Friday, December 30, 2011

ATL Flick Chick's Year in Film 2011

As far as I can tell, this post includes all the films I’ve seen in 2011 that came out in 2011or were shown/available in my neck of the woods to be seen by me  in 2011. [I’m a lawyer, so I have a need to be unbearably precise].  The Top Five are my true top films of the year.  The rest are not in any particular order, but are films I generally liked or at least found to be entertaining.  I have added some commentary here and there of some films most of which you can find a full review by me on the site.  I have placed an asterisk beside feature narrative films that have qualified to be  eligible for an Academy Award at the 2012 ceremony. [Note Oscar nominations have not yet been announced.] Finally, at the end of this post, I list some of the 2011 films I really did not like. 

 Enjoy! And please comment on my selections.
  1. Incendies-- I saw this at the 2011 Atlanta Film Festival.  It blew my mind.  I can’t recall if it had a theatrical release in Atlanta, but it’s now on DVD.
  2. The Interrupters--This documentary is probably the most sociologically important film to see this year. I’m mad that it did not make the Oscar short list for documentaries.
  3. *Drive--Ultra-stylistic, moody, bloody fun.
  4. *The Tree of Life--I did not expect to enjoy such an esoteric film that contemplates God and the universe.  But I really liked it.
  5. *Shame--Probably has one of the best performances of the year by Michael Fassbender.
  6. *The Descendants--Just saw it, so stay tuned for a review.
  7. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey--The feel good film of the year.
  8. The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975--Some Swedes capture the height of the American Civil Rights movement.
  9. Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest--Q-Tip, enough said.
  10. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
  11. I Will Follow--First film distributed by AFFRM
  12. The First Grader--Pleasing true story.
  13. *Warrior-- Features my boyfriend Tom Hardy.
  14. Viva Riva--Rich tale of the criminal underbelly in the Congo.
  15. *The Artist
  16. *Attack the Block
  17. *Crazy Stupid Love--A good opportunity to ogle Ryan Gossling’s abs.
  18. *Limitless
  19. *White Irish Drinkers--I saw this indie gem on Netflix instant
  20. *Horrible Bosses
  21. *Bridesmaids
  22. *Colombiana--Loved seeing a black woman carrying an action flick.
  23. Kinyarwanda
  24. *Hangover II
  25. *Jumping the Broom
  26. *Larry Crowne
  27. *The Lincoln Lawyer
  28. *Tower Heist--Good to see Eddie Murphy getting back to comedy for grown folks.
  29. *Fly Away--Netflix instant
  30. Hobo with a Shotgun--Entertaining tomfoolery, but not a Rutger Hauer comeback.
  31. *No Strings Attached--Meh
Movies I Disliked in 2011
  • *Young Adult--I could not relate, but it’s getting Oscar buzz anyway.  Whatever.
  • *Red State--Marketed as a supernatural horror film but was not a supernatural horror film.
  • *Insidious--Poltergeist for Millennials
  • *Beginners--I was underwhelmed after reading great reviews.  It’s not a horrible movie and  I liked the dog’s performance.
  • *Fast Five--Watched it “free” on a plane only to see a friend who was an extra.

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