Why not start at 15 since I need at least 5 in my ‘Honorable Mention’ category:
15.) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO- I was surprised by this one; mainly because I felt it completely unnecessary to remake a perfectly good Swedish version, however, Fincher did amazing in his direction and Rooney Mara should probably get a nomination for best actress. Plus the soundtrack will knock your dick in the dirt.
14.) HORRIBLE BOSSES-
I personally think this was one of the funniest movies this year, definitely more amusing than the slightly overrated, Bridesmaids. It also has the best named character in a long time, Motherfucker Jones.
13.) MI:4 GHOST PROTOCOL- Tom Cruise is insane, and the Dubai sequence is one of the best action sequences ever put to screen. See this in IMAX if you can…
12.) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PT 2-
I will admit it…I cried a little, and am very sad to see it come to an end. The kid in me thoroughly enjoyed seeing all 7 years of Harry at Hogwarts, and the adult in me loved seeing the last 2 years of Hermione.
11.) LIFE IN A DAY- This is on instant Netflix if you haven’t checked it out. Really good reminder of everything that goes on in the world besides your own problems. Loved it.
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10.) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES-
That’s right! Not every top 10 has to be all indie, art-house movies. If there was anyway to get Andy Serkis an award accolade for how well he plays the main chimp, Caesar, it should happen. Went into this film with zero expectations and it turned out to be one of my favorites of the year, can’t wait for the sequel. 6/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
9.) CRAZY STUPID LOVE-
Here’s one I didn’t expect to be on this list. I really enjoyed it in theaters and even more once I watched it again on Blu-ray. I don’t think Ryan Gosling can go wrong this year, and if you haven’t seen this movie, take a look. 6/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
8.) TYRANNOSAUR- Beautiful foreign film about an alcoholic man with anger issues who befriends a christian store owner. The movie has incredible acting and a very rough storyline. 6/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
7.) ADVENTURES OF TINTIN-
I had no intentions of seeing this movie and pretty much was going to write it off, but it completely shocked me for being what Indiana Jones 4 should have been. I hope the next one from Peter Jackson is just as much fun. See it. It’ll make you boner. 6.5/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
It’s a movie about cancer…and it doesn’t suck. That’s all. 6.5/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
George Clooney continues his tradition of trying to make at least 3 Oscar contenders every year with the Descendants. This one is a lot better than his own Ides of March which suffered from pacing and story despite solid performances. This movie is pretty quirky and hilarious, I can’t wait to own it. 6.5/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
4.) TAKE SHELTER-
Pretty haunting movie that really sticks with you after it’s over. Michael Shannon will definitely be getting a best actor nomination for his role as a man who starts building a storm shelter due to his schizophrenia. As someone who is a little crazy myself, I related to this movie a little bit too much. 7/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
I love every single scene of this movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great as the title character and even Rain Wilson provides a great supporting act as a depressed father. I couldn’t believe how many times I cackled too loud while watching this. Completely underrated. 7/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
One of the most important films of the year. I loved every minute of Scorcese’s 3D ode to cinema and I can’t wait to see it again. I was really surprised at how much my son loved it as well. Shouldn’t be missed. 7.5/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system.
1.) DRIVE- Big fucking surprise, right? I have nothing more to say about this movie except see it, and get the soundtrack. Best film of the year, hands down. Nothing is even close to it. 8/8abs on the Ryan Gosling 8 pack ab review system. Yes, it gets the highest accolade in any abdominal review system.
The Artist- I will see this as soon as I can find it because I know it will probably end up on my list, however, Reno is a small, shitty town that cinematically doesn’t get anything independent. I’m excited for this one though.
Tinkor, Tailor, Soldier, Spy- Looking forward to this as well when it rolls through Reno.
MOVIES THIS YEAR THAT WERE STUPID FUN-
Winnie the Pooh- Totally nostalgic, I definitely had more fun watching it than Killian did.
Super- Funny, independent movie about a pretty awful super hero, played by Rain Wilson. He did great in this, and much better in Hesher. Plus, Kevin Bacon kicks ass.
Insidious- I don’t care what anyone says, this movie freaked the shit out of me. I really enjoyed it.
The Thing- Fuck you, I actually had fun with it. Of course it isn’t as good as Carpenter’s 80′s one, but stop being a dick and just have a good time. In fact, fuck you. I’ve always hated you.
Limitless- Definitely the best Robert DeNiro movie in years…that’s sad.
WISH WOULD’VE BEEN BETTER
Young Adult- Overrated by critics just because Jason Reitman directed it. Yes, he gave us great movies like, Thank you for Smoking and Up in the Air, but this was a horrible misstep. Charlize Theron was incredible in the lead role, and Patton Oswalt is my new hero, but the script was very weak. I will give Diablo Cody kudos for not including atrocious dialogue…but in the end, go back to the pole.
Muppets- Yes, I enjoyed this, yet it could’ve been so much better, the whole time I just felt like it was lacking.
Moneyball- This one I will get shit for. I really thought this was going to be more, and though it was entertaining, and as much as I love Sorkin, it was pretty forgettable. Maybe a second viewing will change my mind, but right now all I can think is ‘meh’ ney ball.
Super 8- Holy fuck this one got praised by my fellow nerds…no. Bad nerds. This movie was really tough to get through and just smelled of Spielberg (who I love), but nay. No. Bad. Stop kissing Abraham’s ass already. This movie gave me teeth herpes.
Tree of Life- Hey critics: Get off your fucking high horse and admit this was a 3 hour long flick about Terrance Malick looking in the mirror and telling himself how good he is. Completely pretentious and arrogant. Yes, great cinematography, and I highly ever agree with Middle America on hating art-house trash, but this was so overblown.You could find more meaning in a porn called “Shrub of boobs” than “Tree of Life.”
Bridesmaids- Meh. I laughed. That’s it, everybody calm down.
WORST OF THE YEAR-
Jack and Jill- Click here to see my previous writing about it…
New Years Eve- both the movie and the day will make you puke.
Your Highness- you won’t laugh, no matter how high you are.
Green Lantern- Shame on you, Reynolds….shame on every single beautiful ab muscle.
Happy Feet 2- I have no idea what this movie was about…but I sat through it.
Smurfs- I hope they all get Smurf AIDS from Clumsy.
Hangover 2- It was a carbon copy of the first.
BEST LINE IN A MOVIE ALL YEAR - For me, it was a tie between:
1.) Horrible Bosses- Here
2.) Hesher- Here.
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