Last year at G-S-T, we started our own unique year end Top 10. This year we have another batch of films we’d like to hi-light as being equally good, bad or something in between. Smiles, laughs and cries were had and just like our list last year, I didn’t see everything we wanted to but came pretty close. From what we saw here’s what I thought of what 2011 had to offer…
Cool, minimalist and dripping with a retro 80’s feel that would make Michael Mann jealous. Nicholas Winding Refn knocked this out of the park with a little help from a reserved Gosling and Cliff Martinez’ superb ethereal score.
Who would have thought Rocky with Robots would be as heartwarming as it was? Well I for one was K.O.ed by how much I loved this enjoyable family film.
Christmas has been done hundreds, if not thousands of times but Sony and Aardman managed to bring something new, exciting and fun…that’s a triple threat!
We all knew it would be a blatant redo of the first…but how could following the winning formula to ‘T’ could be such a let down? Not even a well placed cameo could help this bummer of a trip…
On paper Zack Snyder looked to deliver a trifecta of awesome; stunning action, dazzling visuals and femme fatales. What could go wrong?? Answer: Everything. It’s this years’ The Expandables
This was either the most stunning but overlong commercial for the National Geographic channel ever or one of the most pretentious, albeit most beautiful, films of the past decade. I’ll leave it to you to figure out because I simply gave up trying. But while it was nice to look at, it sure took its sweet time telling a boring story…so boring in fact I couldn’t bring myself to write a review.
This is a win in every category that is powered by the chemistry between Fassbender and McAvoy, the rapid fire pace of Matthew Vaughn and his stylish visuals and topped off with the intense score by Henry Jackman. Aside from Batman Begins, this is how you do an origin story. Well done!
Don’t let the NC-17 rating dissuade you from seeing this. Fassbender, doing very little actually, proves why he’s one of the finest actors on the planet. Russell Crowe better watch his back.
Johnny Depp’s quirky antics somehow translate even better in an animated character. And FYI, this title has become Go,See,Talk’s reference quality Blu-Ray title.
From funny to heart-warming with a positive message to boot. In the quest to be a great film, The Help needs none.
Honorable Mention: 13 Assassins, Pariah, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, Thor, Bridesmaids.
Now that’s what I thought of 2011, what do you think? Anyone in agreement? Or am I waaay off??
While you ponder that and compare notes feel please check out the 2011 Wrap Up lists from our new writers Grady, Andrew and Bill to see what they thought as well.