Liam & Jan’s Top Movies of 2011

Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #10 ) MONEYBALL
"Brad Pitt was good but Jonah Hill was superb in "Moneyball". A good local story too about the man who transformed baseball and took the Oakland A's on the road to the World series."

(Photo credit by Columbia Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #10 ) WE WERE HERE
"We Were Here" is a strong, unforgettable documentary about the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Through the suffering and loss, the film also gives us the power of the human spirit and the empowerment of community and individuals to find their higher selves in the midst of tragedy.

(Photo credit by Red Flag Releasing)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #9 ) BRIDESMAIDS
"I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard. "Bridemaids" was the female "Hangover" and was "pants down" the funniest darn film of the year."

(Photo credit by Universal Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #9 ) THE WAY
"The Way" is about the journey taken by a grieving father. Martin Sheen is strong and believable as a man going through a spiritual awakening, along with an eccentric group of pilgrims who travel the El Camino de Santiago. Beautifully realized by Emilio Estevez, it is a movie that should be seen on the big screen.

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Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #8 ) HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II
"I have loved every single one of these films and none more so than the final installment DEATHLY HALLOWS PART TWO..."

(Photo credit by Warner Bros. Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #8 ) THE HELP
"The Help" is a powerful look at racism and treachery in the South, based on the bestselling novel. Cinema as social issue, and a reminder of how standing up against injustice can be inspired and inspiring.

(Photo credit by Walt Disney Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #7 ) TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
"A classic British tale adapted wonderfully well for the big screen. I smell an Oscar at last for veteran actor Gary Oldman."

(Photo credit by Focus Features)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #7 ) IRON LADY
"Iron Lady" is a bio pic with heart, taking the story of Maggie Thatcher beyond politics into a portrayal of a woman determined to make a difference against all odds.

(Photo credit by The Weinstein Company)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #6 ) THE TRIP
"Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, "The Trip" was the surprising laugh-out-loud movie trip of the year."

(Photo credit by IFC Films)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #6 ) YOUNG ADULT
"Young Adult" gives us the witty, wise script by Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman directing Charlize Theron in an unrepentant role of a self-centered modern woman living for her own needs and dreams regardless of any one else. This is the Kardashian-ization of America, and a superb reflection on ego and isolation.

(Photo credit by Paramount Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #5 ) MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
"Director/Writer, Woody Allen…like a vintage cabernet, just gets better with age. I even enjoyed Owen Wilson here."

(Photo credit by Sony Pictures Classics)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #5 ) 50/50
"50/50" has courage to be a smart, dramatic comedy centered on the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer. Everyone plays the story and characters for truth, and the result is hip yet full of heart and hope for those of us going through this with our families or with friends. Personal and gutsy filmmaking.

(Photo credit by Summit Entertainment)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #4 ) GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
"Rooney Mara, in her breakout performance, was knockout. Oscar is a knocking."

(Photo credit by Columbia Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #4 ) MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
"Midnight In Paris" welcomes Woody Allen back to great filmmaking with this story of Paris past and present. We all wonder about the time we were supposed to live in, Owen Wilson gets to go there..and so do we as Allen takes us on a fun, literate, artistic journey.

(Photo credit by Sony Pictures Classics)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #3 ) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
"Michelle WIlliams gives an Oscar worthy performance as the movie icon Marilyn Monroe. Kenneth Branagh was sublime as the late great Sir Laurence Olivier."

(Photo credit by The Weinstein Company)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #3 ) THE DESCENDENTS
"The Descendents" is a that rarity about a regular guy who has to rise up to devastating circumstances while reconnecting with his young family. George Clooney turns in his best performance to date as a bereaved husband and father in the chaos of family greed, sexual scandal, revenge, communication breakdowns…and the joy of getting through the challenges life gives to us all.

(Photo credit by Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #2 ) BEGINNERS
"Christopher Plummer is heartbreakingly good as a late blooming coming out 75 year old in the battle for his life> The tender relationship with his son played by Ewan MacGregor won my heart. Based on a true Bay Area story."

(Photo credit by Focus Features)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #2 ) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
"My Week With Marilyn" was the surprise of the year. As a Marilyn and Olivier fan, I was not excited about a story based on the making of one of their lesser films, The Prince and the Showgirl. Instead I found a terrific portrayal not only of superstar filmmaking but of the essence of a woman who is every smart female who ever felt sexualized, abandoned, ecstatic or scared..and a brilliant man confused that with all the training in the world, charisma and emotional clarity and honesty will end up the star.

(Photo credit by The Weinstein Company)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
LIAM'S #1 ) THE ARTIST
"2011 Saw the comeback of the silent movie - NO REALLY!! A superb work of cinematic art that left me breathless."

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Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JAN'S #1 ) HUGO
"Hugo" is a movie for everyone who loves the movies. Martin Scorcese takes us into the world of 1930’s Paris as we become invested in a boy who needs to solve mysteries around him. Cinematic history comes alive, as well as some of the most detailed, stunning visual imagery ever put on film, at last a proper use of 3-D technology, but so much more.

(Photo credit by Paramount Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
OLIVE - THE MOVIE (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"A film shot on an iPhone. A film I have yet to see but it gets a mention because of it's groundbreaking technology and my pal HOOMAN (Alice @ 97.3) is behind it."

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Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
TOAST (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"The little Brit movie that could about a boy, his dysfunctional family and his mad, crazy love for FOOD!"

(Photo credit by W2 Media)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
THE HELP (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"Oscar worthy performances in a movie ALL should see."

(Photo credit by Walt Disney Pictures)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
JANE EYRE (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"A grim, bleak film that was beautifully played by it's cast. I loved every single mind numbingly grey moment."

(Photo credit by Focus Features)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
MISS REPRESENTATION (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"Jennifer Siebel Newsom in Sundance during winning documentary, explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. A powerful film."

(Photo credit by missrepresentation.org)
Liam & Jan's Top Movies of 2011
DISNEY/PIXAR'S: CARS 2 (LIAM'S NOTABLES)
"Have to give PIXAR some love. Genius casting with Michael Caine. Amazing animation."

(Photo credit by Disney/Pixar)
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