Posted: 01/20/2012

 

Film As Seen By Wayne Case, 2011

by Del Harvey



Note: I saw, in their entirety, 168 of the theatrical films released in 2011. This recap is based on my personal reaction to them.


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Best Films
(In order of preference)
(1) THE HELP
(2) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(3) WAR HORSE
(4) J. EDGAR
(5) SUPER 8
(6) 50/50
(7) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
(8) THE IDES OF MARCH
(9) SHAME
(10) HANNA
(11) X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Runners-Up
(Alphabetical)
A BETTER LIFE
THE DEBT
DRIVE
JANE EYRE
LAST NIGHT
LIKE CRAZY
POINT BLANK (A BOUT PORTANT) France
THOR
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Honorable Mentions
(Alphabetical)
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
ANOTHER HAPPY DAY
BEASTLY
CEDAR RAPIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
HESHER
HUGO
I AM NUMBER FOUR
IN TIME
THE LEDGE
LIMITLESS
THE LINCOLN LAWYER
THE MECHANIC
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL
THE MUPPETS
PUNCTURE
RAMPART
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
WARRIOR
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
YOUNG ADULT

Guilty Pleasures
(Alphabetical)
MONTE CARLO
NOW & LATER
THE ROOMMATE
STRAW DOGS
WEEKEND

Worst Films
(Worst of the worst first)
(1) THE CHANGE-UP (disgusting, Ryan Reynolds)
(2) YOUR HIGHNESS (inept in every way)
(3) THE DILEMMA (Ron Howard mis-directed)
(4) DREAM HOUSE (ridiculous)
(5) ABDUCTION (Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver)
(6) RESTLESS (Gus Van Sant)
(7) JUST GO WITH IT (Adam Sandler, Dennis Dugan)
(8) THE GREEN HORNET (the worst super-hero movie ever)
(9) RED RIDING HOOD (terrible concept)
(10) UNKNOWN (convoluted crap)
(11) SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (loud & lame)
(12) BATTLE LOS ANGELES (Louisiana plays Los Angeles poorly)
(13) SOMETHING BORROWED (something to avoid)
(14) A DANGEROUS METHOD (blah, blah, blah by David Cronenberg)
(15) LARRY CROWNE (Hanks tanks)

But Not For Me
(Alphabetical)
(Even though many serious experts lavished praise on the following, I was much less impressed: List follows.)

THE ARTIST (a well done stunt)
BRIDESMAIDS (uneven & repetitious)
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (totally annoying)
MONEYBALL (a single)
THE TREE OF LIFE (incomprehensible and endless)

Best Actor
(In order of preference)
(1) Leonardo DiCaprio, J. EDGAR
(2) Demian Bichir, A BETTER LIFE
(3) Michael Fassbender, SHAME
(4) Ryan Gosling, THE IDES OF MARCH
(5) Chris Evans, PUNCTURE

Best Actor Runners Up
(In order of preference)
(6) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
(7) Dominic Cooper, THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE
(8) Woody Harrelson, RAMPART
(9) Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL
(10) Michael Shannon, TAKE SHELTER

Best Actor Honorable Mentions
(In order of preference)
(11) Tom Hardy, WARRIOR
(12) Joel Edgerton, WARRIOR
(13) Ryan Gosling, DRIVE
(14) Sam Worthington, LAST NIGHT

Best Actress
(In order of preference)
(1) Viola Davis, THE HELP
(2) Michele Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
(3) Rooney Mara, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(4) Meryl Streep, THE IRON LADY
(5) Tilda Swinton, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Best Actress Runners Up
(Alphabetical)
Ellen Barkin, ANOTHER HAPPY DAY
Keira Knightley, LAST NIGHT
Saoirse Ronan, HANNA
Emma Stone, THE HELP
Charlize Theron, YOUNG ADULT
Mia Wasikowska, JANE EYRE

Best Supporting Actor
(In order of preference)
(1) Armie Hammer, J. EDGAR
(2) Nick Nolte, WARRIOR
(3) Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS
(4) Kenneth Branagh, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
(5) George Clooney, THE IDES OF MARCH

Best Supporting Actor Runners-Up
(In order of preference)
(6) Albert Brooks, DRIVE
(7) Ezra Miller, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
(8) Andy Serkis, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
(9) Corey Stoll, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Best Supporting Actress
(In order of preference)
(1) Octavia Spencer, THE HELP
(2) Jessica Chastain, THE HELP
(3) Bryce Dallas Howard, THE HELP
(4) Elle Fanning, SUPER 8
(5) Carey Mulligan, SHAME

Best Supporting Actress Runners-Up
(In order of preference)
(6) Judi Dench, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
(7) Jessica Chastain, THE DEBT
(8) Helen Mirren, THE DEBT
(9) Rachel Evan Wood, THE IDES OF MARCH
(10 Anna Kendrick, 50/50
(11) Judy Greer, THE DESCENDANTS
(12) Anjelica Huston, 50/50

Best Director
(In order of preference)
(1) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, David Fincher
(2) THE HELP, Tate Taylor
(3) J. EDGAR, Clint Eastwood
(4) WAR HORSE, Steven Spielberg
(5) THE IDES OF MARCH, George Clooney

Best Cinematography
(Alphabetical by Film Title)
DRIVE
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HANNA
THE HELP
J. EDGAR
SUPER 8
WAR HORSE
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Best Original Script
(Alphabetical)
50/50
J. EDGAR
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
SHAME
SUPER 8

Best Adapted Script
(Alphabetical)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
THE IDES OF MARCH
JANE EYRE
WAR HORSE

Best Original Song
(In order of preference)
(From the list of 40 qualifying finalists selected by the Academy, the following are my choices.)

(1) “The Living Proof”, THE HELP
(2) “Man or Muppet”, THE MUPPETS
(3) “Life’s A Happy Song”, THE MUPPETS
(4) “Lay Your Head Down”, unseen ALBERT NOBBS
(5) “Pictures In My Head”, THE MUPPETS
(6) “Sparkling Day”, ONE DAY

Best Original Music/Score
(Alphabetical)
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Thomas Newman
THE DEBT, Thomas Newman
DRIVE, Chris Martinez
THE GIRL…TATTOO, Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross
HANNA, Tom Rowlands
THE HELP, Thomas Newman
THE IDES OF MARCH, Alexandre Desplat
IN TIME, Craig Armstrong
J. EDGAR, Clint Eastwood
JANE EYRE, Danio Marianelli
LIKE CRAZY, Rachel Portman
SHAME, Harry Escott
SUPER 8, Michael Giacchino
WAR HORSE, John Williams
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Jonny Greenwood
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Henry Jackman

Best Costumes
(Alphabetical)
THE ARTIST
BRIDESMAIDS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
JANE EYRE
J. EDGAR
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Best Editing
(Alphabetical)
DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
SHAME
WAR HORSE
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Best Sound
(Alphabetical)
DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
SUPER 8
WAR HORSE

Special Awards 2011
The Sly Stallone/Ar-nuld Schwarzenegger Worst Performance by an Actor Award:
-Tie
- Taylor Lautner, ABDUCTION
-Robert Downey, Jr., SHERLOCK HOLMES; A GAME OF SHADOWS

The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Thompkins Worst Performance by an Actress Award:
Worst actress: It’s tie!
Kristen Stewart, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (Part 1)
Sigourney Weaver, ABDUCTION

The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: GREEN LANTERN

The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: THE DILEMMA, HANGOVER PART II

The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award: DRIVE, STRAW DOGS

The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award:
Male –
Kenny Wormald, FOOTLOOSE
Vince Vaughn & Kevin James, THE DILEMMA

Female –
Reese Witherspoon, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
Julianne Hough, FOOTLOOSE

The Surgeon General’s Warning Award:
Steven Spielberg for COWBOYS & ALIENS, SUPER 8, and WAR HORSE
LAST NIGHT
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award: Denis Dugan, Adam Sandler’s obvious favorite. He never fails to fail.

The Joan Crawford as “Johnny Guitar” Take-No-Prisoners-Acting Award:
Kate Hudson, SOMETHING BORROWED
Leighton Meester, THE ROOMMATE

The “What About Bob” Most Annoying Award:
Male –
Danny McBride, YOUR HIGHNESS
Zach Galifanakis, HANGOVER, PART II

Female –
Kristen Stewart, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1
Nicole Kidman, JUST GO WITH IT

The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Hayden Panettiere, SCREAM 4
Blythe Danner, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER

The Blind-As-A-Bat Worst Cinematography Award: RED RIDING HOOD

The A-Star-Is-Born Award for Major Career Advancement This Year:
Male –
Michael Fassbender in SHAME, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, and JANE EYRE
Ryan Gosling in THE IDES OF MARCH, DRIVE, and CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

Female –
Jessica Chastain in THE HELP, THE DEBT, TAKE SHELTER, and THE TREE OF LIFE
Carey Mulligan in DRIVE and SHAME

The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: Awarded to those providing extra and or unexpected pleasure.

Male -
Eric Bana HANNA
Jamie Bell THE EAGLE, JANE EYRE
Paul Bettany PRIEST, MARGIN CALL
Pierre Boulanger MONTE CARLO
Matt Bomer IN TIME
Kyle Chandler SUPER 8
Bradley Cooper LIMITLESS
Joel Courtney SUPER 8
Benedict Cumberbatch WAR HORSE and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Zac Efron NEW YEAR’S EVE
Colin Egglesfield SOMETHING BORROWED
Ben Foster THE MECHANIC
Ben Gavin SUPER 8
Cam Gigandet THE ROOMMATE, PRIEST
Bryan Greenberg FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Jon Hamm BRIDESMAIDS
Woody Harrelson FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Chris Hemsworth THOR
Tom Hiddleston WAR HORSE, THOR and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Nicholas Hoult X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Charlie Hunnam THE LEDGE
Jeremy Irvine WAR HORSE
Mark Kassen PUNCTURE (and he directed it)
Ashton Kutcher NO STRINGS ATTACHED and NEW YEAR’S EVE
Ryan Lee SUPER 8
David Leitch THE MECHANIC (as Sebastian)
Chris Lowell THE HELP
Josh Lucas THE LINCOLN LAWYER, J. EDGAR
James Marsden STRAW DOGS
James McAvoy X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Ewan McGregor BEGINNERS
Stephen Moyer PRIEST
Colin O’Donoghue THE RITE
Robert Pattinson WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
Alex Pettyfer I AM NUMBER FOUR, BEASTLY and IN TIME
Zachary Quinto MARGIN CALL and WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?
Eddie Redmayne MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Jason Segel BAD TEACHER, THE MUPPETS and FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Channing Tatum THE EAGLE
Miles Teller FOOTLOOSE
Justin Timberlake FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and IN TIME, BAD TEACHER
Karl Urban PRIEST
Mike Vogel THE HELP
Patrick Wilson THE LEDGE
James Keller Wortham NOW AND LATER

Female -
Diana Agron I AM NUMBER FOUR
Jennifer Aniston HORRIBLE BOSSES
Lake Bell NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Cate Blanchett HANNA
Emily Blunt THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU and THE MUPPETS
Rose Byrne X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, BRIDESMAIDS
Patricia Clarkson FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Kat Dennings THOR
Cameron Diaz BAD TEACHER
Nina Dobrev THE ROOMMATE
Frances Fisher THE LINCOLN LAWYER
Ginnifer Goodwin SOMETHING BORROWED
Allison Janney THE HELP
Felicity Jones LIKE CRAZY
January Jones X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Minka Kelly THE ROOMMATE
Mila Kunis FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Jennifer Lawrence X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, LIKE CRAZY
Blake Lively GREEN LANTERN
Leighton Meester MONTE CARLO
Lea Michele NEW YEAR’S EVE
Michelle Monaghan SOURCE CODE
Mary-Kate Olsen BEASTLY
Julia Ormond MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Natalie Portman THOR
Joely Richardson THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Amanda Seyfried IN TIME
Gabourey Sidibe TOWER HEIST
Sissy Spacek THE HELP
Aimee Teegarden PROM
Liv Tyler THE LEDGE
Olivia Wilde IN TIME
Olivia Williams HANNA

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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