I’m trying something new this year. I’ve traditionally ranked my end of year list top to bottom, and it’s been incredibly difficult, not to mention a false, unfair measure. This year, I’m grouping them by star-rating.
I’ve been using Flixster for the past 1.5 years, but this year, I’ve made a conscious effort—for every movie I’ve seen this year that’s in Flixster’s database—to add a star rating, and write a review; be it a sentence or a rare, wordy exposition. Note that this will also contain random, older movies I’ve seen at home, etc throughout the year.
One thing I’m noticing now is how extremely difficult it has been for me to award something 5 stars. It’s silly in retrospect, but shows I don’t completely believe in my ratings, or am afraid to say, “hey, I think this is worth 5 stars and found basically nothing I didn’t love about it”. Considering the extremely subjective nature of it all, I don’t know why, so I’ll have to normalise some of that now.
On the flipside to that, you’ll also notice how rather positive I am with my ratings in general, because, heck, I love my movies, dammit! At least in the context of everything else on here, it can be taken as relative.
Oh, and just to clarify, these are movies I’ve seen at the cinemas in the year of 2011, in Australia and Austin, during SXSW. While looking back, I was surprised that some of these weren’t 2010 releases, but then remembered Australia’s backward nature in receiving them.
I’ve written a relatively large amount about movies in 2011 across Twitter, posts on this blog, Flixster, and the /r/movies subreddit, so this is simply going to be a list.
Here they are, grouped by star-rating out of 5, and alphabetically within the groupings.
Le Quattro Volte
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Never Let Me Go
The Ides of March
The Skin I Live In
Attack the Block
Bill Cunningham New York
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hobo With a Shotgun
Life in a Day
Martha Marcy May Marlene
My Afternoons with Marguerite
The Adventures of Tintin
The Forgiveness of Blood
The Lincoln Lawyer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Wasted on the Young
X-Men: First Class
Black Venus (Venus Noire)
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sound of My Voice
The Adjustment Bureau
The Eye of the Storm
The Green Hornet
A Year in Mooring
Cowboys and Aliens
Battle: Los Angeles
The Hangover Part II
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
8 thoughts on “2011: The year in movies”
Last year I made an effort to watch some of your top ranked movies…and failed. A resolution for next year is to watch all of your 5 star rated movies. So far I’ve seen 1!
Bless, Christopher <3Your mileage may vary, especially on Le Quattro Volte and The Tree of life, but let me know how yo go!
I posted this on FB but I srsly dont understand the hype around "Drive". Seemed very slow and boring for me. But maybe it was a "dark and different" movie.
@NJ: It was super dark, and the Driver’s character was one of the most interesting of the year. He’s essentially trying to be a superhero and everything to everyone; the way he dresses, acts, the mask / non-mask, etc, but he’s not the best at switching and compartmentalising the two!Heh, you say slow and boring, and I remember thinking, the pace is perfect.There’s the whole silence aspect to it, which I thought worked well, and the way he’s directed it, with basically every frame looking so hot!
Wow, you really do watch a lot of movies.Like the Bridester, I think i’ll start using your lists as a starting point when looking for movies to watch, and leave behind good ol’ Margaret and David.
@tim: thanks, Timbaland! I’m hoping to get a show on ABC too, but I’ll just talk to myself in a female outfit
And you’ll have to smoke a lot, wear a lot of make up and give 4 stars to anything ‘heartwarming’
I’m ok with all those things!