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The Best and The Worst of 2011

The year 2011 is coming to an end. Now it’s time of the year where we reflect on the year that was, which means, of course, it’s time to assess the best and worst in the year’s movies!

This year has been a really good year for movies. That’s because there’s been a high quantity of good quality films. Last year, with a few exceptions, we really didn’t get many good films until the fall season. Not so, this year. Sure, there was the average share of crap during the first half of the year like the critically panned Season of the Witch, The Dilemma, Something Borrowed, and Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. But during that time there were also Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau, Insidious, Source Code, and Cedar Rapids – none of which were great per se, falling short of that due to a flaw or two, but were quite good.

Now, having said that, the one thing that 2011 lacked was a truly knock-your-socks-off great film. There is no The Social Network, no Inglorious Basterds, no The Hurt Locker this year. Be…

Golden Globes Picks Fail to Shine (Again)

The awards season has returned and it seems yet again the Hollywood Foreign Press has failed to restore the public’s faith in its credibility with this year’s list of nominations. It isn’t that the Golden Globes nominees are so bad that they’re beginning to mirror the Razzies; there do seem to be plenty of good picks. However, there are many oversights and head-scratchers.

Now, I’ve only seen 5 of the 35 films nominated, but I’ve also seen over 50 of 2011’s films, so take my thoughts however you like.

Here are the nominees for 2011:

Best Drama:

- The Descendants

- The Help

- Hugo

- The Ides of March

- Moneyball

- War Horse

Best Comedy or Musical:

- 50/50

- The Artist

- Bridesmaids

- Midnight in Paris

- My Week with Marilyn

Best Animated Film:

- The Adventures of Tintin

- Arthur Christmas

- Cars 2

- Puss in Boots

- Rango

Best Foreign Film:

- The Flowers of War

- In the Land of Blood and Honey

- A Kid with a Bike

- A Separation

- The Skin I Live In

Best Director:

- Woody Allen (Midnight in …