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MovieBob's 2011 Top Ten

MovieBob counts down his favorite flicks from 2011.

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MovieBob could also do that for games and comics (but with 5 instead of 10) to keep it short.

I'm glad you didn't open up with a cliche "And now I'll do you're typicaly Top 10 movies of 2011 that everyone else is doing!" Because that's annoying. Also, for Captain America, hard to say, because most people said it was either average or even downright cliche and below average. I liked it, either way.

Honestly, I'm a bit surprised you didn't include Thor somewhere. The nine I've seen were all great though (Attack the Block hasn't shown anywhere near me).

X-Men: First Class is actually among my worst movies of the year.

The majority of scenes are so cheaply shot it feels like your watching Chuck, all the CGI except for Beast's feet look like shit, and starting the movie with a German Kevin Bacon talking about chocolate in what was obviously supposed to be a highly dramatic scene crippled the movie for me before it was even out of the gate.

I was really disappointed with midnight in paris, with the exception of Dali almost all the characters from the past are one-offs which makes the movie really unfinished. Plus there is a little too much deus ex machina (cough journal cough).

Nice blend, good you didn' clog the top spots with alot of similar movies. Even if all the best movies were comicbook movies/whatever, you only need to showcase the best example.
Nect week: the list leading down to the Hobbit!

A pretty good list. If you are watching Bob for the first time, you can definitely see his passion and, somewhat, obsession with comics and their movie adaptations :) Although I agree with "X-Men" being good, I cant share the sentiment with "Captain America". Im not a part of comics generation, not even American, so for me, COMICS ARE WEIRD! :D What I mean is, there is a very thin line between originality and absurd, and comics cross the line, in favor of absurd, way too often for me. So "Captain America" is, simply put, absurd. A simple fact, that in a supposedly realistic universe, you put magic, just kills it for me. The list is pretty good though :)

Only film on this list that I saw but completely disagree with was Super. Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the depiction of realistic super heroes in a modern day world. I enjoyed Kick-Ass, I loved Defendor, and I'm even probably gonna check out Griff the Invisible if it ever shows up on Netflix.

But Super was just...I don't know. I felt like it tried too hard to be gory and over the top, the comedy always felt a little bit forced to me, and the characters (this is somewhat of a compliment since I think they were supposed to) just came across as unlikeable to me.

I agree with a lot of your other movies, and I can understand what it was you liked about the movie...but I personally couldn't stand it.

I'm gonna go check out some of those other movies you mentioned though that I haven't seen.

Tree of Life, the most unbearably pretentious film made by the most unbearably pretentious (and self-important) filmmaker working right now. Seriously, I've watched Evangelion, I've filled my faux-philosophical quotient. Especially since way too much of it is just Malick obviously working out his creepy mommy issues.

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't guess what would be #1 till 3. And then got proved wrong with #2.

Bob, I think you're a great reviewer and I value your opinions... on anything BUT superhero movies. Seriously. You are so incredibly biased towards them it's actually starting to bug me. X-Men First Class was one of the worst movies I've ever seen and Captain America was 100% forgettable. I know there's opinion and all that, but these movies should be in no one's top 10.

While I enjoy Bob's reviews and find him pretty accurate on most things, he almost always overrates Superhero related films (or wastes two episodes telling us how bad one is) and so try and take those recommendations with a pinch of salt. Pity as I think there are some films not on his list that should be like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Agree 100% up to the Tree of Life. Seriously? The Tree of Life your #1? It was terrible! It was a nothing movie that tried to get away with making no sense and having nothing substantial to it by just having a load of space/time imagery shout in your face "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT WHAT AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT I'M MAKING!" I'm not against movies making artistic statements, I'm all for it actually, but they also have to not suck. The most powerful emotion that I ever felt when watching The Tree of Life, was the soul crushing sadness at how I was never going to get those two hours of my life back. It was that bad.

My number 1 film came the day before New years Eve: The Artist.

Great list, Bob, I'll have to give some of these a look.

I'm just gonna vent my opinion here but...

I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE, pretentious artistic films like Tree of Life. Or as I call them rorschach movies. because like a rorschach test, the dense symbolism and meaning, will vary from person to person. being more like a tool to explore your mind than a conveyance of a message. If you can't get across your message to the audience in a movie, your doing it wrong.

Duffeknol:
Bob, I think you're a great reviewer and I value your opinions... on anything BUT superhero movies. Seriously. You are so incredibly biased towards them it's actually starting to bug me. X-Men First Class was one of the worst movies I've ever seen and Captain America was 100% forgettable. I know there's opinion and all that, but these movies should be in no one's top 10.

You should be glad Nintendo isn't making movies about it's core franchises then.

X-Men first Class is the pefect X-Men? While I do fully agree with that state but I don't think everyone agreed to that ( *cough* hardcore comic fan).
I kind of suprise that Tree of Life is number 1 in your top ten. Well ok I shouldn't since everyone else had been prasing that film.

I was in a room full of people this week discussing movies, and someone brought up Midnight in Paris.

All but one guy (about 13ish people) said the movie sucked. And not just the normal kind of suck. I mean suuuuuuuuuuuuucccked.

The other guy? Thought it was brilliant.

I don't know who to believe, I guess I have to see it now.

Plinglebob:
While I enjoy Bob's reviews and find him pretty accurate on most things, he almost always overrates Superhero related films (or wastes two episodes telling us how bad one is) and so try and take those recommendations with a pinch of salt. Pity as I think there are some films not on his list that should be like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Wasn't a fan of TTSS. I felt the pacing was way off throughout/the whole film just dragged. And the potential moles were never seen enough by the audience to even give us a chance to work out who it was ahead of time, or cause any viewer investment in the answer. Tom Hardy's side story was the only bit that worked, and the film kind of shifted for that from 'glacially slow yet revealing nothing' to 'overly fast and spectacularly predictable'. It was well-acted, but that's about all I'll give it.

As for superhero films... I'm a DC guy. But still, the only one I feel was massively overhyped in review here was Thor (fairly average + Natalie Portman).

I'm going to assume that Bob has not seen Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy yet.

'Drive' is too low on the list for me. The soundtrack and cinematography is excellent and deliver an intense experience.

Attack the Block is the absolute, shittiest, most horrendous, boring piece of fucking garbage I've ever watched in my whole life.

Sorry, I just really needed to get that off my chest. That movie was absolute trash and it pains me to see a critic I really admire and commonly share opinions with praise it so highly.

Opinions will differ, I suppose. Anyway, good list besides that one.

Great list, seen all the films. I wish you had seen MELANCHOLIA (now on demand) or TAKE SHELTER (too bad this isn't in many cinemas), because those would've equally blown you away as much as TREE OF LIFE as they're both visually striking, psychological dramas on the apocalypse. TAKE SHELTER has possibly the best and most intense ending of any film this year. It has been stuck in my head for months!

Michael Shannon really needs to be nominated for Oscars for his performance in Take Shelter:

Can't even believe anyone would have Midnight in Paris on any list. That movie was god-awful. Truly, truly terrible movie.

I've known this for almost 20 years, when the guitar magazines I was reading in high school ran "Best 50 Riffs of All Time" or "Top 20 Guitar Solos of All Time" articles every 4-6 months:

Whenever a news/journalism outfit does a "Top X" list or "Must Read/Watch/See/Listen" article, it's basically the professional equivalent of trolling. It's like flypaper for haters.

Captain America? Seriously? It was an OK film, but it was just so cliche.

My personal film of the year is Drive, followed by Rango.

J03bot:

Plinglebob:
While I enjoy Bob's reviews and find him pretty accurate on most things, he almost always overrates Superhero related films (or wastes two episodes telling us how bad one is) and so try and take those recommendations with a pinch of salt. Pity as I think there are some films not on his list that should be like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Wasn't a fan of TTSS. I felt the pacing was way off throughout/the whole film just dragged. And the potential moles were never seen enough by the audience to even give us a chance to work out who it was ahead of time, or cause any viewer investment in the answer. Tom Hardy's side story was the only bit that worked, and the film kind of shifted for that from 'glacially slow yet revealing nothing' to 'overly fast and spectacularly predictable'. It was well-acted, but that's about all I'll give it.

I admit the reason I really enjoyed it is because it was glacially slow. As someone really fed up with the "Spy Thriller" being thrown onto films like Mission Impossible X (first was by far the best) and the Bourne films, a spy film which shows how the game is really played was a nice change of pace. This sort of slow paced drama is something the UK used to do really well (all hail Jahn Thaw and Inspector Morse) and it was nice to see it can still be done though I agree it would be a bit of a shock if you wern't expecting it.

Leftnt Sharpe:
I'm going to assume that Bob has not seen Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy yet.

Hope so.

EDIT: Blarrghh, double post. Apologies everybody!

Guys, these are Bob's top ten movies of the year, not THE top ten movies of the year. Just the ones he enjoyed the most. I agree for the most part. Cap wouldn't be in my top ten though, 'cause Troll Hunter happened this year, as did Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Another Earth. But overall, good list. Glad to see Midnight in Paris get some love.

I happen to agree with the majority of the internet when I say Drive was my favourite film of the year.

I'm surprised (and pleased) that he didn't put Sucker Punch on here. He was worshiping that movie when it came out. I thought that was a sure bet for this list, even as a potential #1.

I'm not extremely in to comics or from the states so for me Captain America, X-men et all isn't that great... Honestly they are not bad but feels somewhat "just an action" at times, but it's great hollywood found out you can make decent movies out of comics and fantasy..

And let me guess "Bilbo" & "Avengers" is going to be among those he's looking forward to...

I'm so annoyed they started the teasing of Bilbo in the cinemas already. IT'S A YEAR AWAY, stop teasing me! I want it now!..

PS. Taste is personal some like blue some don't live with it and don't try to convince me otherwise.

can anyone recommend some good movies?
maybe your top 10s of the year?
I've been out of the loop, haven't been to the cinema once this year.
I can recommend anything else in return, esp music!

Thunderhorse31:
I was in a room full of people this week discussing movies, and someone brought up Midnight in Paris.

All but one guy (about 13ish people) said the movie sucked. And not just the normal kind of suck. I mean suuuuuuuuuuuuucccked.

The other guy? Thought it was brilliant.

I don't know who to believe, I guess I have to see it now.

Remember that the masses more often than not have shit taste. For example: Transformers and Call of Duty.

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