My 10 favourite films released between 1st January and 31st December 2011 in the UK.
Richard Ayoade’s debut is as close to perfect as they come: utterly charming, intelligently funny, stylish yet thoughtful this coming-of-age comedy reinvents the genre with astonishing visual creativeness and wonderfully original characters all crammed into 90 minutes.
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick’s latest masterpiece is his finest work yet – he is endlessly fascinated with the contours of a child’s foot as much as the creation of the universe itself, and this shines through beautifully in this complex and deeply personal film.
Master director Lars von Trier’s arthouse remake of Armageddon is an astonishing, ironic but perceptive achievement with the year’s best performances. The most beautiful film of the year, constantly provocative and emotionally overwhelming – and it’s still only his 3rd best film.
It’s difficult to describe to someone what exactly it’s like to watch Kill List, just know that either way it’ll leave you speechless.
Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation is a staggeringly well made film that keeps you gripped until the very last devastating moment.
Heart wrenching but gratifying modern romance that happily paces you through the initial spark between the Goz and Michelle Williams, and then drags you into their fated train-wreck relationship. Stunning.
The most exhilarating film of the year came from Asif Kapadia. Senna is a superbly edited, intelligent documentary that unfolds with intense momentum.
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of the bestselling book is an intense and disturbing experience, but beautifully poetic in it’s uncomfortably close examination of a mother and son’s relationship.
Life in a Day
There’s no denying the enormous ambition of Life in a Day, and although the way in which McDonald pieces together snippets of daily life at times falls flat, it never ceases to be a thoroughly provocative and expansive project.
In his very first feature, Paddy Considine creates a complex world psychologically and structurally fragmented where humans use violence, and the threat of violence, to control the identities of others and express their own.
And the worst…
It’s not been a good year for Hollywood.
4. Cowboys & Aliens
Wasted potential on Favreau’s ill-conceived side project.
Rarely is a comedy so unfunny, unforgivingly misogynistic and poorly directed (by the usually fantastic David Gordon Green).
Shit happens on screen, you don’t really care but EXPLOSIONS YAY.
COPY: The Hangover Screenplay
FIND AND REPLACE: Las Vegas with Bangkok.
Your Favourite Films
“It’s not a usual movie you’d see, it shows true emotion & breakdown of the main character. A movie the audience can relate to.”
Midnight in Paris: @edfranklin42
‘Completely fell in love with it: cinematography, music, performance, everything.’
Ironclad/Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: @alex_smith94
‘Because it’s bloody brilliant!/It has Colin Firth in it!’