Top 10 Films of 2011

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Between festivals and theatrical releases, I saw over 100 new films this year.  Some were awful, some were good, and some were mediocre.  And then there were the movies that stayed with me, and more importantly, held up on repeat viewings.  In past years, I’ve usually only had one chance to watch a movie and sometimes the initial positive impression was enough to land it on my annual Top 10 list.  Then I looked back on the list six months later and realized some films shouldn’t have made the cut.  This year, I got to attend major festivals and received “For Your Consideration screeners, which made it easier to double-check movies I enjoyed.  If you’re wondering why movies that originally received an a high rating didn’t make the list, it’s because while I still liked them on a second viewing, their faults became more apparent.  The movies on my Top Ten list became better on repeat viewings and I look forward to watching them again and again over the years.

Hit the jump to check out my picks for the Top 10 films of 2011.

 

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10. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Reminder: this is my Top 10 list.  If you want something closer to an “objective” list, pop over to Rotten Tomatoes.  Hobo with a Shotgun felt like it was made to appeal directly to my sick sense of humor.  The movie is nothing but sheer, unadulterated madness but director Jason Eisener brings a method to it.  There’s a surprisingly level of creativity in how tasteless it can be, and there’s an art to making a good bad movie.  Eisener also had the sense to provide some semblance of sanity to the picture by casting Rutger Hauer as the hobo.  Hauer brought a melancholy, angry justice to the story, and while it didn’t make Hobo a serious drama, it kept the balance required to make the movie a delightfully twisted and unhinged schlockfest.

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9. HORRIBLE BOSSES

This year saw more than its fair share of R-rated comedies, but Horrible Bosses was the champion.  The movie held-up on repeat viewings because it has the off-handed one-liners that sneak through on the first go-round.  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis had tremendous chemistry and watching them bounce lines off each other as their characters argued added so much to the movie.   The flick also gave Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston a chance to play against type and both delivered in spades.  Great comedies keep delivering after the big jokes have been worn away.  Horrible Bosses is a great comedy.

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8. ATTACK THE BLOCK

2011 also saw far too many alien-invasion flicks.  The best one didn’t have the big-name stars, a bloated special effects budget, or a fetish about hiding the design of its alien.  Instead, Attack the Block gave a bunch of teenage hoodlums a chance not to save the world, but to save their apartment building and do so with whatever non-age-restricted weapons they had in their closets.  Once you fell into the rhythm of the characters’ dialect, the dialogue positively sang and added another special flavor to the mix.  And while other alien invasion flicks built up to a whole lot of nothing with their alien designs, director Joe Cornish came up with a simple, iconic monster that audiences won’t soon forget.  Throw in a killer score, thrilling action scenes, the willingness to off major characters, and Attack the Block isn’t just the best alien invasion movie of 2011.  It’s one of the best sci-fi action flicks in years.

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7. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

I debated whether or not this should land on my list since it only works as the last part in a series.  And then I remembered the same goes for Return of the King, and people seem to appreciate that movie just fine.  Harry Potter really is one major story with one central hero destined to battle with a single arch-nemesis.  The question with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was whether or not director David Yates would stick the landing, and the answer turned out to be, “Hell, yes.”  The movie is action-packed but it still finds time for the beautiful character moments that have put the series far above all imitators.  The final installment didn’t coast on what had come before.  Deathly Hallows – Part 2 expertly delivered excitement, joy, and heartbreak.  It’s a grand finale that’s truly grand.

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6. HANNA

At first glance, Hanna seemed like it was a bit outside the wheelhouse of director Joe Wright whose previous efforts were the Oscar-baiting dramas Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and The Soloist.  But with Hanna, Wright proved his brilliant and inventive direction could just as easily turn out a kick-ass action flick.  He used this long-take technique and created a brilliant set piece of Eric Bana taking down CIA agents.  His energetic editing and use of sound were right at home when applied to pulse-pounding fights scenes.  But the masterstroke was casting the story as a dystopian fairy tale, which turned Hanna into a strange, off-beat, and unforgettable flick that’s so much more than a simple action movie.

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5. BEGINNERS

I didn’t much care for acclaimed relationship dramas like Bellflower and Like Crazy.  I felt that they used one-dimensional characters to convey a single emotion and relied too heavily on the viewer bringing their own experience to the table in order for the film to work.  Beginners blew these films away by drawing distinct characters going through complex emotions that translate into something every audience member can appreciate.  It earns the emotional payoff rather than stealing it from the viewer.  You don’t have to be a 75-year-old man who has just come out of the closet to relate to the character.  We can relate not only because of Christopher Plummer‘s tremendous performance, but because writer-director Mike Mills understood that love isn’t contained simply to resentment or longing.  Beginners goes far beyond by jumping around time, memories, tangents, relationships and the result is a movie that understands and appreciates love for the beautiful mess it is.

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4. RAMPART

The Messenger was no fluke.  Writer-director Oren Moverman once again proves that he’s not only an amazing visual storyteller, but his stories shatter our expectations.  Just as The Messenger wasn’t the same tired “PTSD Soldier” story, Rampart turns the corrupt cop film inside out.  Officer Dave “Date Rape” Brown is a dirty cop, but he knows it and he believes his place in the universe is to soak up mankind’s sins and deal out the retribution we secretly want.  Rampart holds a deeply cynical social critique and wraps it in a fascinating character study.  Woody Harrelson‘s complex and captivating performance works hand-in-glove with Moverman’s thoughtful direction, and then the glove balls up into a fist and punches you in the solar plexus.

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3. PROJECT NIM

Chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky was taught sign language so he could “speak” with humans.  James Marsh‘s documentary about Nim speaks to our humanity.  It shows our selfishness and our selflessness, our ignorance and our intelligence, our indifference and our compassion.  Nim was taught how to sign so we could get inside his head, learn what he was thinking, and gain a greater understanding of language.  Project Nim ingeniously bounces the experiment back onto Nim’s caretakers, and sends the audiences on an emotional roller coaster.  The film knows when to add stylistic flourishes, when to use a dramatization and most importantly, when the file footage or interview doesn’t need any embellishment.  Nim’s story could have made for an interesting magazine feature, but Marsh transformed it into an emotionally devastating and thought-provoking powerhouse.

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2. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

The sentence, “I am a leader and a teacher,” will send a cold shiver up my spine for the rest of my life.  In his remarkable debut feature, writer-director Sean Durkin doesn’t miss a beat in trapping his audience in a razorblade cage that cuts beneath the skin with every creepy, horrifying, and all-too-real moment.  Martha Marcy May Marlene convincingly terrifies us by showing the fragility of our sanity and how our minds can become warped not through brute force, but by pulling at the threads of our identity.  Elizabeth Olsen fearlessly shows us a psyche that has been ripped to shreds, John Hawkes quietly shows us the disturbing power to destroy that psyche, and both actors do it with unwavering honesty.   I saw Martha Marcy May Marlene in January.  It’s still under my skin.

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1. DRIVE

Drive is a movie where you could analyze it frame-by-frame and find something new every time, but you can still enjoy gliding across the slick, cool surface.

Every single moment, from the flicker of a street light to the blast of a shotgun, holds our full attention.  Director Nicolas Winding Refn provides a master class in how to say everything with an actor’s glance, a well-placed shot, an inspired music cue, and a perfectly-timed cut.  There’s not a wasted frame and not once does it feel like Refn is showing off.  Rather than celebrate his own cleverness, Refn decides to entertain.  He allows the audience to revel in a taut car chase, the coolness of the 80s vibe, the shockingly gruesome violence, but none of it is shallow or overblown.  Everything is played to precision.

The remarkable technical skill is all in service of a gritty, hard-boiled story that explores themes of solitude, heroism, nobility, and identity.  Drive reminds us that it’s not enough to simply be cool or detached or heroic.  There’s a price.  There’s a sacrifice.  This is the harsh lesson film noir provides, and it’s one of the reason I love the genre so much.  It says that good deeds won’t save you.  There is no bonus, no pat on the head, no riding off into the sunset with the girl.  The best film noir present a character with a simple choice that will test their souls, and through his or her actions we question our own limits when faced against people with less virtue and more power.  It’s the choice between what is easy and what is right.

Drive is film noir at its best and it’s the best film of 2011.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Captain America: The First Avenger, Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Rango, Young Adult.

Movies I’m Sorry I Missed (in alphabetical order): Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Kill List, Margaret, The Raid, A Separation, Sound of My Voice


Monday: Top 10 Posters of 2011

Tuesday: Top 10 Trailers of 2011

Wednesday: Best Performances, Directing, and other Miscellany of 2011

Thursday: Worst 5 of 2011

Friday: Top 10 of 2011




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  • Strong Enough

    Nice list. Am afraid to watch Attack the Block for fear of blowing my brains out becuz of the british accents. I haven’t seen Shame, Girl with dragon tattoo or Tinker Tailor yet so for now Drive is the best movie ever created on the face of the earth.

  • Strong Enough

    and wtf is up with the ending of Marlene May? i mean the thing just cuts off. yes its creepy and it left me in a state of frozeness but com on.

  • Traffick

    inb4 shitstorm

    Okay, I respect that Matt is recognizing good films that will be overlooked by the awards ceremonies like “Hobo,” but seriously… this should be entitled “Godberg’s FAVORITE 10 films,” ’cause he’s ignoring so many fantastic movies that I don’t even have to enumerate.

    And “Horrible Bosses…” WHAT?! That film was mediocre at best. A terrible story, and some godawful writing. It had well scripted moments, but the movie got contrived and exhausting 45 minutes in. And almost every time Charlie Day opened his mouth I cringed. His overacting was ridiculously obnoxious, but it was mostly the script’s fault since his character was so unbelievable and horribly written.

    Please, Matt.. Do you want people to hate you? The man’s morphing into Armond White.

    • Strong Enough

      Reminder: this is my Top 10 list. If you want something closer to an “objective” list, pop over to Rotten Tomatoes.

      ^ ehhhh bro I think this IS his top 10 list man. smh

    • Kyle

      Horrible Bosses was a great comedy, it was between this and Bridesmaids for best comedy. Also how dare you compare this guy to that SOB. He shouldn’t be allowed to call himself a critic.

  • jymmmymack

    Matt, I give you a ton of crap and don’t agree with your style most of the time, but I’m man enough to admit that we have VERY similar tastes in movies and this list is very close to my personal Top 10 of the year as well. Solid.

  • MrRich316

    Shame,Shame,Shame….

  • Ryan

    Totally agree that Drive is tops of 2011 if not the past decade. Attack the Block is top ten as is Hanna (Chemical Brothers really nailed the soundtrack) and Hobo With a Shotgun (so awesome and it’s proudly Canadian!). I thought I was going to get something special out of Horrible Bosses after hearing about it but just didn’t resonate with me, found it pretty thin and annoying. Not a big Harry fan but I empathize with the appeal. Have not seen the other listed films but very much am eager to see Rampart.

    Actually just finished Midnight in Paris a few minutes ago and thought it was great, not taking itself too serious and the dialogue is fantastic and tight, all contained inside the raining beauty of Paris.

    PS. Melancholia would have made my top 10 this year (still enjoyed Antichrist more though).

  • Geoffrey

    And yet another top 10 list solely comprised of films in English. Are you telling me that there isn’t a single foreign language film this year that blew you away. What about Le Havre, Where Do We Go Now?, A Separation, 13 Assassins…?
    And no love for The Artist?

    • Liam_H

      Surprised as well that he doesn’t have The Artist on here, the end of the article stated he didn’t see A Separation.

  • tarek

    HP 8 was just a fine entertaining movie. Not deserving to be on a top 10 list.

    Hanna was a total waste of celluloid. Revisiting Nikita with lot of Deus Ex Machina.

    • Typewriter

      And what would that deux ex machina be?

      • tarek

        A girl who manages to escape from a secret military base hidden in the middle of the desert, from an unsecured hole is somehow calling the secret services : secret dumber thingamabobs.

        I can’t point to all the Deus ex Machina used in the movie, but if you watch it another time, you will see that the whole movie es a stupid joke.

    • typewriter

      you said:”A girl who manages to escape from a secret military base hidden in the middle of the desert, from an unsecured hole is somehow calling the secret services : secret dumber thingamabobs.”

      That’s one scene.

      “I can’t point to all the Deus ex Machina used in the movie, but if you watch it another time, you will see that the whole movie es a stupid joke.”

      You can’t? Interesting. I watched the movie twice and I don’t think it’s stupid.

      • Tarek

        It’s not the only scene alas.

        I’ll watch it again just for you. and I’ll point to all the Deus Ex Machina scenes.

        Keep tuned. More to come!

  • TommyGun

    to compare any film critic to armond white is just harsh. white is a renegade wholly in his own category and no man should ever have to endure being compared to a man whose words were arrogant and pointless.

    that being said, i find it completely baffling that after attending numerous festivals and releases and after seeing over 100 films this year, a trust source’s top 10 list contains films such as horrible bosses, hobo, harry potter, and hanna. I agree that every single film on this list is good, except for horrible bosses, but even from a personal point of view they should not be good enough to be included in any top 10 list.

    as far as r rated comedies go, horrible bosses was far exceeded by bridesmaids, cedar rapids, and arguably bad teacher. And i seriously cant see how it holds up after multiple viewing for anybody who has seen the other comedies multiple times as well.

    to not include films such as melancholia, the tree of life, another earth, take shelter, shame, the descendants, and tinker tailer soldier spy in the top 10 list or even the honorable mentions is completely baffling.

    however, thank you for including project nim. documentaries dont always make top 10 lists and im happy to see this wonderful film being recognized. and also, drive was perfection. i cannot praise that film enough.

    perhaps in the future it would be more conducive to collider readers and the website to compile contributors’ top 10 lists to come out with a collider’s top 10 list.

    • BBGUN

      “That being said, i find it completely baffling that after attending numerous festivals and releases and after seeing over 100 films this year, a trust source’s top 10 list contains films such as horrible bosses, hobo, harry potter, and hanna. I agree that every single film on this list is good, except for horrible bosses, but even from a personal point of view they should not be good enough to be included in any top 10 list.

      This entire quote just exposed your daftness. You do realize that people have their reasons (and Matt actually wrote done some reasons for his picks) for liking a film enough to include it on their Top list? And you comparing, but not really comparing, the writer to Armond White because he has three movies that you absolutely don’t agree with to be included is actually harsh like you said. If he (or maybe you) attended countless film festivals and saw over 100 movies and yet those “just good” movies managed to appear at the end then it must say something about the film. Your comment says more about you than Matt’s movie preferences.

      P.S. Hanna is appearing on some Top 10 lists besides Matt’s as well as some Honorable Mentions. The rest, Hobo – HP – Horrible Bosses aren’t.

      • TommyGun

        it exposed my daftness? so expressing my own opinions against matt’s shows i am daft? and now you have expressed your opinions against mine, does that mean you are daft?

        and my comments about armond white were in response to another comment comparing matt to armond. and im saying he should not be compared to armond. it’s really all about context. i would never compare any film critic to armond white. so please understand and respond accordingly.

        and of course i understand it’s a personal list. everyone is subject to their own thoughs and views and in the end that’s all that matters. that’s why i never ever said i disagreed with matt or i thought matt was wrong. i simply said it was baffling because i didn’t understand the rationale for including certain films and excluding others. after i read through the top 10 list, i didn’t find the rationale compelling enough and thus i posted my thoughts.

        daftness? i think not…

    • BBGUN

      “i simply said it was baffling because i didn’t understand the rationale for including certain films and excluding others. after i read through the top 10 list, i didn’t find the rationale compelling enough and thus i posted my thoughts.

      daftness? i think not…”

      Pretty much Tommy since Matt explained his reasons for most of the films: rewatchability.

      He gave credence to small films and some larger. Who says critics CAN’T include movies that were released earlier because they weren’t festival favorites or indie hidden gems?

    • Teddy

      Tommy, you’re making it sound like those movies you’ve listed must be on a “Best of” list or else it’s not a fair list. MMMM, Drive and Beginners probably are on more top lists than the rest of the movies combined. Goldberg isn’t denying any smaller films a chance at some recognition. I see your point on Horrible Bosses.I think Hanna is underrated and overlooked so its inclusion is rather refreshing. HP I understand too for making the list. Now, the odd part of your list is that all of those are independent, small films. The last time I heard not every liked them so to include a couple of studio films that fared well with critics and the audience shows that Matt isn’t drinking the Kood-Aid that much of the artsy critical adorned community.

  • tiredofthebologna

    Ok folks, let’s see if we can put this in perspective

    this is this guy’s own personal OPINION. Not what any of you think, not what I think, what HE thinks. You wanna make your own top 10 list, knock yourself out, no one’s stopping ya but bashing this guy on the basis of his opinion on what makes a great film is ridiculous. Everyone thinks differently on what makes a great film, so give the guy a little respect and show a bit of respect for his picks would ya?

    And in closing I would like to add that in my OWN OPINION blockbusters and comedies are perrfectly viable as best films of the year, those honors don’t necessarily always have to go to “Art Films”. With that said, I believe that Horrible Bosses and esspecially Harry Potter belong on this list as very well made films. But that’s my OPINION, think of it what you will.

    Oh and btw, English speaking people are generally going to have stronger attatchments to English speaking films. Call me crazy, but reading subtitles is a pain in the ass sometimes.

  • DamnBASTERD

    Wow, this list sucks! Don’t mean to be a troll, but…..well, the list speaks for itself.

  • rojagegeo

    how come Planet Of Apes,& X Men FC arent making it to any lists ??
    Hobo and Hanna both are inferior to Apes and X-men

  • dogg

    Wow, another fool sucked in by Drive. Let’s stretch out 30 minutes of content to 100 minutes by adding long pauses that imply something meaningful is going on. That movie was a huge con, and just a few of us seemed to have noticed. Now we’ll have a flood of long-pause movies until people get sick of it.

  • Jesus Christ

    Drive? Wow. #1 despite that awful ending?

    Also, to call Drive Film Noir is to take a hot steaming pile of shit on Film Noir. Take it back, rookie.

    • Rashy

      You my friend are an utter moron, did I say that right, MORON. Drive is classic neo noir in any color you paint it. Eat a bag.

  • You’re a hipster

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What a beautiful surprise that was. Shame it didn’t make the list. It should have.

    Super 8 was fantastic.

    That is all.

  • JennyL

    My favorite this year is Hugo not Drive. While Drive will be in my top 10, I still put movies like Shame and Tyrannosaur ahead of it. Also, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should also be in the list.

  • Dsimolke

    I respect you doing your own thing, man. I often don’t agree with you because I think you are too cynical and can over-think movies. I do it too. It’s inevitable when you’re a cinephile. But this is frontstreet, and I’m starting to understand your approach. And got-damn it I’m starting to respect it. Opening with Hobo and closing with Drive. Yeah. That’s real talk.

    • Dsimolke

      And Martha Marcy May Marlene at 2? Yeah. Solid. I honestly feel it hasn’t gotten enough love from Critic’s Circles and other awards. It’s still sitting at the number one spot for me personally. So effective. But I still need to see The Artist, Tinker Tailor, and Shame before I can seal my top ten off.

  • Josh

    Even though I don’t agree with the whole list, I respect it due to the fact that it’s Matt’s opinion. This is what he feels is the top 10 going by what he liked, not what he feels deserves to win the most awards or made the most money or what was the most surprising film. These are the films that appeal to him. If you don’t like it, make your own list and let everyone else judge you.

  • man

    I don;t get the love for Drive. It was a mediocre film.
    I think you liked more the soundtrack and the lead actor than the film itself…

  • rbevanx

    Where are Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Senna? and how on Earth did Hobo with a shotgun get in the top 10…It was terrible.

  • Jazzyjace

    My top 5 Movies of 2011

    1. Drive
    2. Source Code
    3. Thor
    4. The Inbetweeners Movie
    5. Horrible Bosses

    How could Source Code not have been in your top 10 man?

  • Sugreev2001

    Honestly surprised by all the praise Drive has been getting,even though it is one of the better movies of the year.I’m a big fan of Ryan Gosling,Bryan Cranston and Ron Perlman,and all three were excellent in the movie.All the hype behind Albert Brookes performance had me excited,but he kinda fell flat to me.Though he acted well,his constant blinking kinda annoyed me.Still,I like Albert Brookes and if he gets an Oscar for this role,than so be it.Carey Mulligan was….well…Carey Mulligan.The one thing that bothered me was the pacing of the movie.It’s pretty slow in the beginning,and just when it begins to pick up pace,it slows down again.

  • patl

    The list isnt bad, i’ve seen worse.
    Whats with the Horrible Bosses haters…this was a good, funny movie that didnt take itself seriously, it kept to its ridiculousness and nailed it.

    And to TommyGun…bad teacher was a mistake, maybe a worst 10 films list.
    I though Drive was a little overrated but still a fantastic movie, better than 98% of the big budget garbage this year.
    Hanna was great.
    Matt, dont bother with Kill List, waste of time.

  • kurjak

    To be honest, most of ‘top 2011′ lists are awful because there simpy weren’t any outstanding films this year. Worst year for films in recent history.

  • L.

    Super 8 should totally be there.

  • Melacanth

    Decent list, I respect your opinion but disagree with a few movies on the list. To say Horrible Bosses was funnier than Bridesmaids or The Hangoever 2, is utter space madness!

    I would also like to add a few more to the list

    Another Earth
    The King’s Speech
    Cedar Rapids
    Paul
    Insidious
    Your Highness
    Bad Teacher
    The Devils Double
    Comtagion
    The Ides of March
    Source Code

  • Pooka

    Yeah… I can’t take any list with Drive as it’s #1 seriously. I’m sorry… the movie was complete crap. It doesn’t explore “themes of solitude, heroism, nobility, and identity”… it just has a shite storyline. Haven’t even heard of five of those movies… but I will check them out at some point. Just because I can’t take this list seriously doesn’t mean I won’t give every movie a shot…. except Drive. I just want to have that movie shot.

  • Junierizzle

    Matt, I rarely agree with you but I have to agree today. Drive is by far the best movie I saw this year. I also have to admit that I love that your list doesn’t consist of lame dramas that no one will remember next year, like The Descendants.

    You’re right this is YOUR list and haters are going to hate. This is not an attack on you buy I was actually disappointed with Hobo with a Shotgun. I thought it sucked balls. To each their own.

  • goog

    why in the world is Hanna on this list?!? Hanna was quite possibly the most terrible film I have ever seen. laughably bad. hilarious german accents, cate blanchett’s character was a caricature of some kind of prototypical antagonist and finally the “chase scenes” were totally over the top. does every trained soldier run like that?! and i wonder how tarantino feels about other directors using his ideas (eg. bad guy with a thematic whistle tune) ? let’s hear your favourite quote from the movie!
    Hanna: “Am I abnormal??!!”
    Erik: “NO!!!!! “

    • Typewriter

      @ goog, I knew someone would complain about Hanna being on the list. Get over it. At least it isn’t the most safe picks like Hugo, The Descendents, War Horse and the like where once you get past #5 it’s so predictable that’s it’s boring. Or maybe the hipster list where every other film is an obscure independent film like We Need to Talk About Kevin and Weekend to Poetry aka the internet list.

    • Typewriter

      And Tarantino didn’t borrow from any other films?

      • 90ina30

        Tarantino has “borrowed” for every film he’s made by pouring over obscure foreign and little seen movies from the past to cherry pick scenes that he allows everyone to believe are his own creative devices. He calls it “his antennae to God” on the interview for the Sundance Channel.

  • Penrose

    Honestly, Warrior is probably my favorite film of at LEAST the decade. That movie was beautiful. But good list though, you make some valid points.

    • nelson

      same here why is’nt warrior a film i gave a 9/10 and my fav. film of the year getting no respect

  • Fitz

    I think you guys should have anticipated the kinds of film that would appear on a Collider top ten list. This is a niche site.

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  • shiminsphax

    this list just makes me to vomit

  • Drew

    1) Shame
    2) Melancholia
    3) Warrior
    4) Submarine
    5) 50/50
    6) I Saw The Devil
    7) Drive
    8) Source Code
    9) Win Win
    10) The Future TIED W/Bellflower

    Come at me bro!

  • Linn

    1. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2
    2. Girl with the dragon tattoo
    3. Thor
    4. Never let me go
    5. Bad Teacher
    6. Breaking dawn part 1
    7. Water for Elephants
    8. Sherlock Holmes 2
    9. Bridesmaids
    10. X-men first class

    I watch mostly mainstream movies, so I don’t pretend to be en expert of any kind but these were the movies I personally enjoyed the most in 2011. Looking forward to a great movie year of 2012!

  • Jake

    Rise of the apes, X-Men First Class, Hugo, etc.

  • Ash

    What about super 8,rise of the planet of the apes,cowboys vs aliens,………the good movies on the list were hobo with a shotgun, horrible bosses,rampart and attack the block I also thought scream 4 was alright

  • rxn

    Good list. Drive was my #1 of the year as well.

  • Luhks

    I am surprised to see such high praise for Horrible Bosses. I think it epitomized the mediocre comedy, despite a few promising elements. Bad Teacher was funnier, more memorable, and much more subversive in its comedy.

    Agreed that Drive is the number 1 film of the year. The first 20 minutes or so are classic masterful filmmaking that outshines everything I’ve seen from 2011. I have not seen Rampart or Martha Marcy May Marlene, but I am definitely intrigued.

    1. Drive (without a doubt the top film of 2011)
    2. 13 Assassins (best action, if it counts as 2011)
    3. Margin Call (the most overlooked film of the year)
    4. The Tree of Life (best visuals of the year)
    5. Bad Teacher (best comedy of the year)
    6. Warrior (textbook screenplay with strong performances)

    • Luhks

      Revised:

      1. Drive
      2. 13 Assassins
      3. Margin Call
      4. Melancholia
      5. The Tree of Life
      6. Bad Teacher
      7. Warrior

  • Sam

    Horrible Bosses was HORRIBLE!

    Total waste of film that had a lot more potential than what was delivered as the final POS product.

  • Faiz Aziz

    Movie of 2011
    1.DRIVE
    2.Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows pt.2
    3.Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol
    4.Warrior
    5.Source Code
    6.50/50
    7.Beginners
    8.Kohaku (Confession)
    9.Midnight in Paris
    10.The Help

  • typewriter

    testing testing this comment box

  • DES

    1. Drive
    2. Point Blank
    3. The Double Hour

    Watched and paid 3 times for these. If any one missed Point Blank and Double Hour, you have missed fantastic movie making this year. The subway chase in Point Blank is the best chase of it’s kind on foot. The twist in Double Hour is the best since Six Sense.

  • Yasser

    Come on matt
    first ur worst 5 movies includes POC and now your top list doesnt have Rise of The Planet of The Apes???? and not even Source Code???
    Those movies EARNED their place in that list!!!

  • Alejandro

    Harry Potter Seriously ???

    What Happen with The Ides of March, The Descendants, The Artist, The Tree of Life…. ?

    I don’t even consider Harry Potter… was the biggest deception of 2011, 10 years saying that Voldemor vs. Harry will be epic… for 2 minutes of angry looks holding a wand for nothing…

    C’mon!

    • tarek

      What could be expected with a David Yates at the helm ? He made me hate the Harry Potter thing. Any magic has disappeared since Half-blood Prick.

  • Brendan

    In my opinion “Warrior” was the best movie of the year. It had everything, great camera cuts, lighting, sound, writing, amazing acting.
    Tom Hardy is one of the best actors of all time and i’ve seen the trailer for the new batman film and he is fantastic as Bane!
    Warrior=Best of 2011
    Attack the Block, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love coming right after.
    Ps. Hobo with a Shotgun was fucking hilarious, paedo Santa hahaha

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  • Armand

    I’m sorry, but from my POV, Drive is not the best of the year, not even in my top ten for 2011, its good movie, but theres certainly better drama films for the year. I don’t think the style warrants me putting it on a pedestal, theres better drama fair paying homage to the past in 2011, Hugo, the Artist and Midnight in Paris are 3 amazing films that are overlooked here. Warrior is a much more investing drama. Im sure Drive is an amazing movie for whomever loves it, but its just not upto the quality of the movies I just mentioned. But surprisingly I put HP 7 Part 2 at the top of my list, I really go for spectacle mixed with drama, storytelling and good acting

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