This started out as a list of overrated movies, but we (“we” being Rob Hunter and Kevin Carr, rabblerousers) decided fairly quickly that “overrated” is an overused and abused term. Who are we, or anyone, to tell you that you like a movie too much? It’s a rude thing to say regardless of whether or not we’re right. But thanks to the internet sometimes one person’s exuberance can find a virtual megaphone in all the tubes and anonymous users online, and that misguided praise can become deafening. And yes, we’re just as guilty as the rest of you…especially in regard to our first pick below.
To be clear, most of these are not bad movies. The majority of them are actually good. But none of them deserved the near-constant accolades that seemed to echo from one corner of the web to another ad nauseum. So without further ado, pomp, or circumstance, here are
11 12 movies (in alphabetical order) you people wouldn’t shut up about in 2011. (**Note, there may be a few minor spoilers below.**)
Attack the Block
At the risk of losing an audience right out of the gate…yes, I’m saying Joe Cornish‘s little alien invasion flick was undeserving of the ridiculous amount of internet praise heaped upon it. Bear with me here. There’s no doubt this is a fun and breezily entertaining film, but it was hardly the masterful mash-up of Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante bloggers proclaimed. The idea that it weaves any relevant thread of social/class warfare between its action scenes and occasionally-unintelligible dialogue is just ludicrous, and finding out Moses doesn’t have parents ten minutes before the credits roll hardly makes up for the fact that he and his friends are mugging people at knife-point. The alien design is cool and the movie’s more fun than Super 8 (also on this list), but attitude and some incredibly sharp camera work are no replacement for true heart and character depth. -RH
Writer/director/actor Evan Glodell won over a lot of people with his mufti-hyphenate appeal, on-set camera rig inventions, love of Mad Max and offers of free rides in his admittedly cool car, Medusa, but none of that makes for a great movie. Instead his rumination on male friendship, the deceitful nature of women and an eventual descent into madness all ring occasionally false and ridiculous. The film has an interesting style, but the script gets in the way of telling a coherent story. The even bigger problem here is Glodell’s acting ability. His non-existent acting ability. He pretty much whines his way through the entire film. It’s highly annoying and overshadows the more appealing elements of the film, and hopefully he’ll forgo stepping in front of the camera the next time he steps behind it. -RH
If you listen to the right people, you’d think that Bridesmaids was the most unique, original, female-empowering film ever made. And sure, it has its merits, but funniest film of the 2011 summer? Hardly. This movie may be heralded as being another hilarious Judd Apatow-produced comedy, but it suffers from the standard Apatow problems: a bloated running time and often unlikeable characters. (P.S. I grew up with a mom and a sister, and I’m married now. I’m fully aware that women poop.) -KC
Like many films that come out during award season, this latest George Clooney grab at Oscar was buzzed about before it even made it to theaters. And sure, it has some fine elements to it. But when all the emotional angst is pulled away, there’s very little character growth from a crummy parent who doesn’t become any better of a parent by the end of the movie. -KC