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My Top 10 Movies of 2011

by Matthias
The Tree of Life (2011) Seldom a film could stand up that solidly against it’s mountain high expectations. Overwhelming from the first frame on Three of Life sucked me into it’s vortex of poetry, enlightenment and an almost unbearable feeling of lost moments in time. Maybe it fails in delivering a satisfying resolution to it’s enormous premise that it spans towards it’s viewers, but how on earth can do that? Isn’t the attempt to try and fail applaudable? Super 8 (2011) Partially successful reboot of that Spielbergian “anything goes” feeling, that grew so dear to me in the eighties. A time where the coming of age in an American west coast… Read more

The Tree of Life (2011)
Seldom a film could stand up that solidly against it’s mountain high expectations. Overwhelming from the first frame on Three of Life sucked me into it’s vortex of poetry, enlightenment and an almost unbearable feeling of lost moments in time. Maybe it fails in delivering a satisfying resolution to it’s enormous premise that it spans towards it’s viewers, but how on earth can do that? Isn’t the attempt to try and fail applaudable?

Super 8 (2011)
Partially successful reboot of that Spielbergian “anything goes” feeling, that grew so dear to me in the eighties. A time where the coming of age in an American west coast small town was the most desired place to be for me. Sadly the inevitable overuse of CGI destroys the wonderful nativity halfway throughout the film.

Melancholia (2011)
Everything in this movie is in a trance like state. Like the last milliseconds before a crash seem like long seconds.

Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
Yes, there are still fresh angles on the Western. Kelly Reichert does not make it easy for us to sit trough it. But it serves as a rewarding metaphor for the endurances that the settlers in the old West were exposed to. This microscopic view makes us appreciate what the human will is capable of.

Le quattro volte (2011)
Sure we all passed by these pitoresc rural spot on a vacation and spend some thoughts on what it would be like living there. Le Quattro Volte let’s us float into a place where time seemed to have stopped and gives us a bird’s eye perspective on a world that has a awe-inspiring simplicity and consists of a compelling inner logic.

Copie conforme (2010)
Kiarostami plays interesting tricks on his audience, but without making you feeling cheated. Juliette Binoche performance and the mind-blowing Tuscany landscape makes this movie a place I want to return to in the future.

The Trip (2010)
A fresh perspective into the psyche of carrier struck actors. Culinary treats and cosy hotels can not put the minds of these two struggling actors at ease. An honest yet depressing movie about friendship.

The Secret Word of Arrietty (2010)
2011 was not a great year for animation. Arrietty my not be up to the works of Hayao Miyazaki as a director, but it carries a lot of the trademarks of his studio. It takes its young audience serious what makes it a very austere viewing experience with being lots at stake.

Bridesmaids (2011)
Not a good year for comedies (as many before), with only Jud Apatow creative pool fighting against the desolation. The mix of raunchy humor with exaggerated but believable characters works perfectly. Could someone sign up Kristen Wiig as Carrie Bradshaw for the next five installments in the Sex & City franchise?

Poetry (2010)
A movie that undermines the viewing exportations of it’s audience constantly. Manly through the extraordinary acting of Jeong-hie Yun we experience a full range of beauty, astonishment, sadness and melancholia throughout her journey.

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