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2011 Films

All the films I saw at the cinema in 2011 ranked in order of preference:
  1. Hugo
  2. Drive
  3. The Guard
  4. Black Swan
  5. Senna
  6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  7. True Grit
  8. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  9. Midnight In Paris
  10. The Skin I live in
  11. The King’s Speech
  12. Moneyball
  13. Stake Land
  14. Kill List
  15. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  16. Another Earth
  17. Melancholia
  18. Warrior
  19. 127 Hours
  20. The Way
  21. Julia’s Eyes
  22. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  23. Troll Hunter
  24. 50/50
  25. Source Code
  26. Submarine
  27. Super 8
  28. 13 Assassins
  29. A Lonely Place To Die
  30. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
  31. The Adjustment Bureau
  32. X-Men: First Class
  33. Thor
  34. Captain America: The First Avenger
  35. Limitless
  36. My Week With Marilyn
  37. The Inbetweeners Movie
  38. Take Shelter
  39. The Rum Diary
  40. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  41. The Ides Of March
  42. Real Steel
  43. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  44. Fair Game
  45. Never Let Me Go
  46. Blue Valentine
  47. Tree Of Life
  48. The Lincoln Lawyer
  49. The Help
  50. In Time
  51. The Awakening
  52. Sucker Punch
  53. Fast Five
  54. Hanna
  55. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
  56. Wuthering Heights
  57. Contagion
  58. The Fighter
  59. Paul
  60. Animal Kingdom
  61. NEDS
  62. Rabbit Hole
  63. One Day
  64. John Carpenter’s The Ward
  65. Drive Angry
  66. The Beaver
  67. Beginners
  68. Bridesmaids
  69. Red State
  70. Cowboys and Aliens
  71. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  72. The Conspirator
  73. The Art of Getting By
  74. I am Number Four
  75. Fright Night
  76. Henry’s Crime
  77. Blitz
  78. Priest
  79. Red Riding Hood
  80. Oranges and Sunshine
  81. Faster
  82. 1920 The Battle of Warsaw
  83. Win Win
  84. Colombiana
  85. Water for Elephants
  86. Immortals
  87. Battle: Los Angeles
  88. 30 Minutes or Less
  89. Hereafter
  90. Biutiful
  91. The Mechanic
  92. The Thing
  93. The Three Musketeers
  94. Anonymous
  95. Tomorrow, When The War Began
  96. The Debt
  97. Green Lantern
  98. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
  99. Footlose
  100. Justice
  101. Attack the Block
  102. Apollo 18
  103. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  104. Unkown
  105. Scream 4
  106. The Silent House
  107. The Eagle
  108. The Resident
  109. Season of the Witch
  110. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  111. The Hangover: Part II
  112. Sanctum

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The best month of movies that I can remember in a long time, this is what I have seen:

The Art of Getting By: A well made and well acted coming of age drama that is engaging but lightweight.

Fright Night: Fun but ultimately pointless remake of an 80’s comedy/horror that was fun but pointless.

Kill List: Bonkers, bizarre and seriously fucked up horror/thriller that is strangely good.

Apollo 18: Yet another crappy “found footage” horror.

Troll Hunter: Brilliant but as silly as it sounds, the antidote to crappy “found footage” horror movies.

Colombiana: A week plot and silly premise but surprisingly enjoyable revenge thriller.

A Lonely Place To Die: Sadly overlooked thriller that sees a group of climbers take on the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands and a pair of truly sinister kidnappers.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: The BBC adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is possibly the best spy thriller I have ever seen, I think the movie may just be better.

30 Minutes or Less: Some good moments but a silly idea and not enough laughs let this action adventure comedy down.

Drive: Possibly the most stylish movie you will see all year, if you are not yet aware of who Ryan Gosling is you soon will be. Brutal but mesmerising.

Warrior: MMA (mixed martial arts) is the fastest growing sport in the world, the first credible mainstream movie about the sport offers us nothing new that we didn’t see in Rocky 35 years ago, it is predicable and clichéd but so well made, compelling and engrossing that it really doesn’t matter.

I previous months Kill List, Troll Hunter and A Lonely Place To Die would have been good enough be awarded movie of the month, but all are surpassed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive and Warrior, all of which have a good chance of making my top ten movies of the year. Its really tough to choose between them as they are all very different but one does just edge it, the movie of the month is:

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First released thirty years ago Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is the first found footage movie that I am aware of. When The Blair Witch Project (1999) came along nearly two decades later it was still a relatively fresh concept having only been used a handful of times. In recent years it has been done to death with movies like Paranormal Activity (2007) (and its sequels), Clover field (2008) and The Last Exorcism (2010). Found footage movies are essentially a sub genre of horror, and like many horror movies they have become repetitive and tedious but every once in a while there is still a great example of the like the Spanish zombie/infection thriller REC (2007).

More by scheduling chance than by design I saw two found footage movies yesterday.  The Troll Hunter (2010): A student documentary about a bear poacher takes a new direction when the filmmakers realise the bear attacks are being staged to hide Norway’s biggest secret, Trolls really exist! Despite the low budget the effects are very good, the absolutely absurd story is played out totally deadpan, surprisingly it really works. An American remake of The Troll Hunter has already been announced.  Apollo 18 (2011): In the real world the Apollo 18 mission was cancelled, the premise of the movie is that it went ahead in secret. The movie is well shot and has a few tense moments, but also has a huge hole in the plot.

I would recommend The Troll Hunter even if you have had enough of found footage movies, Apollo 18 probably one for diehard fans of the genre.

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