When it comes to these year-end lists that spread like a virus all over every inch of the internet, it basically boils down to the best and worst of the year. You never really get a glimpse of what fell in between. What about the films that fell just outside of the top ten? Or the most disappointing films of the year? I figured it would be best to start off this whole list extravaganza with some guilty pleasures of 2011.
10. Green Lantern (REVIEW)
Not a fantastic film by any stretch of the imagination as it’s certainly flawed, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as so many made it out to be. Planet Oa looked amazing and Peter Sarsgaard basically out-acted everyone else in the cast. It still felt very rushed and seemed to settle for eye candy rather than a solid story, but it was also kind of enjoyable because of its errors.
9. Another Earth (REVIEW)
This film toys with a fascinating concept its entire duration and it attempts to take it as far as it can go, but feels a little confined to the restraints of a low budget. It still accomplishes quite a lot and the ending is one of my favorites of the year. I couldn’t really imagine this film ending any other way.
8. Bellflower (REVIEW)
Some loved it and some hated it, I actually really enjoyed this one. Masculinity just seemed to drip from every frame and who wouldn’t want to own a car like a Medussa or a flamethrower for that matter?
7. The Perfect Host (REVIEW)
This probably does get a bit carried away in its second half and is fairly similar to Basic as there’s twist after twist after twist, but I’m a sucker for that sort of thing. If a film can mess with your head, then it automatically piques my interest. David Hyde Pearce delivers a solid performance, as well.
6. Warrior (REVIEW)
I’m not an MMA fan, so I was expecting to hate this. It had a hell of a lot more heart than I anticipated though and between the three leads (Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, and Nick Nolte) they deliver some extremely fine acting that is still being talked about now during awards season. Warrior packs one hell of a punch.
5. Rubber (REVIEW)
Yep. The film about a living car tire with telepathic powers. Sounds freaking retarded, right? It is, but I love it for that reason. It’s so ridiculous, over the top, random, and gory that it’s spectacular in my book.
4. Hobo with a Shotgun (REVIEW)
The title is about as deep as the storyline gets, but its impressive use of practical effects, tribute to exploitation cinema, and the best Rutger Hauer performance in years was enough for this film to make this list.
3. Trollhunter (REVIEW)
A Norwegian mockumentary where college students chase trolls. It’s actually a lot better than it sounds. The trolls are pulled off extremely well, the special effects are fairly extraordinary, and the acting is fairly decent. It’s worth a look since it’s very entertaining.
2. The Adjustment Bureau (REVIEW)
I’ve heard a lot of negative things about this one lately as I heard someone say they went into it expecting The Matrix or Equilibrium. I can see why you’d be disappointed. This one took me by surprise though. The concept intrigued me, the bureau itself and the doors were fantastic, and I seem to just like film’s based on Phillip K. Dick’s works. Despite it basically coming down to a love story, The Adjustment Bureau is really solid.
1. Source Code (REVIEW)
Moon was a film that really spoke to me. It was an amazing introduction to director Duncan Jones. While Source Code is nowhere near as good as Moon and won’t even come close to cracking anyone’s top ten this year, it was still entertaining. Some may have hated it, but I feel like it’s one of those films from an incredible year of film that’s constantly overlooked.