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Best Films of 2011

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100. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt (2011)

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This certainly was a gastronomical thriller. The documentary actually begins ten years before the release of the film, catching up with the chef a few times a year throughout his career. The direction and editing is nearly as beautiful as the food he makes.
Personal note - Liebrandt reminds me of a chef I used to work with, adding a layer of nostalgia and comedy.
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People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
99. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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People who added this item 188  Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
98. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
This doc started out great and the, as in past Herzog films I grew tired of his voice and grew tired of the subject.
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People who added this item 201  Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
97. The Whistleblower (2010)
A frustrating movie until the end, and then we still aren't completely satisfied. This is a difficult subject matter to watch but Rachel Weisz, whose performance seems stiff at first, makes this movie very digestible and enjoyable, despite the subject matter.
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People who added this item 453  Average listal rating (299 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.1 
96. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
Rutger Hauer's brilliant in his second starring role on the list. This time a no-holds ass-kicking B movie.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 6.3 
95. Strongman (2009)
A poorly edited documentary about a very interesting and strange subject and world unfamiliar to most.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
94. Unguarded (2011)
Possibly the most important 30 for 30 to watch. About natural talent and uncontrollable substances.
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
93. Love Crime (2010)


Don't fuck with Christine.
This French thriller was entertaining in the head-to-head battle for love seemed relentless.

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People who added this item 173  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
92. The Devil's Double (2011)
A really solid first half turns into a meandering meager example of a lesser writer finding a way to get out of things.
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People who added this item 80  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
91. The Way (2010)
The great Martin Sheen is directed by his son, Emilio, who also plays his son in the film. Sheen has done this before, when he acted with Charlie in 'Wall Street'.

This movie, while dealing with death, is not quite as serious and provocative as Stones' 'Street'. It's set out to be an inspiring journey into the Iberian peninsula, with simple characters and simple dialogue.

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People who added this item 2516  Average listal rating (1692 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
90. X-Men: First Class (2011)
An improvement on the last two installments. Fine performance by Fassbender.
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
89. These Amazing Shadows (2011)
This is a subject I am passionate about and love how informative it is, but I feel like this could have been a lot of more extensive. They barely touch on several subjects and issues pertaining to the preservation of film and film as an important modern art form.
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People who added this item 554  Average listal rating (387 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
88. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
And so begins the resurgence of Mr. McCoughnehey
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
87. The Mill and the Cross (2011)
An entire film set in a painting. Looking at how a complicated, detailed painting was narratively put together.
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People who added this item 839  Average listal rating (411 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
86. The Rum Diary (2011)
A fun, disjointed romp. I can't get enough of Amber Heard

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People who added this item 225  Average listal rating (145 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
85. The Big Year (2011)
Not exactly a popular subject, birding, but I usually like movies about hobbies I know nothing about.
Eventhough it has three great comedians as leads there aren't a lot of laughs; but that doesn't mean they weren't entertaining.
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People who added this item 1076  Average listal rating (683 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.1 
84. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Bonds & Solos
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People who added this item 1108  Average listal rating (714 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
83. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
What wants to be a smart suspense thriller is just a decently made love story with a familiar premise. Luckily the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is strong enough to make this one to watch.
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
82. Buck (2011)
An interesting documentary about a man who loves his job, gift and life.
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People who added this item 141  Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
81. The Future (2011)
A movie so strange that...


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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
80. Sarah's Key (2010)
Kristen Scott Thomas does a hell of a job in this specific story taking place during WWII. Lovely cinematography as well.
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People who added this item 355  Average listal rating (244 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating
79. Larry Crowne (2011)
Hanks is his usual likable self but Roberts is her usual unlikable self. This movie, trying for the similar success 'Up in the Air' had, does not hit the tones and notes perfectly.
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People who added this item 228  Average listal rating (127 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
78. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Gerard is good at being a crazy bad-ass Christian.

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People who added this item 86  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
77. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
A touching and quite enjoyable documentary
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People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
76. 3 (2010)


A film took several chances. While some didn't pay off I was definitely intrigued throughout and Sophie Rois is a delight.

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People who added this item 3018  Average listal rating (1810 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
75. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Well, it is the finale, but it's not the best. I felt more relieved it was over instead of sad.
The actors and visual effects are still top-notch. I suppose I just had enough at this point.
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People who added this item 358  Average listal rating (243 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
74. Margin Call (2011)
A dialogue-heavy one-note kind of depressing look at the economic situation of the time.
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People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
73. The Swell Season (2011)


An intimate look into the backstage life of the most likable duo in music. Sadly the business has shown its ability to get in the way love once again.

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People who added this item 208  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
72. The Company Men (2010)
A solid cast in a solid and timely story. What's missing here is the playful dialogue and not completely serious look at a subject that is completely serious. If they took a note from 'Up in the Air' perhaps the producers would have made more money... then again, maybe their goal was to make a more serious take.

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People who added this item 107  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
71. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
I wasn't expecting much going into this documentary and became pleasantly surprised and now have a new respect for Hicks.
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People who added this item 1712  Average listal rating (1079 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
70. The Hangover: Part II (2011)
Cinematography for a comedy doesn't get better than this; but comedies get better than this
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People who added this item 52  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
69. Project Nim (2011)
Coming from James Marsh I had high expectations and thankfully this documentary is well-done and not a miss from him.

However I still find myself disappointed, but I think that's mainly because I didn't like any of the subjects, which is only Marsh's fault in the fact that he seems convinced they are interesting and/or at least likable.

Nim, however: Likable as fuck. Even when he gets into his hostile stage.

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People who added this item 343  Average listal rating (248 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
68. The Guard (2011)
Possibly the best role I've seen Gleason play. His chemistry with Cheadle is great in this dagger of an Irish film.
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People who added this item 233  Average listal rating (125 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
67. The Turin Horse (2011)


Bela Tarr's final film is another demanding spectacle with artistic vision. His films impress the hell out of me, but can't ever truly enjoy them like some.

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People who added this item 265  Average listal rating (176 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.6 
66. Senna (2010)
An awesome documentary about racing and life.
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People who added this item 466  Average listal rating (312 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.2 
65. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Some truly funny moments in a small comedy with nothing special to enable it to shine from the pack.
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People who added this item 270  Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
64. Win Win (2011)
Anything with Giamatti is a win win
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
63. All.I.Can. (2011)


One of the best shot skiing film I've ever seen. It begins with a montage akin to a Godfrey Reggio film and continues with plenty of kick-ass shots of back country skiing. It gets a little environment preachy which keeps this from being a truly great skiing doc.
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People who added this item 1178  Average listal rating (751 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
62. Contagion (2011)
An all-star cast can't make this should-have-been modern masterpiece from Soderbergh
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People who added this item 392  Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
61. Another Earth (2011)
A dark sort of indie twist to the sci fi genre. The performances are magnetic and the imagery is memorable and it's all sort of... weird.

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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
60. Breaking and Entering (2010)
The obsession with being the "best" in the world and getting into the Guinness Book of World Records can be quite entertaining.
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People who added this item 2591  Average listal rating (1732 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
59. Thor (2011)


An impressive production but the often hokey dialogue gets distracting. I also found it difficult to truly enjoy it, not having any knowledge about the Thor comics and the world of Asgard.

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People who added this item 131  Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
58. Life in a Day (2011)
A full-length You Tube commercial... that actually works. It sends a beautiful message and reminds us how we aren't ALL stuck in our own technological world
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People who added this item 1153  Average listal rating (714 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
57. Shame (2011)
McQueen has superb controlled direction and Fassbender is intense, but I can't say I enjoyed watching it because of the subject matter.
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People who added this item 318  Average listal rating (185 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.8 
56. Rubber (2010)
The oddest film of the year... in a very good way
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
55. Blackthorn (2011)
Sam Shepherd plays the older Cassidy very well. I love the concept of the movie and I think the results, while nothing like the classic 'Cassidy' from 1969, are noteworthy. There are same great cinematic moments and the story holds weight. The main issue I have is the production seems amateur at times.
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People who added this item 1462  Average listal rating (989 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.4 
54. Limitless (2011)
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People who added this item 2031  Average listal rating (1376 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
53. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
It was almost a great hero film
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People who added this item 395  Average listal rating (249 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
52. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Elizabeth Olsen proves she is a better actress than her sisters in haunting film about backwoods cults
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People who added this item 269  Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
51. Everything Must Go (2010)
Ferrell pulls off a controlled, believable performance. Rebecca Hall is her usual perfect self.
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Created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created Jan 2012
Updated Dec 2014
Movie Tally: 142

Hugo is quite an achievement, a great topper to another solid year despite what the box office 'experts' tell you as it is one of the most profitable years of all time and the year in which I have rated at least 100 films a 7/10.

Enjoy!


Also-Seen:
Rated 6/10

Scream 4
Gnomeo & Juliet
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Pina
Rio
Last Night
The Last Circus
Hesher
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Chico & Rita
Red State
Miral
The High Cost of Living
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
American Animal
Into the Abyss
The Princess of Montpensier
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
Cameraman: Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
The Details
Paranormal Activity 3
Take Me Home Tonight
Eames: The Architect & the Painter
Apollo 18
Sleeping Beauty
L'Amour Fou
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Blank City
Happy
Margaret
Rated 5/10
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Dirty Girl
Bellflower
Film Socialisme
Dolphin Tale
House of Tolerance
Shut Up, Little Man!
She Monkeys
The Sitter
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
I Melt with You
Rated 4/10
Stuck Between Stations
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
X: Night of Vengeance
Rated 3/10
The Roommate
Elektra Luxx
Rated 2/10
Joe + Belle
Ecstasy
Rated 1/10
Shark Night



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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at May 7 4:48
Have you heard of A Separation? It's my second favorite film of 2011, behind The Tree of Life.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Feb 4 6:52
I keep hearing bad things about "Rubber", but the plot just sounds too interesting to pass up?...
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Mar 15 15:32
I want to see "A Separation" but haven't gotten a chance, thanks for the recommendation!

And Rubber is a very unique and strange movie. It's definitely worth giving a shot.

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