Angie’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

I find it difficult to say whether 2011 was an unusually strong or unusually weak year for films. As in any year, there were pleasant surprises and disappointments alike. If I had to pinpoint the one thing my favorites tend to have in common, though, it’s a sense that each of them were made with great love by people who cared desperately about them.

I don’t think there’s anything anyone can say at the start of a top 10 list to totally deflect the disgruntled comments from readers who incensed to see that X made my top 10 when Y didn’t, etc., but I’m still going to throw out the usual caveats. There are certainly deserving films that were left off just because I forgot about them, or because I missed the theatrical run, or because I couldn’t fully appreciate them due to my own biases, or what have you. I also want to acknowledge that there is no fair way to compare, say, Bridesmaids against Tree of Life, but that by ranking these movies I’ve done so anyway.

Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to stress that this is not intended as an objective list of the ten best movies of the year, but as a totally subjective look back at my personal favorites of 2011. Read my list and leave your thoughts after the jump.

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Maybe it’s just because I got a cat this year — the first living, breathing creature I’ve owned since I failed to keep a hamster alive circa 1995 — but I couldn’t help noticing that the films of 2011 featured some damn great animals. Some were the stars of their films, like Rango (Johnny Depp) in Rango, while others played second fiddle to less interesting, or at least less adorable, human stars, like Rosie (Tai) in Water for Elephants, but all deserve special mention in my book.

And yeah, okay, the fact that they also serve as a convenient excuse to post cute animal photos during a slow news week happens to a nice little bonus as well. Read on after the jump.

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Miranda July’s ‘The Future’ Trailer

While the masses might not consider all filmmakers to be true artists, there’s no making that mistake with Miranda July. When she not only wrote but directed and starred in 2005′s Me and You and Everyone We Know, it was a revelation. A challenging, beautiful film that defied classification or simple description. Six years later she’s back with her second film, The Future, and once again July has created what looks to be something totally unique and different. Roadside Attractions will release July’s film in July and just put up first trailer which you can watch after the break. Read More »

There have been a great many new posters in the past few days. Just this afternoon we’ve seen new one-sheets for the doc Page One: Inside the New York Times, the horror remake Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Miranda July‘s odd-sounding new drama The Future, and Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia. Plus earlier this week there were new sheets for tantalizing Cannes debut Sleeping Beauty, The Art of Getting By, What’s Your Number?, The Ledge, The Beaver and Troll Hunter. They’re all after the break, along with info on each film and links to the trailers. Read More »

Sundance Invades The Summer of 2011

Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »

With three sets of eyes darting all around Park City for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and several days of films still ahead, it’s almost physically impossible to write full reviews for everything we see. So, here’s the first Sundance Mini-Review post which will feature shorter capsule reviews of films and maybe even some video blogs.

After the jump, you’ll read short reviews of The Future by Peter Sciretta and Bobby Fischer Against The World by yours truly. Read More »

Sundance Film Festival Adds Three Movies


The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has added three more selections to the January festival line-up. Additions include Director and screenwriter Miranda July’s The Future (as speculated yesterday); Rob Minkoff’s Flypaper, and Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip. Read the full press release after the jump.
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UPDATE: The Future will indeed premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as an out-of-competition premiere. Original article follows.

When we last left Miranda July, she gave us this: ))<>((. It’s one of the lasting jokes, very sexual in nature, from her 2005 tour de force Me and You and Everyone We Know. The talented filmmaker hasn’t directed a feature since (though she has continued to write, make shorts and art installations) but now there’s a whole bunch of information out there on her latest film The Future. First of all, the film will be distributed by The Match Factory, which has posted a detailed synopsis, composer Jon Brion will be writing the music for the film and there’s a chance that it will playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

So what’s The Future about exactly? Well, in typical Miranda July fashion, it’s out there and has a talking cat. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

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