I didn't do a Top Ten list for 2010 because I was lazy, but this year I am back! Here are my Top Ten lists of movies, music, and video games that came out in 2011. These are ranked in the order of how I enjoyed them.
1. Captain America
3. X-Men: First Class
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6. Conan the Barbarian
7. The Debt
8. Super 8
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
10. Cowboys and Aliens
Most disappointing movies I saw this year were Your Highness (which wasn't nearly as funny as it should have been considering the talent), Sucker Punch (which wasn't pretty enough to make up for the crappy story), and Priest (which should have embraced how bad it was, and then it could have been wonderfully hilarious). This really wasn't a terribly exciting year for movies. I only saw a few more than ten movies in the theater in 2011, which is kind of a low number for me. I still haven't even seen Green Lantern yet. I heard it's really bad though. The majority of my list is made of bombastic popcorn flicks, but I guess that's primarily what I saw in the theater last year.
1. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
2. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
3. Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
5. Childish Gambino - Camp
6. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
8. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
9. Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under
10. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
There were plenty of other albums I enjoyed this year, by Juliana Hatfield (which I only just purchased, so it may actually belong on the list after a few more listens), Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, R.E.M., The Dears, Okkervil River, Beastie Boys, St. Vincent, The Sounds, The Strokes, and yes, even Lady Gaga. The most disappointing albums for me this year were the new Cake and Aquabats albums. Just nowhere near as good as what they've done before. The new Dead Milkmen album isn't bad, but it's just not on par with their older stuff. I'm just thrilled to see them back though after a sixteen year hiatus. And the new Fleet Foxes and Feist albums didn't really grab me, so I guess those were kind of disappointing as well.
And now for video games. At the pace I play games, I don't think there's ever going to be a year where I reach a full ten on my list. I spent most of this year playing Mass Effect 1 and 2 (both fantastic), so I'm a bit behind the times anyway. However, I did play a few games this last year that actually came out in 2011, so I'll put those few on my list. And no, Skyrim is not on my list--I haven't played it yet. Shit, I haven't even played Oblivion, which is in my queue to be played. So cool your jets. If it WAS on my list, it'd probably be ranked 3rd after what I've seen of my roommates playing it (no, it is not better than Portal 2 and Batman will crush all dragons and throw them in Arkham Asylum). And I have the new Deux Ex game but haven't started that one yet either. Same with Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age 2...and a number of others that came out in the last year.
1. Batman: Arkham City
2. Portal 2
4. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
5. Alice: Madness Returns
50. Duke Nukem Forever (it doesn't deserve to be in the Top Ten but I did play it, so there you go)
Feel free to share your own Top Ten lists in the comments below. I'm curious to see what other people enjoyed, and if there's something you think I should check out in any category, let me know and I'll look into it. Maybe I missed something good.
Ed (Guest) on 01/08/2012 7:48 pm
Good list. Green Lantern isn't entirely awful, it's just extremely middle of the road and dull...Which makes it a really bad superhero movie. Bottom line, if you've seen the animated First Flight, you really don't need to see the movie at all unless you're a Green Lantern completist.
captain516 on 01/08/2012 8:41 pm
Captain America was the greatest superhero movie since Dark Knight, and I'll fight anybody who says otherwise to the death.
Terrible-D on 01/08/2012 10:02 pm
Glad to see Tom made number one.
Boorulz (Guest) on 01/08/2012 11:34 pm
Tom Waits' new album rules and I don't always like Tom Waits' stuff. I enjoyed Feist's new album myself as I think she was experimenting more. Also, didn't know there was a new Sounds album. I'll have to check that out.
Fates Designer on 01/09/2012 10:10 pm
Top 10 Movies:
2) X-Men: First Class
4) Life in a Day
5) I Saw the Devil
6) 13 Assassins
9) Source Code
*SPECIAL* Best movie I finally saw in 2011 but was from another year:
1) Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Top 10 Albums:
1) Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
2) Thomas Giles - Pulse
3) Team Ghost - We All Shine
4) Junius - Reports From the Threshold of Death
5) Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
6) ZAZA - Sacred Geometry
7) Battles - Gloss Drop
8) Jeniferever - Silesia
9) The Twilight Singers - Dynaite Steps
10) The Horrors - Skying
Sitonio (Guest) on 01/10/2012 12:01 pm
Top 10 Movies of 2011
1)Attack the Block
2)Midnight in Paris
3)X-Men: First Class
5)Crazy, Stupid, Love
8)The Devil's Double
I don't keep up with recent games or music to make lists for either category, sadly.
Sitonio (Guest) on 01/10/2012 12:02 pm
Oh god why did I make everything bold
Mister Tea (Guest) on 01/22/2012 12:24 pm
Ditto here for the music, since as far as I'm concerned, they stopped making good mainstream music somewhere around the invention of the Synthesizer. To me, people talking about the "eclectic" and "experimental" qualities of modern music are like those people who pretend to enjoy Absinthe so they'll look smart and cultured, even though it tastes awful and kills huge parts of their brain.
toolz88 on 02/15/2012 4:23 am
2.Attack the Block
4.Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
9.Winnie The Pooh
7.DC universe online
8.Saint's Row The Third
9.Shadows of The Damned
10.Marvel vs. Capcom: Fate of two Worlds
2.MC Chris:Race Wars
3.MC Chris:Marshmellow Playground
5.Ladytron:Gravity the Seducer
10.Puscifer:Conditions of my Parole
Linda (Guest) on 03/20/2012 6:10 am
Here is my top ten lists of movies:
01) The Artist
02) Hugo [3D]
03) The Descendants
04) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
05) The Help
06) Midnight in Paris
10) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
It's a close call for the one and two spots, but if I were to pick which one I wanted to see right now it would be The Artist.
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