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Capone unleashes his 50-title-long Best Films of 2011 list!!! Plus, the 20 Best Documentaries, and his Worst of 2011 choices!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

According to my albeit unscientific calculations, I watched right around 400 new movies in 2011 (with a smattering of vintage films thrown in, but I only included them in the grand total if I saw them on the big screen), either in the theater or as a screener. Dear lord, what is wrong with me? Actually, nothing, since I'm simply doing the two-fold job that was given to me: to point you, the reader, in the direction of worthy films, and steer you clear of the crap--not always an easy task since people seem to flock to the crap at an alarming rate regardless of the countless warnings from me and others.

But in 2011, guiding folks into theaters playing damn fine films seemed like an easier job than it has been in recent years. I wasn't always pointing you in the direction of a multiplex, but there was never a time during the year when someone would ask me what's worth plunking down money to see that I couldn't point them to at least half-a-dozen great films, many of which were made for very little money. If you had given me a list at the beginning of 2011 of all the films that I would see in the coming year, I doubt if many, if any, of the below titles would have been predictable as my year-end favorites. I love when that happens.

I tried to limit my selections to films that were officially released in 2011. So something like THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (which I saw in December at Butt Numb-a-Thon) doesn't qualify since its official release date is April 2012. However, things I saw early enough in 2010 (such as the remarkable CERTIFIED COPY, which is rightfully on a lot of critics' Best Of... lists) didn't make the cut either for reasons that only my brain can make sense of. I guess certain films just don't feel like 2011 releases to me.

I only wrote blurbs for the Top 10, but that doesn't mean the movies that continue on from 11 aren't just as good in some cases. If you think 50 titles is overindulgent (it is, I know), I encourage you to stop reading at 10 or 20 or whatever number you deem appropriate. As in past years so they don't get lost in the shuffle, I've separated out the Best Documentaries of the year, so I can call attention to the extraordinary offerings that were released in 2011. You should see them all, and don't be so afraid of learning something or being moved by real life in a way that reality shows will never be able to accomplish.

And there's a Worst Of... list, but this may be the last year I do this run-down. Although I do find the bad reviews some of the most fun to write, simply trying to remember all of the film titles I hated in a given year is exhausting and unproductive. I may select a single worst film for each year, but an entire list seems pointless. If you disagree, let me know. I bow to you guys for guidance on these issues.

Anyway, enough preamble. Let's get to some titles. Tell me what you think; feel free to offer up suggestions--there have definitely been years when I've just flat out forgotten a title or two; or tell me certain titles are undeserving. They aren't, but if it makes you feel better. Beyond the Top 10, the ranking numbers don't really mean as much, so don't get too bent out of shape about what falls before or after what. The accompanying comments on the first 10 come from my original reviews. Please enjoy…


DRIVE is a character-driven drama punctuated with some shocking moments of violence. It's also a fantastic showcase for L.A. atmosphere, showing overviews of the city that are stunning and locations we don't often get to see on screen. The film manages to be both an art-house film and B-movie that brings out the best of both arenas. It doesn't fit easily into a genre, so stop trying to. It's an apparition of a movie that still manages to pound its points home. This one is going to shake you up a bit, and you're going to be a better person because of it. DRIVE is the kind of film that makes me love my job, love movies, and love getting up every day hoping I'll see another movie as good.

All too often, I'll watch a movie one day and within 48 hours, the details of the plot or what little character development might be featured has already begun to fade from memory. But with writer-director Sean Durkin's debut feature, the challenge is to forget so many aspects of this absolutely beautifully shot, thoroughly captivating film that combines mysterious characters, a tension-loaded story, and an atmosphere that blurs the lines between reality, memory and paranoia-fueled dreams. And all of these elements converge in the eyes and expressive face of lead actress Elizabeth Olsen. I've seen this film twice now, and it absolutely holds up. In fact, it gets better the second time around. There's a depth and confidence to the piece that is infectious. The organic atmosphere (nearly every frame of the film has trees and/or water in it) adds an other-worldly quality to the proceedings, which only helps build the tension levels to an excruciating degree. I can't wait to see what this director and the leading lady have for us next, and I think that's the highest compliment you can pay any artist.

There is so much to say about this film, and yet words don't quite do it justice, since writer-director Lars von Trier's end-of-the-world epic seems to be made from pure emotion. In the past, Von Trier has seemed fit to simply document bad behavior, but MELANCHOLIA transcends his previous works by digging deep into the psyche of its characters. It may not seem like it when it's described, but watching these characters crumble and then begin to rebuild is a wondrous thing. Most movies I can talk about with people who haven't seen them yet, but this one is a tough one to discuss with the uninitiated. So here's what you need to do: leave the house and check out this incredible film, and then we'll talk.

Miike is a master of chaos, but this film proves he can also make certain that his elaborate blood baths are choreographed in such a way that they're relatively easy to follow. He spares us nothing in this gory conflict as limbs go flying in every direction and blood saturates everything. I've been a big fan of lead actor Koji Yakusho, and it's great to see him with rage in his eyes. These are not men who were dragged to this confrontation kicking and screaming; they are happy to be in the role of political assassins because it reminds them of a time when they felt useful, appreciated and powerful. I don't believe Miike could have been made this film 10 or 15 years ago; this is the work of a mature director that understands pacing, building tension and the importance of developing strong characters. If you can handle the extreme violence, expect a magnificent film with extraordinary performances framed in a bloody, muddy spectacle.

Although this tale of two brothers that both fight in the same Mixed Martial Arts tournament contains many familiar moments and emotions featured in other sports films, I think I'm safe in saying that you have never seen a film quite like WARRIOR, a work that represents powerful, brutal, thunderous, intimate filmmaking at its very best. This is due to two of the most sweat-and-blood masculine performances I've seen since Stallone first entered the ring as Rocky and changed the world. In the end, this is a film about family and fighting, and it succeeds on both levels to absolutely pull us in and not let go until we're left bruised and bloody. The fight scenes are truly epic and they are shot and executed so convincingly, you can smell the sweat, feel the heat of each punch, and start to choke out when one fighter puts a death grip on another. This is truly one of the best films I've seen all year, and to think otherwise means you deserve as ass whopping of apocalyptic proportions, and I know just the guys to give it to you.

Director Terrence Mallick's film is one that cannot be pinned down to any one explanation or meaning. It's a film meant to wash over you and leave you thinking about it days or weeks after you've seen it. But most of all, it's a work left deliberately vague so that discussion will ensue after it's been viewed. Those are my favorite kinds of films. When I hear someone tell me a day or two after they've seen a thought-provoking film that they still don't know what they thought of it, my response is always some variation of, "The fact that you're still thinking about it probably means you liked it." THE TREE OF LIFE is not a simple, straight-forward work, but it's not confusing or so intent on being different that it makes it impossible to understand. My advice is to let the images take hold, and don't worry so much about piecing them together or attempting to interpret them until the film is done. My guess is that your analysis will never quite be complete until you see it a second time. You will absolutely take something away from the film, and that doesn't happen nearly enough in movies any more. Cherish the moment.

Above all else, MONEYBALL is damn fine storytelling that never forgets that the grace and perfection is in the detail. We get into the role each player has on the team. But I firmly believe you don't have to care one iota about baseball to love this movie with all your heart, and from this point forward, when the inevitable list of the greatest baseball or sports movies is compiled for whatever reason, I think this one will rank right near the top, and rightfully so. It's a winner.

Every few years, Woody Allen reminds us that he's not just prolific but also that he's a genius. He's not a genius because he can make us laugh or think; no, he's brilliant because he very often can do both in equal measure. Almost without fail, when you read the cast list of whatever the next Woody Allen movie is, you are stunned at the caliber of the talent and the potential these great actors have together. Sometimes, what looks good on paper works; other times, it doesn't. I'm ecstatic to report that MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is one of the great modern Allen works, one that works on every level as both a romantic comedy and a metaphor for the dangers of living in the past. You may not get all of the jokes and references if you don't have a college degree, but there's still plenty here to laugh with and appreciate.

It's unfathomable to me that there are people on this earth that don't like THE ARTIST, the magical film from the talented French director-actor team of Michel Hazanavicius (who also wrote it) and actor Jean Dujardin. The film is a celebration and homage to a great, lost era in filmmaking. I have always loved silent film, even the ones that many consider average, simply because they reveal so much about a style of movie making and acting that is long gone and not considered nearly enough. THE ARTIST reveals Hazanavicius' deep admiration for this bygone era and his attempt to remind us that those silent film actors were not lesser performers simply because we never heard their voices. Talking about this film almost ruins it; just go see the damn thing and don't be scared of the black and white or the silence.

For many, YOUNG ADULT is going to be an exercise in defying expectations. It comes from the writer (the Oscar-winning Diablo Cody) and director (Jason Reitman) of Juno, so you might expect a light-hearted comedy with snappy dialogue and a few moments of seriousness to drive home its deeper messages. Not only would you be 1,000 percent wrong, but you'd be selling YOUNG ADULT seriously short on just about every level. Anchored by a pair of performances that are among the year's best, surprisingly sophisticated dialogue, and a subject matter that is unsettling, with touches of humor, this movie achieves moments and takes us on such a nakedly personal journey that it feels almost death defying for its characters. The film is a a deftly smart and sometimes unnerving work that takes us down unpredictable roads and thrives in its dark corners. It simultaneously reminds us of the best and worst parts of the human soul, and shows us that a lot of people use both in order to get through the day. This is a great movie that doesn't use the usual tricks to convince us how great it is.




14. MILDRED PIERCE (I had to give a nod to truly one of the best film-watching experience I had in 2011, even though it was not a theatrical release. This Todd Haynes-directed HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet was a perfect blend of quality acting, discomforting melodrama, and a time capsule of a bygone era that was not kind of single/divorced women.)






20. HUGO














34. 50/50


36. SUPER 8
















A work of documentary perfection that not only spells out the problem of violence in the economically devastated neighborhoods of Chicago but also does the best job I've seen of offering solutions. It is a powerful film that shows this subject from every possible angle. The folks in this community are trying to take control of a bad situation and make it better. I can't imagine this movie won't have an impact on you on a profoundly deep level. I wanted to shake the hands of every person in this film when it was done. This is a movie about individuals, each with their own dramatic backstory, who have used the drama in their lives to make something good. I'll smack anyone who sees something bad about THE INTERRUPTERS...or maybe I won't.




















WORST FILMS OF 2011 (tie)

No they are not the worst made movies of the year or the worst acted or the worst themed. But damn did these films rub me the wrong way with all of their misguided do-goodery and false, wide-eyed innocence. I'm not sure what I cringed at more: Tom Hanks on a scooter, or Tom Hanks plummeting from a fiery World Trade Center tower. Plus, both Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock look about as miserable to be in these movies as I've ever seen them. Hanks had perhaps the worst year of his entire career since he started winning Oscars--maybe ever--simply by teaming up with two of America's sweethearts. He made not just two movies' worth of unapologetic garbage, but more like that trail of discolored goop that seeps out of the garbage when the bag gets a tear at the bottom. Don't ever do this again, Mr. Hanks. I think you're great; I truly do. But don't ever do this to us again.

WORST OF 2011--RUNNERS-UP/DOWN (I don't even have the energy to capitalize these titles)

Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked; Apollo 18; Battle: Los Angeles; Beastly; Bucky Larson: Born To Be a Star; The Change-Up; The Conspirator; The Darkest Hour; Dylan Dog: Dead of Night; Fireflies In the Garden; A Good Old Fashioned Orgy; The Hangover, Part II; I Am Number Four; I Don't Know How She Does It; Jack & Jill; Just Go With It; Killer Elite; Mars Needs Moms; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Red Riding Hood; Sanctum; Scream 4; Season of the Witch; Shark Night 3D; The Smurfs; The Son of No One; Spy Kids: All the Time in the World; The Three Musketeers; Water for Elephants; What's Your Number?; Your Highness; The Zookeeper

-- Capone
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  • Dec. 30, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    just confirms what a shit year it has been

    by electraglide

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    RE: Electraglide

    by Capone

    Thanks for reminding me that 2011 was the Year of Positivity for AICN readers!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Glad to see im not the only one who wasnt blown away by HUGO

    by Logan_1973


  • 'Cuz you damn well know that's going to be the outcome this year. (And which is why I have zero interest in actually seeing that particularly obvious bit of Oscar-bait.)

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I thought Bridesmaids was terrible

    by D.Vader

    But that's just me. For what appeared to be an ensemble comedy, it ended up only having 3 decently written characters, and the rest were just window dressing. Those other two bridesmaids? The one who is tired of being married and the one who can't wait to spend the rest of her life with one man? The two who end up having a lesbian moment together? You want resolution for that? You want an ending for the both of them and to find out if their attitudes changed? FUCK YOU, THEY'RE WINDOW DRESSING.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Capone, you didn't review all these movies for AICN, did you?

    by D.Vader

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    As for Moneyball, I thought it was a good story, and well-told

    by D.Vader

    But I wouldn't really want to watch it again. Nor do I think it was really in the Top Ten for the year.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    great list Capone, totally agree with Drive. But...

    by Tank Williams

    No 50/50? Or maybe you just didnt see it... Either way I thought it was fantastic

  • I find the Pirates' hate on this site astounding.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Cookie-cutter list at best.

    by Bandit 37

    Fail. Stop sucking Drive's dick. It's a cool flick but far from the best of the year.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    My Personal Top Ten

    by Tigereyes

    1. Win Win 2. Hanna 3. Moneyball 4. Rango 5. The Descendants 6. Bridesmaids 7. Drive 8. X-Men First Class 9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 10. Warrior

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Hanna rocked hard!

    by Bandit 37

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Oh and worst movies of the year...

    by Tigereyes

    Sucker Punch The Change Up Straw Dogs Battle Los Angeles I AM Number 4

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    RE: stiguy

    by Capone

    50/50 is on the list, just not in the Top 10. They can't all be winners, just almost winnes.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who was bored by Rango?

    by tollfreesuicide

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Who's sucking drives dick?

    by Tank Williams

    I guess it's a Dick worth sucking

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    RE: d.vader

    by Capone

    So many questions/comments: I reviewed just about every film on the top 50 list; maybe all but three on the doc list; and quite a lot on the worst list, but a lot of those didn't screen early, so no review. I hate to break it to you but the PIRATES 4 hate is not limited to this site, and yes I thought TRANFORMERS 3 was far better than PIRATES, if only because the destruction of Chicago sequence is so strong. I'll chalk up your thoughts about BRIDESMAIDS and MONEYBALL to agreeing to disagree.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Damn, this just made me realize...

    by Sardonic

    how many movies I haven't seen this year. It's too bad that more good flicks don't actually, like you, know, play at normal fucking movie theaters. I love movies, but I don't feel like driving an hour and a half every time I want to see something half-way decent. Instead we get Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 and twelve different superhero movies (not that I don't like superhero movies, but at a certain point...enough is a enough).

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Have you seen Kill List Capone?

    by biffy88

    Think that may be my film of the year, followed by Drive.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Garbo the Spy sounds great

    by fuldamobil

    Anyone know if it's getting a release? It seems to have only played festivals so far.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I thought every 2011 movie made one list or the other

    by lochkray

    Then I realized there was no Cowboys and Aliens on either list. Which makes sense as it was neither very good or terribly bad. Can't think that you missed too many others for the year though.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Ah that's right. I forgot how much you enjoyed seeing your city get destroyed. For the record, I don't think Pirates 4 is the worst of the year, nor do I think Transformers 3 was. I'm just surprised to see the former get trashed more than the latter. As for Bridesmaids, the lack of characterization for everyone else in the movie really bugged me. It was the Kirsten Wiig show, and while that works out fine I guess, I thought they focused too much attention on her and her relationship with Mya Rudolph so much that the rest of the movie failed to be as good. And everyone else suffered. Moneyball, again, very well-told story. But I just don't see myself watching it again. Certainly wouldn't be in my Top Ten. And like sardonic, this list just makes me realize how many movies I've missed this year too. Damn girlfriend who hates going to the movie theater. This has been a terrible year for me.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Battle: Los Angeles is on your worst list?

    by jrb

    What didn't you like about it, Capone? I loved that movie. Thought the combat was awesome. A few cheesy lines of dialog to be sure, but all together a great sci-fi action film.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Did you mean BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES starring Nia Peeples?

    by jrb

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    The Drive-hate amuses me.

    by Nerd Rage

    Keep that confused hatred coming.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    10 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Capone, Im afraid I have not seen one single film on your top ten list!! I did read the descriptions tho, and can claim with probable certainty that I will never see most of those movies. I thought this was meant to be a movie geek website for genre flicks, you're filling your list up with arthouse?! Aint it cool? Aint it pretentious more like. Martha Macy Marlene Motherfuckit?! The Artist? Young Adult? I've never even heard of these films! What is this shit?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by mcgillj

    Seriously. At BEST it was wanting to be like The Hangover. The cast is good, but the movie was beyond terrible. I actually like Larry Crowne. It was Hanks trying his best to make a non cynical film in the most cynical of times. I may not put it on the best list but definely far from the worst.. also. No Tucker and Dale vs. Evil? Also Transformers 3 and Pirates 4 both very awful. Pretty explosions and a wasted brilliant supporting cast doesn't change that.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Out of 50 movies

    by Nerd Rage

    you couldn't fit Hanna on there?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Fucking hilarious, Capone


    I'm not sure what I cringed at more: Tom Hanks on a scooter, or Tom Hanks plummeting from a fiery World Trade Center tower.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    captain america was BOOORIIIING!!!

    by arthur

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    RE: mcgillj

    by Capone

    TUCKER & DALE is a great movie, but I saw it almost two years ago. Doesn't feel like a 2011 to me.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    RE: cobra--kai

    by Capone

    Move geeks by definition are people who love films obsessively, not just genre films. I've got plenty of genre films this year. If anything, your comments make you seem embarrassingly out of touch. Put together your own list, and I'll be happy to post it on the site. Seriously.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    HANNA deserves a spot in the top 50


    Fantastic score by the Chemical Brothers, too.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    RE: d.vader

    by Capone

    So what you're saying is you've got 99 problems and a bitch IS one. I feel bad for you, son.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    RE: biffy88

    by Capone

    I did see KILL LIST, but I wasn't sure it had officially opened in the states in 2011. It didn't in Chicago, I know that. That is a truly great film, for sure.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Indeed, Capone. Indeed.

    by D.Vader

    She hates going to the theater because it never fails, some overweight guy who is creeping into her seat sits next to her, or she has kids throwing popcorn from a seat high behind us, or some couple won't stop talking. A lot of that is egregious, but a lot of that I can tolerate to focus on the movie. Sadly she can't. And so alas, I don't think I've seen even 15 movies in the theater this year. Wait I just counted. 14. I saw 14 fucking movies in the theater this year. I miss the old days of sitting in the theater on a weekly basis. I think I need a new girlfriend.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    i don't understand this love for tree of life

    by rakesh patel

    i watched and watched and gave up. please tell me i wasn't the only one.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry , but I couldn't get Melancholia

    by Pitdoc

    I'd wish Lars Von Trier would lighten the hell up. The main character is not only depressed,but she's a regular c**t too, as evidenced what she does late in the first segment.And what turned it for me was what he did to Keifer Sutherland's character, who was one of the few "stable" characters.After what happened to him, I HATED this movie .

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by TheFifthCylon

    This has been one of the BEST years for movies in recent memory. I think Melancholia, and Harold & Kumar 3 are the only two films all year that I out and out HATED. Other letdowns like Attack the Block and Cowboys & Aliens were merely 'weak'. And so many great films. The Muppets. Hugo. Another Earth. Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Green Lantern. Thor. Hanna. This has been an amazing year for movies.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    movies that have more laughs than Bridesmaids:

    by skelly

    Schindler's List Brian's Song Leonard Pt. 6 Sophie's Choice Old Yeller

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Personal Top Five

    by impetus

    ...given I haven't yet seen many that I want to. I'm pretty positive Hugo and MI4 will rank high as well once I see them. 5. 13 Assassins 4. X-Men First Class 3. Harry Potter 2. My Week With Marilyn 1. The Muppets Honorable mentions: X-men First Class, The Man From Nowhere (2010 Korean film, hit the US in 2011), Horrible Bosses Horrible Bosses is a great comedy that deserves more attention. Sort of the spiritual successor to Office Space. All of the performances were really quite superb, especially in playing both completely according to type (Bateman, Day) and against it (Farrell, Aniston).

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    re: capone

    by Tank Williams

    Crap, sorry didnt see 50/50 on your list... My bad.

  • Watched Michael Mann's Thief last night... Wow I cant believe it was my first viewing. So damn good. Loved Drive so everyone told me to check out Thief. Great stuff. James Caan in full badass mode!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    d.vader, I always let your girlfriend have the arm-rest and I never got up to pee.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    You can always, you know, go to a movie alone. It's 2 hours where you don't talk to anyone anyways. You are always welcome to sit next to the empty seat next to me.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    Were you seriously expecting GREEN LANTERN to make the Best List?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    SCREAM 4 was decent.

    by ZodNotGod

    Not worthy of the worst of any year really...Final Destination 5 can be there though. Rango too....

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Stereotypical Evil Archer

    by D.Vader

    I have done that on occasion. Did that with The Adjustment Bureau back in March. Had a nice meal at Dean and Deluca. Saw the movie by myself and then enjoyed some post dinner frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. It was a good night. I always tell myself "I'll go see that movie for a matinee this week,", but invariably work gets in the way or I choose to whittle down the movies I have saved on my DVR instead (I'm over 90% here). I'll try to see more movies this year. Save that seat for me, I'll be there.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Bridesmaids was the biggest letdown of the year. It suffered Superbad syndrome for me in that it was so built up that by the time I saw it there was no way it could live up to the hype. I thought it had some chuckles at best. I think what really bugged me is that when I voiced how disgusting I thought the food poisoning scene was, I got accused by some female friends of being sexist. They told me that I'd think it was hilarious if it was guys instead of women. That scene would have been fucking gross if it was Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Chris Pratt (and I love those guys dearly).

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    This year just wasn't very good.

    by seanny_d

    Granted, I never got a chance to see Martha Marcy, or a few others on the list, but in trying to figure out what my own personal Top 10 are this year has been pretty difficult. Overall, I feel like most of the movies released have been forgettable. Even the ones I thought I really enjoyed like Thor, Captain America, or Bridesmaids, they ultimately end up becoming forgettable. <p>The reason why Drive is near the top for me is that it really tried to do something different. I even had the box office employee warn me after buying the ticket that they don't talk much during the first part of the movie.<p> I have higher hopes for 2012, but I was really hoping the success of Inception, whether you love it or hate it, would open the doors for more bigger budget original features. I still love the movies and go at least once a week, but I can't seem to muster up much enthusiasm for the year that was 2011.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by electraglide

    Really? How many of those Capone listed do you think people will be talking about in 5 years? I know this isn't the definitive time but you know what I mean... genuine question, not trying to be argumentative

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    5 at best?

    by electraglide

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by electraglide


  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The Three Musketeers

    by hallmitchell

    Why people keep ponying up money for this tired idea i don't know. How many more lame versions of this film do people want to get behind? I'm sure the last three versions flopped.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    What were the worst documentaries

    by DarthBlart

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Baron Von Penguin

    Another shit sandwich from Lars. Best thing about it was Kirsten Dunst's bare tits and that cheeky little piss she took on the golf course. I just about climaxed into my hanky.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by electraglide

    Yeah, prob a stupid test admittedly, but still think its a very average year, nothing outstanding, bar maybe Drive. As for the summer blockbusters, you gotta admit the quality was low? 2 low key prologues, a risible 3rd transformers, a low rent spielberg homage... can't think of anything that stood out

  • I'd put her up against anyone....I can't recall the last time I sympathized with a character's fear - and believed it to the fullest. Her performance is terrifying, because we can relate. And guess what? This could happen. Something could hit the Earth and kill us all - and this is exactly how we'd react.

  • I waited until it was on Blu-Ray, bought it cheap at a FYE, got a free GL ring with it. Thought, "Surely it can't be THAT bad? ...It was worse than my most fevered imagining ot bad-osity. Schumacher. Batman bad. Halls Berry Catwoman bad. I literally could not finish watching. Everything was just, wrong, it was far beyond just "Ryan Reynolds should never be allowed to act in anything again". And it's a shame because I love the comic. Oh well.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I would have liked HUGO more if it wasn't a scam

    by Mel

    Parent: "I should take my kids to see this, it looks fun from the trailers!" ::kid falls asleep 5 minutes in at the movie theater::: Parent: "WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? A FUCKING EDUCATIONAL MOVIE ABOUT MOVIES!?"

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Young Adult was awesome! Love seeing it on a top 10 list!

    by antonphd

    I wouldn't have put it on my top 10, but I would have put Drive, Midnight in Paris, 13 Assassins and Warrior. If Nick Nolte doesn't win every supporting actor award there is for his heart piercing work in Warrior then Tom Hardy must be sent to kick the asses of the award voters.

  • That's how weak this year was. I believe that IB would have won every best of award if it had come out this year. And it's a great film, no doubt, but it was considered a bit down on the totem pole when it was released.

  • Transformers 3 was an okay dumb summer flick

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    PS. Where's Elite Squad?????

    by Mel

    Can't make the top 50? really?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Because of 3D, Bay had to get a handle on his ADHD

    by mdk

    Oh, and I meant to say: Despite the Megan's Fox panty shot. I know she's a talentless skank, but she stood up to Bay an' I still think she's purty!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    not saying there were no quality films

    by electraglide

    I just think across the board it was a poor year... wasn't expecting much at the start of the year and was still disappointed!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Transformers 3 is the worst movie of 2011

    by TheDarkKnight2007

    Might be the worst movie of all time

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Suprised not to see Red State up there!

    by tattooedjackass

    I loved the movie personally, here's my top ten 10.Kill List 9. Drive 8. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 7. I Saw The Devil 6. We Need To Talk About Kevin 5. Tyrannosaur 4. The Guard 3. Attack The Block 2. 50/50 1. Red State

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    re: D.Vader: "I think I need a new girlfriend."

    by jim

    I think you just need a new theatre. Or forgo opening weekend evening shows. One of the things I love about AMC - matinees (and the $6 ticket price makes it hard to beat). For, I believe, Iron Man 2 their first showing was at 4:30 am (I slept in and went to the 8:30 screening with only about a dozen or so others in attendance). Weekend matinees or waiting a couple of weeks for the fickle and unruly masses to have moved on to the next, new thing, works for me. Sure, you can still get the occasional self-absorbed and oblivious prick, but the chances are slimmer. I agree with you on Pirates. Certainly it is my least favourite of the franchise, but I still enjoyed it. Did not see it in 3D, which I'm sure helped with my favorable opinion. Bridesmaids is one of those movies that perhaps I saw too late. I had heard for months by many people it was the funniest movie they'd ever seen. It was an amusing movie but not much more than that (and far from the "funniest movie ever!" - much like what I thought of The Hangover). I also found it a bit long and thought it could have benefited from some tighter editing. The Help is another of those movies everyone raved about that I didn't think lived up to its hype. I found it to be a good movie carried by some great performances, most notably Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, and especially Jessica Chastain. Any award nominations an accolades for them I think are well deserved. But I just don't see it as a "best picture".

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    What's really sad....

    by Brian that this thread has yet to be officially........... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................coxxed!!!!!!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    My only problem with Tree of Life

    by jim

    It wasn't in Imax. If there's one movie I saw this year that deserved to be on that giant screen with that great soundsystem, it's The Tree of Life.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Maybe I need to watch Drive a second time

    by sunwukong86

    I didnt get it when I saw it the first time I guess. i didnt find Ryan Gosling's character interesting at all.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    moneyball should not be on any best list

    by unclejoe

    pitt is a great actor, but the movie plays around with facts so much that it becomes totally absurd

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Top 3 movies of 2011 that I didn't expect to like but did --

    by MooseMalloy


  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Capone, thanks for the offer... But the Dojo operates with a 6-12 month lag on movie watching! Seriously last two weeks I saw (for the first time) SOURCE CODE, THE FIGHTER and THOR. I thought SOURCE CODE could have been a great little genre flick if it had finished 5 minutes earlier than it did. THE FIGHTER was a great movie and I loved Bale in it and the mom, both worthy oscar winners. THOR had some cool visuals and an amiable turn by Hemsworth but ultimately was a bit too shallow to rise above superhero mediocrity. I was just suprised to see so many heavy arthouse titles on your list. Indie arthouse stuff like MELANCHOLIA, THE ARTIST, YOUNG ADULT is like kryptonite to me. Yeah, I know they're good films but the Dojo prizes entertainment above all else and I don't want to finish a movie on a downer!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Just saw Midnight In Paris this week...

    by Ninja Nerd

    I'm not a big Woody Allen fan. Some of his work I like...a lot, in some cases...and some I just don't. That said, Midnight In Paris is definitely a new favorite. Oddly enough, I also suffered through Hall Pass this week. about vastly different "living in the past" riffs, with the same Owen Wilson! Loved one, loathed the other.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by drave117

    Two of your top ten are in my worst list, and vice versa...

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Hanna, etc.

    by Clio

    Yes, HANNA should definitely be in the top 50--I would put it in the top 30. And I do not agree at all that THE KILL LIST "is a truly great film." Did you see the ending?? Looks like something out of THE WICKER MAN--the bad one with Nic Cage.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Lots of people have the wrong Gosling movie as their favorite of 2011.


    Drive was okay, but a lot of very misguided people seem to like it because of the violence, which is pretty abhorrent. It's the same people that love Fight Club but have no idea what it means (aka Boondock Saints fans). The Ides Of March was a fantastic acting showcase and the film itself blew me away because its stance on politics was not what I was expecting. It rang far truer than just about any other political film I've seen. That's my #1 for 2011 right now. I can't fathom it not being in someone's top FIFTY... The Artist and 50/50 are right up there. Contagion is underrated. Soderbergh's best in a long time. Hugo made me fall asleep. What a bore. Midnight In Paris was lovely. Bridesmaids and The Muppets are in my top 10 as of now. Saw a bunch of movies this last week that ranged from decent to mediocre - Young Adult, The Descendants, Tintin, We Bought A Zoo.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    The worst films I saw this year...


    Real Steel, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, 30 Minutes Or Less, In Time... A few others I really liked that I forgot to mention: J. Edgar (not perfect, but some really strong work from Eastwood and co.), Warrior, Our Idiot Brother, Cedar Rapids.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Your Highness.


    Just awful.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    seriously, why do people hate Battle: LA?

    by drave117

    Every single person I know that saw it freaking loved it. It combines the gritty, claustrophobic chaos of the best war movies with some kick ass aliens, and packages the whole thing as a fascinating metaphor about the USA's foreign policy. My liberal friends liked it because of its stance on foreign occupation, and my conservative friends liked it because of how respectful it is to soldiers, especially for such a left-leaning film! I'm still digging through the 100+ movies I saw in theaters, but it will definitely be in my top 20 if not my top 10.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    The Drive-hate ----

    by dahauk--

    I didn't hate DRIVE, but I thot it was boring (except for the nasty parts) and I can't see what so many saw in this thing. Minimalist performing and little dialogue doesn't equal quality acting.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Battle: LA.... A movie for morons

    by Fritzlorrerains


  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Wow. I haven't even seen 50 movies.

    by CherryValance

    But YAY for WARRIOR. I've been hoping that movie would get some attention all year. That it's finally showing up on top ten lists makes me very happy. :D I like your list. Most of the movies I've seen are in a similar order. Except I have HUGO first.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I'm glad I don't see 400 movies a year

    by t_allen

    Just retired from the army so I didn't have the free time others do, but I love cinema. Any genre is good if it's good. But Battle: Los Angeles to me is one of the best films I have seen this year next to Tucker & Dale and the X-Men, Captain America and Thor films. No clue why people dislike it. It is what it is. Rise of the planet of the apes, exceptional, not what I expected but so much better than I thought it would be, loved it. I still haven't seen anything in your top ten Capone, but you have always been solid on your reviews and I want to say keep it up! Happy early New Years to all, be safe all!

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by wormcheck

    who the hell is talking about Gigli???

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Capone- We need to talk about Kevin was very good

    by vetepalapinga

    watch it. Battle LA was another brainwashing propaganda shitfest aimed at video gamers. Monsters was great at portraying soldiers as they really are: clueless fucking morons. Kill List was very good but its message is so incredibly subtle I doubt more than 90% of the people who come to this site will get it. Reminded me of Cure

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    I'm with Vades, my horrible wife won't go to flicks anymore...

    by Billyeveryteen

    But she will happily rent the worst pieces of shit. Plus, it's been a particularly shitty year of cinema.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Are you serious about Tom Hanks, capone?

    by KevinMuller

    Do they really show him falling from the tower? If that is

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Glad to see Battle: LA in the worst list


    That film was terrible. Yes the dialogue was awful but the whooping after killing an alien everytime got really annoying (yes my friend just died but I just killed an alien "whooop". Also the action was pretty crappy. Pity as the trailer made it look okay.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Capone how does even one movie stick out if you see 400?

    by sunwukong86

    I wouldn't be able to be a movie critic

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    War Horse didn't even make Capone's Top 50 list

    by Titus05

    good to see Spielberg not get a pass for every film

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Drive: The Most Overrated film of 2011?

    by Powers Boothe

    I liked it enough to watch it twice BUT I honestly feel it's overpraised. I wonder how well it will be remembered in a couple of years.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Young Adult is great should...

    by Powers Boothe

    take a look at a 2010 film titled Greenberg. Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman could lean a thing or two from the films of Noah Baumbach and Alexander Payne.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    To those asking...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...people hate Battle: LA because there is not one single character in the film. Even the lead is given only one poorly defined bit of past business about having had men die under his command and even this is studiously deprived of oxygen to ensure it never threatens to become a character arc, and then is done away with in an absolutely meaningless exchange that resolves the problem only because it was time for the movie to do so. There are no people in this movie. Just video game characters, the kind that used to run around in an old Super Nintendo game like Contra, two dimensional cyphers pumping rounds at the aliens. And some other stuff.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I'm with you. Transformers 3 was worse than Pirates 4. Mind you, Pirates 4 was pretty damn bad. And you know, Pirates wasted Fat in 3 and McShane in 4. And they both should have been given great big Depp style characters to play. Still, I hated it less.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by antonphd

    probably because you are... um... nobody?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Battle: Los Angeles and Killer Elite

    by FailureAtTheCave

    No reason either of those should be on anybody's "worst" lists.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    HA,HA! I love you, CreepyThinMan...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius, wait. I hate you.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I agree with everything you said about BATTLE: LA. Yet, somehow, I still managed to enjoy it. I'm of the opinion that there were far worse movies out there this year.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    How did BAD TEACHER miss being on the worst of list?

    by planetran_fan

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Why all the Your Highness hate???

    by john

    It's fucking funny man, and it's got Kenny Fucking Powers in it! God damn snotty critic assholes.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Why the Battle:LA hate?

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Simple: terrible, unintentionally hilarious dialog, cliched stock characters I could care less about, lame ass acting and story...the list goes on and on. Worst film I saw all year. Period.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Creepy = 'roid rage

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    It all make so much sense now...

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    As for THE TREE OF LIFE...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...let's just call it a semi-noble failure that borders on self-parody. I would have loved to have seen what Herzog would have done with that film.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    'Hanna' deserves to be in the top 20.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Surprised me with how much I liked it, and totally changed my opinion of Eric 'Banal' Bana.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Saw Drive for the second time...

    by john

    Convoluted monkey in the wrench of a movie! CUE SCENE - Cary Mullaplain looks at Driver. She says nothing. Driver looks at Mullaplain. He says nothing. Random "goodfellas like" violence. Cary Dullfuck holds shopping bag - says nothing. Driver drives - says nothing. Random stabbing - wakes audience up slightly. Driver kisses Dullfuck in elavtor with glowing light - this pleases critics. Random violence - this pleases everyone else. Movie ends. Critics leave confused but think that's a good thing. Oscars are handed out.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    drive and battle la sucked smoked donkey dick

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Apes and tree of. life ruled

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I love the shit out of movies, but...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...I'm currently only up to 53 movies from 2011 I've seen so far. I mean, I tend to watch a movie a day on average, but most of those are older films, or stuff I've gotten on Blu-Ray. I just can't imagine seeing more movies than there are days in a year. I mean, FOUR HUNDRED films! How is that even possible?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Now Capone's list I can trust

    by Roger Moon

    Enjoyed your nod to MILDRED PIERCE. Not a scenario I'd usually be interested in, but it's totally compelling. Really sharp and smart. Great acting.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I didn't see Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks

    by Mugato5150

    But from what I read about it, how is it worse than Forrest Gump?

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by Anthony Torchia

    I had a (small) nervous breakdown around the time Drive came out, completely missed it. You and Nordling love it, I will get the DVD :) Great work all year man, thanks.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    No Tintin?

    by memento108

    For fuck's sake.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Play the Capone Number Game

    by Tigger11

    Look at Capones list of best movies of the year, starting at #1, find the first movie of the list you have either a) an interest in seeing if you havent seen it b) was able to sit through the whole without falling asleep and you would be willing to see again without being paid cold hard cash. The number of that movie is your Capone number, then you post that and you can compare with others.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Thor didn't crack your top 50 but Super did?

    by JackSlater4


  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    War Horse not in the top 50?

    by pr0g2west

    That was cinematic brilliance. The problem is that its too emotional and sweet for some people, or should I say most people. Im I wrong for loving a film that is truly gratifying? I hope it at least wins an oscar for best score.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    @skippy. Get ready

    by mrbonefish

    For another breakdown after Drive...trying to figure out why it gets all the love thrown at it. Very pretty B movie at best. See Theif for a better version that actually makes sense.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    My top 10 of the year

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    1. 13 Assassins 2. Midnight in Paris 3. Harry Potter - Deathly Hallows Part 2 4. Moneyball 5. Senna 6. X-Men First Class 7 Super 8 8.Tyrannosaur 9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes 10. Hanna 1-3 was very easy for me, 4-10 were much harder with some honourable mentions unlucky to miss out, and looking at others lists there is a lot of good stuff I havent seen Honourable Mentions; Source Code, Tree of Life, Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol, Inside Job, Norwegian Wood, I Saw the Devil, The Debt Still to see (and really want to see); The Artist Burning Man Drive Hugo Melancholia Project Nim Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Warrior

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Martha Marcy May Marlene was missing a third act...

    by Mr. Waturi

    The entire film was all setup with no payoff. The lead actress was fantastic, but I'll never sit through that movie again. Glad to see "Warrior" so high on the list. That movie is just awesome.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    foetus, don't watch Bunraku

    by bralli

    It's unbelievably awful. I turned it off about 45 minutes into it and I don't think I've ever turned off a movie before.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    That's a pretty good worst of list


    I popped in to The Darkest hour for a bit at the theater and wow.... holy shit was that bad. It's a serious contender for worst movie of the decade. It's not often they can get away with charging $11 to see a straight to DVD shitfest. Movies I wouldn't include on that list because they aren't offensively bad are the Change-Up, Pirates, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy(this was actually funny),The Hangover 2, Scream 4(liked this one), Your Highness(I liked it but am not surprised to see it on the list) I would add Red State, Conan the Barbarian, Melancholia

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Wait, there's no War Horse on that list. Or Tintin.

    by Yelsaeb

    What's up with that, man? I don't mean to complain, it's your list and all, but War Horse was frigging great.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    And 13 Assassins was complete and utter crap.

    by Yelsaeb

    I know I sound like a broken record, but too much CG blood. Why did they have to add the blood? Just show the guy getting hit by the blade. That's all you need. They did it in War Horse and it looked perfect. That's not the only reason I don't like it, though. Miike's style hasn't really bit me. Ichi the Killer was pretty good, but that "western" he made with Tarantino was terrible.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Huh..... Psyco! You take this pretty seriously don't you... Ya know.. the whole, wishing death on people at all

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Must be some crazy new form of film critic.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with this War Horse chatter

    by Tank Williams

    Easily in my top 5 of the year. Not even in the top 50? That's baffling. I'm assuming the emotional manipulation really turned people away. That's really too bad, great movie

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Personally, I would skip Straw Dogs. Very forgettable

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Only saw 6 movies in the cinema this year.

    by ReportAbuse

    Adjustment Bureau, Sucker Punch, Source Code, Hanna, X-Men First Class and Tree of Life. Via Redbox I watched Thor, Captain America and Green Lantern at home. Thor and CA were fun, but Green Lantern was a waste of $1.20. Also watched Hesher, Submarine, Blue Valentine, The Devil's Double, Margin Call, and Attack the Block at home, all interesting little flicks. Hesher was probably the best of the group. I also saw about another 100 films on DVD, but not many new releases and lot of obscure stuff that suits my strange tastes. Most notable in my opinion: Syberberg's biopic about the German Western writer Karl May; Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan" (about a man's search for a wife in modern Kazakhstan); Juan Catlett's "Erindira lkikunari" (Mexican historical epic about an Aztec warrior princess who fights the Conquistadors); Soderbergh's "Che" with Benicio del Toro (awesome), and also his "Bubble" (meh) and "Schizopolis" (terrible); Denis' "White Material," about the last days of white settlers in Rhodesia; Reygadas' "Japon" (very strange Mexican film about a dying man who goes off to small village ... contains a disturbingly explicit scene of him having sex with an 80 year old woman); Laugier's "Martyrs"; Noe's "Enter the Void"; the self-titled biopic about Congolese politician Patrice Lumumba; a '60s biopic on Libyan national hero Omar Muktahr, "Lion of the Desert"; Cassavetes' Faces, Shadows, Husbands, Woman Under the Influence and Killing of a Chinese Bookie; L.A. Confidential, Hollywoodland, Wonderland (the Val Kilmer flick); The Prestige, The Illusionist (Burger), the animated The Illusionist (Chomet-Tati), Bergman's The Magician; The Omega Man, The Quiet Earth; Howl (the Allan Ginsberg biopic); Bronson and Valhalla Rising (Refn); Van Bebber's "The Manson Family"; Robert Thurman's 3-hour filmed lecture on Buddhism; Vajra Sky Over Tibet; Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion; Unmistaken Child (about the search for a deceased lama's tulku); Sevcikova's "Old Believers" (about exiled Russian Orthodox settlers in Czecheslovakia); Pirates of Silicon Valley (fictionalized story about the early years of Gates and Jobs); THX 1138 (magnificent film almost but not quite ruined by Lucas' 2004 cgi additions); The Decalogue 1-2-3 (sorry, found them boring); Ozu's Tokyo Twilight and Good Morning (Ozu is awesome but not to everyone's taste); Easy Riders, Raging Bulls; A Decade Under the Influence; Hearts of Darkness; Paul Schrader's 1985 biopic on Yukio Mishima (wonderful ... have seen it a few times); TV series watched on disk: The Wire (Season 1); Mad Men (Season 2 and 3); Weeds (Seasons 1-3); Heroes (Season 1); Breaking Bad (Seasons 1-2); John from Cincinnati. (I don't have cable t.v., so this is how I watch series.)

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    And yes, I agree Larry Crowne was one of the year's worst.

    by ReportAbuse

    And Will Farrell's "Everything Must Go" was a sad misfire along the same lines (middle aged man forced to reassess his life after losing his job or whatever and having a yard sale.) Farrell's was the better flick of the two. It was interesting to see him trying to play a straight dramatic role (with a very subdued sprinkling of cynical humor), but overall it felt very slow and depressing.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life = 2 Hours of B-Roll Slapped Together

    by mattgil

    I had to stop watching this movie after about the first 30 minutes. I just could not go on. The movie wore me out. Maybe someone can enlighten me as to why critics think it is so good.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life

    by ReportAbuse

    I saw it in the cinema in a packed house (the only place in town it was playing) ... when it ended, I heard some guy way in the back of the house say very clearly in the otherwise quiet room, "Thank God!" Hilarious. Now I'll always remember that, unfortunately.

  • These were definitely the better ones in an otherwise pretty blah year at the cinemas. The love for DRIVE continues to perplex, almost like last year and BLACK SWAN. I found those two to be stunt films of directorial finesse with zero content or intrigue. Not that MIDNIGHT IN PARIS or THE ARTIST have a lot of meat on their bones, but they're not *stunting* with gore, masks, or all-out psychopathic outrage from the protagonist (supposedly a protector/knight!). When you learn that Refn actually based *One-Eye* from his last movie on *Snake Plissken*, his genre-cannibalistic cinematic value system starts to make some sense. Oh, well — onward to 2012, with popcorn in hand!

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I didn't see Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks...

    by Baron Von Penguin

    I saw it with my wife Esther instead and both of thought it would've been preferable to have contracted AIDS rather than remain for the films entire duration

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Drive Angry > Drive

    by ReportAbuse


  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    X-Men First Class, it had perfect moments, it also had very Ratneresque moments.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    The best one yet, but it still had the (FO)X-Men aftertaste. I blame the use of un-uncanny x-men, the third or fourth rate ones.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Captain America better than Thor? No...

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Nice little list. Strange, but a nice reminder of what still to catch.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:58 a.m. CST

    How the hell did everybody miss the POS that was the new CONAN?

    by cesareo

    Pure Shit. You can pinpoint the exact moment Stephen Lang gave up and said "Fuck it. It's a gig."

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Stalkeye's top Five

    by Stalkeye

    1.13 Assassins one of the best Samurai films in decades. think Wild Bunch/Magnificent Seven but with Katanas. 2.X-Men First Class Entertaining prequel (Unlike any of Lucas' Star Wars prequels.) and good pefromances by McAvoy, Fassbender and Kevin Bacon. Not to mention a brief cameo from a certain Canknuclehead with F bombs. 3.Tie The Man from Nowhere/I saw the Devil. (Pure Badassery Korean Cinema outdoes American action films like Killer Elite and The Mechanic.) 4.Thor Yeah ppl bitched about Thor's Helmet or lack thereof or Hemidall being Black (Gasp!) but who gives a shit, the movie had a good story (albeit slow pacing.) action and humor thrown in for good measure. The fight with The Destroyer was a bit too short however. 5.Captain America The Movie didnt serve as some Jingoistic nonsense as many outside of the U S was so quick to believe.Instead, it focused on the Man behind the shield and what motivated him to become a Sentinel of Liberty.Despite my skepticisms of Evans playing another Marvel character, he actually pulled it off. The action scenes harken back to the earlier Indy films and ya gotta love some of the quirky dialogue such as; "Are we letting everyone in now"? "I'm not kissing you"! and "Nice Boots Tinkerbell". Even the chorus scene was a good idea as it somewhat poked fun at the "propaganda" of America's great Red, White and Blue hope. Despite a few heckling assholes and some fat fuck asking for Money to buy a Can of Soda, overall it was a fun experience at the theater. If Jack Kirby was still alive, he would have been proud of his co creation.Sadly Joe Simon passed away not too recently. Best Superhero film this Year(IMNSHO) which leads to the upcoming Avengers.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    The documentary list

    by beamish13

    How could you have neglected to include THE ARBOR? It's the most radical and brilliant documentary since Errol Morris' THE THIN BLUE LINE.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    And the Devil's Double is completely ignored!!

    by david starling

    It would've been good if it was at least in your hated list, but no, its not even there!! I know you would've loved it or hated it Capone, had you seen it - but hey, its better to love or hate something, than just not care about it right? And what about Arrietty? Ooops, just made aware, I don't think its out in the US until 2012? I actually think this year was a good year for movies - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was brilliant, Fox actually gave decent outings for two of their big franchises (X Men and Planet of the Apes), and the fifth instalment in the Fast and the Furious saga turned out to be the best!!

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    creepythinman-returns - ok, i guess i have to explain it to you

    by antonphd

    complaining that Harry won't let you write reviews for AICN despite your having asked numerous times is like people who complain that the movie star they bumped into a the mall wouldn't take a look at their screenplay. kids these days. they don't want to start at the bottom and work their way to the top. they want to start at the top and work their way sideways.

  • At least Miike doesn't overdose on the blunt sentimentality that plagues Speilberg's WAR HORSE.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Really dude? Your actually making threats towards movie geeks? You must be pretty tough. I'm shaking in my Spiderman T-shirt. And I'm curious, if one would actually meet you in the flesh like you so quickly threatened, what are you gonna do. Beat them up? Kill em? Are we gonna meet at the playground and duel to the death? GET A FUCKING LIFE

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Creepy, this is an internet forum - go over 50 words and you've lost your reader... Too much my friend!

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I just re-read that worst of bit up top... THERE'S A FILM IN WHICH TOM HANKS PLUMMETS FROM THE TWIN TOWERS?! Did I get that right? Because somehow it seems so wrong.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Spellchecker does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    CTM, the writers on this site are like Para-Olympians. You can't hold them to the same standard as the able-bodied athletes. But you can still cheer on their *achievements* (like when Harry posts his 'weekly' dvd column - which has never been weekly since it began and rarely even features DVDs, or when Nordling spots a scoop on a rival movie website and then posts a link to it).

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    If an able bodied writer did start contributing it would just be an embarassment. Like Usain Bolt lining up at the Paraolympics to run the 400m with the cripples. They'd look like failures for being left so far behind, and he'd look bad for humiliating them so badly. No one wins.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks plummets from the twin towers????

    by Xen11

    Wow, that fucker is getting desperate in finding ways to prey on your sympathy.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    At least Tom Cruise had the decency to hang on.

    by Xen11

    He shows how its supposed to be done. Why would you fall?

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    creepythinman "returns"? Were you banned before?

    by Xen11

    Anyway. You ARE a writer for AICN. It's not the articles that matter, its the talkbacks. That's the meat and potatoes of the site. The articles are just the plastic covering that advertises some of the subject matter in the talkbacks you are about to get. You don't have to be bribed by the studios to have your writings be legitimate. You have to be truthful and honest. You are doing that for you, not for them, because you're not one of them.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    It would be nice to be paid off though,

    by Xen11

    You feel that sting, big boy, huh? That's pride fucking with you.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Insidious and Worst of Opinion

    by docbrown88

    Even at number 50, I would question Insidious... had some great ideas with some frightening imagery but I felt tried to throw way too much plot into the third act making the entire film seem relatively all over the place. More flawed than impressive. Just a comment, but overall a nice list to read with some good stuff I haven't seen yet, so thank you for sharing. I always look forward to your posts and interviews! As for the worst of, its my opinion that critics use that as an excuse to be more mean spirited than intellectual so Im all for doing away with them entirely. We all know which films fell flat, He'll, most of the time we can tell that just from the two minute trailer. We don't need to be reminded yet again. Just my two cents, for what its worth!

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    No WAR HORSE? Blasphemy!

    by Orionsangels

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Would anyone care about Drive if not for the ultra-violence?

    by kevred

    And of course, that reference reminds us all of a film that matters greatly, to this day, with or without its shocking violence. No one will care that Drive ever existed this time next year.

  • It's been a poor year for quality, with untold millions being spend on SFX and nothing spent on stories. Lower budget movies like The Artist and Tinker Tailor, and the superb doc' Senna were funnier more exciting and absorbing than all the giant robots and comic book movies. Hopefully 2012 will be a better year with Prometheus, Hobbit, TDKR; large movies but, hopefully, with ernough investment in script and character. If not we've got Expendables 2 to fall back on.....heaven help us!

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    CTM- Check the changes

    by Stimpy

    AICN gets about a quarter if(think you mean of) the posts that it used to. This is a result of this(should be the if using changes, or change if using this) fucking wretched talkback format changes that the blubbery cocksucker that owns this shithole put into place not to mention the fucking useless fuckfaces that write for this site. Most of whom can't be bothered to post about anything. Most of whom can't even spell or check their fucking facts. I've offered Knowles my services to write for this site but he doesn't seem interested. Probably because I wouldn't tow the party line of kissing Hollywood studio ass in exchange for freebies, screenings or pwesants(close think you meant presents). Probably because I can spell and make cohesive sentences. Most likely that at 210lbs I would be the thinnest writer for this fucking site. Oh and yes I work out 4 to 6 days a week FYI. Just helping you out with those few things. If your claiming to be the best at grammar and spelling we better make sure your resume is up to par before you turn it in. :-) Just giving you a little shit. Love your posts.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    kevred, good point

    by sunwukong86

    Kill Bill had ultra violence but the characters had depth to them. Tarantino could probably give you a back story to every member of the Crazy 88s. The characters in Drive just werent fleshed out enough IMHO. Especially Carey Mulligan, who seemed like she just flat out didnt want to be in the movie. And am I the only one who thought Christina Hendricks seemed out of place? Her role was so small tht they could have gotten anyone.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    It astounds me how few noticed how awful

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    X-Men: First Class was. The cool scenes of Fassbender hunting Nazis doesn't negate the cheesy mess of the rest of the movie.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    The Darkest Hour

    by bert

    just saw that yesterday, and while not Oscar worthy, it certainly wasn't among the "worst" films of the year. Just a fun little popcorn flick, with a bunch of plot holes, and people getting disintegrated for an hour and 1/2 in 3D. :p

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Great documentary list

    by Jaka

    Already watched Tabloid this morning - that lady is a certifiable wack job! I think she's guilty, but she talks so damn much that you forget about what's really going on.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Season of the witch

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Saw it the other night, thought it was good mindless fun. And with a Niccy Cage comedy wig and The Perlman head butting a demon, what's not to like?

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Kill list

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Kill list was fucking amazing, just to chime in on that. Confusing, but with enough great moments to make up for it. And Neil Maskell rocked.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    First Class hate, gonna have to agree to some point

    by sunwukong86

    The writing was sloppy. There was no real need to have it set in the 1960s. They chose the cuban missile crisis as a setting? The X-men were created because of the civil rights movement, come on. Dont get me wrong the movie was entertaining, but it doesnt meant it didnt have problems.

  • Some good action at the end, but a story that wasn't very strong.

  • That's what bothered me about it. It's still a pretty good movie, but it just lacked an identity. And it didn't feel like it was doing that intentionally. Sometimes you can have a mashup that really works, but I didn't feel like this one did. I mean....Gosling's character is creepy as fuck, but that one chick digs him? WHY? A guy like that would NEVER have a chick like him, ever.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    take the tree of life


    and shove it up your butthole

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Hugo at top, Battle: LA at bottom?

    by jdb1972

    Think you got those reversed.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by jdb1972

    ... this may have been the weakest year for films I can ever remember. When the least bad films are a heavily fictionalized Brad Pitt baseball movie, the fourth installment in a superhero film, and the eighth installment in a young adult wizards franchise... well, you got issues, Hollywood.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Swap Them Out

    by zebra

    Swap out Melancholia with Good Old Fashioned Orgy and the list will be much better. Melancholia was the whiniest movie I have seen in a long time. It is the cinematic equivalent of a Nickleback song. Rich people feeling all sad because they are going to die before the next Labor Day White party in the Hamptons. At least Good Old Fashioned Orgy didn't take itself too serious and it made me laugh. Melancholia just made be sad and bored. If I want that I will just look at my bank account online.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I'm Betting Everything on Sebulba!

    by ImBettingEverythingOnSebulba

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    My Top 10, if anyone cares...

    by brocknroll

    THE BEST 10. The Beaver 9. Insidious 8. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 7. Hobo With A Shotgun 6. Colombiana 5. Immortals 4. Warrior 3. MI: Ghost Protocol 2. The Help 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo THE WORST: The Ward (John Carpenter directed), Limitless (Bradley Cooper, Robert Deniro), The Adjustment Bureau, Bad Teacher, and the Muppets.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Dead Set wasn't all that

    by alexander

    Yeah, if Davina was a zombie like all the others she'd be the first to rip you apart and eat you and your brains upon having to leave the house and face the harsh world! We got it way before the 5th time this was emphasised with with wasted screen time. Its commentary and satire had next to nothing to say. I adore Charlie Brooker and all his work save for Dead Set, it was a huge let down - despite some great direction and acting - and -I'm a huge Zombie movie fan who will also defend The Walking Dead series up to 2x0 so far. But it astounds me that you would think Dead Set has more character, insight, and so much more to say and convey through film language than Land and Survival of the Deas, Drive, X Men 1st Class, and even Scott Pilgrim. Anyway, I do wish more people would write posts as long - and with as much effort into detailing their own personal insight - as CTM.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by thepoohguy

    Wow, I read your review of Harry Potter 7.2. FINALLY!!!! Someone who had the nerve to write a real review about that piece of crap movie. Cinema should be viewed as that, cinema. No matter what a film is based upon, that film should be able to stand on its own as a completely separate piece of entertainment. I say that because I never read any of the HP books but was thoroughly enjoying this movie series. Even 7.1 was decent enough to buy in that it was a slow build for an epic battle, only that was never realized. How it makes anyone's best of list is beyond me. It was crap and disappointing. I think I'd rather watch Cabin Boy again.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Capone's Opinion Is Forever To Be Nearly Worthless...

    by Graphix67

    ... Following his MacGruber praise/sell-out from 2010.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Flying Banthas: You're forgetting SALO: 120 Days of Sodom...


    ...and that short Marcus Jannes clip on

  • It happens ALL THE TIME! Think about EVERY super cool, super hot chick you know. Now think about the douchebag she's dating... As it was and as it ever will be.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Conan 2011

    by ReportAbuse

    I Redboxed it, it wasn't that bad. Actually watched it twice. Some nice visuals. Rose McGowan did a great turn as the evil sorceress, she was the only one who seemed to be having fun with her role. Also the gorgeous Leo Howard as child Conan was well worth looking at too.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    My best/worst of 2011

    by jules windex

    Best Ten: Moneyball, Thor, Hugo, Super 8, X-Men First Class, The Artist, Source Code, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The Descendants & Crazy Stupid Love. Worst ten: Sleeping Beauty, Spy Kids 4, Hangover 2, Hall Pass, Zookeeper, Your Highness, Melancholia, Insidious, Beastly & Trespass

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I thought I was being rebellious putting Sucker Punch on my list


    then you guys go and rep Columbiana, Immortals and Transformers 3.

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    and The Ward as one of the worst


    I second that

  • Dec. 31, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Looks like someone started partying early tonight


    You gotta be drunk to say that Pirates of the Carribean is better than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • ...well if that's true then your opinion about movies is complete shit!!! FACT!!!<br><br>2 of those films were just the standard, mediocre, lazy boring, comic book drivel that gets churned out regularly from Hollywood these days...I'll let you get your panties in a twist over which 2 of those tired and lame movies 1 thought sucked ass and which 1 was barely watchable. None of those 3 movies is worth a second viewing though!!! FACT!!!!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Nice list. I need to see several of them still.

    by gotilk

    Especially that wild Doc about the Toynbee Tiles. I saw one of those in SF, but I'm certain it was a copycat. Looks like a great doc. And.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Be well, and have a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive year!

  • They make for entertaining reading.

  • You are absolutely right as Both Magneto and Xavier were based on Malcolm X and DMLK Jr respectively. To forgo even a slight mention of that era was an injustice. Yes, although I ranked the film among my top five. (regardless of what others may think.) it had it's share of flaws but much better than X3 and Wolverine Origins. At least we got to see what was left of the supposed Magneto solo film that was scrapped. So how could I truly disregard the film altogether like some of you? Well, there's always Hugo and Warhorse for the "discerning" critic. (0:'

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    SUBMARINE is awesome

    by melonman

    Truly a great, great little movie. Funny, bittersweet, honest and totally cool. RICHARD AYOADE is a fucking God.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    My top and bottom's are...

    by Tom Fremgen

    I don't get to see as much as I want, 'cause I' just to damn busy, but I do try to see all the 'big' ones. So the best movies I saw- stunned at how good it was- X-Men: First Class Seriously who knew it was going to be that good. And the worst movie I saw- Green Lantern What a mess, I can't tell you why Hal Jordan did anything in that movie.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Is there a better Samurai epic than 13 Assassins?

    by UltraTron

    Spoilers: My breath is taken away attempting to describe it to people. Just.. I mean how bout that split second Ronin redemption where he calls him master 1 second before he dies? How about that immortal insane brawler mutherfucker? Firebulls beat the firemares from Krull any day of the week. This is time travel back to the age of war when people swung on each other with gigantic razorblades. I could go on and on. This was like the western of your wildest dreams. Simply one of the greatest movies I've ever seen.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Still plodding through attack the block. I can understand em

    by UltraTron

    but everyone else keeps making me change it because they sound like their mouths are full of cotton and food.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    In defense of transformers 3 IMAX 3D:

    by UltraTron

  • That new Avatar 2 camera baby.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    And guess what. You are a nerd who loves giant robots.

    by UltraTron

    Just shoot yourself

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    reportabuse: I'm reporting abuse.

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I'm still working through everyone's best and worst lists-

    by UltraTron

    So far Ghost Protocol IMAX was the most entertaining thing this year. Still waiting to be able to see TinTin 3D IMAX.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Happy New Year you fat, fat, fat people!

    by UltraTron

    This year I plan to get Winona Ryder's pussy juice all over my face while Asimov recites poetry in the room naked lunch style. It's gonna get weird but I won't come because I'll be on junk.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I don't think I even saw 10 movies this year

    by PinkFloyd7

    But unfortunately I did see "Battle: Los Angeles" which was a flaming pile of shit. I used to see movies all the time, but once I had kids, those days of fun were long gone. Now I'm lucky if I can watch "Hatchet II" on HBO on Demand for more than 10 minutes without my kid running out and asking "What is this movie rated??"

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    But you love your kids. Take them to Harry Potter world

    by UltraTron

    and do the baby exchange thing. Works rather smoothly. Buy a $200 Panasonic hd projector off eBay and run hd movies on the wall at 200 inches off your smartphone while changing those diapers. There's no excuse for you not enjoying everything you loved before parenthood.

  • prepared to give your life over to these parasitic creatures.

  • with all that cuteness and constantly trying to kill themselves.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ya know your highness kinda grows on ya. Seen it twice now

    by UltraTron

    with different folks who were curious. Got some jewels in there. I like. How are you going to do that? Magic, Mutherfucker. The best is when they're gonna go back for his lizard and I'm pretty sure it's a movie first when he says- No fuckit, it's over. That poor lizard. So much for his life of luxury. And ya gotta love Zooey pushup bra action.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Everyone thought it was a fun little adventure film actually.

    by UltraTron

    All about expectations I guess.

  • I hate kids, but I love the magical world of Harry Potter as an adult! What a douche manchild.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I'm Surprised We Need To Talk About Kevin Isn't On The Best Of List..

    by Stewart Wolfe

    A very good picture, tackling some unusual themes with a brilliant central performance by the peerless Tilda Swinton.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Ok now I just feel sorry for you. I have nothing else mean to say. Your 47 years old? What are you doing on this site smack talking with complete strangers. Go live the rest of your life. And im not a coward for not meeting you face to face... Its just plain logic. For all I know you live half way across the world from me. Even if we were neighbors, I wouldnt give you the time of day. Oh, and you thinking POTC trilogy is the best?? Dude, you got bigger problems than I thought

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Question about 2011 and 13 Assassins...

    by beastie

    I thought that the official year the film came out was 2010. Is this film eligible for the Academy Awards? I would love to see Miike at the Oscars.

  • Honestly, it didn't deserve to be on any worst lists. It was entertaining, well done, had a sopping sentimental message but plenty of favorite movies do. There was nothing in the movie that earned enough hate to belong on a worst list either, it's not like Paul or Your Highness or any other movies that actually gave the viewer pain or offended some sensibilities. I don't believe anyone who puts it on their list actually watched it (and if they did, they're fucking idiots too).

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    The combat in 13 ASSASSINS was mainly hack-and-slash fighting --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- as seemingly the majority of the 13 Assassins fought like Toshiro Mifune's character in THE SEVEN SAMURAI. In other words like untrained samurai wanna-be's, which does make sense for the story but does not make for interesting viewing. Also that very out of place Miike "touch" added around the first plot point just brought the film to a screeching halt for me. Just kind of wanted to go re-watch some Kurosawa after sitting through it.

  • in fact, if not for aicn would we have even heard of apollo 18?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    zombot Apollo 18 had plenty of advertising outside AICN

    by sunwukong86

    I guess you dont watch TV

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Crazy Stupid Love > Bridesmaids

    by ufoclub1977

    Better characters and character arcs with energy. And more laughs for me. Stronger story. More solid.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    WORST of 2011: You Forgot To Include NEW YEAR'S EVE

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    .......or maybe you think De Niro should get an Oscar for his heart-wrenching portrayal of a terminally-ill man who just wants to see the ball drop ?!?!!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I'm working on typing up my list

    by drave117

    I only saw 100 movies in theaters this year. I'm still sorting through them all, but currently Super 8 is the front runner, and Melancholia is definitely in last place, just edging out Sucker Punch.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    The ownage of Cobra-Kai

    by donduck

    I rarely post here but man, Cobra Kai struck me the wrong why that I had to log in so i can bash this fool. Sometimes I'm shocked how ignorant people can be. "I've never heard of it therefore it sucks!" That attitude shouldn't fly with anyone! If a movie is good, then it's good no matter what kind of movie it is. Why should anyone limit themselves to just blockbusters or mainstream affairs? And that applies to any medium. So yes, Cobra-Kai, sorry that you're out of touch but being reactionary does not help your case.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Max Cherry

    by donduck

    Calm down. Everyone has their own top ten. You can disagree with Capone's choices - which is fine -, but it's his and his alone. It's not an absolute and I don't see why you have to go on and on about it.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah Capone, good for you for showing WARRIOR some love!!

    by zillabeast

    Nolte...Hardy....even that Sam Worthington looking, some deep, DEEP performances. I watched this on Christmas Day with family expecting some cheesy UFC flick, and I gotta say, I was pretty fucking floored at how GREAT this film turned out to be. Also, props for MELANCHOLIA. There's a movie that had a very unexpectedly funny, entertaining first act. Seeing it the big screen was awfully impressive, too. Best Cinematography FTW.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Wanna know how many films I saw in the theaters this year?

    by Ricardo

    Two. And one too many. I am DONE with movie theaters.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Maxcherry, I'm asking the same question

    by david starling

    A great film, and Dominic Cooper deserves some love for his roles in the film.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    donduck does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    donduck, you're quackers! There's a reason that the films i'm most looking forward to in 2012 are THE HOBBIT, PROMETHEUS, BOND and DARK KNIGHT RISES. It's because I like genre films - sci fi, fantasy, action. Maybe you're looking forward to all the indie arthouse heavy dramas, good for you. I'm not really into those type of films. I already know that MELANCHOLIA is a film that i'll likely never see! *If a movie is good, then its good no matter what kind of movie it is.* Well yes, but all thing being equal - to me - a good sci-fi flick >>> a good arthouse drama.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds was a TURD!!!

    by dryjism

    in any year, PREPOSTEROUS GARBAGE!!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    No Devils Double

    by sportsguy88

    Devils Double & Shame were best movies. (Non- letsblowupeverythingandmakeitlookcool -movies) Transformers SUCKED & I live in Chicago!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    No Devils Double?

    by sportsguy88

    Devils Double and Shame were best for me. non - letsbloweverythingupandmakeitlookcool - movies. Transformers SUCKED! and I live in Chicago.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I saw Drive before I saw a trailer or read a review


    and that movie blew me the fuck away. Pre-ordered from Amazon the day it was announced, and I'm not one to buy movies much anymore. I really think all the haters are just tired of the positive reviews because they (the haters) didn't enjoy it as much. Also, because they only wish they were half as cool as Ryan Gosling's left nut.

  • I didn't do that with any other movies in 2011!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 8 p.m. CST

    And by DVD I meant, of course, Blu-Ray.

    by Namssorg

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    The Devil's Double :)

    by mysterygirlx11

    Great movie watched it at about 4am on New Year's Day with the hubby -

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    what's sot bad about the conspirator

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    that it deserves a worst of award? don't get me wrong, its not in my best of but i thought it was pretty decent.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Terrible year.

    by Homer Sexual

    Not one good seripus movie all year, though havent seen Tree of Life. Only movies I really liked were Bridesmaids and First Class. Worstbis easy, Green Lantern was hideous, easily worsevthan BuckybLarsen. We Bought a Zoo also sucked Last yearvwas True grit, Black Swan, thevFighter and kings Speech. A far better year, 2011 sucked

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by Homer Sexual

    Horriblevaudience reaction when I saw it, and I thought it was just ok, making me the biggest fan in the theater. No wonder it tanked!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Making 2x budget = tanked?



  • Jan. 2, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    About Drive and Buck...

    by deathblow64

    If the second half of Drive was as good as the first then I could see it. But Drive broke down halfway there. Way over rated. Buck was a great movie and very deserving of 2nd place, nice to see it get noticed.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    WARRIOR didn't seem like it know whether it was ROCKY or ROCKY 4

    by Spandau Belly

    It was an okay movie, but it went between respectable drama to pure 80s cheese like when they bring in the Ivan Drago character. And the stuff with Hardy's military background didn't really make any sense to me. What, did he hitchhike back from Iraq? But the performances were good and it was an okay movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    and a list of 50 films is pretty meaningless

    by Spandau Belly

    I get that critics see way more movies than I do, so I believe they do see ten films that stand out from the rest, but when your list goes to 50 entries that's when you just start throwing on stuff that you saw and thought was okay. movies such as Bridesmaids.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    I really think all the haters are just tired of the positive reviews because they (the haters) didn't enjoy it as much.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    I really think all the haters are just tired of the positive reviews because they (the haters) didn't enjoy it as much.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Ugh, what is wrong with this fucking site?

    by brokentusk

    Won't let me post properly. Basically I was going to write: "No shit."

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    what a fucking terrible list

    by yup yup

    is this shit a joke??? has capone lost his fucking mind?

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Scream 4 was 5 minutes away from being a good movie

    by mjbok1

    If you cut the last 5 minutes out of the film and let some people who "died" die, the film is actually really clever and daring. By ending the way it did, it becomes cheaper and convoluted.

  • And interstellar-travelling aliens who use combustible fuel and ballistic weapons? That's just silly. But probability wouldn't make much of a movie, or pump up potential recruits, now would it? Turns out neither does ignoring it.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    You Listed Pearl Jam Twenty....

    by robhouston

    But not Foo Fighters - Back and Forth? Did you even watch Pearl Jam Twenty? Or did you just assume some asinine retro feeling of "Indy Cred" would make it an entry on your list?

  • I didn't see either one of those movies, but I highly doubt Tom Hanks' directorial debut could've been THAT upsetting...the 15-second spots for Bucky Larson alone just filled me with an enormous rage to punch Nick Swardson in the face, and I actually think he's kinda funny. But Jesus Christ...

  • The music in Hannah was a real problem...distracting and irritating, it SHOULD have matched the quirky style of the action but it just made the whole film feel like it was TRYING HARD to be WACKY...and the music in the action sequences didnt seem like a good fit either... Same idea with Tron, loved the actual music but it just did NOT show any flair for understanding how to enhance (like all the fucking GREAT 70's scores did) rather than just be a music video

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    and yeh i get Naked Lunch, like the book

    by quantize

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    spot on about WARRIOR & 13 Assassins!

    by DeineHinokischeSigile

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Was horseshit!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by Asimov_Lives


  • maybe be I'm getting old and jaded but tree of life midnight in paris these films were just bla

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Your Highness deserves off bottom 10 for the Portman ass shot alone.

    by Bryant Stott

    Your Highness deserves off bottom 10 for the Portman ass shot alone.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Finally watched Serbian Flm last night

    by alexander

    and while it was well directed, it was no Kill List. Kill List is amazing! Take that IMDB talkbackers!... Then again, maybe if i grew up in Serbia I would understand more or something... nope I just found this on Wikipedia: Spasojević and Radivojević also express that the film is not exclusively dealing with Serbian issues but issues in the "New World" in general. "We didn’t want to make a hermetic picture that would deal exclusively with our local tragedies, but to tell a story with global overtones, because Serbia is merely a reflection of the ways of today’s New World in general, as it tries to imitate it and fails miserably. Contrary to the peerless politically correct facade of the New World, it’s still a soulless devouring machine for killing every small freedom – of art and free speech – we have left, destroying everything different in its path"

  • Jan. 17, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Tabloid at #12???

    by solongyoubastard

    Doesn't even make the Top 10 documentaries?? Not as good as Being Elmo? When it's by and away the best film of the year? Hm...ok.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Am I the only person who liked The Conspirator?

    by PrinceThomas

    Seriously. I thought it was pretty good. Not great or anything, but worst on a list of 400 movies? I do agree that Justin Long really felt out of place in a period movie like that, but I thought James McAvoy was really very good.