15. Hobo With a Shotgun
You may think its wild that this is number 15 of the top, but keep in mind; there are a few of this year’s greats I didn’t get to see. Anyway, this film for what it is, is fun-filled gore and comedy that sums up for a reasonably entertaining film. Note: Not for the faint hearted.
This film has been popular with critics, and hated by filmgoers. I am sort of in between for that. While being an incoherent story with glossy narrative structure, the film has great cinematography and a strong performance from Brad Pitt that makes it worth checking out.
13. The Skin I Live In
A good way to describe this is it is an extraordinarily film of a bizarre romance. This Spanish Art House film has an unusual plot about a plastic surgeon who becomes obsessed about creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Great cinematography and odd performances make this worth watching.
Ryan Gosling was brilliant in this film and the story was simplistically charming. While the plot does not go far, Gosling gives his 100% through this well-directed tale of a stunt driver.
11. A Separation
From filmmakers I know nothing of, and unkown to me actors, the film definitely stands firm. This hard-hitting drama of a family’s relationship spirals into craziness and from start to end, the film does not fail to entertain.
Here we are the renowned Lars Von Trier film getting very good criticism all around. The cinematography was breath-taking, and Kirsten Dunst gave an unforgettable emotionally-driven performance. Melancholia was simple, slow progressing, but very entertaining.
9. War Horse
Regardless of what many critics have said, War Horse is compelling, thrilling and touching with its sentimentality, wonderful cinematography and touch of Speilbergian sentimentality and spirit.
8. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
I must admit, compared to all those stupid blockbusters we have gotten in recent years, this one actually managed to bring visual thrills and an entertaining plot. Andy Serkis played a CGI monkey that had just as much emotion (if not more) than the human characters.
Definitely, 2011’s brightest and most imaginative animated film of the year. With a huge homage to the Western genre, it is funny, witty and filled with great voice acting.
I really didn’t expect this film to be good as it was, and the emotion blew me away. Almost in tears at parts of the film, the acting was golden from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and even Seth Rogen. Compelling, and funny, 50/50 pairs with its title making you laugh, while also bringing the possibility of tears.
AND NOW THE TOP FIVE!
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
For quite some time this was the best I had seen from 2011, when it first came out. Now, it has been bumped down quite a bit after long thought. For someone who is a big fan of Potter, it is an unbelievably exciting film, but as a film, it is fair to put it this far up and give it a score of 9/10.
4. The Help
I don’t care what others say, but this film overlooking racism and intolerance turned out as a solid and effective drama. The characters are touching and the plot is full of emotion, making it a well-crafted film.
The first children’s film to be made by cinema legend Martin Scorsese is full of surprises for the filmgoer and movie lover. Hugo had plenty of great cinematography as well as a wonderful salute to the inception of cinema. This shows Scorsese’s obsession with the medium, and Hugo has been excellently adapted to the screen.
2. Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s 2011 film starring Owen Wilson was quite a surprise for me, and was extremely enjoyable. The characters are delectable and Allen’s solid script proves he is one of cinemas best.
1. The Artist
I absolutely adored this film in every way: Brilliant direction, wonderful acting, great script, music and cinematography. This delightful homage to the silent era is easy to fall in love with, with it’s whimsical charm and wit.
I would like you to keep in mind there were many films I didn’t see.