Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 Halftime Report

We're halfway through 2011, and it's already the strongest year for movies in recent memory, even if a majority of the films haven't been seen outside of a few large cities. Lack of availability aside, 2011 has seen some very strong stuff indeed, and here are the ten (in alphabetical order) that have touched me the most.

ARMADILLO
(Janus Metz, Denmark)

CERTIFIED COPY
(Abbas Kiarostami, France)

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH
(Lu Chuan, China)

I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU
(Karim Ainouz & Marcelo Gomez, Brazil)

LE QUATTRO VOLTE
(Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy)

OF GODS AND MEN
(Xavier Beauvois, France)

POETRY
(Lee Chang Dong, South Korea)

THE TREE OF LIFE
(Terrence Malick, USA)


TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS
(Radu Muntean, Romania)

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

3 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

Ok Matthew, terrific list there. I will atempt to list the dozen films that have moved me the most thus far in no particular order:

Jane Eyre
The Tree of Life
Poetry
Of Gods and Men
Win Win
Uncle Boonme
13 Assassins
Le Quattro Volte
Winter Before Wartime
Caterpillar
Certified Copy
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

We seem to agree on a good number, as usual.

Sam Juliano said...

Geez, I forgot one that simply MUST be in the group I just posted here, though I know this is a rare case where we don't agree:

Incendies

Sam Juliano said...

Geez, I also accidentally left off the Turkish film BAL (HONEY).