Best Films of 2011
6 7.3 7.1100. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt (2011)
This certainly was a gastronomical thriller. The documentary actually begins ten years before the release of the film, catching up with the chef a few times a year throughout his career. The direction and editing is nearly as beautiful as the food he makes.
Personal note - Liebrandt reminds me of a chef I used to work with, adding a layer of nostalgia and comedy.
193 6.4 6.899. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
188 7.4 7.498. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
This doc started out great and the, as in past Herzog films I grew tired of his voice and grew tired of the subject.
201 7.1 7.297. The Whistleblower (2010)
A frustrating movie until the end, and then we still aren't completely satisfied. This is a difficult subject matter to watch but Rachel Weisz, whose performance seems stiff at first, makes this movie very digestible and enjoyable, despite the subject matter.
453 6.2 6.196. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Rutger Hauer's brilliant in his second starring role on the list. This time a no-holds ass-kicking B movie.
2 8.5 6.395. Strongman (2009)
A poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most.
3 7.3 7.994. Unguarded (2011)
Possibly the most important 30 for 30 to watch. About natural talent and uncontrollable substances.
47 6.6 6.593. Love Crime (2010)
173 6.9 7.192. The Devil's Double (2011)
A really solid first half turns into a meandering meager example of a lesser writer finding a way to get out of things.
80 6.4 7.491. The Way (2010)
The great Martin Sheen is directed by his son, Emilio, who also plays his son in the film. Sheen has done this before, when he acted with Charlie in 'Wall Street'.
This movie, while dealing with death, is not quite as serious and provocative as Stones' 'Street'. It's set out to be an inspiring journey into the Iberian peninsula, with simple characters and simple dialogue.
2516 7.5 7.890. X-Men: First Class (2011)
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
44 8 7.689. These Amazing Shadows (2011)
This is a subject I am passionate about and love how informative it is, but I feel like this could have been a lot of more extensive. They barely touch on several subjects and issues pertaining to the preservation of film and film as an important modern art form.
554 7.1 7.388. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
45 6.7 6.987. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
An entire film set in a painting. Looking at how a complicated, detailed painting was narratively put together.
839 5.9 6.286. The Rum Diary (2011)
225 6 6.285. The Big Year (2011)
Not exactly a popular subject, birding, but I usually like movies about hobbies I know nothing about.
Eventhough it has three great comedians as leads there aren't a lot of laughs; but that doesn't mean they weren't entertaining.
1076 5.7 684. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Bonds & Solos
1108 6.6 7.183. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
What wants to be a smart suspense thriller is just a decently made love story with a familiar premise. Luckily the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is strong enough to make this one to watch.
31 7.6 7.682. Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
141 6.6 6.281. The Future (2011)
97 7.4 7.580. Sarah's Key (2010)
Kristen Scott Thomas does a hell of a job in this specific story taking place during WWII. Lovely cinematography as well.
355 5.7 679. Larry Crowne (2011)
Hanks is his usual likable self but Roberts is her usual unlikable self. This movie, trying for the similar success 'Up in the Air' had, does not hit the tones and notes perfectly.
228 6.5 6.878. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
86 7.8 7.777. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
83 7.1 6.876. 3 (2010)
3018 7.8 8.175. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Well, it is the finale, but it's not the best. I felt more relieved it was over instead of sad.
The actors and visual effects are still top-notch. I suppose I just had enough at this point.
358 6.6 7.174. Margin Call (2011)
A dialogue-heavy one-note kind of depressing look at the economic situation of the time.
24 8.1 6.973. The Swell Season (2011)
208 6.1 6.872. The Company Men (2010)
A solid cast in a solid and timely story. What's missing here is the playful dialogue and not completely serious look at a subject that is completely serious. If they took a note from 'Up in the Air' perhaps the producers would have made more money... then again, maybe their goal was to make a more serious take.
107 7.2 7.871. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
I wasn't expecting much going into this documentary and became pleasantly surprised and now have a new respect for Hicks.
1712 6.2 6.570. The Hangover: Part II (2011)
Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
52 7.8 7.469. Project Nim (2011)
Coming from James Marsh I had high expectations and thankfully this documentary is well-done and not a miss from him.
However I still find myself disappointed, but I think that's mainly because I didn't like any of the subjects, which is only Marsh's fault in the fact that he seems convinced they are interesting and/or at least likable.
Nim, however: Likable as fuck. Even when he gets into his hostile stage.
343 7.1 7.368. The Guard (2011)
Possibly the best role I've seen Gleason play. His chemistry with Cheadle is great in this dagger of an Irish film.
233 8.3 7.767. The Turin Horse (2011)
265 8.1 8.666. Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
466 5.7 6.265. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Some truly funny moments in a small comedy with nothing special to enable it to shine from the pack.
270 6.9 7.264. Win Win (2011)
Anything with Giamatti is a win win
3 7.5 7.963. All.I.Can. (2011)
1178 6.3 6.762. Contagion (2011)
An all-star cast can't make this should-have-been modern masterpiece from Soderbergh
392 6.9 761. Another Earth (2011)
A dark sort of indie twist to the sci fi genre. The performances are magnetic and the imagery is memorable and it's all sort of... weird.
2 7 7.360. Breaking and Entering (2010)
The obsession with being the "best" in the world and getting into the Guinness Book of World Records can be quite entertaining.
2591 6.8 759. Thor (2011)
131 7.5 7.758. Life in a Day (2011)
A full-length You Tube commercial... that actually works. It sends a beautiful message and reminds us how we aren't ALL stuck in our own technological world
1153 7.2 7.357. Shame (2011)
McQueen has superb controlled direction and Fassbender is intense, but I can't say I enjoyed watching it because of the subject matter.
318 5.8 5.856. Rubber (2010)
The oddest film of the year... in a very good way
41 6.6 6.655. Blackthorn (2011)
Sam Shepherd plays the older Cassidy very well. I love the concept of the movie and I think the results, while nothing like the classic 'Cassidy' from 1969, are noteworthy. There are same great cinematic moments and the story holds weight. The main issue I have is the production seems amateur at times.
1462 6.9 7.454. Limitless (2011)
2031 6.7 6.853. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
It was almost a great hero film
395 6.8 752. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Elizabeth Olsen proves she is a better actress than her sisters in haunting film about backwoods cults
269 6.3 6.451. Everything Must Go (2010)
Ferrell pulls off a controlled, believable performance. Rebecca Hall is her usual perfect self.
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