Sunday, 1 January 2012

The Best Films & DVD Re-issues of 2011 (and 2010)

Another year has gone by like an express train and it's time to list the films, CD's and books I enjoyed the most in 2011. These are not necessarily of the year-the films are also from 2010 which I only got round to watching in 2011 on DVD or old films re-issued, re-mastered, etc. The CD's are mostly from 2011, but also re-issues of classic albums, etc. The best three books listed are purely what I read in the year and could have hypothetically been written 300 years ago.  First up my 10 fave films with accompanying You Tube clip or trailer...

1: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Directed by Lynne Ramsay, (2011)

2: Dogtooth, Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, (2010)

3: Another Year, Directed by Mike Leigh, (2010)

4: Cutter's Way, Directed by Ivan Passer, (1981)

This film is not released on DVD in the UK and I saw it at the BFI on the Southbank this year. There is an anguished scene where the disabled Vietnam vet Cutter, (John Heard) rages at the rich and corrupt, brimming with class hatred. Unfortunately unable to find this on You Tube. 

5: The Illusionist, Directed by Sylvian Chomet, (2010)

6: Deep End, Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, (1970)

7: Heavenly Creatures, Directed by Peter Jackson, (1994)

8: Double Take, Directed by Johan Grimonprez, (2010)

9: Toy Story 3, Directed by Lee Unkrich, (2010)

10: 13 Assassins, Directed by Takashi Miike (2011)

Samantha Morton's deeply melancholic but beautiful film, The Unloved, should be here but it was made for TV and no decent clip was available on You Tube.

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