Sunday, February 26, 2012

BEST OF 2011!!!!!!!

Turn off the Oscars! Here are my lists of my favorite 2011 films from every genre! I go off US release date, so sometimes that includes movies IMDb lists as early as 2008, but that is because IMDb hates America and our American freedom to not get around to releasing foreign movies until way later.

Worst Film
1. Tie: Stake Land (Jim Mickle) / Bellflower (Evan Glodell)
Honorable Mentions: A Haunting in Salem, The Way, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I didn't completely hate the films tied for Worst, but I actively disliked them. The HMs are ones I felt pretty whatever about.

Here are some better movies. I didn't include the #1 Best Film winner in any of the genre categories, because it already wins at everything and I couldn't decide what genre to put it in.

Best Thriller

1. Cold Fish (Sion Sono)
2. Drive Angry (Patrick Lussier)
3. I Saw the Devil (Kim Jee-woon)
4. Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener)
5. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Honorable Mentions: Red White & Blue, Contagion

Best Sci-fi Action Thriller

1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
2. Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
3. Source Code (Duncan Jones)
Honorable Mention: Super 8

Best Dramatic Drama and/or Comedic Drama

1. Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
2. Win Win (Thomas McCarthy)
3. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
4. 50/50 (Jonathan Levine)
5. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
Honorable Mentions: Terri, Rango

Best Romance Movie

1. Love Exposure (Sion Sono)
2. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)

Best TV (from the fairly limited selection of things I watch)

1. Parks and Recreation
2. Eagleheart
3. Louie
4. The Office (final Carell episodes in particular)
5. The Heart, She Holler
7. Childrens Hospital

Best Fest (movies I saw at festivals that don't have a 2012 release date that I'm aware of)

1. Family Instinct (Andris Gauja)
2. Alps (Giorgos Lanthimos)
3. Oslo, August 31 (Joachim Trier)
4. Extraterrestrial (Nacho Vigalondo)

Best Action

1. Fast Five (Justin Lin)
2. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (David Yates)
4. Hanna (Joe Wright)
Honorable Mentions: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Redline

Best Comedy

1. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
2. The Muppets (James Bobin)
3. Repo Chick (Alex Cox)
4. The Sitter (David Gordon Green)
5. 30 Minutes or Less (Ruben Fleischer)
6. Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz)
Honorable Mentions: The Catechism Cataclysm, Young Adult

Best Horror

1. Final Destination 5 (Steven Quale)
2. Megan Is Missing (Michael Goi)
3. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Eli Craig)
4. The Woman (Lucky McKee)
5. Embodiment of Evil (José Mojica Marins)
6. Scream 4 (Wes Craven)
Honorable Mentions: Fright Night, Insidious

Best Short

1. The Legend of Beaver Dam (Jerome Sable)
2. Small Fry (Angus MacLane)
Honorable Mention: Hello Caller

Best Documentary

1. Tabloid (Errol Morris)
2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D (Werner Herzog)
3. Project Nim (James Marsh)
4. American: The Bill Hicks Story (Matt Harlock & Paul Thomas)
5. Machete Maidens Unleashed (Mark Hartley)
6. Senna (Asif Kapadia)
Honorable Mentions: POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Into the Abyss, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Sweatiest Performance

1. The Rock in Fast Five
Honorable Mention: Laurence Harvey in The Human Centipede II

Best Actor

1. Andy Serkis/CGI in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2. William Fichtner in Drive Angry
3. Steve Little in The Catechism Cataclysm
4. Colin Farrell in Fright Night
5. Paul Rudd in Our Idiot Brother
6. Rainn Wilson in Super
7. Tyler Labine in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
8. Albert Brooks in Drive
Honorable Mentions: Nick Swardson in 30 Minutes or Less, Jonah Hill in The Sitter, Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love

Best Actress

1. Ellen Page in Super
2. Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids
3. Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
4. Jaclyn Jonet in Repo Chick
5. Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
6. Emma Roberts in Scream 4
7. Anna Paquin in Margaret
Honorable Mentions: Amber Heard in Drive Angry, Elle Fanning in Super 8, Keira Knightley in A Dangerous Method, Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia

Best Fucking Film (Countdown!)
10. Tie: Fast Five! (Justin Lin) / The Muppets! (James Bobin)
9. Cold Fish! (Sion Sono)
8. Tabloid! (Errol Morris)
7. Attack the Block! (Joe Cornish)
6. Melancholia! (Lars von Trier)
5. Bridesmaids! (Paul Feig)
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes! (Rupert Wyatt)
3.5. The Legend of Beaver Dam! (Jerome Sable)
3. Final Destination 5! (Steven Quale)
2. Love Exposure! (Sion Sono)

and, with a completely anticlimactic image to go with its win,

1. Super!!! (James Gunn!)


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    1. We saw Source Code together, and you totally liked it!

  2. Reposting this comment cuz I wanna delete the prev one that links to my lj account...

    Super is not my fav of the year, but it's in my top 5. It's so good. I've never heard of Love Exposure...gotta look for that. I heard many good things about The Woman, but I don't think it came out here outside of Sundance 2011.

    1. The Woman had a sneak preview at a movie theater here, but I don't remember it having a real release. It's out now on DVD, though. Love Exposure is a 4 hour love story about perversion and religious cults. It's really fucking incredible, and definitely the longest movie I've ever loved.

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