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2011 in Movies: The Year of Looking Backward

31 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Looking back on 2011, we should have seen it coming. The growing re-obsession with ’80s brands in entertainment. Facebook reconnecting old friends and classmates. YouTube rising to prominence and providing the means to relive memorable moments. Digital music making it virtually effortless to rediscover classic tunes. Nostalgia just became a major part of our lives, at a time when perhaps the present wasn’t the easiest. Naturally, pop culture has corrected itself to capitalize, which is maybe why most movies this year felt so recycled.

The summer season looked like someone had a yard sale for comic books and the best ones were kept tucked away. Thor. Captain America. Green Lantern. Wait, X-Men! Only it’s a new, “first” class set in the ’60s, sans favorites like Wolverine. Earlier, The Green Hornet?

Meanwhile, Real Steel made things used and rusted feel… used and shiny. We all learned a valuable lesson from The Help’s age-old wisdom, »

- Jeff Leins

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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 4:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This was a very hard list for me to put together this year. I rearranged it over a dozen times, adding in and taking away films, but this is the list I felt good about. There were so many great movies that came out in 2011 that I really enjoyed, and to boil them down to 10 was not an easy task. But I pushed through it and ended up adding 10 more, so this is really a Top 20 list. 

Just so you know this list is coming from the view of the hardcore fanboy that I am and it's a list of My favorite movies of the year. We all have different tastes and these are the movies that spoke to me, these are the films that I connected with and that left an impression on me. 

If you haven't seen any of these films yet please find the time to check »

- Venkman

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The Best of the Best Movies of the Year!

30 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »

- Scott Mendelson

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The Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011 8:40 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting other areas in film this year (here), it is time to share our favorites. Compiled in eight separate lists featuring over 100 films, you will find everything we’ve loved over the last 365 days. It was difficult to cut down my personal list, as this year has been full of many quality films I would love to highlight, with almost 350 viewed. Our hope is one will use this feature to catch up on any missed films, revisit the ones that you’ve adored and give others a second chance. I kick off things below, then look for links at the bottom of each page to venture further.

Jordan Raup’s Top 10 of 2011

Honorable Mentions:

10. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)

Here is living proof that 3D should only be used in the hands of veteran filmmakers. Martin Scorsese matches his adoration for cinema with a inquisitive eye into new technology in Hugo. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Daily Briefing. Pasolini, Picard, Offscreen, Lists and Letters

30 December 2011 4:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The second-to-last interview that Pier Paolo Pasolini gave before he was murdered in 1975 (a case that still remains mysterious) and that was long believed lost has turned up," reports the New Yorker's Richard Brody. "Eric Loret and Robert Maggiori tell the story in Libération — Pasolini was introducing his work in Sweden, a round-table discussion was recorded for broadcast, then held, then lost, until his Swedish translator, Carl Henrik Svenstedt, recently found his personal recording of the talk. The Italian weekly L'Espresso has published a partial transcript of the discussion, along with the audio recording." And he's got excerpts. For example: "I consider consumerism to be a Fascism worse than the classical one, because clerical Fascism didn't really transform Italians, didn't enter into them. It was a totalitarian state but not a totalizing one."

In other news. "This month Offscreen groups together (four of the five) essays that attempt to illuminate »

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If 2011 Were A Movie…

30 December 2011 4:22 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In recent years we have seen Hollywood tap a variety of different resources in its ongoing search for new ideas. Stopping just short of sticking its hand down the side of the sofa and rummaging for loose inspiration, Tinseltown has instead chosen to adapt everything from the usual books, video games and television shows, to comic books, websites, theme park rides and – I still can’t quite believe it –  even board games. So, why not an entire year?

If 2011 were a movie, aside from reflecting such recent events as The Royal Wedding, the London riots, the Eurozone crisis and those pandas arriving at Edinburgh zoo, it would also have to reflect the trends and tendencies prevalent in the films it has seen released during its tenure. As such, it would most likely be a remake of a foreign language prequel, a motion-capture throwback and a steamy tale of friends with benefits, »

- Steven Neish

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Lars von Trier, Kirsten Dunst, A Separation, John Hawkes: Online Film Critics Surprise Nominees

29 December 2011 8:32 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Like just about every Us-based critics group — year in, year out — the Online Film Critics Society has placed its focus on English-language productions this awards season. True, critics' fave The Artist, a French-made production, is in the running in several categories, including Best Film, but Michel Hazanavicius' comedy-drama is a) silent (which makes it seem less "foreign") b) set in Hollywood c) features several American/British actors in supporting roles. In any case, Terrence Malick's family drama The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, topped the Online Critics list of nominees, with a total of seven nods. Those include Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Malick), and supporting nominations for Pitt and Chastain (photo, with Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan). [Full list of Online Film Critics Awards nominations.] Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks, was next with six nods. The film itself, »

- Andre Soares

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I Saw The Devil: Austin Film Critics Biggest Surprise Winner

29 December 2011 7:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lee Byung-hun, I Saw the Devil This year, the Austin Film Critics went for some unusual — though not exactly "surprising" — choices. Well, with one exception: Jee-woon Kim's revenge thriller I Saw the Devil, their Best Foreign Language Film. To date, Us-based critics have gone instead for Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, or Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins. Earlier this year, I Saw the Devil, about a young man (Lee Byung-hun) out to avenge the murder of his pregnant wife, won an Asian Film Award for Best Editing. [Full list of Austin Film Critics winners.] Martin Scorsese's 3D ode to the magic of movies, Hugo, was selected as the Best Film of 2011. Elsewhere, Us critics have been leaning more heavily toward another ode to the magic movies, Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent comedy-drama The Artist, which, curiously, failed to top any of the Austin Critics' categories. Take Shelter's »

- Steve Montgomery

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Daily Briefing. 25 titles added to the National Film Registry

29 December 2011 6:06 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Fake Fruit Factory from Guergana Tzatchkov on Vimeo.

"Every year, Librarian of Congress James H Billington personally selects which films will be added to the National Film Registry, working from a list of suggestions from the library’s National Film Preservation Board and the general public," reports Ann Hornaday for the Washington Post. This year's list of 25 films slated for preservation:

Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961) Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) A Computer Animated Hand (Pixar, 1972) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Robert Drew, 1963) The Cry of the Children (George Nichols, 1912) A Cure for Pokeritis (Laurence Trimble, 1912) El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez, 1992) Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968) Fake Fruit Factory (Chick Strand, 1986) Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Growing Up Female (Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, 1971) Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver, 1975) I, an Actress (George Kuchar, 1977) The Iron Horse (John Ford, 1924) The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921) The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945) The Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler, »

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Corman’s World Blu-ray Release in February?

29 December 2011 4:51 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel had a very limited theatrical release earlier this month, but a new reports reveals that we should be seeing a Blu-ray/DVD release in February.

According to Blu-ray.com, Anchor Bay is planning to release the film on February 27th. There is no information related to pricing or extra features, but we expect to hear more from Anchor Bay in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for an official press release, but until then, we’ve included the synopsis, trailer, and poster below:

“Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel is a tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking over the last 60 years. Featuring interviews with Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries, some who launched their careers within Corman’s unforgettable world of filmmaking, including Paul W.S. Anderson, »

- Jonathan James

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Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit, Hugo and Dark Shadows

29 December 2011 4:34 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In a Christmas address by the incomparable Christopher Lee, the actor remarked on his completed works of 2011 (including a tongue-in-cheek clarification of his role in The Wicker Tree). More notably, Lee also touched on his role in Hugo and his working relationship with director Martin Scorsese, his own personal vitality (Lee will turn 90 in 2012) and his work in Dark Shadows with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Oh and you might have been wondering about his reprisal of the role of Saruman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Not to worry as Lee goes into some detail about his involvement and it’s safe to say the actor’s work has been completed on both films. Hit the jump to check out the video. Thanks to TheOneRing for posting Lee’s Christmas message. While it’s nice to hear holiday well wishes from someone like Lee, many of you will »

- Dave Trumbore

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'Hugo's' Ben Kingsley: 'I Can't Act in 3D'

29 December 2011 4:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Perhaps this is one of the perks of knighthood:  Before Sir Ben Kingsley even enters the restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, there's a table in the corner waiting for him, with two pots of tea and a basket of pastries. When he sits down, though, there's nothing terribly stuffy or regal about the Oscar-winning actor who plays silent film pioneer Georges Melies in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Rather, Kingsley is affable, articulate and eager to talk about acting, storytelling and the director who, he says, sees everything on »

- Steve Pond

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The Oldest Living "Best Actress" Nominees

29 December 2011 2:43 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let's hear it for ladies of a certain age!

Mary Tyler Moore, television icon and an Oscar nominee for a terrifically icy variation on one of Oscar's favorite archetypes 'the monster mom' in Ordinary People (1980) turns 75 years old today. The last picture I can find of her out and about is the one to your left taken at the premiere of "Follies" starring Bernadette Peters (Do Not Miss It If you're In NYC!) which is just about the most appropriate show an aging diva can be seen at since it's all about aging showgirls looking back on their lives. (It's also one of the best musicals ever written but let's not get distracted...)

Mary Tyler Moore got me to thinking about the endurance of our beloved Best Actress nominees. There have been various media Oscar mash notes over the years that have claimed that winning an Oscar helps you live »

- NATHANIEL R

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Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Heading Home in February

29 December 2011 12:19 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Alex Stapleton's amazing documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel is coming home to both Blu-ray and DVD and we have the initial details for you right here. Dig it!

According to Blu-ray.com, Starz/Anchor Bay will release the flick on February 27th. Exact technical specs, region coding status and supplemental features to be included on this release are unknown at the moment, but hang in there, kids. We'll have them for you soon enough!

Synopsis

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (review here) is a tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director, producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking over the last 60 years. Featuring interviews with Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries, some of whom launched their careers within Corman’s unforgettable world of filmmaking, including Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Angie’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

29 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] I find it difficult to say whether 2011 was an unusually strong or unusually weak year for films. As in any year, there were pleasant surprises and disappointments alike. If I had to pinpoint the one thing my favorites tend to have in common, though, it's a sense that each of them were made with great love by people who cared desperately about them. I don't think there's anything anyone can say at the start of a top 10 list to totally deflect the disgruntled comments from readers who incensed to see that X made my top 10 when Y didn't, etc., but I'm still going to throw out the usual caveats. There are certainly deserving films that were left off just because I forgot about them, or because I missed the theatrical run, or because I couldn't fully appreciate them due to my own biases, or what have you. I also want »

- Angie Han

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The Tree Of Life, Drive Top Online Film Critics Nominations

29 December 2011 11:47 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Lars von Trier, Kirsten Dunst, A Separation, John Hawkes : Online Film Critics Surprise Nominees Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive Hugo The Tree of Life Best Film Not in the English Language 13 Assassins Certified Copy A Separation The Skin I Live In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Best Animated Feature The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas Kung Fu Panda 2 Rango Winnie the Pooh Best Director Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life Nicolas Winding RefnDrive Martin ScorseseHugo Lars von TrierMelancholia Best Lead Actor George ClooneyThe Descendants Jean DujardinThe Artist Michael FassbenderShame Gary OldmanTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Michael ShannonTake Shelter Best Lead Actress Kirsten DunstMelancholia Elizabeth OlsenMartha Marcy May Marlene Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady Tilda SwintonWe Need to Talk About Kevin »

- Steve Montgomery

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Top 7 Films of 2011

29 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Or in this case, I give you 14 films.

Two themes seemed to keep popping up in 2011; nostalgia and forgetting. The forgetting specifically came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Friends with Benefits, A Separation, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, and 50/50 all had a key character with Alzheimer’s. On the flip side, nostalgia seemed central to many films. The Artist is an homage to silent films, while Hugo pays tribute as well. The Muppets and Winnie the Pooh told stories that could have existed when those timeless characters were first created (tapping in to our nostalgia). Young Adult exists because of high school nostalgia. Super 8 is the nostalgia of Steven Spielberg through the eyes of J.J. Abrams. Midnight in Paris is most-definitely an obvious nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s.

Don’t forget to remember. That »

- Jeff Bayer

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Richard Gere to receive prestigious George Eastman Award

29 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Richard Gere is to receive the prestigious George Eastman Award. The I'm Not There actor will be saluted for his career achievements and charity work at a February 16 gala, reports The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The dinner is to be held in Rochester, New York at the George Eastman House, where photography magnate Eastman lived for many years. Meryl Streep, Lauren Bacall and Hugo director Martin Scorsese have all received (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Daily Briefing. More of the Best of 2011

29 December 2011 7:21 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Scott Weinberg has tallied the votes from 20 Movies.com contributors and come up with a top 20. #1: Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive.

"Refn's pulp fantasia — with the iconic Ryan Gosling sporting a cheesy scorpion jacket, a toothpick and a lack of dialogue unrivaled since Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns — reminded me just how much I love movies," writes Sean Burns. "Refn's boldly artificial flourishes, graphic violence and swoony romanticism conjured an alternate universe I adored basking in, over and over. Throw in Albert Brooks as the villain, and I don't want to admit how many times I went back to see it again."

Also in the Philadelphia Weekly, Matt Prigge, whose #2 is Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, on his #1, House of Tolerance: "Like Margaret, Bertrand Bonello's dreamy look at a tony, turn-of-the-century Parisian brothel was initially hated, with some at Cannes calling it the fest's worst. It fared better at Toronto, »

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