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.

Kill List

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.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation is a staggeringly well made film that keeps you gripped until the very last devastating moment.

Blue Valentine

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…

5. Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows

It’s not been a good year for Hollywood.

4. Cowboys & Aliens

Wasted potential on Favreau’s ill-conceived side project.

3. Your Highness

Rarely is a comedy so unfunny, unforgivingly misogynistic and poorly directed (by the usually fantastic David Gordon Green).

2. Transformers 3

Shit happens on screen, you don’t really care but EXPLOSIONS YAY.

1. The Hangover Remake

COPY: The Hangover Screenplay


FIND AND REPLACE: Las Vegas with Bangkok.

Your Favourite Films

50/50: @EpicWinningKier

“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!’


6 Responses to 2011

  1. Clive Wolsey says:

    X-Men First Class above Bad Teacher? Really?

    And, I hate to break it to you, but Blue Valentine is sooooooo 2010…

  2. Tom says:

    Yes, a release to 4 cinemas in the USA on December 29th is SO 2010/Oscar-begging. But anyway, I’ll make what qualifies as a 2011 film explicitly clear before the list…

    I’m going by enjoyment levels here, so these are my favourite films in order, and Bad Teacher was like a day at school: fun with friends, but at times you just wish it was over.

  3. herrrrrrrrrrre's johnny!!!!! says:

    sherlock homes was saved by the ending how there is no mention of senna, x-men, incendies or to a lesser extent tree of life i shall never know *face-palm*

    • Tom says:

      If it’s any consolation the top 20 included Senna, Incendies and Tree of Life among many other amazing movies…the fact is they just couldn’t stand up against films like Melancholia, Drive and Kill List in terms of effective original storytelling, visual flair, outstanding performances etc, not that they were lacking in these qualities.

      On the other hand, you used the phrase ‘face-palm’ and sound like a 7 year old who’s just discovered the internet.

      • herrrrrrrrrrre's johnny!!!!! says:

        maybe i am a 7 year old whos jus discovered the internet…you dont know who i am :L

  4. Pingback: The Tree of L.I.F.E. |

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s