Monday, February 20, 2012

Best movies of 2011: Nos. 10 & 9 (Stephanie)

Editor's note: To coincide with the Oscars on Sunday the Inscaped staff are posting their lists of the best movies of 2011.

Unlike other best of lists you won't see a bunch of pretentious movies you've never heard of. We like to focus on films that the general public actually sees. With that in mind get ready for some unconventional surprises.

10. "Larry Crowne" - Both Tim and I enjoyed this fun comedy about a man starting over from scratch after he is laid off from his retail management job. Tom Hanks plays the title character, bringing the everyman charm that has made him so popular. Julia Roberts is one of his college professors who of course becomes his love interest.

What made the movie so fun was the eccentric cast of supporting characters including Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama and George Takei. The film had a real life quality that made the story more believable. This movie was endlessly charming and genuinely fun to watch.

9. "Paul" - My love for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is well documented, so it's no surprise that their alien comedy made the list. What really drew me into this movie was the idea of two nerds leaving Comic-Con and discovering an alien on their road trip across America. Because Pegg and Frost are real life nerds, the film was a love letter to nerd culture with appearances from Sigourney Weaver and Steven Spielberg and jokes about Comic-Con, "X-Files," and "ET." The ridiculously funny supporting cast of Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Seth Rogen didn't hurt either.

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