It seems ironic and more than a little redeeming that around this same time last year, I ran my mouth off about 2011 being one of the worst quality years for filmmaking in some time. Well, the gods of cinema seem to have answered my prayers, for I don’t think I could have asked for a more diverse and memorable year. Just working on this list is a treat, and I hope so will reading it.
Without further adieu, let’s start with this year’s runners-up:
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
While living up to its predecessor was a bit too much to ask for, Nolan’s final chapter is still a head above any other comic book film in this year, or really any other. The new characters are sharp, the villains are brutal and the epic tale’s message is as poignant as ever.
Yet another top ten. This one from TIME Magazine’s Richard Corliss. His picks sometimes do get a little outlandish, but quite interesting, nonetheless. “Toy Story 3” gets its first major #1 slot. Good for it, as well as “Inside Job.”
1. “Toy Story 3”
2. “Inside Job”
3. “Never Let Me Go”
4. “Life During Wartime”
5. “The Social Network”
6. “Rabbit Hole”
7. “Wild Grass”
8. “Green Zone”
9. “Waiting for Superman”
10. “Four Lions”
I really must get around to seeing “Four Lions.” I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m also an ENORMOUS fan of “In the Loop,” with which it shares a writer.
“Green Zone,” though? Really? The most visceral experience of 2010? I’m perhaps the greatest Paul Greengrass fan in the world, at least of his subjective, docudrama style, but this was one of the most boring and unrealistic action movies I’ve seen in recent years. A letdown, for sure.