The end of the year is here – and it usually sinks in for me when I write one of these articles. 2011 continues to be an interesting year in film – the award season campaigns have started – and with that film buffs and fans are beginning to wonder: What will be the best film of 2011? With that in mind here is my Year in Review: The Best 10 films of 2011. The list below is based on the films that I reviewed for the year – granted I haven’t seen every film but I would bet one or two herein will make it to the Oscar ballot. Drum roll…
At number 1 – ‘The Tree of Life’ which depicted a story in the most visually stunning way, with a quiet yet dramatic dialogue that had many critics comparing director Terrence Malick with Stanley Kubrick. Add to that Brad Pitt and Sean Penn’s performances and the film is easily a classic masterpiece.
2: ‘Melancholia’ that can easily be said it is a different fare for director Lars von Trier. Nevertheless the sci-fi drama is a captivating story that combines the end of the world and the emotions surrounding two estranged sisters. Kirsten Dunst gives a brilliant performance.
3: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Why? Because it is the most remarkable film adaptation of the story to date – all due to director David Fincher’s no-holds-bar storytelling approach. Click here for my full review.
4: ‘The Skin I Live In’ is one of the most highly anticipated films from Almodovar this year. He steps up to the challenge creating a story that is slightly perverse and beautiful to watch at the same time – like the leading characters in the film. American audiences will not be able to forget Elena Anaya’s remarkable feat.
5: ‘Moneyball’ – which captured the spirit of the underdog and the volatile science behind a beloved sport. Both Brad Pitt – who could snag an award or two for the film – and Jonah Hill are superb in the film.
6: ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is the Indie that could and would get Oscar ballot presence during its nomination. The film is as alluring as leading lady Michelle Williams who embodies Marilyn perfectly.
7: ‘Texas Killing Fields’. Director Ami Canaan Mann hypnotizes the audience with a thrilling story that is based on real events. The quiet and calm nature of the film is well-paired with energetic performances by Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
8: ‘Bridesmaids’ is by far the most hilarious comedy of the year with a phenomenal cast, writing and performances. The fact that women are able to laugh about their own idiosyncrasies – with foul language and settings – makes the film a classic and must-see comedy.
9: ‘Larry Crowne’. Now, I know what you might be thinking. But the film – even thought it stayed under the radar during opening – is a feel-good film. Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks step into different characters and are pleasantly surprising.
10: ‘Peep World’. Because nothing is more fascinating then family dysfunction and this film does it well. A brilliant cast and witty dialogue always does it for me.
There you go – the 10 best films of 2011 – according to yours truly but if I may say so it is a very good list because every film herein is worth to watch over and over and over…