The 76 Films I Saw From 2011

I saw 76 films that were released in 2011.  I think that’s more than usual.  The last two years it was in the 50’s.  Anyway, as I like to do, I’ve ranked them in order of awesomeness.  If any of the grades are different than the original score I gave them, that’s because I’ve probably watched them again since and given them an updated value.  Or I’ve just had time to think about them more, and changed my mind a little bit.  Yes, I can do that if I want.  Maniacal laugh.  Maniacal laugh.  Maniacal laugh.

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Lazy Movie Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Premise: A slew of the finest British actors working today are all secret agents trying to figure out who has been working as a double agent for years amongst their head agents.  Yeah!  Secret agents kick ass!

Pros:

-All the acting and dialogue are top notch for the most part.

-Once the full scope of the plot is laid out, the story is pretty fucking complex in an awesome way.

-The pacing is both good and bad at times, but for the most part, it goes by at the correct pace.

Cons:

-It’s very confusing.

-I think they expect too much out of the audience.  By that I mean they do little to successfully explain a lot of things along the way.  It’s probably too smart for its own good.

-Like a bad TV series in its 8th season; way too many characters.

Final Thoughts:  I was able to stay entertained during Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but at the same time, I didn’t always understand what the hell was going on.  It felt like sometimes they were speaking in spy codes, and unapologetically never explaining what any of that just meant.  The fact that I was entertained during this confusion-fest is probably a good testament to the film’s overall appeal.  It is a good spy vs spy kind of thing, but not in an action-packed kind of way like Mission Impossible or something (that’s not a jab at Mission Impossible, which I liked better than Tinker Tailor).  But the fact that I had to look up a few basic plot points on Wikipedia when I got home from the movie, just to confirm what I thought happened is actually what happened, isn’t the best sign of super coherent storytelling.

7.5 out of 10

Movie Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I saw the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo a year or two ago, and I was just so generally unimpressed with it for some reason. I just couldn’t get into it. So the thought of a remake was pretty unappealing to me on a few levels, and just about the only thing that could get me pumped up for it was if it landed in the hands of a director I really enjoy. Like David Fincher! I thought this new version improved upon the Swedish version in almost every way.
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Movie Review: Melancholia

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Although I found Antichrist to be a pretentious, nonsensical, overlong waste of time; film director and notable weirdo Lars von Trier’s newest film, Melancholia, actually looked appealing to me. So I drove on down to the local art theater on a lazy Tuesday night and bought myself a ticket.
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