Best and Worst of 2011

As I stated yesterday, I completed my #movieaday goal.  This has left me with somewhat of a quandary, as I do not want to necessarily do the same exact thing for a year that might be the last one for us all anyways.  But the title of this blog is movieadayeveryday sooooo I kinda set myself up for daily content.  This year though, THIS YEAR, I am not going to limit myself to brand new movies (to me) and that makes it a helluva lot less painful.  However, since the snarkiest reviews tend to be the most viewed, I will occasionally put myself through pain for the amusement of others, and because a blog of great movies reviewed is kind of a boring idea.

However, let us not forget all the movies I watched in 2011.  The easiest way to see all 365 of them is by clicking on the Monthly Rankings link that I just provided you with.  But, since I’m a Top Five list fan, well I’ve got a variety of them for you here.

Top Five Non-2011 Movies

5.  Best Worst Movie (2009)
4.  Porco Rosso (1992)
3.  Frost/Nixon (2008)
2.  I’m throwing a glut of 2010 movies in here that I didn’t get to watch until 2011: True Grit, The Social Network, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, and The Fighter
1.  We’re the Weakerthans, We’re From Winnipeg (2010)

Bottom Five Non-2011 Movies

5.  American Breakdown (2008)
4.  The Spy Next Door (2010)
3.  Old Dogs (2009)
2.  A Christmas Carol (2009)
1.  3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)

Top Five Surprises That I Watched

5.  Rubber (2010) – a sentient tire comes to life.  And I ranked it a 4, it is amazing, find it, watch it!
4.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – I never bought into all the Apes movies and this was actually quite good
3.  Rango (2011) – I don’t have the same affinity for Johnny Depp that a lot of people do, and yet this turned out to be quite great
2.  X-Men: First Class (2011) – after the horrible Last Stand movie, I thought the premise and the “reboot” would end up being terrible, but it was one of the very few 5 movies I watched
1.  Friends With Benefits (2011) – I wanted to hate it, I really did, but it charmed me

Five Good Movies You Might Not Hear a Lot About

5.  Terri (2011)
4.  Puncture (2011)
3.  The Wackness (2008)
2.  I Am You (2009)
1.  Zonad (2010) – I have to defend this one, because I thoroughly enjoyed the madcappery that it was, however will say that it is definitely not for everyone

Five Movies You Heard Were Bad But I Actually Liked

5.  Conan the Barbarian (2011)
4.  Accepted (2006)
3.  30 Minutes or Less (2011)
2.  The Ledge (2011)
1.  Green Lantern (2011)

Five “Classics” / Older Movies That I Don’t Get the Hype About

5.  Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
4.  Religulous (2008)
3.  Milk (2008)
2.  Ali (2001)
1.  The Shining (1980)

Five Movies That I Barely Remember Watching

5.  Tales from Earthsea (2006)
4.  The Ice Harvest (2005)
3.  Manolete: Blood & Passion (2008)
2.  Mr. Nice (2010)
1.  The Romantics (2010)

Top Six Movies With Wrestlers Starring in Them

6.  3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)
5.  Knucklehead (2010)
4.  Inside Out (2011)
3.  The Marine (2006)
2.  The Reunion (2011)
1.  12 Rounds (2009)

Top Five Documentaries

5.  Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
4.  Helvetica (2007)
3.  George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
2.  Best Worst Movie (2009)
1.  We’re the Weakerthans, We’re from Winnipeg (2010)

Top Five Animated Movies  I need to clarify here, only three of these are any good

5.  Mars Needs Moms
4.  Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
3.  Kung Fu Panda 2
2.  Rango
1.  Batman: Year One

Worst of 2011*

Abduction, Cars 2, The DilemmaDrive Angry, Just Go With ItRed Riding HoodSpy Kids: All the Time in the World, Sucker PunchThe Tree of LifeZookeeper

Top Five of 2011*

5.  Everything Must Go
4.  Batman: Year One
3.  Horrible Bosses
2.  X-Men: First Class
1.  Warrior

* by no means are these definitive lists as I’ll probably watch something like Bucky Larson / Hugo and curse myself for not damning / praising in the Year in Review post, but I didn’t watch them in 2011 which is the whole point of this

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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