Monday, July 4, 2011

Best of 2011 (so far)

Halfway through the year, there have been some gems, but mostly a lot of shit. Here's how my favorites are stacking up:

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. Kaboom (Gregg Araki)
3. Scream 4 (Wes Craven)
4. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
5. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
6. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay)
7. Beginners (Mike Mills)
8. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
9. Green Lantern (Martin Campbell)
10. Hanna (Joe Wright)

Honorable Mention: Source Code (Duncan Jones), Insidious (James Wan)

Need to see: Hobo with a Shotgun, Of Gods and Men, Rango, Sucker Punch, The Housemaid, Even the Rain, Super, Paul, Incendies, Le Quattro Volte, Meek's Cutoff, Poetry, and Uncle Boonmee


  1. I haven't really thought about the year to date, but let's give it a crack:

    1) T r e e - o f - L i f e (I can't imagine this one will change by the end of the year.)

    2) The Future

    3) Super

    4) Hobo With a Shotgun

    5) X-Men: First Class

    6) Bridesmaids

    7) Hannah

    8) 5 Fast, 5 Furious

    9) Scream 4

    10) Rango

    And while it's not a very good film by a long shot, I still suggest you see "Sucker Punch." It is an auteur film in that what we see on-screen is a moving rorschach test of the director's psyche. That said, it's pretty clear from watching the film that director Zack Snyder is a moron.

    Your review of Trans 3 was interesting. I disliked the film overall, but felt it was a step in the right direction from the utterly dismal previous entries. For all of his career thus far, Michael Bay has been itching to make films about cars, plains, and vehicles that kill each other. The closest he came to that vision was this T3. Clearly, he was mismatched working with Steven Spielberg, whose producer sensibilities no doubt introduced the "Boy and his Magical Car" plot of the first two films. Bay has been snorting coke and banging so many models that he clearly does not identify with the family drama and innocent yearning that such a story would create. The human characters in T3 are very close to not mattering whatsoever, which is probably best for Bay.

    Also, the choice to shoot in 3-D worked for Bay in that it required him to storyboard his action as opposed to his current "shoot everything in multiple angles and 'fix' it in post" approach that made a lot of his previous action scenes indecipherable. Having a clearer sense of geography adds a serious wow factor to Bay's on-screen carnage.

    Trans 3 reminded me of a mid-tier Godzilla movie, and I mean that in a good way.

  2. I'm actually anticipating Netflix releasing Sucker Punch - I am pissed I missed it in theaters, and while I have yet to like a Zack Snyder flick (ok, excluding the DotD remake), I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a great one at some point (Superman, maybe?).

    Yeah, Tree of Life I would now call one of my favorite movies of all-time, so it'll obviously retain the top spot, at least for myself.

    So The Future is really that strong, eh? I was mixed on MY&EWK. You see Beginners yet? Nice flick.