Though I’d like to think that I have a pretty good taste and my favourite film equates the best film, I’m not confident enough in my academic knowledge of cinema to claim such a thing – and generally, I don’t think anyone should be. So what I’ve written here is a list of my favourite films of 2011. A film like Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, which I respect much more than I love, couldn’t find a place here, for example, because having seen it twice now and despite absolutely,wholeheartedly being floored by its central performance, I can’t say the film as a whole touches me in any way.
There are a few titles I wish I hadn’t missed but as I said, it’s already late March and definitely time to move on to the new year. Ultimately, the entire year can be summarized in 18 films for me. As per tradition – and by that I mean an arbitrary rule I made up just last year – this blog only awards a Top Dozen so as much as it pains me to do so, I’ll have to leave six films off the list. Ask me on a different day and these honourable mentions can swap places with any of the films in the bottom six of my top dozen. No matter the placement, I love all these films and I’ll be going back to them in the future. And if you haven’t had the chance to see any of them yet, I really hope I can encourage you to do so.
Miss Bala (dir. Gerardo Naranjo), Young Adult (dir. Jason Reitman), Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh), The Skin I Live in (dir. Pedro Almodovar), Attack the Block (dir. Joe Cornish), Tomboy (dir. Celine Sciamma)
12. Moneyball (dir. Miller)
There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap. And then there’s us.
You are very beautiful, very talented. But we are going to make you even more beautiful, even more talented.
10. Project NIM (dir. Marsh)
9. This is not a Film (dir. Panahi, Mirtahmasb) (My Review)
8. Melancholia (dir. von Trier)
7. Of Gods and Men (dir. Beauvois)
6. Martha Marcy May Marlene (dir. Durkin) (My Review)
5. Drive (dir. Refn) (My Review)
4. Senna (dir. Kapadia) (My Review)
3. ALPS (dir. Lanthimos) (My Review)
2. A Separation (dir. Farhadi)
1. Oslo, August 31st (dir. Trier) (My Review)
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m doing better. You’ll see.