Episode 111 – Best Theatrical Releases Of 2011

This week on the podcast I’m joined by James, Josh, and our good friend Justin Vactor, to discuss their Top Ten Theatrical Releases of 2011. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make a meaningful top ten this year, due to the fact that I just have barely seen any films in theaters since Miranda was born.

We tried to make this episode run at a manageable pace, and it clocks in at just under two hours.

What are your favorite releases of 2011? What do you think of the guys’ lists? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Here are their lists:

James McCormick

10. MI: Ghost Protocol/ Elite Squad II

9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

8. Hobo With a Shotgun

7. Rabies

6. Submarine

5. Hugo

4. Snowtown

3. Bullhead

2. Drive

1. Attack the Block

Joshua Brunsting

10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

9. Young Adult

8. Poetry

7. Pina

6. The Arbor

5. The Interrupters

4. Tree Of Life

3. Uncle Boonmee

2. Melancholia

1. Certified Copy

Justin Vactor

10. Fast Five

9. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

8. Submarine

7. The Muppets

6. X-Men: First Class

5. 50/50

4. Drive

3. Hanna

2. Rango

1. Attack The Block

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  • Nice lists with plenty of variety.  Its as if Justin was doing the mainstream movies, Joshua the art house films, and James the underground cinema.

  • Have to agree with what you all said about Submarine; it is kind of a hit and miss depending on your tastes. I love Ayoade but this just didn’t hit me were telling me it would. 

    As far as popcorn fun I was super impressed with First Class and how well Vaughn still delivered a solid effort despite Fox’s rushed schedule (and I didn’t mind the liberties they took with the source material).Rango, Attack the Block and Rise of the Planet of the Apes were hugely impressive and really surprised the hell out of me. Glad to see them get such praise here. Drive and 13 Assassins were my favorites (even though 13 was actually a 2010 release. Great lists fellas. Here’s my 2011 list in case you’re curious:

Just Announced from Criterion

This Month from Criterion

Last Month from Criterion

Home Video Resources

Criterion UK

Grasshopper Films

Second Run UK