Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2011 Year In Film
Looks like I've exhausted my list of friends.
Thanks again to Matt, Marko, and K. Sung for taking the time to share their thoughts.
I thought there were a number of good films in 2011, but I don't believe any one particular title stood above the others, making it difficult for me to select one title as a favorite. That being the case, I do want to bring attention to the three films I responded most favorably to.
Midnight In Paris - By far the most fun experience I had at the cinema this year. This film is so much more than what is teased in the trailer. I'm thankful I went in blindly. Its beauty pushes further than its location, and manages to push romance further than Boy and Girl falling in love.
Take Shelter - The shelter is a device. This is a really great look at faith, family, love, communication; and how it holds up against something potentially disastrous as mental health.
The Tree of Life - Say all you want about pretension, but I left the theatre feeling challenged after seeing this. Filmmaking is still considered art, right? Well I appreciated Malick's willingness to push limits, and experiment(?) with storytelling (technical and on page). The age of Twitter Ha Ha, makes it a lot easier to focus on something like Dinosaurs, and dismiss the film, but there's a great coming of age story here, and great performances -- maybe my favorite from Brad Pitt. Also, the direction and cinematography is effin' beautiful.
Others I Enjoyed:
Project Nim: Trailer
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest: Trailer | Discussion with Matt
Bill Cunningham New York: Trailer
Shame: Thoughts by Marko
Martha Marcy May Marlene: Trailer
The Artist: Trailer
A Separation: Trailer
Margin Call: Trailer
Meek's Cutoff: Trailer (Sorry Matt!)
Bridesmaids: Thoughts by K. Sung
Bring on 2012!