This year’s top 5 is kind of incomplete. I started off 2011 on a tear. I had seen so many movies including nearly all of the summer blockbusters. But when it came down to the awards season, I missed out on a ton of great movies. So while I wait for films like The Descendents & The Artist to be released On Demand, I have to go with what I’ve seen.
This year’s top 5 includes several that inspired the filmmaker in me including the awesome movie sitting in the number 1 spot. As a result, I don’t think there is a movie I missed that could knock out this year’s champ. It’s a film that I’m proud to put next to 2009’s Paranormal Activity and 2010’s Inception.
5. Source Code
Source Code really surprised me. I highly enjoyed Duncan Jones’ Moon and he raised the bar even higher with Source Code.
50/50 was a perfect balance of humor and drama. Personally, I was really interested to see how this movie accomplished that balance. About 3 years ago, I created a film with similar themes that also balanced humor with the serious subject of cancer. Watching 50/50 was a phenomenal experience as both a filmmaker and a film fan.
It was touching, sad, enlightening, inspiring, funny, depressing, interesting and heart warming. Seth Rogen & Joseph Gordon-Levitt are a perfect team.
The last movie I saw in 2011 skyrocketed up my rankings to land in the top 5. It’s such a well told and stylized film with a wicked performance from Ryan Gosling.
Warrior wins the award for longest wait. I couldn’t find the time to see it in theaters and when it was released on video I still couldn’t set aside a couple hours to watch. It was well worth the wait. I loved Warrior.
1. Super 8
I grew up in the 80s making movies with my friends. We used to walk to the dollar store, purchase toy guns and spray paint them black as we completed our action movies, war epics and comedies. This movie was made for me. Super 8 inspired me and it still does when I think about how much fun I had in the theater that day. (And how much fun I had making movies as a kid.)
2011s top movie… Super 8.
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