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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 [url="http://1morefilmblog.com/wordpress/2011-top-10/"]one of us[/url] has posted that list already.

I'm working on my list. [url="http://bit.ly/vy53tR"]It feels kind of like this.[/url] Edited by Overstreet

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[quote name='Overstreet' date='23 December 2011 - 05:28 PM' timestamp='1324679323' post='264392']
[url="http://bit.ly/vy53tR"]It feels kind of like this.[/url]
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I don't get it.

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[img]http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/60/6069/AHYD100Z/posters/jack-ziegler-they-re-all-pretty-but-this-one-is-my-favorite--new-yorker-cartoon.jpg[/img]

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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[quote name='Overstreet' date='23 December 2011 - 02:41 PM' timestamp='1324680084' post='264396']


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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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 Edited by Darrel Manson

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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]I saw for the first time[/i] 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. Edited by Ryan H.

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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 Edited by Ron Reed

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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 Edited by J.R.

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[quote name='Ron Reed' date='29 December 2011 - 11:31 AM' timestamp='1325176316' post='264594']
But I do want to do some catching up now: what should I see?[/quote]
I'm sure everyone's tiring of my constant support for this film, but ya gotta see MYSTERIES OF LISBON.

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[quote name='Ron Reed' date='29 December 2011 - 08:31 AM' timestamp='1325176316' post='264594']
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
[/quote]

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

[quote name='Ryan H.' date='29 December 2011 - 09:59 AM' timestamp='1325181583' post='264602']
[quote name='Ron Reed' date='29 December 2011 - 11:31 AM' timestamp='1325176316' post='264594']
But I do want to do some catching up now: what should I see?[/quote]
I'm sure everyone's tiring of my constant support for this film, but ya gotta see MYSTERIES OF LISBON.
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I would if I could!!

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I'm still waiting to see [i]Lisbon[/i], too. That one, [i]A Separation[/i], and [i]Margaret[/i] 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 [i]Mysteries of Lisbon[/i], 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: [url="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2010/03/the-thrill-of-putty-hill.html"]Putty Hill[/url]. It's kinda like [i]The Arbor[/i] meets [i]Paranoid Park[/i] 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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[quote name='M. Leary' date='29 December 2011 - 03:23 PM' timestamp='1325190180' post='264612']Still haven't caught A Seperation, Margaret, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I really want to catch the latter before pulling the trigger.[/quote]
TINKER just made it to Philadelphia. I can't wait to see it.

[quote name='M. Leary' date='29 December 2011 - 03:23 PM' timestamp='1325190180' post='264612']I do like [i]Mysteries of Lisbon[/i], but can't imagine when I could give it a requisite second viewing seeing as it is 97 hours long.[/quote]
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. Edited by Ryan H.

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[quote name='Ryan H.' date='29 December 2011 - 07:59 PM' timestamp='1325203167' post='264627']

I'm interested to see the full, six-hour version.
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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, [url="http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/266169/Mysteries-of-Lisbon"]be frustrated no more.[/url] 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 Edited by Andrew

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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:

[i]Take Shelter[/i] (placed first because I imagine it would claim a spot on my Top 10, maybe high up)
[i]Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Senna
Beats, Rhymes and Life
The Help
Pina
Rise of the Planet of the Apes[/i]

EDIT: And no Tarr, Ceylan or Dardennes either. Edited by Christian

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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. [i]Amer[/i]
2. [i]Certified Copy[/i]
3. [i]Tree of Life[/i]
4. [i]The Mill and the Cross[/i]
5. [i]50/50[/i]
6. [i]Insidious[/i]
7. [i]Midnight in Paris[/i]
8. [i]Of Gods and Men[/i]

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

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

Too bad [i]White Material[/i] can't count.

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Going by the [url="http://www.panix.com/~dangelo/nymaster11.html"]theatrical release in New York rule[/url]:

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 [url="http://www.longpauses.com/blog/2011/01/2011-film-diary.html"]tallied[/url] 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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[url="http://imagejournal.org/page/blog/strongest-impressions-of-2011-part-1"]Part One of my list is up at Image.[/url]

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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.

[b]In viewing order[/b]:
Jane Eyre
Midnight in Paris
The Way
Moneyball
The Muppets
Buck
Hugo
Made in Dagenham
War Horse
We Bought a Zoo

[b]2011 movies I still want to see[/b]:
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) Edited by BethR

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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

[u][b]To See List of 20:[/b][/u] 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 Edited by J.A.A. Purves

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