*** All based on my personal preferences, but I do like to think I have a founding for most of them. Feel free to discuss your picks for best/worst in the comments or wherever!
The year of 2011 is at its close, and quite a diversity of films were bestowed upon us by the studios this year. I found that I saw quite a number of the "major" ones that were released in 2011, but not all of them of course. I also wanted to see a lot more of them but never had the chance. What with all these lists floating around the internet these days stating the "top tens" and "worst tens" of the year, I decided to rank every film I say released in 2011, from worst to best. It's all based on my personal tastes, and obviously some will feel differently.
I've also decided to make one-ish comment for each of them, just so you know where I'm coming from (though I do know that I can come off as a little pretentious sometimes). Okay, are we ready?
Let's start with the worst and work our way to the best:
38. The Green Lantern - Ryan Reynolds' abs are not enough to sustain my interest anymore.
37. Just Go With It - I'm pretty sure Nicole Kidman paid the studio not to put her in any advertising for this film, so nobody would know she was in it.
36. Priest - At least it wasn't as bad as Legion, but still pretty nonsensical.
35. Bad Teacher - Cameron Diaz sure works her body hard, but too bad her character is just so unlikable.
34. Arthur - Man-children that refuse to grow up really start to get on my nerves after a while, and I heartbreakingly can't even say that the presence of Dame Helen Mirren saved this one's skin.
33. The Change-Up - When your film starts off with jokes about babies pooping, you can't expect much.
32. Something Borrowed - These two women are absolute monsters and I can't stand their self-pitying.
31. No Strings Attached - I mean both the stars are charming enough but there is just something about each of them that still remains unlikable to me.
30. The Mechanic - I've seen worse films starring Jason Statham, but it was more or less what I expected in the end.
29. Limitless - I wanted to like this movie much more than I did; it seemed kind of silly when it all boiled down to it.
28. Rio - I don't know, it was a little campy, even for a child's movie with nothing that really stood out.
27. Fast Five - Absolutely ridiculous and with so many factual inaccuracies, but more enjoyable than some of its previous installments.
26. Waiting For Forever - I didn't really know what to expect, and while I liked the performances of Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins (as always) it was just a little too melodramatic.
25. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - This franchise has little to offer us anymore, but at least it didn't have such a convoluted plot like the last one, and featured an actual hottie via Penelope Cruz.
24. The Green Hornet - I know, it's kind of silly, but I like that is wasn't trying to be so serious in terms of glorifying "superheroes".
23. Water for Elephants - For once Robert Pattinson wasn't looking so constipated, and Christoph Waltz is charmingly creepy once again.
22. Gnomeo and Juliet - Just adorable and how could you not like something featuring all that Elton John?
21. Thor - Weirdly outlandish and way more on the "fantasy" end than I expected, but I love my mythology, and Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston won me over.
20. Horrible Bosses - I think it was the squeaky voice of Charlie Day and my constant love of Kevin Spacey that made me think this one was so hilarious.
19. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - I watched it for fun and kind of as a joke but ended up being surprised by how talented Justin Bieber actually is.
18. The Conspirator - Solid performances all around, and an interesting subject, but it kind of felt like a generic, old-timey procedural.
17. Paul - Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are hilarious when they are together, if maybe a little childish.
16. Crazy, Stupid, Love. - A solid cast and adorable story, just needed a couple less rom-com cliches.
15. Fright Night - Maybe it's my love of David Tennant that made me biased about this one, but I was actually really tense during the whole thing, despite it not being that scary.
14. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - The chemistry between Sherlock and Watson is undeniable, plus Guy Ritchie seems very clever.
13. X-Men: First Class - The above mentioned chemistry is only beaten by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender together in this movie.
12. Midnight in Paris - Some might say that Woody Allen has lost his touch, but I say this was just a light, fun trip, with the ever-natural Owen Wilson.
11. Jane Eyre - They really hit the heart of the eerie, gothic feel of Jane Eyre this time, especially with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender (again).
10. Rango - There were references to Singin' In the Rain and In the Heat of the Night in this children's movie: how could I not like it?
9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - The only thing that I didn't like was a little too much fragmenting of scenes, other than that, it is really engrossing and dark.
8. Friends With Benefits - I didn't have high hopes from the premise, but Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake knocked it out of the park with their banter.
7. Bridesmaids - Just hilarious, in the most awkward kind of way, but most importantly shows that women can in fact be funny.
6. Hanna - Great use of scenery and sound mixing, as well as the fact that Saoirse Ronan is a strong force to be reckoned with.
5. Drive - I didn't expect it to be so intense, but I must say I like being surprised.
(***The best movies of the year, in my opinion, whose rankings are essentially interchangeable with one another):
4. 50/50 - It's not insensitive about such a serious topic, but it's also not melodramatic about it, which I loved.
3. The Artist - I can't say that this movie is for everyone, but it was just such a feel-good time and extremely clever in its editing and presentation.
2. The Muppets - What kind of a sick person doesn't like the Muppets, Jason Segel, or the musical stylings of Bret McKenzie?
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - Maybe it's because I grew up with these characters and this was the true end of it all, but I must say that this movie was incredibly done and came such a long way since the first installment 10 years ago.
And there you have it! What about you, did you have any different favorites or least favorites? Anything you were dying to see but never had a chance to (see my list below)? What are you looking forward to in 2012?
Films I Have Yet to See from 2011 But Want To:
Attack the Block
*** Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
** The Skin I Live In
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Iron Lady
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey