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So I was way too early with my first list. Apparently. Not worth doing an edit of the original post. Still some big blind spots, but I'm probably not going to catch most of them for months--I'm happy for now with the shot I gave 2011 movies.

Top 10:
1. Warrior - Came out of nowhere and blew me away. I fully expect, 10 years from now, for this to be considered one of the classic sports movies.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
3. 50/50
4. Ides of March
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6. Hugo
7. Midnight in Paris
8. Drive
9. Source Code
10. The Artist

Next 10 (in approximate order):
Thor
Our Idiot Brother
Win Win
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Meek’s Cutoff
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War Horse
Tree of Life
Lincoln Lawyer
X-Men First Class

Liked Quite a Bit:
Muppets, Beginners, Arthur Christmas, The Debt, Super 8

Liked More Than I Disliked:
Certified Copy, The Help, Moneyball, Adjustment Bureau, Soul Surfer, Crazy Stupid Love, Rango

Still Didn't Dislike, But...
Dolphin Tale, Captain America, Water for Elephants

Biggest Blind Spots: Take Shelter, Attack the Block, A Separation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Dangerous Method, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Descendants, Tintin, Margaret, Contagion.


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So I was way too early with my first list. Apparently. Not worth doing an edit of the original post. Still some big blind spots, but I'm probably not going to catch most of them for months--I'm happy for now with the shot I gave 2011 movies.

Top 10:
1. Warrior - Came out of nowhere and blew me away. I fully expect, 10 years from now, for this to be considered one of the classic sports movies.


Wow really? Because it seems forgotten 6 months later

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Bones wrote:
So I was way too early with my first list. Apparently. Not worth doing an edit of the original post. Still some big blind spots, but I'm probably not going to catch most of them for months--I'm happy for now with the shot I gave 2011 movies.

Top 10:
1. Warrior - Came out of nowhere and blew me away. I fully expect, 10 years from now, for this to be considered one of the classic sports movies.


Wow really? Because it seems forgotten 6 months later

I didn't really care for Warrior, the drama didn't really move me, and I didn't care the characters nearly as much as the film wanted me to(Tommy was just too much of a jerk for me to able to get behind him)


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Wow really? Because it seems forgotten 6 months later

Well, as far as I can tell, basically no one saw it. And yeah, it didn't exactly get unanimously praised. But with people with a particular weakness for sports movies, I feel like it has a really good success rate. I've been wrong about these things before (I expected the same of Friday Night Lights) but this feels like one that sports movie fans will catch on Blu Ray or HBO or cable and think "holy crap how come no one told me about this?" I really could see it being a sports movie equivalent of Shawshank. Again, could be way off.

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I didn't really care for Warrior, the drama didn't really move me, and I didn't care the characters nearly as much as the film wanted me to(Tommy was just too much of a jerk for me to able to get behind him)

It's not a perfect movie by any means, and if the drama of the first two acts didn't get its hooks in you, then I can definitely see how the (really long) third act in Atlantic City could feel inconsequential and even boring. The fight scenes were well-choreographed and well-shot, though, so for most people I think the third act should work at least a little bit. I personally bought into the drama--with Tommy especially I thought they did a good balancing act. He did more irredeemable things than Brendan, but he has also had far worse things happen to him. And then there's the scene in the hotel room, which coming right after the scene in the casino, fully rounded Tommy out in a way I appreciated.


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I wouldn't call Warrior a classic but it's a very solid film with a lot of great, powerful, potent acting. Tom Hardy deserves all the praise he's gotten for that movie and then some. It's a powerhouse performance. And Joel Edgarton and Nick Nolte are nearly equally astonishing. The final fight between the brothers is one of the year's most memorable scenes. It's a movie that I could see grow on me eventually to become something I love though.


I still need to see several movies before I can consider my list complete. The Artist, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Rampart, The Iron Lady, Albert Nobbs, A Separation, Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Beautiful Boy, Beginners, Margin Call, Meek's Cutoff, Trust, Coriolanus, In the Land of Blood and Honey, A Dangerous Method, Like Crazy, The Beaver, Everything Must Go, Restless, Machine Gun Preacher, Margaret, Attack the Block, The Devil's Double, Rango.

I've rearranged some movies on my top 10 and added a couple. So it's changed but not THAT much. My updated top 10 of 2011:

1. War Horse
2. We Bought a Zoo
3. Source Code
4. Hugo
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
6. The Descendants
7. The Tree of Life
8. A Better Life
9. The Help
10. Larry Crown

Honorable mentions: Another Earth, The Debt, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Soul Surfer, Cowboys & Aliens, X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids.


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I wouldn't call Warrior a classic but it's a very solid film with a lot of great, powerful, potent acting. Tom Hardy deserves all the praise he's gotten for that movie and then some. It's a powerhouse performance. And Joel Edgarton and Nick Nolte are nearly equally astonishing. The final fight between the brothers is one of the year's most memorable scenes. It's a movie that I could see grow on me eventually to become something I love though.


I still need to see several movies before I can consider my list complete. The Artist, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Rampart, The Iron Lady, Albert Nobbs, A Separation, Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Beautiful Boy, Beginners, Margin Call, Meek's Cutoff, Trust, Coriolanus, In the Land of Blood and Honey, A Dangerous Method, Like Crazy, The Beaver, Everything Must Go, Restless, Machine Gun Preacher, Margaret, Attack the Block, The Devil's Double, Rango.

I've rearranged some movies on my top 10 and added a couple. So it's changed but not THAT much. My updated top 10 of 2011:

1. War Horse
2. We Bought a Zoo
3. Source Code
4. Hugo
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
6. The Descendants
7. The Tree of Life
8. A Better Life
9. The Help
10. Larry Crown

Honorable mentions: Another Earth, The Debt, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Soul Surfer, Cowboys & Aliens, X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids.



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Hon Mention. Young Adult: Charlize Theron makes a very pretty woman very ugly and very real. A great performance without apologies. Patton Oswalt shines here as well.
Hon Mention. Margin Call: A great look at the financial crisis from a different level. Superb acting throughout in this film that was missed by nearly everyone.
Hon Mention. Attack the Block: A very buzz-worthy film which made street punks into heroes. The effects weren't great but that almost made it more fun. It made me feel like I was watching a movie from my youth in the 80s.
10. Warrior: A little lost was this very solid sports film with great performances by it's duo of male leads with support from Nolte. Though it was as steeped in sports film tradition as any many other films, the acting stood out to me as did the idea or following not one but two main leads.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher did a fantastic job at adapting this film and making it his own dark universe. I felt as though this one was considerably ignored come awards season.
8. The Guard: Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson in a great buddy cop movie that not enough people even know exist let alone have seen.
7. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A nice slow burn old fashioned spy film. It didn't need big explosions or showy performances. It was nuanced and masterful.
6. The Artist: Quite simply, it was just a very fun, light hearted enjoyable film. It was telegraphed and gimmicky but I was comfortable with that as I just let go and enjoyed the ride. A film that makes you feel good.
5. Beginners: Ewen McGregor and Christopher Plummer were great in this small little film that told the tale of one man and the relationships he had with his parents and how they affected his love life. Could have been higher for me.
4. Hugo: A movie for adults with child leads that tells that story of the love of film that had been lost for one man. It is beautiful and heartfelt. A total departure for Marty but an enjoyable sidestep.
3. The Descendants: Take the movie star out of it and this is still a great story of a man coming to grips with losing his wife and the truth that comes out as he learns to let go. I really think if someone else is in the lead here, the film would've gotten more indie cred love despite the fact that Clooney was great in it.
2. Midnight in Paris: In the year of feel good films for me(along with Hugo, The Artist), this one was the best. I just felt good watching this and after I couldn't stop talking about it. We need to just let go of Annie Hall and Manhattan and just enjoy the films that Allen is making now. This is one of his finest in years and many filmmakers never land something so enjoyable. Wilson is particularly good here, probably his finest moment outside the Anderson universe.
1. Drive: A great year for Gosling and here is his finest moment. Not a film without it's flaws but it's slick, raw feel and great soundtrack had me riveted all the way through. The great Albert Brooks was fantastic in this as well. Another retro 80s film to me that had me wanting to watch it again as soon as it was over.


Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:26 pm
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8. The Guard: Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson in a great buddy cop movie that not enough people even know exist let alone have seen.

/consults Wikipedia

Holy crap, how have I never even heard of this. Thanks for making me aware--will definitely try to find this one sooner rather than later. Especially since I really like almost every other movie on your list.

The only move you have ranked that I was lukewarm on is Beginners. From your description it's clear that you really enjoyed the parts between Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. I loved those parts, too, but felt like the romance that was the other half of the movie didn't quite work on its own terms.


Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:22 pm
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bob harris wrote:
Hon Mention. Young Adult: Charlize Theron makes a very pretty woman very ugly and very real. A great performance without apologies. Patton Oswalt shines here as well.
Hon Mention. Margin Call: A great look at the financial crisis from a different level. Superb acting throughout in this film that was missed by nearly everyone.
Hon Mention. Attack the Block: A very buzz-worthy film which made street punks into heroes. The effects weren't great but that almost made it more fun. It made me feel like I was watching a movie from my youth in the 80s.
10. Warrior: A little lost was this very solid sports film with great performances by it's duo of male leads with support from Nolte. Though it was as steeped in sports film tradition as any many other films, the acting stood out to me as did the idea or following not one but two main leads.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher did a fantastic job at adapting this film and making it his own dark universe. I felt as though this one was considerably ignored come awards season.
8. The Guard: Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson in a great buddy cop movie that not enough people even know exist let alone have seen.
7. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A nice slow burn old fashioned spy film. It didn't need big explosions or showy performances. It was nuanced and masterful.
6. The Artist: Quite simply, it was just a very fun, light hearted enjoyable film. It was telegraphed and gimmicky but I was comfortable with that as I just let go and enjoyed the ride. A film that makes you feel good.
5. Beginners: Ewen McGregor and Christopher Plummer were great in this small little film that told the tale of one man and the relationships he had with his parents and how they affected his love life. Could have been higher for me.
4. Hugo: A movie for adults with child leads that tells that story of the love of film that had been lost for one man. It is beautiful and heartfelt. A total departure for Marty but an enjoyable sidestep.
3. The Descendants: Take the movie star out of it and this is still a great story of a man coming to grips with losing his wife and the truth that comes out as he learns to let go. I really think if someone else is in the lead here, the film would've gotten more indie cred love despite the fact that Clooney was great in it.
2. Midnight in Paris: In the year of feel good films for me(along with Hugo, The Artist), this one was the best. I just felt good watching this and after I couldn't stop talking about it. We need to just let go of Annie Hall and Manhattan and just enjoy the films that Allen is making now. This is one of his finest in years and many filmmakers never land something so enjoyable. Wilson is particularly good here, probably his finest moment outside the Anderson universe.
1. Drive: A great year for Gosling and here is his finest moment. Not a film without it's flaws but it's slick, raw feel and great soundtrack had me riveted all the way through. The great Albert Brooks was fantastic in this as well. Another retro 80s film to me that had me wanting to watch it again as soon as it was over.


Boom. You know how I know that Joe is the man? He has Drive at #1, what more proof do you need?

I like all the films you've listed, but do feel The Guard was overrated just a little. Perhaps I was expecting too much, but I was expecting Gleeson's character to be more of a misanthrope. Instead, he's just a little politically incorrect. In short: I was hoping for something similar to In the Heat of the Night. That didn't happen, but it's still a good movie.


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bob harris wrote:
Hon Mention. Young Adult: Charlize Theron makes a very pretty woman very ugly and very real. A great performance without apologies. Patton Oswalt shines here as well.
Hon Mention. Margin Call: A great look at the financial crisis from a different level. Superb acting throughout in this film that was missed by nearly everyone.
Hon Mention. Attack the Block: A very buzz-worthy film which made street punks into heroes. The effects weren't great but that almost made it more fun. It made me feel like I was watching a movie from my youth in the 80s.
10. Warrior: A little lost was this very solid sports film with great performances by it's duo of male leads with support from Nolte. Though it was as steeped in sports film tradition as any many other films, the acting stood out to me as did the idea or following not one but two main leads.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher did a fantastic job at adapting this film and making it his own dark universe. I felt as though this one was considerably ignored come awards season.
8. The Guard: Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson in a great buddy cop movie that not enough people even know exist let alone have seen.
7. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A nice slow burn old fashioned spy film. It didn't need big explosions or showy performances. It was nuanced and masterful.
6. The Artist: Quite simply, it was just a very fun, light hearted enjoyable film. It was telegraphed and gimmicky but I was comfortable with that as I just let go and enjoyed the ride. A film that makes you feel good.
5. Beginners: Ewen McGregor and Christopher Plummer were great in this small little film that told the tale of one man and the relationships he had with his parents and how they affected his love life. Could have been higher for me.
4. Hugo: A movie for adults with child leads that tells that story of the love of film that had been lost for one man. It is beautiful and heartfelt. A total departure for Marty but an enjoyable sidestep.
3. The Descendants: Take the movie star out of it and this is still a great story of a man coming to grips with losing his wife and the truth that comes out as he learns to let go. I really think if someone else is in the lead here, the film would've gotten more indie cred love despite the fact that Clooney was great in it.
2. Midnight in Paris: In the year of feel good films for me(along with Hugo, The Artist), this one was the best. I just felt good watching this and after I couldn't stop talking about it. We need to just let go of Annie Hall and Manhattan and just enjoy the films that Allen is making now. This is one of his finest in years and many filmmakers never land something so enjoyable. Wilson is particularly good here, probably his finest moment outside the Anderson universe.
1. Drive: A great year for Gosling and here is his finest moment. Not a film without it's flaws but it's slick, raw feel and great soundtrack had me riveted all the way through. The great Albert Brooks was fantastic in this as well. Another retro 80s film to me that had me wanting to watch it again as soon as it was over.


Boom. You know how I know that Joe is the man? He has Drive at #1, what more proof do you need?

I like all the films you've listed, but do feel The Guard was overrated just a little. Perhaps I was expecting too much, but I was expecting Gleeson's character to be more of a misanthrope. Instead, he's just a little politically incorrect. In short: I was hoping for something similar to In the Heat of the Night. That didn't happen, but it's still a good movie.



I loved Drive. I was hoping it to see a wider audience. It was just so damn smooth and slick. I felt in some way like this was a role that Steve McQueen could've played so that is my level of cool factor I found Gosling to be in this film. Albert Brooks has long been a fave and he just owns the screen when he walks on here.


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1. The Tree of Life (9.2) ------ (Rating: -)
2. Hugo (9.1) ------ (Rating: 8.9)
3. Drive (9.0) ------ (Rating: 8.7)
4. Hanna (8.7) ------ (Rating: 8.4)
5. A Separation (8.7) ------ (Rating: 8.7)
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (8.6) ------ (Rating: 8.8)
7. 50/50 (8.5) ------ (Rating: 8.2)
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (8.5) ------ (Rating: 8.3)
9. Thor (8.4) ------ (Rating: 7.8)
10. The Adventures of Tintin (8.4) ------ (Rating: 8.4)

And the others would be

11. Take Shelter (8.3) ------ (Rating: 8.2)
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (8.3) ------ (Rating: 8.7)
13. The Ides of March (8.3) ------ (Rating: 8.3)
14. The Artist (8.3) ------ (Rating: 8.6)
15. A Dangerous Method (8.2) ------ (Rating: 8.0)
16. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (8.2) ------ (Rating: 8.2)
17. Moneyball (8.0) ------ (Rating: 8.3)
18. Shame (8.0) ------ (Rating: 8.0)
19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (8.0) ------ (Rating: 8.3)
20. Warrior (7.9) ------ (Rating: 7.8)
21. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (7.9) ------ (Rating: 7.8)
22. Winnie the Pooh (7.9) ------ (Rating: 7.9)
23. Limitless (7.8) ------ (Rating: 7.4)
24. The Beaver (7.8) ------ (Rating: 7.4)
25. X-Men: First Class (7.8) ------ (Rating: 7.8)


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I'm surprised that Drive is so highly rated.

It is a pretty good film but not much more in my humble view. My main problem is Gosling. He is too clean cut and boyband to pull the role of tough loner off.

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I'm surprised that Drive is so highly rated.

It is a pretty good film but not much more in my humble view. My main problem is Gosling. He is too clean cut and boyband to pull the role of tough loner off.

I agree, I tohught Drive was decent at best, but it just didn't blow my mind like it did for most critics.


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I'm surprised that Drive is so highly rated.

It is a pretty good film but not much more in my humble view. My main problem is Gosling. He is too clean cut and boyband to pull the role of tough loner off.


Oh I don't know. Have you seen Half Nelson?

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I haven't James, no. It is on the "to-watch" list though (among a million others)

But going back to Drive, this is one film Armond White actually makes a good point on. The cool, detached nature of the lead characterr is at cross purposes with Gosling himself, who is the definition of modern-day, conventional handsomeness.

The character is too cool, not world-weary enough, and not convincing as an outsider. As much as he tries, Gosling isn't a young Steve McQueen or Paul Newman.

That said, the film does have a few charms. Any film with Ron Perlman does.

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De Niro was quite the handsome young man when he played Travis Bickle. Furthermore, the screenplay described Travis as such.

While I realize that Gosling is no De Niro, if the discussion is purely about physical appearance...


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It isn't just. It's about the entire physical being. It's beyond whether someone is good looking or not.

But even if we agree D Nero was handsome, he was rough around the edges handsome. Not n-sync handsome.

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It isn't just. It's about the entire physical being. It's beyond whether someone is good looking or not.

But even if we agree D Nero was handsome, he was rough around the edges handsome. Not n-sync handsome.


Fair point, but I thought his performance rose above.

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*Makes jackoff motion for ELaIC* Are you kidding? Maudlin shit


Tactless much?


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*Makes jackoff motion for ELaIC* Are you kidding? Maudlin shit


Tactless much?


Not nearly as tactless as an endlessly manipulative and emotionally false movie about 9/11

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