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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
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? I'll get this out of the way now: Harry Potter is not on this list. I only mention this as I was excoriated back in »
- Christopher Stipp
In no particular order, these are the stand out films that are worth adding to any video library. The set of criteria is simple: a standout performance by one or more of the first billed actors that can be re-watched time and time again. Their complexity is what defines the film. Also important is the type of chills or thrills the movie offers, and the story being told.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Dir.: Eli Craig.
Although this film is technically a 2010 product, it did not reach distribution until the following year. This one, like how some of the victims died in film, skips under the gun by being exceptionally funny with an adorable, luggable, teddy bear performance by Tyler Labine. This product is a better answer to a theatrical version of the Beverly Hillbillies. The clash of cultures is perfectly played up for laughs. »
- email@example.com (Ed Sum)
With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – that our cultural need to rally behind obvious points of praise and awareness have been gloriously undercut. 2011 was the year to see and love films that spoke to you, and to be prepared to argue the case with fellow cinephiles. In other words, 2011 was the year the gloves came off. To say that none of the 30 films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these.
Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top 2 films were tied »
- Simon Howell
Jean Dujardin, The Artist Michel Hazanavicius/The Artist Tops Phoenix Film Critics Awards Best Film * The Artist The Descendants Drive The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball My Week with Marilyn Super 8 The Tree of Life Best Foreign Language Film Incendies Point Blank * The Skin I Live In Best Director Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris * Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Tate Taylor, The Help Best Actor In A Leading Role George Clooney, The Descendants * Jean Dujardin, The Artist Michael Fassbender, Shame Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball Best Actress In A Leading Role Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help * Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn Best Actor In A Supporting Role Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn * Albert Brooks, Drive John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene Jonah Hill, »
- Steve Montgomery
By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.
Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »
- Chris Laverty
My top ten films of the year was such a difficult list to make. I knew a lot of films that would go on the list, more than ten in fact. But putting them in order was tough. This list doesn’t include films I’ve seen that come out in January/February, like Shame, which would feature high, and also excludes releases from the past Jan/Feb that were up for awards this year. And I haven’t watched Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at the time of writing this, but I have a feeling it could have made the list.
Easily the most joyous film I’ve seen this year. I imagine it’ll top a lot of lists, and it deserves to. I can’t really say a thing about it I didn’t like. Weekend
Another film difficult to fault. I »
Some other sites or site runners may look down on lists, but those people are what are known as no-fun douche bags, because really, lists are awesome. They are short, easy to digest little morsels that you can wash down with a carbonated beverage, argue about, and take recommendations from. If you don’t like lists, you are worse than Hitler. You know what’s better than Hitler? Lots of stuff, like peanut butter cookies with little peanut butter cups pressed into them. That, and also these ten action movies, which are my favorite for the year. Yeah, you’ll probably disagree, so comment below or get your own damn website. 11. Hanna Eric Bana is a secret action star with a few good turns in a couple of flicks, but in Hanna he really gets to shine as an ass kicking secret agent. That being said, it’s the young Saoirse Ronan who really brings home the »
- Robert Fure
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life. While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers »
- Adam Chitwood
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Some time in the late 1990s, the music video director Mark Romanek approached his friend Trent Reznor to compose the score for his feature debut One Hour Photo, a thriller in which lab technician Robin Williams becomes obsessed with a suburban family. It was not the happiest time for Reznor, who was straining to complete the third Nine Inch Nails album and, he says, was about to "slip off a cliff of addiction". While things were still at the demo stage, he received an apologetic call from Romanek saying the studio was pressuring him to use a "real composer".
The physical evidence of how much has changed since those days is 34cm tall, gold-plated and stands on the mantelpiece of Reznor's house in Beverly Hills. »
- Dorian Lynskey
Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life The Tree Of Life, Michael Shannon, The Interrupters: Chicago Film Critics Surprise Winners Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive Hugo * The Tree of Life Best Foreign Film In a Better World Incendies * A Separation The Skin I Live In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Best Director Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist * Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life Alexander Payne for The Descendants Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive Martin Scorsese for Hugo Best Actor George Clooney for The Descendants Jean Dujardin for The Artist Michael Fassbender for Shame Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy * Michael Shannon for Take Shelter Best Actress Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene Anna Paquin for Margaret Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady * Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn Best Supporting Actor * Albert Brooks for »
- Steve Montgomery
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
The London Critics’ Circle has announced the nominees for its 32nd Film Awards, including five fantastic young actors all nominated for the Young British Performer of the year, and all previously featured on Screenterrier.
The five nominees for Young British Performer of the Year are:
20 year old Jeremy Irvine for his role in Steven Spielberg’s 'War Horse'. Jeremy will also star as Pip in next year's film adaptation of Great Expectations, and recently filmed Now Is Good alongside Dakota Fanning.
20 year old Yasmin Paige for her role as Jordana in 'Submarine'. Familiar to TV audiences for her roles in The Sarah Jane Adventures and Ballet Shoes, Yasmin starred alongside fellow nominee Craig Roberts »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
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 »
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