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Do we not have a thread for *our* 2011 lists beyond the "Halftime Report" thread?

If not, might as well get one started since at least one of us has posted that list already.

I'm working on my list. It feels kind of like this.

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There are so many interesting films, finding ways to choose one over another sometimes feels ridiculous.

But the power of the picking-favorites habit is strong.

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There are so many interesting films, finding ways to choose one over another sometimes feels ridiculous.

But the power of the picking-favorites habit is strong.

Yeah, I started the sorting process last night, and since I usually do a dozen films I get a couple extra from those who usually do a top ten, so I usually have two less to mourn over not making the cut. This year I'm considering tacking on a bonus dozen.

My prelim list (the further down the list, the more iffy it's exact location):

Of Gods and Men

The Mill and the Cross

Tree of Life

Certified Copy

Nostalgia for the Light

Tyrannosaur

Warrior

Midnight in Paris

The Kid with a Bike

Higher Ground

A Separation

The Way

Pina

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Bill Cunningham New York

The Help

Wish Me Away

Coriolanus

Attack the Block

Hugo

Tabloid

Rango

The Adjustment Bureau

(yup, looks like my annual dozen is going BOGO)

Favorite revisits or discoveries from the past:

Disney Dream

Ben-Hur

Exodus

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As I get my end-of-year list ready, I'm finding myself more and more indifferent to 2011 as a year for film. There were one or two surprises, but really, the best films I saw this year were all films from past years. So if we're looking at my top ten films I saw for the first time in 2011, then the list looks like this:

BLOW OUT (1981, dir. Brian De Palma)

DEAD RINGERS (1988, dir. David Cronenberg)

FEMME FATALE (2002, dir. Brian De Palma)

GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (2004, dir. Mamoru Oshii)

HOUR OF THE WOLF (1968, dir. Ingmar Bergman)

THE MAGICIAN (1958, dir. Ingmar Bergman)

MYSTERIES OF LISBON (2010, dir. Raul Ruiz)

SENSO (1954, dir. Luchino Visconti)

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957, dir. Alexander Mackendrick)

THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975, dir. John Schlesinger)

Compared that list, any 2011 Top Ten I could put together looks like mighty meager.

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Could I request that people post their lists in progress? Rather than waiting for our final, official, "now that I've seen everything I'm going to see" lists? Add those later, or update what you've already posted - but post earlier drafts now? These lists are only mildly interesting to me after the fact: they are immensely helpful to me in process, as a viewing guide to what I might want to watch as the year ends and the next one begins.

Thoughts so far?

I've seen far fewer movies this year than any year since 1998. Alas. But I do want to do some catching up now: what should I see?

The new films I've seen this year that I've had a particular affection for, or interest in, include...

Tree Of Life, Bill Cunningham New York, Margaret, The Way

The Mill and The Cross

The Descendants, Another Earth, In A Better World

Midnight In Paris, Ides of March, Moneyball, half of Super 8

And one older film in particular that became an instant lifetime favourite

George Washington

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Top 10 (in alphabetical order)

The Adventures of Tintin

The Artist

Attack the Block

Hugo

Insidious

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Moneyball

Super 8

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tree of Life

Honorable mentions: The Descendants, Cold Weather, Rango, Win Win, Take Shelter, Being Elmo, 13 Assassins, The Guard

Overrated: Bridesmaids

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But I do want to do some catching up now: what should I see?

I'm sure everyone's tiring of my constant support for this film, but ya gotta see MYSTERIES OF LISBON.

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The new films I've seen this year that I've had a particular affection for, or interest in, include...

Tree Of Life

Bill Cunningham New York

The Mill and The Cross

The Descendants, Another Earth, In A Better World

Midnight In Paris, Ides of March, Moneyball, half of Super 8

Ooh, now I'm tempted to include half-films. I'm with you on "half of Super 8."

But I do want to do some catching up now: what should I see?

I'm sure everyone's tiring of my constant support for this film, but ya gotta see MYSTERIES OF LISBON.

I would if I could!!

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I'm still waiting to see Lisbon, too. That one, A Separation, and Margaret are the three gaping holes in my 2011 viewing.

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Still haven't caught A Seperation, Margaret, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I really want to catch the latter before pulling the trigger.

I do like Mysteries of Lisbon, but can't imagine when I could give it a requisite second viewing seeing as it is 97 hours long. At this point, I don't know if it would make my list.

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Saw another one today you might like, M: Putty Hill. It's kinda like The Arbor meets Paranoid Park but set in East Baltimore.

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Seen it. Liked it well enough that it was on my list in that earlier thread about favorites from 2011. Is it eligible, though? I lost my link to the NY theatrical release list.

What did you think about it? Between this and The Arbor, I am becoming increasingly intrigued in cinema as a space for confession. (Which would make a great A&F list some day: Best Films about Confessions.)

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Still haven't caught A Seperation, Margaret, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I really want to catch the latter before pulling the trigger.

TINKER just made it to Philadelphia. I can't wait to see it.

I do like Mysteries of Lisbon, but can't imagine when I could give it a requisite second viewing seeing as it is 97 hours long.

Yeah, you definitely have to carve out a real chunk of time to give MYSTERIES OF LISBON a watch. My local theater was kind enough to offer the opportunity to see the first half of the film one night and the second half later in the week. I stuck it out for a single super-long viewing, though.

I'm interested to see the full, six-hour version.

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I'm interested to see the full, six-hour version.

A local university had it for one night in toto. It was, I admit, too much for me in one fell swoop.

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Here's my list of faves so far, there's plenty I haven't seen yet.

(Not necessarily in order)

Of Gods and Men

Tree of Life

Certified Copy

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

Win Win

Bridesmaids

50/50

Muppets

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By the way, for those frustrated by the inaccessibility of MYSTERIES OF LISBON, be frustrated no more. It's streaming on vudu.com for about five bucks. I haven't used this service before. I'm hoping it's as convenient as it looks. Now, if I can just find 386 uninterrupted minutes. In a row.

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So many I have yet to see that I don't think I can make a list until next year.

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Here's my Top 12 so far:

1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

2. (tie) The Way and A Dangerous Method

3. Hugo

4. Nostalgia for the Light

5. Bill Cunningham New York

6.Martha Marcy May Marlene

7. Moneyball

8. Meek's Cutoff

9. Attack the Block

10. MI-4

11. Young Adult

12. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Still need to see Melancholia and Le Havre

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I feel like all I did was watch movies the last two months, but as I sit down to put together my Top 10, I learn that these movies are still unseen by me:

Take Shelter (placed first because I imagine it would claim a spot on my Top 10, maybe high up)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Senna

Beats, Rhymes and Life

The Help

Pina

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

EDIT: And no Tarr, Ceylan or Dardennes either.

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Gotta admit I'm surprised at this point that I have eight that could make a list, given my lack of time as the final months wound down. I also must admit that seven of the eight I'm quite excited about - at this point, number eight is one that I think I could be talked into.

As per usual, I'm not a paid guy, and these probably don't all qualify. For instance, #1 is recorded at IMDB as a fall 2010 film. But, eeh. It counts for me.

1. Amer

2. Certified Copy

3. Tree of Life

4. The Mill and the Cross

5. 50/50

6. Insidious

7. Midnight in Paris

8. Of Gods and Men

The more I think about it, I'd want to throw Budrus on the list, no matter what year it qualifies as. Few films are really "important." Budrus is. I saw it in a theater in 2011, maybe that's all it needs to qualify for my list.

Going to be seeing Bill Cunningham New York and Incendies in the next day... I'll also be seeing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, but I don't think even I could let it qualify as 2011.

Too bad White Material can't count.

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Going by the theatrical release in New York rule:

1. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz)

2. Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard)

3. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)

4. To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues)

5. Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)

6. House of Pleasures (Bertrand Bonello)

7. The Arbor (Clio Barnard)

8. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

9. My Joy (Sergei Loznitsa)

10. Tuesday, After Christmas (Radu Muntean)

Or something like that. I hadn't realized until I tallied everything up yesterday just how few films I watched in 2011 -- so few, in fact, that I'm not even going to do a list of the favorite older films I saw for the first time in 2011. Work and family are eating up more of my time these days, I guess. I did watch more new releases than normal, though. Nearly 50. I suspect that's due to Twitter, which is such a fun of-the-moment discussion tool.

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Disclaimer: No doubt many will scoff at my list, but remember that, like Persona, I don't get paid to see movies. Also, my criteria can be subjective, including such factors as "Did it make me laugh/cry/smile/swoon?" Also, I'm easily amused, though I don't care for explosions, horror, or despair. And I'm pretty sure that on the list of 2011 movies I have yet to see are some that should be on my "best" list, but I won't see them until the DVDs get to me.

In viewing order:

Jane Eyre

Midnight in Paris

The Way

Moneyball

The Muppets

Buck

Hugo

Made in Dagenham

War Horse

We Bought a Zoo

2011 movies I still want to see:

The Descendants

Of Gods and Men

The Tree of Life

Certified Copy

The Mill and the Cross

Another Earth

The Artist

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (opens here later this month)

Machine Gun Preacher

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (opens here later this month)

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1 - The Tree of Life

2 - The Mill and the Cross

3 - The Sunset Limited

4 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

5 - Hugo

6 - Take Shelter

7 - A Separation

8 - Boardwalk Empire (Season Two)

9 - The Adjustment Bureau

10 - Midnight in Paris

11 - Damsels in Distress

12 - Coriolanus

13 - Game of Thrones (Season One)

14 - The Loneliest Planet

15 - Le Havre

16 - Machine Gun Preacher

17 - Margaret

18 - Tyrannosaur

19 - Downton Abbey (Season Two)

20 - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

21 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

22 - Moneyball

23 - The Swell Season

24 - Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol

25 - My Week With Marilyn

26 - The Artist

27 - Drive

28 - Martha Marcy May Marlene

29 - The Dilemma

30 - Winnie the Pooh

31 - The Rum Diary

To See List of 20: Another Earth, Barrymore, Carnage, Chicken with Plums, Declaration of War, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Faust, The Flowers of War, The Hunter, In the Land of Blood and Honey, The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre, The Kid with a Bike, Kill List, The Lady, Shame, The Way, Wilde Salome, We Need to Talk About Kevin

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