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Top 10 - Films of 2011

This was a pretty dissapointing year for film. I thought there were a lot of OK to good films, just not many great ones.


10. The Skin I Live In - Most diabolical twist ending of any movie I've seen in a long time.
The Skin I Live In

9. 50/50 - Most emotional filmgoing experience of the year, plus it was super funny.
50/50

7. Hugo - Incredible film, as are all of Scorcese's. It's just a little too kid oriented for me to want to want to revisit in the future. I'll probably pick up the blu-ray, but mostly for the special features.
Hugo

6. Attack the Block - This has grown on me more than any other film this year. And other than my top pick, it'll be the one I rewatch the most.
Attack the Block

6. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy - Best acted and probably smartest film of the year.
tinker tailor soldier spy

5. Bridesmaids - Funniest movie of the year.
Bridesmaids

4. The Muppets - Most Nostalgia inducing film of the year.
The Muppets

3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - The biggest "surprise that it was actually really good" film of the year becase it was put out by Fox and directed by a relative unknown. Andy Serkis and the animators at Weta deserve a tonne of credit for creating Cesar - hopefully he gets the oscar nom he deserves. Also, watching apes get bloody revenge on prick humans is always fun to watch.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Fincher is the most skilled director working, and he does the best job possible with the source material. Also, Lisbeth Sander is without a doubt the female badass of the year.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

1. Drive - I didn't really like director Winding Refn's previous 2 films, Bronson and Valhalla Rising. Both were great concepts, but a little too artsy for my tastes. This I thought had just the correct amount of style. And making the usually sensitive, doe eyes, Ryan Gosling the male badass of the year was an incredible feat.
Drive

Honourable mentions: The Guard, Kung-Fu Panda 2, The Tree of Life, The Ides of March, Immortals, Footloose, Fright Night, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Super 8, The Beaver, I Saw the Devil, Rango, Fast Five, Moneyball, Source Code, The Adventures of Tintin.

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Thor: The Dark World
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Monsters University
Man of Steel
Texas Chainsaw
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