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Enjoyable & Most Disappointing of 2011
There were a lot
fewer terrible films this year. But the flip side of that is that there
were a lot fewer wonderful films this year, so my lists are shorter than
in the past. Here are my lists of the most enjoyable and least
enjoyable/most disappointing/most overrated films I saw during 2010. The
negative category includes some films that, while not the worst, were
disappointing or overrated, or, while enjoyable, had huge flaws. The
positive category is just how much I enjoyed them, not rated as I would
rate an Oscarģ-winner.
heart-stopping, nonstop thriller.
in Paris: Nostalgic
- My Week
with Marilyn: Marilyn
would be pleased.
Clooney finally gives up trying to be Cary Grant and finds that he
can really act in this fine comedy.
baseball, this is about challenging group think.
Debt: Hellen Mirren
shines in this thriller.
it could be like in a 1918-type influenze epidemic.
Eyre: Who would have
thought that I could like this new film version of the classic
Stupid Love: Very
funny, especially Emma Stone.
Liam Neeson's almost
annual thriller to start the year is as good as the last.
Bosses: Another very
If you want to see a real homage to old time movies, this is
much more entertaining than The Artist. This, for instance,
has talking and is in color.
by Ryan Gosling in a smart thriller.
metaphor for the fight between the Church and the devil.
- The Ides
of March: Compelling
political thriller with fantastic performances by Paul Giamatti and
Paul Seymour Hoffman.
- Rise of
the Planet of the Apes:
One of the best prequels ever
Adjustment Bureau: Fine, overlooked thriller with a good performance by Emily Blount.
fascinating thriller standing as a metaphor for the dopey athletes
who use drugs to improve their performances. Bradley Cooper's fine
performance overshadows weaker tries by Robert DeNiro and Abbie
Code: From the Robert
Wise-style opening (obviously inspired by the openings of West
Side Story and The Sound of Music) with gorgeous aerial
shots of Chicago, Source Code presents a refreshing new idea
for time warp movies.
- The Way
Back: The story of
seven men Stalinís Communists sentenced to long terms in the Gulag
in 1940 who escape and walk 10,000 km to try for freedom.
in Wartime: A fine
World War II thriller about how the Nazi occupation affects a
seemingly ordinary Dutch family.
for Elephants: Entertaining adaptation from the book with a typical
terrific performance by Christop Waltz
action film with stunts and special effects you won't soon forget.
- In Time:
Ingenious sci-fi tale
set in the future.
- The Iron
Lady: Meryl Streep teams up with an
ideologically motivated director and writer to defame the first
woman Prime Minister of England and the longest sitting PM of the
20th century. Streep's performance epitomizes "cruel."
- Of Gods
and Men: Seven
Cistercian monks sing and sing and sing interminably. My questions
are why was the film made
and how in the world did anybody get someone to finance something
degrading themselves is not funny.
- Take Me
Home Tonight: If you
like a feeble attempt at a post-teen romcom, a tale without a story,
without humor, without romance, and without reason, this is for you.
Edgar: Did they have
to make it so boring and uninformative?
Angry: If thereís a
movie more devoid of raison díÍtre than this, I havenít seen it.
Pass: This thing had
more than three strikes against it within the first five minutes.
clumsy, sophomoric and sexist.
A remake of one
of my least-loved movies, the Dudley Moore version of Arthur
(1981), that lauds alcoholism as harmless fun. Two movies made by
idiots for people who think alcoholism is funny.
10. The Conspirator: Robert
Redford is once again on the wrong side of reason in this film that
glorifies and defends Mary Surratt who could have stopped the
assassination of Lincoln dead in its tracks, but did nothing and let it
continue because her son was involved. The evidence against her is
compelling but Redford, being the true leftist that he is, ignores it
11. Potiche: A complete waste of time that is not
funny, interesting, entertaining, or even slightly humorous. Equally
jarring is the speed with which the subtitles are flashed, which
requires a crash course in speed reading to keep up. But I was thankful
for small favors. Had the subtitles been shown with normal reading time,
the film would have been longer.
paints Gainsbourg as a jerk. If this is a heroic life, what kind of
life would be unheroic?
Double: A terminally
boring thriller with more plotholes than you can shake a stick at.