Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Fohnhouse's Films of 2011



We were going to do a top 10. Then a top 15. Well, you can see that we found that difficult. Each of these films made an impression, and we’ve just about got them into some kind of order.

1. DRIVE
Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn delivered a hypnotically violent love letter to pop cinema.

2. NEVER LET ME GO
Mark Romanek’s take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel was beautifully moving with great performances from Mulligan, Garfield, and Knightley.

3. TAKE SHELTER
Michael Shannon helped make Jeff Nichols’ film affecting as well as unsettling.

4. SUBMARINE
With great turns from young stars Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige, this was a perfectly judged comedy from Richard Ayoade.

5. THE WOMAN
Lucky McKee’s return to horror was ferocious, clever, and gut-wrenching.

6. MARGARET
Long-delayed but worth the wait, Kenneth Lonergan’s second film is a superb, sprawling drama.

7. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Terrifically disturbing, Lynne Ramsey creates a jarring and unsettling world for Tilda Swinton’s mother of a killer.

8. 50/50
It got the funny/moving balance perfectly with a great turn from JGL.

9. THE FUTURE
Love her or hate her. We love her. Miranda July’s second film was funny and expertly observed.

10. KABOOM
Gregg Araki’s glorious sun-kissed conspiracy thriller/college comedy/love story/horror movie/something.

11. BRIDESMAIDS
12. ANIMAL KINGDOM
13. HUGO
14. SNOWTOWN
15. 13 ASSASSINS
16. WARRIOR
17. SENNA
18. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
19. THE TREE OF LIFE
20. ATTACK THE BLOCK
21. TYRANNOSAUR
22. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
23. MELANCHOLIA
24. DREAMS OF A LIFE
25. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

FILMS WE BITTERLY REGRET HAVING MISSED: A SEPARATION, INCENDIES, WEEKEND, THE INTERRUPTERS

FILMS THAT ARE ON OTHER LISTS THAT TECHNICALLY SHOULDN’T BE: THE ARTIST, SHAME

MAN OF THE YEAR: RYAN GOSLING (DRIVE, CRAZY, STUPID LOVE, THE IDES OF MARCH)

WOMAN OF THE YEAR: JESSICA CHASTAIN (THE TREE OF LIFE, TEXAS KILLING FIELDS, TAKE SHELTER, THE DEBT, THE HELP)

8 BEST ACTORS (NOT RANKED):
JAMES FRANCO as Aron Rolston in 127 HOURS
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as Adam in 50/50
PETER MULLAN as Joseph in TYRANNOSAUR
BRAD PITT as Mr O’Brien in THE TREE OF LIFE
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER as Hal Fields in BEGINNERS and Henrik Vanger in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
ANDY SERKIS as Caesar in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
MICHAEL SHANNON as Curtis in TAKE SHELTER
NOAH TAYLOR as Nate in RED WHITE & BLUE and Lloyd Tate in SUBMARINE

8 BEST ACTRESSES (NOT RANKED)
ELENA ANAYA as Vera Cruz in THE SKIN I LIVE IN
OLIVIA COLMAN as Hannah in TYRANNOSAUR
AMANDA FULLER as Erica in RED WHITE AND BLUE
POLLYANNA McINTOSH as The Woman in THE WOMAN
ANNA PAQUIN as Lisa Cohen in MARGARET
TILDA SWINTON as Eva Khatchadourian in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
JACKI WEAVER as Smurf in ANIMAL KINGDOM
KRISTEN WIIG as Annie Walker in BRIDESMAIDS

SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR: DRIVE
Runners up: ANOTHER EARTH, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE WOMAN

BEST REMAKE: FRIGHT NIGHT

BEST REBOOT: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Runner up: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

BEST SEQUEL: SCREAM 4 (Welcome back, Sidney and co.)

BEST FILM WE’VE SEEN THAT HASN’T BEEN RELEASED YET: THE INNKEEPERS

GOOD YEAR FOR:
THE FIRM OF GIAMATTI, REILLY, AND HOFFMAN: These character actor stalwarts were everywhere this year: The Ides of March, Barney’s Version, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Jack Goes Boating, Ironclad, Cedar Rapids, Win Win, Hangover Part II, Moneyball...
MARVEL: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, THOR, and CAPTAIN AMERICA were all intelligent, highly entertaining comic book movies.
THE BRONTË SISTERS: JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS were excellent, worthwhile adaptations of much-adapted works.

BAD YEAR FOR:
DC: GREEN LANTERN was supposed to be their answer to Marvel. It didn’t work.
NICOLAS CAGE: Yes DRIVE ANGRY was fun (at least, we thought so) but he didn’t have a BAD LIEUTENANT or a KICK ASS this year to counterbalance the crap.
RYAN REYNOLDS: After an excellent turn in BURIED last year, GREEN LANTERN floundered and THE CHANGE-UP wasn’t funny enough. Also he seems to have become the face of Marks and Spencer’s men’s jackets.

POST-CONVERSION 3D: PRIEST, CONAN and FRIGHT NIGHT flopped hard.


PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE YEAR: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Runners up: THOR, FRIGHT NIGHT, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS


BEST FAMILY UNIT: MICHAEL SHANNON, JESSICA CHASTAIN, and TOVA STEWART in TAKE SHELTER
Runner ups: Craig Roberts, Noah Taylor, and Sally Hawkins in SUBMARINE, Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette in FRIGHT NIGHT


BEST DOUBLE ACT: JAMES MACAVOY AND MICHAEL FASSBENDER in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Runners up: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU


BEST YOUNG ACTORS: SHANNON BEER and SOLOMON GLAVE as Young Cathy and Young Heathcliff in WUTHERING HEIGHTS
Runners up: Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz as Hugo and Isabelle in HUGO, Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning as Joe Lamb and Alice Dainard in SUPER 8


BEST HERO: CHRIS EVANS as Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA
Runners up: Chris Hemsworth as Thor in THOR, David Tennant as Peter Vincent in FRIGHT NIGHT


BEST VILLAIN: COLIN FARRELL as Jerry Dandrige in FRIGHT NIGHT
Runners up: Tom Hiddleston as Loki in THOR, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw in XMEN: FIRST CLASS and Jacques in SUPER


BEST SHOUTING: ANTHONY HOPKINS and CHRIS HEMSWORTH in THOR

BEST VERTIGO MOMENT: Melissa George takes on the highland ranges in A LONELY PLACE TO DIE
Runner up: Tom Cruise on the side of a skyscraper in MI4: GHOST PROTOCOL

WELCOME RETURN: LUCKY McKEE with THE WOMAN


JH

3 comments:

  1. Why is "Blue Valentine" not on the list?

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  2. Yes - soundtrack of the year, I vote for 'Another Earth' on account of the musical saw scene - how many movies have that?!
    This is the music from that scene: http://www.scottmunsonmusic.com/news/music-in-film-another-earth-soundtrack

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  3. Ah, Blue Valentine so nearly made the cut but I think it may have been put on our list last year...by accident! Great film though. I'm sure if I re-watch it I will alter this list, it went through so many changes.

    Also, I would like to generally apologise for any omissions. Clearly, Tucker and Dale should be in the best double act!

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