I’ve been working on this article since May 30th, but for whatever reason it has taken me this long to complete it. Maybe it’s because there were so many of them. There were certainly some flicks in the list I’d recommend, but it was tough to find nominees for my End Of Year Superlatives from these movies. Maybe it’s because of the other things going on with GuysNation right now, the popularity of the other movie reviewers we’ve now got contributing.

In 2011, my goal is to see 66 movies I had never seen before the year began.  The start was optimism-inspiring for the potential to surpass the goal.  In January and February I saw a combined 11 films, putting me right on track.  I hit 18 movies by the end of March, putting me on average of 6 movies per month. When the close of April hit, I had seen 29 movies, which put me on pace to hit 87 movies this year. I try not to assume too much before June is halfway through, and at that point I might reconsider my goal of 66.

Below is a list of the films I’ve seen in the month of May and my corresponding review of each film.  Following those reviews is a list of potential superlative nominations from those films for various categories along the lines of what you might see in the Academy Awards and such.

With no further ado, here are the reviews for the seven films I saw in May which I had never seen prior to the start of 2011.

Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover and D.C. Pierson of DERRICK COMEDY in Mystery Team

Derrick Comedy in Mystery Team

After listening to the Nerdist podcast, then looking up Derrick Comedy on YouTube and doing a look through my local video store shelves, I made a smart decision to buy MYSTERY TEAM based on a hunch which turned out to be very rewarding. Donald Glover was the reason I got interested in this in the first place, but his two main co-stars (whose names you won’t recognize but I’ll give the names anyway) D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes were all spot-on in their roles. I’ll be looking for more of their projects in the future.

31. Pink Panther 2

I don’t know why I watched this movie, but somehow it wasn’t terrible. I never actually saw the first Steve Martin Panther flick, but after seeing this one on cable, I’m moderately interested in it. It’s probably not in my list of top 50 comedies I’ve ever seen, but I don’t feel like I wasted my time watching it. Sure, it’s not Steve Martin at his best, but it’s far from his worst, and fans will probably appreciate it.

32. 88 Minutes

With a decent concept and a cast featuring Al Pacino, I thought this was going to be an enjoyable flick, but no such luck. I don’t know whether this was a sub-par script from the beginning, or if the shoddy acting from the non-Pacino portion of the cast made the script seem bad. Just like with other movies which build up to a mysterious ending (like The Bone Collector, for a good example), the ending in this one had decent writing but horrid acting.

33. Alice In Wonderland

I’ll be really honest in telling you that when I first saw previews for this movie, I thought it was going to be terrible. To the point that I told my wife I didn’t think I’d ever want to see it. Typically I enjoy Tim Burton, but something about this movie just didn’t seem interesting. As I heard the praise it got, I changed my perspective and gave it a try, and I think that’s why I enjoyed it. The visuals were rich, the dialogue was good, the characters were interesting and I had low expectations. It’s a dark movie, so if you’re thinking about having your kids watch it, I’d check around to see if it’s age appropriate.

34. The Green Hornet

This was a decent action movie. Some of the effects used were a little annoying, and at times Seth Rogen started getting on my nerves with how whiny and childish he could be, but the Kato character, all the tools he created, and the main villain all made it worth a watch. It definitely had a few laughs, too. I think this movie might’ve made me less interested in Cameron Diaz, though. Not that I was very interested before.

35. Batman: Under the Red Hood

I’m really starting to have high expectations for the animated movies produced by Warner Bros for their DC Comics characters. Not only did this movie have a great story, but it was well animated and far more suited for an older-teen-and-above audiences than I expected. In fact, I’d probably give it a PG-13 rating. Though it’s not going to even get nominated in the Best Movie category, I’d certainly recommend it to any Batman fan.

36. Legendary

Though I’ve seen a couple WWE-produced films and wasn’t impressed, the trailers for LEGENDARY which were forced down my throat while watching episodes of RAW and Smackdown actually made the movie look halfway decent, and that’s exactly what I found. The story is a good one at the core, and although there are some pieces of dialogue which made me shake my head, it didn’t detract much from the overall quality. Far better than The Marine.

37. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

With the television series Smallville coming to an end, I got a little nostalgic for more Superman-related content, and with the final storyline arc involving DARKSEID, it seemed only natural to move right from Smallville to Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and just like with other DC Animated movies, I wasn’t let down. While not as mature as the animated Batman flick I saw this month, S/B:A is another one which isn’t for young viewers. The storyline centers around Kal-El’s cousin arriving on Earth, how the various characters react to the implications, and Darkseid realizing the potential of trying to corrupt and influence her. It’s very well done and a must-see for Superman fans.

38. Babies

My son having turned one recently, I got a little nostalgic when I saw this film in the Netflix Instant queue, so I decided to watch it with my wife and mother-in-law. I had heard about it when it hit the theaters, but it wasn’t the type of movie I was going to see on the big screen, and to be honest it’s one of my least favorite films I saw in May, but there was still some entertaining moments. Watching and comparing the way infants act and are raised in their first couple years of life in various parts of the globe is a very interesting concept, and I enjoyed the way they focused on four (or five) different kids instead of including more than that. There were definitely parts where I laughed out loud at certain things, and the kids were cute (as expected). It was eye-opening and mildly entertaining. It wasn’t a great way to spend an evening, but there weren’t a lot of other options, and all-in-all I don’t regret it.

39. Harry Brown

I can’t recall which independent film I was watching when I first saw a preview for Harry Brown, but I was hooked. Michael Caine as a vigilante trying to clean up his neighborhood after the young thugs take things too far? It would’ve been a good movie 20 years ago, but it’s even more interesting when you consider the fact that this wasn’t made when Caine was a middle-aged man, it was made two years ago!

40. Despicable Me

Having heard a few decent reviews but nothing especially glowing, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Despicable Me, but I really really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting, the voice-overs were spot-on and not all instantly recognizable (which typically takes me out of the story a bit when every line reminds me who’s behind the voice-over talents).

Potential 2011 Nominees from these 11 Films

Potential Best Actress Nominee – Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland)

Potential Best Supporting Actress Nominee – Emily Mortimer (HARRY BROWN)

Potential Best Supporting Actress Nominee – Helena Bonham Carter (Alice In Wonderland)

Potential Best Actor Nominee – Michael Caine (HARRY BROWN)

Potential Best Actor Nominee – Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland)

Potential Best Actor Nominee – Devon Graye (LEGENDARY)

Potential Best Supporting Actor Nominee – David Bradley (HARRY BROWN)

Potential Best Supporting Actor Nominee – Dominic Dierkes (MYSTERY TEAM)

On Deck for June and July

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Toy Story 3
X-Men: First Class
Hang ‘Em High
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The American

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