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The Best Films of 2011

Some people publish their top 10 film list at the end of the year. Not me. I, for no reason other than sheer laziness, wait until some random point in early May

So, here are my top 10 films of 2011:

10. SHAME

Intense and provocative and once seen, not easily forgotten. Shame is out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on 14th May 2012

9. I WISH

One of the most heart-warming family films I’ve ever seen. Very sadly, no UK release is currently planned for I Wish

8. THOR / CAPTAIN AMERICA

Good old-fashioned comic book fun and great prequels for The Avengers. Thor and Captain America now both available now on DVD and Blu-Ray

7. DRIVE

The most stylish film of the year. Drive is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

6. THE GUARD

Hilariously, blackly, laugh-out-loud funny. The Guard is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

5. CRAZY STUPID LOVE

A surprisingly smart comedy with fantastic performances from Carell, Gosling and Stone. Crazy Stupid Love is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

4. MICHAEL

One of the unsung cinematic highlights of the year. Michael is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on May 28th 2012

3. THE DESCENDANTS

Clooney is at his brilliant best in this funny and moving tragi-comedy. The Descendants is in available on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 21st 2012 in the UK

2. 50/50

An incredibly bold, incredibly funny and equally touching and thoughtful script with stand out performances from Gordon-Levitt, Rogan and Kendrick. 50/50 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now

1. CONFESSIONS

Confessions is easily my film of the year and I urge everyone to see it! You can read my full review here: https://stevekonshu.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/kokuhaku-confessions-review/

Confessions is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

Film 2012

Over the next twelve months I will be keeping a full list of all the films that I watch. The films in blue are ones that I am viewing for the first time. Those in black are films I’ve seen before.

**Update Dec 30th – Comments and scores to be added**

1. Jan 1 – Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 6/10 enjoyable and well realised
2. Jan 2 – Max Payne 3/10 recreating the atmosphere of the game without the fun
3. Jan 14 – The Guard 7/10 Brilliantly black comedy but not quite as good second time around
4. Jan 15 – Limitless 7/10 Love the style and direction
5. Jan 19 – The Iron Lady 5/10 Crass and disappointingly insubstantial
6. Jan 22 – The Artist 8/10 Classy
7. Jan 23 – Star Trek (2009) 7/10 Far from perfect reboot but still fun
8. Jan 24 – Zombieland 7/10 Smart take on the zombie genre with a superb cast
9. Jan 25 – Hot Rod 6/10 Silly but fun
10. Jan 28 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 6/10 Good but nothing more
11. Jan 28 – Drive 8/10 Stylish beyond compare
12. Feb 19 – Woman in Black 7/10 Superior reimagining with plenty of scares
13. Feb 19 – In Bruges 7/10 deliciously dark
14. Feb 26 – Moneyball 8/10 The best sports film since…
15. Feb 27 – Muppets 6/10 old fashioned fun
16. Feb 27 – Midnight in Paris 8/10 Allen’s best film in years, smart and very enjoyable
17. Mar 1 – John Carter 6/10 Fun but over-long Disney Sci-Fi with unnecessary 3D
18. Mar 3 – Wanted 7/10 Silly, OTT but fun
19. Mar 4 – Thor 8/10 The best superhero movie so far
20. Mar 9 – Iron Man 7/10 Smart origin story
21. Mar 9 – Transformers Dark of the Moon 4/10 Amazing action scenes but utterly souless
22. Mar 11 – Green Lantern 5/10 so so superhero
23. Mar 11 – Frost/Nixon 7/10 great perfomances
24. Mar 18 – Young Adult 5/10 meh
25. Mar 24 – Hanna 6/10 Good film, great soundtrack
26. Mar 25 – 21 Jump Street 8/10 Relentlessly laugh-out-loud funny
27. Mar 25 – Hunger Games 7/10 good film with some excellent performances
28. Mar 25 – The Illusionist 6/10 fun but flawed
29. Apr 2 – Captain America 7/10 a super hero
30. Apr 7 – Cabin in the Woods 8/10 excellent subversion of the teen slasher genre
31. Apr 8 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) 7/10 not a patch on the original but still good
32. Apr 13 – The Devils Playground 5/10 interesting but flabby and overlong documentary on the Amish right of passage ‘Rumspringa’
33. Apr 13 – Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 8/10 Incredibly powerful documentary set in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan
34. Apr 15 – The Dilemma 5/10 reasonable but shallow bromance movie
35. Apr 19 – Avengers Assemble 9/10 the biggest and best superhero blockbuster ever
36. Apr 20 – Two-Headed Shark Attack 3/10 Awful and yet oddly watchable
37. Apr 21 – Tron Legacy 6/10 enjoyable and much better than I expected
38. Apr 22 – Mirror Mirror 5/10 fun re-imagining of the Snow White story
39. Apr 22 – Headhunters 8/10 a big, sexy, violent Norweigan version of Hustle
40. Apr 24 – Thor 8/10 the road to Assemble
41. Apr 28 – Avengers Assemble 9/10 still brilliant
42. Apr 29 – Thor 8/10 yes, Thor again
43. Apr 29 – Dreams of a Life 6/10 Desperately sad documentary
44. Apr 30 – Silent House 4/10 Fright free chiller
45. May 5 – Source Code 7/10 Enjoyable time twisting action
46. May 6 – American Reunion 7/10 this pie is as tasty as ever
47. May 6 – Avengers Assemble 9/10 still loving it
48. May 7 – Avengers Assemble 9/10 even better with friends
49. May 14- Safe 6/10 Statham hitting things – great fun
50. May 14 – Snow White & The Huntsman 6/10 a dark fairy tale
51. May 16 – Men in Black 3 6/10 back on form and good family fun
52. May 20 – Johnny English Reborn 5/10 silly, funny and a good enough way to pass a afternoon
53. May 21 – Haywire 7/10
54. May 21 – Megamind 6/10
55. May 21 – In Time 7/10 suprisingly enjoyable Logans Run-lite romp
56. May 26 – Killers 5/10
57. May 26 – Bridesmaids 1/10 one of the worst films I’ve ever, ever seen. Utter dog shit
58. May 29 – Beastly 4/10
59. May 29 – Super 8 7/10 Abrahms dark ET tale, let down by the monster
60. May 30 – Tintin 4/10 fun but souless take on the Tintin adventures
61. May 30 – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 7/10 – Superior sequel  
62. May 31 – The Artist 8/10  A delicious slice of cinematic nostalgia
63. May 31 – Carnage 7/10  a small disagreement leads to big performances
64. June 1 – New Years Eve 5/10
65. June 3 – Hall Pass 5/10
66. June 4 – Prometheus 5/10 over-zealous marketing, disappointing film
67. June 9 – Crazy Stupid Love 8/10 classy comedy
68. June 10 – Gantz: Perfect Answer 5/10 not perfect nor an answer but utterly bonkers
69. June 12 – J Edgar 6/10 interesting film, great performances, awful prosthetics
70. June 13 – X Men: First Class 4/10 X-Men: the swinging years
71. June 14 – Avengers Assemble 9/10 better on each viewing
72. June 14 – Rock of Ages 11/10 ok, not quite 1 louder, but a solid 7/10 for RoA fans
73. June 16 – Anatomy of a Murder 7/10 Stewart/Scott coutroom classic but a weak ending
74. June 16 – I am Number Four 6/10
75. June 16 – Shame 9/10 One of the best films of 2011, Fassbender is astounding
76. June 16 – Stranger Than Fiction 8/10
77. June 18 – The Woman in Black – 7/10
78. June 18 – Batman Begins – 7/10 flabby but promising orgin movie
79. June 21 – One night in Turin – 6/10
80. June 22 – Taken – 7/10
81. June 23 – The Hangover 2 – 6/10
82. June 23 – Everything Must Go
83. June 23 – 300
84. June 23 – American Psycho
85. June 24 – Tron Legacy
86. June 25 – Girl Model
87. July 1 – Fright Night (2011)
88. July 1 – The Ides of March
89. July 2 – Galaxy Quest
90. July 4 – Lars and the Real Girl
91. July 6 – Drive
92. July 8 – Amazing Spiderman
93. July 9 – 21 Jump Street
94. July 10 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
95. July 14 – Magic Mike
96. July 15 – Seeking a friend for the end of the World
97. July 15 – Blue Valentine
98. July 16 – The Social Network
99. July 17 – Haywire
100. July 18 – The Dark Knight
101. July 20 – The Dark Knight Rises
102. July 25 – The Change Up
103. Aug 12 – The Dictator
104. Aug 19 – The Imposter
105. Aug 19 – Take this Waltz
106. Aug 21 – Lord of War
107. Aug 26 – Apollo 18
108. Aug 26 – Cowboys and Aliens
109. Aug 26 – Team America: World Police
110. Aug 27 – Friends with Benefits
111. Sept 1 – Jiro Dreams of Sushi
112. Sept 2 – Bad Teacher
113. Sept 3 – Word Wars
114. Sept 8 – The Third Man
115. Sept 11 – Dark Shadows
116. Sept 12 – Trekkies 2
117. Sept 19 – Total Recall (2012)
118. Sept 25 – Office Space
119. Sept 26 – Total Recall (1990)
120. Sept 26 – Step Brothers
121. Sept 26 – Avengers Assemble
122. Sept 30 – Looper
123. Oct 1 – Moonrise Kingdom
124. Oct 6 – 50/50
125. Oct 7 – The Descendants
126. Oct 10 – Helter Skelter (LFF)
127. Oct 11 – The Hunt (LFF)
128. Oct 12 – Lore (LFF)
129. Oct12 – Teddy Bear (LFF)
130. Oct 13 – Ginger and Rosa (LFF)
131. Oct 14 – Ruby Sparks
132. Oct 14 – For Loves Sake (LFF) – (Ai to Makoto) 
133. Oct 15 – My Ammityville Horror (LFF)
134. Oct 16 – Hyde Park on Hudson (LFF)
135. Oct 17 – Argo (LFF)
136. Oct 18 – Compliance (LFF)
137. Oct 19 – Jeffery Dahmer Files (LFF)
138. Oct 19 – Seven Psychopaths (LFF)
139. Oct 20 – Japan in a Day (LFF)
140. Oct 20 – Celeste and Jesse Forever (LFF)
141. Oct 20 – Silver Linings Playbook (LFF Suprise Film)
142. Oct 21 – End of Watch (LFF)
143. Oct 23 – Prometheus
144. Nov 1 – The Man who changed his Mind
145. Nov 2 – Berbarian Sound Studio
146. Nov 4 – Rust and Bone
147. Nov 11 – Horrible Bosses
148. Nov 17 – The Master
149. Nov 20 – The Fifth Element
150. Nov 20 – Equalibrium
151. Nov 20 – Real Genius
152. Nov 17  – Sighseers
153. Nov 24 – Bernie
154. Nov 25 – Jack and Jill
155. Dec 1 – Star Trek
156. Dec 2 – Election
157. Dec 4 – Les Miserables
158. Dec 8 – Contagion 
159. Dec 9 – The Thing (2011)
160. Dec 10 – The Raid
161. Dec 11 – Adjustment Bureau
162. Dec 16 – Tower Heist
163. Dec 22 – Dear Santa
164. Dec 22 – Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhatten
165. Dec 22 – Four Christmases
166. Dec 24 – Scrooged
167. Dec 25 – Snow Dogs
168. Dec 25 – Ted
169. Dec 27 – The Amazing Spider-Man
170. Dec 27 – Magic Mike
171. Dec 27 – Rock of Ages
172. Dec 28 – The Dark Knight Rises
173. Dec 29 – Life of Pi
174. Dec 30 – Back to the Future