Wednesday, January 11, 2012

F This Movie! - Our Favorite Movies of 2011

 Patrick, Doug and JB saw hundreds of movies in 2011. These are their favorites.

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  1. Wow, these podcasts that Patrick used to split into two are getting longer and longer (not that I'm complaining, the longer the 'F'ing goes the better). Maybe you should shoot for a two-hour podcast next time.

    A little suggestion for next year's all-"Haywire" Top 10 of 2012 podcast: a quick recap at the end of the podcast of each of the hosts' Top 10 movies. Since there's no written record (like the one's for Ahn, Erika, Mike, Alex and Erich) we either have to write it down as we listen (like I did) or, most likely, by the end of the podcast most listeners forget which was Doug's #7 movie, or which was JB's #4 movie. All I remember is that Patrick's #2 movie was "Lethal Weapon 2," which just doesn't make sense! :-P

    Doug, there's some WWI trech warfare footage in existence. A few seconds of it made it into the 'passage of time' montage in Truffaut's "Jules et Jim." Check it out, although the war footage is mostly troops marching, canons firing, etc. and very little trench warfare. That's where "War Horse" (and its predecessors like Kubrick's "Paths of Glory") is valuable in re-enacting a historical period/conflict that isn't as 'sexy' or memorable as the well-covered and well-recorded World War II campaigns.

    JB has seven movies that matched my personal Top 15, tying Erika as the 'F This Movie' crew person whose tastes match mine the closest. Doug had five and Patrick a measly four. Oh well, there was plenty of variety and different entries into the Top 10 lists (three completely different #1 movies) which means 2011 didn't suck compared to 2010 and 2012 is already looking like a winner with "Haywire" being #1-10 on Doug's Top 10 of 2012. Should make it easy to keep track of his Top 10 list in the podcast next year. :-)

  2. Thanks for the info about WWI film footage -- I'll be sure to check it out!

  3. Great podcast! I liked your lists. The inclusion of Young Adult was a surprise. I am a huge Jason Reitman fan but Young Adult left me sort of baffled. Just need to see Cave of Forgotten Dreams and I'm all caught up.

    Mad kinds of props to JB for the shout out to my hometown (AH - the happiest town on earth). It just needs a good movie theater. The Arlington is a shoebox.

  4. Thanks for keeping score, J.M. And good idea about the recap; we'll remember to do it next year. Haywire x 10.

  5. Thanks, Adam! In what way did YA baffle you? Just that you didn't like it?

  6. Baffled mostly because I can't decide what the movie is trying to say. What are your thoughts? I usually really like Reitman movies but I just could not connect with this one.

  7. Adam - I felt ambivalent about Young Adult as well. On the plus side: love the acting, love the writing, love the emotional feel of it. On the minus side, I couldn't handle the ending; this is just ME, but I didn't want the movie to head in the direction it did (or that I think it ended up). I get that it's darkly humorous, but sometimes it got a bit too dark for me. The conversation in the kitchen with the sister, in particular, made me scream "NO! NO!" internally, although I could see the humor in it afterwards. However, my personal disagreement with the choices of the character obviously doesn't make it a bad film.

  8. Oh man, I laughed so hard during this episode. All F This Movie episodes are great, but the ones with "the trio" embody a dynamic that make me laugh really, really hard. But I am usually listening at work, so it's awkward when I occasionally slip out a "tee hee" or a strange suppressed choking sound. I hadn't realized before listening that 2012 was the Year of The Haywire, but I stand as educated now.

    I'm really thrilled that Hugo (or as JB says, Yugo) got not only love, but the top of JB's list. I don't see as many movies as you guys do, but I did see quite a few this year, and I think Yugo tops my list as well. I'm a fairly cynical guy, I don't really like kids, and I really don't usually care for creepy robots or automatons (with the exception of Ben Kingsley). But Yugo somehow managed to plow through those things and get to my gooey, bleeding, walled off heart. I, like JB, had no idea what it was about before seeing it. I had heard it was good, and I knew it was Scorsese, based on a book, and used the same 30 Seconds To Mars song that the Owls of Gahooooooool used (not a plus). By the time the pre-title sequence had finished and the screen read "HUGO," I knew I was in for something unusual. Plus, the film educated me on a lot of things, which is always a bonus. I love being educated while being entertained. As it turns out, I've decided that I think I see JB as a sort of movie mentor, because the man has introduced me to things that I never thought I'd be interested in through this podcast. When he is speaking, I'm listening, and more often than not, taking notes. Teach me, Maestro!

    I can't say that this was a great year for movies, but it did give us quite a few that will be in at least semi-regular rotation on blu-ray at my house. Anyway, thanks, guys. This podcast is so Un-Eagle.

  9. If the F This Movie! Crew copyrighted
    "Haywire", then I got first dibs on "Battleship" to use on everything that is soulless &/or sh!#ty. Underworld Part 24 is Battleship. Rob Schneider's new CBS show is so Battleship. Any movie involving the influence of Adam Sandler is very, very Battleship.

    (Come on Liam Neeson, did you really need the big paycheck that badly. Congratulations Peter Berg, any credibility you didn't destroy after the awful 2nd half of Hancock, you completely flushed it all down the toilet with this Michael Bay wannabe blockbuster garbage.)

    I must admit I saw at most, 30 movies from 2011 in total at the theater & on rental. I want to think the crew for showing the love for Attack the Block. I actually love it more than Super 8. It's this generation's Critters for an alien invasion flick with the right amount of scares & laughs. I agree with JB that Captain America is better than Mission Impossible: GP. MI4 could'be been #1(Minor Spoiler) except for the poor CGI used during the stop the missile finale. In a movie that has some incredible set pieces & great practical & CGI effects, that missile looked so phony that it took me out of the movie & the finale fell flat to me. It was like watching a video game. Captain America didn't have any hiccups (except for the tacked on 2nd ending but I always skip it on the Blu Ray). MI4 was still pretty damn Haywire. Captain America (#1), Source Code (#2), & Warrior (#3) are my top favorites for 2011.

    I agree with Vargas about a recap of each host's Top 10 list. I still think Doug's list has Battle LA, Scream 4, Larry Crowne, Eagle, & Mr. Popper's Penguins on it. It's too much for my fragile little mind to comprehend. Help me!

    Thanks for another very Haywire podcast & also educating my lazy ass to check out a lot of these great movies I missed. Mach6

  10. Quentin Tarantino just posted his Top 11 of 2011 on his website ( How does his list match-up with ours? Check it out:

    Tarantino’s Top Eleven

    1. Midnight In Paris
    2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
    3. Moneyball
    4. The Skin I Live In
    5. X-Men: First Class
    6. Young Adult
    7. Attack The Block
    8. Red State
    9. Warrior
    10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
    11. The Three Musketeers

    Others he liked (no particular order)

    The Iron Lady
    Green Hornet
    Green Lantern
    Captain America
    The Descendants
    My Week With Marilyn
    Fast Five
    Tree Of Life
    The Hangover Part II
    Mission Impossible 4
    The Beaver
    The Sitter
    War Horse

    Nice Try Award

    Drive Angry
    Real Steel

    The master has spoken... class dismissed! :-)

  11. Thanks, J.M. He also published a 'worst' list which has since been redacted (though it's not hard to find online), and on it he included Sucker Punch. Thought that might give you some small satisfaction. Of course, he also included Meek's Cutoff on that list, which was the number one choice of a lot of critics. It's all crazy subjective.

  12. Hey F-ers! Good double-episode podcast which added a few titles to my "to see" list. However, I feel like I have to call you out on your double-standard for selecting the best of 2011 (acknowledging that all is crazy subjective, etc.).

    You guys said you don't see what other critics saw in Tree of Life, therefore those listing it as a best-of are pretentious douchy-douches showing off their artsy credentials (not your words exactly). Yet, you give yourselves a pat on the back for seeing something in Sucker Punch that others didn't. Isn't that a little hypocritical? I haven't seen Tree of Life yet but I still intend to as it's so polarizing.

    Similarly, it's okay for JB to say The Artist is a movie "made for him" but if others like it more than he did, then they're trying to show how cultured they are? Oh, come on. Dick move, sir. Dick move.

    The Artist receiving the audience award at a fest is not a display of folks trying to prove how smart they are. It's just a mark that this movie attracted the largest number of festival goers who cared to cast a vote saying they had a good time, that they saw a movie that was memorable and made them happy. That's how the audience awards work.

  13. Thanks, Will! You bring up some interesting points.

    I guess I can only speak for myself, but I'm pretty sure I never patted myself on the back for seeing something in Sucker Punch. I only asked that people give it a chance and be open to the possibility that there's more going on than what's on the surface.

    And, yes, I know I was guilty of a double standard. I think I cop to as much -- maybe on the show the week prior. I don't think I was making a judgment on the people that like Tree of Life (though I may have, if only for a laugh); I just said that I didn't see the same movie as everyone who has loved it.

    Point taken about the audience award (condescension aside; I know how the awards work). But I guess one can't presume to know that they voted for the movie because it was memorable and made them happy any more than one can presume it's because they were somewhat pleased with themselves for enjoying a silent movie. It's certainly not fair for us to suggest the latter, and I really do try and avoid making claims like that. Sometimes it takes some effort not to pass judgment on a person based on something they like (unless it's The Boondock Saints). We all do it, and I'm trying to get away from that. It's more of a work in progress. I have no problem with a lot of people liking The Artist, but when something becomes such a phen