YAM’s Top15 Films of 2011
As a region-free publication with writers living all over the world, you can imagine the sheer variety of films our staff manages to see over a calendar year. This was certainly the case in 2011. When we pooled our brains, we came up with almost fifty films released in 2011 that were near and dear to our hearts. However, there were a handful of films that were beloved by several of us. Thus, we present to you YAM Magazine’s Top15 Films of 2011.
Tie.- 50/50 (dir. Jonathan Levine), Caterpillar (dir. Kōji Wakamatsu), Hugo (dir. Martin Scorsese), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (dir.Rupert Wyatt), Sunny (dir. Kang Hyeong-cheol), X-Men: First Class (dir. Matthew Vaughn)
The bottom of our Top15 films of 2011 shows just how broad of a variety the YAM Magazine team covers. From the ever-present American indie, to surprise Hollywood blockbusters, Korean nostalgia chick flicks, fantasy family adventures and bleak post-war minimalist Japanese dramas. You bet we got them all.
Tie.- La Piel que Habito (dir. Pedro Almodóvar), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredson), We Need to Talk About Kevin (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
A very interesting mix of films. I still need to see We Need to Talk About, Shame, 50/50, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Though it looks like I will need to track down both Sunny and Caterpillar as well.
@CS, I really recommend those two movies. According to me, those are the among the best Asian releases of this year.
aww midnight in paris! that film makes me so happy. while i didn’t like super 8 or tree of life, there were some good ones on this list. Thanks for sharing!
@Candice Frederick, I can understand not liking Tree of Life, but what’s wrong with Super 8 for you? I thought it was pretty entertaining and surprisingly great.
@Rodrigo, I bet it was the overdone explosions haha xD
I am a little surprised that Midnight made it to number one, but at the same time I am not.
@Julyssa, I think it was the movie with most distribution within our picks. For example, more people would have voted for Drive (I think) if they had seen it.
I haven’t seen most of these movies! D: I have some catching up to do!
Hey check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the talented Tilda Swinton, who currently stars in the movie “We Need to Talk about Kevin” at: http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/tilda-swinton
Yes! Sunny -barely- made it! The power of the vote. The power of the vote. I guess Hugo wasn’t seen by enough people yet.
@ghost, I bet that if the rest of the YAM team voted, Sunny wouldn’t have made it there. But at least I’m glad that Harry Potter didn’t got to be part of the list. :)
@Rodrigo, but that’s because not enough people are watching Sunny ;D LOL
@amy, Re-visiting my point about Sunny… I think I would have voted for it if I’ve seen it and if it stands better against the “supposed to be great” films that I haven’t seen yet (Shame, Help, Shelter, etc.). But then we could have had cases like Juan who liked it, but not so much.
It could be a 50/50 thing. Film versus voters.
@Rodrigo, Don’t diss my Korean entertainment or we will have issues.
@Julyssa, I’m willing to give Sunny a shot if you want me to. But if we all had access to every single film worldwide, would Sunny crack in or not? It all comes down to voters, availability, taste and memory for rankings.
@ghost, *high-fives* I’ve seen the movei five times and each time I just love it more!
@Julyssa, woahhhhh – five times already? I’ve seen it six times hahaha but you just watched it, so you’re totally winning xD
Drive v Tinker Tailor v Captain America
I need to watch Sunny asap
actually, Submarine v Drive as number one favourite. Submarine was made in 2010 but came out in UK this year.
Source Code was also good
@Giacomo Lee, you should have voted! LOL Drive and Midnight in Paris would have had a vote-off.
Interesting list … still so many supposed “good” films I need to see.
I forgot to vote for Bridesmaids!
@Julyssa, I had no space for Bridesmaids xD
I’m so shame faced. As of 25 December, I’ve only seen two films this year…I think, because I don’t even remember the first one I saw. Wow!
Seriously, I think I need to see La Piel que Habito. One of my favourite singers does (or is featured on) the soundtrack — Buika! Anyway, let’s hope next year’s a better year for film for me :(
Totally agree that Drive was one of the best films of 2011. Good to see it take such a high spot. I actually preferred the film to Midnight In Paris but both were excellent.
I was glad to see Gary Oldman nominated for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which was another favourite from the year.
@Dan, I gotta admit – the second time I saw Drive… it wasn’t as good as the first time, so it’s actually dropped from my ranking a bit haha. Haven’t had the time to re-watch Midnight in Paris, so I have no idea how it compares to my first time though.
And… I gotta admit, I was bored with Tinker Tailor, but I’m glad Oldman is nominated all the same.