Best Films of 2011
22 5.2 6.8100. The High Cost of Living (2010)
Nice performances surrounding this heartbreaking but somewhat beautiful story of lost souls.
82 6.7 799. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
Anything O'Brien does is funny; but the documentary wasn't anything special.
361 6.1 6.298. Red State (2011)
Smith goes a completely different direction than what he's known for and the results are much better than "Cop Out."
44 6.4 6.997. Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
This documentary is about what most of us already know, the impending doom of the newspaper industry. It goes into some interesting detail and points of view with some intriguing characters along the way.
495 6 696. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
967 5.9 6.295. Scream 4 (2011)
It brought nothing innovative to the series or drama but it was no doubt entertaining and I think it stuck to the vision of the series and is an improvement on Scream 3. Plus it's better than most any other slasher film in the last decade
1021 6.6 794. Rio (2011)
Decent music with a fine storyline but the two leads of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway were miscast - Northern accents from rainforest birds?
5 6.3 7.193. 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.
1 7 6.292. Strongman (2009)
A poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most.
30 7.4 7.691. Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
138 6.5 6.290. The Future (2011)
177 7.4 7.389. 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.
178 6.4 6.988. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
166 7.1 7.187. 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.
185 7 7.286. 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.
2372 7.5 7.885. X-Men: First Class (2011)
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
3 7.3 7.984. Unguarded (2011)
Possibly the most important 30 for 30 to watch. About natural talent and uncontrollable substances.
255 6.6 6.883. Goon (2011)
A sports comedy that does a refreshing avoidance of too many cliches. It really works.
363 6.5 6.682. Last Night (2010)
A back and forth between a couple having an affair on the same night, in different countries.
This could have easily been over-acted or dramatized... but it wasn't, and I appreciate that.
437 6.2 6.181. 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.
42 8 7.680. 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.
217 8.2 7.779. The Turin Horse (2011)
521 7.1 7.378. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
42 6.6 6.977. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
An entire film set in a painting. Looking at how a complicated, detailed painting was narratively put together.
43 6.8 6.576. Love Crime (2010)
Don't fuck with Christine.
This French thriller was entertaining in the head-to-head battle for love seemed relentless.
2 6 7.375. 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.
21 7.9 6.974. The Swell Season (2011)
335 6.5 7.173. Margin Call (2011)
A dialogue-heavy one-note kind of depressing look at the economic situation of the time.
1119 6.3 6.772. Contagion (2011)
An all-star cast can't make this should-have-been modern masterpiece from Soderbergh
810 5.9 6.271. The Rum Diary (2011)
1061 6.6 7.170. 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.
341 5.7 669. 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.
1081 7.3 7.368. 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.
574 7.3 7.667. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
102 6.8 7.166. The Trip (2010)
If you like British humor and impressions then you need to see this. pseudo-documentary
248 8 8.665. Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
127 7.5 7.764. 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
372 6.8 763. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Elizabeth Olsen proves she is a better actress than her sisters in haunting film about backwoods cults
80 7.1 6.862. Three (2010)
A film with several risks; while some didn't pay off I was definitely intrigued throughout and Sophie Rois is a delight.
82 7.8 7.761. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
1032 5.7 6.160. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Bonds & Solos
212 6 6.259. 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.
88 7.4 7.558. 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.
213 6.6 6.957. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
446 5.7 6.256. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Some truly funny moments in a small comedy with nothing special to enable it to shine from the pack.
2459 6.9 755. Thor (2011)
An impressive production but the often hokey dialogue gets distracting. I also found it difficult to truly enjoy it, not having any knowledge about the Thor comics and the world of Asgard.
21 6.4 6.854. Knuckle (2011)
A brutal documentary about Irish family feuds causing decades of bare-knuckle brawls.
258 6.3 6.553. Everything Must Go (2010)
Ferrell pulls off a controlled, believable performance. Rebecca Hall is her usual perfect self.
453 6.6 752. Troll Hunter (2010)
1640 6.2 6.551. The Hangover Part II (2011)
Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
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