2011 - the reel deal

2011 - the reel deal

The YP team looks back on what was good, bad and just plain ugly at the cinema this year

Barry C Chung, Reporter

Best Film - Tree of Life. Not that I'm trying to get all intellectual on you. So my equal favourite was X-Men: First Class, an intense prequel that hit all the right buttons for comic book fans. Picture Mr Metalbender - I mean Fassbender - creating havoc for the good guys. Priceless!

Worst Film - Fortune Buddies, and I say this without the slightest hesitation. This takes the Golden Raspberry award for the most awful piece of video ever recorded either digitally or on celluloid. Ink is too precious a commodity to be spilt like this. End it.

Most Anticipated - Moneyball. I'm not a numbers guy. I'm not a huge baseball fan, nor am I a huge Brad Pitt fan. But I've been eyeing this one ever since I heard about it. After crunching the numbers, statistically this will, in my calculation, have a 90 per cent chance of earning four out of five stars.

Mabel Sieh, Reporter

Best Film - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Finally we got to see everyone back together and find out every detail of every secret. Watching it was a nostalgic reminder of how the stories have evolved. Seriously, it was sad to let it go.

Worst Film - Adjustment Bureau. Matt Damon may be a good-looking cool guy playing a spy who lost his memory, but he totally failed to compel the audience in this one. His emotionless face just killed it for me, as did the cliches of the storyline.

Most Anticipated - Mission Impossible 4. The action shots, another plot and puzzle to solve, the modern technology, and Tom Cruise dangling from another tall building {minus} a no-brainer, surely?

Wong Yat-hei, Reporter

Best Film - You Are the Apple of My Eye. You can kind of guess how the story is going to develop, but the way that it is presented is just so fascinating. I am even more impressed with the low production budget of the movie. Genius!

Worst Film - All the Marvel hero movies. I prefer cartoon characters to remain cartoons. The idea of making a cartoon into a "real-life" movie destroys the originality of the characters.

Most Anticipated - I hope they will make Avatar 2 by next year. It is such a great movie, with such amazing effects, the story simply has to go on.

Chris Lau, Reporter

Best Film - Submarine. This film is way too underrated. It's a sweet, puppy-love flick, but not overly The comprehensible Shakespeare-esque script melts your heart, while Arctic Monkey vocalist Alex Turner's tunes take you on the emotional journey of Britain's most innocent teenage couple.

Worst Film - Hangover 2. It follows The Hangover's formula and is pathetically predictable. It's one of those movies I'd have on DVD for when I invite my mates over for a guys' night of fun. But it simply wasn't worth the cinema release.

Most Anticipated - Men In Black III. How could anyone not be excited?

Joyee Chan, Reporter

Best Film - It's gotta be X-Men: First Class. The movie draws from the X-Men trilogy to build up an intelligent, action-packed and highly entertaining prequel about the invincible team of freaky mutants.

Worst Film - The Tempest put me to sleep by the 10th minute. I had no clue what was going on, and the Shakespearean dialogues just didn't suit a cinema-goer's needs.

Most Anticipated - J.R.R. Tolkien's little Middle Earth inhabitants are coming back in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! Lord of the Rings fans, see you in the ticket queue.

Leon Lee, Web Editor

Best Film - It might seem like a long time ago, but The King's Speech was actually released in 2011. Featuring a royal main character whose friend helps him overcome a physical disability, the kicker is that it was based on a true story.

Worst Film - I'd never walked out of a movie before I saw Tree of Life. There is no doubt it was beautifully shot, but I prefer to know exactly what's going on in my movies, not sit through hours of pretty pictures and someone reciting religious proverbs.

Most Anticipated - The Avengers. Marvel has been teasing us with this for about two years now, with all those "special scenes" after Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America. I just hope it lives up to expectations and doesn't become my worst pick next year.

Karly Cox, Deputy Editor

Best Film - I loved so many this year - Gnomeo & Juliet, Kung Fu Panda 2, Jumping the Broom, Harry Potter 8 which made me cry and cry until the silly coda - but the two that are clawing for me to bestow my ultimate blessing are The King's Speech and The Help, two incredibly human, wonderfully touching, hilariously funny, disturbingly tear-jerking, absolutely glorious stories. It's a Morton's Fork kinda situation.

Worst Film - Something Borrowed. And I had such high hopes. Dreadful.

Most Anticipated - The Pirates! Band of Misfits. It's animated, it's about pirates, and it stars Brian Blessed as the Pirate King, naturally. Inspired.



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