Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best of 2011 by Genre

OK so how come movie critics always leave out all those movies that regular folks love?  Where are all the comedies?  How about action movies and blockbusters?  Sure, some of them are good too, yet most of them don't make my Best Films of 2011 list.  But they certainly warrant separate lists of honorable mention.  So here they are:

Best Comedies:
  1. Crazy, Stupid Love
  2. Midnight in Paris
  3. The Trip
  4. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
  5. The Hangover Part II
  6. Friends with Benefits
  7. Hall Pass
  8. Bridesmaids

Best High Concept Sci-Fi Action Films:
  1. Limitless
  2. In Time
  3. Source Code

Best Action Films (which interestingly enough almost all use the : followed by a trite pointless phrase rather than opting for just a sequel number):
  1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  2. X-Men: First Class
  3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  4. Battle: Los Angeles
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  6. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
  7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Horror Films:
  1. Scream 4
  2. Grave Encounters
  3. Paranormal Activity 3
  4. Insidious

Best Animated / Kids Films:
  1. Rio
  2. Mr. Popper's Penguins
  3. Puss in Boots
  4. Rango
  5. The Adventures of Tintin

Best Documentaries:
  1. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
  2. The Swell Season
  3. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  4. Exporting Raymond
  5. Being Elmo

And an honorable mention for
Good Indie Dramedies with Great Casts that Didn't Quite Reach Their Potential:
  1. Terri
  2. Win Win
  3. HappyThankYouMorePlease
  4. Our Idiot Brother
  5. A Little Help
  6. Cedar Rapids
  7. Everything Must Go


  1. Apparently comedies are my jam as I've seen 5 of 8 and have only seen 1 of the remaining 31. I have so much work to do.

  2. I enjoyed all of the documentaries on your list. Here's 5 more that I found just as good. Bill Cunningham New York, Buck, Make Believe, Project Nim, and Resurrect Dead

  3. 'Make Believe' is easily my favorite doc, but it hasn't been officially released yet. I'm still waiting, and hopefully it'll happen in 2012. 'Buck' and 'Project Nim' were both really good. I haven't seen the other two, but I'm adding them to my list.

  4. Make Believe was actually released back in May, ( NY, LA, Chi ) unfortunately no where close to us. Metacritic gave it a 59 based on 10 critics, which is way too low. I was surpirised how much I liked the Bill Cunningham movie, and Resurrect Dead is a good mystery with alot of local ties.