OK in no particular order here’s my list of the films I have enjoyed and admired over the course of 2011. I’m sure there are terrible omissions – feel free to remind me in the comments!
Myth of the American Sleepover
I bet you didn’t see it, but it is on Netflix so find a quiet mood and do yourselves a favor. Sweet, gentle, authentic and beautifully performed.
An exercise in pure filmmaking style that actually works.
Attack the Block
Best aliens attack a Sarf London tower block and get spanked movie ever.
Midnight in Paris
Sweet, appropriately slight, a wonderful fantasy. And who knew Owen Wilson could be this good?
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Best adaptation of the year. Beautifully written, shot, directed and acted. Just a classy piece that shouldn’t have worked, but does. Best use of flashbacks I have seen in ages.
Well observed, wonderfully acted. Says more about relationships – gay or straight – than just about all of the romantic comedies ever made.
Flawed, but quite brave at times. It avoids the easy choices and allows nasty people to be irredeemable – the cast are all terrific, especially Patton Oswalt.
A curate’s egg, but Fassbender’s performance hides enough of the rotten bits for it to make the list.
The best Jean Pierre Melville movie made by a mad Finn in 2011. Completely human, and tender in a minimalist way – don’t miss it.
I know, who knew? It’s actually so much better than the trailer and Clooney does a lot more than: look down… look up… The girl who plays his daughter is excellent.
I still need to see: Take Shelter, The Mill and the Cross, A Dangerous Method, Martha Marcy May Marlene and A Separation so they were not in consideration.
Cowboys and Aliens
When pointlessness attacks.
I was the sucker for going, but even the punch lacked punch.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Write your own Michael Bay joke here. It’s just too depressing…
Oi, Emperor – I can see through your new clothes!
The Green Lantern
When bullshit exposition attacks! Again… and again…
They threw a bunch of indie tropes at the wall. None stuck.
Make up your mind, what is this film about? A real missed opportunity.
Conan the Barbarian
Come back John Milius, all is forgiven.
The Green Hornet
Frighteningly dull and unfunny.
Because sometimes ‘meh’ is a crime.
And finally, my ritual “I didn’t see it but I just know it sucked” award goes to:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
“NO EMO VAMPIRES!” – How many times do I have to write this on my ‘board of sins’?
I thanks you.
Because press releases our our friends…
Press Release – December 14, 2011
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• Proposals will be evaluated by the Amazon Studios development staff for quality and creativity. We will request feature writing samples from selected writers by December 21, 2011, and based on the pitch and writing sample, we will evaluate and notify selected writers by mid–January 2012.
Pitch submissions are due by December 14, 2011.
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Great news today – evidence that the lads Hitchcock and Welles are fans of Write What You Don’t Know! It warms the heart and tickles the ticklish spots: