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Jan 1

Top 20 films of 2011: 10-1

10) Crazy, Stupid, Love

9) Warrior

8) 127 Hours

7) Black Swan

6) True Grit

5) 50/50

4) Hugo

3) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

2) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

1) Drive

Jan 1

Top 20 films of 2011: 20-11

20) Tyrannosaur

19) Troll Hunter

18) X-Men: First Class

17) Thor

16) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

15) Bridesmaids

14) Contagion

13) The Ides of March

12) Super 8

11) The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Jan 1

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 1

Drive

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writer: Hossein Amini Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman

This is not just my favourite film of the year, but it is possibly one of my favourite films of all time. The direction by Nicolas Winding Refn is sublime, Ryan Gosling’s muted performance is spot on and the fairytale like nature of the story works wonderfully. Put simply, this film is sublime.

Jan 1

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 2

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Director: Tomas Alfredson Writers: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds.

Rating - 4.5/5

And the award for best cast goes to….Seriously, this is one of the best ensemble casts there have ever been. Amazing performances from everyone, particularly Mark Strong who is not playing his usual villainous role. However, this film belongs to Gary Oldman. His performance is, simply put, incredible. The scene where he is talking to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character about the one time he met Karla is a tour de force.   

Jan 1

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 3

The Girl With Dragon Tattoo

Director: David Fincher Writer: Steve Zaillian Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer

Rating - 4.5/5

Such an incredible film. Fincher certainly does not hold back with any of the films darker moments. Rooney Mara does an amazing job in the difficult role of Lisbeth Salander, she is unrecognisable as the girl who dumped Mark Zuckerberg at the start of The Social Network. The cinematography of this film is also stunning, the film is set at winter and it certainly looks and feels like one of coldest films I have seen.

Jan 1

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 4

Hugo

Director: Martin Scorsese Writer: John Logan Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christopher Lee

Rating - 4.5/5

Scorsese’s love letter to Silent Cinema. I loved seeing Georges Méliès silent films on the big screen, where they belong. Ben Kingsley plays the iconic filmmaker greatly. Despite the fact that this is indeed a family film, I would never say that it is a children’s film. It’s a Scorsese film. Hugo himself goes through  lot of hardships before the end of the film, and Asa Butterfield plays him wonderfully. Once again, Chloe Grace Moretz is amazing, she is an actress who is going to have a big career.

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 5

50/50

Director: Jonathan Levine Writer: Will Reiser Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Houston

Rating - 4.5/5

The funniest film of the year, hands down. I haven’t laughed so hard at a film in a long time. I absolutely fell in love with this film. Great performances across the board, especially from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Angelica Houston who steals every scene she is in. I have never seen a film handle dramatic and comedic aspects so well. The love story did not feel forced either, it felt like a very natural progression for the characters. The chemistry between JGL and Rogen was great as well, I’d love to see those two do more films together.

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 6

True Grit

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, JoshBrolin, Matt Damon

Rating - 4.5/5

I really like Westerns. 90% of the time, I love the Coens. I loved this film. Jeff Bridges is brilliant as the grumpy, old Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld gives one of the performances of the year (I even wanted her to beat Natalie Portman in the Oscars). One thing this film manages so well is the balance between drama and comedy. When the film needs to be, it is deadly serious. And then there are the lighter moments, mostly coming from Matt Damon.

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 7

Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis

Rating - 4.5/5

The fact that I prefer The Wrestler to this film and yet Black Swan is still so high on my list tells you everything about this film. It was amazing. All the performances, especially Portman’s but surprisingly from Mila Kunis as well, as fantastic. The way Aronofsky directs it is astounding, the scene where Nina finally transforms into the Black Swan is brilliant.

sonofafilmgeek’s Top 20 films of 2011 - Number 8

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle Writers: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy Starring: James Franco

Rating - 4.5/5

What an incredible performance by James Franco. The fact that I have only put his name in the ‘Starring’ section should tell you something. This is basically a one man show and Franco nails it. And the way that scene is directed really involves you in that moment with Aron Rolston.