Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2011

Remember how I said I was going to publish one of these posts a day in the run-up to the New Year? Yeah, sorry. Don’t worry, at my usual rate I should be done by Easter! I’ll create a page on my blog’s menu bar for these lists now as I try and pick up speed a little. If you didn’t see my 2010 list, I’m trying to put together a Top 100 Movies of the Decade list, but with 10 movies from each year as opposed to an overall list. I’m weak.

These lists will get better as they go, but as I mentioned last time, I only started movie blogging in 2014, and I still have so many movies I should see. I guess there’s always an option to update the lists, though!

2011 Movies Seen: 45

This was surprisingly difficult to rank. Although I haven’t seen many 2011 releases, I really liked a lot of them, so finding 10 was no problem. I’m not completely happy with the order though, I think I would change them every day.

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#10 Thor

I know the original Thor movie wasn’t at the top of many people’s lists but for me, it was the movie that got me invested in the MCU. I loved the simplicity of it, the introduction to Asgard, to one of the MCU’s best villains, Loki, and well, Chris Hemsworth as Thor. What more can I say!

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#9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I’m glad the idea of splitting final movies in franchises into 2 parts didn’t stick around long, because it’s just unnecessary. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 might not have been my favourite Harry Potter movie, but even on a bad day I still love the franchise.

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#8 Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America has grown on me over the years. I don’t know why for sure, but I was never a big fan to begin with. It has nothing to do with Chris Evans, who is fantastic, but the character just didn’t do it for me. I’ve seen the error of my ways, though!

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#7 Horrible Bosses

You can admit it, you hate me for this being here, higher than 2 MCU movies. It’s okay. But the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis is too perfect for me to not include it. I saw it in the cinema back when it was busy every night, and comedies are best watched with company, strangers or not.

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#6 The Help

I need to see this again. 2011 me was painfully naive when it came to movies. Comedies and action movies were my go-to, and I only watched The Help because of my little obsession with Emma Stone. It was moving, upsetting and hilarious at the same time, and well worth a watch.

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#5 The Muppets

I’m going to stop trying to defend my choices now and just run with them. The Muppets were basically my childhood. I was raised on them. There was no way I was not going to love this new movie. The soundtrack is to die for, the cameos are brilliant and relentless, and it was funny from start to finish. Fun fact – at my wedding, after we said our vows, we walked back down the aisle to ‘Life’s A Happy Song’.

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#4 Source Code

Jake Gyllenhall. On a train. Trying to stop a bomber. He dies, he’s brought back to the train. Mystery! Explosions! Plot twist! If you need more than those things to enjoy a movie, I don’t know what to tell you.

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#3 Crazy, Stupid, Love

Literally the best modern-day rom-com out there. Don’t tell me I’m wrong. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have perfect chemistry together. We’ve since had Gangster Squad (not that good) and La La Land (perfect) with them together and I’m sure we’re due a reunion by now!

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#2 Drive

Speaking of Ryan Gosling. Drive is a weird one for me. I watched it, yes, because I was on a Ryan Gosling thirst, and I hated every second of it. It was pretentious and boring, but it felt like something my husband (then, boyfriend) would love, so the next day I told him to watch it and ended up watching it with him. On a second viewing, everything made sense, and I loved it! Weird, right?

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#1 The Cabin in the Woods

I’m still not sure if The Cabin in the Woods should stay as my #1 choice for the year, but it certainly deserves its place for now. On the surface, this should have been your average modern horror movie but somehow it’s a horror, comedy and sci-fi movie in one and it works!

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2010

This is going to a popular subject amongst all the bloggers right about now, but honestly? Trying to put together a Top 10 of the year list is difficult enough for me, there’s absolutely no way I could do a Top 100 of the decade, so I’m splitting it into ten posts, one Top 10 for each year, and that, essentially, will create a Top 100 of the decade. Make sense?

An interesting little note to be aware of, I started this blog right at the very end of 2016. I co-ran another blog with a friend that we started in 2014, but before then movies weren’t my main hobby. I’ve obviously gone back and watched older movies but looking at my stats, it’s quite shocking how few movies I’ve seen at the start of the decade! For example, I’ve seen just 39 movies released in 2010, compared to 75 for 2019, when we aren’t even at the end of the year yet!

In other words, you’ll have to forgive me if my early Top 10’s are a little…lacking.

Traditionally I went by UK release dates for these lists but it’s too difficult to keep track of, so I’ll be using the general release date instead. My aim is to post each day in the run-up to the new year, wish me luck!

2010 Movies Watched: 39

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#10 The Social Network

Not going to lie, The Social Network was probably the first biopic I ever saw. It damn sure set the bar high, though. It’s not surprising anymore, considering it was directed by David Fincher.

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#9 Toy Story 3

Toy Story was such a huge part of my childhood so it’s no surprise that the third movie was going to end up in my list. I was wary going in – I wasn’t keen on the new characters, but I was easily won over. The same happened this year with Toy Story 4.

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#8 Blue Valentine

Before Netflix released Marriage Story and made us all wonder if we would ever be happy again, we had Blue Valentine. I haven’t been able to ever bring myself to watch this one again, to be honest.

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#7 Despicable Me

Forget the sequels which don’t even stand close to the original, Despicable Me is a brilliant animated movie. Great story, fun characters, and something to enjoy for everyone.

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#6 Buried

I searched this one out on my Ryan Reynolds binge years ago and it probably remains my favourite movie of his. It’s not for everyone, the entire movie takes place in the box that the main character has been buried alive in, but oh my goodness that ending.

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#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I don’t need to even try to justify this one. It wasn’t the best movie in the Harry Potter universe was (that goes to Prisoner of Azkaban and I’ll fight you if you say I’m wrong) but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end of a wonderful franchise.

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#4 Tangled

Can anyone easily answer the question, ‘what’s your favourite Disney movie?’. There’s too many to choose from but if I had to, it would be Tangled. It’s the soundtrack that does it for me. A Disney musical is nothing without some catchy tunes, and Tangled has them in spades.

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#3 Shutter Island

Annoyingly, I watched Shutter Island in 2 parts. That’s not so bad, you might think, but I watched the second half first. Not deliberately, my parents were watching it and I walked in halfway through and joined them. It tainted the experience slightly, but it’s still a bloody good movie.

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#2 Incendies

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen shockingly few foreign-language movies, but Incendies was my first and I’ll never, ever forget it. It’s such a powerful movie about a broken family, and when things all come together at the end, it’s such a gut-punch. A brilliant movie, but not for the casual movie fan!

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#1 Inception

It’s been 9 years and I still love throwing suggestions around about that spinning top at the end. I think 2010 was the year I discovered my love for crazy, twisty, open endings, and Inception is probably the best example of one out there.

Thursday Movie Picks: Unrecognizable Actor Transformation

Thursday Movie Picks

It’s the first Thursday Movie Picks of the month, and it’s April already! Excuse me 2019 but where do you think you’re going? Can we slow down a little? I’m not ready to face my 30th Birthday yet…

This week in the series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves we’re talking about unrecognizable actor transformations. Sometimes it isn’t enough for actors to mentally transform themselves for a role, they have to change themselves physically too, and that’s really quite incredible to me. Trying to eat sensibly a couple of weeks before a wedding is daunting enough!

Anyway, without further ado, here are my picks this week…

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Christian Bale, The Machinist (2004)

Let’s be honest, we could all fill our lists simply with Christian Bale roles this week. The man is nothing but committed to his job. But none of his transformations shocked me more than his in The Machinist. It’s one thing to lose some weight for a role, but he looked like a corpse! He went down to 110 pounds for the role which is shocking enough, but the role he took on next? Batman Begins! Talk about yo-yo dieting! For what it’s worth, The Machinist is a fantastic, twisty movie. I’ve seen it twice now and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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Tom Hanks, Cast Away (2000)

I spent a long time in the shower hiding from my toddler thinking of options for the theme this week when I suddenly remembered Cast Away. I haven’t seen it for years but it was possibly the first Tom Hanks movie I ever saw. During pre-production, Tom Hanks put on 50 pounds in order to appear middle-aged, and then he was given a year off to transform himself into a real cast away. He stopped shaving and cutting his hair, and shed 55 pounds with a tough diet and exercise regime. I’m feeling hungry just thinking about it.

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Matthew Lewis, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

I can’t talk about dieting anymore, so let’s turn to the biggest transformation shocker of the Harry Potter universe, the moment Matthew Lewis turned into bumbling fool to stunning heartthrob. Okay, his transformation may be something he didn’t really have any control over, but at the time he was living proof for all awkward teenagers that there was hope for us yet!