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12.26.2011by: Chris Bumbray

TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2011 (According to Chris Bumbray)

And so, another year is in the books. Overall, 2011 has been a pretty solid year for movies, although the majority of really good films tended to fall outside the studio system, once again coming from the indie or international scene. In terms of blockbusters, the year was average. There were a couple of fun ones (FAST FIVE, the Marvel films, the last HARRY POTTER, the latest SHERLOCK, the amazing first hour of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL), but there were no game-changers like INCEPTION, which is a pity.

However, those who ventured outside the mainstream were rewarded with a slew of excellent films, and marking another great year spent reviewing movies for JoBlo.com, I've compiled my personal top ten- along with ten runners-up, and a list of the five WORST films I reviewed this year. Agree? Disagree? Strikeback below!

RUNNERS UP FOR BEST OF 2011:
TREE OF LIFE, BRIDESMAIDS, THE GUARD, THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE, THE DESCENDANTS, X-MEN FIRST CLASS, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, I SAW THE DEVIL, MELANCHOLIA, & YOUNG ADULT.

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2:50PM on 12/29/2011
Huh, it's a shame 50/50 didn't even get a runner up vote. I thought it was a hell of a lot better than Bridesmaids. Nice list apart from that.
Huh, it's a shame 50/50 didn't even get a runner up vote. I thought it was a hell of a lot better than Bridesmaids. Nice list apart from that.
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9:15PM on 12/28/2011
Finally put together my best and worst films list of 2011. We actually share a few. Here's the full list:

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Finally put together my best and worst films list of 2011. We actually share a few. Here's the full list:

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3:12AM on 12/27/2011
Well thank god you did not place Bridesmaid in your top 10 (unlike EW who did WTF?) as I probably would have stopped coming to this site. Top 10s are always fairly iffy anyway & biased & are mostly based on whats popular to like versus the movies an individual actually liked.
Well thank god you did not place Bridesmaid in your top 10 (unlike EW who did WTF?) as I probably would have stopped coming to this site. Top 10s are always fairly iffy anyway & biased & are mostly based on whats popular to like versus the movies an individual actually liked.
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7:12PM on 12/26/2011
No Girl with a Dragon Tattoo means this is an incomplete list. Mara was fantastic and it was far better than the Swedish version of the film. Of course, David Fincher is at least 10X the director so that's to be expected.
No Girl with a Dragon Tattoo means this is an incomplete list. Mara was fantastic and it was far better than the Swedish version of the film. Of course, David Fincher is at least 10X the director so that's to be expected.
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5:51PM on 12/26/2011

You got it right Chris

Drive is pure sugarcoated, headbashing entertainment and establishes Refn as one of the finest stylists working today
JoeChar4321 - you don't speak for EVERYONE. Realize we don't live in a world where we all share your opinion (and thank fuck for that)
Drive is pure sugarcoated, headbashing entertainment and establishes Refn as one of the finest stylists working today
JoeChar4321 - you don't speak for EVERYONE. Realize we don't live in a world where we all share your opinion (and thank fuck for that)
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5:16PM on 12/26/2011

Overrated

Hanna was a piece of pretentious and indulgent movie making that failed to deliver. Promising plot was hampered by far from top-notch acting (both Bana and Blanchett were disapointing) and a score that was too obnoxious for the film's own good. All in all, one of the biggest let downs of the year for me.
Hanna was a piece of pretentious and indulgent movie making that failed to deliver. Promising plot was hampered by far from top-notch acting (both Bana and Blanchett were disapointing) and a score that was too obnoxious for the film's own good. All in all, one of the biggest let downs of the year for me.
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7:06PM on 12/26/2011
Agreed. I thought Hanna was mediocre - at best. I would've replaced Hanna's spot on the list with Shame, a truly great piece of filmmaking.
Agreed. I thought Hanna was mediocre - at best. I would've replaced Hanna's spot on the list with Shame, a truly great piece of filmmaking.
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4:46PM on 12/26/2011

no love for Attack The Block?

nice list, where's the love for Attack The Block though?
nice list, where's the love for Attack The Block though?
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4:29PM on 12/26/2011
Haven't seen Warrior yet (Really should) but glad to see Hanna getting some love, that was an amazing film.
Haven't seen Warrior yet (Really should) but glad to see Hanna getting some love, that was an amazing film.
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1:52PM on 12/26/2011
Great list though I still haven't gotten the chance to check out a few of these heavy hitters. It was great to see Hanna on there. One of the best action movies made in the past decade IMO. That and couldn't agree with you more when it comes to Warrior. I, unlike most, didn't get swirled up into the hype that was The Fighter last year. Aside from Christian Bales performance it was very forgettable. Nolte was brilliant in the hotel room scene and Tom Hardy owned the closing minutes looking like
Great list though I still haven't gotten the chance to check out a few of these heavy hitters. It was great to see Hanna on there. One of the best action movies made in the past decade IMO. That and couldn't agree with you more when it comes to Warrior. I, unlike most, didn't get swirled up into the hype that was The Fighter last year. Aside from Christian Bales performance it was very forgettable. Nolte was brilliant in the hotel room scene and Tom Hardy owned the closing minutes looking like a caged feral animal. Great list, looking forward to catching up.
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1:46PM on 12/26/2011
Hanna was easily the best movie of the year - mainstream movie.
Best movie overall and one of the most important work of art obviously was Tree of Life.
And Inception was awful. Very bad direction, just some kind of interesting story (which hasn't nothing to do if it's a well made movie or not)
Hanna was easily the best movie of the year - mainstream movie.
Best movie overall and one of the most important work of art obviously was Tree of Life.
And Inception was awful. Very bad direction, just some kind of interesting story (which hasn't nothing to do if it's a well made movie or not)
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4:28PM on 12/26/2011
You do know Inception came out last year and it's not even mentioned in this list.
You do know Inception came out last year and it's not even mentioned in this list.
12:50PM on 12/26/2011
Hanna wasn't very good at all and Drive has officially hit the top of the over-hyped and overrated level of the year. It's the popular pick to seem like a top critic but it simply is not as good as everyone is pretending. Sometimes, hype carries a film and it plays tricks with people's minds. Well adjusted film fans will NOT cave to hype and anyone listing Drive at #1 has weak sensibilities.
Hanna wasn't very good at all and Drive has officially hit the top of the over-hyped and overrated level of the year. It's the popular pick to seem like a top critic but it simply is not as good as everyone is pretending. Sometimes, hype carries a film and it plays tricks with people's minds. Well adjusted film fans will NOT cave to hype and anyone listing Drive at #1 has weak sensibilities.
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7:52AM on 12/27/2011
@The Arrow: He might have over-generalized about the approving audience, but if you think the hype that saturated the web community you moderate had "NOTHING" to do with your reception, you're either crazy or way too removed from joblo.com - which frankly doesn't seem to be the case when you clumsily try and slice into a comment like this. Char4321 was a bit unfair, but at least he offered something interesting to read.
@The Arrow: He might have over-generalized about the approving audience, but if you think the hype that saturated the web community you moderate had "NOTHING" to do with your reception, you're either crazy or way too removed from joblo.com - which frankly doesn't seem to be the case when you clumsily try and slice into a comment like this. Char4321 was a bit unfair, but at least he offered something interesting to read.
2:59PM on 12/26/2011
That's a pretty interesting theory.. Is interesting the right word?
That's a pretty interesting theory.. Is interesting the right word?
1:42PM on 12/26/2011
Hype? Pretending? LMAO! Ever think that peeps like the film cause they think it's that good! But no... you think it's overhyped hence everybody else is following hype or PRETENDING to like it. I loved Drive and it had NOTHING to do with hype and I got better things to do THAN pretend to like a film cause it's popular. We're all individuals with our own individual tastes... makes more sense to me than your arrogant rational...

Hype? Pretending? LMAO! Ever think that peeps like the film cause they think it's that good! But no... you think it's overhyped hence everybody else is following hype or PRETENDING to like it. I loved Drive and it had NOTHING to do with hype and I got better things to do THAN pretend to like a film cause it's popular. We're all individuals with our own individual tastes... makes more sense to me than your arrogant rational...

12:42PM on 12/26/2011
Overall, a very good list, but I do disagree with some choices on there.
Overall, a very good list, but I do disagree with some choices on there.
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12:03PM on 12/26/2011
It's great to finally see Warrior get the recognition it rightfully deserves, as to me it was the best movie of the year. I loved Drive as well so the top of your list was exceptional IMO of course. Haven't many others of the ones on your list, but I'll have to check them out. Great job.
It's great to finally see Warrior get the recognition it rightfully deserves, as to me it was the best movie of the year. I loved Drive as well so the top of your list was exceptional IMO of course. Haven't many others of the ones on your list, but I'll have to check them out. Great job.
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9:43AM on 12/26/2011
Im so glad to see Hanna on this list it is a fantastic film. Great to see Warrior and Drive at the top of the list I agree!!
Im so glad to see Hanna on this list it is a fantastic film. Great to see Warrior and Drive at the top of the list I agree!!
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9:23AM on 12/26/2011
I've seen some, but not all of the movies on your list. I completely agree with your top two and I look forward to seeing the rest.
I've seen some, but not all of the movies on your list. I completely agree with your top two and I look forward to seeing the rest.
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