Daniel's Critical Corner

January 3, 2012

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of 2011

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Darn Patch !  I’ve Only Seen Half Of These Movies !

Happy New Year Everyone !!!
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Raise Your Glass ! Drop Your Ball !  Prop Up Dick Clark !
Let’s Celebrate The Best of 2011 !!!

Looks like another New Year has pounced on us.  Hopefully, the outgoing
year has left you unscathed (and unoccupied) !!!  I myself felt the brunt of
many protesters’ scorn throughout 2011.  But that’s only because I belong
to the “one percent” of film critics who are consistently spot-on, witty and
humble !  Ha-ha !!!

To be honest, it was almost impossible to go wrong with movie reviews in
2011…  There were several fantastic cinematic offerings !!!  Sadly, there
were quite a few melancholy events too.  A cloud of despair hovered over
Hollywood after Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away.  Or, perhaps, it was
just a cloud of her signature perfume, “White Diamonds”.

Speaking of clouds, did anyone happen to see that giant fog bank hanging
over Sinead O’Connor’s short-lived marriage in Vegas ?  It wasn’t another
misting of “White Diamonds”…  It was more like “Tainted Turquoise” !!!

There were royal screw-ups (and royal weddings).  Time to shine a light
on the flicks that helped us get through everything.

Here are The Best of 2011 !!!




Fast Five

Number Five is alive !


You Only Gave Me A Dime For My Tooth !




My Week with Marilyn

As in “Monroe”.  Not “Manson” !




War Horse

My eyes were glued to the screen.





I’m glad I thaw it in 3D !




The Muppets

It IS easy being green.


How Thrilling !!!




Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

It’s just a rolling blackout.




Source Code

Might interrupt your train of thought.




Winnie the Pooh

This hunny of a film is short but sweet !




X-Men: First Class

Really brings home the “Bacon” !


That Smurf I Ate Is Starting To Disagree With Me.




Jane Eyre

Nothing beats a good Eyre day !



~ That concludes my top ten of 2011 ~

 But wait…  There are still plenty of “Honorable Mentions”  !

~ Hugo
The Help ~
~ Fright Night
The Descendants ~
~ Captain America: The First Avenger
Moneyball ~
~ Green Lantern
Gnomeo & Juliet ~
~ Bridesmaids
Cars 2 ~
~ Midnight in Paris
Rango ~



I am almost done with my “Year in Review” ! Now, here’s the moment you
have not been waiting for, “The Rear in Your View”.  The worst of 2011 !!!

My vote for the lousiest flick of the year goes to “Shark Night 3D”.  It was
really hard to digest.

Dishonorable Mentions:

~ New Year’s Eve
Sucker Punch ~
~ Something Borrowed
Jack and Jill ~


Ha-ha !!!  Ok, bring on 2012 !!!  Happy New Year  !!!


Daniel’s Critical CornerAlways a “10” out of “10” !!!



  1. what?! You didn’t like Super 8?? I thought it was a fun summer movie ! lol
    I only saw 2 movies this year… Super 8 (I always enjoy “kids summer movies”.. that’s when the Star Treks, Indiana Jones , Superman etc would all come out!) And I just saw “We Bought a Zoo”…admitted it won’t take any awards but I was glad to see (cutie pahtootie) Matt Damon take on a reality story… even if they did change it from the book. It’s always good to toss in a “feel like things will get better” movie for those of us that need all the help we can get!..

    hey.. Happy 2012 Daniel ! I hope you have a Healthy and Happy New Year!!

    Comment by deslily — January 4, 2012 @ 5:58 am | Reply

  2. Happy New Year Pat ! I liked “Super 8”, but sadly that (and several other good films) had to be left off. There are at least a dozen other movies that could’ve easily made my “Honorable Mention” list. They include “Super 8”, “Cowboys and Aliens”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and even the latest “Twilight” installment. Then there is “Puss in Boots”, “Scream 4”, “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “The Adjustment Bureau” (starring Matt Damon) ! I also enjoyed “The Ides of March” and actually thought “The Green Hornet” was pretty cool…

    I have not seen “We Bought a Zoo”, but will watch it soon based on your recommendation :-). Another flick I didn’t have a chance to see was “Water for Elephants” !

    Comment by Daniel — January 5, 2012 @ 7:01 am | Reply

    • oops make that 3 movies I saw I forgot Harry Potter lol.. still none made your lists! lol
      We Bought a Zoo will not win any awards..but then the simple movies that tell a story never do.

      I didn’t see Water for Elephants but I did read the book and the book was very good.

      Comment by deslily — January 8, 2012 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

      • A friend lent me the book “Water for Elephants” last month, and I really enjoyed it as well !!!

        Have you read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett yet ? That’s another good one. The film adaptation did it justice !

        Comment by Daniel — January 10, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  3. You see the movie “hesher” yet? Dark but really good. Hope you are well!

    Comment by Nick Tiesi — January 5, 2012 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  4. No, but I will check it out ! Happy New Year 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — January 5, 2012 @ 7:14 am | Reply

  5. I keep reading how people enjoyed Fast Five. Is it really that interesting? I gave up on the series five sequels ago and I couldn’t be bothered with this while it was in the theater. Now I’m convinced it would be a worthy rental. Thoughts?

    Comment by Max — January 10, 2012 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  6. “Fast Five” surprised me ! Before seeing it, I felt that they were just beating a dead horse with a dog (or something like that). However, this movie managed to breathe new life into the franchise by taking it in a different direction. We are presented an effective heist flick (if nothing else). Now, I will say, just about everything that happens is completely implausible. But with “Fast Five” delivering so much adrenaline-pumping action, all is forgiven. Fun from start to finish ! Be sure to watch the closing credits…

    Comment by Daniel — January 10, 2012 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  7. A fun list! I love how your incorporate some fun taglines with your film choices!

    You really liked Green Lantern though? ha 😀

    -T (previously TheScarletSp1der)

    Comment by The Focused Filmographer — January 10, 2012 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you !!!

    Yep. “Critical Corner” has gone green. LOL !

    2011 was a great year for superhero flicks 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — January 10, 2012 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  9. The rear in your view…. lol….!!!
    Well looking over your list, I must have had alot of fiber last year, because I completely passed all of 2011.
    Hopefully Prometheus flies without dropping alot of goose poop, or I’ll just skip 2012 too.
    Happy New Year Daniel…!!!

    Comment by Bindlegrim — January 13, 2012 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  10. Well, let’s hope 2012 goes smoothly ! Ha-ha ! If nothing else, please watch “The Muppets” (featuring Mickey Rooney in a cameo). He couldn’t pass it. You shouldn’t either !!!

    Comment by Daniel — January 15, 2012 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  11. Great choices Daniel. I haven’t see Thor yet but I have it to watch today so I might have to fit it in thanks to your recommendation.

    Comment by Dan — May 12, 2012 @ 3:43 am | Reply

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