“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.” -Tim Burton
Welcome to Part 2 of my 2011 movie rankings. If you need to catch up on 11-25 here is a link. As some of you know I absolutely love ranking things, so I’m sure ranking various film related topics will become a bit of a recurring theme. Also be sure to check back on Saturday for a special edition of The Imaginarium featuring Joseph Williams as we make our Oscar picks. This is a tradition we have done for many years on Facebook and I’m excited to have a new platform to display who is truly more knowledgable than who. If you would like to submit your picks feel free to do so to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of all nominees and, for your submissions, just predict the first 9 on that page and then Best Documentary to make 10 total. Anyone that beats me on those 10 will be recognized in next week’s post. Submissions must be in by noon on Saturday (or before my picks are posted). May the odds be ever in your favor.
Now let’s get down to the top 10…
10. Melancholia- Easily the most hauntingly depressing film of 2011. And yet, easily the second most beautiful film of 2011. Throw in Jack Bauer, Mary Jane and the end of the world and you have, well, a mess to be honest. This is certainly not a movie to pick up at Redbox and watch with some friends at “movie night”. Instead, this is one to experience without any distractions. Preferably on a cold, rainy day.
9. Midnight in Paris- I really don’t want to be a Woody Allen guy, but I can’t help it because we embarrassingly think so much alike. As a bit of a closet romantic with an often cynical point of view, I feel like I just “get” Woody Allen. Midnight in Paris is a bit of a change of pace for Allen as it has a fun, creative script that brings back some elements of The Purple Rose of Cairo (which is also recommended viewing).
8. The Descendants- This is a film that thrives on George Clooney’s performance. I loved what Alexander Payne tried to do with this film and while I don’t think he quite reached the conclusion he meant to, The Descendants is a fun ride with a good balance of dark comedy and drama.
7. Moneyball- I love Aaron Sorkin. I love Brad Pitt. I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I loved Moneyball. I could go on and on with my Brick Tamland rant professing my love because there are a plethora of reasons to love Moneyball. A solid script, a great story and great acting all contributed to this being in the top 10.
6. Drive- Drive was one of the most underrated films of 2011. I am proud to announce that this movie pushed me over the edge on both Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan as legitimate players in Hollywood. When you surround them with numerous other outstanding actors and actresses, a smooth directorial effort, and then set it to a slick soundtrack, you get an arthouse dream team. To be fair to my readers, I feel like you should know on the front-end that this is a very dark and violent film. But it is so so good.
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