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2011’s Most Ranked Films at Criticker

Tomorrow, we’re going to start counting down our annual list of the Best Twenty Films of the Year. Before that, though, we’re sharing the list of top fifty films, in order of number of rankings. Whether or not you liked them, these were the films which most of you saw. Now, of course this isn’t an exact indication of popularity, since films released in the last month or two won’t have as many rankings as those which have been out since February. But nonetheless, we thought it was pretty interesting…

Note: Films on this list are restricted to those eligible for the 2011 Oscars.

1. X-Men: First Class – 1500 Rankings

In this exciting prequel to the X-Men series, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) — the future Professor X and Magneto — are best friends dedicated to harnessing their powers and promoting the education of fellow mutants during the turbulent 1960s. The duo works together to stop a powerful adversary that threatens mankind, but their ideological differences drive them apart and turn them into ferocious enemies.

2. Source Code – 1448 Rankings

An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

3. Thor – 1302 Rankings

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

In the second installment of the two-part conclusion to the �berpopular Harry Potter series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort’s formidable skills.

5. Super 8 – 1203 Rankings

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

6. Drive – 1139 Rankings

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

7. The Tree of Life – 1014 Rankings

The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

8. Limitless – 1008 Rankings

A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

9. Midnight in Paris – 986 Rankings

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – 976 Rankings

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

11. The Adjustment Bureau – 964 Rankings

13. The Hangover Part II – 910 Rankings

14. Rango – 879 Rankings

15. Paul – 856 Rankings

17. Horrible Bosses – 839 Rankings

18. Bridesmaids – 827 Rankings

19. Sucker Punch – 805 Rankings

20. Hanna – 768 Rankings
21. The Green Hornet – 739 Rankings
22. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 664 Rankings
23. Crazy, Stupid, Love – 659 Rankings
24. Unknown – 658 Rankings
25. Battle: Los Angeles – 621 Rankings
26. Melancholia – 570 Rankings
27. Fast Five – 567 Rankings
28. Green Lantern – 523 Rankings
29. Contagion – 504 Rankings
30. Insidious – 484 Rankings
31. Scream 4 – 480 Rankings
32. Cowboys & Aliens – 473 Rankings
33. The Mechanic – 460 Rankings
34. Bad Teacher – 460 Rankings
35. The Lincoln Lawyer – 458 Rankings
36. No Strings Attached – 453 Rankings
37. Just Go with It – 414 Rankings
38. Attack the Block – 409 Rankings
39. Kung Fu Panda 2 – 408 Rankings
40. I Am Number Four – 397 Rankings
41. Rio – 395 Rankings
42. 50/50 – 392 Rankings
43. Your Highness – 392 Rankings
44. Friends with Benefits – 377 Rankings
45. Moneyball – 377 Rankings
46. Hall Pass – 367 Rankings
47. Submarine – 351 Rankings
48. Drive Angry – 342 Rankings
49. Super – 341 Rankings
50. Win Win – 328 Rankings

New Server for Criticker

As you might have noticed last night, Criticker was down for about 7 hours of unscheduled maintenance. Over the past couple months, our server has come under malware attack a few times, and yesterday it happened again. That was the last straw, and we decided to change things immediately.

The great news is that our new server is twice as fast as the old server, with a sparkling new processor and more memory. Even better — the new upgrade has allowed us to apply much stronger security measurements, so that (knock on wood) our days of being attacked are hopefully over.

By the way, if you ever end up talking to some guy at a bar, and he starts bragging about he loves to hack into random servers, and screw with websites, do me a favor and punch that douche bag in the damn face.

You might see some site issues related to the server upgrade today. We’ll be working through those, as we do some initial house-cleaning on our new box. And, once again, we have to send a huge thank you out to Criticker’s supporters — without your help, this upgrade wouldn’t be possible!

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

Earlier this week, Leslie Nielsen passed away from complications due to pneumonia, at the ripe old age of 86. Most well known for his wacky comedic turns, such as the Naked Gun’s Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Nielsen was also well-received for more serious roles at the beginning of his career.

We’ve taken a look through our database for the best Leslie Nielsen films… Pop one in this weekend, and let his perfect comic timing and hilarious deadpan expressions remind you why he was so popular, for so long.

#1. Airplane! (1980)
An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don’t call him Shirley.

RayIf it were possible to laugh yourself to death, then Airplane! would quickly have become the most prolific serial killer of all time. It is exceptionally funny, with some of the quickest humour and wittiest writing ever conceived. The jokes come hard and fast, each one causing so much laughter you’re likely to miss the following three. A truly timeless film, Aiplane! soars to dizzying heights of comedy.

Buy Scenes From a Marriage – Criterion Collection

#2. Forbidden Planet (1956)

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Buy Ali – Fear Eats the Soul – Criterion Collection


Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad’s own granite-jawed, rock-brained cop Frank Drebin, who bumbles across a mind-control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, a stuffed beaver, two baseball teams and an odd assortment of others join the wacko goings-on and blow the laugh-o-meter to smithereens.

Buy Annie Hall


#4. Creepshow (1982)

In this anthology, Nielsen stars in “Something to Tide You Over” — Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen), a coldblooded, wealthy husband, stages a terrible fate for his unfaithful wife, Becky (Gaylen Ross) and her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson) by burying them up to their necks on the beach, below the high tide line. He sets up closed-circuit TV cameras so the lovers can watch each other die. Richard is in for a surprise of his own when the people he murdered return as waterlogged, seaweed-covered zombies intent on getting revenge of their own.

Buy Manhattan


Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend’s new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy

Buy Minnie and Moskowitz

And if you’re looking for the worst… look no further than 2001: A Space Travesty

We Would Love You, Phillip Morris!

One of the movies we’ve been looking forward to for, oh, 3 years has been I Love You Phillip Morris. And now it’s been shelved (or “delayed indefinitely“).

I don’t get it. The most costly aspect of a film is the actual making of it, no? How can shelving it be the most sound financial move? Sure, the heartland of America probably wouldn’t embrace a gay romance (shudder!), but the film played well in festivals and has two big-name stars in Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. It’s going to make something in the theaters!

They made a movie with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay cell-mates, and now they’re not letting me watch it! Argh! Well, here’s the trailer; it’ll have to suffice until the eventual release onto DVD.

Berlinale – Honey Wins Golden Bear

Since our days in Berlin, we’ve kept a close eye on the Berlinale — a festival which has become one of the world’s most important. The winner of the Golden Bear is almost always an incredible movie which takes everyone by surprise, and this year’s selection looks to continue the pattern.

Cue the ‘bears love honey’ jokes

Honey (Bal), by filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu, is about a poetic account of young boy’s search for his missing father — a honey worker. It’s the third part of the director’s reverse-order “Yusuf” Trilogy, following Eggs and Milk. Check out the trailer — this is a film tailor-made to rack up awards:

The world’s most annoying alarm clock

Russell Brand Kills Easter

It’s official, casting news can cause migraines and a loss of faith in the simple goodness of man. Russell Brand has been cast to give life to the Easter Bunny in a new comedy mixing CGI and live action.

I lived for awhile in Ireland, during which Russell Brand was on the television every single time I turned it on. Every fucking time. That, and the rain, were our reasons for leaving the island. Now, he’s going to be starring alongside James Marsden as the Easter Bunny.

And I haven’t even mentioned the name of the movie “I Hop”. Seriously, it’s called “I Hop”. That’s so goddamn punny, I don’t even know where to start.

Somewhere, people are getting paid a lot money to create a movie called I Hop about the Easter Bunny, starring Russell Brand. I… I just… I don’t know.

33. America’s Cup

Haitian Film

Like most of the world right now, we’ve been horrified and captivated by what’s happened in Haiti. The most important thing that anyone can do is donate generously to the relief efforts — we’re no experts in altruism, so please refer to this helpful article at Aidwatchers.com for the best way to send money.

A consequence of this tragedy is an increased interest in the beleaguered island nation. If you’d like to bolster your knowledge of Haiti, a good place to start might be FilmHaiti.com, a website that offers a lot of videos about the country.