My 2011 Top Ten.

Submitted w/o much comment, as I assume everyone is tired of these by now. 2011 was an insanely great year for film.

1. The Tree of Life

For me the most staggering and all encompasing film of the year, no matter its flaws.

2. Margaret

Pained and painful, an evocative work about collective grief and coming of age.

3. A Separation

A life and death film with no villains.

4. Meek’s Cutoff

America’s present as a haunted past.

5. Film Socialisme

A radically experimental work from my favorite filmmaker.

6. Melancholia

Depression as the end of the world.

7. The Future

Call it twee, but this sad work about how we love rang true for me.

8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The plot is meaningless, but the filmmaking is breathtaking.

9. Incendies

Wrenching drama structured as an action film.

10. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

A look into another world.

And also: Bridesmaids, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Certified Copy, Contagion, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Drive, Fast Five, Hugo, Le Quattro Volte, Leap Year, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Midnight in Paris, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Never Say Never, Putty Hill, Rango, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Senna, Shame, Submarine, The Skin I Live In, Tabloid, Take Shelter, Tin Tin

And also also two TV productions that would have otherwise made the list: Mildred Pierce, Louie Season 2.

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About Jesse Trussell

Film programmer for the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.
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