December 31, 2011

2011 Year in Review - Erica's Best of 2011

It is extremely hard to pick the top ten standout movies of the year. It is even harder to rank them. Last year, I chose I Love You Philip Morris as my top choice. Do I regret that? No. I think that a lot of movies deserved to be in that #1 Spot last year but it is much more difficult this year.

BEST OF 2011

1) Hugo
I'm sorry Muppets. I love you but Hugo took my breath away visually, artistically, and I never in a million years thought this would take the top slot but it did. I read the book in an hour after I saw the movie. It was amazing.

2) The Muppets
There are my fabricated friends. They rocked it this year in their big screen comeback courtesy of the amazing Jason Segel. The addition of the sweet & charming Walter added a new dimension to the Henson world.

3) Attack the Block
OK I promise I am not being biased. I love Edgar Wright and met the director (Joe Cornish) at Comic-Con this year but I truly did enjoy this film. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. For that it takes my number three spot. Mostly for being unpredictably good.

4) Beginners
This truly was a great, heartfelt movie. Plus the dog was really cute. Fun fact about the dog: Ewan McGregor adopted him so they really do live together now. Sweet ending... 

5) The Artist
Mike said it was overrated. I thought it was great. Plus I think we have to put Uggie vs Cosmo in a cutest dog contest. 

6) Drive
I think when I wrote my review I may have been a bit harsh. Looking back on the year that was, I did enjoy this movie. I loved it's Taxi Driver-esque qualities and apparently I am drawn to movies with people driving cars and gun violence....

7) The Guard
I am a sucker for movies starring British people. Plus, this was a great dark comedy and got a well deserved Golden Globe nomination for Gleeson. 

8) Bad Teacher
OK I will admit it. I am sure I am the only one who will have this movie on their 10 best list. I love Jason Segel and just found this movie to be funny. Purely funny without being offensive (yes Bridesmaids I am talking to you)

9) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Not having seen the original Swedish version (yet. I want to know). I went into this thinking, great a 2hr 40 minute movie about solving a crime. Yet when it ended, I found myself saying 'It's over already?'

10) Carnage
I had The Ghost Writer on my list last year. This was another great Polanski film that showcases a lot of great talent in the ensemble cast.

Honorable Mention:
Red State
Midnight in Paris

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