The Best Movies of 2011: #20 – #1
You’ve been patient, you’ve behaved yourselves like the fine young boys and girls you are, and I’m just proud as can be. For those in the know, skip on down, but in case you missed it these past four days:
So without further ado, I now give you the best of the best of the best of the best, as deemed by Aiden.
20. Jane Eyre
Impossible to do the source material justice in a two-hour time span, but this came pretty close. The world would be a better place if more girls read that book.
Richard Ayoade: remember the name, even if you can’t pronounce it.
18. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The antithesis of every spy movie we’ve gotten out of the past couple decades, which is exactly why I dug it. Tough novel to adapt, but those Brits sure know how to act.
An unlikely powerhouse that’s as profound and subtle as it is complex and devastating.
Doesn’t look like much from the outset, but it is something else and then some.
16. Cedar Rapids
Still the funniest movie I saw all year. John C. Reilly for President.
15. Win Win
Laughed, felt, cheered, the whole shebang.
Just can’t beat movies about real people with real problems, and that kid was so damn good.
14. The Artist
Flat-out brilliant and it charmed my pants off.
Couldn’t be happier to see this clean house during awards season.
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
One of the best moviegoing experiences of my life.
Still up in the air about whether this or Azkaban is my favorite, but what a perfect ending regardless.
12. Black Death
Right up my alley and makes a strong case for Sean Bean being the most badass man alive.
Makes you wonder how film makers kept screwing this formula up for so long.
11. Catching Hell
Mind-blowing. Chicago owes Steve Bartman one big-effing-apology.
#1 best script of the year and the cast ain’t too shabby either.
Still amazed at how well this lived up to one of the best books I’ve ever read.
All that crap I said about Shakespeare in the past, I take it all back. That dude was no joke.
Will someone give Fiennes a freaking Oscar already?
Still not enough to make me watch racing, but what an emotional, incredible, and extraordinary story. Hell of a year for alternative sports movies.
Beautiful. Magical. Brave.
Doesn’t do it justice, but it truly deserves the ranking.
5. Take Shelter
What Jeff Nichols did here is nothing short of jaw-dropping and Michael Shannon gave a performance without equal. Flipping outrageous how fast this came and went.
4. Bill Cunningham New York
A life-changing movie about a model human being. We should all strive to be like Bill.
3. Midnight in Paris
A wonderful surprise through and through.
Couldn’t have wiped that smile off with pliers and a blowtorch.
2. The Interrupters
If you only saw one movie last year, it should have been this. Required Viewing 101.
Folks, some movies just make you want to make movies.
And that’s all she wrote. I repeat: I’m no authority on these matters, but after 188 hours spent watching movies this last year, these are the ones that made it all worth while. If you haven’t seen ’em, I urge you to give ’em a whirl. Not promising anything, but you could do a whole lot worse than most of the shit Hollywood wants you to see.
Alright, climbing off the soapbox now. Thanks a mil for reading and continue to keep it real.