Top Ten Films of 2011

23 Feb

It’s that time of year. The Oscars, and the awards season. Everyone looks back at their favourite films of the year. Maybe this is because I’m a mad film junkie, my year doesn’t begin until The Oscars are over because I’m looking over last year so much. Crazy, I know. Just thought I’d share this great video with you guys. It really reminds me of what a great year I’ve had and how I love cinema. Bring on 2012!


Number 1 – A Separation

I still maintain that if this film were English, it would have won every award possible. A Separation is perfect. But it wouldn’t work as an English movie. There’s something peculiarly Iranian about it. Regardless, it’s an outstanding film. There’s nothing wrong with it. Asghar Farhadi masterfully shapes these characters and involves the viewer in this hard hitting and memorable story. A pure work of genius. This has honestly become one of my top films of all time.

Number 2 – We Need To Talk About Kevin

This is a staggering, knockout of a film. Lynne Ramsay is fantastic as the director and the way the camera is used is exceptional. Colours are so vivid and bright, and just seems to tell the story so well. The performances are top class including all three of the children playing Kevin. Tilda Swinton is magnificent, but when isn’t she? It’s an outrage that this was overlooked at the Oscars. This is such a memorable, fantastic film.

Number 3 – The Descendants

One of the things that was great about this film is how it really stayed with you. Alexander Payne is a great filmmaker working at his finest here. I still think that out of the nine Best Picture nominees, this should win.

Number 4 – The Artist

A gorgeous, charming and utterly entertaining film. I loved every minute of it. Go see it! I’m predicting it to take Best Picture.

Number 5 – Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn directed this movie so well. It’s hyper stylised and uber cool and I was there for every minute of it. I loved the chemistry between Gosling and Mulligan and the whole way the film was laid out.

Number 6 – Hugo

Scorsese can never do wrong and his family film was so wonderful. About the birth of cinema, this movie was so cuddly and cute. Perhaps because I was that little kid obsessed with cinema.

Number 7 – Senna

Senna was a topic that I really couldn’t care less about. But it told a great story really well. I loved the way it enthralled me to really care about the story and the person.

Number 8 – Midnight in Paris

No, this wasn’t earth shattering. I only gave it 4/5 here. But it was such a charming, lovely little movie that reminded me why I love Woody Allen so much. Unfortunately these days, you don’t know whether you’re getting You’ll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger or Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Woody but this was definitely better than Vicky Cristina. Again, it appealed to me more because I was always so fascinated by twenties literature and I’ve read The Great Gatsby countless times. It’s sad I know, but I know plenty of quotes off the top of my head.

Number 9 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I think this suffered from being so soon after the Swedish version and the hype had settled but this is a great adaptation of an excellent thriller. Fincher directs it to perfection and the extraordinary character of Lisbeth Salander was brought to life excellently by Rooney Mara.

Number 10 – Bridesmaids & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter was a fantastic film. The story has a lot of sentimental value for me as it’s what I grew up with and truly feels like a part of a me.

Bridesmaids was downright hilarious. It’s Kristiin Wiig. Enough said. No seriously, this movie makes me laugh so much. It makes me smile and feel good. We all like that from a movie.

12 Responses to “Top Ten Films of 2011”

  1. colincarman February 24, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    All fine films. No “Drive”?

    • aculturedlad February 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Thank you!

      I thought they were truly the best. I think We Need To Talk About Kevin hasn’t been getting the awards buzz it deserves. Neither has Drive which is at number five, but the image isn’t working, will find another one!

  2. elementsilove February 25, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Thanks for the must see list – haven’t seen any except for the hilarious “bridesmaids” happy oscars….

    • aculturedlad February 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Thank you for commenting!

      Yes, you must see these! A Separation is jaw dropping. It’s absolutely stunning. As is We Need To Talk About Kevin, which due to a bad campaign and silly release time is not getting the awards buzz it deserves but Lynne Ramsay has proven once again that she’s one of the finest filmmakers around. I honestly recommend all of these as must watches! Bridesmaids was indeed hilarious!

      Of course I’ll be enjoying the Oscars!

  3. Diana February 25, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Great list, except I personally wouldn’t put Descendants so high on it. Nice to see We need to talk about Kevin getting some recognition!

    • aculturedlad February 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      Some haven’t flocked to it as much as I have but I thought it was a truly magnificent, profound, honest and incredibly endearing film. We Need to Talk About Kevin was absolutely stunning! Lynne Ramsay is such a great director! I can’t believe this hasn’t been nominated for one Oscar. It really shows what campaigning can do!

  4. Elisha February 27, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    I believe this is top 11 films not 10! Despite this, thank you, on your recommendation I watched midnight in Paris. It was a decent film however not one which I would personally rank in my top films for 2011. Am going to watch the descendants next!

    • aculturedlad March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you for commenting!

      Yes, but ‘Top Eleven’ sounds so much worse… Perhaps I’m just a sucker for aliteration! Many people feel taht way but there was something about this film that I absolutely love! I think it might be the connection I have with being fascinated by 20s literature. I remember being a teenager and being totally absorbed by The Great Gatsby. It also reminded me of when I fell in love with Woody Allen movies as a teenager too. The first time I saw Annie Hall I was blown away. This had the same sort of charming affect on me.

  5. 3guys1movie February 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    That is a solid list, I have not seen A Seperation and have yet to watch any of those Harry Potter films. I don’t want to ruin my streak of ignoring them at this point. What happened to your Drive photo?

    • aculturedlad March 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you!

      It is stunning. It’s quiet yet it’s still so powerful. I absolutely loved it. WHAT!? How can you have never seen a Harry Potter film? You really need to read those books, the childhood memories I have with them… I have no clue… I shall change it soon!

  6. wreichard April 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I agree re: The Descendants. Rarely in Hollywood do movies focus on such an uncomfortable subject for so long and to such great effect. I went in loaded for schmaltz, too, and was blown away.

    • aculturedlad April 18, 2012 at 4:04 am #

      Thanks for the comment!

      I think it was really underrated because it was such a quiet film. There was something wonderful about how this story could’ve been treated to become something out of a soap opera but thanks to Payne’s elegant storytelling it became a very heartwarming story.

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