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on 5 Mar 2011 07:43

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Top 10 best movies 2011

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1. The Tree of Life (2011)


Note : Many people won't get this movie and will loathe it. It is definitely the least accessible movie directed by Mallick and I'm not sure I did get half of it but it doesn't matter. I touched me very deeply and many times, I thought I was watching myself when the father was messing up his familly or when the older boy was getting messed up. If you're looking for some deep and meaningfull movie, you should definitely have a look to this one.
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People who added this item 1103  Average listal rating (670 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.3 
2. Shame (2011)


Note : This time, Steve McQueen gave us a rather painful portrait of a man driven by his obsession and how his life constantly revolves around this obsession and nothing else. Since I’m a rather obsessive person (the most obvious would be my compulsive movie watching with more than 5000 movies watched and around 3800 reviews written on this website), it was rather confronting and I could definitely relate with him on the way that, even though his constant search for sex gives him a purpose, it also makes him emotionless and completely unable to connect or socialize with other human beings. Once again, Michael Fassbender who is obviously one of the greatest actors of his generation gave a fearless performance and it is really astonishing that he wasn’t even nominated at the Academy awards.
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People who added this item 566  Average listal rating (336 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
3. A Separation (2011)


Note : This movie was quite compelling to watch and it was quite a masterstroke from the director that even though I, and many viewers I guess, have very little knowledge of the Iranian culture and, still, I could really identify with most of the characters and I was able to understand most of the struggles they were facing. And that’s the other amazing thing about this flick is that you don’t only identify with the main character, you are able to understand all the other characters involved in the story and their motivations which was something quite unique and remarkable.
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People who added this item 1055  Average listal rating (709 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
4. The Descendants (2011)


Note : I wonder why it took Alexander Payne 7 years to finally come up with a new director effort. Anyway, it was definitely worth the wait, that’s for sure. Indeed, I thought it was a very good drama with a perfect pace (probably the best directing by Payne so far) , some more than solid performances and some of the best written characters I have seen lately. But the movie is not only about a family tragedy, it is also about the faith of an aristocratic family and what they should do with their land. That part of the story was also quite fascinating and it is quite amazing that they managed to balance such diverse topics in one movie.
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People who added this item 281  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
5. The Kid With A Bike (2011)


Note : Within the first minutes, I was completely fascinated by the tragedy lived by this troubled young boy. Basically, you witness this 11 years old boy mentally melting down in front of you and it was just heartbreaking to behold. On one hand, he is a resourceful kid who knows what he wants and how to defend himself but, on a psychological level, he is a total mess but, considering the circumstances, it is not really surprising. At the center of this tragedy, you have this young boy played by an unknown called Thomas Doret and it must have been one of the best child performances I have ever seen. Completely amazing and mesmerizing to watch.
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6. Margin Call (2011)


Note : Not so long ago, I saw ‘Inside Job’ which was a really praised documentary about the same subject and it was great to see a fictional take on those events. First of all, there was a great cast, they all gave some really good performances and I enjoyed the fact that there was no main character and no real bag guy either. Anyway, I thought it was a fascinating story. I mean, maybe if you don’t care about economics, about the process behind speculation, it might be dull for you but, personally, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next even though I already knew how it would end up. The most brilliant thing is that, even though some characters might come over as despicable, their behavior, actions and words always made sense which made for some really interesting situations. Eventually, at the end of the day, it gives another example that the whole stock-market system was (and probably still is) rotten to the core.
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7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


Note : First of all, congrats for Rooney Mara. I was really skeptical when I heard which she would portray Lisbeth Salander but her performance was more than convincing. So, even though it is a completely unnecessary remake, even though it is not better than the first version, Lisbeth Salander remains one of the most fascinating characters in a motion picture and the story was still really spellbinding.
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8. Carnage (2011)


Note : Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. Indeed, I thought the whole thing was just hilarious and it has been a while since I laughed so much at the movie theater. Roman Polanski always impressed me in the past but I didn't expect him to make such a funny dark comedy. And the cast was just awesome!
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9. The Artist (2011)


Note : Even though I liked it, I can't say I was blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, I always had a hard time enjoying silent dramas and this one was not an exception. Still, it remains an original and inspiring experiment. The directing was really exquisite and really gave a good feeling about this time period and the performances were really good, especially by Jean Dujardin who was just amazing.
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People who added this item 2077  Average listal rating (1428 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
10. Drive (2011)


Note : Pretty much like 'The Artist', 'Hugo' or even 'The Tree of Life', it is basically another overhyped movie which didn't really convinced me. I mean, I did like it. The directing was quite awesome and there was a hell of a mesmerizing soundtrack but the story didn't really blow me away. If you ask me, it is all style but no substance whatsoever. It did look great though.
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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Jul 15 22:58
Completely agree with you assessment of Pirates and Transformers. In fact the only true great movie I've seen all year is Super 8 (haven't seen Tree of Life or most of the other films getting critically-acclaimed attention). The year is only half over, though, and I'm hoping to see at least a few more decent films before the year is out. It will be interesting to see what ends up on top at [Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 8 13:43
I'm one of those people who also liked the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean film more than most other people, and there's no doubt that it's thanks to Johnny Depp. His irreverence in several scenes was so good that it overshadowed a lot of the film's weaknesses. I think the film is more enjoyable if it's viewed exclusively as a silly comedy rather than as an action/adventure movie, even though it's understandable that most people felt they were paying to see an action/adventure movie, and not just Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz exchanging sarcastic banter for two hours.

Never been a big fan of the Harry Potter series, but I was surprised by how much I liked the final installment.

I missed out on a few here that I wanted to see, especially Kung Fu Panda 2 and Water for Elephants, both of which I hope to catch on DVD. Look forward to seeing how your list continues shaping up throughout the year!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 22 12:54
Cars 2 one of your top 10? Wow. Surprised at that but I don't think it was as bad as critics have made it out to be. Nothing compared to any of the other Pixar's, though.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 22 13:02
@SJMJ91, 'Cars 2' won't stay long on this list, don't worry...
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 6:28
I think The Ides of March and Drive deserve place in this list
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 7:30
@mojack, I haven't seen The Ides of March and Drive but they both looked pretty good.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 8:28
Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 8:29
@Redmist, I haven't seen 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' either...
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 11:04
frankly I see all of these moives list
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 13:24
@aspirant man, frankly, I don't understand your comment...
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 28 23:26
Great list! Rango was a fun family flick. I am really looking forward to The Tree of Life. I am just discovering Malik (loved Days of Heaven!) -- I don't know whether I'll understand The Tree of Life or not. A friend of mine called it "a movie that isn't really a movie." :-) Definitely piqued my curiosity.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 29 20:00
Ouch. One lonely 8/10 and the rest 7/10. I've never considered your personal rating method to be particularly stingy. (And indeed, there isn't a film on here I've awarded higher- of those we've both seen, Source Code tops out at a 7/10 for me too.)

So, I know you're generally a proponent of the idea that there are so many unseen movies out there that it's almost silly to declare any given year a "bad" year for film. But are you ready to consider 2011 an exception just yet? You must be at least a bit discouraged...
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 30 7:13
@Xanadon't, I still have seen only 20 movies this year. And, except for 'The Tree of Life', the movies I REALLY want to see ('Hugo', 'The Girl with the dragon tatoo') have not been released yet. Plus, I still have to see a couple of interesting flicks ('Shame', 'Drive', 'The separation', 'X-men: First Class' , 'Rise of the planet of the Apes'and 'Thor' (I include Thor ONLY because you were enthousiast...)). So, I'm still hopefull!

But, indeed, this year, there is no batman, hobbit, Ridley Scott, Coen Brothers, Tim Burton, Fincher (yet), Scorsese (yet), so it all looks a little bit dry but if you check this list in 12 months, it should look much better !

I must admit I was wondering when someone will notice that my ratings were actually pretty low. Well done, dude!

Allright, I'll say it! You win! 2011 was a somewhat difficult year for the movies...
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Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 1 6:31
Hugo and my Week with marylin were both awesome! Harry Potter and the deathly hallows was very good too, Alan Rickman's performance was exelent!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 1 8:34
@Butterlybunny, I haven't seen 'Hugo' and 'My week with Marylin' yet. The last Harry Potter was not bad but nothing mindblowing, in my opinion.
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