Most movies studios still did not believe that a female driven comedy could become a massive hit, but they were all proven wrong in 2011. Not only did two of the year’s biggest comedy hits revolve around women, they were also bad girls.

“Bridesmaids” and “Bad Teacher” were easily two of the surprise films of 2011. “Bad Teacher” went on to make over 200 million at the box office, and “Bridesmaids” made just under 300 million.

There had not been many R-rated comedies revolving around women characters Read the rest of this entry »

Action movies run the risk of being cliche. The established formulas that worked in the past are not meeting with success with today’s audiences. Movie goers demand innovation for their entertainment dollar. The Transformers movie franchise provides viewers with cutting edge technology that shatters the mold in cinema.

Going to the movies has been elevated into an experience. Through jarring visuals and the latest audio systems, the theater experience lures audiences from the comfort of home. The large screen is the best place to see the Read the rest of this entry »

The Biggest Baddest Blockbusters From Summer 2011

The summer of 2011 will linger in the memories of moviegoers, thanks to:

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which concludes the “Harry Potter” movie saga. A generation of kids grew up with these books and movies, and this epic final battle between good and super-evil was an awesome way to go out.

In “Cars 2,” racecar Lightning McQueen competes around the world, and his hillbilly tow truck buddy Mater unwittingly enlists as a secret agent. Some Pixar fans were disappointed, but its box office was good and its action sequences even Read the rest of this entry »

Trouble with the Curve is Troubling

It won’t be long before Trouble with the Curve hits the DVD racks of a Wal-Mart near you. If you have direct2tv service, you might even catch it before on them On Demand channel, but is it really worth it?

That’s kind of the trouble I have with the film “Trouble with the Curve.”

Starring Clint Eastwood, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would have trouble watching this sports drama. He’s had a great run so far with ground-breaking films like Gran Torino and he’s really managed to knock it out of the park on almost all of the recent films he’s directed.

So what gives?

What’s wrong with Trouble with the Curve?

It’s a little underwhelming and the action is a bit on the predictable side. You know where this story is heading and it’s really nothing you haven’t seen before in a sports drama. In fact, it’s pretty by the numbers and it almost feels like this film was meant as some kind of demonstration on structure regarding the genre.

What manages to save the film from being completely mediocre is Clint Eastwood’s performance. The man spits rage and expletives while managing to come across as a man out of his element, out of his time, but not at all out of his mind – despite what his peers in the story might think.

There were many great movie performances by actresses in 2011, but only a handful of them can be Oscar-worthy. The top five performances by actress in 2011 that is considered worthy of an Oscar are:
- Glenn Close in ‘Albert Nobbs.’ Close disguises herself as a man in order to get a job as a butler in19th century Ireland, and her portrayal of the opposite sex is uncanny to say the least.
- Viola Davis in ‘The Help.’ A Tony-award winner, Read the rest of this entry »

2011 saw a big resurgence on the big screen for romantic comedies. Whether it was thanks to Owen Wilson’s romantic questioning of his existence and analysis of the past and present in his Woody Allen-esque performance in Midnight in Paris, or the phenomenal chemistry between the perfectly awkward Steve Carell and the cooler-than-cool Ryan Gosling trying to win back their “one that got away” in Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011 provided us with some great rom-coms, making it easier on boyfriends everywhere to take their girlfriends to the movies Read the rest of this entry »

Why Can’t DC Get Their Comic Book Movies Right?

Detective comics fans do not have much to look forward to when a new movie featuring their favorite super hero is released, unless the film features Batman, the movie is bound to be an excuse to do little more than show off special effects. Sometimes the makers of the movie show off the special effects well. The recent Green Lantern adaptation is a good example of a film with great special effects but poor quality in many other areas. Rumors of a Justice League movie have persisted, but unlike the movie for Marvel’s Avengers, it does not seem likely to happen.

The problem lies with Hollywood itself. While the films need special effects, many of the makers of the films do not realize that DC’s universe is often more driven by story than visual effects. Characters identify with Batman, they root for the underdog in Booster Gold, and they may hold Superman up as a model of virtue. Comic book fans may also decry Superman for his overall lack of weaknesses. If the producers can get good writers for their heroes, perhaps the same ones who wrote Batman the Animated Series and Justice League unlimited, DC might just get one movie that doesn’t feature Batman right.

What’s Your Choice For 2011′s Best Movie?

The Hangover Part II was the most outstanding movie of 2011. It’s always hard to make a sequel to such a blockbuster hit but the writers of The Hangover Part II took what was so great about the original movie and added to it in the second installment.

Much of the storyline is a replay of the first movie just in a different location but this time there were double the laughs. I feel the writers realized how hilarious Alan was in the original and they turned him up a notch.I found some more information here. His lines and mannerisms completely steal the scenes while adding to the other characters at the same time. I also feel that bringing back Mr. Chow and giving him more material really upped the comedy factor. The casting in the film is perfect and the relationship between the friends is so natural and easy.

This isn’t a film I would suggest for children because the material is on the inappropriate side of humor but it is one that I highly recommend to mature audiences who love to laugh and aren’t afraid of things a little off color. Hands down this was the best film of 2011.
You thought this was good? Brace yourself: Movie Review: The Hangover Part II

2011 was a great year for film. Here are five actors who contributed to our big screen enjoyment thanks to their powerful performances. 5. Brendan Gleeson He has already provided us with scene-stealing performances in films like “In Bruges”, but it wasn’t until his 2011 lead role in the dark comedy, The Guard, that we truly got to appreciate Gleeson’s incredible knack for dark humor. The oscars might have passed him over, but we certainly won’t. 4. Gary Oldman Oldman slips into the conversation with this virtuoso performance as George Smiley, a retired British spy called in to investigate on his former colleagues to find a double agent amongst them in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Although he doesn’t speak for the first 16 minutes of the film, his performance speaks louder than words. He’s received his first oscar nomination thanks to this great role. 3. Ryan Gosling 2011 was a breakthrough year for Ryan Gosling, who gave us more than one great performance to choose from. He was phenomenal in The Ides of March,, and one of the greatest rom-com characters in years in Crazy, Stupid, Love. But it was his lead role in Refn’s visually thrilling Drive that truly showcased Gosling’s acting chops. Without speaking through much of the film, Gosling still keeps us glued to the screen. Refn’s film was by far the biggest oscar snub of 2011, and is worthy of great recognition as one of the year’s greatest achievements in film. 2. Jean Dujardin Continuing on the “quiet” theme, it doesn’t get much quieter than silent movie tribute star Jean Dujardin in The Artist, a film that showed us that we don’t need big words or hollywood’s touch to feel something. One of the truly great performances and films, not just in 2011, but in the history of cinema. 1. George Clooney We waited almost a decade for Alexander Payne’s next film following Sideways, and we were truly rewarded with the amazingly touching The Descendants, in which Clooney plays a distraught husband who deals with his wife’s coma and the discovery of her cheating on him. With great elements of comedy and drama, Clooney delivers a truly remarkable performance that is on par with some of the best in his career. We feel his pain, his joy, and his despair in every scene. A great performance.