My Favorite Films of 2011

As time has gone on I’ve cared less and less about creating Top Ten lists for particular years in film. So I’m adopting a format which feels much better to me this year. I’m not going to impose a limit on myself for the number of titles included on my list and I’m not going to rank them. I’m just going to place each title I’ve seen this year into one of five categories which should be rather self-explanatory.

Woody Allen's most optimistic movie since "Mighty Aphrodite".

I’LL REMEMBER FONDLY
Midnight in Paris
The Skin I Live In
Shame
Drive
The Muppets
The Artist
Moneyball

Like a modern Hitchcock thriller.

PLEASANT SURPRISES
The Adjustment Bureau
Source Code
Attack the Block
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Help

IN ONE EAR, OUT THE OTHER
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Beginners (to a lesser degree)

More mimicry than homage.

I WILL REMEMBER AS DISAPPOINTMENTS
Hanna
Tree of Life
Super 8
Cowboys and Aliens
Red State
50/50
Take Shelter

I WISH I COULD UNSEE
Battle LA
Transformers 3
Captain America
J. Edgar
Melancholia

I HAVE YET TO SEE
Everything you don’t see on this list.

BEST PAST MOVIES I SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2011
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
Stroszek
Grizzly Man
Shoeshine
The Fog of War
Best Boy
Murder on a Sunday Morning
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Crying Game
The Thin Blue Line

WORST PAST MOVIES I SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2011
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Jules and Jim

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