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on 17 Dec 2011 09:22

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Top Ten Worst Films of 2011 - Xanadon't

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1. Bad Teacher (2011)
Tasteless sure, but the real crime here is how painfully unfunny it is. This meandering mess of a film was far worse than its poor reviews indicate.
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2. The Dilemma (2011)
It's been so long, I struggle to remember just how stupid this one is. I remember Winona Ryder sucking really hard. And Vince Vaughn is the most tired, bothersome, unfunny sack of Vince Vaughn we've seen yet. And for the love of fuck, can somebody explain to me just what exactly is the appeal of Kevin James? Why is he in movies?
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3. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
About the most underwhelming star-studded genre mash-up imaginable. While I'm not the biggest fan on the planet of Jon Favreau's Iron Man films, I still thought it reasonable to expect more from this. What's unreasonable is the fact that I didn't walk out on it early. What a bore.
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4. Red State (2011)
Kevin Smith directs an identity-crisis thriller of sorts while simultaneously attempting to suck his own dick. (If you find that statement startling and unnecessarily crass, you may not get the reference. And you may not have seen Red State.)
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5. The Future (2011)
Though it's been a long time, I remember rather liking Me and You and Everyone We Know. But I had no patience for this. Its wasted creativity is symptomatic of everything that's wrong with too many indie efforts today.
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6. Straw Dogs (2011)
I didn't dislike this film because I loved the first one and can't believe it's been marred by a shitty remake-- I haven't seen the original. I disliked it because this movie mostly sucks.
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7. The Tree of Life (2011)
This movie offers much to be admired in the way of visual art. A lot of it looks terrific. But I think it fails in too many ways that a good film doesn't fail to receive the attention and praise it has.
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8. Melancholia (2011)
Oh, surprise, another Lars van Trier film about miserable people isolated from greater society, treating one another like shit. Awesome.
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9. Another Earth (2011)
I wanted so much to like this little indie-darling of a film. It had so much potential. But I'm afraid it probably takes the crown for biggest disappointment of the year.
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10. Contagion (2011)
This is another one that baffles me when it comes to how well it was received by many critics.

I didn't really dislike the film so much, but I certainly didn't like it. And at the number ten spot, I don't even care to single Contagion out so much as use it as a generic placeholder for the generic, unremarkable films that I see in any given year.
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I generally try to avoid bad movies, so you're not going to find either of Adam Sandler's 2011 efforts here. And there won't be any talking chipmunks either. But, then again, I do suffer lapses in judgement from time to time. Or, promising movies can have a way of disappointing now and then. Other times, movies that are regarded as "good" or even "great" by many, simply fall flat with me. So here's what went wrong in 2011.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 29 19:32
LOL at the Red State note. :) Glad I at least avoided half of these. I was actually wondering, because I do know a lot of people who said that Bad Teacher wasn't "as bad as they were expecting," but I have more trust in your take on comedic quality. Oh, and I agree on not rushing the best of the year list, and I'll be doing the same. I've never understood some critics' rush to post it before the 31st, without having seen a lot of the important contenders.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 29 21:50
Love the notes on ALL of these. You talked me out of Cowboys & Aliens, which is the only one on here I wanted to watch. The rest of these I'll continue to ignore. ;)

As for best of 2011 lists, I haven't even seen enough films to have a top 5 so my list won't be out until late next year at the rate I'm going. You'll definitely get yours out ahead of me.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 11:49
No no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 12:08
I avoided most of these anyway, but I was looking forward to Melancholia and Another Earth. Thanks for the heads-up!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 13:52
Nice to know I'm not the only one wasting my time with bad flicks. Wait a minute! 2 of my (temporary) favorite 2011 movies are on your list!!! You are now pronounced my official Listal nemesis...
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 14:58
You get my vote for the notes you've made :')
I'm curious about most of these films that I haven't seen and don't mind watching bad ones, really.
I only strongly disagree with you on The Tree Of Life.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 18:33
Melancholia was so overrated.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 30 19:11
I ahve only seen cowboys and aliens movie from your list (rest I was lucky to ignore :D) and i totally agree with you. it was so hyped and what a failure!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 31 0:24
@Redmist- What's the matter, man? Where'd I lose you?

@TrekMedic- Well certainly don't avoid Melancholia and Another Earth solely on the account of me. They're both movies with many things to their credit, but simply frustrated me in too many ways to gain my favor. You're take could be easily very different.

@SJMJ91- Thanks! And yes, Tree of Life is one of those that will be strongly disagreed upon for years.

@renan- Glad I'm not alone on that.

@Zaishe- Yep, failure is the right word.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 31 0:26
@johan- Ha, fantastic. I haven't had a good nemesis in a while.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Jan 2 17:34
I'm fortunate enough not to have seen any of these as of yet.
Thanks for steering me away from Bad Teacher, I will continue to avoid it like the plague - Having been properly warned, I do still plan on watching Cowboys & Aliens, if only for the it's so bad it might actually be good factor.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 22 23:37
I avoided The Future like a plague primarily because Me and You and Everyone We Know epitomises the manipulative, insulting and pseudo-philosophical 'indie' film.
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Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 17 6:13
Another Earth was a very very good movie!!! The Dilemma wass really bad

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