Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 of 2011

Happy New Years Eve everyone! As we farewell 2011, it's time to take stock of the year in cinema. Once again the marvellous Matt Ravier has polled Sydney critics for their best films of the year, so be sure to head over to A Life in Film to see the top 20 released and unreleased films, as well as all the great wrap ups. It turns out both my #1s take poll positions - winner!

Here are my lists, with links to reviews where possible:

  1. Drive
  2. Bill Cunningham New York
  3. Melancholia
  4. The Tree of Life
  5. Black Swan
  6. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  7. Midnight in Paris
  8. Incendies
  9. Bridesmaids
  10. Jane Eyre

  1. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  2. A Separation
  3. Shame
  4. Hugo
  5. Tomboy
  6. The Arbor
  7. Tiny Furniture
  8. The Forgiveness of Blood
  9. Attenberg
  10. How to Die in Oregon

Another cinematic year has shot by and I’m left grappling with my sieve-like memory: Black Swan was released in 2011, right? Indeed I feel a bit sorry for the films from early in the year, especially lighter fare like Tangled or Rango - both of which I was giddy about at the time – as they seem to have found themselves elbowed out by art-house behemoths like Tree of Life and Melancholia. In fact it strikes me that my list reads a little like a who’s who of art-house snobbery, so forgive me! I promise films like The GuardThe Trip and even True Grit were vying for position on this list. And what of local cinema? The brilliant Burning Man, the delightful Griff the Invisible or Fred Schepisi’s impeccable The Eye of the Storm definitely deserve honourable mentions. As does Snowtown…for haunting my nightmares. Bring on 2012 (minus the apocalypse, please!)!

So there you have it. Have a very Happy New Years Eve everyone (whatever you do, don't waste it watching New Year's Eve!)! Here's to many many more film fun times in 2012.

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