Top 20 Best Movies Of 201125.10.10 # Top Ten # 181 Comments
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright
Director: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 1st April 2011
A soldier (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Each time the train explodes, it’s reset for him to try again. The director’s previous effort, Moon, was perhaps the best sci-fi movie of 2009. This isn’t as good, but is still highly entertaining. At its best it feels like a Hitchcock film, from the acting to the camera work to the music. And the concept has a way of tickling the brain. Yes it’s a mish-mash of Quantum Leap, 12 Monkeys, Groundhog Day and particularly Deja Vu, but it does it in a compelling way. Just ignore Jeffrey Wright’s hammy performance.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Release Date: 14th October 2011
Prequel to the ’82 John Carpenter classic, set in the Norwegian camp that discovered the alien craft and shapeshifting creature. This is a personal choice, but if you’re a big fan of Carpenter’s version like me, and don’t nitpick too much (yes, the dog is a different colour), you’ll have a great time. The difference between this and other horror remakes (it is one) is you can tell everyone involved really gets the source material and actually cares about doing the best they can. It has inventive ‘Thing-outs’ (the cgi itself varies between excellent and disappointing), great sound, fun-to-unravel whodunit mysteries, and a talented cast.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Director: Eli Craig
Release Date: 23rd September 2011
Tucker and Dale are best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. This is a gory, good-spirited horror-comedy that cleverly flips the many cliches of the killer redneck movie. Tucker and Dale are both wonderfully played. The college kids overact a bit, but it’s still a most enjoyable ride.
Here’s our top 20:
20. Crazy, Stupid, Love
19. Fright Night
18. Super 8
16. Captain America: The First Avenger
14. The Adventures Of Tintin
13. Midnight In Paris
12. The Descendants
9. X-Men: First Class
8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
7. The Artist
6. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
5. Rise Of The Apes
3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
What were your favourites this year?