My Yearly Top 17 List is a tad different — it includes films from any year that I just happened to catch for the first time during 2011.
So here we go….
17. CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011) – this was a perfect blend of a polished Hollywood film with a splash of indie sensibility. Thankfully Carell and Gosling are comedic gold in this. I still don’t get what people like about Emma Stone though.
16. RUSSIAN DOLLS (2005)
– after discovering actor Romain Duris in HEARTBREAKER I found this gem
of a film he was in as well. A great international cast (Audrey Tautou
is in it!) makes the film very enchanting.
15. COLD WEATHER (2010) – this movie admittedly started a bit slow for me. But when it gets going it sucked me in because it took a genre and played with it….for better or worse (at least they tried and that was cool for me). The score lent to a very eerie, unique atmosphere. I’ll also be keeping my eyes peeled for more from Trieste Kelly Dunn.
14. HAPPINESS (1998)
– very dark and perverse….a bit disturbing but funny as hell.
13. HEART OF NOW (2010) – this tale truly surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but Marion Kerr captivated me with every frame and this film resonates and inspires.
12. ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)
– loads of fun – SUPER 8 on steroids. I’ve got a crush on Jodie
Whittaker. And we all know John Boyega has blown up since his breakout
role as “Moses” in this film.
11. WIN WIN (2011)
– just a charming film that sneaks up on you by the end. Felt like
real, genuine, broken people who strive for something more and you watch
it all unfold with assured directing and fun performances.
10. HEARTBREAKER (2010)
– could any film be more fun? Leave it to the French to make a fresh
9. PARIAH (2011)
– pretty much the last minutes of the film were so powerful that it
made the movie for me. And it was great to see so many unrecognizable
faces giving amazing and truthful performances.
8. 50/50 (2011)
– the trailer actually didn’t hook me so I went to this based on
reviews and word of mouth via twitter. I’m also not a big Seth Rogen
fan. Having said that, this was a powerful film. Very thought
provoking and Gordon-Levitt is always stellar….always giving his all in
every role he does. Anna Kendrick surprises and shows she’s going to be
around for a long time.
7. BLUE VALENTINE (2010)
– definitely a tough watch if you know the structure of the film and
how the story will eventually end. But the performances by the leads
are so raw that you feel almost bad for intruding on them. Not sure you
will “enjoy” it, but you won’t forget it soon. And the end credits
sequence is killer (click here for details on it)
6. THE DESCENDENTS (2011)
– strong performances by Clooney and Woodley anchor this film which I
found tragic and touching.
5. WEEKEND (2011)
– saw this at Ted Hope’s Goldcrest screening series and was enchanted
by its charm and romance. I was not expecting to love these characters
as much as I did.
4. MARY AND MAX (2009)
– a whimsical, humorous and touching film. I’d never heard of it
before until a friend told me to see it. It totally caught me by
3. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
– one of Woody’s finest in years. I usually don’t like Owen Wilson but
he’s very charming and appropriate in this film.
2. BAD TIMING (1980) – dark, erotic, edgy and so compelling. Some very brave and assured filmmaking by Nicolas Roeg. - See more at: http://grking.com/2011/12/30/my-top-16-films-of-2011/#sthash.XUglKGKy.dpuf
2. BAD TIMING (1980)
– dark, erotic, edgy and so compelling. Some very brave and assured
filmmaking by Nicolas Roeg.
1. DRIVE (2011)
– although there were a few issues I had with it…it was so refreshing
to see an auteur make the film he wanted and get a wide theatrical
release. The film was visually stunning and had some very inspired
sequences. Out of all the films this year, this is the one that
supercharged me to believe in myself and stay true to my vision when
making a movie. And it’s cool to know that this was Nicolas Winding
Refn’s 9th film….meaning that it takes time and experience before one is
mastering the craft and firing on all cylinders. It’s funny….I
wouldn’t necessarily say this is the BEST film of 2011, but it
definitely affected me the most artistically and as a movie-goer so
that’s why it sits at the top.
The trailer is too revealing so here's the opening sequence. It gives you just enough without spoiling anything at all.