05 January 2012

Better Late Than Never, My Top Ten Films From 2011

The year 2011 in films was like what Spencer Tracy said of Katharine Hepburn in Pat and Mike (1952): "Not much meat on her, but what's there is 'cherce'." If you were looking for quantity it was a bad year, but there was plenty of quality. I present my personal top ten with four movies worthy of the top spot. Indeed the competition is so strong at the top that an outstanding film like The Tree of Life was back in the 8th spot. After that it thins out considerably. I barely squeezed in two more to round out the top ten and felt nothing was truly worthy of my usual honorable mention category. If there's a film on this list you haven't seen, suffice it to say I recommend it highly.

1. Melancholia
2. Of Gods and Men
3. The Artist
4. Midnight in Paris
5. Shame
6. Hugo
7. Le Havre
8. The Tree of Life
9. Beginners
10. Young Adult

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia). Runners Up: Charlize Theron (Young Adult) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna)

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Runners Up: Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men).

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Shailene Wooley (The Descendants).

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris).

I have previously written about many of these movies and their titles are here linked to those posts.  Of Gods and Men, The Artist and Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Shame, Le HavreThe Tree of Life, Beginners, and Young Adult


Armen Karaoghlanian said...

I've been waiting all year for this. Thank you! There are some interesting picks and roughly half the films on your list are in my list as well.

Courtney Small said...

Solid list overall, we seem to have few overlapping films. I really need to see Of Gods and Men, it has appeared on several "best of" lists .