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Peter Travers’ and Richard Corliss’ Top Ten Lists of 2011

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I know I said something of similar proportions last year, but I’ll say it again. Peter Travers is a phenomenal film critic. Not just in his taste, but more specifically his writing quality. How else would he survive over twenty years as the chief film critic for one of the country’s most legendary and savvy entertainment news magazines?

And yet, again, Travers has issued us a year-end list that,  that while full of good films, is the most unexciting, safest and downright generic offerings one could possibly find. I mean this comes from a man who sees more movies annually then there are days in the year. And yet, every year, his list somehow magically mirrors the Oscar nominees for Best Picture by a margin of one or two. Coincidence?

Gotta give credit to the man for his ballsy choice of “Drive” at the top spot. I’m not even much a fan of the film, but for a list as plain-jane as this one, “Drive” is definitely its diciest facet.

Travers’ List

1. “Drive”
2. “The Artist”
3. “The Descendants”
4. “Moneyball”
5. “Midnight in Paris”
6. “Hugo”
7. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
8. “Margin Call”
9. “The Tree of Life”
10. “War Horse”, “The Help”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

Meanwhile, Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine has issued a list that’s horrible in completely different ways. Where Travers’ suffered from a lack of creativity, the TIME reporter’s list suffers from just straight-up bad taste. Yes, at least it differs from the run-of-the-mill choices of Rolling Stone, but naming “Fast Five” among the ten best films of the year makes me question how a man like that even operates this kind of gig? I mean is he kidding? This list reminds me of my own taste in movies when I was about twelve or thirteen.

Corliss:

1. The Artist
2. Hugo
3. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
4. The Tree of Life
5. War Horse
6. Super 8
7. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
8. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
9. Rango
10. Fast Five

Hopefully, as more lists come out we’ll see some depth, creativity and flair. All try to update you if anything along those lines surfaces.

Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine’s Top Ten List

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Yet another top ten. This one from TIME Magazine’s Richard Corliss. His picks sometimes do get a little outlandish, but quite interesting, nonetheless. “Toy Story 3” gets its first major #1 slot. Good for it, as well as “Inside Job.”

Richard Corliss
1. “Toy Story 3”
2. “Inside Job”
3. “Never Let Me Go”
4. “Life During Wartime”
5. “The Social Network”
6. “Rabbit Hole”
7. “Wild Grass”
8. “Green Zone”
9. “Waiting for Superman”
10. “Four Lions”

I really must get around to seeing “Four Lions.” I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m also an ENORMOUS fan of “In the Loop,” with which it shares a writer.

“Green Zone,” though? Really? The most visceral experience of 2010? I’m perhaps the greatest Paul Greengrass fan in the world, at least of his subjective, docudrama style, but this was one of the most boring and unrealistic action movies I’ve seen in recent years. A letdown, for sure.