2011 Film List


Some friends have been putting together year lists of their favorite 20 films. They give about a 2-3 week deadline for each year, and count down a decade at a time. Since I have some downtime, I’ve jumped in with a 2011 list. From here we’ll go next to 1994, then 1984, and so forth.

The list year was documentary heavy, mostly because I got into a kick and saw quite a few. Listing The Story of Film was a bit of a cheat, as it is more of a TV series than a theatrical film, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.

20. Margaret
19. Shame
18. Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
17. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
16. Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope
15. This is Not a Film
14. Ides of March
13. Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times
12. The Descendants
11. 50/50
10. Cabin in the Woods
9. A Better Life
8. The Story of Film: An Odyssey
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
5. Moneyball
4. Project Nim
3. Hugo
2. Paradise Lost 3
1. Tree of Life

Tree of Life may be high concept, but the sheer beauty is hypnotic. Every frame is gorgeous.

Posted on November 30, 2013, in Lists. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great list. I need to check out Paradise Lost 3. Here’s my 2011 list:

    01 Certified Copy
    02 Meek’s Cutoff
    03 Drive
    04 Hugo
    05 Melancholia
    06 Hanna
    07 Take Shelter
    08 The Tree of Life
    09 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    10 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    11 Bernie
    12 The Descendants
    13 Super 8
    14 Moneyball
    15 The King’s Speech
    16 Atlas Shrugged: Part I
    17 Melancholia


  2. Atlas Shrugged? Really? I read the book ages ago, but it was widely panned so I didn’t bother with the movie. Certified Copy left me cold, but it seems like the type of movie you have to see more than once. I just bought the Criterion today so will revisit.

  3. Just added A Separation, which came in at #3. I get a lot of my ideas from criterionforum.org’s [url=http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11352]Dynamic Consensus Lists[/url].

  4. Just added Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, which came in at #3. I get my best ideas from criterionforum.org’s [url=http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11352]Dynamic Consensus Lists[/url].

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