Here’s the final post in my “Best of 2011” series, my picks for the best 26 films of 2011. I’m just going to let this list stand for itself but I do want to make clear that these are MY picks and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the writers and editors on this site. You can read Leon’s picks right here and I’m sure that my fellow writers will be posting their own picks over the upcoming weeks. I’d also like to point out that I have limited my picks to films that I’ve actually seen this year — as opposed to just blindly jumping on the bandwagon of assumption as so many other film bloggers have done this year.* I have yet to see War Horse, Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady, or We Need To Talk About Kevin, for instance. However, I have seen both The Descendants and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and no, neither one of them is on my list because, regardless of what the jack-booted thugs of professional criticism may insist, I didn’t feel either one of them deserved to be listed as one of the best films of the year. Ultimately, watching a movie is an individual experience and every individual opinion is legitimate.
(By the way, I’m doing a Top 26 list because Lisa doesn’t do odd numbers.)
Without further ado, here are my top 26 films of 2011:
5) The Artist
6) The Guard
8) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
9) Young Adult
10) Sucker Punch
15) Win Win
18) Jane Eyre
21) Take Shelter
23) Soul Surfer
25) One Day
26) Like Crazy
Hopefully, I should be posting reviews of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Incendies sometime next week.
* You’d have to be made of Stone to claim to be a film critic and yet not realize how unethical that type of behavior is.