This was one of the hardest years to rank. It was a weak year for franchise pictures – most notably the Star Trek sequel seemed to destroy any good will I had for it after the hughly enjoyable reboot. Into Darkness disappointingly seemed to break the greater Star Trek universe while pathetically recycling story and dialogue from better movies. Iron Man 3 was poor; Fast & Furious 6 wasnt as good as 5, though was still better than 1, 2, 4 and indeed 7; none of the sequels to Kick-Ass, Hunger Games, Hobbit, Thor or Die Hard managed to add anything to their franchises.

10. The Wolverine
09. We’re The Millars

Genuinely funny – some laugh out loud moments. Aniston and Roberts making out.

08. Rush
07. Pain & Gain
06. Evil Dead
05. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
04. Man Of Steel
03. Delivery Man
02. Lone Survivor
01. About Time

Special Feature – Also Watched: Iron Man 3, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Thor: The Dark World, Fast & Furious 6, Now You See Me, Snowpiercer, Kick-Ass 2, Oldboy, 12 Years A Slave, The Hobbit, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, The Conjuring, We’re the Millars, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Star Trek Into Darkness, Dallas Buyers Club, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, The Wolverine, World War Z, This Is The End, Gravity, The Heat, The World’s End, The Internship, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Escape Plan, The Lone Ranger, Riddick, Captain Phillips, 2 Guns, The Hangover Part III, The Host, The Family, Identity Thief, 42, R.I.P.D., Filth, Trance, The Last Stand, Blue Ruin, A Good Day To Die Hard, Jack The Giant Slayer, 21 & Over, The Call, The Frozen Ground, Parker, Dead Man Down, The Colony, Snitch, Parkland, VHS2, The Numbers Station, Alan Partidge: Alpha Papa, The Last Exorcism Part II,

Special Feature – Worst Movies: Snowpiercer, The Hobbit, Only God Forgives, Filth

Special Feature – Best Documentaries: The Class of ’92

Special Feature – Premise War: “Die Hard In The White House” Olympus Has Fallen Vs White House Down


It’s weird looking at all the films you’ve seen in a year and picking ten. Neither Avengers or TDKR made my top ten… Avengers was just vapid nonsense and in my opinion Bane (and his voice) was the only thing worth watching in The Dark Knight Rises… it’s too long, political and a bit silly (they managed to fuck up Catwoman). Peter Jackson managed to fuck up The Hobbit by making one short book into three movies and shooting it at 40 fps making it look fake. That said my list is somewhat eclectic…

10. Fat Kid Rules The World
09. Jack Reacher

This is the most surprising movie on my list because I didn’t much like the movie the first time round. I am no fan of McQuarrie which is probably grossly unfair but I do not like The Way Of The Gun or Valkyrie). But I found myself checking Reacher out again on Netflix and found it somewhat memorizing – Tom Cruise, and especially Rosamond Pike are infinitely watchable. And for some reason the whole silly affair works.

08. Sleepwalk With Me
Mike Birbiglia is a funny guy. The movie isn’t all that funny mind you – it’s good and humorous – but it’s strength is found in Mike’s honest performance. If you want to see funny check out his My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend set. It’s unlike any other comic you’ll see.

07. Flight

06. Lockout

05. Wreck-It Ralph

04. Pitch Perfect
Ridiculously enjoyable movie about singing. No apologies for rating it this high.

03. Battleship
Apologies maybe needed here. Peter Berg makes a silly movie about a board game; but it’s a entertaining romp into action sci-fi genre with a better than received performance from Taylor Kitsch. I still think it should have been a full on Friday Night Lights reunion movie with Kyle Chandler in for Liam Neeson and one of the girls (Minka Kelly/Aimee Teegarden/Adrianne Palicki) in for Brooklyn Deckards role. That would be genius!

02. Skyfall
Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 manages to reset the reboot back to the beginning. Which is no mean feat when you are 23 movies in… It is probably the best looking Bond film ever shot (Oscar winner Roger Deakins working the camera) and Adele’s song is one of the best in the series.

01. Dredd
The best comic book movie ever made.

Also Watched: Avengers, Magic Mike, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Django Unchained, Sinister, The Hobbit, Prometheus, 21 Jump Street, Ted, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Cabin In The Woods, Snow White and The Huntsman, Looper, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, John Carter, This Means War, Project X, The Bourne Legacy, Total Recall, Life Of Pi, American Reunion, Here Comes The Boom, Safe House, Safety Not Guaranteed, VHS, Would You Rather, Pirhanna 3DD, Contraband, Premium Rush, Get The Gringo, Bullet To The Head, The ABCs of Death, Paranormal Activity 4, Compliance, The Expatriate, The Devil Inside, The Factory, ATM,

Worst Movie: Men In Black III, The Hobbit

Special Feature – Best Documentary: Indie Game: The Movie (this is an unbelievably good film)

Special Feature – Best Trailer: Ted (Red Band Trailer)

Special Feature – Best Soundtracks/Scores: Dredd, Skyfall, Pitch Perfect


As far back as I can remember; television and movies have been a huge part of my life. From circling all the movies I wanted to see in the TV guide at Christmas time through the early days of VHS, the explosion of DVD, the war of HD-DVD and Blu-ray and a lifetime of going to the movie theatre; I have seen many, many films over the years.

Every year that goes by I wish I could sit down and share my favourite experiences of watching movies; but since I am not going to the theatre every week and am not a paid film critic I realise that I can’t to a favourites list of films for that particular year because I haven’t seen everything. I need a year to catch up. So that’s what this first entry is – my favourite films of last, last, LAST year. 2011.

Please note – favourite does not mean best. I don’t really agree with tagging something like movies, directors or actors with “best” so if I use it I will be using it sparingly. “Favourite” is an opinion and subjective. Admittedly it is  perhaps a cop out – but it serves to keep the decisions and conversations more… what is the word… fluid.

So without further ado… Butler’s Top 10 Favorite Films of 2011

10. The Help

09. The Art Of Getting By

I doubt this indie film would make any critics top ten list – in fact it didn’t make any of the fifty or so lists here on metacritic. Emma Roberts has a great career ahead of her – I hope she can find good roles.
08. Drive

07. Thor

06. We Bought A Zoo

05. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Look. The truth is; that despite their cult status all the other Planet Of The Apes movies are… well… shit. You might be able to argue a case for the original staring Charlton Heston; but the rest of the sequels up to and including the Tim Burton abomination are some weak sci-fi nonsense. But against all odds and fairly well under the radar; English director Rupert Wyatt managed to come from obscurity to helm one of the most critically acclaimed and commerically sucessful science fiction movies in recent times. Using the most up-to-date motion capture technics, lead animal (and Gollem) impersonator Andy Serkis and a strong cast of able humans – the prequel grounds the story in a more believeable way than has ever been presented before. There are some poignant moments dealing with slavery, friendship and loss between Caesar and James Franco’s character. The film ends perfectly with a sense of dread that harks back to the original in 1968. However I have little hope that the resulting follow on sequel will be any good at all – the best part of the monkey apocalypse got covered in this movie. (Actually that’s a pretty good title…! Planet Of The Apes 2: The Monkey Apocalypse). Anyway we will see in 2014 when “Dawn” arrives.
04. Fast Five

The top three movies are some of my favourite movies ever made… so without further ado:

03. Goon

Seann Willam Scott is the MVP of this exceptional sports comedy.

02. Moneyball

01. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I haven’t read the book. I haven’t seen the Swedish movies. I missed this in the theatre. In fact I bought this as a cheap dvd on the same day I bought Prometheus and I’ll admit I was more interested in watching Scott’s prequel. The truth is I was completely blown away by this movie – from the opening frame I was shocked, horrified, amazed and transfixed. As the credits rolled I remember thinking “Why are there so few films of this quality?”. Not that I needed any more evidence; but David Fincher is the best filmmaker making films today and might be the best ever. His mastery of every detail of making movies from pre production through to post can be seen so absolutely on every frame; but it is his work with the actors that lifts him above everyone. Both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are great in this (Craig is much better here than in any of the Bond movies) with great supporting work from Stellan Skarsgård and Yorick van Wageningen. I really hope they will make the sequel.

Also watched: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Help, Source Code, X-Men First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, Sherlock Holmes – A Game Of Shadows, Limitless, Transformers – Dark Of The Moon, Cabin In The Woods, The Grey, Sucker Punch, Friends With Benefits, Horrible Bosses, Tower Heist, Haywire, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Contagion, Super 8, Real Steel, Just Go With It, Green Lantern, The Hangover Part II, The Ides Of March, The Adjustment Bureau, Cowboys & Aliens, No Strings Attached, The Change Up, Conan The Barbarian, Unknown, Bad Teacher, Footloose, The Inbetweeners Movie, The Lincoln Lawyer, Colombiana, Take Me Home Tonight, Your Highness, The Thing, The Mechanic, Battle Los Angeles, The Awakening, The Green Hornet, Scream 4, The Dilemma, The Guard, The Beaver, Flypaper, I am Number Four, Side By Side, The Innkeepers, Drive Angry, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”, Hanna, Hugo

Special Feature – Worst Movie of the Year: Hall Pass

Special Feature – Best Trailer: Your Highness (Red Band Trailer)

Special Feature – Best Documentary: Pearl Jam Twenty, Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Special Feature – Best soundtracks: Hanna (The Chemical Brothers), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, We Bought A Zoo, Drive, Pearl Jam Twenty

Special Feature – Premise War: “Fuck Buddies” Friends With Benefits vs. No Strings Attached


Hasbro continue to tease us with with Colossus parts – the Juggernaut figure includes the right arm/hand piece and the Metal-head’s head! Please give us a body.

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The left arm/hand was previously available on Red Hulk.


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Just solicited in this month’s Previews… Colossus is a white rook!


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Comic Book Resources have all the info: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=59374

I really liked Mr. Cudmore in the role – I just wish they would have given him more to say and do.

Wonder who they’ll get?

 


Look what arrived today… YAY!!!!!!

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One to open… one to keep MIB (mint in box). That is all.


Timeout.

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Another line of plastic men I enjoyed back in the late 80’s were the Kenner Starting Lineup released by Tonka in the UK as Sportstars (one ‘s’ in between… not SportsStars… that is something else entirely).

From what I understand; they were produced in large quantities but didn’t sell particularly well… there are few resources on this line – however one of the best is at cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.co.uk which has a number of posts on the topic. (Interestingly does not have Dalglish listed under liverpool but does have Whiteside under Manchester United — see “Unproduced?” below).

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I have built up a small collection of players:

Manchester United

  • Mark Hughes
  • Steve Bruce

Liverpool

  • Ian Rush
  • Peter Beardsley
  • John Barnes

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Gary Lineker
  • Paul Gascoigne

England

  • Gary Lineker

Wales

  • Mark Hughes

 


Wants:

  • Steve Nicol – Liverpool
  • Bruce Grobbelaar – Liverpool
  • Bryan Robson – Manchester United
  • Brian McClair – Manchester United
  • Jim Leighton – Manchester United

Unproduced?

  • Norman Whiteside – Manchester United — Only appears on some of the UK backing cards – never seen. Whiteside left United in 1989 for Everton so may not have been manufactured.
  • Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool — Appears on all the UK cards but I have never seen a picture of one and have found numerous references to the “complete Liverpool set” none of which included Dalglish. As a Player-Manager; he didn’t play for Liverpool in the 1988-89 season.

This year I discovered the greatness in The Walking Dead… it took four years of enjoyment and a rewatching for it to cement it’s place in my favourite TV shows. It lead me to Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) which is one of the most beautiful, haunting pieces of music ever created. I reconnected with Lost and decided that The Wire is not for me.
Ghostbusters turned 30 and I spent a small fortune on merchandise.
I also enjoyed:
  • Turtle Power – A Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • House Of Cards (Season 2)
  • True Detective (Season 1)
  • Gone Girl
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • The Good Wife

Looking forward to in 2015:

  • Spectre
  • The Walking Dead – Season 5 – Part II and (the already renewed) Season 6 – Part I
  • The Walking Dead “Cobalt” companion show (Kim Dickens is great casting)
  • Marvel Infinite Series: Colossonaut
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (on XBOX One)



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