Kevin Young's Best and Worst Films of 2011

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To pick one movie that was the best was very difficult, so I cheated. Personally, I saw quite a few good movies, but to whittle it down, there were two I kept revisiting.

Page One: Inside The New York Times, Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the Old Gray Lady’s rise and recent troubles, is an enlightening and heartbreaking view of the shifting news landscape that is bolstered by the curmudgeonly wisdom of one of the paper’s most outspoken journalists, David Carr.

On the other side of the coin, there was one film so base, so crass, so tasteless, and so lacking in any redeemable quality that it belongs in the sewer from whence it came: Jason Eisener’s putrid Hobo With a Shotgun was a gleeful Technicolor mess enjoyed best with a group of friends bent on drinking and yelling stupid shit at the screen.

As for the worst, this year, Ron Howard made us believe the elderly could outdo Steve Guttenberg. Steven Spielberg made us believe friendship could span the galaxies. Jon Favreau made us believe Robert Downey Jr. could kick some ass. Daniel Craig made us believe James Bond could be a blond. Harrison Ford made us believe in archaeologists and rap-scallion smugglers. Together they created Cowboys and Aliens, a film that made us believe they could produce the most boring movie involving cowboys and aliens ever.

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