Our favorite movies of 2011
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:28 PM
For the record:
THE TREE OF LIFE
CERTIFIED COPY (COPIE CONFORME)
OF GODS AND MEN (DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
A DANGEROUS METHOD
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:02 PM
Basically I liked a lot of this film. It's pretty good, and I guess I can't quite see some of the issues that others have with the film as far as action sequences, etc.
That's a pretty nice endorsement, but I suspect that film may have risen a bit in your estimation since seeing it. If so, care to elaborate on your thoughts in the Tintin thread? I never did get to a second viewing.
Edited by Christian, 20 January 2012 - 10:03 PM.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:04 AM
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
MYSTERIES OF LISBON
OF GODS AND MEN
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Of course, there's plenty I have yet to see.
Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:27 PM
10. Midnight in Paris
9. Letters to Father Jacob
8. Take Shelter
4. The Mill and the Cross
2. The Tree of Life
1. Certified Copy
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:22 AM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:30 AM
But then, every year I do this I know in advance that my year of release isn't quite exact. I'm sure Amer and Letters to Father Jacob have flaws with the year of release too. Heck, maybe more than that. When you're in a smaller city and not a paid critic, you don't do these things to the same scale as others.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:36 AM
: Yeah. You must be referring to Budrus, right?
Actually, no: Letters to Father Jacob.
Don't worry, I get why you're including the films that you do; in the past, I have followed a Vancouver-centric rule myself. It's still just a little weird to see ghosts from the past pop up like this, though.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:44 AM
I guess in the case of Letters to Father Jacob, my thinking was that if it first came out in Chicago in March of 2011, then it MUST be safe on any 2011 list.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:56 AM
: If you saw Letters to Father Jacob in 2009 . . .
Yep, I did.
: . . . you must have seen it before it hit even a minor film festival in the US.
Could be. It's a sort of "minor" film, i.e. the sort of film that doesn't necessarily "make the rounds" like a lot of Cannes favorites do, etc. -- so it might take a while for festivals and others to notice it, pick it up, etc.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:10 PM
Tree of Life is my number one with a bullet. I have not been affected by, engaged with, or been fully immersed in the experience of a film like I was with this film in years!! It was so incredibly visceral and unexpected. The last film that had such an impact on me probably wasn't even seen in a theater! I loved this film and all others pale in comparison.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:36 AM
Top Ten (in order):
1. The Tree of Life
3. Certified Copy
5. Win Win
6. Take Shelter
7. Of Gods and Men
9. Jane Eyre
10. The Trip
Pretty Good (in no order):
Everything Must Go
Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Mill and the Cross
Midnight in Paris
Still Haven't Seen:
Nostalgia for the Light, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Descendants, The Artist, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Drive, stuff I'm doubtless forgetting.
Edited by Timothy Zila, 19 February 2012 - 01:36 AM.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:51 AM
1. The Tree of Life
2. Certified Copy
3. Of Gods and Men
5. The Mill and the Cross
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. Take Shelter
9. Meek’s Cutoff
10. Attack the Block
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): Buck; Tuesday, After Christmas; Melancholia; Win Win; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; The Muppets; Midnight in Paris; The Ides of March; Carnage; Margin Call; Drive; The Trip; Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol; Young Adult; Jane Eyre
Edited by Nicholas, 23 February 2012 - 10:53 AM.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:48 AM
Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:33 AM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:16 AM
Also, my favorite film of the 2011, House of Pleasures, is now streaming on Netflix in the States.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:01 AM
I nearly killed them.
(As for the film itself, I appreciated it artistically, but it wasn't of the sort that moved me personally. I have no objections to others liking/admiring it more than I did. It was actually pretty interesting. Probably bears mentioning to this particular demographic that there is a lot of nudity so if that sort of thing bothers you--it doesn't me--take recommendations with caution.)
Edited by kenmorefield, 29 August 2012 - 11:02 AM.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:24 AM
And, yes, Ken's right. A movie called House of Pleasures that is set in a turn-of-the-century Paris brothel contains nudity and sexual content. In case you needed that warning.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:29 AM
If I've learned anything in a decade plus of teaching (and some writing for evangelical circles) it is that anything I think goes without saying will result in at least one person complaining that "hey, you didn't say...!"
Edited by kenmorefield, 29 August 2012 - 11:29 AM.