He says, she says: the 2011 awards

4 Jan

As 2011 wrapped up, we stumbled upon these two fabulous videos by Matt Shapiro and GenRocks. They inspired us to recap with some of our own reflections on 2011 – the year of free flicks.

Cheers, Telstra.

He says, she says: the 2011 awards

Our top ten for 2011 (aggregate of two ratings per film)

1. Lion King
2. Limitless
3. X Men First Class
4. The King’s Speech
5. Moneyball
6. Ides of March
7. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
8. Real Steel
9. Happy Feet 2
10. Gnomeo and Juliet

Best things in life can be free (best film)

She says: X Men First Class. So impressive that it started a trend of me agreeing to see more ‘boy’ movies – most of which have paid off.

He says: Limitless – this was the movie I didn’t see coming. Most movies that I really like I have seen the trailer months in advance and am really looking forward to…this one came out of the blue and blew me away!

Glad I didn’t pay money to see this! (worst film)

She says: Bad Teacher. The kind of movie I couldn’t justify paying for, but was curious to see after the trailer.

He says: One Day.  This movie was a complete waste of time; the end.

Seriously? Someone was paid millions of dollars to make that? (most annoying)

She says: Green Hornet. What was Cameron Diaz thinking?! (Most annoying characters = all the apes from Return of Planet of the Apes/Mater from Cars2)

He says: Source Code. I so wanted to enjoy this movie, but the entire premise was so ridiculous and the plot full of holes you could drive a Mack truck through that it just really, really annoyed me.

Biggest fail

She says: Tie between One Day and the cinema speakers for the Lion King at Chatswood’s Mandarin Centre. One Day didn’t live up to its ridiculous amount of hype, and as for the speakers… well, if you’ve read the blog at all over the last year you’d know our thoughts on this particular sore point.

He says: Hoyts Westfield catching the bad sound virus from the Mandarin Centre. In MI:4 at a very crucial and tense moment the speakers dropped out… completely… the only sound you could hear was a collective groan from the audience. Luckily the sound came back about 5 seconds later…

Surprise win

She says: Action movies in general. AJW has tried to show me lots on our screen at home, and they’ve had no impact, but put me in a cinema and I’m entranced. Often encouraged to violence, too.

He says: King’s Speech – I really didn’t go into this one with high expectations, but you can see from the results that this ended up being one of the best films of the year!

Best performance

She says: Saoirse Ronan, Hanna. This girl took my breath away.
Special commendation also to Hugo Weaving – good guy in Oranges and Sunshine + Happy Feet 2, bad guy in Captain America + Transformers.

He says: Colin Firth in King’s Speech = Fantastic!

Best drama

She says: Jane Eyre

He says: Ides of March

Best sci-fi

She says: This is an oxymoron. (And I don’t really think many of these films are legit sci-fi, anyway)

He says: X-Men First Class – just beats out Super 8’s pure, classic sci-fi

Best action

She says: Limitless, just over Mi4

He says: Transformers 3 (for sheer explosions and action – MI:4 was a better movie…)

Best comedy

She says: Out of a small crowd in 2011, Horrible Bosses

He says: Horrible Bosses


She says: Gnomeo and Juliet (only because it’s a new concept, as compared to my favourites in Happy Feet/Lion King)

He says: Happy Feet 2 – one that kids and adults can equally enjoy


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