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Added by the giraffe on 28 Dec 2011 11:45
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My 2011 movie year in review

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People who added this item 1342 Average listal rating (806 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Mary and Max (2009)
January pick

After coming across rave reviews for Mary and Max all over Listal during the course of 2010, I decided I needed to check it out. Simply put, this is one of the best films I've ever seen. Brilliantly written with a perfect mix of darkness and comedy...the characters come off as completely real despite being created out of clay...the adult subject matter handled with intelligence.... It's so true to life, without coming off as pretentious or playing out like a documentary. I enjoyed this movie so much that I've left it in my Netflix instant queue until they either remove it or I buy my own copy (whichever happens first).

See also: Best of 00s

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People who added this item 2295 Average listal rating (1370 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Brazil (1985)
February pick

See also: Hopes, wishes, dreams... by AgentLexi
Classic Terry Gilliam Filmmaking by PvtCaboose91
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People who added this item 1241 Average listal rating (806 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
March pick

See also: Review by JxSxPx

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April pick

A Fritz Lang masterpiece that deserves more recognition. The performances here are excellent, the story is compelling, and there are some impressive moments of comic relief sprinkled throughout.

See also: Listal 16 Day Movie Meme - jaytoast since he's the one who encouraged me to watch this movie

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People who added this item 1805 Average listal rating (1192 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
May pick

The performances are top-notch (I especially enjoyed seeing Bruce Willis play against his usual type), the effects/make-up are great, and there were some added touches along the way that I really dug. Good stuff all around.

See also: Best movies of 1992

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People who added this item 1840 Average listal rating (1133 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
June pick

Easily the best romantic film I saw all year. I got lost in the conversations, caught up in the emotions, & the ending was pure perfection.

See also: Few things the giraffe loves about cinema

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People who added this item 669 Average listal rating (383 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Diabolique (1955)
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People who added this item 410 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
August pick

From my 2011 pt. 2 list: Of all people, my mom originally recommended this one to me...she rarely watches movies anymore due to her dislike for graphic content and general disinterest in the movies she sees advertised. Anyway, for several years now she's occasionally reminded me that I needed to watch Wait Until Dark, and I've kept forgetting about it. I am an idiot for doing so.

Admittedly the situations are a bit unbelievable, but the dialogue and characters ring true enough throughout and the suspense is so well-done that it's easily forgiven. Alan Arkin's Mr. Roat is now among my all-time favorite villains, and Wait Until Dark has earned a place among my all-time favorite films.

Listen to your mother. ;)

See also: Swingin' films of the '60s

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People who added this item 1537 Average listal rating (900 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
September pick

Watched after it was recommended to me by AFIoscar. A beautiful love letter to cinema and a wonderful story about love & friendship & growing up. Beyond that it's hard to put my feelings about this film into words, so I'll simply say that you should go watch it.

See also: Best movies of 1988

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People who added this item 683 Average listal rating (403 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
October pick

Easily the best film watched during my October 2011 Horrorfest. Thanks goes out to the Listal community in general for bringing the film to my attention, as well as to all the Listal members that created Horror-focused lists in October all of which helped elevate my sense of community here (links provided to each list from my own).

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November pick

The story unfolds in a way that's nigh impossible to predict where it's going, every character seems to get an epic introductory scene, the music is phenomenal, the performances are great...yeah, I can't really think of any negatives here. The only reason I've given it a 9 instead of a 10 is because I read up on the film after the fact & found out it references a slew of other westerns. Since I've seen exactly none of the films it references, I'd like to watch some (if not all) of said films before I watch this one again just so I'll have a greater appreciation for what Leone has done here.

See also: West side story. by AgentLexi

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People who added this item 485 Average listal rating (323 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
December pick

The fact that I'm generally not a fan of Christmas movies should say something about my choosing this film as my favorite for December. Of course it was also the only film I watched all month that earned a 10/10 from me.

See also: Pre-1950s favorite films
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Hidden gems

Movies I highly enjoyed that few people are likely to have seen (all of these currently have less than 200 people on Listal that have seen them).

Films listed elsewhere that otherwise would have appeared here: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Maniac, Anguish, Wait Until Dark, & everything listed in my "Top Docs" section below.
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Repertory films caught on the big screen

While I didn't make it out to the theatre for many new films in 2011, I did manage to make it out a few times to catch movies I hadn't seen before from previous years (or else hadn't seen on a big screen before) at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse.

Listed in chronological order of when I saw them.
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Top Docs

I saw a fair share of documentaries in 2011. Here's the best of the bunch.
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Worst watched in 2011

All of these I either abandoned without finishing or suffered throughout my viewing experience. None of these films are worth mentioning, aside from to direct your attention away from them. Think of this as my community service. Avoid avoid avoid.
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I didn't make it out to the theatre for new movies as often as I wanted to in 2011, mostly due to having an infant at home & no nearby relatives to help babysit. So as 2011 drew to a close I saw no point in making a Best movies of 2011 list as it would be incomplete. Instead, here's my focus on the highlights (and lowlights) of the year from what I did see, without limiting it to 2011 releases.

Related lists:
Watched in 2011 (pt. 1)
Watched in 2011 pt. 2
October 2011 Horrorfest
DVDecember 2011

All of the above contain the full range of movies I watched in 2011, with accompanying notes.

2011 stats:
Number of films watched by decade...
1920s – 2
1930s – 3
1940s – 6
1950s – 10
1960s – 22
1970s – 24
1980s – 45
1990s – 37
2000s – 67
2010s – 40 (8 of which were 2011 releases)
(numbers do not include multiple views of the same film)

Breakdown of film ratings...
10/10 - 26
9/10 - 73
8/10 - 72
7/10 - 42
6/10 - 13
5/10 - 8
4/10 - 10
3/10 - 0
2/10 - 6
1/10 - 6

Most films watched in a single month: 53 (Jan)
Least films watched in a single month: 10 (Nov)
Total films watched: 256

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