Tag Archives: movies of 2011

Drive (2011)

Calculated and precise, flawed, a vision with cojones and Albert Brooks kills someone. You maybe don’t even realize how connected you are until the first scene ends, the first glimpse into this world holds your every second, turns you into the perfect hamster waiting at the cage door of your life for the next meal of gerbil bullets. Refn holds the bag and you start to salivate and then it dawns on you that you’re OK with waiting as long as Refn makes every movie for the rest of your life. Continue reading

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Source Code (2011)

Source Code baffles, stutter-steps to make every second count but fails, repeatedly. Tangled like an exercise in plot mechanics, Source Code plods like a blueprint manufactured during Hollywood boardroom hash parties and thirty second elevator pitches that end with a ‘ding’. Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earns bragging rights as the highest midnight opening, weekend opening and global opening weekend film of all time – all time! There are surely other records, those yet counted and those yet to come but there’s plenty of time for counting and collecting receipts. Though hard pressed to give up their title, Potter fans have even surpassed the long distance marathon of Trekdom – Next stop, pottermore. Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

The Adjustment Bureau is the kind of film that makes the fast forward button not only necessary but cherished. The only thing less ordinary than ordinary is a film that presupposes our intelligence with dime store movie chicanery while puffing up shallow ideas for actors with far more talent than the filmmakers know what to do with. In the end, The Adjustment Bureau operates inside a Saran-wrapped window pane easily pierce with expectation for more only to find once we get to the actors on the other side we realize they’re waiting just like we are for a point to it all. Continue reading

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