2011 Ten Best Movies

Oldman's Smiley: TTSS

And we wrap up 2011 with another list, this one for the Herald. Read the story here.

The actual lists of best (and worst!) are arranged as a slideshow, so you have to do a lot of clicking. I know – ugh. Sorry! I will shortly post the list here in simple-to-read order.

In the interests of un-asked-for completism, and to gather them all in one post for my Year-by-Year Best Movies category tab, here are other Ten Best tangents:

Video of the Critics Wrap at the Frye Art Museum (Kathleen Murphy, Jim Emerson, Andrew Wright and meself talking about the movies of 2011).

A KUOW “Weekday” session with Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and yours truly, on the best of ’11. Hosted by Steve Scher.

My ballot for Indiewire’s poll, and their overall results.

No new reviews for the Herald this week, and no new KUOW session either. In other words, a typical last-week-of-December pause in the onslaught.

At What a Feeling!, catch up on Eighties-ness with vintage reviews of Ken (King Frat) Wiederhorn’s Meatballs Part II, and John G. Avildsen’s Happy New Year. The latter allows a tip of the hat to the late Peter Falk, and some sort of sideways chance to ring in the new year. Thanks for reading The Crop Duster, and I’ll see you in 2012.

Outrage Shadows (Weekly Links)

Downey and Law, Shadows

Links to reviews I wrote for the Herald this week, and etc.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. “Either I’ve surrendered to the idea of a Sherlock Holmes story as an action picture, or this one’s just a better, cleaner movie overall.”

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. “One of the really unexpected winners of the movie year.”

I Melt with You. “A Gen-X take on the drunken blowhards from John Cassavetes’ Husbands.”

Outrage. “Plays as a parody of the yakuza film.”

On KUOW’s “Weekday,” I talk with Steve Scher about revivals around Seattle in that old-fangled film delivery system known as 35 mm. The talk is archived here; the movie section unveils itself around the 20-minute mark.

And more KUOW: On today’s edition of “Weekday,” Steve Scher hosts Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me for a roundtable on some of the best movies of 2011. Special mention to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Melancholia, and A Dangerous Method. That one’s found here, taking up the entire hour.

At What a Feeling!, we hark back to an earlier incarnation of Alvin and his rodent pals, in 1987’s Chipmunk Adventure.

Thanks to all who came and participated – panelists and audience alike – in last night’s “Critics Wrap” at the Frye Art Museum, a conversation about the films of 2011. Lists will be published shortly on the Frye website, and a condensed version of the evening will be broadcast soon on the Seattle Channel; I’ll post links when that comes on.

Movie Diary 12/17/2008

The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008). The Cannes winner, and a definite recovery from Cantet’s Heading South. But if you haven’t seen his films Time Out and Human Resources, make those priorities. (full review 2/20)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (John Irvin, 1980). Finished the last chapter of this one tonight. Somehow the drabness of a TV production is just right for Cold War material. Alec Guinness does a lot doing nothing; he looks like the author of a story he knows the ending to, patiently waiting for everybody else to get there.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1992). The short film, on the Criterion BR DVD. Among other things it shows that Anderson needs the room to build longer, specifically paced scenes — in short form, his style looks hyper.