2011 Films in Review

Here is my review of the films I which saw in 2011.  In a change from the past few years, this does NOT include movies released in 2011 which I saw in 2012.  Which is why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo doesn’t feature prominently on this list.  I know that I am missing some great movies by adopting this strategy.  Furthermore, movies that were on last year’s “Best Of” list should also be included on this year’s list (using the new rules) but I decided to omit them than recognize them twice.

While I wouldn’t say that 2011 was a bad year for movies, it wasn’t particularly special.  Maybe I just chose poorly…  Where in years past I would have to whittle down my list of ‘best’ films, this year it felt like work to simply come up with 10.  It’s not that there is an abundance of lowlights, but there weren’t many highlights.


The Movies I Saw in 2011

As regular readers know, I keep a list of all of the movies I see each year.  I saw more movies this year (160) than each of the past two (147)..  I did include a handful of shorts on the list this year, though.  This was also the first year I kept track of the date on which I saw each movie, which will allow me to see trends in years moving forward.

My “Best of 2011” list will hopefully be done in the next few days.  Unlike the past few years, I’ve decided to do the list now instead of waiting until the Oscars.  I found waiting to actually be more stressful, for some reason.  Anyway, all the gory details are after the jump…

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2010 Films in Review

Even later than last year!
  • Top 10 Films of 2010 (in Alphabetical Order):
    • The Fighter
    • Inception
    • Jackass 3D
    • Kick-ass
    • The King’s Speech
    • Micmacs
    • Perrier’s Bounty
    • The Social Network
    • True Grit
    • Winter’s Bone
  • Bottom 6 films of 2010:
    • Clash of the Titans
    • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Predators
    • Salt
    • Splice
  • Best Remake/Reworking: The Crazies
  • Most Unnecessary Remake/Reworking: A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Best Director: Christopher Nolan for Inception
  • Best Actress: Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
  • Best Actor: Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
  • Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo in The Fighter
  • Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale n The Fighter
    • Honorable mention for John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone
  • Best Ensemble: Jackass 3D
  • Best Original Screenplay: Inception
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
  • Best Cinematography: Inception
  • Best Soundtrack: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Best Score: Inception
  • Most Alarming Cinematic Trend: Second Year for both 3D and Fake IMAX
  • Most Memorable Lines:
    • Hot Tub Time Machine
      • Lou: Here’s a question. Was it morally wrong for me to exploit my knowledge of the future for personal financial gain? Perhaps. Here’s another question. Do I give a fuck?
    • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
      • Stacey Pilgrim: I mean, did you really see a future with this girl?
      • Scott Pilgrim: Like… with jetpacks?
    • Kick-Ass
      • Big Daddy: Good job. I’m so proud of you, baby doll. Are you okay?
      • Hit Girl: Mhmm… but getting shot, Daddy… it hurt a lot more than when you did it.
      • Big Daddy: That’s because I used low velocity rounds, child… he… he…
      • Hit Girl: You’re the kindest Daddy in the whole world.
      • Big Daddy: No, I just… I love you…
      • Hit Girl: I love you, too, Daddy… I love you, too, Daddy. Sleep tight.
    • Jackass 3D
      • Steve-O: How many stings do you think we can take?
      • Manny Puig: I think it takes about 100 to kill a man.
      • Dave England: Are you serious? Did you just make that number up? There’s 50,000 bees and it takes 100 to kill a man?
      • Manny Puig: I think it takes 100.
      • Loomis Fall: Then what are we doing here?
      • Manny Puig: Making a hit movie.
  • Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Guilty Pleasures:
    • MacGruber
    • Tron: Legacy
  • Films I feel guilty for missing:
    • OSS 117: Lost in Rio
  • Films I don’t feel guilty for missing:
    • Edge of Darkness
    • Repo Men
    • Babies
    • Robin Hood
    • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

My Movies of 2010

Here’s the list of movies I saw in 2010…  I saw 147 movies this year, exactly as many as the year before.  As I have done the past few years, my “Best of 2010” list will probably come closer to the Academy Awards, so I have the opportunity to see some of the well-regarded films of the year that I missed.

As I mentioned last year, in 2010 I gathered more data about the movies I see.  I also decided to no longer split up the list between “Theater” and “Home”, as the distinction doesn’t mean much to me anymore.  I did, however, gather statistics about how I watched a film, which you can view after the split:

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2009 Films in Review

Better late than never, right?

The Movies I Saw in 2009

Here’s the list of movies I saw in 2009…  I saw 147 movies this year, which is just about where I was the year before.  I think the number of films I can see in a year given all of my other interests and responsibilities is right in the neighborhood of 150.  I haven’t really sat down and thought about my "best of" list yet, as I usually take January to try and catch up on acclaimed movies I missed, but my gut tells me it was a pretty good year for movies.   

I think in 2010 I’m going to keep more data about the movies I view, but I also think I may eliminate my distinction between "Theatre" and "Video" in the list I actually publish next year.  We’ll see.

The list is mostly in the order I viewed them, and I tried to italicize any films I had already seen.

2008 Films in Review

Another great year for film..  Trying to pick my favorites this year might have even been harder than in 2007.  

To reinforce my tradition of not placing importance of one film over another in each category, I decided to alphabetize the lists this year.  

The Movies I Saw in 2008

Here’s the list of the movies I saw in 2008…  I was a little lazier about keeping this list up to date this year, so it’s possible I missed one or two movies.   I saw 150 movies this year, which is a handful less than last year, but still fairly ridiculous.  This year was very polarized, with some completely amazing movies and some complete stinkers.  I’m going to wait a few weeks (until before the Oscar ceremony) to compile my "Best Of 2008" list, which should hopefully give me some time to catch up on some of the ones I missed this year.

Also, I am coming to the point, with my HDTV and surround sound system, that the distinction between "Theatre" and "Video" viewing is becoming rather academic.  I do still prefer to watch movies in the "art house" theaters in Boston, because the audiences are usually quite respectful.  But the downsides of going to one of the multiplexes easily match (and probably surpass) any downsides of watching a movie in your living room.  So it’s possible in the future I may not keep track of the distinction, but I haven’t decided yet.

The list is mostly in the order I viewed them, and I tried to italicize any films I had already seen.

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2007 Films in Review

The Movies I Saw in 2007

I have no idea how I am going to compile the “best of” list, given how many great movies came through this year.. As you can see, the new TV greatly increased the number of movies I watched at home from the past few years.

Over the next few weeks I’ll try to catch up with some of the movies I missed in 2007 and then post my “best of”.

The list is pretty much in the order I saw the pictures, and I tried to italicize films I had previously viewed.


  1. Children of Men
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth
  3. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
  4. Letters from Iwo Jima
  5. Smokin’ Aces
  6. Hannibal Rising
  7. An Unreasonable Man
  8. Zodiac
  9. 300
  10. The Host
  11. Hot Fuzz (2x)
  12. Les Ordres
  13. Grindhouse (2x)
  14. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres
  15. Black Book (Zwartboek)
  16. Fay Grim
  17. The King of Kong
  18. Fido
  19. Rabbit
  20. Black Sheep
  21. Death Trike
  22. Monster Camp
  23. Spider-man 3
  24. 28 Weeks Later
  25. Incubo sulla città contaminata (a.k.a. Nightmare City)
  26. The Return of the Living Dead
  27. Sleuth (1972)
  28. Severance
  29. Crazy Love
  30. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
  31. Live Free or Die Hard
  32. Sicko
  33. Transformers
  34. Frownland
  35. Talk to Me
  36. Sunshine
  37. Interview
  38. The Simpsons Movie
  39. The Bourne Ultimatum
  40. The Ten
  41. Summercamp!
  42. Naked Lunch
  43. The Omega Man
  44. Superbad
  45. TRON
  46. Halloween (2007)
  47. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  48. The Rape of Europa
  49. 30 Days of Night
  50. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  51. American Gangster
  52. No Country for Old Men
  53. Blade Runner
  54. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  55. I’m Not There
  56. In Bruges
  57. The Golden Compass
  58. Lars and the Real Girl
  59. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


  1. Clerks.
  2. Sssssss
  3. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  4. Goodfellas
  5. Haiku Tunnel
  6. Heavy: The Story of Metal
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  8. Un Chien Andalou
  9. Tzameti (13)
  10. Cannibal Holocaust
  11. Oldboy
  12. The Evil Dead
  13. Evil Dead II
  14. Marjoe
  15. The Proposition
  16. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  17. Moog
  18. Crónicas
  19. Marie Antoinette
  20. Hostel
  21. Getting Away with Murder
  22. The Hills Have Eyes
  23. Ghosts of the Abyss
  24. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  25. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  26. Batman
  27. Superman Returns
  28. Serenity
  29. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  30. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  31. War Dancing (a.k.a. Dance to Win)
  32. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  33. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  34. Hustle & Flow
  35. Fright Night
  36. Batman Begins
  37. Lord of War
  38. Red Eye
  39. The Nomi Song
  40. Beerfest
  41. All the President’s Men
  42. Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
  43. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
  44. The Bourne Identity
  45. Aliens
  46. The Omen (2006)
  47. Blow Dry
  48. Transporter 2
  49. Rize
  50. Apt Pupil
  51. District B13
  52. When Stand Up Stood Out
  53. Coffy
  54. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  55. Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie
  56. Halloween (1978)
  57. Poseidon
  58. The Queen
  59. Mission: Impossible III
  60. The Conversation
  61. Cars
  62. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  63. The Departed
  64. Henry Fool
  65. The Call of Cthulhu
  66. Damien: Omen II
  67. Fast Food Nation
  68. For Your Consideration
  69. The Iron Wall
  70. Volver
  71. Click
  72. Hard Candy
  73. Up for Grabs (2004)
  74. Kurtlar vadisi – Irak
  75. Slither
  76. The Meaning of Life
  77. Crash
  78. Jesus Camp
  79. Times Square
  80. This Filthy World
  81. Stranger Than Fiction
  82. Darkon
  83. Word Wars
  84. Ronin
  85. Redacted
  86. Primeval
  87. The Illusionist
  88. Closing Escrow
  89. Idiocracy
  90. Beer League
  91. Henry Rollins: Uncut from NYC
  92. Jackass Number Two
  93. The Birds
  94. Cocaine Cowboys
  95. Krieger und die Kaiserin, Der (The Princess and the Warrior)
  96. Children of Men
  97. A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  98. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  99. La Vie en Rose
  100. Amazing Grace