It seems like just yesterday that 'Thor' kicked off the summer movie season, doesn't it? Looking back, it was an appropriate opener, as the past few months could quite easily be labeled the Superhero Summer, what with 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Green Lantern' and 'Captain America' following the God of Thunder. You guys sure seem to dig the whole costumed-hero thing, evidenced by Superheroes' absolute dominance in our Movie Genre vs. Movie Genre Tournament.
Sprinkled in between all the Spandex, though, were standout comedies ('Bridesmaids'), classic summer nostalgia ('Super 8'), surprisingly good reboots ('Rise of the Planet of the Apes'), box-office record-setters ('Harry Potter'), atypical summer fare that found a larger audience ('The Help') and one flick in particular that came out of nowhere and totally blew us away. (Psssst: It's our choice for Best Movie of the Summer.)
We've decided to do away with the standard, Oscar-style Best Actor / Best Director prizes. For the Moviefone Summer Movie Awards, we honor such achievements as Best Swearing and Best Alien Invasion Movie, while we also felt the need to wag our fingers at the Biggest Star-Power Fizzle and the Worst Logic Violations we saw. It's a somewhat eclectic list, but we do close with Best Movie. We just had to. It was soooooo good.
Here goes ...
Summer 2011 is coming to close, and we thought we'd wrap things up by choosing the best (and in some cases, the worst) the movies had to offer.
- Breakout Star, Male: Chris Evans, 'Captain America'
- Breakout Star, Female: Jessica Chastain, 'The Help,' 'The Tree of Life,' 'The Debt'
- Best New Kid Actor: Joel Courtney, 'Super 8'
- Best R-Rated Comedy: 'Bridesmaids'
- Worst R-Rated Comedy: 'The Change-Up'
- Biggest Star-Power Fizzle: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, 'Larry Crowne'
- Best Superhero Movie: 'X-Men: First Class'
- Worst Superhero Movie: Anything With the Word 'Green' in the Title
- Best Villain, Female: Bryce Dallas Howard, 'The Help'
- Best Villain, Male: Kevin Bacon, 'X-Men: First Class'
- Best Unattached Booty-Call Buddies: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, 'Friends With Benefits'
- Best Marketing Decision: Keeping James Franco Out of the 'Planet of the Apes' Campaign
- Worst Marketing Decision: Opening 'Winnie the Pooh' Against 'Harry Potter'
- Worst Logic Violations: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'
- Best Alien Invasion Movie: 'Attack the Block'
- Worst Alien Invasion Movie: 'Cowboys & Aliens'
- Best Swearing: Molly Weasley in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2'
- Most Unexpected Delight: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
- Biggest Disappointment: 'The Hangover Part II'
- Most Likely to Survive Summer and Make It All the Way to Oscar Night: Viola Davis, 'The Help'
- Best Talking Animal: The Dog in 'Beginners'
- Worst Talking Animal (But in a Good Movie): Paw-Paw, 'The Future'
- Best Animal, Period: Caesar, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
- Worst Talking-Animal Movie: 'Zookeeper'
- Best Spielberg Impersonation: J.J. Abrams, 'Super 8'
- Best Woody Allen Impersonation: Owen Wilson, 'Midnight in Paris'
- Worst Imitation of a Brad PItt Summer Blockbuster: 'The Tree of Life'
- Best Franchise Finale: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2'
- Best Comeback: Mel Gibson in 'The Beaver'
- Worst Comeback: Mel Gibson in 'The Beaver'
- Movie We Can Barely Even Remember Got Released: 'Bad Teacher,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' 'Priest,' 'Monte Carlo,' 'Last Night'
- Best Use of 3D: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'
- Worst Use of 3D: 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'
- Best Movie of the Summer: 'Attack the Block'