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In this installment of Monsterpiece theatre, I try to call out the best (and worst) of 2011 so you and the missus will know what to Netflix next and then praise me to death the next day on F:AT cuz you got smooches from your good taste in movies.

Also, Ken and I have made out to ALL OF THESE

Good day sir or madam,

So I originally was not planning on writing a Best Movies of 2011 article because I never thought I’d have time to see enough movies with the birth of Emily in January 2011. However, in the end it turns out that my life didn’t end as some people told me and I was able to see a nice amount of movies so that I’m comfortable with making a top 10. I just had to be more choosy (that’s good talkin’) about what to see.

Overall, 2011 was a very dry year for great movies. I saw 4 great movies which I think isn’t much over an entire year. So let’s start off with the bottom of the barrel...

 

Worst of 2011

So let’s start off by quickly calling out the worst of 2011 which was overall not a great year for movies but there were still some great films to be seen and of course some really awful stuff as well:

Shark Night 3D – This was so incredibly unwatchable, I couldn’t believe it. Especially so soon after that great Piranha movie which did almost everything right. I love sharks and Katherine MacPhee side-b00b as well so how could this movie possibly miss? Well they screwed up the sharks for one making them insanely unrealistic but worse, they decided to add this horrible torture porn aspect to the antagonists which made zero sense and just further ruined the movie. Absolutely terrible.

Apollo 18 – I feel bad naming this the worst movie of 2011 since I was scared at one sequence and that’s why I saw the movie. It was just too slow and long and awful overall. Terrible stuff really.

 

Honourable Mentions

As usual there were some very good movies that simply didn’t make the list but I don’t want to have them forgotten or anything so here are some perfectly decent movies that were each special in their own way:

Crazy, Stupid, Love – What was supposed to be a romantic comedy ended up, for me, being more of a romantic drama thanks to some great performances by Ryan Gosling and others. Totally decent movie in the end, a nice surprise.

Insidious - Not a great movie or anything but I do like getting scared and this had that in spades. Even breaking with some of the ‘rules’ of scary movies by terrifying me during moments that are traditionally “safe” such as a nice daytime scene in a sunlit-house. Also it’s nice to see Darth Maul back in action.

Super 8 – A great attempt to make a modern-day Goonies. This film definitely succeeded at capturing some on-screen movie magic. The train crash alone is worth the price of admission but just having a gang of kids trying to manage through a massive crisis is fun to watch. I don’t like where the movie ends up going so I don’t think it will remain as a memorable movie but it has its moments.

 

Top 10 movies of 2011

And now the top 10 movies of 2011 based on my super biased point of view...

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love

I was really surprised at how effective it works as a drama with some laughs here in there as a light comedy. I hope I will stop mixing up Ryan Gosling with Ryan Reynolds because the former is truly outstanding in this (as he is in other films). Julianne Moore lives up to her incredible performances of the past.

I was especially impressed with Moore in that her role is slightly similar to the one she plays in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT except she plays this one so differently somehow that you don't get the two characters mixed up at all.

I feel bad saying that Carrell is mis-cast in this because his performance is fine. But for the first half of the movie, he wasn't coming off to me as Cal Weaver at all but a married Michael Scott. He eventually gains believability as the movie plays on but it was a sore point with me for a good part of the movie.

Overall it's a very sweet movie even though it gets a little silly and slapstick-almost at the climax (that's what she said.. DANG! see what I mean?).

Anyway, overall it's recommended. I think it's being played up too much for the comedy in it and not getting enough credit for the really strong dramatic content.

9. The Ides of March

This is probably a little generous ranking for this movie but the acting is so good and Evan Rachel Wood is so solid that I have to give it a really strong review. What a huge cast too.

It's too bad Aaron Sorkin was busy making Moneyball (as perfect as it was) to work on this because it would have been great with him on board too. Who am I kidding though, it was pretty great even without him.

So yeah, my only knock would be the script but other than that, this is a great movie.

8. X-Men: First Class

I thought this was pretty good! Lots of fun and keeps it up until the last act where I felt it lost a little steam. One missing element is the humour which is much more present in the other X-Men movies. There is like one or two good jokes in the entire flick (which I would love to talk about here but it would be a big spoiler so I won't).

Certainly a much better creation movie than that Wolverine:Origins one which was AWFUL. This at least pushes the ball forward, but isn't as strong a superhero movie as, say, Iron Man.

In terms of casting, I found both Magneto and Mystique to brilliantly cast but I was surprisingly let down a bit by Professor X. Patrick Stewart leaves big shoes to fill, though.

Still not as strong as X-Men 2 but a great entry nonetheless in the franchise. It's hard to make an X-Men movie that doesn't feature Logan but I found Magneto filled that gap nicely.

7. Attack the Block

It came so unexpected and even though it takes a while to warm up to you, it becomes super affecting. I loved it. Don't let the worst movie poster in history fool you.

It's pretty much a better version of Super 8 but it makes social commentary as well. The lack of traditional heroes is probably the only thing going against it since some people will just never be able to accept thugs as protagonists, but the very end shot is just total bliss. It's hard not to leave the movie smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy.

Terrific one-liners as well. This is how Cloverfield should have been executed. Much like Super 8, it’s just more fun watching a bunch of kids deal with disaster than a bunch of idiot teenagers or something.

6. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

It is an excellent movie and for sure a must-see. It is great to be reminded that you can make a popcorn flick that is actually fantastic.

Far and away the best Mission Impossible so far, this one has it all. Tom Cruise is actually quite likeable and this is the first movie I've ever enjoyed Simon Pegg in as well. I actually hope to see more of this Cruise, the movie-star one, in the future.

Surprisingly emotional ending as well, was not expecting that. Wow.

5. Hugo

It's POSSIBLY destined for greatness but I doubt it. I'd say it's an excellent movie and a must-see but I don't think you HAVE to see it in 3-D which I think has been overhyped.

Lots of imagination in this movie which I think will make for a great family viewing. It's funny in a way that this has been categorized as "fantasy" because it's BARELY fantasy. It feels so real that you don't really ever think that any of this couldn't happen in the modern world. Perhaps that's the biggest accomplishment of all in this movie, total success at suspension of disbelief.

Certainly one of 2011's best films. Again, the 3D in this film (in my opinion) has been grossly overrated. I sincerely hope that we do away with that entire 3D thing and soon.

Don't want to end on that note though, this is a brilliant film through and through. Very enjoyable all around.

And now for the best of the best. I found all four of these movies to be extraordinary in different ways. I would quickly rewatch any one of them given the opportunity. I highly recommend seeing any of them should you have an opportunity to rent them.

4. Drive

WOW!

I want to say it would be like Tarantino redoing Ghost Dog but that simply doesn't do this justice because there is SO much more here. Ryan Gosling is becoming uncomfortably attractive and I'm really enjoying seeing him in movies. He's perfect in this as is Mulligan who is just adorably awesome as well.

Albert Brooks super spooked-me given that it's the voice of Nemo saying and doing all these insane things. What a bummer he got no Oscar nomination.

Also, it has the most tense car chase scenes I've seen in a long time and it didn't even use much in the way of quick edits. Wow. There are some superb moments of pure tension both on and off the road.

I think it's hilarious that some woman sued because it was neither Fast nor Furious. Hence, why I'm giving this an outstanding mention as one of the year’s best. It's brilliant.

3. Moneyball

I loved this movie. My suspension of disbelief was so deep that at one point after a missed fly-ball catch between two fielders, I let out a loud, "UGH!" thinking I was actually watching a live and important baseball game.

Sorkin delivers a knock-out script once again giving Jonah Hill some nice depth other than simply being some comic relief (earning him an Oscar nomination which I think is nuts).

Brad Pitt is perfect in this as well. I was glad I knew nothing of the actual story going in since it added a ton to the suspense and excitement.

One of the best of the year.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2

Amazing film. I didn't even see Part I and totally loved this movie. Really exciting action sequences almost to the level of Return of the King.

Did not see it in 3D and was glad i missed out. There is one roller-coaster-like action sequence that would surely be good in 3D but nothing else I think.

This installment is even better than Prisoner of Azkaban, and that was my favourite Potter film by far.

Special effects are top drawer as well. Never breaking suspension of disbelief.

Lots of people said they needed tissues in this film. I didn't shed a tear in this one and I’m usually a sucker for getting misty-eyed in movies. Not to say it isn't dramatic or anything but I didn't see this as a Toy Story 3-type of tear-jerker.

Emma Watson's performance is especially good in this one. No one seems to ever try stealing the stage and there are some big gun actors brought in on this one as well.

I'm glad I gave up the Twilight series long ago for this one. Perfect way to end the series and a terrific stand-alone movie in its own right.

1. The Artist

Unquestionably destined for greatness, this was my favourite movie of the year. A masterpiece, go see it now. Will make you love movies once again. Take a chance and see it. It's completely brilliant.

I wrote the above paragraph before not only the Oscar broadcast but before nominations were mentioned so I promise I’m not being influenced by the result of it winning Best Picture or Jean Dujardin winning Best Actor. Both are very deserved. I absolutely adored this film and am at a loss for words as to how to describe what it was exactly that I loved so much. It’s just a great experience. I hope you get to see it.

When I look back at the top four, I’m glad that 2011 produced such strong movies but in years past the entire top ten used to floor me in terms of quality and memories. I hope that 2012 provides us with a stronger line-up (so far I’ve only seen The Woman in Black so things had better pick up quick).

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  • JJJJS

    Drive tops my list. Such a great movie. I too think it's hilarious that it pissed off people who thought they were getting another Fast and the Furious. I really don't know what they want, though. Drive had mobsters, car chases, brutal *brutal* violence, killer soundtrack, sexy actors in the lead roles, what more can someone ask for?

  • avatarBlack Barney

    I could watch that elevator scene 100 times I think. Best on-screen kiss I've seen in a LONG time.

    I think Drive was too "slow" and methodical for people that like Fast & Furious movies. I would have loved to put Drive as my #1 of the year but I just couldn't. I will say this, it's the only one I saw twice in theatres all year long!

  • JJJJS

    We had a new baby near the end of 2011, so there are a ton of 2011 movies I want to see but haven't yet, so Drive may move. I haven't seen The Artist, Hugo, XMen: FC, Mission Impossible, and Muppets.

    Ides of March, I liked, but I didn't think it was cinematic enough, and the movie seemed to end too early. It felt more like a TV movie.

    Moneyball was an excellent movie, too. I love Sorkin's work. Crazy Stupid Love was also good. I thought I'd hate it and it was starting to lose my interest until the twist at the end. This year Ryan Gosling has done what Brad Pitt did for me back in the late 90s/early 2000s--that is, convince me I can watch his movies and he isn't just there for the ladies to look at. Now I need to go back and watch Lars and the Real Girl.

  • avatardragonstout

    Baby jail, so I barely saw ANYthing in theaters this year. Only saw Hugo, The Artist, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Source Code. I really badly regret missing Tree of Life.

    Source Code blew, the others were good.

    Hugo was by far the best of the four, IMHO, and I'll have to totally disagree with you about the 3D. I spent the first 30 minutes of the movie just sitting there gobsmacked by how good the 3D was, I didn't even give a shit about anything else.

    MI:GP has one of the best action sequences ever, period. The ENTIRE Dubai sequence, not just the building-scaling part but also everything afterwards. IMAX really added to the experience. Loved the movie. But the middle is just way better than the beginning or end, and there were SEVERAL "cheats" that really bugged me, where you were basically promised some awesome dilemma, got some time to chew it over and get excited about how it might be resolved, and then have that tension thrown out the window (specifically, SPOILER, referring to the Jeremy Renner character's arc, the Russian dude following Cruise, and the entire premise of them being "on their own", all of which went exactly nowhere END SPOILER).

    The Artist made the ballsy but ultimately foolish move of deliberately inviting comparisons to Singin' in the Rain and to silent comedies (not to mention a distracting Vertigo music cue, which in retrospect has some sense to it, but still, iffy). Boy howdy is it not remotely fit to be in the company of any of those. Just plain not fun enough or funny enough.

  • avatarAncient_of_MuMu

    We found baby jail pretty much non-existent for the first year or two of having children. When you only have one baby and it is new and exciting, relatives didn't seem to mind looking after her. When the second one came, somehow it slowly changed and we now get out to only 3 or 4 movies a year.

    I am surprised there is no mention of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Muppets as they are regarded as some of the best films to come out last year.

  • avatarJonJacob

    Nice list BB. I just saw Hugo the other day and I enjoyed it a lot. I got this feeling watching it though that the films of Georges Méliès would be more worthwhile. The same feeling I had watching Raging Bull where I thought to myself; "at best this can only be as good as La Strada" still, turns out that is still awesome.

    I felt like that less in Hugo. It's not quite as good and strangely I can't think of a single "fantastic" thing that happened. The movie is 100% realistic. It's odd that the movie of the year is a silent film and one of the big contenders is about a guy who made silent films, from many reports it sounds like he made silent films that were better then what the artist has on offer. Either way it's a weird coincidence.

    Harry Potter I'll skip for now. I haven't seen the last few. I think three was the last one I enjoyed, is that the Azkhaban one? After four I just stopped from boredom. I liked 1 and 3. I may revisit them one day when the little guy is older but for now I can safely miss them.

    Mission Impossible I have been afraid of since day one. Brad Bird is one of my favorite directors/writers and to think the same guy who made Iron Giant and the Incredible was doing a Mission Impossible movie with Tom Cruise was kind of up-setting. I don't mind Cruise but really, Mission Impossible? It's such a forgettable series. From all accounts it sounds like he knocked it out of the park. I should have known that if the guy can make that stupid Ratatouille premise palatable then he can probably do the same for MI.

    The Artist and Moneyball are definitely next on our list to watch so that bodes well.

  • avatardragonstout

    JonJacob, you talk about Melies like you haven't seen any of his movies; is that correct? It's easy to remedy that: I think a bunch of them are available to view on youtube (not ideal conditions, obviously), and they're short, so you should at least see "A Trip to the Moon/Voyage dans la Lune", both because 1) it's super-cool, 2) it's the most famous Melies movie, and 3) it plays the most important part in Hugo.

    Hugo might not have fantastic elements, but it is a state-of-the-art special effects spectacle, just like any Melies movie. The Melies movies have held up due to visual spectacle alone; no one's ever going to claim Trip to the Moon has an awesome or even OK story (which is why Avatar will also hold up decades from now; but I don't want to derail the thread), it just has what it needs in order to show you cool effects and sets. That Hugo also has a moving story is icing on the cake.

  • avatarBlack Barney

    mumu, Planet of the Apes should really be my #10 cuz it's a better movie than Crazy, Stupid, Love. But the latter moved me and Planet of the Apes didn't move me at all almost. It was a really good but empty movie. Kind of like Ides of March which I found room for. I just can't put Planet of the Apes on the list nor give it an honourable mention. It's entirely forgettable even though it's a good film.

    JJ, you gotta see Mission Impossible Ghost protocol. It,s SO MUCH better than all the other Mission Impossibles. The end alone is soooo cool and out of sync with other MI movies. I HATE Tom Cruise and he's GREAT in this.

    Yeah Harry Potter 3 is Prizoner of Aszkaban. I'm not kidding when I say that that movie and THIS movie (the last Harry Potter) are the ONLY great ones. The rest are either okay or really not good. So you should maybe see it. You can skip Part I, btw. it's NOT important.

    Lemme know what you think of The Artist and MOneyball.
    xo

  • avatarZMan

    I am not a top ten list maker because I have trouble ordering things: if I like something I like it and not necessarily any better than another one that I liked - for the most part. For example I liked X-Men: First Class and Attack the Block. I can't really say which one I liked better: I'd watch both again (and probably will).

    But on to your list, I have not seen all of the top 10 you mention though I got Drive on DVD and I can rent Hugo on demand (I am quite aware that this will in no way match watching these films in the theater). Of the ones I have seen that I really liked as well are: X-Men, Attack the Block: MI:GP, Crazy, Stupid Love (saw this on a plane and was quite surprised how good it was).

    I did not like Harry Potter and even though I have seen every one, I didn't really like any of them. The trailers make me want to see them and I have such high hopes but I end up disappointed. I know it is mainly because of the Harry Potter character and how things fall in his lap all the time.

    I hope to see the Artist: I know this one is totally up my movie-loving alley. This is the kind of film that affirms my love of film. I just know it.

    So maybe I'll write more once I see some of the other films.

  • JJJJS

    The problem I have with all the Harry Potter movies is I haven't read the books and the movies seem more like scenes from the book pasted together rather than stories all on their own. They don't flow right and I have to keep turning to my wife to ask her about this or that.

  • avatarNot Sure

    JJJJS, the Harry Potter movies might be even worse if you have read the books, because they fly through the material so fast they leave half the book out of the script.

    To me, the major achievement of those movies is how coherent they manage to be, even though they're assembled out of basically spare parts.

    I loved the 3D in Hugo, as I've said before. I probably wouldn't consider it essential, but it's more than a gimmick and really adds to the film's atmosphere. Spend the money if it's an option, but see it either way.

    I'm finally out of baby jail, but now I just don't care much about movies anymore. A 2-3 hour block of uninterrupted time? I have so many more things I could be doing with that than sitting in a dark room. I used to be a big film fan, and it just left me over the last few years.

  • avatarSpace Ghost

    You're killing me, Barney.

    Artist -- my experience of this was ruined by the sound of all the producers patting themselves on the back throughout. Like Dragonstout said, it really doesn't compare to the movies that it begs to be compared to; doing itself somewhat of a disservice.

    Harry Potter -- it's hard to like the movies if you have read the books.

    Moneyball -- I think that people liking this is more about some irrational infatuation with everything Sorkin does versus the quality of the movie. Hell, it doesn't even rank in the top 3 of best baseball movies. And, the movie moves away from what it should be -- the infiltration of "sabermetrics" into baseball -- to some saccharine attempt to bring life to Brad Pitt's cardboard acting by playing up the relationship between Beane and his daughter. Worst of all, the best part of the book didn't make it into the movie -- the 2002 draft.

    Mission Impossible -- that was indeed as an action movie should be.

    The Ides of March -- much like Moneyball, Phillip Seymour Hoffman really carried this film, just outacting Ryan Gosling anytime they shared the screen. Clooney looked like he was bored by the entire affair.

    Crazy, Stupid, Love -- it should have stayed under Honourable Mention where you first mentioned it.

    I haven't seen the others, but would like to.

    I would move Super 8 onto the list -- it was what it meant to be. Kind of a recreation of Goonies and ET.

    Other notable movies:

    Bridesmaids -- broke down some comedy barriers for women. Which is cool since it still needed to be done in 2011.

    Martha Marcy May Marlene -- a great breakout performance by the youngest of the Olsen's

    Margin Call -- I just thought this was an outstanding movie.

  • JJJJS

    I didn't like Super 8 as much as I expected to going in. The first 30 minutes lived up to my expectations. However, half way through I was checking my watch, and by the time the alien showed up I was just begging it all to end. I couldn't tell you why it fell flat for me, but I began to feel disconnected from what was going on on screen. Using the 80s movies it references as a yard stick, when the government scientists showed up at Elliot's house to take ET, I cried and covered my eyes. I still cringe at that part even as an adult. But when the kids in Super 8 are riding bikes through what has become a war zone, I felt nothing. Not even like there was any danger or what was at stake. I knew what was at stake in ET. Those faceless men were going to take away Elliot's best friend in the whole world and do awful things to him. And all ET wanted to do was go home and living on Earth was killing him.

  • avatarThirstyMan

    Nice list Barney

    Any chance you can indicate which are on streaming Netflix because I live in the ass end of nowhere BUT can connect to Netflix....

  • avatarBlack Barney

    dammit good catch Space Ghost. I originally had Crazy Stupid Love in the honourable mentions as I was trying to decide what should get 10th place between Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Super 8. I then started thinking that neither of them was really memorable or worth putting in the top 10 (even though both were better movies than Crazy Stupid Love). But in the end that silly romantic comedy really hit home with me and I remember so much great stuff in it so I bumped it onto the list but forgot to take it off the honourable mentions. Whoops.

  • avatarBlack Barney

    andy I can't help you out. I'm sure that Hugo and The Artist are streaming but who knows. It's pretty easy to search for films on Netflix so just check it out at some point and let me know what you see!

  • JJJJS

    Hugo's in Redbox. So is Drive, Moneyball, Crazy Stupid Love, Super 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

  • avatarHatchling

    Barney, have you seen Monsieur Lazhar? Brilliant film.

  • avatarBlack Barney

    jjjjs, lemme know what you think of Drive, Moneyball and Crazy Stupid Love

    Hatch, I have not :( I'm a bad Quebecois

  • avatarwkover  - CSL

    I didn't see a ton of movies last year, but Crazy Stupid Love was my favorite. Good stuff all around.

  • avatarZMan

    Super 8 didn't work for me either. Maybe if they never showed the faces of the adults?

  • avatarSGT Dave

    My favorite movie of 2011 is still Rango. Script was a thing of beauty. Raising Arizona meets CGI. Here are the rest I saw:

    Thumbs up: Limitless, Hesher, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    So-so: The Adjustment Bureau, Win Win, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Drive

    Thumbs down: The Rite, I am Number Four, Sucker Punch, Fast Five, Hobo with a Shotgun, Green Lantern, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World, Colombiana

    Middle-finger up: Green Hornet, Your Highness, Bad Teacher, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    I din't want to like Limitless, but I found myself watching it twice. Not my normal thing, but there you are. I didn't even like Hesher, but I couldn't turn it off. I was glued, and couldn't explain why. The same thing happens when I watch Eric Rohmer movies. On the flip-side, Drive was the only movie I was really looking forward to last year, and spent the whole time trying to love it. But, meh. I thought it was going to be like my favorite movie of 2006, Brick. But it just didn't grab me. There's slow, which I don't mind as long as it's engaging; then there's pretentiously slow, which is what I experienced with Drive. What I found was a movie trying to recreate the arthouse experience, but never becomes what it's trying to imitate.

  • avatarJackwraith

    I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned what was, by far, the best movie of 2011: The Descendants. I agree with the OP that 2011 was pretty bad, overall.

  • avatarSpace Ghost

    I forgot to mention The Descendants -- really a great movie.

  • avatarBlack Barney

    I heard that was a snooze-fest but with great acting. I hope I get to see it at some point.

  • JJJJS  - re:
    Black Barney wrote:
    jjjjs, lemme know what you think of Drive, Moneyball and Crazy Stupid Love.


    I already said Drive was my favorite movie of the year (that I saw). Moneyball was great, and so was Crazy Stupid Love. I liked every movie with Ryan Gosling that came out this year, which totally changed my opinion of him in the same way 7 Years in Tibet and 12 Monkeys changed my opinion of Brad Pitt. I think you might have me mixed up with someone else.

    ZMan wrote:
    Super 8 didn't work for me either. Maybe if they never showed the faces of the adults?


    Or if they made it clear what the movie was about. The Goonies was about kids trying to find pirate treasure to save their homes. ET was about a kid who formed a bond with an alien who was trying to get home.

    Super 8 was about weird stuff happening in the background while kids are making a zombie movie. The kids aren't directly connected to the problem until near the end when one of them gets taken. But that doesn't paint a very clear picture for a story. The issues the town faces are so out of the kids' control, they don't really come off as protagonists, just bystanders. There's no escaping on a flying bike moment or using candy to convince a super strong man to help save friends from mobsters in Super 8. Sure, the kids finally face the alien at the end, but it doesn't matter because we haven't been invested in anything up to that point other than the general idea of 'gotta save the girlfriend'.

  • avatarBlack Barney

    ah, I misunderstood your 19:45 post from last night. I didn't know what RedBox meant and assumed it meant those were movies you had ready to watch for yourself of something. i see now you were responding to Andy.

    my bad

  • avatarThirstyMan

    Redbox is no good for me because I'm not in USA (check out my name) hence I need some kind of streaming facility or I have to buy the DVD from Amazon or something. That sounds too expensive...anybody got other legal options??

  • JJJJS
    Quote:
    Redbox is no good for me because I'm not in USA (check out my name)

    Sorry about that. I don't pay too close attention to user names because, like avatars, I think most are made up or a way for a person to express themselves online. Heck, I didn't know lewpuls was THE Lewis Pulsipher, either. My real name isn't JJJJS, nor is it Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo. Anyways...

    IIRC, Netflix bought a streaming deal for The Artist, but it won't be online for a few months. That's all I know.

  • avatarmads b.

    The first half or so of Rise of the planet of the apes is heart breakingly good. The all out attack in the end was kinda stupid, and even though they sorta explained it, I couldn't help but wonder why the other apes got so bright so quick. Still, it was very good all over and the way they handled the impending disaster was neat. But the first half about Cecar growing up was great.

  • avatarNotahandle

    Thanks for mentioning Attack the Block, hadn't heard of it before. Watched it, great movie.

    You should write about films regularly, you could call the series "Barney's ForKen' Column". (Think about it.)

  • avatarBlack Barney

    awesome! When the monster appears in the peep hole, I screamed and laughed. What a great movie and awesome ending too.

    I never know how often I'm able to see movies so it might make for a lousy column but yeah that could be fun. I don't want to compete with Tom Jockey or anything tho

  • avatarZMan  - re: re:
    JJJJS wrote:

    Or if they made it clear what the movie was about. The Goonies was about kids trying to find pirate treasure to save their homes. ET was about a kid who formed a bond with an alien who was trying to get home.

    Super 8 was about weird stuff happening in the background while kids are making a zombie movie. The kids aren't directly connected to the problem until near the end when one of them gets taken. But that doesn't paint a very clear picture for a story. The issues the town faces are so out of the kids' control, they don't really come off as protagonists, just bystanders. There's no escaping on a flying bike moment or using candy to convince a super strong man to help save friends from mobsters in Super 8. Sure, the kids finally face the alien at the end, but it doesn't matter because we haven't been invested in anything up to that point other than the general idea of 'gotta save the girlfriend'.

    Yes, this is succinctly correct.

    BTW, just saw Rise/Apes tonight. Really good movie. Especially the 1st half - raising Caesar and all that. Really, really good. And I love how they explained the rise - cause I had wondered how they could take over the planet. A great job by all involved. Oh and I love the homages to Planet of the Apes.

    With the talk of a disappointing 2011, I think 2012 is going to be a huge year for films.

  • avatarNotahandle

    Black Barney wrote:
    "When the monster appears in the peep hole, I screamed and laughed. "
    Even though you knew it was going to happen, right?

  • avatarBlack Barney  - re:
    Notahandle wrote:
    Black Barney wrote:
    "When the monster appears in the peep hole, I screamed and laughed. "
    Even though you knew it was going to happen, right?

    Yeah, exactly. i was ready for it and it still scared the crap out of me. I couldn't stop laughing after cuz I was picturing the director sitting during the premiere of his movie and turning around RIGHT BEFORE that part to see people's reactions. It must be so satisfying.

  • DieMyDarling

    The Harry Potter disparity is weird. I thought the only ones that truly shone as films and not just transmission for print to screen were 2 and 6. 2 (Chamber of Secrets) was just abundant with great humor, great acting (the kids really stepped up their game from #1), and was just limitless with imagination. I think it was the only film in the bunch that actually gave the book a run for its money. And 6 was a great, well-crafted, nearly character-based piece. I have not seen either of the Deathly Hallows movies yet, but I might in the future.

    This list and the comments have now made me want to watch Ghost Protocol, which is monumental, because after seeing the first and second MI I was so disgusted that I didn't think they could ever save the license.

  • avatarInfinityMax

    Andy, have you checked out Amazon Streaming? They have a ton of movies and stuff that you can buy for like five bucks. You can download them and watch them without having to stream them. Lots of times they have stuff before it hits DVD.

  • avatarThirstyMan

    Not available in TKWIL (Amazon check your ISP location) but I use a proxy server, pretend I'm in US and use Netflix.

    Might do the same with Amazon Prime if I think it is significantly different to Netflix. Netflix is satisfying me right now....

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