Best 5 Movies of 2011

2011 was a pretty good year for movies, despite what the Oscar nominations would have you believe. The whole “Awards Season” shebang has become increasingly irrelevant as the nominees don’t represent the cream of the crop but mediocre fare masquerading as masterpieces. If anything, a film with none (or few) Oscar nominations is a better indication of quality than a slew of statues. So it goes.

Below are my top 5 movies of 2011 – with a sixth spot for Shame, when I finally get around to seeing it.

5. Contagion

I’ve heard a lot of people don’t like this movie. And that’s fine. But it is the greatest infectious disease ensemble thriller of all time. So there, Outbreak.

4. The Muppets

The most delightful and fun movie-going experience I had in 2011. Effortlessly enjoyable.

3. Warrior

Nick Nolte’s performance really makes the movie for me. Heartbreaking and incredible stuff.

2. Midnight in Paris

One of the few deserving nominees this year. Ironic that its theme is about moving past nostalgia and enjoying the present. And then the Best Picture this year is a black-and-white silent film. Huh.

1. Drive

Just a lean, stylish neo-noir with a killer soundtrack and a scary (yes, really) Albert Brooks. See it if you haven’t.

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One Response to Best 5 Movies of 2011

  1. Leon Smith says:

    Completely agree with SOME of these (i.e., Muppets and Contagion). Midnight in Paris should be #1 and Drive should be so far away from this list, it is bonkers.

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