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The Best Films Of 2011

First off, a mea culpa. When I posted my top 10 of 2008 a few years back, I intended it to be a yearly thing. But obviously that hasn’t happened. 2009 was a complete write-off. I kept track of what I watched and compiled a top 10, but never found the time to actually write everything up. (Just for the record, my favourite film that year was Inglourious Basterds.) The next year was a similar story: no write up. But I did manage to preview the Oscars, and at least speak about my favourite films of the year thanks to the very first Slandering Others Anonymously Film Podcast episode ever.

This year, I’m getting back on track. I’m presenting my top 10 below, my Oscar predictions are up, and Matthew and I have done a 2011 wrap-up podcast. Needless to say, I’m really happy to have gotten all of these things pulled together this year.

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Nearly 2010 and still so much to see…

So 2009 is at an end (more or less). It’s almost time to roll out another top 10 of the year list. I’ve already got a preliminary list ready to go, but there are a number of films from this year I still want to see.

Most prominent on my still-to-see list are Up In The Air and A Serious Man, both of which have been on the receiving end of some pretty lofty praise. I’d also like to check out both Precious and The Messenger at some point. I’ll probably hold off posting a top 10 until after I’ve seen these four. I plan to see Up In The Air over the Christmas break, but the others will have to wait for DVD. So much like last year, it’ll probably be around the Oscars before I get my list up.

The good news is I have a bunch of other stuff to check out in the mean time. I’m hoping to see Avatar, Ponyo, Thirst, The Informant!, The Brothers Bloom, Extract, The Girlfriend Experience, among many others if I can. The reviews for most of these have been less than enthusiastic but I’d like to give them a shot. Also still to come this year are The Lovely Bones and Sherlock Holmes. Again, both films have gotten some pretty bad early reviews. But you never know.

I don’t think there’s much point in posting my early top 10, although it might be good to do it for posterity so I can check later and see what makes the cut in the end. But no, instead I’ll hint obliquely. You know, so as to heighten the anticipation! Or not. Whatever. All I’ll say for now is my list currently consists of two war movies, two horror movies, two sci-fi movies, three comedies, and a drama.

Aside from falling far behind on 2009 releases, I’m still watching other movies when I get the chance. I recently took in Blood Simple and Miller’s Crossing, both for the second time. Both films are from the Coen Brothers, and both are pretty solid. I don’t want to say too much more because I might end up doing a longer review for one of them a bit later on. I will say that watching these films again got me even more excited for A Serious Man. The thing I love about the Coens is their consistency. I’ve seen nine of their movies and while some were better than others, I’ve definitely liked everything I’ve seen.

And I shall close out what will likely be my last post of the year on that random aside. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

The Best Of 2008, Part Three

(Please note: This post is part three of three of my list of the top 10 best of 2008. See part one here, and part two here.)

Honorable Mentions

In an effort to preserve my sanity, to avoid having to wrack my brain to quantify minute differences in quality, and to stay away from classifying the unclassifiable, I present these in no particular order.

Man On Wire – This is a very interesting documentary about a French acrobat who walked a tightrope stretched between the tops of the two World Trade Center towers. As Forrest Gump once said, that’s all I have to say about that.

Paranoid Park – A Gus Van Sant film, somewhat similar to Elephant. It’s pretentious as all hell and rather predictable, but its naturalistic performances make it strangely enjoyable as well. I’m a sucker for Van Sant though, so take this recommendation with a huge grain of salt, especially if you’ve seen some of his other indie type movies and been unimpressed.

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The Best Of 2008, Part Two

(Please note: This post is part two of three of my list of the top 10 best of 2008. See part one here.)

5. Bolt “What the hell is this movie doing on here? You had the gall to criticize WALL-E for daring to be different and not being immediately accessible, and now you’re pandering to the lowest common denominator and singing the praises of another Toy Story clone? This list is bull!”

Yep, you got me. Guilty as charged. I confess it, I’m a terrible person. Whatever shred of credibility I might have once had as a legitimate film critic just sailed out the window. And I make no apologies for that.

I guess I’m just not deep like everyone else, but sometimes I just like to be entertained. I didn’t go into Bolt expecting any profound meditations on the human condition, and thankfully there were none to be found. I got exactly what I was expecting – a popcorn movie with humour and action, wrapped around a core of heartwarming sentimentalism. This isn’t a Pixar movie, but it employs the classic Pixar formula. I totally fell for this movie and its characters, and I couldn’t be happier about it, thank you very much.

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The Best Of 2008, Part One

Hello once again, movie lovers! Long time no see.

As you know, my past blogs have focused on one specific movie, but I felt like changing things up this time around. What with Oscars being just around the corner (as in, tonight), and 2008 quickly fading from memory, I figured I’d do a look back on the year that was. To do that, I’ll be presenting my list of the 10 best films of the year, plus listing some honorable mentions, interspersed with some commentary about the Oscars.

Also I guess this is as good a time as any to note that this entry will only cover #10 to #6. I have typed up my entire list, but including honorable mentions (and my all-too-frequent digressions), it got to be a tad (by which I mean “a ton”) on the lengthy side. It seemed more than a little cruel to inflict the entire thing on you all at once. So, in the interest of not burying you all under an avalanche of text, I’ve elected to break my list up into multiple entries. Originally I planned to space the entries out over a few days, but the Oscars really are looming large, and since I’m offering some predictions about the proceedings, waiting seems foolish. Therefore, all three entries will be up today.

I’ve tried to go in ascending order (as in, the closer I get to #1, the better the movie). In practice, this proved to be very difficult. There’s not much separating a lot of these movies. Nevertheless, without further ado, the 10 best movies of 2008 are:

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