I can’t recall the last time I saw so many good films in one year, especially during the first six months – which, if you know where to look, is not as dead a period as you might think. I present to you now my list of the ten films I feel represent 2011 at its very best. I hope you enjoy it.
Just in case you need symmetry in your lives, be sure to also check out my “Top 10 Worst Films of 2011” list, which has films that will make you appreciate just how truly great these are.
THE TOP 10 BEST FILMS OF 2011
10. Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s latest is not only a delightful and funny time-travel fantasy, it’s also a smart and often touching examination of misdirected nostalgia. Read full review right HERE!
9. Bill Cunningham New York
The legendary New York Times fashion photographer becomes the subject of a fascinating, illuminating, and often funny documentary. Read full review right HERE!
Michael Fassbender gives a devastating performance in Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrait of a sex addict and his wayward sister. Read full review right HERE!
A heartbreaking but highly compelling drama about how the aftermath of a rape can actually be more traumatizing than the rape itself. Read full review right HERE!
6. Certified Copy
A surprisingly absorbing romantic drama that challenges the audience by encouraging debate over what is an “original” and what is a “copy.” Read full review right HERE!
5. Johnny Mad Dog
The relentless authenticity of this African children-of-war drama makes it more terrifying than just about any horror movie I can think of. Read full review right HERE!
Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D family filmmaking is not only a beautiful story of friendship, but also a loving and engaging tribute to the history of cinema. Read full review right HERE!
3. The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick’s beautiful spiritual drama plays directly on the emotions like a finely orchestrated piece of music. Read full review right HERE!
2. The Artist
Although it may seem odd to make a black-and-white silent film in 2011, this gloriously old-fashioned melodrama is pure entertainment from start to finish. Read full review right HERE!
1. A Separation
This Iranian masterpiece from writer/director Asghar Farhadi is in part an intrigue story but more so an intelligent, uncompromising examination of culture. Read full review right HERE!