The Real Reel’s Top 10 of 2011

What an interesting year in movies! With 2012 less than 12 hours away, it was impossible to let the year-end without recapping some of The Real Reel’s favorite films a 2011.  Per usual, the year started with a few duds but surprisingly picked up in the summertime and continued into the fall and winter months. We witnessed a huge surge in indie films, one that will continue into the new year, as well as a new crop of talent come up in the ranks with hits such as Bridesmaids and Attack The Block.

What will 2012 bring? Lots of action and superheroes, duh!

  1. Warrior
  • A very late entry to the top 10 party – Warrior is one of the most gripping, action packed and well written films of the year. Detailing a story of two brothers on a parallel path to the fight of their lives, this sleeper hit packs a literal punch with standout performances and stays with you long after the final credit rolls.

2. Bridesmaids

  • No top 10 list is complete without acknowledging the BEST comedy of 2011! Just thinking about this film entices gut busting laughter. The best part? The ladies were bringing the laughs, and proved that they didn’t need a hangover to be funnier than their male counterparts.

3.  Attack the Block

  • An unexpected favorite, Attack the Block was a huge surprise across the board. Talk about a great time at the movies! Who knew that aliens attacking the hood could be so awesome? Great film, great performances and great British accents.

4. Midnight in Paris

  • If cinematic heaven were an actual thing, this would be the film that would welcome you into Oscar statuette flanked gates. Across the board movie goers have summed Midnight in Paris up in one word: Lovely. And it is. In every sense of the word.

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  • Fincher does it again, and this time its with a relatively unknown actress and a remake. How good was Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo?” The hypnotic score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross alone was enough to find this film on our top 10, and quite possibly enough to land the film at least one nomination this awards season.

6. Drive

  • How do we love Ryan Gosling? Let us count the ways. For starters, he’s hot! Then there’s the fact that he’s just insanely talented as an actor. Case and point, his alarmingly nuanced performance in Drive – a film that said a lot without really saying much at all.

7. Win- Win

  • One of the most authentic and painfully underrated films of 2011, everything about Win-Win is, well, a winner. From the honest portrayals by Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan to the stellar debut performance by Alex Shaffer, Win-Win is just a little slice of indie cinema heaven.

8. Like Crazy

  • The jury is still out on Like Crazy – either you really loved it or you really hated! Obviously, we really loved it.   Like Crazy was a roller coaster of emotions, for the characters and for anyone who could relate to maintaining a long distance relationship. The story was authentic, the execution was beautiful and the outcome was genuinely heartbreaking.

9. Super 8

  • An incredible love letter to the childhood nostalgia that lives inside us all. Thank you, JJ Abrams. Thank you for reminding a few of us why we fell in love with movies in the first place.

10. Fast Five

  • Two words: Man. Candy.  Do you need another reason?

What were some of your favorites of 2011? Reminiscence in the comment area.

Happy New Year!!!



2 Responses to “The Real Reel’s Top 10 of 2011”

  1. i really didn’t love Warrior, but i enjoyed the fight scenes and nick nolte the best. so glad you have dragon tattoo on the list! this film is getting wrongly accused of many things it is not. really need to see Like Crazy. Love Drive and yippee for Fast Five!

  2. So, I’m like two weeks late, but I wanted to say that I really enjoyed Like Crazy. And Midnight in Paris is one of my faves too. Definitely one of Allen’s best (top 2 for me). Great list!

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