As you may know, I see a lot of movies when I am out on the road. It is my absolute favorite thing to do. This was a good year for movies so I thought I would put some of my favorites in a “best of 2011″ list. Here goes!
10. DRIVE - “Drive” was one of those movies that took a few days for me to really appreciate it. The film looked amazing on the big screen and Ryan Gosling did a great job. One of the dark horses for me this year.
9. MONEYBALL – Being a huge baseball fan, I was extremely excited about seeing this movie. Jonah Hill was a huge surprise for me in this one. And Brad Pitt gave a home run of a performance. (yep, did that.)
8. 50/50 – This movie might have snuck by you in the theaters, but if you saw it I’m sure you agree that this was a fantastic movie. Really underrated in my opinion. Go Redbox it when it comes out on DVD.
7. CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE – Steve Carrell’s presence has been sorely missed on “The Office” in my opinion but if “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is any peek into the next chapter of Carrell’s career, I look forward to it. Great cast. RIP Michael Scott.
6. JUST GO WITH IT – It’s about time we laughed at an Adam Sandler movie again. After “Grown Ups”, this was a much needed breath of fresh comedy air. Jennifer Aniston and Sandler had chemistry for days.
5. BRIDESMAIDS – You can’t deny it. It’s not for everybody, but this female ensemble was practically flawless with Kristen Wiig leading the pack. I don’t think I laughed harder in any movie all year.
4. SUPER 8 - Hello childhood. For those of us who grew up on classic films like “The Goonies” and “E.T.”, “Super 8″ was the refreshing bit of nostalgia we’ve been waiting for. Childhood friendships and aliens: the winning combo.
3. THE HELP – I saw this film twice in theaters and if I had another thumb, I’d give it 3 thumbs straight up. Emma Stone gave an incredible and inspiring performance that should win her an Academy Award in my opinion. You need to own this one and I’ve heard the book is as good or better.
2. THE MUPPETS – Waka, Waka! It’s been a long time since I’ve walked out of a movie singing but you just can’t help it after seeing this one. This was probably the most anticipated movie for me all year. Not only was it true to the original films, it brought the Muppets back in a fresh and exciting new way. I hope we haven’t seen the last of Jason Segal and the Muppets. The world needs more rainbow connections.
1. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – And the number one movie of the year goes to the best hour and half I spent at the movies all year. Woody Allen created a different world that took viewers back in time to the golden age of Paris in the 1920′s. This was one of the most original movies I’ve seen in a very long time. It combined the music, dancing, literature, and beauty of Paris in the 20′s with the imagination and fantasy that only Allen can blend together. I saw it twice in theaters and I own it on Blu-ray. LOVE IT.
Honorable Mentions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, Horrible Bosses, Tower Heist, The Lincoln Lawyer.
Well, there you have it! I probably left out some of your favorites but those were some of mine. If you have any to add, comment on here! I would love to watch your favs. See ya next year.
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