Top 10 Favorite Films Of 2011.

It occurred to me that I actually have yet to do a Top 10 of what I feel were my favorite films of last year. I know I'm kinda late to the game, but now that I think I've finally seen practically everything 2011 had to offer, I can pretty safely share my list. And not only is it a relatively different list than it was at the end of 2011, but it was a really tough list to make. By now, I've had a chance to see a bunch of other films from the year. I've been able to rewatch a bunch of others, and let even more sink in on my feelings towards them. So all of that came into play while formulating this new list. So without further ado, here it is.

Top 10 Favorite Films Of 2011

10) Immortals

This made the list purely for the visuals and the action sequences, because you really won't see anything nearly as awesome in any other movie last year. On the other hand, it gets kind of dull and dry when it's not being all action-y, which is why it ends up at the #10 spot.

9) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

On the other hand, we have what is easily one of the most entertaining action films of last year all around. The action, the comedy, the chemistry between characters. I actually watched this movie twice within weeks of each other not that long ago, something that I rarely do these days.

8) The Skin I Live In

This film totally caught me by surprise... and in more ways than one. To go too much into it would be to ruin the experience. Let's just say it's one messed up movie, and I love it for that.

7) Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Even if the rest of the movie was terrible, this would have made the list for the backyard scene alone. But the rest of the movie isn't terrible. In fact, it's rather good.

6) Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen tends to be hit or miss with me. But this is very much a hit, playing up to my English teacher sensibilities. And although I'm actually not a big fan of reading Hemingway, his portrayal in this film is fantastic and hilarious.

5) Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

Probably one of the biggest shocks, if you know me, is to see this bumped down to the #5 spot from the #2 it had been at around the end of last year. It's still good. I still love it. But other loves got in the way.

4) Attack the Block

On the other hand, this one got bumped up. The language of the film is what really gets me. The interactions with the other characters and the chemistry between them is great. And it's just a funny, fun little movie.

3) Hesher

And I'm pretty sure this stayed in the exact same spot. I thought about moving it up one, but decided it stays here. I've been an advocate for this movie and still think it's pretty damn smart... a lot smarter than people might give it credit for. You know... if they ever saw it.

2) The Artist

Biggest shock even for me. I adored this film in theater and bought it the second it hit the shelves. It even inspired me to make my own silent short film (well, this and some Chaplin films I've watched recently). It's just... really hard not to like this movie.

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Duh. You thought this was going to change? Yeah, didn't think so.

(*Note: Although some consider We Need To Talk About Kevin a 2011 film, I am following the listing of it as a 2012 film, since it basically hit theaters early January. Otherwise, it would have made this list.)


  1. Kudos for having Hesher on the list. Great and underrated film. I'm also glad that you included The Skin I Live In. It caught me by surprise as well.

    1. Indeed re: Hesher. It's like the best film nobody saw last year.

  2. This is what I love about THE ARTIST - introducing/reintroducing people to silent cinema: Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd ... films by Murnau and Lang ... a door is opened!

  3. Awesome list! I haven't seen Hesher, will have to get to it. My #9 and #8 were the exact same, what are the odds! Also thought Attack the Block and Tucker and Dale were brilliant. So funny and well made.

    1. Definitely check out Hesher. Probably one of the most underrated films of 2011.


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