Tuesday, December 27, 2011

favorite movies from 2011

Since my kids have all been home on winter break we've been doing a little bit of cleaning the house and I've found all kinds of scraps of paper in my kids rooms and notebooks upon notebooks of lists, mostly written by my oldest. She gets it from me, I guess.  I like writing lists too. One of my favorite lists to keep is my list of favorite movies of the year. Later I'm going to let my girls share their lists of their favorite books that they've read this year. 

Family and Kids
Dolphin Tale - one of the best live action family movies of the year.

Rango - my favorite animated family movies of the year, engaging for older kids and adults though I suggest you read a mom's review  before you decide if it's going to be okay for your younger kids.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - one of my favorite animated movies for younger kids. My four year old boy really liked it.

Cars 2 - how could you have a list of movies of this year without having Cars 2 on it?

Tangled  - technically this is a movie from the end of 2010 but  I didn't see it until this year. It's my favorite animated movie for girls of the year.

Ramona and Beezus - The whole family enjoyed this, especially my girls who are ages ten to six. It's a great mix of drama, laughter and romance.

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer - I really enjoyed watching this movie with my kids, it held the attention of all of my movie-watching aged kids (ages ten to four).

Monte Carlo - a nice, romantic  pre-teen movie.

Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World - surprisingly, this was my favorite Spy Kids movie yet.

Mr. Popper's Penguins- we just watched this the other night and the whole family really enjoyed it.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader - my older girls (ages ten and eight) especially enjoyed this movie.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  - this is my favorite new series from PBS Kids and the best thing to come from The Cat in the Hat brand since the original book.

Peep and the Big Wide World - another one of our favorite shows from PBS with little science experiments at the end of each episode. It's darling.

BBC Earth: Life - of all of the nature miniseries we've bought this one is my favorite. My four year old asks to watch this nearly every day. The cinematography is exceptional and the entire series is captivating.

Movies to watch with your sisters
The Help - I watched this while wrapping presents. The hubs enjoyed it too, even though it's more of a chick-flick. It's got a great plot, good acting and beautiful costuming. Definitely one to buy.

Jane Eyre - I'm such a sucker for Brit-Lit drama. This one did not disappoint and I thought it managed to hold it's own in a sea of similar movies.

Larry Crowne - If you liked movies like "You've got mail" or other Tom Hank love fests you'll like this one too. It's great with  pint of ice cream or a glass of wine.

The Conspirator  - another period drama, on the topic of wrongful execution.

The King's Speech - period drama done to perfection. It won all kinds of awards and deserves every one of them. If you like period pieces this one is cinematic deliciousness, and if you know your British Royal history it's doubly so. Based on the story of the current Queen Elizabeth's father.

I Am Number Four - it's a lightweight teen drama with cute actors and a decent plot. My favorite thing about this movie is that the girl (who is also in Glee) is a photographer. Strangely I find myself wanting to watch it over and over.

Beastly - it's horribly predictable and yet a nice teen chick flick. I wish that the story could have been as good as the wardrobe.

Movies to watch with your hubs
Moneyball - I just watched this with the hubs last week and we both really enjoyed it. It's got very good cinematography, a good plot and good acting. It's clean and the hubs stayed awake until the end, that says a lot.

Fast Five  - I enjoyed this movie a lot, the hubs watched it two or three times.

Crazy, Stupid Love - I enjoyed it. My favorite line: "it's like you're photoshopped" It's worth reading a review first because this type of movie may not be your cup of tea, but overall I enjoyed it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides  Such a fun movie to watch with my hubs. I think this is one of the few movies we saw in the theater. I wouldn't let my kids watch it because the oldest is only ten, but they enjoy plating the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game.

Super 8 - a fun, unique sci-fi movie with excellent performances by the kids who star in this movie. A good plot - not overly relying on special effects.

The Debt - such a good drama. We both enjoyed this movie a lot.

Limitless  - I really liked this one too. It had some unexpected twists, and I really liked the supporting cast.

Unknown - such a good drama. Really well done.

Source Code - one of my favorite movies of this year. It drags just a little in the middle but it's worth it to get to the end.

Arthur- this movie was poorly promoted. It's way cleaner than the previews make it seem to be. I enjoyed this movie so much and is a lighthearted, romantic comedy

The Switch  - definitely my favorite RomCom of this year. Such a good movie.

The Next Three Days - this is a great drama. Probably my favorite movie from Russell Crowe.

Unstoppable - a great, positive drama. It totally lived up to my expectations.

Everything Must Go - my favorite movie from Will Ferrell - and I'm not a huge fan of his. It's a really good movie about turning your life around.

Inception - if you didn't see this last year you need to see it. It's probably one of the best movies of the decade.

What have your favorite movies been?

The small print: all of the links (except links to reviews) are affiliate links. Every opinion & suggestion is my own.


Kimberly said...

I just watched The Help the other night and loved it. I had read the book and am usually skeptical about the movie, but it did not disappoint. We also love Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2. My daughter loved Monte Carlo - it was a sweet movie.

As you can guess, I don't get to see many "grown up" movies, but I enjoyed Unstoppable. And we went to see the new Footloose at the theater and I loved it!

We're planning to rent Mr. Popper's Penguins soon.

Christmas Lodge is a good family movie also.

rachel said...

wow, this seems like a lot of movies! I have seen a few of them, but I think I'll bookmark this list and share it with hubs. I'm home this week recovering from tonsillectomy, so I may catch up on quite a few movies if I'm luckY!

Little Gray Pixel said...

I'm glad I'm not the only person who enjoyed "Limitless," "Source Code" and "The Switch." I haven't heard anyone else ever talk about them!

One I watched recently with my husband that was surprisingly OK was "Drive Angry." It's not what you think it is.

Branson said...

I am super picky about movies... I an also super lucky because the hubs likes chick flicks, lol.

Ansku said...

First of all - thank you for a great blog and beautiful pictures!

I have a question - not related to this post, but a general one. What are the fonts that you have used in your blogger header, especially the one that you used to write the text "my life in mostly"? It's really beautiful, I'd like to look for it if I only knew the name...

Thank you and happy New Year! :-)

henzy said...

So many of these movies are on my netflix queue just waiting to be watched. Just watched Crazy Stupid Love last week.. and loved it.. best romcom of 2011 hands down. But my best movie of the year goes to the last installment of Harry Potter.. a series that will be truly missed. I am waiting for my boy to be old enough to relive with him.

Faith Raider said...

Ansku - I tried to reply to you via email but could not find your contact information anywhere. The font I used is a free scrapbooking font called Susies Hand from Kevin & Amanda

Ansku said...

A million, billion thanks to you!!!! :-) It's amazing how HAPPY a little thing like a font can make you!!!
(I tried to include my email address, but apparently didn't succeed...)