My best movies of 2011by lammothsblog | created - 14 Dec 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2012 | Public
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1. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
Votes: 204,485 | Gross: $44.67M
European arthouse cinema at its best. Lovely performances and stylish cinematography. It was about time someone to bring back the spirit of the 20's with its mute films. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone though.
2. Rango (2011)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Votes: 200,311 | Gross: $123.48M
Colourful characters, original score, innovative animating - everything I could want from an animation.
3. The Ides of March (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
Votes: 199,846 | Gross: $40.96M
The film with some very memorable lines: "I'm not a Christian or an Atheist. I'm not Jewish or Muslim. What I believe... My Religion is written on a piece of paper called The Constitution. Meaning, that I'd defend until my dying breath your right to worship in whatever God you believe in".
4. La piel que habito (2011)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Votes: 113,602 | Gross: $3.19M
What a story! The writer of the book the movie is based on, Thierry Jonquet, deserves credit. Almodovar created another weird piece of cinema. And the actress....you can't forget these eyes. Not for everyone too.
5. Ronal Barbaren (2011)
Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Fantasy comedy about young Ronal who lives in a barbarian village. Ronal is weak, skinny and doesn't have the usual barbarian traits like everyone else and therefore is considered a ... See full summary »
Absolutely hilarious! I have no wors to describe it. We have sexy Amazons with big sexual desires, barbarian girls who break skulls with their breasts, horseman who whips his bottom....Great fun if you are open minded!
6. The Devil's Double (2011)
R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Votes: 56,384 | Gross: $1.36M
Good timing, considering what is happening in the Middle East right now. I must agree that viewers who are not interested in the topic may find it boring. To me, it was one of the best political films of the year
7. Red Dog (2011)
PG | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.
I have a dog, it explains why I do like it, right? :p And it's my list at all.
9. Sucker Punch (2011)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy
A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.
Votes: 209,224 | Gross: $36.39M
It looks stupid, but I enjoyed it. My guilty pleasure, I would say. I didn't find it that naive, in fact it is quite imaginative.
10. The Guard (2011)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Thriller
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Votes: 70,209 | Gross: $5.36M
Good little movie about big policeman who has his own view and understanding of life. Black comedy with strange humour.
11. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 331,442 | Gross: $56.82M
12. Contagion (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.
Votes: 191,085 | Gross: $75.66M
13. Essential Killing (2010)
R | 83 min | Thriller, War
An Afghan POW attempts his escape.
The main protagonist didn't say even a word throughout the film - it's amazing how intensive and action-packed it was. Simple story, great directing.
14. Everything and Nothing (2001)
41 min | Documentary, Short
Everything and Nothing creates an intimate dialogue that weaves back and forth between representations of a figure (of resistance) and subject. The film features interviews with Soha ... See full summary »
15. The Last Lions (2011)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family
Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.64M
16. Super 8 (2011)
PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Votes: 305,716 | Gross: $127.00M
Spielberg and Abrams managed to remind us about these old adventurous films from our childhood that made us to dream and expect great things from life. I'm bit nostalgic here.
18. Burke and Hare (2010)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Thriller
A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.
Votes: 17,363 | Gross: $0.00M
Another black comedy with typical British humour, I really had good time with it. Underrated or maybe I'm not pretentious enough.
19. Rien à déclarer (2010)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy
A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s.
Votes: 10,997 | Gross: $0.18M
Why do I like such films? I have no answer to this, probably I like people who make fun with Frenchies. Joking :) Big fan of these Louis de Funes type of comedies.
20. Moneyball (2011)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
Votes: 304,824 | Gross: $75.61M
21. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror
Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.
Votes: 142,461 | Gross: $0.22M
22. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
Votes: 360,260 | Gross: $102.52M
23. Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)
40 min | Documentary
WHILE DINOSAURS WALKED THE EARTH, MONSTERS RULED THE SKIES...
For thousands of years, humans have believed that there were once flying monsters. But did they really exist beyond our ... See full synopsis »
Votes: 664 | Gross: $5.69M
24. Trollhunter (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
Votes: 59,417 | Gross: $0.25M
25. Deadheads (2011)
R | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror
Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one's lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda.
Ok,ok! With this zombie flick my list has hit new levels of stupidity and I'm not going to disagree. But hey, we can't be all smart people with pretentious and elite taste. DeadHeads may look like a cheap cr*p made by enthusiastic students, but come on...it was cool and fresh. Oh, fine, call me stupid then >:(
26. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
Votes: 419,585 | Gross: $54.71M
28. Rio (2011)
G | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.
Votes: 178,658 | Gross: $143.62M
Oh, no! Another animation in my list? Sooo childish from me, eh? :) Loved the characters again.
29. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 479,620 | Gross: $35.06M
Overrated, it lacks pace and the script is disappointing....but on the other hand it's stylish, with great synthpop soundtrack and brings back the spirit of the 80's and the smell of the neo-noir filmmaking
30. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 213,630 | Gross: $62.50M
31. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.
Votes: 445,376 | Gross: $176.76M
33. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.
Votes: 189,697 | Gross: $77.59M
Looking at my list you may conclude that I'm a kid, and I'm not. I just love films that make me feel like a kid, it's a great feeling. Tintin managed to do this for me. Another innovative animation.
34. Hanna (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Votes: 167,763 | Gross: $40.26M
35. The Thing (I) (2011)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Votes: 103,273 | Gross: $16.93M
36. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...
Votes: 83,026 | Gross: $37.05M