So another year is almost behind us and a new one is on the brink of starting. It’s the inevitable moment to look back at the past year. With the birth of my daughter in July it’s one of the most memorable years in my life. It’s been a good movie year as well as it has produced some amazing ones. Time to look back.
I keep track of all my movie watching and the amount I’ve seen this year is even bigger than last year. An amazing 340 (almost all of them are in the picture above, click to enlarge), an average of one movie every 1.07 day. I’ve watched a total of 34334 minutes or 572,23 hours or 23,84 days of movies this year.
The My Filmviews tens
Among those movies there were 6 that I gave a 10/10 (it doesn’t happen too often). New to the “My Filmviews tens” (previously My IMDB tens) are the following films:
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Schindler’s List (1993)
La vita è bella (1997)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (which I have not written a review for)
The worst movies
This year also had some movies that really disappointed me. I was looking forward to seeing Sucker Punch and The Hangover 2, but during both I felt like leaving the cinema. Other movies I did not like at all were Your Highness and Mars Needs Moms. In case you were wondering which was the worst movie I saw this year, it’s the 2010 movie The Bill Collector, which had a cameo of Danny Trejo and a story which was so weird and unfunny that I still wonder why I watched the whole thing. If I had only watched the trailer (something I never do), the bad acting would probably have warned me enough:
IMDB top 250
Also tried to reach my goal of having seen 200 out of the 250 IMDB movies by the end of the year. I managed to reach it shortly, but the list changes a lot, which means I’m currently on 199 and won’t have the time to watch that last one.
It’s been a good year for the site and I would like to thank everyone for reading and commenting as that’s the reason I keep doing this. My regular segments, “The Monday Question” and “The Many Faces of…” have become very popular and I will continue with them next year.
As I’ve met a lot of other great bloggers (resulting in a mailbox which is constantly being filled with great articles and I have trouble keeping up with) I will also start a new feature on Wednesdays, The Moviesite Spotlight. This is a chance for readers to find out more about some of my favorite blogs and the great people who write them.
2011: Top 10
Of course a lot of you will read these type of posts to see which movies have made the top 10 list. Now before you start reading it, let me make clear that this is a list of my favorite movies at the moment. These are not necessarily the best movies this year, but the ones I enjoyed most and still remember fondly looking back. There are a lot of movies that came out which I have not seen yet, but will take my time to discover those in the future. Some movies did not make it, but deserve to be mentioned like The Guard, The Ides of March, Incendies and Let’s Talk About Kevin.
This year’s Top 10:
This film shows that it’s possible to create an amazing documentary about human life during one day comprised out of footage shot by YouTube users. It has beautiful imagery, people you will remember and stories about so many aspects of life. It might not have had its deserved attention because YouTube asked to have it made, but it’s one you should watch. No reason not to as you can watch it right now, for free, on YouTube:
When it comes to animated features there weren’t that many out which stuck with me. Cars 2 was disappointing and even Arrietty didn’t wow me as much as Rango did. Visually it’s one of the most beautiful (even if a lot of the characters are ugly) animated movies I’ve seen and ILM proves that the M in their name really does stand for magic.
I hadn’t heard anything about this movie before I saw it and my expectations weren’t really high. It’s a movie about MMA (mixed martial arts) and I thought it would be raw and not very interesting. If it would have starred any other actors I probably wouldn’t have checked it out, but this one surprised me. It might have a lot of sports movie cliches, but when it’s this thrilling to watch it doesn’t really matter. The only movie this year in which I really had to restrain myself from jumping out of the seat to cheer. It was the most exciting movie to watch.
This is the movie that transported me back to my youth. As I put it in my review: “Super 8 is an entertaining thrill ride which gave me that feeling of living in the eighties again, growing up and for that I can’t praise it enough”. It also has that Spielberg feeling even though Abrams has given it it’s own spin.
Probably the movie which surprised most people. Everyone made jokes about its name, but it turned out to be one of the best blockbusters this year all thanks to the amazing work done by Andy Serkis and WETA. It tells a compelling and very moving story of how the Apes managed to rise. If the sequel manages to reach the same quality I’m sure it will end up in one of my future top 10s.
Looking at the rest of the top 10 this movie probably is the one which feels the simplest. Woody Allen makes it feel effortless and manages to tell an almost magical story about a guy wandering the streets of Paris and meeting people that inspire him.
A refreshing take on the alien invasion movie, with a young cast, lots of jokes and a lot of thrills, all set in one of London’s suburbs.
I’m a big action movie fan and this modern fairytale about a young girl discovering the “big bad” world delivers lots of action. Saoirse Ronan plays Hanna and does so perfectly, convincingly displaying wonder about the things we take for granted but also being to kick ass when she needs to. Looking forward to seeing her in other movies.
I don’t really care much for what actor or directors do when they are not making movies, so the whole controversy surrounding Lars von Triers remarks in Cannes during a press conference almost completely passed me by. The movie he delivered though is worth talking about. It’s a very depressing movie, but even though the first shots already tell you what will happen it doesn’t spoil anything, it just adds to the feeling that what’s about to happen is inevitable. The visuals are memorable (especially the slow motion opening shots) and it’s music is a perfect fit. It makes you think of how you would respond if something like this would happen.
This movie tells a very shocking story, which you slowly discover. It’s a horror movie which isn’t scary, but it will shock you. Months after I’ve seen it, it’s the movie I remember most strongly and therefore deserves the number one spot.
I wish you all a great 2012, of course with lots of movies!
There are a lot of movies that were released this year which I have not seen. Are there any that I’ve missed but should see? Don’t agree with some of my choices for the top 10? What are your personal top 10 choices for 2011? Love to see links to your lists!