I can’t recall the last time I saw so many good films in one year, especially
during the first six months – which, if you know where to look, is not as dead a
period as you might think. I present to you now my list of the ten films I feel
represent 2011 at its very best. I hope you enjoy it.
Just in case you need symmetry in your lives, be sure to also check out my "Top
10 Worst Films of 2011" list, which has films that will make you appreciate
just how truly great these are.
THE TOP 10 BEST FILMS OF
10. Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s latest is not only a delightful and funny time-travel fantasy,
it’s also a smart and often touching examination of misdirected nostalgia. Read
full review right HERE!
9. Bill Cunningham New York
The legendary New York Times fashion photographer becomes the subject of a
fascinating, illuminating, and often funny documentary. Read full review right
Michael Fassbender gives a devastating performance in Steve McQueen’s
unflinching portrait of a sex addict and his wayward sister. Read full review
A heartbreaking but highly compelling drama about how the aftermath of a rape
can actually be more traumatizing than the rape itself. Read full review right
6. Certified Copy
A surprisingly absorbing romantic drama that challenges the audience by
encouraging debate over what is an “original” and what is a “copy.” Read full
review right HERE!
5. Johnny Mad Dog
The relentless authenticity of this African children-of-war drama makes it
more terrifying than just about any horror movie I can think of. Read full
review right HERE!
Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D family filmmaking is not only a
beautiful story of friendship, but also a loving and engaging tribute to the
history of cinema. Read full review right
3. The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick’s beautiful spiritual drama plays directly on the emotions
like a finely orchestrated piece of music. Read full review right
2. The Artist
Although it may seem odd to make a black-and-white silent film in 2011, this
gloriously old-fashioned melodrama is pure entertainment from start to finish.
Read full review right HERE!
1. A Separation
This Iranian masterpiece from writer/director Asghar Farhadi is in part an
intrigue story but more so an intelligent, uncompromising examination of
culture. Read full review right HERE!