The Best of First Time Viewings: 2011

The best films I saw for a first time in 2011. I saw a total of 166 films for a first time, and this is the top 50 of those films. I only saw 5 masterpieces (10/10) all year, which is a little disappointing, but still many excellent films.
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1.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Viewed: 6/6/2011
My Score: 10/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
2.
Look Both Ways (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together. (100 mins.)
Director: Sarah Watt
“ Viewed: 16/1/2011
My Score: 10/10

Number one Australian film. ” - Kraemorr
 
3.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ Viewed: 22/8/2011
My Score: 10/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
4.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Viewed: 9/8/2011
My Score: 10/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
5.
Viridiana (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Viewed: 7/3/2011
My Score: 10/10

Number One Foreign Language Film. ” - Kraemorr
 
6.
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Viewed: 9/5/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
7.
Boy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
“ Viewed: 25/9/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
8.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ Viewed: 13/2/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
9.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Viewed: 23/4/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
10.
Gomorrah (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
“ Viewed: 7/3/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
11.
Bliss (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a near-death experience, a man wonders if he actually did die and is now in Hell. (112 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
“ Viewed: 8/6/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
12.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has dead for forty years. (152 mins.)
“ Viewed: 13/7/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
13.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Viewed: 31/7/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
14.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ Viewed: 23/3/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
15.
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles. (114 mins.)
“ Viewed: 24/6/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
16.
Let Me In (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ Viewed: 8/10/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
17.
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ Viewed: 3/12/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
18.
The Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Viewed: 12/12/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
19.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Viewed: 29/8/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
20.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Viewed: 12/7/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
21.
Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lili returns from holidays and learns that her twin brother left the house after a violent argument with their father. (92 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
“ Viewed: 6/2/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
22.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Viewed: 16/3/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
23.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Viewed: 10/3/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
24.
Inland Empire (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Viewed: 25/3/2011
My Score: 9/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
25.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
“ Viewed: 21/11/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
26.
Road Games (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway. (101 mins.)
“ Viewed: 4/8/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
27.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Viewed: 9/6/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
28.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Viewed: 25/3/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
29.
The Night We Called It a Day (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology. (97 mins.)
Director: Paul Goldman
“ Viewed: 22/3/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
30.
Oyster Farmer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anna Reeves
“ Viewed: 16/1/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
31.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Viewed: 18/8/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
32.
Angels & Demons (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church. (138 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Viewed: 20/2/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
33.
They're a Weird Mob (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine... (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Viewed: 29/1/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
34.
Elegy (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher. (112 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
“ Viewed: 6/2/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
35.
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way. (95 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Viewed: 9/9/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
36.
Junebug (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (106 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
“ Viewed: 7/9/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
37.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
“ Viewed: 4/12/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
38.
127 Hours (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Viewed: 8/10/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
39.
In the Electric Mist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen. (117 mins.)
“ Viewed: 31/1/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
40.
Welcome (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
“ Viewed: 14/1/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
41.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Viewed: 17/10/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
42.
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Viewed: 4/12/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
43.
The Expendables (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
“ Viewed: 25/7/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
44.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. (101 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Viewed: 1/6/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
45.
Calendar (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A photographer and his wife take photographs of Armenian churches for use in a calendar. Their driver... (74 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Viewed: 4/8/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
46.
Catch-22 (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Viewed: 29/5/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
47.
Four Lions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
“ Viewed: 27/8/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
48.
Die Another Day (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (133 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ Viewed: 30/8/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
49.
Smiley (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback... (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Kimmins
“ Viewed: 16/3/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr
 
50.
Going the Distance (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another. (102 mins.)
“ Viewed: 5/12/2011
My Score: 8/10 ” - Kraemorr