2011: We Need to Talk About This Year’s Movies

TOP 10 FILMS

1. David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
For the captivatingly pulpy mystery plot, the frostbitten visuals, the disquieting score. But most of all, for Rooney Mara’s totally badass performance as the utterly fascinating Lisbeth Salander.

2. Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin
The always amazing Tilda Swinton stars in this impressionistic, hallucinatory, rivetingly visceral arthouse horror film.

3. Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive
A brilliantly crafted, whip-smart mood piece, full of instant-classic movie moments that are bound to thrill any cinephile.

4. Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
An impressive and moving tone poem full of signature Malick magic-hour visuals and existential musings.

5. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation
An intelligently written, subtly directed and affectingly acted ensemble drama that raises profound questions about ethics and causality.

6. Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo
A great family film in the best sense of the term, heartfelt and filled with wonder and whimsy every step of the way.

7. Steven Spielberg’s War Horse
With its many overwhelming visions of beauty and horror, this sentimental epic set during World War I is pure Spielberg through and through.

8. Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion
An incredibly effective paranoid thriller with elements of apocalyptic science-fiction and 1970s disaster movies.

9. Jonathan Levine’s 50/50
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of his very best performances as a cancer patient in this alternately funny and touching indie flick.

10. James Bobin’s The Muppets
A wonderful homage to Jim Henson’s creation, driven by Jason Segel’s boundless enthusiasm, joie de vivre and obvious love for all things Muppets.

SPECIAL MENTIONS:

Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Michael Fassbender in X-Men: First Class and Shame
Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michael Parks in Red State
Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page in Super
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior
The ensemble cast of Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris
David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness for making me laugh harder than any other comedy this year (sorry, Bridesmaids)

and

Brad Bird‘s Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol for its absolutely breathtaking set pieces

(NOT SO) GUILTY PLEASURES

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Fast Five
Shark Night 3D

TOP 5 QUEBEC FILMS

1. Deborah Chow’s The High Cost of Living
2. Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar
3. Patrick Demers’ Jaloux
4. Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie’s Laurentie
5. Stéphane Lafleur’s En terrains connus