Sunday, January 19, 2014

Top 10 Lists: 2010/2011

Another double feature of years, this time 2010 and 2011!

2010 was a very solid year with good stuff all around, plus one or two surprises.

10. Red

Bruce Willis heads up this surprisingly fun adaptation of a DC Comics graphic novel about a retired spy who a bunch of bad guys decided to screw with.  Needless to say, this is a very bad idea and the end result is a fast, funny, silly action comedy with a great cast.  Ever wanted to see classically trained Helen Mirren as an absolutely bad ass assassin?  You will after seeing this.

9. Troll Hunter

This is maybe the only found footage film I've seen that I genuinely love.  A Norwegian film about a few students who end up falling in with a lone hunter who goes after trolls.  Great f/x, a fine sense of humor and best of all, none of that "Oh, we just missed something cool because the guy holding the camera turned just too late" crap you tend to get from time to time in this subgenre.

8. The Town

Decent thriller from Ben Affleck with a solid cast script and pacing.

7. The A-Team

Surprisingly fun adaptation of one of m,y favorite shows of the 80's.  About as good as it could have been once they decided it should be an origin story but it's still a fun, stupid action film.

6. Predators

More throwback fun with this Robert Rodriguez produced action fest that does a fine job of making the viewer forget those two awful Alien vs. Predator films.  It's not perfect but it gets the job done just fine.

5. Inception

Another fantastic Christopher Nolan thriller, this time Leonardo DiCaprio heads a team of folks who infiltrate dreams.  Naturally, mayhem ensues in this fascinating movie.

4. The King's Speech

Damn fine drama that ended up winning Best Picture with a great cast and script.

3. Shutter Island

Love this Martin Scorsese thriller as he delivers a fun, entertaining psychological thriller with the usual great cast.  Good adaptation of the book.

2. The Expendables

Great throwback to cheesy 80's action with a little bit of overly earnest seriousness courtesy of Stallone who also directed and wrote the script.  While the second film is probably a more pure expression of 80's action, the somewhat overstated seriousness makes this one more of a pure Stallone 80's action movie.  Great stuff.

1. Survival of the Dead

I was genuinely shocked by how much I loved this one.  I wasn't overly fond of Romero's previous entry in the series, Diary of the Dead but this is just plain fun.  Fast paced, funny and while Romero lays the message on thick as usual, his approach is much more palatable than in the previous entry.  Just a good, solid movie.

Like I said, solid and surprising.  Now for 2011, not quite as good but still solid.

10. Hobo with a Shotgun

Rutger Hauer is good in this deliriously over the top vigilante film that goes as far as it can, and then a little further.  It doesn't really sustain itself as well as it could towards the end but it's still worth seeing if you have a strong stomach.

9. Paul

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up again for this entertaining sci-fi comedy about a couple of nerds and an alien.  Good, solid humor.

8. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I never would have guessed this would be good after the hilariously bad Tim Burton 2001 remake but damn it if this one didn't end up being good.  Great work from Andy Serkis and a fine sc4ript make this one of the nicer surprises of the year.

7. Corman's World

A solid, loving tribute to one of the b-movie greats.

6. Insidious

James Wan directs this very good, very scary horror film that only falters in the last few minutes when the main character gets a case of the stupids.  Regardless, this one is quite good.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel continues to build to The Avengers with this entry and the next one on the list.  Captain America was never my favo4rite but this version is quite entertaining with decent action and fun performances.

4. Thor

Even better is Thor which gives us an even better cast, really good action and amazingly enough takes one of the sillier Marvel heroes and grounds him a little.

3. Drive Angry

More Nicolas Cage insanity with this gonzo action/horror movie.  It's not exactly good, but it does have a flair.  Definitely falls in the so bad its good category, but for this year it's good enough for the list.

2. X-Men: First Class

Another nice surprise as the X-Men franchise gets a boost with this fun, solid origin story that keeps the fun action and dumps the heavy handed crap for the most part.

1. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

My current favorite cheeseball action franchise (though The Expendables is more fun) tops the list with this really, really good entry that features some great action.  A stronger villain would have been nice but this is still a damn fine movie.

And that's 2010 and 2011.

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