Stalker's Top Ten 2011: Chris Rushworth's Top Ten
Not only has Chris given us his Top Ten films for the year but he's also mentioned the worst of the year and the most disappointing. He's also listed a few films that he thinks are worth watching out for next year.
I have to agree with quite a few on his list, although I think that the order of some titles might be the wrong way round, and there are a few I would happily debate.
There are only a few Stalker's Top Tens to go this year before we're done, I have to admit I'd missed a few days publishing them and should have had the feature completed last week, but 2011 isn't that far past and the awards season is still hotly debating all last year's films, and so should we.
Chris Rushworth has been a regular of Filmstalker for some time, and I'm delighted to present his Stalker's Top Ten list. You can visit his own site here, a site rather aptly titled Films are my Life, a title I can identify, although these days I have much more clamouring for my attention.
Let me stop yapping and hand over to Chris who presents another great list this year. See if you agree:
10. X-Men First Class
Matthew Vaughn shows just how to do an x-men prequel and gets rid of the horrible Wolverine film. It sets up the characters nicely for a future instalment.
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Filmstalker review)
Gary Oldman is fantastic as always and I hope to see him gain some recognition. An Impressive cast which has some of the best British actors working. If you haven't seen any other adaptations like, you don't know how it will end.
8. Captain America
I was unfamiliar with the character, just knew the basic details. It's great to see a period superhero film and I can't wait to see more of this character in The Avengers and a sequel to Captain America.
7. Super 8 (Filmstalker review)
JJ Abrams recreates the feel of the 80's, playing homage to many Spielberg films who also produces this. I found it to be highly enjoyable. JJ Abrams shows he's going to be one of the greatest directors working in Hollywood.
6. The Help
This was a great drama, showing a time that has been shown on screen before. When I knew Emma Stone was in this just had to see it. Big fan and got a bit of a crush on her but then who hasn't.
5. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Filmstalker review)
I was unsure about this when t was announced. How many films do a great fourth number? But this proves everyone wrong, a great action film. If a fifth happens I hope it carries on like this.
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
When this was announced I thought this would be horrible. How wrong was I? A highly enjoyable film and a sequel will hopefully build on that.
3. 50/50 (Filmstalker review)
This was released here under the radar and didn't get much promotion. I loved every minute, it showed just how good the writer is where you can laugh and cry at the same time, the cast were exceptional.
Martin Scorsese doing a kids film, many questioned if it would be any good. It was better than good, it was amazing. He shows just how well 3D can be used, I'm not a fan of 3D but this showed it can be used well and not as a gimmick. It goes back to where film began, a period that I'm fascinated with and loved seeing clips of the old silent films, which I'd studied at Uni.
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Remakes are rarely good but I was strangely excited to see this one. I've read the book and seen the original films. Part of the excitement was because of the cast and the director. I can't wait to see how they do the sequels. I was never bored and felt the running time just speeded by.
My Worse films of 2011
The Green Lantern
Sucker Punch (Filmstalker review)
Most Anticipated for 2012
1. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Avengers
4. The Hobbit
5. The Amazing Spider-Man
7. The Bourne Legacy
8. Django Unchained
9. Gangster Squad
10. Safe House
You can't disagree with his most anticipated list or his worst of the year, but I didn't think Sucker Punch was that disappointing and I'm not a huge fan of 50/50, oh and I don't think I can forgive Rise of the Planet of the Apes for trashing all over the original story.
What do you think of Chris' list?