So, now is the time that everyone is releasing their best of the year lists. Unfortunately I haven’t seen nearly as many movies from this past year to make any educated rankings. Eventually I will have seen Black Swan, The Artist, 50/50, and all of the others and make a proper list, but until then here are my favorite movies from 2011 (That I’ve seen).
It was a surprisingly good year for the superhero movie, as Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman brought the Asgardian King to life. It was so good in fact, that Thor isn’t even the only one on the list. But anyway, what’s not to love about the fish out of water scenario. Bonus points for giving us the future villain of the upcoming Avengers movie, Loki.
I honestly never would have thought to see a romantic comedy on a list like this in a million years. But somehow Crazy Stupid Love did the impossible and made me not hate myself for enjoying a rom-com. Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling is something that should have happened a while ago. Same could be said for Emma Stone and Julianne Moore.
Another surprise here, as First Class brought a different side to the superhero genre. Add to that some amazing shots, which I detailed in my review, and you got something that makes it in the top 3. Not to mention I’m a big James McAvoy fan, and Michael Fassbender is slowly becoming one of the hottest actors in Hollywood.
2. Source Code
The plot isn’t quite on par with that on Inception, but consider Source Code to be confusing plot device 101. If you get through it and enjoy it, move up to the graduate level studies. But really, from beginning to somewhat twist ending, Source Code was one of the most entertaining of the year. Not bad for a 8-minute sequence played over and over.
1. Super 8
J.J. Abrams joining forces with Steven Spielberg would probably make my favorites list with 60 minutes of grass blowing in the wind. Fortunately, I’m somewhat justified in putting them in this top slot. More than anything, Super 8 made not only me, but many others, remember why we love the movies. It brought back nostaligia, while still adding something new to the table. It was the perfect combination of old school and new school. It was, my favorite.