Angie’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

I find it difficult to say whether 2011 was an unusually strong or unusually weak year for films. As in any year, there were pleasant surprises and disappointments alike. If I had to pinpoint the one thing my favorites tend to have in common, though, it’s a sense that each of them were made with great love by people who cared desperately about them.

I don’t think there’s anything anyone can say at the start of a top 10 list to totally deflect the disgruntled comments from readers who incensed to see that X made my top 10 when Y didn’t, etc., but I’m still going to throw out the usual caveats. There are certainly deserving films that were left off just because I forgot about them, or because I missed the theatrical run, or because I couldn’t fully appreciate them due to my own biases, or what have you. I also want to acknowledge that there is no fair way to compare, say, Bridesmaids against Tree of Life, but that by ranking these movies I’ve done so anyway.

Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to stress that this is not intended as an objective list of the ten best movies of the year, but as a totally subjective look back at my personal favorites of 2011. Read my list and leave your thoughts after the jump.

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Dave’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

End-of-year list-making is typically a daunting, tricky, and arbitrary task. At its best, it’s a way to express ideas and share interesting finds. At its worst, it’s a shouting match about WHY DIDN’T YOU PICK THE EXACT FILMS I LIKE?

In 2011, I probably saw around 70-80 new release films in theaters. I’m certain that these films are different than the ones you saw and I’m equally certain that I missed a ton of great titles. Nonetheless, after the jump, you’ll find my 10 favorite films of 2011. I hope you’ll take it as the beginning of a conversation, as opposed to the end. And if I chose a film that you didn’t, then all the better! I look forward to reading your picks in the comments below.
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Joe Cornish‘s insanely entertaining sci-fi-action-comedy Attack the Block was one of the best features I saw this summer, and at just 88 minutes, it was also one of the shortest. Though the brief runtine helped keep the story — about South London hood kids defending their housing complex from an alien attack — taut and fast-paced, it also had the downside of leaving me wishing I could’ve spent a little more time with Moses and the gang.

Now it seems my wish may actually be coming true, but I’m not sure how to feel about it anymore. Cornish revealed in an interview at New York City Comic-Con that he has in fact been approached to do a possible American remake, sequel, and/or TV spin-off of his original film, though he was careful to stress that any potential follow-ups were still in the “very early days.” More details after the jump.

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Want to rewatch the best part of Green Lantern? What kind of reviews is Batman: Arkham City getting from game critics? Can the screenwriter of Sin City 2 give any updates about the movie? How does Attack the Block fit into New York Comic Con? Is there an update on real life superhero Phoenix Jones? Are you excited to see more features from the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »


This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Mel Gibson’s next sure-to-be-controversial product, praise the brilliance of Children’s Hospital, get disappointed by the studio feel of Warrior, and wonder whether or not Attack the Block is a perfect movie. Guest Alison Willmore joins us from Movieline and AV Club.

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‘Attack the Block’ Hits Blu-ray and DVD October 25

Attack the Block‘s theatrical run is almost at an end, but fear not — you’ll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home soon enough. The “cult classic in the making” will hit shelves October 25 on Blu-ray and DVD. Whether you missed it the first time around or just really loved it and want to see it again and again, it’s worth checking out on disc. Though the film is small in scope, it crams more action, laughs, and intelligence into a lean 88 minutes than many films do in 120. There’s a reason it’s become a /Film favorite over the past few months.

Written and directed by Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright, the film revolves around a south London street gang who must defend their housing complex when it comes under attack by terrifying monsters from outer space. The immensely talented John Boyega plays the tough, stoic leader of the group; Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the Blu-ray/DVD, including a picture of the cover.

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We’ve showcased the work of poster artist Alex Pardee before, and sadly the intent of this post is not to announce that he has produced, with commercial intent, art based on the great Joe Cornish film Attack the Block. This is, however, a post with the intent to announce that Alex Pardee has produced, with pure fan interest, art based on Attack the Block. It’s good stuff; you can see both pieces in the gallery below. Read More »

After months of building buzz with free screenings, online clips and giveaways, Attack the Block finally opened this weekend on eight screens to a very healthy $17,200 per screen average, making it the highest grossing of the new, limited release films. (It lost the highest per screen average of new limited releases to Miranda July’s The Future which made $27,000 on one screen). The awesome sci-fi adventure film will obviously continue to play in those cities and is schedule to expand on August 19 to Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

One additional city will also get the film on August 19 but which one is up to the fans. If you live in Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Cleveland or Minneapolis find out how you can cast your vote to get Attack the Block in your town after the break. Read More »

Note: We’ve republished our earlier Attack The Block review to coincide with the film’s release.

One day in the near future, you’ll probably be able to own Attack the Block action figures. Not lame ones like you see for the typical Hollywood blockbuster, I’m talking the cool ones reserved for the true cult classics. NECA or McFarlane toys. Detailed likenesses with accessories. Real geek stuff. Writer/director Joe Cornish‘s feature debut about a London alien invasion is that kind of movie. Small, but incredibly well made and fun, it’s destined to elicit the kind of nostalgia that’ll make fans want to own and display tiny replicas of its protagonists and antagonists. And, really, is there a better endorsement than that? Read our full review after the jump. Read More »

Outside of the fact that they bare a striking resemblance, John Boyega is nothing like Moses, his character in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi adventure film Attack the Block. John’s older, for one, 19 instead of 15. His British accent is more refined, his slick grey suit and skinny black tie are a far cry from the imposing baseball cap and hoodie he dons in the film and, on this early June morning, John’s not in South London but Los Angeles, sitting on the Sony Pictures lot talking about a role that, come July 29, is sure to change him from dapper young actor to famous movie star.

Yes, John Boyega is very different from the fearless, alien killing, neighborhood gang leader he plays in Attack the Block and that makes his performance even more impressive. After the jump, watch our video interview with the actor in which he talks about his favorite films, language, a potential sequel and what The Wire has to do with fighting aliens. Read More »