I think it’s been a great year for film and have found it really difficult to come up with a final list of 10. There are a number of significant films that I haven’t got round to seeing yet that I am sure would also have been big contenders for the 10 (Tree Of Life, Melancholia, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Take Shelter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to name but 5!).
I have already compiled a top 10 list for bobbysix.com but have revised that slightly having rewatched one of the films and watched a film I hadn’t seen at the time of writing that list. I have also decided to remove the rankings as I don’t really think putting them in an order really means anything and is likely to change every time I think about it. Let’s just say they are 10 films I saw and loved this year and if you haven’t seen them yet then maybe you should.
I’m the first to admit it’s not the most cheery of lists but I do tend to veer towards the dark and dismal when it comes to films (it must be my inner Bergman). Having said that Attack The Block, The Guard and Troll Hunter are good fun and Submarine whilst having distinctly melancholy moments is essentially a comedy. Snowtown, Kill List and Tyrannosaur on the other hand are among the three bleakest films I have ever seen in my life. Snowtown in particular, whilst stunning, was a particularly gruelling watch. Kill List absolutely twisted my head and is still taking up significant head space as I only watched it a few days ago. The Future was a pleasant surprise and whilst Miranda July’s peculiar brand of whimsical avant garde may not be to everyones taste it works for me. Small Town Murder Songs was another surprise with an incredible performance from Peter Stormare. Drive was the standout film of the year for me. Nicolas Winding Refn has been making exceptional films under the radar for several years now. Bronson and Valhalla Rising in particular are spectacular. Let’s hope that Drive will see him propelled into the big time and he continues to make films as breathtakingly stylish as this.
So in no particular order here are my ten favourite films of 2011.
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