Kris Tapley’s eagerly anticipated Top Ten Shots of the Year column is up and running. Check it out.
He’s very good at this. I think he’s picked five great ones this year so far.
A fair rundown, I think of the year’s best from Brian D. Johnson.
1. The Tree of Life. With Avatar-scale ambition, Terrence Malick takes ’50s nostalgia all the way back to the Big Bang. Grounded in intense performances by Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, this boy’s-eye view of Paradise Lost is ecstatic, evocative and sobering. It restores faith in cinema’s...
2. The Artist
4. The Tree of Life
5. The Descendants
6. Young Adult
7. Source Code
9. The Beaver
(Thanks to Alia)
Great list from Tom Brook:
10 Rise of the Planet of The Apes
9 Margin Call
8 Tree of Life
6 War Horse
3 The Artist
2 The Descendants
1 We Need to Talk About Kevin
Some unfamiliar choices so I’m including abbreviated descriptions. Read Hoberman’s full explanation at The Village Voice.
1. A DANGEROUS METHOD
Consummate classical filmmaking, A Dangerous Method has an exaggerated Masterpiece Theatre patina that is regularly fissured by geysers of desire (as well as dreams and ideas) and ultimately blown away as Spielrein,...
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
1. The Tree of Life
3. Take Shelter
4. Win Win
7. The Descendants
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love
“The most enduring performance of the year was Andy Serkis in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”: I’m going to take a (possibly deserved) beating for...
He lists them alphabetically – but we have to assume that The Artist is his number one choice:
“The Artist.” A black-and-white silent movie that creates the most modern kind of witty and entertaining fun.
“City of Life and Death.” A Chinese film about World War II’s Rape of Nanking that is strong enough to change your life, if you can bear to watch it at...
Here is my top ten for 2011. Hopefully, Ryan’s, Beth’s and Craig’s will follow.
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(Can’t find this online yet, but it’s in the Dec 23 issue in my snail mail box today. Thanks to @Arnian)
1. The Tree of Life
2. The Descendents
4. A Separation
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
8. Crazy, Stupid, Love
9. The Trip
10. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Gleiberman’s 5 Worst movies of 2011, after...
3. The Artist
5. A Separation
6. The Descendents
9. The Interrupters
Schwarzbaum’s 5 worst films, after the cut.