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

December 2011 Movies

Warrior (2011) 5 / 5
Our Idiot Brother (2011) 4 / 5
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) 4 / 5
Friends with Benefits (2011) 4 / 5
Puncture (2011) 4 / 5
Contagion (2011) 4 / 5
Margin Call (2011) 4 / 5
The Help (2011) 4 / 5
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 3.5 / 5
Fright Night (2011) 3.5 / 5
Terri (2011) 3.5 / 5
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) 3.5 / 5
The Debt (2011) 3.5 / 5
30 Minutes or Less (2011) 3 / 5
Conan the Barbarian (2011) 3 / 5
Apollo 18 (2011) 3 / 5
A Christmas Story (1983) 3 / 5
The People vs. George Lucas (2010) 3 / 5
Dolphin Tale (2011) 2.5 / 5
Lucky (2011) 2.5 / 5
The Reunion (2011) 2.5 / 5
One Day (2011) 2 / 5
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 2 / 5
Season of the Witch (2011) 2 / 5
The Polar Express (2004) 1.5 / 5
Surviving Christmas (2004) 1 / 5
Jingle All the Way (1996) 1 / 5
Colombiana (2011) 1 / 5
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) 0 / 5
Abduction (2011) 0 / 5
A Christmas Carol (2009) 0 / 5

November 2011 Movies

Frost/Nixon (2008) 5 / 5
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) 4.5 / 5
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) 4.5 / 5
Batman: Year One (2011) 4.5 / 5
The Wackness (2008) 4 / 5
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) 4 / 5
Super 8 (2011) 4 / 5
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) 4 / 5
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) 4 / 5
Hot Coffee (2011) 4 / 5
The Change-Up (2011) 3.5 / 5
Something Borrowed (2011) 3.5 / 5
Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball (2006) 3.5 / 5
RKO 281 (1999) 3.5 / 5
All Good Things (2010) 3.5 / 5
Small Town Murder Songs (2010) 3.5 / 5
Accepted (2006) 3 / 5
Larry Crowne (2011) 3 / 5
Enter the Void (2010) 3 / 5
The Hangover: Part II (2011) 2.5 / 5
Flypaper (2011) 2.5 / 5
The Captains (2011) 2 / 5
The Good German (2006) 2 / 5
The Smurfs (2011) 1.5 / 5
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009) 1.5 / 5
The Black Dahlia (2006) 1 / 5
Powder Blue (2009) 1 / 5
Alpha and Omega (2010) 1 / 5
Cars 2 (2011) 0.5 / 5
Old Dogs (2009) 0 / 5

October 2011 Movies

We're the Weakerthans, We're from Winnipeg (2010)	5 / 5
Horrible Bosses (2011)			        5 / 5
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)	4.5 / 5
Shaolin Soccer (2001)			        4 / 5
Attack the Block (2011)			        4 / 5
[REC] (2007)				        4 / 5
Stop-Loss (2008)				4 / 5
Blow Out (1981)				        4 / 5
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)			3.5 / 5
Carrie (1976)				        3.5 / 5
Green Lantern (2011)			        3.5 / 5
Bad Teacher (2011)				3.5 / 5
Red Hill (2011)				        3.5 / 5
Scream 4 (2011)				        3 / 5
Meek's Cutoff (2011)			        3 / 5
Pootie Tang (2001)				3 / 5
Inside Out (2011)				2.5 / 5
Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)			2.5 / 5
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)			2.5 / 5
The Marine (2006)				2 / 5
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)		2 / 5
Red State (2011)				2 / 5
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)		2 / 5
Mars Needs Moms (2011)			        2 / 5
Meet the Robinsons (2007)			2 / 5
The Shining (1980)				1.5 / 5
The Ward (2011)				        1 / 5
American Breakdown (2008)			0.5 / 5
The Tree of Life (2011)			        0.5 / 5
Zookeeper (2011)				0 / 5
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)	0 / 5

September 2011 Movies

X-Men: First Class (2011)			5 / 5
Bridesmaids (2011)				4.5 / 5
Best Worst Movie (2009)			        4.5 / 5
Everything Must Go (2011)			4.5 / 5
Win Win (2011)				        4 / 5
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)	4 / 5
Helvetica (2007)				4 / 5
Fast Five (2011)				4 / 5
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)		4 / 5
The Last Play at Shea (2010)			4 / 5
Age of Heroes (2011)			        4 / 5
The Ledge (2011)				3.5 / 5
Largo Winch (2008)				3.5 / 5
Hanna (2011)				        3.5 / 5
The Conspirator (2011)			        3.5 / 5
Afterwards (2009)				3.5 / 5
Teenage Paparazzo (2010)			3.5 / 5
Humpday (2009)				        3 / 5
Is Anybody There? (2008)			3 / 5
The Young Victoria (2009)			3 / 5
The Beaver (2011)				3 / 5
Adoration (2008)				3 / 5
Punisher: War Zone (2008)			2.5 / 5
Duplicity (2009)				2.5 / 5
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)	2 / 5
Water for Elephants (2011)			2 / 5
The Fountain (2006)				1.5 / 5
Assassination of a High School President (2009)	1 / 5
Eat Pray Love (2010)			        1 / 5
The Spy Next Door (2010)			0 / 5

August 2011 Movies

Primer (2004)				        4.5 / 5
The Big Bang (2011)				4.5 / 5
Super (2010)			        	4 / 5
Limitless (2011)				4 / 5
Trust (2010)				        4 / 5
A Perfect Getaway (2009)			3.5 / 5
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)	3.5 / 5
Source Code (2011)				3.5 / 5
Wrecked (2011)			        	3.5 / 5
Superheroes (2011)				3.5 / 5
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)		3.5 / 5
Too Big to Fail (2011)		        	3.5 / 5
Dead Snow (2009)				3 / 5
The Meerkats (2008)		        	3 / 5
13 (2010)					3 / 5
Still Waiting... (2009)				3 / 5
The Champ (1979)				3 / 5
For Your Consideration (2006)			2.5 / 5
Fido (2007)			        	2.5 / 5
Martian Child (2007)				2.5 / 5
Soul Surfer (2011)				2.5 / 5
All About Steve (2009)		        	2.5 / 5
The Stepfather (2009)			        2 / 5
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)		2 / 5
Armored (2009)			        	2 / 5
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)		2 / 5
Nine (2009)		        		1.5 / 5
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)	1.5 / 5
Godzilla (1998)			        	1.5 / 5
Your Highness (2011)		        	1 / 5
Ready to Rumble (2000)		        	0.5 / 5

July 2011 Movies

1.  The Company Men (2010)		4.5 / 5
2.  Kill the Irishman (2011)		4.5 / 5
3.  When We Were Kings (1996)		4.5 / 5
4.  Rango (2011)			4.5 / 5
5.  Doubt (2008)			4 / 5
6.  The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)		4 / 5
7.  Julie & Julia (2009)		4 / 5
8.  Transsiberian (2008)		4 / 5
9.  Happy Accidents (2001)		4 / 5
10.  Red Dawn (1984)			3.5 / 5
11.  Take Me Home Tonight (2011)	3.5 / 5
12.  Sleepwalking (2008)		3.5 / 5
13.  The Other Woman (2009)		3.5 / 5
14.  The Rocketeer (1991)		3.5 / 5
15.  Ali (2001)				3.5 / 5
16.  Beastly (2011)			3.5 / 5
17.  The Fast and the Furious (2001)	3.5 / 5
18.  Fast and Furious (2009)		3 / 5
19.  The Break-Up (2006)		2.5 / 5
20.  The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)	2.5 / 5
21.  Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)		2.5 / 5
22.  Knucklehead (2010)			2 / 5
23.  2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)		2 / 5
24.  Seven Pounds (2008)		2 / 5
25.  Deception (2008)			2 / 5
26.  Super Mario Bros. (1993)		1.5 / 5
27.  Insidious (2011)			1.5 / 5
28.  Wild Cherry (2009)			1.5 / 5
29.  The Brothers Grimm (2005)		1.5 / 5
30.  Ultraviolet (2006)			1 / 5
31.  Sucker Punch (2011)		0.5 / 5

June 2011 Movies

Just going to post my year to date, month by month movies I’ve watched and how I’d rank them for the month.

1. True Grit
2. Thor
3. The Adjustment Bureau
4. Philadelphia
5. Rubber
6. Mary and Max
7. Cedar Rapids
8. The Rite
9. The Living Wake
10. Alpha Dog
11. Unknown
12. Paul
13. The Mechanic
14. 12 Rounds
15. Daydream Nation
16. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
17. The Money Pit
18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 – I’d say this is where the movies start trending downward
19. Hall Pass
20. Second Skin
21. Vanishing on 7th Street
22. The Island
23. I Am Number Four
24. The Way Back
25. Gnomeo & Juliet
26. Battle Los Angeles
27. Red Riding Hood
28. Drive Angry
29. My Soul to Take
30. Just Go With It

May 2011 Movies

Just going to post my year to date, month by month movies I’ve watched and how I’d rank them for the month.

1. Blue Valentine – absolutely devastatingly romantic movie
2. I Love You Phillip Morris – Jim Carrey’s best film in years and years
3. I Am You – shocking movie based on a real Australian crime
4. The King’s Speech – good, but not Social Network or Inception great
5. The Illusionist (2010) – not the Edward Norton movie, but a gorgeous near silent animated movie
6. Jesus Camp – TERRIFYING
7. That’s What I Am – shockingly very good WWE Studios film
8. Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room
9. North Country
10. The Green Hornet
11. Made of Honor
12. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – not gonna lie, Bieber impressed me with his talents
13. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? – it doesn’t age well
14. Rabbit Hole – depressing, but good
15. Meskada: Quiet Kill – interesting filmmaking, but this is where the quality starts to dip
16. World Trade Center – might as well have been called Buried in the World Trade Center
17. Casino Jack
18. Jolene
19. Restrepo – this one might be really good, but you truly have to involve yourself in the movie
20. No Strings Attached – watch Love and Other Drugs instead
21. The Heartbreak Kid (2007) – it’s half a good movie
22. The Resident
23. Rumour Has It
24. Somewhere
25. Sydney White
26. The Roommate
27. Manolete: Blood & Passion
28. The Tracey Fragments – pretentious filmmaking at its worst
29. Kingdom of Heaven – soooo boring
30. The Dilemma (2011) – I don’t know what this movie was supposed to be, funny or dramatic, but it’s neither
31. Gulliver’s Travels (2010) – might be great for families, but for me it was a waste of time

April 2011 Movies

Just going to post my year to date, month by month movies I’ve watched and how I’d rank them for the month.

1. Black Swan – excellent movie, Portman totally deserved her Oscar win
2. Zonad – brilliantly hilarious, a cult classic in the movie
3. Megamind
4. The Kingdom – avoided this for years just because of Foxx, but it was quite good
5. Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
7. A Summer In Genoa
8. Untraceable
9. Dedication
10. The Tourist
11. How Do You Know
12. Marwencol
13. The Tillman Story
14. Fair Game
15. Religulous
16. Skyline
17. Country Strong
18. Street Kings
19. Tangled
20. Angels & Demons
21. Disneynature Earth
22. Hubble Imax
23. Mr. Nice
24. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
25. Women In Trouble
26. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
27. Year One
28. Little Fockers
29. Siren
30. Yogi Bear