Here is a film i did not pay attention to until the fall, i loved the trailer & the reviews were amazing. I saw this film expecting it to be a action flick but was surprised at the great story...and even more surprised at the violence. Albert Brooks was snubbed and Nicolas Refn has become a favorite of mine with this & Bronson!
2. The Innkeepers
Wait this is a 2012 film, well theatrically yes but it was released on video on demand in 2011. Ti West made his best film aswell, and there wasn't a gimmick like in the Roost or a retro vibe like in House of the Devil, just a great film!
Hate to beat a dead horse but James Wan made his best film aswell, a unique twist on the ghost/possession story!
4. The Artist
Easily the best film of 2011, beautifully made, and a tribute to film in general.
Possibly the most visually amazing film of the year, and the most snubbed, and Lars Von Triers best aswell!
It is not Martin Scorsese's best yet it is a great film. Much like the Artist a great tribute to film and a very niche tribute at that to Georges Méliès!
Gem of a film for 2011, tragic love story with an apocalyptic twist.
8. Super 8
Is this JJ Abrams best? Maybe! Is this another film about film making? Yes it is! One of the funnest films of the year by far!
9. Attack the Block
it is like John Carpenter directed critters. It is a fun film from top to bottom that never quits, the shit hits the fan early on and it keeps running!
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
is it better than the original? It very well may be. Hard to say but i am siding with that thought. I love that a studio funded such a hard flick for a christmas release!
Maybe i have this on here for nostalgia purposes since i saw it at Comic Con, but i had a blast with this...except Werebear(which i still enjoyed)
I love Gregg Araki, i love his film style, and this may be his oddest, Thomas Decker continues to prove he is an awesome actor aswell with this flick!
13. Harry Potter
The best of the Potter saga and a great film in general, fantastic climax to the Potter series!
14. A Dangerous Method
David Cronenberg's Viggo films have all been good but this one was great, and it is the most Cronenbergish of all of them too!
15. X Men
Easily the best X Men film there is. Sure there is choppy cgi but the film had a perfect balance of seriousness & camp.
Much like X Men had a perfect balance of camp & seriousness, and is the best of the Avengers series thus far.
Why was this film so hated? It is a geeks wet dream, robots, nazis, samurais, steampunk, hot chicks! What was not to love? Sure i get that it may have felt like a video game, and granted i hate watching people play video games, but fuck it, this was Snyder doing what he does best
18. Another Earth
I wish this film had gotten more attention, but the mixed reviews probably hurt that. I don't know if it will even achieve cult status, but i loved it!
19.Midnight in Paris
One of Woody Allen's best and i loved the alternate time world with classic authors, his screenplay is likely to win come oscars!
20. The Muppets
A love letter to the muppets, a last hurrah for the Muppets, this could be seen as many things but it truly felt magical!
21. Captain America
I didn't care for it upon a first viewing but i loved it the second & third time. Perfect fit for a WW2 era idealism of a patriot!
It wasn't as good as Kick Ass but i had a great time with this flick, and it was alot closer to how a real super hero would be!
23. The last Circus
A batshit crazy look as circus clowns with no love lost, it isn't hokey and it plays it straight but in such an odd way.
24. Tiny Furniture
Such a charming little debut film.
What an emotional flick! JGL was great in it and i cried a couple times, some of the film at the beginning may have fell flat but it found it's stride later in the film!
Visually it is a great christmas film that shows a real menacing christmas look!
27. A Horrible Way to Die
I love AJ Bowen and this is one of my favorite serial killer films in recent memory.
It is like Hit Girl got her own solo film!
29. Cowboys & Aliens
Much like Sucker Punch, a film that got alot of hate, alot said it went wrong when the aliens showed up. What did you expect!
30. Tree of Life
The most personal film of the year.
I saw the Devil
The Rum Diary
Our Idiot Brother
A Perfect Host
Everything Must Go
Hobo With a Shotgun
30 Minutes or Less
Ides of March