Tops of 2011 – Visionary Directors, Riveting Characters

  Here is my top ten for 2011. Hopefully, Ryan’s, Beth’s and Craig’s will follow. Top Ten 1. Hugo 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes/Project Nim 4. Moneyball 5. Shame 6. The Descendants 7. The Artist 8. We Need to Talk...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10

(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 3. Bridesmaids 4. A Separation 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 6. Beginners 7. Rampart 8. Crazy, Stupid, Love 9. The...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Lisa Schwarzbaum’s Top 10

1. Melancholia 2. Bridesmaids 3. The Artist 4. Hugo 5. A Separation 6. The Descendents 7. Pina 8. Moneyball 9. The Interrupters 10. Beginners Schwarzbaum’s 5 worst films, after the cut.
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

Film Comment’s Best Films of 2011

FILM COMMENT’S BEST RELEASED FILMS OF 2011 The Top 10 1. The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick, U.S. 2. Uncle Boonmee, Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directedy by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/U.K./France/Germany 3. Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier,...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

MTV Names Dragon Tattoo Number One Film of 2011

Exclusive from the Hollywood Reporter: “We all fell in love with this movie from the moment we saw it,” MTV News’ Josh Horowitz tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We all love the work of David Fincher, we all were blown away by Rooney Mara, in this amazing performance of this...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011

Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Film of 2011

(Thanks Craig Z!) 1. “A Separation” It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific a film is about human experience, the more universal it is. On the other hand, movies “for everybody” seem to be for nobody in particular… “A...
Posted On 15 Dec 2011

Bridesmaids, A Dangerous Method, Warrior Top the NY Times’ Top Ten (more than ten)

I said on Twitter that their lists are like herding cats — kind of all over the place. You could never really say that you could nail down either of them, taste wise. They seem to like all sorts of different films, obscure and mainstream alike. I couldn’t see them...
Posted On 14 Dec 2011

Metacritic crunches the critics’ scores

Continually updating its chart as top 10 lists roll in, Metacritic begins to calculate its own year-end rankings with weighted scores. 3 points for each 1st place ranking 2 points for each 2nd place ranking 1 point for being ranked 3rd – 10th, or for being included on an...
Posted On 12 Dec 2011

Andrew O’Hehir’s Top 10 Films

Andrew O’Hehir lists his Top 10 Films at Salon. 1. Poetry 2. Melancholia 3. Take Shelter Sadly, Michael Shannon’s massive, almost demonic performance as a working-class Ohio man possessed by apocalyptic visions will be overlooked by the Oscars, as will writer-director Jeff...
Posted On 12 Dec 2011

Marshall Fine’s Top 10

1. The Descendants 2. Drive 3. Shame 4. Incendies 5. The Artist 6. Moneyball 7. Margin Call 8. Martha Marcy May Marlene 9. A Separation 10. Young Adult (via huffpo) As I watched Nicolas Winding Refn’s measured, explosive film unfold, I kept thinking that it reminded me of...
Posted On 12 Dec 2011