Monday, February 27, 2012

Best Movies of 2011

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I started to watch the Oscars last night (I am writing this on Sunday Night) and as impressive as Billy Crystal is I could not be excited about the Best Movie category because I think the Oscar's have missed what the best movies were from the past year. Granted I have only seen a few of the movies and I think that is the problem. Out of the nine movies I have seen exactly two; The Help and Moneyball. Both were fantastic and I would only say one was worth a Best Movie nod and that was The Help. 

The actor categories I don't care as much because I think acting can be subjective because it includes the writing of the part. Yes some actors are perfect for some parts but many times you can place other actors in the same role and get the same quality out of it. I am mostly concerned with the Movies. 

There were many movies that came out in 2011 and as we look through the past year I have come up with a list of movies that are highly deserving of being called the best movies. First I had to come up with a list of movies that I watched last year, that came out last year, that was a lot, I had to use Wikipedia to find a list of all the movies that came out last year. I counted all the movies whether I saw them in the theater or at home. (My blockbuster mail list has a long list of movies that came out last year that I haven't seen but plan to when the stupid mail thing has the movies; the top 20 movies on the list are either: long wait, very long wait or short wait. UUUHHH The list includes Hugo, 50/50 and Puss in Boots)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part-2
Mission Impossible  - Ghost Protocol
The Company Men
The Adjustment Bureau
Soul Surfer
X-Men First Class
Super 8
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Help
The Debt
Real Steel
Margin Call
The Muppets
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
The Change-Up
Green Lantern
The Ides of March
The Smurfs
Bad Teacher
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cars 2
Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World
Cowboys & Aliens
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
30 Minutes or Less
Monte Carlo
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Cedar Rapids
Everything Must Go
Your Highness
I Am Number Four
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
Source Code
Fast Five
Sucker Punch
Scream 4
The Lincoln Lawyer
Take Me Home Tonight
The Mechanic
The Green Hornet

Before I continue the cirque du soleil performance was incredible. 

I had to whittle down the list of 53 movies to 9. It was quite a mental task to do while watching the show.  So without further ado and keeping with the number of movies nominated this year (9), here is my list.

Better than expected: Transformers, Fast Five, Captain America: The First Avenger

Close Calls: The Company Men, Moneyball, Thor, The Help, Real Steel, The Debt, Soul Surfer, X-Men

9. Margin Call
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 Margin Call was film that was inspired by a true story and quite frankly it was pretty darn scary to watch. What was especially scary was the portrayal of the men and women who run these Wall Street companies. The way the actors showed how little their characters cared about the rest of the world as long as they make their money is frightening. Now a couple of characters show remorse but none show a backbone. If the truth in this movie is really true then many a wall streeters should be in jail. 

8. Hanna
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Hanna was a stark, beautifully shot film. Saoirse Ronan does an amazing job as the title character. She is a trained assassin by the age of 16 and is sent on her mission. Adapt or Die is an apt byline in the poster as her character adapts. This is a movie you really should watch if you love action/conspiracy films.

7. Paul
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This movie is sooo funny. I love the team of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg and the whole Comic-Con. I love all three of the movies they have done together, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz of course Paul. The story is about an Alien who gets trapped on Earth and apparently inspired most of the sci-fi world. Seth Rogen does a great job as the alien. 

6. The Muppets
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Best Original Song winner Muppet or Man. This movie took me back to the time of the best Muppet movies. I call them the original three. Jason Segel does a great job in writing a script that is true to the spirit of the movies. This is a must own movie.

5. Bridesmaid
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This is one movie I wish we would have seen in the theater. It was hilarious, the dress scene alone made me fall out of my seat at home. Every character is really quite funny and plays a key role in the development of the main character Annie. This was a laugh out loud funny film.

4. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
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This was the best birthday movie that I have seen. Usually on my birthday we go out to the movies because that's what I love to do. This year we saw this one and to me it ranks up there with the first Mission Impossible movie. I loved the fact that the franchise took a chance on a Pixar director and he made quite a stunning movie.

3. Warrior
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All I have to say is go back and look at the review of this movie, I don't really need to say anything else about this movie.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
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This was the best Harry Potter and I loved the all the films. It was extremely hard to not put this movie at number 1. The fight scenes were incredible and the acting was superb (even if Harry was drunk in some scenes). These movies will be missed, even though I was initially upset that the last book would be two movies it was the right choice because they were able to place a lot more of the book in the movies

And The Movie of The Year Is:

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This was the best movie of year, hands down. The story was fresh and inventive. The children in the movie were fantastic, they actually could act and the action was awesome. There were so many layers to this film and different dimensions to the characters relationships. I love the approach that J.J. Abrams took to promoting this film and how the public was left in the dark for so long about the movie. Plus the train crash sequence was incredible.

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