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Rated 9/10

People who added this item 676 Average listal rating (413 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
A Separation (2011)
Thematically complex, richly layered piece of dramatic filmmaking, with perfect performances across the board. Minimalism at its finest.

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Rated 8/10

People who added this item 2398 Average listal rating (1636 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)
A near-masterpiece of cinematic atmosphere and style, with top-notch acting and a stupendous soundtrack. Drive is entrancing as hell and entirely unafraid of delving into darkness, both visually and thematically.

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People who added this item 533 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Restless (2011)
A delightful balance between appealing/sweet-natured romance and dark humor, with a welcome fresh approach towards coping with death. Leave it to Gus Van Sant to produce something that oozes quirkiness without ever feeling forced or imposed upon us.

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People who added this item 1114 Average listal rating (664 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Scream 4 (2011)
Part of me was scared that, after 11 years of growing more and more jaded about movies (and life), my great, youthful appreciation for the Scream franchise would no longer be the same. I thought I would nitpick at things at which I'd never nitpick in the past. But as soon as the film started, it felt like I was reuniting with old friends (namely, Sidney, Dewey and Gale). There's some inevitable bias here, but I find this franchise's delightful thrills and quips to be totally irresistible.

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People who added this item 641 Average listal rating (406 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Take Shelter (2011)
Digs deep into a wide range of emotional and psychological troubles, and constantly avoids committing the sin of feeling too abstract or distant. Take Shelter is fascinatingly complex, yet never allows the audience members to stop being able to relate to the difficulties that are being presented on-screen.

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People who added this item 1141 Average listal rating (680 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
An unflinching portrayal of evil: relentlessly bleak and disturbing, with a lead performance that's as magnificently dark as only the brave Tilda Swinton can give.

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Rated 7/10

People who added this item 1534 Average listal rating (950 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
50/50 (2011)
Terrific at balancing pain and comedy without letting the mixture of both throw it off balance. It's an exceedingly heartfelt tale that's refreshingly devoid of emotional manipulation.

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People who added this item 1489 Average listal rating (895 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Artist (2011)
An engrossing homage to an early film era. It's irresistibly cute and visually appealing, but it also isn't afraid to explore complicated themes and to draw interesting parallelisms with modern times.

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People who added this item 1195 Average listal rating (799 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
George Clooney and Shailene Woodley are extraordinary in The Descendants, a deeply affecting drama that, like the rest of Alexander Payne's work, delves right into the eccentric behavior that human beings often engage in when they're facing emotionally tough times. The aspect of the movie that deals with the decision of whether or not to sell the inherited Hawaiian territory doesn't always hit the right notes and at times feels like filler, but the film is terrific when it focuses on the central tragic subject of the wife's infidelity and her impending death. This is more on par with About Schmidt than on the level of greatness of Sideways, but that's still high praise.

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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Lynch wouldn't necessarily be impressed, but I think that, at the very least, he'd be very proud. The twists and turns of The Double Hour are all intrinsically connected to the human psyche (specifically, to feelings of guilt and vulnerability) and that makes it a fascinating picture, clearly influenced in part by the masterful Mulholland Drive. (By the way, IMDB and Listal have it down as a 2009 release because that's when it came out in Italy, but it didn't hit theaters on my side of the world till this year.)

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As an outsider to the community of rabid Harry Potter fanatics, I've watched the franchise over the course of the years, and for the most part, I've found that the films have ranged from so-so to decent to occasionally very good. The last one that had truly impressed me was Order of the Phoenix, and I'm glad to announce that I can say the same about the franchise's final chapter. Its sweeping epicness may not rival what was accomplished by The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it's a tremendous achievement nonetheless. There are times at which the film reiterates and reinforces its points too much (at times even unnecessarily repeating some lines), and I'm not crazy about the epilogue either, but those are small flaws in what is an otherwise very satisfying conclusion to this saga.

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People who added this item 195 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Housemaid (2010)
What looks like foreign soft-core porn turns out to be an above-average, surprisingly interesting dramatic exploration of infidelity and of rifts between social classes.

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People who added this item 250 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Tough ethical questions asked through two excellent converging storylines, with a significantly intense final act - that's the stuff of very good dramas.

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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Last Night (2010)
As movies about jealousy and infidelity go, Last Night certainly doesn't beat Stanley Kubrick's masterful swan song Eyes Wide Shut, but it deserves high commendation for its bleak and realistic tone and for making terrific visual use of nighttime city exteriors to convey the feeling of angst and temptation experienced by the two leads here. The film is a deft exploration of the different causes and layers of infidelity, and its abrupt and ambiguous ending is simply perfect.

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People who added this item 70 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Miss Bala (2011)
No me encantó la edición durante los primeros dos tercios, pero el último acto del filme es sumamente poderoso y desgarrador. La ironía de la forma en la que todo concluye, unido a la manera auténtica en la cual ello captura la realidad de México, es brillante.

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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
As a lover of documentaries and of reality as captured by cinema, and as a law student, I could never resist something as fascinating as the story told in the Paradise Lost films. Paradise Lost 2 didn't feel particularly necessary and focused way too much on Mark Byers for my taste, but with this third film, we're back to focusing on the investigation and on the impact that this has had on the lives of EVERYONE involved (that is, the three convicts and the families of the murdered children). The epilogue is magnificent, because while it may seem to give everything a sense of finality, there's a feeling that these three kids (now adults) haven't yet been vindicated. A fourth film wouldn't be unwarranted, in order to see about that vindication, and especially, to see how these three men handle life after everything they were put through. The Paradise Lost films don't quite achieve the mind-blowing impact exerted by the similar Capturing the Friedmans, but they're still a tremendous accomplisment of documentary filmmaking.

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People who added this item 603 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
Leaps and bounds, the scariest film I've seen this year (not like it has much competition, anyway).

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People who added this item 1820 Average listal rating (1243 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Terrific summer entertainment with CGI characters that depict ten times more emotion than your standard paper-thin movie character.

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People who added this item 377 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Rubber (2010)
Much more going on here than just a movie about a tire that kills people. Rubber is hilarious, delightfully offbeat, and savagely critical of its target.

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People who added this item 1129 Average listal rating (681 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Llena de momentos inpredecibles e impresionantes, con actuaciones de primera, y con todos los excelentes toques visuales que caracterizan a las películas de Almodóvar. La resolución tiene un medio aire de telenovela y no se ajusta tanto a la magnífica perversidad que permea al resto del filme.

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People who added this item 651 Average listal rating (381 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Submarine (2010)
Endlessly witty, featuring a protagonist who is 10 times more interesting than your average angst-ridden movie teenager. All the aspects that relate to his relationship with the girl he loves are exquisitely well-developed. Can't quite say the same about his efforts to save his parents' marriage, but luckily, the film is wise enough to focus most of the running time on the first plot line.

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People who added this item 3036 Average listal rating (1973 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Thor (2011)
The film's balance between action, comedy and human drama is essentially perfect - in fact, one feels that there is an equal dose of all three, which is an extremely welcome thing, considering how overboard most superhero movies go when it comes to action sequences. The film's final act lacks a certain oomph, largely because it is afflicted by a lot of the limitations we often see during the climaxes of "origin stories" but overall Thor is a very good film and an extremely efficient prelude to the Marvel superhero extravaganza that we'll get in 2012.

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People who added this item 691 Average listal rating (444 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Young Adult (2011)
One would expect it to be impossible to emotionally relate to a drama that centers around a character like Mavis, but Young Adult is about so much more than Mavis' attempts to win back her old flame. It's about the rude awakening that takes place when you return to a familiar place after a long time (especially your hometown) and everything LOOKS to be the same, except it's not, because you and everyone else have gone through too many changes and experiences. It's about the massive differences between people in terms of what they need in order to be happy. Look for a terrific climactic scene in which the conversation between Mavis and a secondary character brilliantly puts everything into perspective. The parallelisms between the film's actual events and the events of Mavis' book's story (told through the voiceover) are at times too forced and obvious (especially the "graduation" bit), but this is still a supremely effective piece of bleak cinema.


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Rated 6/10

People who added this item 1391 Average listal rating (847 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Impressive animation and decent sense of humor, but it's lacking in the emotion/humanity department.

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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
African Cats (2011)
Every bit as visually striking and immersive as Earth, and never as Discovery Channel-esque as Oceans. The only problem I keep having with these films is that, because of their insistence on being "family movies," the G rating keeps them from being able to plunge into deeper waters and show the disturbing visuals that us adults deserve to be able to witness.

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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
This feels like it was purposely overstuffed with mentally/emotionally unstable characters for the hell of it, and there are times at which it's too shrill and melodramatic. The ending especially feels like the filmmakers had no idea how to conclude things. But a magnificent turn from Ezra Miller makes the experience mostly engrossing throughout its running time.

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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
The fact that I was able to mildly enjoy a movie like The Art of Getting By, which was so poorly received by critics and audiences alike, tells me a lot about what my favorite "type" of movie is - in other words, this is the type of case where I forgive a movie's glaring flaws because it still offers the type of stuff I'm into. Sure, there are times at which it's way too hip (and the ending is so conventional it borders on painful), but overall, it felt very much like a worthwhile 90 minutes. Freddie Highmore is quite good (and can cry on cue better than a lot of young actors), and Emma Roberts is charming as hell.

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People who added this item 627 Average listal rating (439 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
The humor comes more from one-liners than from the situations faced by the characters, most of which are uninspired action/chase sequences. Most of the kids in the cast have a great handle on funny line delivery, although one John Boyega can't decide whether to be over-the-top serious or just play it straight, and kind of gets caught in an awkward spot in between the two. Attack the Block is entertainment of the silly variety that manages to never enter the realm of dumbness. It's the kind of film that I actually WISH had been longer, and that's not a feeling I get very often.

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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Beautiful Boy (2010)
Bad title aside, this is an effective dramatic portrayal of two parents bedraggled in grief and guilt. The final 30 minutes are too melodramatic, and the last scene is less dark and more hope-inducing than it should have been.

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People who added this item 679 Average listal rating (403 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Beginners (2010)
There are instances in which the editing is simply brilliant, specifically in the moments in which the voiceover narration takes us back a few years in time and makes a few quick, sharp observations about "what things were like" at certain different points in history. It's too bad that the film's plot and dramatic core aren't blessed with the same level of creativity, and settle for being decent rather than extraordinary. Oh, but Christopher Plummer's performance is delightful.

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People who added this item 1443 Average listal rating (937 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Bridesmaids (2011)
Finally the comedic star vehicle that Kristen Wiig deserved, though she's upstaged by the even funnier Melissa McCarthy. Bridesmaids is overlong and has a few other missteps, but it's a mostly good comedy that strives to show women can indulge in raunchiness, too.

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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Brotherhood (2010)
The somewhat amateur acting and low-budget limitations don't take away from the richness of Brotherhood's moral complexity and from its gritty take on a college fraternity initiation gone terribly wrong.

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Serviceable superhero film with a magnificent amount of heart in its first half and a not-so-magnificent amount of generic action sequences in its second half.

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People who added this item 954 Average listal rating (608 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Carnage (2011)
The conversations focus more on mundane trifles than on the moral/ethical carnage we should've been able to savor here.

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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.6
Ceremony (2010)
The romance here is more on the vanilla side (despite being between an older woman and a younger guy) and the film doesn't have many surprises, but the story does have an interesting "fish out of water" spin to it that makes this significantly more watchable than most movies that cover similar ground.

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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.3
When a film is a two-actor show that relies exclusively on the two leads' ability to emote and deliver lines effectively, the ideal situation is obviously for BOTH actors to be great. For that reason, it's a shame that, although Juliette Binoche is absolutely ASTOUNDING in this film, her co-star William Shimell gives a painfully stiff performance. Still, Binoche's amazing turn and the film's interesting dramatic twist right around the 50-minute mark make this a worthy curiosity.

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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Great intentions, decent execution. And jeez, guys, easy on the fade-outs.

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People who added this item 1289 Average listal rating (800 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Contagion (2011)
Slickly made and highly believable film. It starts out limiting itself to being about the spread of a disease (a la the swine flu, but more aggressive), but as it gets to its second half, it starts showcasing the chaos and desperation that would certainly emerge in ANY type of situation that could threaten world stability. Because there are so many characters, there are times at which there's a lack of fluidity between the scenes - a few transitions here and there aren't very seamless. In addition, the film tries to make sure to feel updated for the 2011 generation by having a sensationalist blogger as one of its characters, but that character comes across like a ridiculous prop more than anything else (partly because of the script and partly because of Jude Law's rendition).

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When I'm on a plane, chances are I'll watch the movie that's playing unless it's something I've already seen and hated. If it's a film I've never seen, I definitely won't pass up the opportunity to watch it for free. If I'm lucky, it'll be a way to make two hours of the flight feel like a breeze, and thankfully, that was the case with this particular sequel. It's undoubtedly made with kids in mind, but there's really nothing here that'll insult an adult's intelligence or keep him/her from having a good time. Oh, and it goes without saying that it totally reminded me of what it was like to bicker with my brother when I was a kid.

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People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Sparse and minimalistic, which I like, but it ultimately limits itself to being a straightforward character study rather than also taking the opportunity to explore complex themes. The magnificent Laura Dern shows up for two terrific scenes that momentarily make the film enter the realm of greatness. The film has a nicely melancholic aura, although the all-important yard sale sequence hits several wrong notes, because the atmosphere (and music) during it is way too upbeat so as to contrast too heavily with the rest of the film's scenes. Terrific work from both Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall, though.

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People who added this item 635 Average listal rating (400 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
It's more of the same, it's generally stupid, it's got tons of gore and no scares, and the lead actor was clearly cast more for being handsome than for his acting skills (take a shot each time he widens his eyes in disbelief, and you'll be in a coma after the film's first half hour). But I just love the concept behind this franchise. To make matters better for fans of the Final Destination films, there's a pretty ingenious twist in this film's penultimate scene. And surprise of surprises, the film's central romantic relationship is developed much better than is the case in most gore-driven horror films.

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People who added this item 1480 Average listal rating (892 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
A film about "fuck buddies" with the necessary amount of spice and wacky humor needed to deliver on its premise, despite the fact that, in the very end, it relents to the cliches it seemed to repudiate.

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People who added this item 1953 Average listal rating (1185 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
She's one of my favorite movie characters of the year. If only the film had actually been about her...

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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.9
A decent mystery/thriller with a nice attempt at Hitchcockian flavor during its climax. The offbeat personalities of the three main characters make this a notch better than most twisty potboilers.

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People who added this item 1244 Average listal rating (808 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hanna (2011)
More tailored for fans of stylish action than for those who want something dramatically complex, but Cate Blanchett's marvelously wicked turn and the film's musical score make it impossible to dismiss the film.

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Heartbeats (2010)
Following up on I Killed My Mother, Xavier Dolan continues to direct and star in finely-tuned character studies that never fail to interest and engross. This tale of quasi-friendship/quasi-romance between three people is visually striking, if not always dramatically great. The interview segments are an unnecessary distraction. Still, I very much look forward to Dolan's next project.

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People who added this item 1534 Average listal rating (977 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Help (2011)
The ever-present score during the characters' conversations is at times wildly intrusive, and the film loses points for playing it so safe, but the performances definitely elevate it significantly.

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People who added this item 1570 Average listal rating (1086 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Guys, forget The Hangover sequel. If you're looking for a worthwhile summer comedy that features a group of guys getting stuck in a funny web of trouble, Horrible Bosses is where it's at. The plot is every bit as uninventive as the title, but that doesn't stop this from being a constantly amusing, if not always riotous, comedic offering.

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People who added this item 2001 Average listal rating (1202 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Hugo (2011)
During its first half, Hugo is nothing short of immensely charming and visually spectacular. Once it gets into its proclamation of love for the preservation of films, the movie loses some of its direction, as it starts feeling like the main character's problems and emotional struggles take on secondary importance. It's also around this time that the film starts too feel a little too nice even for a PG effort (perhaps because it feels like the central character's story is relegated to lesser importance, or perhaps because there's no real villain). But overall, the spirit of adventure and the relationship between the two child characters that emerges mainly in the first half make it worth sticking through this one, even into its overly pat final scene.

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People who added this item 1016 Average listal rating (602 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Becomes too trashy for my taste in the final act, but generally, it's an eerily accurate and highly entertaining indictment of the political/campaign process.

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Note: The list is divided into sections by star rating. Within each section, the films are listed alphabetically, rather than ranked in order of preference.

Rating system:

10/10 - Masterpiece
9/10 - Great
8/10 - Extremely good
7/10 - Very good
6/10 - Good
5/10 - Mixed bag. So-so.
4/10 - Mediocre. Lame.
3/10 - Bad
2/10 - Terrible
1/10 - Torture
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Rating distribution for 2011:

10/10 - 0
9/10 - 1
8/10 - 5
7/10 - 17
6/10 - 54
5/10 - 26
4/10 - 11
3/10 - 3
2/10 - 1
1/10 - 0
Total: 118 films

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Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 14 10:23
--Glad to see you enjoyed Thor so much. I loved just about everything about the movie, and so far it easily ranks as the brightest surprise of the year for me. Spot-on what you say about the more or less perfect balance between action, human-drama, and comedy. Definately a self-assured piece of big-budget film making with an extremely workable and enjoyable self-identity. Loads of fun!

-- Big Blanchett fan that I am, I had good intentions of catching up with Hanna, but doesn't look like it'll happen until its dvd release.

--Bummed I haven't yet seen Super, but you've eased the pain with your rather unenthusiastic assessment. (But then again, I'm in the minority with my general dislike for Kick-ass, so who knows? Maybe I'll find something in Super that I missed in the former.)

--Haha, "childish haunted-house at an amusement park" that's funny, and I can totally appreciate that observation, though on the whole it seems I was a bit more forgiving of its relatively weak third act.

Anyway, glad you're keeping this list, since I enjoy seeing your thoughts on films you don't treat with a full-lenght review!!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 14 14:58
@Xanadon't: Thanks for your comments! Thor has set the bar significantly high for several people (namely, Cap, the Green Lantern and the X-Men guys). We'll see if the rest of the summer blockbusters manage to be as entertaining and refined - somehow I doubt it, haha.

If you're a Blanchett fan, you definitely should check out HANNA. My recommendation of the film isn't as hugely enthusiastic as that of most people, so I think waiting for the DVD is fine. But Blanchett is one delight of a villain in the film.

Well, if (like me) you're also a fan of Ellen Page, I'd say you should at least give SUPER a try, because she does have some terrific moments in the film (some of them very unexpected). But the film as a whole (particularly its dramatic aspect) is an utter mess.

The funny thing about INSIDIOUS is that, as much as the final act keeps me from saying I liked it, I'm VERY glad that the movie has done so well at the box office because, maybe, just maybe, this will finally clue horror filmmakers out there in to the fact that we DO want horror films that are drenched in scares, rather than in blood. By the same token, I'm glad SCREAM 4 didn't do that well, as much as I loved it - why? 1) Because it continues showing that we prefer scares over gore, and 2) Because if it had done really well, they would simply continue doing SCREAM 5, 6, 7, etc, and you know it'd only be a matter of time before the franchise got ruined. So, my hope is that the success of INSIDIOUS will open up the possibility for more (better) scare-based horror films. We'll see.

I definitely don't always have time to write at length about some movies, and there are some (like THOR) that, as much as I like them A LOT, I don't feel like I have enough to say about them that would justify writing several paragraphs. But still, it's fun to at least get a word in on them on this list. Thanks again for your comments. :)
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jul 19 7:45
Almost went to see Beginners earlier today, but saw Horrible Bosses instead (which I found entertaining, and even pretty good through sequences once it found its footing, but no instant comedy classic by any stretch). Sounds like you didn't regret watching it, so I'll probably still try to catch it on the one screen in town.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jul 22 8:38
Likely that I won't go out of my way for Captain America and will wait to catch up with it until it hits DVD or a second run theater. You seem more hopeful than I am that next year's culmination of every fan boy's wet-dream, The Avengers, will live up to its hype, or at least land somewhere in the same ballpark... but I do hope that's the case.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 8 8:01
Seriously, I still can't believe the best movie of the year is "Scream 4".... It is kind of depressing...
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 10 15:05
The Tree of Life and X-men first class were great....
well...in my opinion..hmm...:(
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 22 7:25
Aw man, I forgot all about The Double Hour. Caught a trailer for it in front of Win, Win and was very interested and then my local arts theatre never wound up screening it. I'll have to check it out!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Sep 1 1:57
I gots to get on the ball. It is half way through the year and I have only seen 3%!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Sep 7 19:09
Glad you found lots to enjoy about Everything Must Go. I went into that one shamelessly biased, I'll admit, huge Raymond Carver fan that I am. I'll have to rewatch it and pay more attention to the music, because I don't remember being struck with the same feeling you had. Ha, well I opted for Another Earth instead of seeing The Debt. Looks like I'd have been disappointed either way.

P.S. I'll be sure to let you know about Benjamin Button. I've gotta be honest, I'm skeptical. But after reading your comments I'm beginning to warm up to the idea. I'll do my best to go into it with an open mind when the time comes.

Stay was nothing less than a bold and confident experiment in visual story-telling. It seems to get its fair share of haters, but I thought it flat-out worked and fascinated me like all hell.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Sep 17 16:58
I was wondering about "Contagion", it's been getting mixed reviews from critics and people I know, so I'm glad to see you thought it was pretty good. Makes me want to see it that much more.

Also, very high-class mini reviews, great work.
Posted: 6 years ago at Oct 1 7:21
Hehe... Finally, Scream 4 has lost the top spot... I was starting to wonder. I keep hearing good things about Drive and I will definitely check this one out.
Posted: 6 years ago at Oct 10 7:57
Ah yes, glad you got a chance to see Submarine! Certainly one of the stronger efforts of the year so far. In a good year it probably wouldn't make my top 10, but jeesh, the way things have been going it'll probably sneak in. Agree with your assessment of the two plot-lines, though the business with his parents captured a few moments strong enough that I'm happy they made room for it in the film.

I've been hearing good things about Tucker vs. Dale and I'm pissed it didn't get a screen near me.

Happy to see that I can skip the Whistle Blower without much regret. It's currently playing at one of my local arts theaters, but absolutely nothing from the trailer grabbed my interest. Sorry to see Melancholia didn't go over better with you though... that's one I had interest in, but I'll probably hold out for a while.
Posted: 6 years ago at Oct 10 22:07
awesome list of movies.
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Oct 31 8:14
Glad to see you enjoyed Attack the Block, even if you didn't fall head-over-heels in love with it the way I did.

Ooo, I'm excited to see The Skin I Live in. My Spanish isn't strong enough to get more than a vague impression of one or two points in your description. So hopefully I'll see it soon and we can discuss it a bit further!
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Nov 24 10:07
Ouch, too bad about A Dangerous Method! I'll certainly be seeing it for myself of course. Hmm, we'll see if I can't find something more to take away from it.

Glad to see you enjoyed Restless about as much as I counted on! :)

Oh, and in 3 sentences you pretty much nailed Super 8. Right on!
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 9:48
Amy Adams shockingly underused?! That's bad news. What the hell were they thinking? Hmm, that may knock this down to a wait for the DVD movie for me.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Dec 30 17:25
well done. I enjoyed reading your comments about particular films. I will definitely check some of the recommendations.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 6 10:07
Glad you enjoyed Young Adult and took away more from it than I expect many will.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 11 21:42
^What he said. Also, since I've never seen you give a higher rating than an 8 to anything, I clearly need to check out A Separation. Been hearing good things from critics, but as I'm sure you're aware they're not always trustworthy. ;)
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 9:16
Ha, I'm not mad at you for seeing Paradise Lost 3 without me... just green with envy ;)

Very happy to hear that it's more on par with the overall quality of the first installment rather than the second. And yes, my "happy ending" comment was more relative to the alternative. Definitely there are still some major stipulations behind the conclusion to the story. And even without seeing the third film yet, I agree that there's a distinct possibility that in several years if the film-makers wanted to make a fourth, there will likely be sufficient material there.

Oh, P.S. - A Separation supposedly WILL get a screen at my local arts theater. It's just a question of when.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 19:47
Just for the record, there won't be a Paradise Lost 4.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 20:01
Thanks a lot for sharing the article. I really like the fact that the reason why they're deciding not to do it is because they want to finally give these three people some peace after all the injustice they've gone through. It'll be interesting to continue following the story to see whether or not they get the full vindication they deserve. Look forward to what you guys end up thinking of Purgatory. :)
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 20:17
You're welcome & I agree. Looking forward to watching Purgatory whenever I get the chance.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Mar 13 9:32
So just finished writing a few thoughts on Like Crazy, then stopped by to see what you thought of it. Oh boy, did we ever come down differently on the final scene! Hmm... thinking I may have to hop over to IMDB and see what's being said about it. Cheers!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Aug 19 22:06
Really interesting to see your opinion, its helps decide which movie is for me... :)
Really great work, happy to see comedies in here, too

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