Dec 28, 2011 07:59 PM EST

FlickDirect's John Delia Reflects On His Top Films of 2011

FlickDirect's John Delia Reflects On His Top Films of 2011
In 2011 I saw nearly 250 films, not counting the Independent offers viewed at film festivals or sent to my home for comment.  This was no year to brag about with too many sequels, enough superhero's to save two planets, repetitious storylines, not enough good drama, a lot of raunchy romance with more skin and sex than in an art house, very few box-office blowouts, a small number of good acting newcomers, and some bad performances by our legends. 
 
The following are my winners for the best of 2011 each selected for their uniqueness and strong presentation that provides enjoyable entertainment.
  1. DRIVE- Excellent all around and a plus factored for the acting.
  2. THE HELP- The cast, setting and direction all comes together in this nicely scripted film.
  3. HUGO- This original adventure is unlike no other for the year.
  4. MISSION: IMPOSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL- The IMAX presentation is what makes this action thriller a standout and heads above the rest.
  5. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES- Probably one of the best sequel efforts by a fine ensemble cast that puts it all together.
  6. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATLY HALLOWS 2- One of the best summations, presentations and productions of any series of films.
  7. SOURCE CODE- A unique script that can keep an audience guessing till the very end.
  8. REAL STEEL- One of the best father and son films ever wrapped in an exciting fantasy.
  9. 30 MINUTES OR LESS- I could hardly catch my breath from the laughter this fun film produces.
  10. 50/50- It's the kind of film that every director wishes they can achieve considering the subject matter, ‘laughter being the best medicine'.
I'm sure if you are an avid moviegoer you can come up with your own list, so don't hesitate to comment on my choices and send me yours.  Don't be a woos if you have ten better I want to know.
 
It gets very hard choosing only ten films from the many so I have included a few more from my favorite genres.  Here is my top ten selected in the following categories: Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy and Science Fiction
 

TOP 10 DRAMA FILMS 2011 

  1. THE HELP
  2. 50/50
  3. IRON LADY
  4. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
  5. MARGIN CALL
  6. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
  7. ANONYMOUS
  8. THE DESCENDANTS
  9. EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
  10. THE LINCOLN LAWYER
 
TOP 10 ACTION & HORROR FILMS 2011
  1. DRIVE
  2. MISSION: IMPOSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
  3. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
  4. FAST FIVE
  5. KILLER ELITE
  6. COLUMBIANA
  7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  8. FINAL DESTINATION 5
  9. FRIGHT NIGHT
  10. WARRIOR

TOP 10 ADVENTURE FILMS 2011

  1. HUGO
  2. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
  3. WAR HORSE
  4. CARS 2
  5. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
  6. THE RUM DIARY
  7. THE MUPPETS
  8. GNOMEO & JULIET
  9. PUSS IN BOOTS
  10. PAUL 

TOP 10 COMEDY FILMS 2011

  1. 30 MINUTES OR LESS
  2. A HERALD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS
  3. THE ARTIST
  4. WIN WIN
  5. BRIDESMAIDS
  6. ARTHUR
  7. THE HANGOVER PART 2
  8. CEDAR RAPIDS
  9. A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY
  10. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

TOP 10 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY FILMS 2011

  1. SOURCE CODE
  2. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATLY HALLOWS PT. 2
  3. REAL STEEL
  4. SUPER 8
  5. LIMITLESS
  6. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
  7. MELANCHOLIA
  8. THE SKIN I LIVE IN
  9. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 1
  10. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

 

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About John Delia

FlickDirect, John  Delia

John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business over his lifetime from writing for newspapers to film making. He has been a film critic for many years and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. John is also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) which is comprised of more than 40 journalists working in the print, radio and online media. Read more reviews and content by .

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