It is a pity that this year lacks any excellent movies, never mind a masterpiece. This makes last year far better and this among the worst. This does not mean there was nothing to celebrate of course.

visuals

The best visual effects (overall):

  1. The Avengers
  2. Battleship
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In terms of specifics, there was nothing better than the battle between Voldermort and Dumbledore in that last listing, and the climactic battle in The Avengers is runner-up.

The best action is offered by The Bourne Legacy, and The Avengers is its runner-up.

The best hand-to-hand combat sequence is the fight that takes place in a diner in Haywire, followed by the protagonist fighting 2 assasins in The Bourne Legacy.

The best animation is, interestingly, an insert in (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1), which tells the story of the Deathly Hallows.

The best opening credits sequence/visuals are from True Legend, followed by those from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As for best ending credits sequence/visuals, the honor goes to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Although I hate the movie, I have to admit that best production design is found in J. Edgar.

performances

My favorite performance is that of Patrick Shai in The Bang Bang Club. This is extra special since the guy comes from my country. The runner-ups are Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Science of Sleep), followed by the crippled guy in Battleship.

The best female performance is a tie between Annette Bening & Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right. Runner-up is Charlotte Gainsbourg in The Science of Sleep, who is just about the movie's saving grace.

The best child performance is by Dakota Goyo, the son in Real Steel, while the best cast is in The Iron Lady.

My favorite voice acting is Tom Hardy (Bane) (The Dark Knight Rises), even though it's hard to hear at times.

characters

The best character development is the father of the title character (Jack Lemmon) in Missing, followed by the wife (Sissy Spacek) in the same movie. My favorite character is however the son (Dakota Goyo) in Real Steel.

My favorite villain is the witch (Eva Green) in Dark Shadows, runner-up being Bane (Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises.

The most desirable gal is Charlotte Gainsbourg as main love interest The Science of Sleep (I really loved this girl!). Here are the runner-ups:

  1. Brooke White as wife and new mother (Change of Plans)
  2. Sissy Spacek as wife (Missing)
  3. Rebecca Hall as breast inspection worker (Please Give)

The best character design is the Chitauri, the alien race in The Avengers.

The best comic characters:

  1. Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II)
  2. Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher)
  3. Justin Timberlake (Bad Teacher) (tie) master butler (Bob the Butler)
  4. Ben Stiller (Zoolander)

The worst asshole was Marlon Brando's character in A Streetcar Named Desire.

miscellaneous

The most funny movies:

  1. The Dictator
  2. Horrible Bosses
  3. The Hangover Part II
  4. Zoolander

The best script/dialogue is in Missing, followed by Please Give.

The best costume design comes, surprisingly, from The Great Dictator.

Each repeat of a movie is a different experience, hence the category, best first-time viewing experience. This year, it's won by the year's greatest spectacle, The Avengers. Runner-up is Gone Baby Gone, and that's because it was so gripping that I thought it would be a great contender for best movie of the year. A revisit was not so great.

The most bizarre movie is Battle In Heaven, and the false promise award goes to Zombieland. It wins for being so exciting and sorta fresh when it starts, but screwing up with lack of content later on.

The most overrated movie is A Nightmare on Elm Street, followed by A Streetcar Named Desire. That second is hailed a masterpice by weird people.

'old' movies

This section is meant to give a chance to movies I have watched before this year to appear in this review, for one reason or another.

Of those, the best experience was offered by Being John Malkovich, which has now been elevated to a masterpiece. Runner-up is Taken, which remains as intense and exciting as ever.

The fall from glory award goes to:

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona: I enjoyed this massively first time I watched it 2 years ago; it now feels pretentious and cheap/shallow, like something I would write if I were to try.
  • Perfume: It is sad that I used to consider this a masterpiece. It remains good, just nowhere near the top.