While working on my top ten list for 2010, I opted to wait longer than most to post my final results. My plan was to catch up on films I missed at the tail end of the year, so I didn’t actually post my list until March 16. I am not doing that this year. There are just too many movies that came out in the final quarter of 2011 that I missed out on, and I would rather not wait until they are out on DVD to compile a top ten.
This top ten list is for 2011 movies that I saw during that calendar year. There are noticeable exclusions that I simply have not seen yet (The Artist, Take Shelter, Tree of Life, to name a few), so I may amend this list in the next few months to include those that I missed last year. I am in full-on list-making mode right now, so here is my preliminary list of the Top 10 Films From 2011:
10) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Perhaps an unnecessary remake, but Fincher’s adaptation is engrossing and features powerful performances from Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
Star-studded film that wonderfully shows the backstabbing and selfish nature of politics.
Brutal, disgusting and unbelievably violent; in a nutshell, another badass Korean revenge thriller.
One of this year’s most entertaining movies, even if subtitles are almost a requirement to understand it.
6) 13 Assassins
Miike’s samurai homage has one of the most unforgettable and epic battle scenes I have ever seen.
Not an easy watch by any means, but this is a fascinating portrayal of the depths of an intense sexual addiction.
Not your typical family flick, this one is a real treat for film lovers, especially when seen in 3D (ironically enough).
A faithful adaptation of a terrific sports book, this is a baseball movie that can be appreciated even by non-fans.
The biggest surprise of the year, a cancer film that is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.
Could there be anything else at #1? Drive is stylish, cuts out unnecessary dialogue, utilizes a killer soundtrack to perfection, and boasts a stellar cast. All the makings of a best movie of the year.
So, dear readers, what are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with any of these selections? What were your favorite movies from 2011?