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TOP PICKS OF 2011

by Ben Wheeler
1. Tree of LIfe: This is the most deeply spiritual and truthful film I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely beautiful in both craft and substance. It’s a film that requires devotion from its viewers and, to those willing to give it repeat viewings, offers profound meaning. It’s a masterpiece without a trace of cynicism. 2. Shame: A mature, unflinching look at sexual addiction in America. The best character piece of the year. It’s a stunning piece of art. 3. Drive: A dark thriller of a movie. It’s vibrato film-making at its best. 4. Into The Abyss: Werner Herzog’s newest documentary explores a tragic murder in Conroe, Texas. It’s a work of… Read more

1. Tree of LIfe: This is the most deeply spiritual and truthful film I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely beautiful in both craft and substance. It’s a film that requires devotion from its viewers and, to those willing to give it repeat viewings, offers profound meaning. It’s a masterpiece without a trace of cynicism.

2. Shame: A mature, unflinching look at sexual addiction in America. The best character piece of the year. It’s a stunning piece of art.

3. Drive: A dark thriller of a movie. It’s vibrato film-making at its best.

4. Into The Abyss: Werner Herzog’s newest documentary explores a tragic murder in Conroe, Texas. It’s a work of precision that is being compared to Capote’s “In Cold Blood”.

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: David Fincher’s third opus exploring the dark world of serial killers (Se7en, Zodiac). This American version is far superior to the cheap Swedish originals and probably elevates even the books.

6. Melancholia: Doomsday done right. This film is a classy and oppressing drama that will clear you out like a bad detox. It’s not for everyone, as is depicted in the film: we all cope with impending doom, but in profoundly diverse ways.

7. The Skin I Live In: A colorful, melodramatic thriller from the great Spanish master, Pedro Almodovar. Grab a bottle of wine and prepare for something wild.

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