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#21 M. Leary

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:52 AM

Wow, I didn't notice that St. Nick had a release this year.

I still have a few to catch up on, but these are contenders so far (in no order and according to the very handy universal poll-eligible list):

Certified Copy
Le Quattro Volte
The Arbor
Nostalgia for the Light
Of Gods and Men
Uncle Boonmee
Poetry
Silent Souls
Attack the Block
Film Socialisme
Submarine
Tree of Life
Tuesday, After Christmas
Putty Hill

Deserves mention:

Mildred Pierce


Wow. This really has been an astronomical year for cinema. To add to the above:

Contenders:

Tyrannosaur
Melancholia
Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Deserves Mention:

Meek's Cutoff

#22 Darren H

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:49 PM

No kidding. I've now seen 38 films that qualify as 2011 releases, with about a dozen more queued up to watch before the end of the year. Just this weekend I saw two more with top 10 potential. Right now, I have four or five shoo-ins; the rest will be a tricky process of elimination.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:47 PM

Good grief, these lists just show me that I have dozens of films to see before I feel ready to publish a list. But I do agree, it's been a great year.

#24 M. Leary

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:49 PM

I am glad the Dardennes' doesn't "count" until next year.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:07 PM

Well, it counts by my new listing system ("What IMDB says goes"), so I hope I get to see it soon. Of Gods and Men and Certified Copy have been retroactively installed in my 2010 list. Just saw The Arbor, easily one of my favorite discoveries of 2011, but since it played at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2010, not to mention the Czech Republic in July 2010, and in the month of October 2010 it played in Germany, France, Belgium, and the UK... and then Italy in November 2010... I'm putting it on my list of 2010 movies.

Edited by Overstreet, 28 November 2011 - 02:15 PM.


#26 Darren H

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:14 PM

By the way, what the hell is a "Pruitt-Igoe Myth"? You're not allowed to top-10 a film I haven't even heard of. ;)

M, have you seen Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere yet? If not, it might throw another wrinkle in your list-making plans.

Edited by Darren H, 28 November 2011 - 02:15 PM.


#27 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:24 PM

Darren H wrote:
: By the way, what the hell is a "Pruitt-Igoe Myth"? You're not allowed to top-10 a film I haven't even heard of. ;)

FWIW, we don't have a thread on that film yet, but we do have at least one post on it (with a trailer) in our thread on Koyaanisqatsi, here.

#28 Lynn He

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:30 PM

My top 2011 movies, in order:



TREE OF LIFE (hands down #1, IMO)

A BETTER LIFE

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MONEYBALL

SENNA

QUEEN TO PLAY



Still need to see:

THE MILL AND THE CROSS (only played for one week in Portland and I couldn't find anyone to go see it with me at the time)

MYSTERIES OF LISBON

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY



I saw HUGO over the weekend, but was disappointed.

Didn't care much for MEEK'S CUTOFF, WIN WIN, or several of the other 2011 films mentioned here (I'm thinking of this year's releases only), but I'm pretty picky.

#29 M. Leary

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:52 PM

By the way, what the hell is a "Pruitt-Igoe Myth"? You're not allowed to top-10 a film I haven't even heard of. ;)

M, have you seen Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere yet? If not, it might throw another wrinkle in your list-making plans.


I am not a documentary watcher, but Pruitt-Igoe was stunning.

Road to Nowhere is on my list for next weekish.

#30 Darrel Manson

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:19 PM

I wonder if Pruitt-Igoe met the qualifications for Oscar consideration since it's not on the short list and some that I've seen that made that list are not near as good.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:00 PM

Re-posting a post of mine from the evening of November 28 that got lost during the recent transition:

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cascadeofwater wrote:
: Okay, but using that criteria makes the list produced here out of reach for the average viewer.

You make it sound like this thread is about some sort of official list that will get published somewhere. It isn't. It's a thread in which each person can make whatever list they want according to whatever criteria they want. As long as everyone is clear on what criteria, exactly, they are using, I don't see a problem here.

: The release date I refer to is the 'USA release date' shown on IMDB.

But if you live in Portland, you're probably seeing lots of films in 2011 that had a 'USA release date' in 2010 (e.g. Oscar contenders that get limited releases in December and then go wide in January or February). So there isn't even any single kind of 'USA release date'.

: . . . a festival release date . . .

<nitpick> "Festival release" is an oxymoron. Festival screenings are stand-alone events and generally not part of any sort of "release". </nitpick>

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:31 PM

Life has gotten in the way of movies the last few weeks. As I start playing catchup, which of these do I need to see before I finalize my top films of the year list?
  • Hugo
  • In the Land of Blood and Money
  • The Artist (OK, this is high on my list no matter what you say)
  • Tintin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Albert Nobbs
  • J. Edgar
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Carnage
  • Young Adult


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:34 PM

Life has gotten in the way of movies the last few weeks. As I start playing catchup, which of these do I need to see before I finalize my top films of the year list?

  • Hugo
  • In the Land of Blood and Money
  • The Artist (OK, this is high on my list no matter what you say)
  • Tintin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Albert Nobbs
  • J. Edgar
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Carnage
  • Young Adult

All of them. Sorry, but it's true.

#34 Overstreet

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:48 PM

FWIW, Darrel, I've only seen three of those films, and none of those three are in my top ten. And I'll be lucky if I see more than two of the other seven before I publish my list. There just isn't time.

But then again, none of my lists are ever "finalized." They're all in a constant state of revision.

Edited by Overstreet, 23 December 2011 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2012 - 05:02 PM


Life has gotten in the way of movies the last few weeks. As I start playing catchup, which of these do I need to see before I finalize my top films of the year list?

  • Hugo
  • In the Land of Blood and Money
  • The Artist (OK, this is high on my list no matter what you say)
  • Tintin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Albert Nobbs
  • J. Edgar
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Carnage
  • Young Adult

All of them. Sorry, but it's true.

Just curious, Darrel, as to which of these you've seen, or still intend to see, since posting.

#36 Darrel Manson

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:14 PM



Life has gotten in the way of movies the last few weeks. As I start playing catchup, which of these do I need to see before I finalize my top films of the year list?

  • Hugo
  • In the Land of Blood and Money
  • The Artist (OK, this is high on my list no matter what you say)
  • Tintin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Albert Nobbs
  • J. Edgar
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Carnage
  • Young Adult

All of them. Sorry, but it's true.

Just curious, Darrel, as to which of these you've seen, or still intend to see, since posting.

Caught up to (so far):
Hugo
The Artist
Tintin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
A Dangerous Method
J. Edgar
Carnage