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The Best & Worst Films of 2011 (+1 Guilty Pleasure)

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There is a difference between best and favorite movies, but this list is a compilation of both. I had to stick some honorable mentions in there, since sometimes 10 is too little in one year!
Here’s to 2012.
Top 10 Best Films of 2011
1. Crazy, Stupid, Love.– A wonderful story about love, life, relationships and growing up. The best romantic comedy I’ve seen in a long time and one I had to add to my official favorite films list. There are several relationships in the film, but the one that carries it is Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling’s friendship. The two stars have great chemistry and I loved watching their relationship progress throughout the movie. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this film since I bought it on Blu-ray.
2. Drive– A brilliant film that is remarkably acted. Driver said so little yet he emotionally connects so well with the audience. The soundtrack makes the film and I almost want to buy that white Scorpion jacket and wear it…almost.
3. Melancholia- One of the most artistically creative films I’ve seen and a showcase role for Kirsten Dunst. “Melancholia” is a sci-fi drama about a planet that is coming too close for comfort to Earth and how it affects the lives of two sisters. Charlotte Gainsbourg also delivers an amazing performance. I thought about this film for days after I watched it. Breathtaking.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II– A fantastic conclusion to the beloved Harry Potter film franchise and the best of the seven films.
5. 50/50– A perfect mix of drama and comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves more leading roles after this piece. However a lead actor is nothing without a supporting cast, which in this film included Seth Rogen, Angelica Houston, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick. I laughed, cried and walked out wanting to see it again.
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- One of the best book adaptations I’ve seen. Rooney Mara is a star in my book for her portrayal of female heroine Lisbeth Salander. The score is beautiful and intense and Trent Reznor’s “Immigrant Song” may be my favorite of the year. I’ve been playing the entire score over again in my car just to relive this amazing film.
7. Bridesmaids- The highest grossing female casted comedy ever! I must’ve seen this film 10x and still find it very funny. I loved it.
8. The Help Another amazing book adaption that was done perfectly. As a fan of the book, I had high expectations for this film and needless to say, I was impressed with how it was brought to screen. If you’re not much of a reader, please see the film.
9. The Ides of March– Ryan Gosling had an amazing year and his lead role in “March” carried the film. Plus, I love a great political thriller, living in DC and all.
10. X-Men First Class– This film made my list because it’s hard to conquer an origin story, especially when there’s already a film franchise for these superheros. Michael Fassbender truly had a breakout year and it started with his performance as the young Magneto that made him a star. One of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen.
Honorable Mentions: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, The Adjustment Bureau, My Week with Marilyn, The Descendants
Note: My schedule did not allow me to view other critically acclaimed films like Hugo, The Artist, Margin Call
Top 10 Worst and Most Disappointing Films of 2011
 1. Transformers Dark of the Moon– Horrible story, horrible “villains” and a disgusting excuse for an actress who needs to stick to modeling. The 3D couldn’t save this Michael Bay film for me. Where’s Megan Fox?

2. Hall Pass One of the worst stories on film I’ve ever seen. Any woman in their right mind would not like this film.
3. Happy Feet Two– Not nearly as giddy as the first or as fun.
4. Red Riding Hood– Disappointment can’t even begin to describe my feelings for this film. Amanda Seyfried delivered a wonderful performance, but it wasn’t enough to save this horror of a story and romantic subplots.

5. The Green Hornet– The only film I fell asleep during this year.
6. The Dilemma– I love Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, but the film didn’t live up to my expectations and was just plain bad.
7. The Green Lantern– Too flashy, too “acty” and a stupid Villain. It wasn’t Ryan Reynolds’ best year.
8. Cowboys and Aliens– So sad that Jon Favreau came to this. ‘Elf’ and ‘Iron Man’ are some amazing movies, ‘C & A’ was a mess!
9. The Hangover Part II– Still upset that they decided to make a sequel and even more upset that it turned into this.
10. Just Go With It Adam Sandler might need to take a break.
I just thought about ‘Beastly’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ after I created this list. Both were everything a film should not be.
One Guilty Pleasure
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I– Hey, ya gotta enjoy it for what it is! #TeamTaylor

11 People have left comments on this post

» John said: { Jan 2, 2012 - 07:01:38 }

Hey, you leave Transformers and Hall Pass alone!

» reed gib said: { Jan 2, 2012 - 10:01:28 }

Transformers was indeed a POS

» Hideyuki said: { Feb 24, 2012 - 07:02:10 }

Absolutely fsaiinatcng story, Eric. I’m glad I found your blog! Haven’t seen you since Usenet, which I think blew up, fell over, and sank into a swamp back in 2002.

» william said: { Jan 17, 2012 - 11:01:59 }

Best keep your dream alive L. Thanks, Wm

» Agequequoda said: { Feb 24, 2012 - 06:02:47 }

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