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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.
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
Simon Pegg has set his sights on more dramatic movie parts in the future. The Mission: Impossible actor hopes to follow the example of Hot Fuzz co-star Paddy Considine, who made his directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Tyrannosaur earlier this year. Pegg told Pa: "I'd love to do some serious work. It depends on if the audience would let me. Sometimes they don't like comedy people doing serious stuff. "Tyrannosaur is an amazing film that I saw this (more) »
- By Paul Millar
How does an actor with well-established comedic chops turn in a shattering performance in one of the year's darkest, most disturbing films? Olivia Colman says she did it in "Tyrannosaur" by doing what's real for her character—with the help of a pitch-perfect script. "I didn't go anywhere different for it," Colman says. "You just go to where you need to go to do her justice." Her work in this film by writer-director Paddy Considine was dubbed the breakout performance at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.One more breakout is coming her way, however. She more than holds our attention as Margaret Thatcher's daughter, Carol, opposite Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."But in "Tyrannosaur," Colman plays Hannah, a Christian woman who works in a thrift shop and who holds out a literal and figurative hand to the damaged, raging Joseph (Peter Mullan). Yet Hannah bears her own scars, caused in large part. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dany Margolies)
There are few things more exciting in cinema than witnessing the birth of a new talent. We’ve covered the breakthrough performances of the year and now it is time to get behind the camera. Every one of our favorite directorial debuts bowed at film festivals, and while some sadly don’t even have distribution or release plans yet, these are 10 talents to keep a keen eye on in the coming years. Check out our countdown below and let us know your favorites.
What a shame that this never found distribution. Jaffe Zinn’s first outing as a director is a delicate, moody anti-mystery that takes conventions of the “murdered teen” story and spins them on their head. Thanks to quiet language and contemplative direction, this ranks as one of the best independent films I saw in 2011. – Nick Newman
9. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos)
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
There were a lot of top-notch films this year; choosing a shortlist was tricky, picking the ten best of those was difficult and deciding the final order was challenging to say the least. Except for number one, this was an immediate gut instinct. As for the rest, let’s not worry about rank too much – they are all outstanding.
7. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Skin »
- Jack Kirby
Downer: The UK On The Big Screen
Come to Leeds! If you're lucky, you'll escape with a kicking! Paddy Considine's ludicrously grim movie heaped abuse after abuse on its poor cast. No one got off lightly, not even the innocent little boy across the road. Or the dog that chewed his face off.
Sket/The Veteran/Junkhearts/Attack The Block/Anuvahood
When they're not busy rioting, Londoners are often to be found selling drugs, wearing hoodies, taking drugs, obtaining firearms and chasing each other through one of about three photogenically claustrophobic council estates – all to a blaring grime soundtrack.
Come to Glasgow, if you think you're hard enough. Everyone there is either a violent yob who'll end up in prison, or a good kid »
- Steve Rose
Back for their third year we are proud to present the annual HeyUGuys movie awards – The Truffles.
At the end of each year our wonderful team of writers like to round up the various movieland highs and lows into our own unique categories, to reward the diverse, the challenging and the downright lovely and both tar and feather the cinematic outcasts which offended, disgusted and just plain irritated us.
It has been a tremendous year with some intriguing debuts and some howling missteps from seasonal filmmakers. We had planets colliding, blocks attacked, apes rising and the usual spew of remakes, sequels, prequels and the rest.
Here’s our take on the filmic landscape after a whole year of 2011.
First up on stage…
Best use of an old, familiar song on the end credits – Hobo With a Shotgun
Not only were we offered a loving and thoroughly entertaining tribute to those scuzzy, »
- Jon Lyus
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy From Gary Oldman, Kirsten Dunst to Sareh Bayat, The Artist: London Film Critics' Non-Hollywood Flavor Film of the year The Artist (Entertainment) Drive (Icon) A Separation (Artificial Eye) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) The Tree of Life (Fox) The Attenborough award for British film of the year The Guard (StudioCanal) Kill List (StudioCanal) Shame (Momentum) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye) Foreign-language film of the year Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave) Poetry (Arrow) Le Quattro Volte (New Wave) A Separation (Artificial Eye) The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé) Documentary of the year Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse) Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof) Pina (Artificial Eye) Project Nim (Icon) Senna (Universal) Director of the year Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye) Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment) Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life (Fox) Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin »
- Andre Soares
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is finally getting its awards season due.
Of course, leave it to the London Film Critics' Circle to show some love to the British spy thriller. The film scored six nominations, including Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Gary Oldman.
"Drive" was also a strong contender, matching "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with six nominations overall as well as nods for Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Ryan Gosling, while "A Separation" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" earned five nominations each.
Founded in 1926, the London Film Critics' Circle has been presenting awards annually since 1980. In addition to recognizing cinematic excellence in general, the London Film Critics' Circle also gives out awards for the best in British film as well; this helps explain the nomination totals of films like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which earned British Film of »
- Scott Harris
Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy both earned six nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle, including nods for Film of the Year and Actor of the Year. “I am proud of the breadth, intelligence and style of the choices the London critics have made, honouring the richness of world cinema and the fresh, cool takes on classic movie genres seen in films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, and The Artist,” said Circle chair Jason Solomons. “This is surely the classiest set of nominations around this year, with truly superb work reflected in the directing and foreign language categories. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Not too long ago we featured the winners from the British Independent Film Awards. Well today the London Critics Circle Film Award nominations were announced and two of our favourite films of the year (Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) lead the pack with six nominations each. It was a great year for British cinema, among other noteworthy mentions are Attack The Block, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Wuthering Heights and Weekend.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.
Winners will be announced on January 19th.
Film Of The Year
The Artist (Entertainment)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree of Life (Fox)
The Attenborough Award:
British Film Of The Year
The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Foreign-language Film Of The Year
Mysteries of Lisbon (New »
Alfredson's cold war espionage drama picked up nods for film of the year, British film of the year, actor of the year, British actor of the year, screenwriter of the year and technical achievement, while Winding Refn's Oscar-tipped noir thriller will fight it out for film of the year, director of the year, actor of the year, supporting actor of the year, British actress of the year and technical achievement.
- Ben Child
Hang around in Calderdale, and you could well end up in a movie. Our Hebden Bridge outpost, Jill Robinson, reels off some the greats
Last year saw the premiere at the Hebden Bridge Picture House of the film A Calder Valley Christmas, with local people (including this outpost of the Northerner) queuing around the block to be among the first to see it. Directed by local film-maker Nick Wilding, the piece combines archive material, reminiscences about bad winters, carols, poems, scenes of local Mummers and other traditions, and monologues by the incomparable Ian Dewhirst MBE. (He actually lives in Keighley, but he tells such a good tale that he is often invited over the hill.) Like all the best films, there is an accompanying song, Christmas in Hebden Bridge, performed by children from local schools.
However, this is by no means the only film to have used the dramatic natural »
- Jill Robinson
Best Supporting Actor
Nick Nolte, »
- Steve Montgomery
"Drive" took home the most wins, four total, including Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director, and the film also won Best Editing.
But "The Descendants" received the big honor of the night, the Best Picture award, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.
It's interesting that the Ipa honored Gosling for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress -- both are not considered Oscar frontrunners, but gave the performances of their lives nonetheless.
The 16th Annual Satellite Awards. were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in the Rodeo Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies, »
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “The Descendants” and “Drive” sped away with the most wins at the Satellite Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture for Alexander Payne’s bittersweet drama and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn.
Elsewhere, Viola Davis won Best Actress honors for her role as a Southern housemaid in “The Help,” while Jessica Chastain (who appears alongside Davis in Tate Taylor’s drama) took home Best Supporting Actress honors for her work in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” At this stage of the race, it appears like Chastain’s the one to beat in the Best Supporting Actress race … so long as voters can come to a consensus on which performance they’d like to honor.
As for “The Artist,” it grabbed one Satellite award, »
- Sean O'Connell
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Top 10 Movies of 2011 from TribecaFilm.com's Digital Content Coordinator. She's hopped up on martial arts, haunted hotels, Vera Farmiga and redemption. Karen Kemmerle Digital Content Coordinator, TribecaFilm.com 1. Warrior (Gavin O'Connor) Two estranged brothers (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) bet their own livelihoods to enter the world's biggest Mixed Martial Arts tournament for a chance to win the million-dollar prize. The film features powerful performances, but particularly noteworthy is Nick Nolte's portrayal of the boys' father, a reformed alcoholic seeking redemption for past sins. With energetic fight scenes and extreme emotional conflicts in the vein of Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams, Warrior is a solid addition to the fight film genre. 2. Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine) Tyrannosaur follows Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man so full of rage and depression that he can barely function in society. When an abused female shopkeeper shows him kindness, Joseph sees his last chance for redemption. »
"Something happened to British cinema this year: it got world-class again." Tim Robey builds a convincing case: the returns of Lynne Ramsay and Terence Davies, debuts by Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur), Richard Ayoade (Submarine), Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley (Black Pond) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and, perhaps most encouraging, "remarkable second films from Ben Wheatley (the horror-thriller Kill List), from Joanna Hogg, whose bitterly insightful Archipelago confirmed all the promise of Unrelated, and from Andrew Haigh, whose Nottingham-set gay romance Weekend has been a sleeper hit here and in the United States…. The sheer range of subjects, periods, genres, styles and ambitions was as heartening as the quality of the movies, and proof that our industry is in great shape."
Also in the Telegraph, Robbie Collin looks back on 2011's highs and lows and the paper lists its top ten and ten worst films of the year. Speaking of the worsts, »
In Paddy Considine’s directorial debut “Tyrannosaur,” Peter Mullan (“War Horse”) and Olivia Colman (“The Iron Lady”) play Joseph and Hannah, two troubled souls trapped in destructive home lives that manage to connect and find hope in the other. The two characters meet after Joseph, a bitter widower who’s just killed his dog, stumbles into a Christian charity run by Ms. Colman’s unhappily married wife, »
- Michelle Kung
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