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THE YEAR SO FAR: 2011 (PART FOUR)

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I'm going to keep the "reviews" on this one short and (hopefully) sweet.  I've been buckling down a lot lately and plan on the next update being a fairly big one.  The plan is to have the next one up BEFORE Christmas and then another right after New Year's. As we enter 2012, I'm going to do my best to keep this sucker going strong.  Obviously I'll be switching to a 2012 list at some point in January, but I'll do my best to update this one from time to time as well.  Despite the fact that I'm writing for the main site now, I refuse to let my blog fall by the wayside!  Anyway...

 

The Muppets - Absolutely fan-fucking-tastic.  'Nuff said.

Machete Maidens Unleashed! - While probably not as well-constructed as its predecessor (Not Quite Hollywood), I found it just as fun.  My wallet is definitely going to be hurting after all the Corman flick I caught clips of that I want to pick up now.........a soon-to-be-bad-habit which the wonderful Shout! Factory will help facilitate.

Super 8 - While no classic, I loved the hell out of this.  The acting was great from top to bottom, which helped make up for some storytelling deficiencies.

The Help - I was over at my father's house the other day and ended up catching this one with my Dad and brother.  I expected a decent little drama and was unexpectedly surprised.  I had a lot of fun with this one.

Horrible Bosses - Pretty solid comedy, but nothing too special.

The Change-Up - Same as above for the most part.  I actually think I probably enjoyed this more than I should have due to the simple fact that I will soon be in Bateman's shoes.  We have a 10 month old son and another baby on the way, so I probably laughed more than I should have at some of the jokes/scenarios.  Honestly, this is an Adam Sandler comedy dressed up with better actors.  This easily could have starred Kevin James in the Bateman role and Sandler in the Reynolds one.  It just goes to show you how much some actors can elevate the material they are given.

 

The updated list is below.  As usual a few films have shifted spots.

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1. Drive

2. Attack The Block

3. The Muppets

4. Rango

5. X-Men: First Class

6. Captain America: The First Avenger

7. Super

8. Insidious

9. Red Hill

10. Warrior

11. Machete Maidens Unleashed!

12. Super 8

13. Fast Five

14. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

15. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two

17. Thor

18. I Am Number Four

19. The Lincoln Lawyer

20. Drive Angry

21. Bridesmaids

22. The Help

23. Scream IV

24. The Adjustment Bureau

25. Bereavement

26. The Thing

27. The Mechanic

28. The Green Hornet

29. Horrible Bosses

30. The Change-Up

31. Winnie the Pooh

32. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

33. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

34. Death Race II

35. Buried

36. Green Lantern

37. Priest

38. Sucker Punch

39. Battle: Los Angeles

40. What's Your Number?

41. Paul

42. Your Highness

43. Take Me Home Tonight

44. Arthur

45. Conan the Barbarian

46. Hatchet II

47. Red Riding Hood

48. The Beaver

49. I Love You, Phillip Morris

50. Bad Teacher

51. Henry's Crime

52. Unknown

53. The Resident

54. The Howling Reborn

55. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

56. Gnomeo & Juliet

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