Top Ten 2011
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MUSIC - FILM
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End of year awards

FILM
first, some thoughts:

  • it seems like recently there are a lot of films that are good upper-middle tier films. i find it difficult these days to sort out the films in the 3-10 spots. it's nice that there are a lot of solid films, but i find that there's also a lack of greatness. in fact, i'm not sure i can think of a film in the last 10 years that i foresee ever breaking my top 25.
  • there was a lot of agreement between meryl and i this year. even though we did our lists separately, we came up with many overlapping films and performances as standouts

  • Best:
    10a. Horrible Bosses
    10b. Blue Valentine
    9. Hall Pass
    8. Like Crazy
    7. Young Adult
    6. Ides Of March
    5. Take Shelter
    4. Drive
    3. Fab Five
    2. Unguarded
    1a. Hesher (released at Sundance 2010)
    1b. Moneyball

    Documentaries
    5. Crime After Crime
    4. Catching Hell
    3. Project Nim
    2. Fab Five
    1. Unguarded

    Honorable Mentions:
    blue valentine
    martha marcy may marlene
     

    Meryl's Picks in GREEN
    10. Young Adult
    9.Catching Hell
    8. Other F Word
    7. Unguarded
    6. Horrible Bosses
    5. Project Nim
    4. Take Shelter
    3. Ides of March
    2. Moneyball
    1. Bridesmaids

    Dad's Picks:
    asked for his top ten and here's what he wrote:
    DRIVE
    MONEYBALL
    THE ARTIST
    HUGO
    COLD WEATHER
    CERTIFIED COPY
    SUPER 8
    MEEKS CUTOFF
    MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
    INCENDIES

    ACTOR
    RYAN GOLSLING --DRIVE

    ACTRESS--MICHELLE WILLIAMS -MY WKEND W/. MARILYM

    DIRECTOR --REFN

    Worst:

    5. New Year's Eve
    4. Season Of The Witch
    3. Tree Of Life
    2. Melancholia
    1. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

    Meryl:
    5. New Year's Eve
    4. Jack & Jill
    3. Melancholia
    2. Tree of Life
    1. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

    AWARDS
    Best Actor
    Michael Fassbender - Shame
    Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
    Ryan gosling - Blue Valentine
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Hesher
    Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

    Best Actress
    Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
    Charlize Theron - Young Adult
    Kristin Wiig - Bridesmaids
    Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
    Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene

    Best Supporting Actor
    Rainn Wilson and Devin Brochu - Hesher
    Jonah Hill - Moneyball
    Patton Oswalt - Young Adult
    Jonah Hill - Moneyball

    Best Supporting Actress
    Jennifer Aniston - Horrible Bosses
    Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
    Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

    Best Screenplay
    Adapted:
    Moneyball
    Moneyball

    Original:
    Young Adult
    Young Adult

    Best Director
    Stephen Susser - Hesher
    Bennett Miller - Moneyball

    Best Cinematography
    Hugo
    Tree Of Life
    Hugo

    Best Ensemble Cast
    Bridesmaids
    Horrible Bosses
    Bridesmaids
     

    of the following: (* indicates that meryl didn't see it)
    Darkest Hour
    Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
    Adventures Of Tin Tin
    Shame
    Young Adult
    New Year's Eve
    Hugo
    Sitter
    My Week With Marilyn
    Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
    J. Edgar
    Melancholia
    Descendents
    Jack And Jill
    Other F Word
    Into The Abyss
    Like Crazy
    Revenge Of The Electric Car
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Unguarded
    Tower Heist
    A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
    In Time
    Killer Elite
    Margin Call
    Take Shelter
    Dotted Line
    Real Steel
    Ides Of March
    Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
    50/50
    What's Your Number?
    Catching Hell
    Mean Girls 2
    Moneyball
    Drive
    Straw Dogs
    I Don't Know How She Does It
    Contagion
    Apollo 18
    Interrupters
    No Strings Attached
    Help
    Colombiana
    My Idiot Brother
    30 Minutes Or Less
    Crime After Crime
    Final Destination 5
    Fright Night
    Guard
    Winnie The Pooh
    Change-Up
    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
    Cowboys & Aliens
    Crazy, Stupid, Love
    Terri
    Project Nim
    Friends With Benefits
    Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
    Captain America: First Avenger
    Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
    Horrible Bosses
    Tree Of Life
    Super 8
    Bad Teacher
    Midnight In Paris
    X-Men: First Class
    Fast Five
    Hangover Part II
    Thor
    Bridesmaids
    Hanna
    Scream 4
    African Cats
    Cedar Rapids
    Fab Five
    Arthur
    Limitless
    Source Code
    Sucker Punch
    Battle: Los Angeles
    Unknown
    Adjustment Bureau
    Hall Pass
    Eagle
    Mechanic
    Roommate
    Just Go With It
    I Am Number Four
    From Prada To Nada
    No Strings Attached
    Dilemma
    Season Of The Witch
     

    2010
    Tabloid
    Hesher
    Everything Must Go
    Insidious
    Company Men
    Blue Valentine
     

    Meryl saw, but i didn't:
    none
     

    MUSIC
    SINGLES:
    Artist - Track (Album)
    DJ Shadow - Warning Call and Give Me Back The Nights (Less You Know, The Better)
    Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise (Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2)
    M83 - Midnight City (Hurry Up, We're Dreaming)
    Trent Reznor & Karen O - Immigrant Song (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack)
    Black And Yellow - Wiz Khalifa (Rolling Papers) single released in 2010, album released in 2011

    ALBUMS:
    Bombino - Agadez
    Black Keys - El Camino
    Chemical Brothers - Hanna Soundtrack