correct the vision of people who can't see 3D.
  6. Battle of Warsaw 1920 (1920 Bitwa Warszawska): Very interesting and "textured" movie about Poland going to war against the Communists in the years after WWI.
  7. Unknown: Liam Neeson is a very watchable action hero these days.
  8. Thor: In a year filled with far too many bland superhero films, Thor went the extra mile.
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: A great sequel which had me laughing more than I have in most recent adult comedies.
  10. Gnomeo and Juliet: Much better than it had any right to be.
  11. Source Code: No, it's not a "great" movie but it's one of the few movies I've seen this year which isn't a kiddie flick.
  12. 11-11-11: Surprisingly Good.

Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  1. Real Steel: Wow, I expected this to be a poor transformers style film but instead we got a movie with a whole lot of heart.
  2. Apollo 18: Genuinely scary.
  3. Darkest Hour, The: Surprisingly good with an exotic feel to it.
  4. Rango: I wasn't expecting much
  5. Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, A: The birth of a new Christmas Classic? Perhaps. Certainly the best use of 3D since Avatar.
  6. Cars 2: There were bad reviews and there was no enthusiasm. I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this film.
  7. Bad Teacher: Much better than it had any right to be.
  8. Red State: Surprisingly good and with a poster which gives the viewer absolutely no clue what the film is about.
  9. Water for Elephants: One of those films that looked like it was going to be tedious but turned out pretty good.
  10. Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, The: Much better than I was expecting but still 45 minutes longer than it should have been.
  11. Help, The: Again, better than expected.
  12. Lion of Judah, The: I was expecting a pile of religious brainwashing but this turned out to be a pretty good story with great characters -- and Ernest Borgnine.
  13. Beaver, The: Considering how unwatchable Mel Gibson is these days, the movie was a lot better than expected.
  14. The Smurfs: I avoided this for as long as I could but it ended up being ok.

The Biggest Disappointments

  1. Shark Night 3D: I love movies where seafood eats people but this... heck it was boring.
  2. Red Riding Hood: Great atmosphere, good concept ideas, good actors, great special effects. It takes a very poor director to get something that had this much going for it so wrong. Totally wrong. The Twilight of werewolves ... only much worse.
  3. Battle: Los Angeles: Words simply can't describe how awful this film is. No plot, poor direction, shaky camerawork, dodgy CGI and bad actors. Yuck!
  4. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: Awful. The first one wasn't great. This one is BAD.
  5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: As good as every other transformers movie in the series. I've officially fallen asleep in EVERY single one I've watched.
  6. Sucker Punch: I had very low expectations for this film because the trailer made me think it would be all CGI kick-ass with no story. I'll have to try again but I've already tried to watch it twice but it's so bad that it's very hard to watch.
  7. The Green Hornet: It looked like a parody of a superhero film. That would have been ok. Instead it's half-serious, half-parody, entirely undecided - and full of unlikable characters to boot.
  8. Hop: Not every CGI film is good
  9. Drive: Everyone else liked it. Maybe I was tired. I don't know. I just know that I had to turn it off part-way through because it was less exciting than watching paint dry.

All the films I've seen at the Cinemas in 2011

  1. Battle: Los Angeles
  2. Rango
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  4. Source Code
  5. Hereafter
  6. Bridesmaids
  7. Mr Popper's Penguins
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  10. Contagion
  11. Puss in Boots
  12. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
  13. Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, The

Films from 2011 I've seen on the "small screen"

  1. 11-11-11
  2. Adjustment Bureau, The
  3. Another Earth
  4. Apollo 18
  5. Arthur Christmas
  6. Bad Teacher
  7. Beaver, The
  8. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
  9. Captain America: The First Avenger
  10. Cars 2
  11. Cedar Rapids
  12. Change-Up, The
  13. Conan the Barbarian
  14. Cowboys & Aliens
  15. Crazy Stupid Love
  16. Darkest Hour, The
  17. Dolphin Tale
  18. Dream House
  19. Drive
  20. Drive Angry 3D
  21. Final Destination 5
  22. Fright Night
  23. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The
  24. Gnomeo and Juliet
  25. Green Hornet, The
  26. Green Lantern
  27. Hangover: Part II, The
  28. Hanna
  29. Happy Feet 2
  30. Help, The
  31. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  32. Hop
  33. Horrible Bosses
  34. Hugo
  35. I Am Number Four
  36. Immortals
  37. Johnny English Reborn
  38. Kung Fu Panda 2
  39. Limitless
  40. Lion of Judah, The
  41. Mars Needs Moms
  42. Mechanic, The
  43. Paranormal Activity 3
  44. Paul
  45. Piranha 3DD
  46. Priest
  47. Real Steel
  48. Red Riding Hood
  49. Red State
  50. Rio
  51. Rite, The
  52. Roommate, The
  53. Sanctum
  54. Scream 4
  55. Season of the Witch
  56. Shark Night 3D
  57. Sitter, The
  58. Smurfs, The
  59. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World 3D
  60. Super 8
  61. Thing, The
  62. Thor
  63. Three Musketeers, The
  64. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  65. Tower Heist
  66. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The
  67. Unknown
  68. Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, A
  69. We Bought a Zoo
  70. X-Men: First Class
  71. Water for Elephants
  72. Way Back, The
  73. Your Highness
  74. Zookeeper

What's Left to see from 2011

The boldface titles are the ones I'm most interested in.

Those with an asterisk * are ones I've acquired but not watched yet.

  1. 30 Minutes or Less
  2. 50/50
  3. Abduction
  4. African Cats
  5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked*
  6. American: The Bill Hicks Story
  7. Anonymous
  8. Anuvahood
  9. Arthur
  10. Atlas Shrugged: Part I
  11. Barney's Version
  12. Beastly
  13. Beginners
  14. Big Year, The
  15. Born to be Wild
  16. Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  17. Colombiana*
  18. Company Men, The
  19. Conspirator, The
  20. Country Strong
  21. Courageous
  22. Debt, The
  23. Descendants, The
  24. Dibbuk Box
  25. Dilemma, The
  26. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark*
  27. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
  28. Eagle, The
  29. Fast Five*
  30. Footloose
  31. Friends with Benefits
  32. From Prada to Nada
  33. Hall Pass
  34. Heart Specialist, The
  35. Homework
  36. I Saw the Devil*
  37. Ides of March, The
  38. Jack and Jill*
  39. Jane Eyre
  40. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
  41. Jumping the Broom
  42. Just Go with It
  43. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
  44. Kill the Irishman
  45. Larry Crowne
  46. Lincoln Lawyer, The
  47. Midnight in Paris*
  48. Moneyball
  49. Monte Carlo
  50. Mother's Day*
  51. New Year's Eve
  52. No Strings Attached*
  53. Now
  54. One Day
  55. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides*
  56. Project X*
  57. Prom
  58. Queen to Play
  59. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows*
  60. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  61. Something Borrowed
  62. Soul Surfer
  63. Straw Dogs*
  64. Take Me Home Tonight
  65. Tree of Life, The
  66. Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
  67. Wanderlust
  68. Warrior
  69. What's Your Number?
  70. Win Win
  71. Winnie the Pooh*