Thursday, December 29, 2011


Top Ten Films in 2011

Once again, it's time for me to compose my top ten best films in 2011.

During the entire calendar year of 2011, I watched 272 feature films, including screenings for the SFIAAFF 2012 that will be added to that list later.

Again, my top ten films are selected from the films I saw in the calendar year of 2011, not based on when they are released in the theaters. This seems to be the best way to define "a film in 2011." We are living in a small world now. If I fly to Beijing or Europe to see a film that has not opened in San Francisco or New York City, does this film belong to 2011 or 2012? Why should a film's year be based on a US release date?

Enough said.

Therefore, "Mother" (마더) is on my Top Ten Film in 2009, while it appears on many critics' top ten lists for 2010 or 2011. And, I am a little behind on viewing "Winter's Bone."

So, these are the top ten best films I saw in 2011.

  1. Winter's Bone (USA 2010 | 100 min.)

    Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone

  2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (USA 2011 | 128 min.)

    Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  3. A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین | Iran 2011 | in Persian | 123 min.)

    Leila Hatami and Peyman Moaadi A Separation

  4. The Descendants (USA 2011 | 115 min. | My review)

    Shailene Woodley, George Clooney, Amara Miller and Nick Krause in The Descendants

  5. Incendies (Canada 2010 | in French/Arabic | in French | 130 min. | My review)

    Lubna Azabal as Nawal Marwan in INCENDIES

  6. Shame (UK 2011 | 101 min.)

    Michael Fassbender in SHAME

  7. The Illusionist (L'Illusionniste | UK/France 2010 | 80 min. | My review)

  8. Bi, Don't Be Afraid! (Bi, đừng sợ! | Vietnam/France/Germany 2010 | in Vietnamese | 90 min. | My review)

    Bi (Thanh Minh Phan) blows bubbles in Phan Dang Di's drama BI, DON'T BE AFRAID

  9. The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗 | China 2011 | in Chinese/English/Japanese | 145 min. | My review)

    The Flowers of War

  10. The Fourth Portrait (第四張畫 | Taiwan 2010 | in Chinese | 102 min.)

    The Fourth Portrait

Until next year...


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