Update (1/11): Added “Blue Valentine” to the number 2 position and “True Grit” as number 6.
Update (1/16): Added “The King’s Speech” to the number 5 position. My original list stopped at 11 titles and I’ve decided to keep the 2 movies that moved down with this update.
Update (2/7): Added “The Fighter” to the number 7 position.
Final Update (2/11): Added “Rabbit Hole” to the number 8 position.
At the top of my list, Tilda Swinton once again demonstrated her unrivaled greatness in “I Am Love,” and I loved the unflinching grandeur and big time sensuality of this melodrama. (More impressively, it was wildly funny as well.) “Winter’s Bone” by Debra Granik restored my hope in American cinema in a year of half-baked “important” American films like “The Social Network,” “Greenberg,” and “Tiny Furniture.” I loved how “Winter’s Bone” combined a gripping neo-noir story arc with stark naturalism in exploring the world of the downtrodden and the forgotten in the Ozarks. I also can’t say enough good things about “Cold Weather” by Aaran Katz, a whimsical crime mystery with a surprising payoff.
Finally, I survived Gaspar Noe’s “Enter the Void.” Enough said.
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, I Am Love (anyone who can carry a movie in three languages shoots to the top of my list)
Best Actor: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos (anyone who can carry a movie in five — or was it six? — languages shoots to the top of my list)
Best Ensemble: Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling and the little girl, Blue Valentine
Best Supporting Actress: Mirela Oprisor, Tuesday, After Christmas
Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Best Director: Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
Best Cinematography: Black Swan
Best Soundtrack: Carlos (for the great selection of post-punk and new wave tunes)
Best Dumb Film: Predators
Worst Film: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen
And yet again, I vow to see more films in 2011…Read less