Jarv looks back at 2011 in film.

Ordinarily when I do these retrospectives, I look back at the films with a UK release date of 2011 and pick out 10 films that I rate to be the best of the year. However, in all honesty, when I was looking at my top 10 of this year, there are an awful lot of films that aren’t worth a best of year list. So, to mix it up a bit, I’m going to do something marginally different and give out a lot of gongs in different categories to films that I think are worth mentioning.

So, let’s look back at 2011 and reminisce.

First up, let’s start with the negative ones:

Disappointment of the year.

Green Lantern

Runner up: Black Swan

You’re not going to hear this a lot on this article, but Koutch is absolutely right about both these films even if he is a bit harsh on Black Swan.

Black Swan is the only film to appear in two of these categories. While by no stretch of the imagination an actually bad film, this massively overrated film was one that I was stoked to see. I like Aronofsky, and so imagine my disappointment when the boredom of this set in. Redeemed by a superb performance from Portman, and a brilliant ending, it’s a crying shame about the narcolepsy inducing first third.

However, Green Lantern is an entirely different kettle of fish. In this day and age there is absolutely no excuse for a superhero film to be this, well, shit. At best this flirts with mediocrity, but most of the time it’s a completely flaccid and faintly embarrassing mess. I was well on board for this film being good, in that the Guardian had been supremely snotty about it for the months before it was release. Yet, what did we get? A kind of even gayer Top Gun, complete with daddy issues (fucking yawn), a load of messy CGI and a lot of laughable crap about the colour yellow. Not good, not good at all.

Only Mark Strong comes out of this even remotely in credit, and this is actually Mrs. Jarv’s tied pick for worst film of the year. Luckily, this is my list, and I don’t think it’s that bad, but it was hugely, hugely disappointing.

Overrated Film of the Year

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Runner Up: Black Swan

For similar reasons to Black Swan’s appearance in the list above, I cannot believe that this film was so far overrated. As we discussed the other day, even the lesbian scene in it is overrated.

However, this had nothing on Tinker Tailor. The collective critical splurge over this film is hard to believe: buckets of jizz have literally been flung at this film. It just, honestly, isn’t that good and is fact mostly boring. However, to be fair, this is another film that could not in any real justification be called bad. It can, however, justifiably be called heartless, cold, and well, dull. Still, when it sweeps up in award season, I’ll be totally unsurprised, and will merely shrug my shoulders and put it down to the fact that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is nothing but pure critic bait.

Worst Film of the Year

Sucker Punch

Runner Up: New Year’s Eve.

This is actually testament to how fucking awful Sucker Punch is. I know this is only the 2nd year of the new decade, but I won’t be surprised if in 2019 we’re naming it as the worst film of the decade, which is just recognition of the cinematic atrocity that it is.

New Year’s Eve is a fucking horrible film, and indescribably awful on almost every level, however even at its wankiest it doesn’t compare to the horribly boring and frankly fucking ugly extended music video that is Sucker Punch.

With the sensibilities of a retarded adolescent, a script written by a howler monkey on an LSD binge, Sucker Punch is an obnoxious and juvenile ode to the worst and most embarrassing coke fuelled fantasies kicking around one man’s brain.

Fuck you Snyder, you wanker, and isn’t it about time you stopped inflicting your dismal fucking movies on us and went back to shooting music videos where you clearly belong.

Sucker Punch: hateful garbage of the rankest kind.

That’s enough negativity, time for the positive reviews:

Surprise of the Year

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Runner Up: Thor

I had Thor written off as total fucking garbage. I thought it was going to be unspeakable fish-out-of-water crap about a third teir Marvel Funnybook hero. Probably involving daddy issues. However, I was being grossly unfair, and not only did I end up thoroughly enjoying the big stupid film, it struck me as being one of the better superhero movies out there. So, where I was prepared to laugh it off the screen, I actually found myself rooting for it in a strange kind of way.

However, that’s nothing compared to the overall shock that was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. When this was announced, having been burnt by Burton’s turdy effort at Planet of the Apes, I had this on the “ignore” list. Then the trailers started arriving and my interest shot up from the bottom of the Mariana trench. However, I did still maintain a healthy degree of scepticism given that it was a remake of Conquest, and therefore bound not to be a good film. Yet, in the end, it turned out to not only be a very good film, but a borderline great one, and if I’d done a top 10, Rise was pencilled in as either number 3 or 4 depending on my mood.

Congratulations, monkey boys, this was a genuinely special effort.

Non-English Language Film of the Year

Norwegian Wood

Runner Up: 13 Assassins

OK, I had to think about this one for a bit, as there’s been a fair old whack that I haven’t seen, but I wanted to give Norwegian Wood some recognition.

Miike’s 13 Assassins was a wonderful slice of full-on Samurai stabbery, and one I thoroughly enjoyed, but Norwegian Wood was in a different class.

Taking Murakami’s oft-described unfilmable book, Norwegian Wood was a beautifully shot, supremely acted, gloriously miserable slice of cinema. This emotionally gruelling Japanese film really did reach inside me, tear my heart out, and then stomp all over it. Genuinely one of the most powerful films of the year, Norwegian Wood is a slightly flawed, but singularly lush and always majestic slice of misery porn. Absolutely outstanding and a film that I’ve now put myself through twice without the impact diminishing in any way. Highly, highly recommended, but keep the prozac handy.

Happy film of the year

Rango

Runner Up: Fast 5

I thought about this long and hard, but the winning films in my positive category are all, well, fucking miserable. Even the runners up have a strong thread of misery. However, I don’t just sit around watching movies designed to rape your soul. So, in honour of that, here are the two best non-Misery Porn movies of the year.

Fast 5 was a big, brash explosion filled giggle, that I thoroughly enjoyed when I saw it. It’s probably my action movie pick of 2011 and was every bit as dumb as the fifth film in a truly paste-eating franchise could be. Nevertheless, it’s also great fun.

In contrast, Gore Verblinski’s spectacular Rango is a light and witty cartoon take on westerns. Starring Jonny Depp as the titular lizard, Rango is a film that I’ll come back to time and time again in the future. Just great fun, and a film that I’m thoroughly pleased I saw.

English Language Film of the Year

Kill List

Runner Up: Animal Kingdom

And now for the misery. Unlike Droid, I’ve found that the best films that I’ve seen this year have all been pretty fucking miserable.

Animal Kingdom saw it’s release in the UK in the winter, and this gritty slice of Aussie drama, underpinned by several fantastic performances, instantly announced itself as a contender for my film of the year. Frankly, I loved this portrayal of the Aussie criminal underclass, and I can’t recommend this film enough.

However, Kill List was something else entirely. I’m not going to write a lot here, because this is the type of film that you need to see without knowing anything. Don’t even read my review about it. Kill List is an uncompromising, terrifying, and simply fucking magnificent horror movie that is to my mind the best film in that sagging genre since The Descent.

The only film I saw released this year that was more powerful than Norwegian Wood, Kill List is a punch to the bollocks and a stomp to the head. If there’s one film released in 2011 that I consider to be required viewing, this one is it.

Absolutely outstanding and I cannot recommend it enough.

I’d like to give a few more mentions to a few more films.

Firstly, in terms of both Disappointing and Overrated films- Brighton Rock. Completely failed to live up to the novel or the original, and was a complete let down.

For the crappy list, it’s testament to how bad 1 and 2 are that they held off My Soul to Take, Hobo with a Shotgun and Insidious. All are fucking terrible, and all worthy of little more than absolute derision.

And I’d like to give a nod to Green Hornet, which almost took Thor’s spot as number 2 on the surprise list. Genuinely a complete shock, and a film I really enjoyed despite the presence of massive, massive cockhead Seth Rogen.

Right, that’s me done.

Ciao,

Jarv

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97 responses to “Jarv looks back at 2011 in film.”

  1. Continentalop says :

    2 things Jarv:

    1) Have you seen A Seperation yet?;

    And 2) I thought Green Hornet was a total POS. Surprised you liked it.

    • Jarv says :

      No,

      and I liked Green Hornet. Considering I thought it was going to be atrocious, to even partially enjoy it was a huge surprise.

      • Continentalop says :

        See A Separation. You might change your mind about best non-English film (of course I haven’t seen Norwegian Wood so I could be wrong).

      • Jarv says :

        Will do at some point. There’s also the Almodovar to be considered.

        Norwegian Wood was stupendous though. For a long time it looked like being my number 1.

        I’ve also got to see Tyrannosaur at some point, although I’m dreading that one.

      • Droid says :

        Wait, you liked the Almodovar? It sounded like shit to me.

      • Jarv says :

        Haven’t seen it.

        And Tropa 2 got it’s UK cinema release this year as well.

  2. MORBIUS says :

    Agree to disagree …

    Agree that Green Lantern failed on almost every level,
    quite possibly too many cooks …

    Agree with Conti / disagree with you on the massive
    wankfest that was Green Hornet. Seth Rogaine not
    good enough to carry Thor’s jockstrap! Liked Kato.

    ROTPOTA, Rango, Fast 5 … solid entertainment all.

    Not seen KILL LIST as of yet.

    Have you seen Cumberbund / Sherlock 2.0/
    Supposed to be the best of the lot … so far.
    Don’t get it here till possibly May.

  3. Xiphos0311 says :

    Can’t comment on anything but Black Swan. I don’t think Portman’s performance was all that great, it was about average, which sums up Black Swan for me, an average movie with a ton of slow spots and a decent ending..

  4. Droid says :

    Apart from Black Swan and Green Lantern, of the films I’ve seen, I agree with you.

    • Jarv says :

      I knew you were going to disagree about Black Swan.

      Fucking hated Green Lantern, and was just so disappointed by it.

      • Droid says :

        Of course. We’ve discussed Black Swan at length though. I consider it to be great. I didn’t find any of it “boring” or anything like that. I also didn’t see it with someone sitting next to me picking at the ballet stuff.

        GL was fine. It seems weird to me to get all up in arms over it, unless you’re a die hard GL funny book fan. It’s rather innocuous. It’s kind of a flat 2 chang film all the way through. It’s not like CA which has a 3 Chang first half and a 1 chang second half. I’d be more inclined to be “disappointed” by that one, because it showed a lot of potential.

      • Jarv says :

        Couldn’t give a fuck about the funnybook GL. However, I really, really didn’t like it. Mrs. Jarv legitimately had it down as her joint worst of the year with….

        New Year’s Eve!

        Huzzah!!!

      • Jarv says :

        Also, I haven’t seen Cap or Xbabies.

        My problem with GL, was that I thought it was going to be an epic piece of dumbhouse, and it was this tired and shitty daddy issues/ loser grows balls redux coupled with flat and boring action and whatnot.

        I’d give the first half 1, and the second half 0. This is why it’s disappointment rather than worst.

      • Droid says :

        I actually quite liked the finale. The daddy issues were unnecessary, sure. And the scene at the party where he saves the helicopter wasn’t very good. And casting a plank of wood as the love interest was a mistake. Surely there are plenty of human women they could’ve cast. And Oa felt truncated. Probably needed to set more of it on Oa and explore that world a bit more. Flesh it out a bit. Otherwise, I thought Reynolds was fine. I really liked Sarsgaard. I enjoyed the end. And overall it was just a fine, forgettable watch. A 2 chang film.

      • Jarv says :

        The Daddy issues needed to be flat-out removed. The party scene was dreadful full stop. the Villain was weak, and it felt like it was setting itself up for a sequel rather than being a film in its own right- which I hated.

        Reynolds was trying too hard, I thought, but I let him off for being hamstrung by the wretched Daddy issues false conflict in the script. Oa was incredibly boring and unimaginative and so forth.

        Not to mention all the lecturing about the colour Yellow and the dude with the inexplicable head.

      • Droid says :

        But those, as I understand it, are intrinsic to the GL universe. Yellow is fear. Green is good. It can’t really be ignored, so they have to have it in the film.

        I you felt like GL was setting itself up for a sequel, don’t bother watching the two hour trailer The Avengers.

      • Jarv says :

        Already made that mistake with Iron Man 2.

        Surely the Avengers will be a film in its own right? They’ve made about 5 Marvel films establishing them now.

      • Droid says :

        It better be.

      • Jarv says :

        If it’s another sequel setter, then I’ll be pissed, because I feel like I’ve sat through untold of those already. Even Thor (probably the best of the recent Marvel’s that I’ve seen) had a fat element of this in it.

      • Droid says :

        There really isn’t any other reason for CA to exist. It wastes the opportunity for a compelling couple of films because it’s in such a hurry to get him frozen in the ice.

      • Droid says :

        Thor at least felt like a movie, and not an advertisement. The one thing that was blatant set up for The Avengers was the pointless use of Hawkeye. Otherwise it can stand on it’s own.

      • Jarv says :

        Yes, that’s what I was thinking, that and Shield taking the Hammer.

        Much, much better than the other extended trailers that we’ve had inflicted on us.

      • Jarv says :

        Isn’t this more of a problem with the funnybook canon than anything else. He basically gets frozen after one mission then woken up in the 50’s as I understand it.

      • Droid says :

        I don’t think so. I don’t really know much about it, but I’m sure he fights Red Skull in WWII. You’d have to ask one of the others.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m sure he does too, but I’m also nearly positive that he’s Frozen at the end of one of those missions with the Skull. I’m positive he didn’t serve all the years America was there.

      • Droid says :

        Yeah, but he does more than just one thing. It’s not, he becomes Captain America, he punches a few people and then crashes into the ice.

      • Droid says :

        It’s also not really anything to do with canon. It’s the way the movie just goes through the motions, ticks all the necessary boxes and ends in the ice. It’s so cynical, and a complete waste of a really good villain. Probably the best villain I’ve seen in the Marvel movies. Which isn’t hard because most of them are shit.

      • Jarv says :

        I may do Top 10 funnybook film Villains:

        1) The Joker.
        2) Doctor Octopus
        3) Er…….

        Why are most of them so shit?

      • Droid says :

        Zod. I like Zod.

      • Jarv says :

        Alright, Zod in at 3. That still stuffs us for 4-10, though. What about whatshisname in Hornet?

      • Droid says :

        The first time I saw it, I didn’t think he was any good. But one second viewing he’s actually quite funny.

      • Droid says :

        Deacon Frost.
        Ed Harris in A History of Violence
        D’Onofrio in Men in Black
        Casanova Frankenstein
        Dalton in The Rocketeer

      • Jarv says :

        Deacon Frost!

        Great call.

        I didn’t know either D’Onf or Casanova Frankenstein (FTW) were funny books, or Rocketeer for that matter. I thought that was the old 1940’s serials.

      • Droid says :

        I’m pretty sure they’re funnybooks. I could be wrong.

      • Droid says :

        Also, I quite liked V for Vendetta. But I suppose Weaving wasn’t really the villain. He was the anti-hero.

      • Jarv says :

        Weaving was the anti-hero. The Villain for that was the system.

      • Droid says :

        Personally, I liked the villains of Batman Returns. Penguin, Walken and Catwoman.

      • Jarv says :

        Didn’t like Penguin in that, agree about the other 2. Hardly a “Greatest of” material though. When Pillows finishes the DC tour and then the unassigned funnybook Tour then he can tell us definitively.

        Hehehehehe

      • Droid says :

        It does seem like the next logical step for him. And DC is better than Marvel for films.

      • Droid says :

        Now that I’ve successfully completed the best of the decade, I’m considering taking on the best of the 90’s. An excuse to watch loads of awesomeness.

      • Jarv says :

        I was thinking about that as well. There are some fucking fantastic films there.

      • Droid says :

        The thing is, it’d be tough to get the list down to 20.

      • Jarv says :

        for the 90’s? Christ, that’s what put me off as well.

      • Jarv says :

        What is there in DC-

        6 Batman films, of which so far 2 are utter shit.
        5 Superman films, 3 utter shit
        Gl which is shit
        Jonah Hex, which I’ve not seen.
        Steel (oh my fucking god)
        CAtwoman (hahahahaha)
        The Spirit (hahahahaha)
        Turdmen (hahahahahaha)

        PS- you’re right about Mystery Men and Wrong about the other 2 according to Wiki:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_superhero_films

      • Jarv says :

        That’s an awful series looking at it.

        There are 6 good ones, and 10 shit ones and of the shit ones I reckon 5 of them are Orangutan of Doom worthy:

        Superman Returns, Superman Quest for Peace, Catwoman, The Spirit, Batman and Robin.

      • Droid says :

        Rocketeer was a comic. I’m not sure that the villain was in them though.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocketeer

        As was MIB. Ditto the villain though.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Men_in_Black_(comics)

      • Jarv says :

        Stupid Wiki.

        Why does it do that?

      • Jarv says :

        Also, admittedly, that doesn’t include DKR and Man of Stool.

        I’m starting to worry about DKR, whereas I am 100% certain that Man of Stool, on the other hand, will be awful. Orangutan of Doom worthy awful:

        Snyder.
        Superman.
        Origin Story.

        All of which add up to ineptitude.

      • Droid says :

        I like Superman. I don’t like Snyder though.

      • Jarv says :

        Superman is good. Superman 2 is OK.

        Superman 3 is, in all honesty, fairly shit.

        Superman 4 is dreadful

        Superman 5 is rotten.

        Superman 6 is ANOTHER origin, else why are the Kents in it? When you add in Snyder the series’ track record and that it’s an origin, it’ll be crap.

        Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with the character. He’s too powerful, so they just resort to Lex Luthor and Kryptonite being as common as salt to negate it. Bring in a major equally powered villain, and try to get away from the link to Smallville.

      • Jarv says :

        Is there a plot synopsis for Superman: Man of Stool out there?

      • Jarv says :

        Yes there is:

        In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves

        Fucking joking. That’s wretched.

      • Jarv says :

        I can’t believe it’s an origin story.

        Seriously. What the fuck is the point of that?

      • Droid says :

        Batman Begins was an origin story. They’re using that as the template.

      • Jarv says :

        I know. However, we just had Stalkerman returns which was a frigging homage to the original, and furthermore, there hadn’t been a bats origin film when it was released.

        Does any character have a more famous origin than Superman? Aside from, maybe, Spidey.

        Point being, though, that Begins isn’t the right option for this. Although I’m fucked if I know what is.

      • Jarv says :

        Maybe it would be easier to do the bottom 10:

        Nuclear Man, Venom, Poison Ivy, Bane, Riddler, Giant Fivehead Dude in GL, Lex luthor (any version), I can’t even think of a single X-Men villain, Justin Hammer,

        Christ, actually, fuck that, I could almost pick any 10 at random and it would work.

      • Jarv says :

        Blackheart, Travolta in Punisher, Kingpin, Those weirdos in that Elektra atrocity,

        Once pillows finishes, he should probably do it. Although he’d struggle to get 10 good ones.

      • Droid says :

        Who’s Justin Hammer? Travolta in Punisher was terrible.

        McKellen is the villain in X-Men. But I liked Brian Cox, and Kevin Bacon was entertaining.

      • Jarv says :

        Justin Hammer was Rockwell in Iron Man 2.

      • Droid says :

        Oh, okay. Rourke was terrible.

      • koutchboom says :

        The problem with Reynolds is that he didn’t BECOME Green Lantern not in the same fashion that RDJ IS TONY STARK or THAT ONE GUY IS THOR! Or Hugh IS WOLVERINE. You could replace Reynolds with anyone else for the sequel and I don’t think anyone would care. I would say Evans did a more serviceable job with Captain America…he didn’t BECOME Captain America but he tried hard enough I saw it. I never saw anyone other than Ryan Reynolds. It was terrible casting.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Blackheart I would go with as the worst villain.

        I agree with Droid, liked both Green Lantern and Black Swan.
        Hmm…I was thinking about the DC side of funny book movies, and I love the two Nolan Batmans, like Green Lantern…and then…. *tumble weed*.

        I do not like any of the previous 4 Batman movies, Supes 2 was okay, but after that, yuck. The rest of the Superman movies suck, and yes that includes the vastly overrated Donner original. Blah.

  5. tombando says :

    I liked Cap A, never saw Gl or Thor, ditto Apes. So i have a bit of catching up to do. Green H holds no interest, never heard of Nor. Wd or kill list.

    Had fun with Mi4, the Eagle, hated XmFc, ummm of course Mikey Bay was in there too.

    Jarv did you like Tintin?

  6. Just Pillow Talk says :

    I agree with Thor, I really thought that was one of Marvel’s best efforts. I’ll see how it holds up to a second viewing.

    While I don’t like Green Hornet as much as you and Droid, it definitely surprised me. I thought for sure that would suck.

    13 Assassins was pretty damn good. The rest of the films…haven’t seen.

  7. Continentalop says :

    Got to disagree with you about Hackman’s Lex Luthor. Great villain, especially in 1 & 2 (4 was horrible I admit). If the FBI did a top 10 most wanted super-villains from the movies, I think you could argue Luthor being number 1.

    • Droid says :

      I also like Hackman’s Lex. I think it’s just a bit of character fatigue. Every film or TV Supes seems to revolve around him, while Batman has lots of different villains (for example).

      • Jarv says :

        I was thinking about Spacey.

      • Continentalop says :

        Well, there’s a reason for that: Luthor is much more connected to the Superman mythology than Batman’s individual villains are to his, and Luthor is much more Superman’s arch-foe than even the Joker is Batman’s (I mean for a short time in the 60s Penguin took over that spot & when Ra’s al Ghul & Bane were introduced it looked like he’d be the new arch-enemy).

      • Droid says :

        Sure. I get that. But every single movie or tv show doesn’t need to heavily involve Lex, does it?

      • Droid says :

        At least that’s one thing the new one seems to understand. I haven’t heard of any announcements regarding someone playing Lex.

      • Jarv says :

        It’ll be coming. If we’ve got Ma and Pa fucking Kent again, it’s inevitable.

      • Droid says :

        I think they’ll work it in at the end. Like he’ll meet Lex, or hear about him or something. Right at the end. Like they did with the Joker at the end of BB.

      • Jarv says :

        I seem to recall Superman having a really shitty rogues gallery, but I could be imagining things.

      • Continentalop says :

        Well Spacey just sucked. That’s a given.

      • Continentalop says :

        I like a lot of Supes’ villains, but I don’t think many of them would work on film. How the hell do you present Mr. Mxyzptlk?

    • Continentalop says :

      But Luthor is involved in so many Superman stories, I see his involvement inevitable. He created Bizarro and, in some versions, Metallo, helped free the Kryptonian criminals from the Phantom Zone, teamed up and rebuilt Brainiac, formed the Terrible Trio, and in the Silver Age was Superboy’s pal growing up. Luthor is almost as much a part of Superman’s life as Lois Lane is.

      Of course that doesn’t mean he has to be the villain in every movie. I don’t just forshadowing him or having him in the background.

      • Jarv says :

        He’s like the Daleks in Dr. Who. Needs a nice long break.

        Even if they do use him, please god not another shitty real estate scam.

      • Continentalop says :

        I say make him an illegal arms dealer. A super-genius who builds and sells weapons to belligerent nations. Gives him reason to hate Supes: the guy is cutting into my profits be stopping wars and conflicts.

      • Droid says :

        I think it places limitations on where you can take the character. Superman is, to be honest, a difficult character to make really interesting. I think Supes 1 & 2 did it quite well. But overall, he’s been (in my experience) so overpowered that he’s never really seemed vulnerable, and all they can do is have Lex get his hands on Kryptonite in order to stand a chance. It’s repetitive.

        They also haven’t really put him in enough interesting situations, like life or death choices. Something like having the choice to save someone close to him (like Lois) or a bunch of strangers. That type of morality testing choice.

      • Continentalop says :

        Well I never minded him being overpowered. That’s the point of the character, to be able to do the impossible and be invincible. We are not supposed to worry at Superman’s safety as much at marvel at his feats.

        But I agree about putting him in quandaries. If he’s invincible and invulnerable, how do you attack him? Through his morality. You try to make him make tough decisions or threaten people’s lives.

        And then after that you bring in the big guns – Brainiac, Bizarro, Parasite, Metallo – who actually can hurt him.

      • Droid says :

        The invulnerability is more of a problem in terms of the repetitive nature of the attempts to defeat him. The guys who’ve made the movies or tv shows only really use kryptonite as the main weapon against Supes. That’s my problem, not so much that the character himself is virtually invulnerable. Just branch out, find other ways to get at him.

      • Continentalop says :

        Going back to Luthor, I actually think it might be more interesting to do a movie through his POV, kind of like a live action, serious MegaMind.

        I mean here is this genius about to pull off this great criminal plot (and justified, in his opinion), but then this superhuman alien starts to interfere and wants to arrest him. It’s like a superhero version of Les Miserables.

      • tombando says :

        Take Myxtaplx straight and play him as this psuedo Filmation like baddie. If you dont have the courage of your convictions, and just wanna water him down, well it will flat out suck. Otherwise why bother?

      • tombando says :

        I prefer Silver Age, pre Crisis Dc. I like Streaky the Super Cat, the Marvel family, different Earths, Bobo Detective Chimp, Superboy, Bizzarro, Luthor hating supes because he made him bald, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, Supergirl, etc.

        Tawny the Talking Tiger rocks, too. And Killer Moth as the guy in the lime jello Bug Suit.

      • Continentalop says :

        Silver Age rocks, Tom! Bizarro Earth! Composite Superman! Superman Red & Blue! Legion of Super-Heroes!

        But I also have a fond spot for Golden Age Supes. Prankster, Toyman, red-headed Luthor, and my fav Ultra-Humanite!

  8. ThereWolf says :

    Except for ‘Sucker Punch’, haven’t seen any of the others.

    It’s the first Snyder movie I didn’t like. I didn’t hate it, just kind of washed over me and I can’t remember what happened in it now. Escape into fantasy and live happily ever after?

    ‘Brazil’ did it better.

  9. Echo the Bunnyman says :

    Nice write-up Jarv. I second Conti’s suggestion of A Separation, which is fantastic and a better movie than Norwegian Wood, although that’s a really good one too. Both made my foreign language films of the year. As did 13 Assassins.

    I disagree about Black Swan, of course, and Green Hornet. Hornet for me was a big sloppy mess and kind of irritating from a character perspective.Didn’t hate it, but not a fan of it at all.

    I think Green Lantern is biggest disappointment of the year, even though I feel mostly meh about final product. It really should have been a big, silly wild comic-book movie and it’s just so pedestrian and dramatically inert.

    To some extent, agree with you regarding everything else on the list. Kill List ins indeed worthy, i had it at the top of my best horror list.

    • Jarv says :

      This:

      It really should have been a big, silly wild comic-book movie and it’s just so pedestrian and dramatically inert.

      Exactly. While I don’t totally hate it like the wife, or Koutch for that matter. I still think it’s a massive let down. I do think it’s shit though.

  10. Tommy D says :

    Good list, but I am a big fan of Black Swan. Also, that was a 2010 film so it really shouldn’t be on this list (I don’t mean to be rude, but I had to point that out).

    I agree very much with Rise of the Planet of the Apes being your surprise film of the year. When I first heard about it and saw previews I thought it would be terrible. Then I saw it was getting good reviews, saw it, and enjoyed it.

    • Jarv says :

      These are all uk releases in 2011. Black Swan was Jan 11.

      Sorry- didn’t mean to be unclear.

      Rise was definitely the surprise if the year. Loved it.

      • Tommy D says :

        Ah. My mistake then. Apologies.

      • Jarv says :

        No problem. I always do UK dates when I do these lists. Hence why I was able to squeeze House of the Devil and Bitch Slap into 2010.

        Slightly naughty, but I am English, so I reckon it’s fair game.

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