Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Best Movies of 2011: Part 2.

(In my best  Frank Sinatra like voice) When I was 33 it was a very good year.  A year that had may kick ass movies.

All right I'll stop my horrendous singing, but  wow this was a good year for movies and I was lucky enough to catch a lot of these in theatres.     Now for your entertainment.  This is the conclusion of the best movies of 2011.

Click on each title in red to read full review.


I was debating even putting this on my list because I had a hard time enjoying this. Yes some of the visuals are beautiful and Kirsten Dunst turns in one of her best performances since... well ever. I just never liked many of the characters to fully get into this story. This is a movie you admire for the visuals only and some good acting.  Don't expect a great story to keep you entertained

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

The best horror comedy since "Shaun of The Dead" because it is a loving satire of the horror genre. If"Shaun" plays like a tribute to zombie flicks. Than "Tucker and Dale." is a tribute to those crazy homicidal redneck ones like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". All Tucker(Alan Tudeyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) want to do is just spend the weekend fixing their new cabin. After they rescue a girl from drowning her friends are convinced that the two are psychopaths and try to rescue her back. This is a really funny flick for any fan of horror films. I love the misunderstandings between the college kids and the two country boys because you have seen these exact moments in countless other horror movies. The only thing I did not like was the romantic sub plot addition between two of the characters.  It just felt thrown in and I never bought it.

Footloose 2011

This is a rare thing for me to say, but I found a remake I like better than the original. Not to dis on the 1984 classic, but this version is actually more diverse. It's soundtrack has different genres of music and there are more races besides white people in this too.  If you are one of those that just plains refuses to watch this because of your love of the original.  Get out your prune juice now, because you have just admitted to the world that your too old to try anything new.

Take Shelter

Gorgeous cinematography and great performances from Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain puts this on my list. All while watching this I never really understood if the main character was having visions of the Apocalypse or was just paranoid. The ending will have you discussing it way after it's done. No one can play disturbed or eccentric characters the way Michael Shannon can. This flick is quite a departure from his usual roles, because this one is a seemingly normal guy. 

The Debt

Co Written by one of my favorite woman in film Jane Goldman. The Debt is a remake of a 2007 Israel film about three agents sent to track down and escaped Nazi criminal. This movie's best moments is when their Nazi prisoner begins to play mind games with his captors.   A really tight enjoyable thriller.


A really intense psychological drama about one man's addiction to sex. If you are thinking that this doesn't sound like a bad thing. Watch this movie because it is really sad the way he goes about in finding his fix.  This is a character who really can't love anyone else, especially himself.  Michael Fassbender is phenomenal in this and I hope he gets nominated for an Oscar this year. The NC-17 rating is accurate because of it's graphic nature but this is not at all pornographic. I would show my parents this movie.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Olsen is an actress that really should be on every one's radar after her performance in this one of a kind thriller. In it she plays a woman who escapes from a cult to live with her sister and her husband. While there she starts showing odd behaviors she picked up from her cult leader (John Hawkes) and believes they may be still after her.  This is a subjective story all told through the main character's mind so you never really know what's going to happen next. This may annoy many of you but I found this to be very entertaining.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

One of the best action films in a long ass time. Made even more incredible by the jaw dropping location stunts that were in this flick. I loved it that Director Brad Bird decided to focus on the actual team instead of just Tom Cruise. If you have a chance to see this in IMAX, do it.

Attack The Block

I was sorely disappointed with the movie "Super 8" which was also about alien invaders because I never found any of the characters interesting. Plus it was trying way too hard to look like a Spielberg film instead of having it be it's own thing   Director Joe Cornish comes out and delivers a movie that is both a lot of fun and very original. A group of hoodlums become involved in a attack by a horde of alien invaders. These young kids are  not good people at the start of this movie, but as it progresses they become really amazing heroes as they protect their neighborhood. If you loved Goonies you will love this.  

The Artist

Yes it's silent, and in black and white, but I promise you will have a great time at the theatres if you go to watch it. This is such a relevant movie about how technology is constantly changing our entertainment. Just think one day CGI, 3D movies will become obscure and out of date.  Just like the silent films were. 

Best movies of 2011. Part 1


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