Finally done! Here’s a quick wrap up of the films that tickled my fancy last year :].
1. the tree of life
3. winnie the pooh
7. take shelter
8. attack the block
9. mission: impossible - ghost protocol
There are a few films that I haven’t seen so that top ten is subject to change. The following films also got my mind grapes flowing in 2011: melancholia, we need to talk about kevin, martha marcy may marlene, the descendants, 50/50, midnight in paris, bridesmaids, beginners, x-men: first class, harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 2, and rise of the planet of the apes.
Now… bring me 2012.
Nicholas Winding Refn directs Drive with bold and unapologetic assurance, making Drive one of the most hypnotic cinematic experiences of 2011. Ryan Gosling’s sterling performance as an unnamed stuntman and getaway driver is equally hypnotic and unnervingly understated. Carey Mulligan is endearing as a lonely mother whose relationship with Gosling’s character gives the film a refreshing sense of beauty and innocence. What stands out the most is Drive’s stylistic throwback to 1980s films from Los Angeles’ neon glow to the electronic soundtrack. Every aspect of the film is drenched in this bizarre bubblegum sheen, which makes the moments of tension and ultraviolence all the more impactive. Drive might not do much more than most revenge flicks do, but the way it does it is completely unique and absolutely unforgettable.