Top 10 2011 Movies
The top 10 movies of 2011 include some gut-wrenching dramas, mind-bending sci-fi movies and fantastic romantic comedies that remind movie-goers why they fell in love with film in the first place.
Bela Tarr’s final film, The Turin Horse, brilliantly depicts the absurd futility of human existence. Despite its flaws, this Hungarian auteur’s last masterpiece is an unforgettable experience.
A story of family loyalty and love, The Descendants follows the teenage children of four Disney villains. They move to the magical kingdom of Auradon.
Despite their parents’ influence, Mal (Dove Cameron) and her friends choose to be good rather than evil. What does this teach them about friendship and trust?
The Tree of Life
In mythology and religious art, a tree of life is an ancient symbol of the connection between heaven and earth. It is also a symbol of evolution, where branches on a tree represent different species diverging from a common ancestor.
Similarly, Terrence Malick’s 2011 film, The Tree of Life, is a meditation on life that ponders various existential questions. It is a highly personal work and arguably his best movie yet.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a neo-noir psychological thriller movie. It is based on the novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and stars Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
The movie tells the story of Blomkvist’s investigation into what happened to a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. He recruits the help of computer hacker Salander.
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The Amazing Spider-Man
During his superhero career, Spider-Man has made many friends with heroes like Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and more.
The film features Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. It was directed by Marc Webb and released in 2012.
A group of teenagers are filming their Super 8 movie when a train derails. They re-group and find crates of strange white cubes amid the wreckage.
Abrams and Spielberg wanted to honour their childhoods of making amateur films with Super-8 cameras. But the film itself needs to live up to the hype.
In the last days of the Edo period in Japan, a group of samurai led by Shinzaemon (Koji Yakusho) plot to assassinate Lord Naritsugu, a sadistic shogunate half-brother who’s expected to climb to a high government post.
The film never shies away from the violence and cynicism of its subject, and director Takashi Miike is more than willing to let the blood spill across its lengthy running time. But 13 Assassins is also a well-written, stylish movie that pays homage to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
I Saw the Devil
Korean director Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, The Good, The Bad and The Weird) turns the tables on the revenge fantasy genre in this visceral thriller. Lee Byung-hun stars as a hardened government agent who vows to track down and kill serial killer Jang Kyung-chul (Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik) after he abducts and dismembers his pregnant fiancee.
In addition to being shockingly violent, I Saw the Devil is surprisingly bright and engaging. It’s only for some, but those who love action thrillers will be satisfied!
The Last King of Scotland
A politically naive Scottish doctor is drawn into the world of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Based on Giles Foden’s novel, it’s a powerful depiction of the brutality that followed Amin’s rise to power.
Forest Whitaker won an Oscar and other awards for his portrayal of Amin, a man who could turn from laughter to rage in moments. This is a film you can’t stop watching.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a slow-burn, atmospheric crime drama. It stars a police chief, a doctor, a prosecutor and a criminal on a late-night hunt for a murder victim in rural Turkey.
The convoy carries police commissioner Naci (Yilmaz Erdogan), local prosecutor Nusret (Taner Birsel) and doctor Cernal (Muhammet Uzuner). Kenan, a prisoner who has confessed to the murder, is their only suspect.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Based on Jordan Belfort’s 2007 memoir, director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter take a cynical look at greed and excess in the financial world. It’s a cautionary tale in the same mould as Goodfellas and Casino, featuring a stellar performance from Leonardo DiCaprio.
Belfort’s wide-eyed ambition is met with greed and evil as he builds his firm. But when he blurs ethical boundaries and turns a blind eye to his friends’ misdeeds, he finds himself entangled in a ruthless world of crime and corruption.
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