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2011 in Review: Notable Films I Managed to Avoid, For Better or For Worse, January – April 2011

A lot of people will say that 2011 was a dull year for film. Unlike previous years, there haven’t been very many huge Oscar-worthy films this year that I, personally can think of. Though The King’s Speech saw its wide release in 2011 (and I even saw it in theatres this past year), it was ultimately a film from 2010 and had, by this year’s Oscars, already won several Oscars and other accolades in the year prior, so it was no longer a contender for this spot.

Of course, 2011 had its share of noteworthy films, such as Moneyball and The Tree of  Life, both fo which I still have yet to see but hear fantastic things about. And there’s Hugo, which is a wonderful family film from Martin Scorsese and my top pick for the year. But 2011 was largely a year of recycling. Sequels aplenty, some great, some good, and some completely awful, with plenty of expected and unexpected revivals of old franchises, many of which were completely unnecessary and, yes, unwanted.  (Yes, I’m thinking of The Smurfs.)

2011 also saw the end of a few eras in film history, as well. The final Harry Potter released this year to high critical acclaim. For the time being, we’ve also gotten what is intended to be the final film in the Transformers trilogy (until Michael Bay decides he wants to have more money and toss in Jason Statham, who has been rumored to be taking over the lead human role for quite a while now). And we also saw Pixar release their first widely derided film ever in the admittedly-watchable-but-ultimately-thoroughly-mediocre Cars 2.

I went to the theaters plenty of times this year. Most of the films I did see were quite good, if at least enjoyable. A couple were quite bad. But there were still plenty of notable films that were released throughout the year that I didn’t see, neither in theatres nor in my own home. Before I tell you what were my least and most favorite of the year, I thought I’d go through the daunting task of a quick rundown of each notable film released in 2011 that I, for one reason or another, for better or for worse, did not see in theatres or get around to watching on home release.

The films below were released within the time span of January through April of 2011. This season is often where many independent films and studios dump films that are experimental in nature, knowingly bad in quality, or are just expected to perform very poorly during the busy summer and fall seasons. Sometimes a few Oscar-bait films trickle in if the fall season prior is too crowded, as well. This season of film is also increasingly where studios attempt to get the summer blockbuster season started, as with this year’s Scream 4, Fast Five, and Prom.

Country Strong (January 7) – Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a fake country singer struggling to revive her dying career and real country singer Tim McGraw as her husband and manager, the film struck me as an amalgamation of personification of all the country divas and alcoholics thrown together into a tale of triumph. It’s not the worst premise for a film, I guess, but nothing, not even Paltrow’s singing, which sounded much stronger elsewhere, could convince me to see this film.

The Dilemma (January 14) – Notable if only for the fact that the film was directed by the once-reliable director Ron Howard and co-produced with his Arrested Development co-creator Brian Grazer, this film about one friend (co-producer Vince Vaughn) dealing with how to tell the other friend (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) was cheating on him with another man (Channing Tatum) while they work on their presentation together simply didn’t make a blip on my radar and has seemingly vanished into non-existence in the public consciousness as well.

No Strings Attached (January 21) – The first but not the last film of 2011 about a couple (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) who aren’t actually a couple who decide to have unpassionate-but-unknowingly-passionate casual sex with each other just seemed to have too stupid a premise for me to care about. Notable only for the fact that 2011 saw Black Swan co-stars Portman and Mila Kunis starred in two films with similar premises, the other being the Justin Timberlake-co-starring Friends with Benefits, which, oddly enough, was also the name of the screenplay No Strings Attached was adapted from!

The Roommate (February 4) – I live near and spent a good portion of 2011 on a large university campus, not going to school, but to a church I went to during school and continued to go to throughout the majority of the year. As such, this film’s poster was plastered all over the campus and I was continually reminded of this Single White Female pseudo-remake’s existence. And I still didn’t really care to see it.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (February 11) – Look, I’m sure Justin’s a nice guy. I’m sure he’s got some talent that I’m just not seeing. At least, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. And while this documentary about this young pop star was relatively well received, I cannot say that I felt the slightest bit inclined to believe that the kid deserved a biographical documentary of this magnitude. I mean, sure, the studio got money, but how long before the inevitable sequel, detailing the star’s troubles with drugs, alcohol, and paternity tests makes this documentary look like nothing more than publicity for a troubled youth waiting to gain his independence and “come into his own”?

Cedar Rapids (February 11) – A presumably quirky R-rated comedy about a sheltered insurance salesman who begins to unleash his inner hedonist while on a business  trip, the script was apparently in development hell since 2009 before being made into this Ed Helms vehicle. The Office and Hangover co-star is great at playing nervous characters like this, but, as we are currently learning on season 8 of The Office, a little bit of this goes a long way. However, the film was generally well liked and may show up in one of my future reviews.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (February 18) – Um, did we need this? Seriously? The film currently holds a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and, as the second sequel to an already awful initial film, this was obviously just meant to pander to Martin Lawrence fans, of which I am not one.

I Am Number Four (February 18) – More like I Am Not Interested, am I right? Based on the novel by “Pittacus Lore” (collective pseudonym for authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes), the film is about a special alien child (Alex Pettyfer) with special powers who grows up on Earth after an evil alien race invades his homeworld and is sought after by the alien race on his new homeworld. The film has been accused of trying to cash in on the Harry Potter craze, though it looks as though the film failed to do so.

Unknown (February 18) – I like Liam Neeson, but he often stars in films that I just can’t seem to gain any interest in. I didn’t see Taken, and I didn’t see this similar-looking psychological thriller, either. It did well at the box office, but critical reception was mediocre, at best, and I ultimately decided to just save my time and money

Drive Angry 3D (February 25) – I left off Nicolas Cage’s other 2011 film, Season of the Witch simply because I didn’t even remember it existed until I started writing this list. The only reason I remember this one is because, if only briefly, I get it confused with the Ryan Gosling-starring Drive every now and then. The film’s poster, however, looks a lot like Cage’s other apparently-awful-but-still-unseen-by-me film Next. Also Bangkok Dangerous. Cage must really like doing B-movie crap between his occasionally well received stuff. Good for him, I guess, but I want more Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage.

Hall Pass (February 25) – 2011: The Year of Gratuitous Casual Sex. Here, two men (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are given “hall passes” by their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) for one week to have sex with any other woman of their choice when both men begin to grow weary of their married lives. The film sounds like the infamous Farrelly Brothers (Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) attempting to make a grab at a Judd Apatow-esque raunchy-but-moralizing film, but, again, it looked too stupid to bother with.

Beastly (March 4) – Here we have a studio grab at The Twilight Saga crowd via the current “it” thing, fairy tales. An adaptation of the 2007 story of the same name, itself a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, and Mary-Kate Olsen-starring film was very easy to ignore.

Take Me Home Tonight (March 4) – Films named after songs are generally bad news, and so I pretty much avoided Take Me Home Tonight like the plague. Admittedly, I don’t really know much about the plot aside from the fact that it’s set in the late 80s and stars Topher Grace as a guy who presumably has a crush on a girl and attempts to get to her with funny and then dramatic results. … Honestly, I couldn’t care less.

Mars Needs Moms (March 11) – Ah, motion capture. A medium that has great potential in the right hands but, in the wrong hands, leads to a terrible movie. Seriously, Zemeckis (co-producer) really needs to find a new hobby. That being said, the story about a kid who sasses back to his mom and ultimately realizes his mistake when she is abducted by Martians is just crazy enough to work. Too bad the adaptation of the book by Berkeley Breathed (interesting name) tanked critically and financially. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try, though…

Red Riding Hood (March 11) – Remember what I said with Beastly up there? Same thing applies here, only with the actual director of a Twilight film. Just think, in 2011 viewers were able to go see one awful modern interpretation of a fairy tale one week and go see a completely different one the next week. Red Riding Hood had a better chance of being something more substantial than Beastly, if only because it promised to be more stylized nature, but, well, yeah, it didn’t matter.

Limitless (March 18) – Know why I didn’t see this movie? Because I thought it would suck. I don’t know why, but perhaps it was because it starred Bradley Cooper, a completely likable actor who nonetheless struck me as Matthew McConaughey 2.0, and I really do not like Matthew McConaughey. However, this film about a miracle drug that enhances your mind and body but makes you horribly dependent on it is apparently quite decent and is currently sitting on my Netflix queue at this moment.

The Lincoln Lawyer (March 18) – How funny it is that seemingly vapid, “mimbo” stars like Matthew McConaughey and his successor would both have favorably reviewed films on the same day? If I were to write off Limitless based solely on its star’s proximity in my mind to McConaughey, what can I be expected to do but write off a courtroom drama starring the original model? Apparently I need to do some rethinking.

Win Win (March 18) – Touching stories about sports and adult-child relationships are hit-or-miss in quality, even in the hallowed independent film world (see my review of Hesher for an example of a failed indie attempt). Throw in the presence of Paul Giamatti, a reliable but increasingly cliche choice for a starring actor, and you have a film that will probably be good, but ultimately isn’t a priority. Not a film I’d see in theatres, I fully intended to rent this several times throughout the year, stubbornly waiting for the Blu-Ray copy to show up at Blockbuster, which ultimately didn’t. And so it didn’t end up coming home with me. Yes, I am an idiot. I will watch this, though!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (March 25) – Plenty of kids films go on to be transcendent classics. I didn’t know that the original film was popular enough to warrant a sequel, but here we have it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if this results in another one some time in the near future, but, though I like a good kid-centered film every now and then, as with the first and second, don’t expect me to put this on my top priorities.

Sucker Punch (March 25) – A passion project for Zack Snyder, director of the underrated Watchmen and upcoming Superman: Man of Steel, it has widely been considered one of the worst films of 2011, even as early on as March, the film’s reputation has only resulted in the up-and-coming director’s reputation as a promising new force in filmmaking being tarnished, some would say permanently. An orgy of special effects, schoolboy fantasies about girls in schoolgirl costumes fighting monsters and Nazis, and dark imagery, most people just didn’t seem to get it. The visuals looks spectacular in the trailers, I’d say, which makes me feel guilty, as I am somewhat shocked at how morbidly more inclined I am to see it now than I was when it was still the promising film everyone had hoped it would be, and yet I felt guilty for ever having an interest once it came out to rent.

Hobo with a Shotgun (March 25) – Just look at that title. Intentionally created to resemble a grindhouse Z-grade film and, in fact, initially debuting as a trailer in the Robert Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino duet Grindhouse between the two directors’ more full-length films, the film can pretty much be summed up by its title: a hobo vigilante goes on a crime-fighting spree with his shotgun. The film got a limited release in Canada and was also released just days later on April 1 in America via various on-demand video services. I really need to look into this film.

Hop (April 1) – Russell Brand isn’t my most favorite of actors. In fact, I find him somewhat repugnant. Putting his voice into an admittedly very cute CG-animated, drumming and jellybean-pooping rabbit helps a bit, I guess, but nothing could convince me to shell out the money to go see this film in theatres. Looking at the credits, David Hasselhoff and Hugh Hefner show up in cameos as themselves, so that hopefully gives you about the impression I got regarding this film.

Insidious (April 1) – A boy falls into a mysterious coma and becomes a vessel for ghosts, much to his parents’ (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) dismay. Sounds like a rather standard horror film, but not only is Insidious the most profitable film of 2011 from a perspective of cost vs. gross, the film has actually achieved actual critical accolades. While I was doing my Scary Movie Month thing a while back, this film was definitely on my radar, but other things got in the way, and I never got around to this or several other films before I got burned out on horror.

Super (April 1) – Much like Kick-Ass before it, Super (not to be confused with Super 8) was a realistic look at superheroes in a realistic society and just how insane the sort of people would have to be should they actually choose this lifestyle. Unlike Kick-Ass, this Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page-starring film about two nutcases who go vigilante on society looks to lack the sincerity and optimism of the previous film, with the red band previews for Super showing Wilson’s character taking a metal pipe to some rude line cutters, completely unabashed… so to speak. Mean-spirited comedy isn’t really my cup of tea, but the absurd nature of the film and its oddball take on a beloved genre has me interested… somewhat.

Image via Movie Muse

Arthur (April 8) – I have no affection for this Dudley Moore franchise, but that’s only because I had only seen a portion of the original film when I was a very young child, if I’m even remembering it correctly. Given my aforementioned distaste for Russell Brand, you can guess my reaction to this modern day revival of the beloved English film franchise starring said actor. Yes, a resounding “Meh.” Given its poor reception, I doubt I’ll be seeing it any time soon.

Soul Surfer (April 8) – Inspirational films often wind up having the antithetical reaction in me and turn me into a cynic. I’m even more so inclined to cynicism when confronted with inspirational sports films that ever so gently borrow from real life events enough to say they are based on them. Soul Surfer of course was one of these films, though audiences seemed to like it more than critics, though their urging for me to watch it, mostly from other Christians telling me how inspirational it is that the girl clung to her Christian faith even after she lost her arm in a shark attack, has led to me having a sort of mini-backlash against the film. I’ll get to it eventually, though.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (April 22) – I hate Tyler Perry. Not necessarily the man himself, but the man as a director is awful. I say this all despite the fact that the most I’ve seen of any of his films was a very large chunk of Diary of a Mad Black Woman on TBS, back when I had cable. The man is a male Oprah, only less skilled at what he does. I do not understand audiences’ reaction to his films. Whenever I try to give anything he does a try, there is an automatic repulsive reaction to it in me. Cliche after tired cliche after familiar cliche, flavored with a thick layer of  slapstick and cheese. I’ll admit to not getting it, but I’ll also admit to not wanting to endure much more of him to figure it out, either.

Water for Elephants (April 22) – I’m not the target audience for this, I know. I’m more than willing to give a good romance film its due, even in spite of its stars. This film’s are Twilight star Robert Pattinson and the 21st century’s Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, coupled together in a move that the studio execs probably thought was the smartest casting decision that would be released all year. I will likely watch this some time in the future, likely at my mom’s behest, but, until then, I feel zero guilt in having not seen this filmed romance novel that is more notable for the abuse of an elephant by her handlers prior to the actual filming than it was for being good.

Fast Five (April 29) – Talk about a surprise. I didn’t care for the first two films in the Fast and the Furious series, skipped the divisive third film, Tokyo Drift, and mostly just balked at the stupid title of the fourth film, Fast & Furious, which sounded like an attempt to make a hipper remake of the first film by simply dropping articles from the title than it did the fourth film in that series. You would forgive me for thinking the same thing about Fast Five, directed by the latter two films’ director Justin Lin. Apparently what I missed out on, however, was a skillfully crafted action film that critics and audiences actually agreed was “totally awesome.” I really should have seen it on the big screen, but I’ll have to settle for Blu-Ray now, I guess. … I don’t have to watch the last two, first, do I?

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (April 29) – The first film in this series looked loud, ugly, and obnoxious. The second film? Same thing, bigger cast (albeit with Hayden Panettiere replacing Anne Hathaway in the lead role). I can’t say that anything about this sequel to a film I presumed had been forgotten made me want to watch it, and its 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes vindicates my feelings. It’s as if the filmmakers still think that Shrek‘s irreverent fairy tale sensibilities are the most groundbreaking thing ever, and even that series seemingly learned to move on this year with the well-received spin-off, Puss in Boots.

Prom (April 29) – Disney really is aiming to keep the older teen market these days. The previews for this film looked like they were trying to sell it to older kids with more discerning tastes in artistic mediums, but for those who look for them, there were signs that this film was going to be terrible. I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these young stars turns out a career-defining performance sometime soon, but the trailers for this film looked like a more grown-up, high budget version of a Disney Channel Original Movie trying to ape a John Hughes film. Also, the trailers used that awful Katy Perry song, “Firework.” That was a big negative.

Part 2: May – September, 2011 >> 

Part 3: October – December, 2011 >>

(List and release dates compiled via Wikipedia, “2011 in Film,” which, while not the most reliable source, was the easiest way to compile this list.)

  1. January 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh wow, you’ve got some doozies on this list…

    Sadly, I saw Hoodwinked Too. I’ll reluctantly admit it. And the 11% Rotten Tomatoes rating is too high.

    Much, much too high.


    • gnarrzapp
      January 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Yeah, Hoodwinked too was awful

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      I’m trying to psych myself up to try some endurance tests and see if I can just watch some awful films for a while and see how that goes. I don’t know if I have the stomach, but this film may go on my to-see list. I have a morbid curiosity at times. It actually paid off with Gnomeo and Juliet, to some degree. It wasn’t a great movie or even a good one, but I was at least mildly amused by it for the time being and found the animation surprisingly appealing.

  2. January 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    2011 was one of the worst years in cinema.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      You gotta admit, though, the blockbusters this year were pretty experimental. No way I would have thought Thor would be as good as it was. Norse gods from another dimension? Hard sell pulled off pretty fantastically.

  3. January 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I can’t believe how bad Cars 2 was. Even my 4 year old son said “this is boring” lol


    Be A DJ

  4. January 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I totally agree with your list and would add The Help as a movie I never intend to watch.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Ha! Thanks, though I wouldn’t necessarily consider it “my” list. I hope I didn’t give the impression that all of these films were unworthy of my attention. Just watched “Limitless” tonight, which is on this list, and I must say, I loved the saturated colors of the cinematography and the mostly brilliant pacing. What a surprise that was! As for The Help? It’s coming on another list, I assure you. :)

    • January 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      My wife and I watched “The Help.” It was a good film. Very poignant if you live in the southern US as I do but grew up in Seattle. I was thoroughly amazed to see that even with the time period it represents, the emotion of the movie was right in step with what exists in the south eastern US. I don’t sell easily on dramatic movies, but this one was a punch in the gut to say the least.

      To each their own.

  5. January 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’ve only seen small bits of the FIRST Cars movie. Normally, Pixar is fabulous, but it never grabbed me.

    So I don’t plan on bothering with the second one either.

  6. January 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I had no intentions of watching Friends with Benefits, but after hearing good things about it I caved. For a chick flick, it was actually decent. Mila Kunis doesn’t hurt the films chances either. I would have to agree with the vast majority of your list though.

  7. January 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I like very much and look forward to ….

  8. January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Cedar Rapids, Limitless, The Lincoln Lawyer and Win Win are all worth watching. Hobo with a Shotgun, too, if you enjoy good, campy fun.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Just watched “Limitless” tonight, actually. I’m not removing it since I didn’t see it until 2012 and I’ve already pressed this, but I have to say I’m a bit upset that I didn’t get to see such a brisk, beautifully shot film on the big screen. Luckily, Netflix streaming was kind to me in my tiny apartment with several wireless networks around and managed to get out one of the best HD streams I’ve gotten from my Blu-Ray player in a while! I’ll definitely give the other three movies a go — even The Lincoln Lawyer, though that might require a few beers to get over my unwavering dislike of McCaughnawhosit. … I even hate trying to remember how to spell his name, dang it.

      • January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

        While both movies are worth watching, I thought Lincoln Lawyer was better than Limitless and I’m not a big fan of its star either. Cedar Rapids is another worthwhile comedy.

  9. January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    It is interesting to read this list. Most of the actors are “fly-by- nighters”. In ten years time those of you who knew these actors would most probably not remember them.

    Unlike the greatest movie actors of our time, Elizabeth Taylor, Gary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep just to mention a few, will be and are remembered or known by all generations, and even the newest generations are aware of these actors. Sadly when they are all gone, the good quality of actors and movies will die with them.

    As I value my time extremely highly and therefore would only entertain the thought of watching a movie when I am pretty sure that it would be worthwhile and that indeed I would be “entertained”. This is after all what watching movies are all about : ENTERTAINMENT!

    in the past when we were still going to movie theatres we would classify the worthiness of a movie in the categories of

    Movie Theatre
    Pay Per View
    Purchase DVD

    Most of the time we would classify movies to “cable” status, as we stopped a long time ago to go to movie theatres, as I have blogged http://thisthatandthenextthing.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/the-artist-sound-of-silence-the-movie/

    about my recent surprisingly pleasant experience of seeing a movie in a proper movie theatre. You can see my review here: http://wp.me/p1LWhS-79

    When I look at your list, I am pleased that I have not wasted a minute to even look at the trailers. And as for these remakes – Arthur – good case in point – please give us a break. Who is watching this????? Clearly there is an audience.

  10. January 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I’m shaking my head because I did not see one of those movies. I really have to get out more.

    Nice list to follow, if I ever get out :)


  11. January 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Loved this post! Can you tell me what specifically contributed to Hugo’s placement in the top spot? I saw it recently and was visually satisfied but underwhelmed, story-wise…

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      I don’t know, I think I just fell in love with it. I loved the cinematography, I loved the emotion, I connected with the characters. As a film lover myself and someone who wishes his own passions could be more the focus of his life, there was just an empathy for them. The film felt emotionally honest and whimsical all at once, I guess! :)

  12. January 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    prom was actually a pretty good movie. it was a good movie to watch and do something else along to. You dont need a very good attention span to know whats going on, or whats going to happen.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      See, I don’t know if I can watch a movie like that. If I’m going to watch a movie for the first time, it must have my whole attention. If I buy it and have seen it several times, then, yeah, I’ll put it on in the background while cleaning, cooking, etc., but first, second, maybe even third time? It needs to hold my attention. As I stated in my Sleepy Hollow review, one of the worst things a film can be for me is boring, and if it can’t grab my attention, then why bother? That being said, Prom didn’t look HORRIBLE, and I’m glad others enjoyed it!

  13. jswesner
    January 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Funny thing…I didn’t see any of those movies either!

  14. January 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Loving how much you don’t like Russell Brand. One of the most unlikable people around – I’m afraid we exported him to America for a reason. Missed them all too. Nice blog.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you! And, yeah, he somehow managed to be the worst part of Bedtime Stories, too, and that was a pretty awful movie…

  15. January 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Well, I saw a few of the movies on your list – though I generally have to agree with your assessments. I actually liked ‘I am Number Four’, but then I like almost anything about super-powered aliens so that’s no surprise, but I have to say that it felt like an unfinished movie. I think that it could have been a good beginning of a television series though.

    ‘The Roommate’ was actually well executed, but definitely derivative. If you then watch many horror moves (not limited to ‘Single White Female’) then you’ve seen this movie before. That makes it sadly obvious.

    And of ‘Sucker Punch’ I can only say that it was a horrible movie…but a fun horrible movie. That movie wasted two hours of my life with it’s patent fan service, unnecessarily convoluted plot (it actually did have a plot, but I think it takes a cryptologist to actually parse it), and it’s flat, uninspired characters. But honestly, the giant gatling gun wielding samurai, and the dragon chasing down a B-2 Bomber made it all worthwhile. This is a movie that I will never watch again, but I don’t regret seeing it.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      That’s pretty much how I felt when I convinced a few of my friends back in my freshman year of college to go see Snakes on a Plane. Fun movie experience. Awful movie. I will never see it again. Sadly, I don’t think that the beachball and Samuel L. Jackson cutout taking up a seat in a movie theatre experience like that can be replicated with a home viewing of Sucker Punch.

  16. yaykisspurr
    January 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Good post…It’s almost like you are criticizing people who did see these movies…fascinating. A lot of what you didn’t see was just about taste. I don’t go see a movie at all, even if popular, if it’s not my cup of tea…so many of these movies fall under that category for me. I would like to see Hugo just because it’s an adapted movie.

    I find a lot of movie watching in these modern times is about managing your expectations.

    To that end I saw I Am Number 4…it was good sci-fi but had problems…too bad I hadn’t started my blog at that point otherwise I could link you a post about it.

    Anyway I enjoyed the post…congratulations about being freshly pressed…cheers!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Sorry if I came off a bit smug. LOL I didn’t intend for this to pass judgment on others, honestly… at least those in the audience. Yes, most of this is based on taste, and, as Limitless proved to me just tonight, some of them are probably pretty fantastic entertainment!

  17. Cheryl
    January 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The only film on your 2011 list that I saw was “Lincoln Lawyer” … I really need to get out more!

  18. January 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This isn’t exactly a list of “notable” films you didn’t see. It’s a list of generically crappy movies that no one should be forced to see. They are actually the opposite of notable for the most part. No one with remember their existence two years from now. Doesn’t sound noteworthy to me.

    However, Cedar Rapids and Super are great films, and don’t deserve to be dragged in the mud with the rest of these movies. Win Win is above average, but still not worthy of sharing a list with the rest of these. Hobo With a Shotgun rules if you like Troma-type films, and it actually didn’t debut during Grindhouse, it was actually part of a different grindhouse fan trailer competition, FYI. It also features the brilliant, Simpsons-esk newspaper headline “Hobo Stops Begging, Demands Change”

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      I’m not very good with titles of articles, I admit, so I often get pretty whimsical with them because, you know, why not? Like I said, though, these films did get dumped into a generally bad season, and not all of them looked bad. Also, that headline? Hilarious!

  19. Kyle Huffman
    January 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    What movies DID you see? Sheesh.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Broke post-college grad whose movie money mostly gets pumped into a Netflix subscription and the occasional purchase. What else can I say? LOL

  20. January 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I saw Dudley Moore’s “Arthur”, so need I say I didn’t watch the remake. *shudder*

    I’ve heard very good things about “Water for Elephants”. I even have the book, but I haven’t read it yet.

  21. January 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Sucker Punch was awesome, I’m a woman and I still liked it! Sacrifice and endurement told in a fantasy film, it was 100 times better than Arthur! Drive Angry was another raw, dark film that was a bit cheesy but what Nick Cage film isn’t? New Sherlock Holmes was pretty good, it had less seat clenching moments than the first movie and if you’ve read the book you already know what happens – but there’s a twist!

  22. troismommy
    January 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The only one I saw was “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I saw at home. I liked it, actually. That’s it, though. I had NO desire to see Arthur. The original was great – I hate when they unnecessarily remake movies.


  23. jwoodny
    January 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Limitless and The Lincoln Lawyer were surprisingly decent movies and I’m not a fan of the “mimbo” actor prototype, especially the notoriously awful Matt M.

    FWB and NSA are essentially the same movie, but FWB was just better…Justin Timberlake had a pretty busy year and I think he did a great job w/ IN TIME…the rest of your list is pretty spot on w/ my taste…I didn’t see any of those either

  24. January 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t think Sucker Punch deserves the reputation it gets. I saw it, and yes it fails in many ways but it is beautiful to look at and it is an interesting movie. There are plenty of “good” movies that aren’t memorable or just flat boring. Sucker Punch is a movie that will at least be entertaining and memorable. It also has a bittersweet ending, which I think a lot of people disliked, but it fit with the theme of the movie.

    I hear a lot of criticism for Zack Snyder that his films are misogynistic as well. Given that so far Sucker Punch is the only one where he wasn’t basing it off source material, I don’t think that’s true either. Yes, bad things happen to the girls, but I think it’s more of a commentary on women’s roles in the 1900’s rather than a glorification of that behavior (like Huckleberry Finn and racism–not that Sucker Punch is Huck Finn, of course).

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Valid point, and I feel the same way about his adaptation of Watchmen. Underrated, for sure. I’ll have to see Sucker Punch and pass my judgment properly.

  25. January 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Oddly enough, I missed all of these movies as well…excluding Country Strong and Sucker Punch. Country Strong was better than expected. I’m not a country music fan and sob stories aren’t my gig. But it delivered. Sucker Punch had all the potential in the world…visually beautiful, but I’m certain the sh*tty plot and lack of flow contributed to my desire to leave the movie early.

  26. January 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Ok, so I must admit that I saw 7 movies from your list (I’m not saying which, too embarrassed for some), most of them out of boredom and lack of better choice…But I must say that Limitless and Win Win where actually pretty good movies for my taste. But than again I kind of like Bradley Cooper and humor in Win Win…But for the rest of them, I agree, they should be avoided…

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Oh I’m not saying that none of these films should be watched. One of my guilty pleasures of the year was Scream 4, which I saw by myself on a Saturday at 10AM just out of general boredom and wondering why I was up so early on a weekend. LOL It wasn’t a great movie, but I laughed and enjoyed it. I liked Limitless a lot, as I just watched it tonight out of boredom, so sometimes boredom choices are how we broaden our viewing habits.

  27. January 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    My first exposure to The Dilemma was when I bought the DVD for $12.98; Vince Vaughn and Kevin James owe me $11.00…

  28. January 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Haha! I am pleased by how many of the films on your list that I HAVEN’T seen! Yay!

  29. January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yet to watch Sucker Punch for the same concerns, but the more people I speak to about it seem to suggest that it’s worth a go, with the most common description being that it is like Inception but without having lost its head up its own rear.

  30. January 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I streamed enough of No Strings Attached to quit streaming it. Red Riding Hood I sat through, but that’s the only good thing I can say about it. And speaking of Red, I’m one of the few who liked the first Hoodwinked movie. Nothing about the second one says, “watch me.”

    Water for Elephants was my second favorite movie of the year. It was uncomfortable as a romance, but it was an inoffensive and therefore enjoyable period piece, with an interesting and at times appalling look into the circus. Loved the cast. I’m a Reese Witherspoon fan.

    Hugo was fantastic and easily my favorite, even in 3D with acrophobia! And no, I didn’t forget about the (Seriously? Another?) Harry Potter finale.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Hugo was good but i thought it was a little bit overrated. Anybody else?

      • CJ Stewart
        January 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Disagree, but you are entitled to your opinion, by all means. LOL I’m actually more annoyed by the fact that, for some reason, the people I know have dismissed it or didn’t even notice it. Why does family/kid film automatically equate to “stupid” or “infantile” in people’s minds, I wonder? One of the most tragic things I heard while at work in an ice skating rink earlier in 2011 was one 12-year-old-ish kid telling another that Star Wars was “gay” because it wasn’t realistic. That hurt and angered all at once. So many kids are losing their affection for whimsy and fantasy, and maybe that’s why I loved Hugo so much?

  31. January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    You didn’t miss anything. I promise.

  32. perpetuallyfrank
    January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Super and Sucker Punch were horrible, horrible films that no one should ever have to see. I can see how some guys might want to watch Sucker Punch just to see scantily clad girls in a special-effects-gasm, but for me, the misogyny and general lack of purpose, clear plot, and character development were too much. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you very much! I’ve heard so many conflicting things about the alleged misogyny in Sucker Punch on both ends of the argument. Honestly, it makes me want to see it more just to have my own two cents to throw in.

      • perpetuallyfrank
        January 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

        Good point. That’s actually why I ended up seeing it. I wanted to see and judge for myself, which is as good a reason as any for watching a film.

  33. January 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Ultra-impressive What-I-Haven’t-Seen-List. Sucker Punch was utterly woeful and I doubt Zack Snyder’s career will recover from it in a hurry, although I’m guessing the film will get some retro-ironic Showgirls fandom in the decade to come. Both Moneyball and The Tree of Life are worth seeing, although I was somewhat disappointed with the latter which felt a bit like Malick on autopilot and could have done without a permanently constipated Sean Penn. Insidious is pretty effective as modern horror’s go. It does descend into mind-boggling stupidity at the end, but for an hour it had me engrossed. The Roomate proves that Minka Kelly was the major weak link in FNL – awful film.

  34. kidmiracleshitter
    January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    A terrible year for mainstream movies, you have to have your radar up to find the good ones. Hobo is is a lot of fun, puts Machete to shame, and that’s probably why it wasn’t promoted as much, since Machete had so many big names attached to it.

  35. Hamilton
    January 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I forgot some of these even existed.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      I’m sorry I raised some of these back from the dead in your memories.

  36. rmv
    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i refuse to watch anything if:

    – it stars nicholas and/or nick cage
    – it begins with “tyler perry…”
    – it is connected to something i watched on tv back in the 70’s
    – it has a partially dressed man on the movie poster
    – it doesn’t have a partially dressed woman on the movie poster
    – there is a partially dressed woman within my field of vision
    – it says “inspired by actual events”

    that leaves only a biography about JFK and a cereal box.

    • drdashsays
      January 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      LOL! Hilarious!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Ha! I told my family I would stay a bit later to watch another movie with them this past Sunday expecting to put on a good movie. I forgot my mom purchased The A-Team for 5 bucks recently. I guess Bradley Cooper’s not shirtless on the cover and it’s not the 70s, but he is in the actual film and the 80s are close enough. I still don’t know what the freaking film is about, beyond the basic premise of the show it’s based on, and I’ve seen it twice now! So boring…

  37. January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Am living out of the country now, but I’ll keep this list as ‘what to skip’ when I get back to my Netflix!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Ha! Well, please don’t sideline some of these. I just watched Limitless and it is totally worth watching and is available for streaming in HD on Netflix. It looked gorgeous and was VERY entertaining! This isn’t a “do not watch” list, and I am sorry if it came off that way. My bad!

  38. January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I totally agree with this. You’re missing “Midnight in Paris” though with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.. in my opinion it was enjoyable

    • January 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I have recommended Midnight in Paris to several of my friends. Fantastic movie!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Not on the list ’cause it’s in a coming list. I didn’t see any of these movies in 2011 and watched Midnight in Paris with my mom just this past weekend on New Year’s Eve, so it just barely made it into my 2011 viewing. :) Very good movie.

  39. January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Yep, a bunch of rubbish movies last year, and on the whole they’d give a horrible impression to ‘outsiders’ on the state of our social consciousness. I also thought it was terrible that no one seemed to give a damn about the victims/characters in Sucker Punch – it goes to show how shallow and brain numbed people are when they think nothing of MKUltra and Monarch training, of trauma, rape, murder and slavery all because they’re too busy looking at the bodies being abused and special effects.

  40. introvegirl
    January 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I actually have only watched a few of the films listed in your blog, but I would have to agree with this. The movies last year weren’t worth the prices of the tickets, although there were a few ‘gems’ like The King’s Speech and Sherlock Holmes:Game of Shadows. Great Blog!! Congratz on being Freshly Pressed too !!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you very much! 2011 was indeed a disappointing year, but there were some standouts. They’re coming on a different list. :)

  41. drdashsays
    January 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Good post! I don’t agree with all your selections on there, some of those movies were actually pretty decent…I do agree that this was a bad year for movies….too many sequels and in my opinion wayyyyy too many unnecessary sequels. A lot of copies and cliches. I did like the Lincoln Lawyer but it left me wanting more…it was like just when it started getting interesting, it ended. Nicholas Cage is going downhill with his movies and I hear he’s making a Ghost Rider part 2 (another movie that does not need a sequel). I actually liked Fast Five and thought it was one of the better ones of the series and it looks like there might be another one, which I don’t think is necessary (yikes! hollywood come on!) Hoodwinked too was very unnecessary but it did please my 4 year old but Cars 2 was a bust. I could barely keep up with the plot and my daughter lost interest half way through it. I hope hollywood does better in 2012….with the prices they charge for movies you would think that they would give us something worth it!

  42. January 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Nice list and comments.

    If you haven’t yet gotten around to seeing Limitless you really should do yourself a favor and move it to the top of your queue. It’s actually quite a good movie and has one of the rare endings that make you think. Also, Lincoln Lawyer is worth a watch but nothing to write home about. However, it might make you take a second look at Muscle Matt.

    Suckerpunch was bad, but it isn’t as bad as critics and many others said it was. Maybe it was because I went in to it with low expectations, or that I walked into it without paying money and fresh off the heels of Red Riding Hood, but I enjoyed it simply for the visuals and beyond bizarre set pieces. Someone else said it perfectly that it was a movie I will likely never watch again but that I don’t regret seeing. That said, if you don’t see it on the big screen or at least on a decent TV on blu-ray with plenty of snacks it might not be worth sitting down to.

    As for Red Riding Hood the only thing I can say about it is that it kept the “who is the wolf” question somewhat secret throughout. While this in itself is nothing to write home about, in a movie as cliche as Riding Hood it comes to be something you appreciate.

    My girlfriend made me watch both Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. I’ve yet to fogive her. Also, is it strange I felt myself more attracted to both the male leads than the female leads? As wonderful as Portman was in the very average Black Swan, she’s simply stale on screen in just about every other frame she’s ever been in.

    You really should be more harsh on Russell Brand. He has his funny moments but really the guy is just annoying.

  43. January 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I enjoyed most of your comments on this but I will completely disagree with Cars 2, it was way better than the first one and I really loved the story.
    Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Cars 2 was a disappointment only in the sense that it was Pixar’s first blatantly cash-in film that didn’t feel like it was trying to be anything more. Had it come from Dreamworks or some other studio, I feel as though it would have been an average, not horrible film, but because it came from Pixar, the prestige of the studio branding set the bar so high that no film starring Larry the Cable Guy could ever hope to achieve. In terms of Larry the Cable Guy, it was a masterpiece, but in terms of good filmmaking, it was, even more so than the first film, so obviously a simple way for Pixar to cash in and fund future projects that it was, indeed, one of the most disappointing films of the year.

      Thank you, though! I nearly burst into tears of joy when I saw how my readership apparently tripled my lifetime views since September in a single day! LOL

  44. maseadi
    January 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I’am Like film Action..very enjoy.

  45. yawrit
    January 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I AM #4 was a horrible movie — but the book was fabulous. I don’t know how they managed to screw it up so badly.

  46. January 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Worst movie of all time goes to ‘The Fountain’. Not evenm Hugh Jackmon could save that one.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Really? I kinda liked it, though it was a bit sterile.

  47. January 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Welcome to all.

  48. Anonymous
    January 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Ok so I saw No Strings Attached, Beastly, Red Riding Hood, Soul Surfer, and Water for Elephants and I have to admit that you didn’t miss much by skipping them. However, Country Strong is worth seeing! I am not a big fan of country music but I actually ended up liking this movie. Well acted and a good emotional drama.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      I might give it a go. I’m thinking about doing a Mother’s Day thing where, instead of reviewing films about moms, I review my own mom’s favorite films for a bit and seeing how that goes. Not that this is one of her favorites, but she does like it, though she is, in fact, a huge fan of country music, so maybe that’s why?

  49. January 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    You have chosen wisely – for the most part. I enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer, since I’m a major fan of Michael Connelly’s books. It had a strong supporting cast as well. Also, Limitless was a trip for visual story telling (though I do admit taking Dramamine before you see it would be wise) and the twisty story was fun. I wish I hadn’t seen New Year’s Eve and The Green Lantern.

  50. The Enthusiast
    January 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    With the possible exception of Hobo with a Shotgun, it looks like you didn’t miss anything. I missed most of these, too. I did see Hugo and wrote a review of it. I agree with many of you that it’s disappointing.

  51. The Enthusiast
    January 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    BTW, Hobo was not in Grindhouse, but was the winner of a trailer contest associated with Grindhouse. It’s fun for what it is.

  52. January 6, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Oh wow, thanks for this — I had a good laugh! I can’t believe there are movies out there called ‘Drive Angry’ and ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’! What is this world coming to?

  53. January 6, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Water for Elephants was one of my favorite movies!

  54. January 6, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Water For Elephants was the worst. Good Lord that movie sucked.

    The only other movie I saw on your list was Justin Bieber’s. I have a “Belieber” in my house so I saw it twice. I can report, with a bit of shock, that it was really fun. I am very hard on movies but I would recommend this one.

  55. Red Toenails
    January 6, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Okay, Fast Five I did see. Everybody knows Dwayne Johnson and Vin can’t act, but hey, who was listening? I was watching all the action and ripped muscles.

  56. January 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Hobo With A Shotgun made it to Revelation Film Festival (no religious connotations, trust me) In Perth. It’s got a lot of gore, and death (nasty death) and removal of body parts by assorted means. But it also has a speech by Rutger Hauer that carries as much impact as his final scene in Blade Runner. Go see it.

    And as far as I know, the only fans Martin Lawrence can lay claim to all have propellers.

  57. January 6, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I second thrid and forth this list with knobs on! I can’t help but think that some years movies are made for the sake of being made. The cars movies was a particular low point in my views! Little wonder people prefer to download rather than pay ridiculous money to be teenaged girls titter through a 2 hour epic! Ghastly

  58. lewispackwood
    January 6, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Blimey, I can’t believe how many rubbish films were released last year. Let’s hope 2012 holds more promise…

  59. January 6, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I agree with you completely with most of those movies, but I have to say the first hoodwinked I thought was cute. (of course I was only in like 1st grade when i saw it,).

  60. Stephen Siregar
    January 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I tried to see “Limitless” but could not help feeling the story to be dangerously close to a cliché. I stopped the movie about 2/3 of the way, without even being morbidly curious about the ending. Was it a mistake?

    • January 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

      NO. The ending was possibly the worst part of a film that relied way too heavily on voice-over narration and therefore did not require any actual acting whatsoever.

  61. January 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    well said. nice post, i enjoy it.

  62. worldlylivingnow
    January 6, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Really nice detailed post.

  63. January 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Glad to say I’ve not seen most of these films, a few on TV. Though you’re spot on with Fast Five, though I’ve got a soft spot for 1 and 4. Really surprising and entertaining action flick. Apparently this phenomena happens when you add The Rock to an already established franchise.

  64. January 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Limitless seemed promising but I thought the ending sucked so don’t get your hopes too high for that one!

  65. January 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Take Me Home Tonight was HILARIOUS you should see that movie and Hobo With A Shotgun was great too! Rutger Hauer played a great part he was funny, likeable and a great action hero!

  66. January 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Very entertaining and thoughtful writing. This was an enjoyable read whether I’d seen the films or not. Congrats on FP.

  67. January 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    That’s funny, I didn’t see any of those either! Though I didn’t think Cars 2 was that bad…

  68. January 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I agree with you…..all those movies were the worst movies of 2011. But, i agree with 4myskin. Cars 2 was not that bad.

  69. Maureen
    January 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    What a unique movie review! Greatly enjoyed your commentary–it’s interesting to hear why people DON’T go see movies.

    I skipped a lot of these, too. But I will admit that slunk into a theatre undercover to see “Beastly”–it was better than “Twilight” but that’s not a difficult accomplishment. And I saw “Hop”–I had a good reason for seeing it, knowing it would be stupid–I just wasn’t prepared for how incredibly, mind-bogglingly stupid it was. Ah, well, we live and learn.

  70. January 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Okay, so I actually saw 15 of the movies listed above, a majority of them in theaters and that’s not including all the ones I saw that didn’t make your list. Maybe I go to the movies too much.

  71. January 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

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    • CJ Stewart
      January 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Yeah, no problem whatsoever there. Glad I could be quoted! :) I’m working on May – September, so summer films are coming up!

  72. January 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I didn’t see most of on your list, but I did see “Hop” because my son wanted to see it. It was actually cute! Sadly, I did see “No Strings Attached” *only* because my coworker forced me to see it, but I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise. The movie was horrible. I felt like my intelligence level dropped several notches. I had to read a good intellectual book to reclaim my brain cells. :) Great post!

  73. January 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Go with your first instinct on Limitless . . .

  74. January 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    i missed all of those movies. as a matter of fact, i missed every movie released in 2011. hopefully, 2012 will be a repeat.

  75. jerryschevrolet
    January 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have to say I am absolutely in love with the DIary of a Whimpy Kid movies! Definitely worth a watch :)

  76. GatorRealtors
    January 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I would usually argue that why post your reviews of movies you never saw or even intend to see, but I have to agree with you–I really only cared to watch the last Harry Potter film and was completely satisfied with it’s brilliance–then again that frenchise almost never disappointed me. In regards to that, I do have to say I am excited for at least one movie in 2012–The Hunger Games. And I was, so far,
    not disappointed with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so there is hope for this year.

    • CJ Stewart
      January 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Oh, please don’t consider these reviews of the films so much as a review of the year in general. Thse are all films I managed to not see, and so I can’t say with certainty that any film deserves its praise or derision… at least most of them!

  77. Dominic
    January 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I knew there was a reason I hadn’t been to the cinema mush last year…. this list just sums up how bad a year it was for film!


  78. January 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    My sentiments exactly (for the majority of the list) such as Justiin Bieber movie, Hop, Hall Pass, Water for Elephants and a few that I probably heard and forgot about completely until I saw this list.

    I was pondering the thought of watching a few which quickly got dismissed for a few as well (ex. Red Riding Hood). While there are some such as Lincoln Lawyer and Limitless that I’m still very much intrigued at watching but not completely sure whether I’d want to.

    I did see a few. Fast Five and Hoodwinked are movies that I’ve followed the previous movie(s) and I did like them a lot. Disappointing for you though, Fast and the Furious will have a sixth part to be released in 2013 (according to IMDB). Out of all the movies of 2011, I saw two movies at the theatres last year, Cars 2 and Harry Potter 7 Part 2. Cars 2 was really bad, my boyfriend and friend that went with me thought differently though. It was so boring that I fell asleep. I’m a huge Disney/Pixar fan but I guess I really expected more.

    To end this off, just liked to say, awesome post. Love it a lot! Happy blogging (and movie watching) in 2012!

  79. January 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Reading this makes me realize how seldom I go out to the movies… but, oddly, I find I don’t really mind, especially when I look at this list! A lot of these movies were dredging from the bottom of the development barrel.

  80. January 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    You know, Cedar Rapids was a bit too reminiscent of Up in the Air for me. Meh. I’d say skip it.

  81. January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I didn’t wanted to see Water for Elephants either. But I watched it to get rid of the stories about it from my friends. I was surprised, it was better than I thought. But a movie I would never choose to watch.

    And I actually liked the Season Of The Witch! :(
    Probably because I’m a Nicholas Cage fan.

    Anyway, great post! :) I really enjoyed reading it.

  82. January 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I thought Win Win wasn’t a bad movie. But Little Red Riding hood was absolutely terrible.

  83. January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I haven’t seen most of the movies on your list, and I’m not sure I’d want to sit through the majority of them. I did, however, see The Tree of Life. I highly recommend it. It gives to film something that is missed often: a visual story, alongside deep substance. When you take this one on, be patient; in the end, it will be worth it.

  84. January 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Wow! Although I wanted to see a few you named, I actually missed every single one of them, except Fast Five. Yes, I am one of those who thought it was awesome. I love the actors, every one of them. Unfortunately, they were not all in the previous Fast and Furious movies. Yes, you need to watch the one before Fast Five to understand this one. You don’t have to but you should. And I bet, many have missed the true ending of the movie, as there is more to the movie after the end credits. I never watch past the credits on any movie and am now wondering how many other endings I have missed. My son and I only watched the credits for Fast Five to see who won the race running in the background of the credits and was happily shocked to see the real ending to the movie, which was awesome, if you have watched the previous movies to understand it.

    Thank you for explaining the movies. Happy New Year.

  85. January 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    New Year’s Resolutions: The Pain of Change

    One of my absolute favorite quotes is, “Change will come when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”

  86. kat
    January 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I haven’t seen any of Tyler Perry’s movies either; the most I know about him is that he had a cameo in the Star Trek remake. I can’t get too enthused about Water for Elephants; loved the book, but I don’t see either of the stars in the roles. I could get behind the Inglorious Basterds villain being the evil ringmaster, though. Maybe I’ll catch it when it comes on TBS, right after Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

  87. January 7, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I want to come to I Am Number Four’s defense but people will see.

    The 2011 movie I refuse to see is Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As if intelligent wildlife isn’t bad enough, it stars James Franco. One horror at a time, Hollywood!

  88. silviolorenzo
  89. January 7, 2012 at 4:40 am

    i totally agree with you with sucker punch. :p


  90. January 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

    SUCKER PUNCH was fun, I thought (I’m 57, so…)
    THE LINCOLN LAWYER was wonderful…
    DRIVE ANGRY (not in 3D) was ugh… but parts I did enjoy.
    The rest, I wouldn’t see…
    Thanks for this post — nicely done; lots of work!!! Wow.

  91. January 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

    PS – I did like FAST FIVE, too! And you have to see DRIVE.

    • January 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Lambskinny, Did you watch the rest of the movie, AFTER the end credits? I now wonder how many other movies we have missed the true endings on.

  92. January 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I was this close to getting Lincoln Lawyer, then stopped, desperation arose, then thought of getting it again. Fortunately I got something better pr a box of chocolates. I ended up happier. I’m so happy to hear people beside me also find Matthew McConaughey and Nicholas Cage bone-rubbing irritating. Sad to see Portman doing films with Kutcher. Anywho, this post deserved to get pressed. Good job.

  93. pattyabr
    January 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Win-Win – good movie saw it on DVD. Country Strong OMG waste of my time absolutely horrible. I have taped Cedar Rapids and would like to check it out. Husband saw Hall Pass and I’m like “how stupid!” No Strings Attached – fluff movie, surprised Natalie Portman did such a superficial movie. I would like to see Water for Elephants, never read the book.

  94. January 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Some of the movies in the list are quite good but most of them are frankly terrible… There were plenty of good movies, independent ones, in the movie theaters in 2011, it was actually a great movie year in my humble opinion. I was going to post about it in the next few days on my blog ;)

  95. January 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    coll and funny!

  96. January 8, 2012 at 12:15 am

    omg. dude watch limitless!!
    it was by far one of the best of what 2011 had to offer,…. uhmazing.. cant believe you watched friends with benefit and HOP but not limitless!!!

    and yeah, sucker punch had killer OSTs.. loved those..and I liked unknown.. quite an unexpected story line…

  97. January 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Limitless and The Lincoln Lawyer are actually pretty good films, in my opinion. Insidious is actually pretty good too if not for the little-bit silly concept and the sucky formulaic ending.

    If you guys intend to do some more reading about the movies in 2011, I would advise you to click the jump. http://thebrilliantworm.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/movies-2011-and-2012-oscar-predictions/

  98. January 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Nice post, enjoyed reading it.

  99. January 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I hadn’t even heard of Super until reading this. Watching it now as I type – it’s utterly incredible!

  100. Joe Labriola
    January 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Glad I never saw any of these movies. They looked like crap. Guess I was right! :)

  101. appsforgrownups
    January 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

    For the most part I can’t disagree with your list. I would recommend you give LIncoln Lawyer and Mars Needs Moms a chance.

  102. January 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    A good movie I remember last year, not sure when it was released, was The Next Three Days, on Netflix. It was one you had to follow along to understand the last part. It will definitely get you thinking how you would handle it if you were in the same situation. My family loved it!

  103. January 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I think that pretty much all of these films you missed definitely weren’t sorely missed. I didn’t see a bunch of them and I didn’t see as many films this year as I did the year before. I wasn’t really a fan of the selection of movies in 2011 either, a lot of sequels.

  104. goss41
    January 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Limitless was a good film, not a great film, but definitely an enjoyable film. I also agree with you with ‘hobo with a shotgun’, I bought this from play.com as soon as I saw the title. With a title like that It must be good.

  105. January 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    You’ve managed to cover the high – and truly low – marks of 2011. Well done!

  106. January 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Stop it! I feel like Im hiding something from my Mom for liking Sucker Punch LOL
    Problems with it? Yes and many, but I think because Snyder tried to do something expressive he caused a lot of us (me too) some confusion. Im ok with that as long as I enjoyed the journey I guess. I actually didnt “all worked up” over the girsl, and instead found myself routing for them. If you didnt get there as a guy, then you may be experiencing some self assesment dilimna :)
    To note I had a very low expectation for the film based on the title ( I still hate ) so that may be why I was surprisigly pleased with the result.

    2 cents: http://oldbohemiancafe.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=42&action=edit

  107. January 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Not sure you will get this far down on your comment list but here goes. I Am Number Four was in my Netflix queue and I saw it the other day. Although it wasn’t too bad it is definitely not something I would recommend. I am more of a bang-bang shoot-em up type. The kind of movie where the action is good but the acting is not so good. This particular movie did leave itself open to a sequel. Not sure that will be worth bragging about either.

  108. January 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    some films I like and some I don’t, Do That make since.

  109. January 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Red riding hood was an ok watch on dvd. So was Dairy of a wimpy kid (part1) and I am number 4. All on dvd of-course. I haven’t even heard most of the other movie titles.

  110. January 9, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I couldn’t get on with Red RIding Hood (especially when there was a meant-to-be-clever-clue-but-really-unsubtle clue as to the bad guy very early on. Although it was fun seeing actors from geek shows like Stargate and Battlestar Galactica running around…

    Gary Oldman revealing the metal elephant was hysterical though.

  111. January 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Regarding Fast Five…I LOVED that movie. You can skip 4, but not 3 (Tokyo Drift), because 3 involves Han, the coolest character from the franchise. Just ignore the vapid psuedo-Australian/Japanese chick. She’s not important.

  112. January 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    ha ha.. Great ! year long movie making packed in a single post. Hollywood (World) is becoming small.

  113. Anna
    January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I wanted to read Water for Elephants and do still want to see Lincoln Lawyer, because so many of my friends liked it, but out of the long list I managed to only actually see No strings attached. Think that`s a good count!

  114. January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I found myself nodding in agreement with almost everything you’ve posted here. Limitless was a really pleasant surprise. I wasn’t even aware that there was a first Hoodwinked film, why did they feel a need to create a sequel?

  115. January 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Great ideas! Some of my favorite movies came out in 2011!!

  116. January 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    LOL… I avoided some of these myself. Unfortunately I could’t avoid the kids movies. I have a 10 year old and I wouldn’t hear the end of it.

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