Friday, December 30, 2011

My Top 30 Films of 2011!

So here are my top 30 films of 2011.
I actually saw less NEW films this year than any recent year. It seems watching older flicks I love got more play for me in 2011. Well here goes my personal 30 favorite movies with a little blurb with each.

The Lincoln Lawyer

I have a weakness for courtroom movies and this was a damn good one. Its no Primal Fear but i thought it was very entertaining and really dug it.


After the hiccups of X3 and Wolverine, finally we have another great X flick. Part 2 is still the benchmark.

Hall Pass

A lot funnier than I expected it to be. Got quite a few huge laughs out of me. A scene involving a sneeze had me on the floor. Great comedy.


Another great Miike flick. While not for the impatient movie goer, i found it to be engrossing and the last half hour is non stop awesome action (minus some bad cgi in one scene).


This was so much fun and would have been higher on my list if it werent for one segment, the Were-Bear story. In my opinion it was completely out of place with the rest of the stories and it was just plain dumb. It really dragged the movie down for me. My favorite story was Adam Green's The Diary of Anne Frankenstein.


Great thriller that I really expected nothing from and ended up loving it.

Source Code

Duncan Jones is now 2 for 2. After his great flick MOON, i was excited for this and it didnt disappoint.

Grave Encounters

If you arent into "found footage" movies you wont dig this one. I loved it. Very creepy and had some great scares.

The Perfect Host

Wasnt sure how this one would be since the trailers pretty much gave away the kinda twist in it. David Hyde Pierce was completely off the wall and great in this and made this one really fun.

The Reef

If you know me, you know my love / fear of sharks so of I was bound to enjoy this. Somewhat similar to Open Water though I think this one is more audience friendly. I loved both this and Open Water though.

The Human Centipede 2

Loved the first one and though this one was a completely different kind of beast, i loved it as well. Sick and fucked up. Just how I like it.

Final Destination 5

I had lost hope for this series after the turd sandwich known as part 4. This one got it right. Great opening disaster. Tension filled deaths. Awesome ending.

Paranormal Activity 3

Another great entry into the series although im not LOVING the direction they are going with some of the backstory. I prefer the first one when it was just simply a haunting.

The Woman

Lucky McKee hits another one out of the park. While I didnt find it as fucked up as early reviews suggested I still loved the hell out of it. Great soundtrack and score as well. As is expected from a Lucky movie.

The Thing

Carpenter's original The Thing is in my top 5 films of all time and I dont see this as an insult like a lot of others do. Its a prequel and its fits perfectly with Carpenter's flick and I loved the nods to that film. The only negative is the CGI which seems to have been Studio tampering. Still really enjoyed it.

I Spit on Your Grave remake

Pretty sweet and brutal remake. I like that they took the central core of the original and then added their own twists.

Scream 4

After a long hiatus Scream is back and good as ever. Always been a fan of the series and was happy to have it back. I wish the ending had been less Safe but otherwise a fine entry.

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

I love the first Mission Impossible. 2nd one was horrrrrible. The 3rd one was great. Now thankfully the series is 3 of 4. Another fun as hell action flick with TONS of amazing stunt sequences. Loved it. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2

I got into the Harry Potter movies pretty late and didnt get really into em till they started getting darker. This was a great end to the series and look forward to watching through all of them back to back sometime.

Attack the Block

This is on a lot of top lists this year and with good reason. Tons of fun. Awesome creatures. Great score. Highly recommend.

and now my top 10 films of 2011.

The Man from Nowhere

While this could be considered a 2010 flick, it didnt see any kind of major release here till this year so its included on my list. A really great flick with some awesome action and a great character to root for. Definitely worth checking out.

Troll Hunter

Ive heard people say they absolutely love this movie and others say they HATED it. Put me in that first category. So much fun. Great fx. Loved every second of it.

Dream Home

If you like your gore, then here ya go. Some fucking awesome and brutal kills in this one. Its on netflix streaming though im not sure if its the cut version so MAKE SURE to seek out the uncut version. You wont regret it.

Hobo With a Shotgun

Do I really need to explain the greatness of Hobo With a Shotgun to you? Didnt think so.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Ive seen the original and loved it and now we have the remake and I love it as well. While they didnt change a ton, the David Fincher touch on it made me love it more. Trent Reznor's score was amazing. I always enjoy Daniel Craig. Then theres Rooney Mara. An actress I really hate. Every interview ive heard of her just makes her sound like an absolute turd. She was horrible in the Elm Street remake but in this... pretty damn good. Still hate her but she was great in this.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Talk about unexpected. Ive seen the first POTA only once and I dug it. The remake was horrible. Never cared enough to see the rest of the series. So I really wasnt expecting anything from this until I started reading the review. So I gave it a chance and... holy hell i loved it. Actually makes me want to watch the series now.

Tucker and Dale VS Evil

Man if you havent seen this movie yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Its easily the funnest movie of the year. Sequels NEED to be made.


The best movie of its kind since Poltergeist. Some amazingly creepy moments. Tiny Tim has never sounded so creepy.


I love virus flicks and this one was great. Starts off right when the film starts rolling and never pauses. At under 2 hours I could have sat there and watched a 5 hour version. I didnt want it to end.

I Saw the Devil

I knew from the first time I watched this back in January that it would most likely be my number 1 movie a year later. I was right. Its brutal. Its violent. Its just an amazingly entertaining and grisly movie. In my opinion it is EASILY the best movie of the year.

So theres my top 30 films of the year.
Agree or not, its my personal list so eat it

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Top 30 Films of 2010!

Here is my top 30 films of 2010.

There may be some foreign movies you could argue were released elsewhere before 2010 but for my list, if its come out in the US in some form in '10 then its eligible. Be warned im horrible with writing out my opinions in any kind of intelligent way so my feelings will be expressed with such words as "cool" or "awesome". So lower your standards right now.
So here it is.
Ill start with Number 30:

30. The Human Centipede

- This got a lot of hype based on how Sick people thought it was going to be. Sure the idea is gross but not a lot is really shown and i never felt grossed out watching it. Maybe im just jaded. DESPITE that i thought it was a great film itself and I really loved it. I didnt need to be spoonfed the sick images. I could use my imagination.

29. Rampage

- Holy shit! A Uwe Boll movie makes a Top list of mine! What can I say, the man made a great movie finally. This movie got me hooked and i thought it was very powerful and well made. Yeah i said it.

28. The Good, The Bad, The Weird

- I picked this up on blu-ray as a blind buy, just based off of the trailer for it. It lived up to my expectations. Just an epic ball of awesomeness. Insanely incredible action. Really recommend if you enjoyed movies like Kung Fu Hustle. Has that same kind of fun to it.

27. Kick-Ass

- Really fun flick. As most people thought, Hit-Girl stole the show. Looking forward to the sequel.

26. Resident Evil: Afterlife

-After the somewhat abysmal parts 2 and 3, I really enjoyed Afterlife. Its still just movie junk food but its damn delicious.

25. Repo Men

- As a Repo: The Genetic Opera fan i was supposed to hate this...but i really dug it. Sorry. I loved its sick sense of humor.

24. Black Death

- Really bleak and slow film thats probably not for everyone but i really loved it. Would go as a great double feature to Witchfinder General.

23. The Book of Eli

-Wasnt expecting much from this but instead found an extremely entertaining and bleak post apocalyptic flick with great characters and great action.

22. Jackass 3-D

- You either love Jackass or you hate it. I love it. Though i thought this was my least favorite of the Jackass films, its still more fun than most movies out there.

21. Tron: Legacy

- Even after loving this, i still have NEVER seen the original Tron. So I didnt go in as a set fan. I still loved it and thought the visuals were just amazing.

20. The Expendables

- Great mashup of all the great 80s and 90s action stars. Lots of fun. Hoping for sequels.

19. Predators

- Finally getting away from the Alien VS Predator flicks, this gets its inspiration from the original badass flick. While it doesnt reach the greatness i was hoping, its still an awesome and fun flick and the best Predator film since the original.

18. Piranha 3-D

- What can you say, its just fun as hell. Blood, gore, boobs, sex, puked up penises... how can you not love it.

17. The House of the Devil

- A very creepy and slow burning horror flick. I really got into it and loved all the performances. I also loved the look of the film. Great stuff.

16. Serbian Film

- Again, maybe im jaded, but this didnt sicken me as it has many others. Doesnt change the fact that its an intense and great film. Stuck with me for days after seeing it.

15. Hatchet 2

- Victor Crowley is back and ready to fuck some shit up. Id say this is right on par with the first one for me. Gory goodness.

14. Paranormal Activity 2

-Last year i put Paranormal Activity as my number 2 film of the year. So the fact that this is 14 might make it seem like it really dissapointed but it did not. When i first saw it i thought it was probably as good as the first. But after i saw it i didnt get creeped out like i did the first. Just didnt stick to me like the original. I still loved it and its one of the best ive seen this year.

13. Splice

-A demented and cool little flick. The FX for DREN was amazing and i really love Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody and thought they were great in this.

12. The Town

- Ben Affleck has become a great director. First Gone Baby Gone and now this. Both great and engrossing flicks.

11. The Killer Inside Me

-Definitely not for everyone. A brutal and nihilistic film starring Casey Affleck as one sick individual. He was probably one of my favorite characters ive seen in a film this year.

and here are my TOP 10 FILMS OF 2010.....

10. Clive Barker's Dread

-The only good thing to come out of Horrorfest this year. A sick and dark little film. Id actually put this above Midnight Meat Train in my opinion. Great little horror flick. Highly recommend. Also probably my favorite ending of any film this year.

9. REC 2

- Just as good as the first one. They did a great job connecting everything and I love that you can watch 1 and 2 back to back and itll feel like 1 long movie. Cant wait to see where the series goes next.

8. The Crazies

- Another remake to go in the Great Remakes pile. This was handled greatly and i loved the cast and thought they did a good job of taking the central idea of the original and then made their own film.

7. Frozen

- Yet another great Adam Green film and easily my favorite of his. Its sad this didnt get better distribution because I think it could have played well in wide release. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

6. Black Dynamite

-EASILY the funniest movie ive seen in years. Cant remember how long its been since ive seen a movie this funny and with as many great quotes. SEE THIS FUCKING MOVIE. If you dont laugh, you dont have a soul. And remember: Doughnuts dont wear alligator shoes.

5. Shutter Island

- Scorcese is still one of the best and I loved every twist and turn in this great flick.

4. Inception

- I regret not seeing this in theaters but once i saw it on bluray, i watched it twice and its just an incredible movie. I personally enjoyed this more than The Dark Knight.

3. The Loved Ones

- Im including this on year despite not getting a US release yet. I know its played some festivals and its out in the UK. This was such a great and twisted little flick. Goes along with movies like MAY and other Fucked Up Girls flicks. When this gets released...Seek it out!

2. Scott Pilgrim VS The World

- A perfect movie. Funny, sweet, awesome, hilarious. Incredible soundtrack. Also you cant go wrong with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Droooool.

and my Number 1 film of 2010 is.....


- I had no idea what to expect when i rented this. At most I was hoping for a decent thriller. I watched it and thought it was amazing. Then i rushed out and bought it on bluray and watched it again... and then again. I went online and talked about its twists and meanings with others that loved it. If you go on the imdb boards and boards youll see thousands and thousands of posts discussing the film. You WANT to talk about it. You like to throw your theories around and catch others. It sticks with you and keeps you thinking about it. I think its a great great film and its my personal favorite movie of 2010.

Since i told you the best, ill also tell you the worst.

The Worst Film of 2010 was easily 8213 Gacy House.
With Zombies of Mass Destruction coming in as runner up.

See ya next year!