2011 Film List

Top Ten of 2011
1. Moneyball – I have seen this film so many times now and I still continue to watch it anytime it is on. The soundtrack, the acting, the writing are all great but for me, it’s the relationship between the father and the daughter that really make it all work.
2. The Tree of Life – The first time I watched this I wasn’t sure. Now that I have seen it well over ten times I am more than sure. It’s a puzzle that I may never fully figure out but God Damnit I am not going to stop trying.
3. Drive/Crazy Stupid Love – Ryan Gosling was in two of my favorite movies this year and it’s not surprise. Drive kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat as it played out and CSL kept me laughing all the way through. Most comedies can’t do that.
4. Shame – I had high hopes for this one and they weren’t let down. The story simply told of a sex addict that gives you just enough to let you fill in all the important blanks.
5. Submarine – I can’t wait to watch this one again. The coming of age story continues to have numerous releases every year but this one was easily the top of that pile this year.
6. Bellflower – I know many people who hated this film but it all worked for me. The cinematography, the story, everything. I can’t wait to see what this team pulls out next.
7. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Talk about a punch in the gut. This film is truly every parents nightmare. It’s told so well you can’t look away, you want to, but you can’t. Great filmmaking.
8. Everything Must Go – Will Ferrell doesn’t take a lot of chances with his dramatic work but when he does, he picks well.
9. Attack of the Block – Fun, well made film. What more can you ask for?
10. Certified Copy – A slow burner about a couple that meets but may have been or may still be a couple? Yes, I do want to watch that.

A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
Pina (Wim Wenders)
We Bought a Zoo (Cameron Crowe)
Carnage (Roman Polanski)
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Guy Ritchie)
The Sitter (David Gordon Green)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
Young Adult (Jason Reitman)
Shame (Steve McQueen)
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg)
Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
The Muppets (James Bobin)
My Week With Marilyn (Simon Curtis)
Rampart (Oren Moverman)
The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
Tower Heist (Brett Ratner)
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
The Double (Michael Brandt)
In Time (Andrew Niccol)
Like Crazy (Drake Doremus)
The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson)
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Ides of March (George Clooney)
Real Steel (Shawn Levy)
The Way (Emilio Estevez)
50/50 (Jonathan Levine)
Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
Dolphin Tale (Charles Martin Smith)
Moneyball (Bennett Miller)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Bobby Fischer Against the World (Liz Garbus)
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (Tom Brady)
Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
The Debt (John Madden)
Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz)
Fright Night (Craig Gillespie)
30 Minutes or Less (Ruben Fleischer)
Bellflower (Evan Glodell)
The Change-Up (David Dobkin)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)
The Guard (John Michael McDonagh)
The Interrupters (Steve James)
The Smurfs (Raja Gosnell)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston)
Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck)
Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon)
The Sleeping Beauty (Catherine Breillat)
Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks)
Terri (Azazel Jacobs)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay)
Bad Teacher (Jake Kasdan)
Cars 2 (John Lasseter)
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Rodman Flender)
Green Lantern (Martin Campbell)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Mark Waters)
Page One: Inside the New York Times (Andrew Rossi)
Super 8 (J.J. Abrams)
The Trip (Michael Winterbottom)
Beginners (Mike Mills)
Submarine (Richard Ayoade)
X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn)
The Hangover Part II (Todd Phillips)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
Everything Must Go (Dan Rush)
Hesher (Spencer Susser)
A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic)
The Beaver (Jodie Foster)
Hobo With a Shotgun (Jason Eisener)
Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
The Bang Bang Club (Steven Silver)
Rio (Carlos Saldanha)
Scream 4 (Wes Craven)
Ceremony (Max Winkler)
Hanna (Joe Wright)
Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
Your Highness (David Gordon Green)
Rubber (Quentin Dupieux)
Super (James Gunn)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (David Bowers)
The Lincoln Lawyer (Brad Furman)
Paul (Greg Mottola)
Win Win (Tom McCarthy)
Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
Mars Needs Moms (Simon Wells)
Red Riding Hood (Catherine Hardwicke)
The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi)
Hall Pass (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta)
Gnomeo & Juliet (Kelly Asbury)
Just Go With It (Dennis Dugan)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon Chu)
How I Ended This Summer (Alexei Popogrebsky)
No Strings Attached (Ivan Reitman)
The Way Back (Peter Weir)
The Dilemma (Ron Howard)
The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)

Want to see:
Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard)
Source Code (Duncan Jones)
The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman)

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