Movies I Saw in 2011

The following are movies I saw in the theater in 2011 (that also came out in 2011, so no Black Swan which I’m sure I saw for the third time in early January) in order of release date.

Limitless
I really enjoyed this movie, the premise is really interesting and Bradley Cooper on screen with Robert De Niro was pretty great. It is one of those movies that does that annoying movie about a writer thing, but at least he’s only a writer for the first act and the very beginning of the second act, so I don’t think it completely counts. Solid sci-fi thriller. I give this one a “need to buy on blu-ray.”

Hanna
As you may know from yesterday’s JKIRE Awards, this was my favorite movie of the year. It’s basically everything great about Kill Bill (the action with a strong female lead) and Tron (amazing music) with a fairytale theme (possibly in a Lost sort of way). Saoirse Ronan is amazing. I’ve never been an Eric Bana or Cate Blanchett fan, but they were great too. I give this one a “preordered the blu-ray on amazon.”

Thor
Lots of action, cool mythology stuff, great special effects, really funny, and Natalie Portman. What more can you ask for? I never really read the Thor comics, so diehard fans may have had problems with it, but hey, look at all the Avengers movies as their own separate continuity and bask in it’s awesomeness. I give this one a “bought the blu-ray on release day but regretted not getting the 3D edition despite not having a 3D TV.”

Captain America: The First Avenger
Almost as good as Thor. I didn’t see it in 3D so I don’t know how that aspect of it holds up to Thor… but the action was great, it was also very funny, and the final steps are taken that lead us to the Avengers movie. I can’t wait. We also got plenty of Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones. Can’t complain about that, two great actors. I give this one a “bought the blu-ray on release day.”

The Muppets
Hilarious. I was in tears laughing through most of the movie. Amazing songs by Bret Mackenzie of Flight of the Conchords, this movie basically felt like an extension of the HBO series due to that and the director of both, James Bobin. Jason Segel and the barrage of great comic actors mostly from television made a television addict like me go nuts. This and Hanna are the only movies I saw twice in the theater. I give this one a “will definitely buy the blu-ray on release day, and even bought all three seasons of the muppet show on dvd just to get free tickets to see it again.”

And now I realize I only saw 5 movies in the theater last year… Wow. I’m sure I missed out on some great films (I know I would have loved Planet of the Apes in the theater, for example) so I’ll make an effort to see at least 6 movies in 2012.

Thanks for reading, and keep watching the skies!

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