Kevin B Lee, editor of Fandor's Keyframe, has put Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy at the top of his list, and when he polled his contributors — quite a roster, too — and counted the number of mentions, Certified Copy came out on top again. Further Keyframe top tens: Michał Oleszczyk and Alejandro Adams.
Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive tops Matt Riviera's poll of Sydney film critics, and you can scan each of their ballots at A Life in Film. Drive's also scored with the Utah Film Critics, as Steve Montgomery reports at the Alt Film Guide. Peter Knegt for indieWIRE: "Tate Taylor's The Help and Dee Rees's Pariah were among the major winners at the Black Film Critics Circle's annual awards."
UK-based Neil Young has quite the eclectic list, but the two films he chooses to dwell on are Gore Verbinski's Rango and Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret. The Boston Phoenix's Peter Keough goes for Margaret, too. Today's BANG BANG contributors are Durga Chew-Bose and Jenny Stewart. And I haven't seen this one at #1 yet: It's Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus for Louis Virtel at Movieline.
Luke McKernan looks back at some of the year's best silent-themed videos. At Nobody Knows Anybody, Rebecca lists her "Top 5 Spanish Films Viewed in 2011." The Chicago Reader's #3s: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life for JR Jones and Jean-Luc Godard's Film socialisme for Ben Sachs.