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)

29 Responses

  1. CS says:

    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.

    • Julyssa says:

      @CS, I really recommend those two movies. According to me, those are the among the best Asian releases of this year.

  2. 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!

  3. Julyssa says:

    I am a little surprised that Midnight made it to number one, but at the same time I am not.

    • amy says:

      @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.

  4. I haven’t seen most of these movies! D: I have some catching up to do!

  5. Michelle says:

    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

  6. ghost says:

    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.

    • Rodrigo says:

      @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. :)

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, but that’s because not enough people are watching Sunny ;D LOL

        • Rodrigo says:

          @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.

      • Julyssa says:

        @Rodrigo, Don’t diss my Korean entertainment or we will have issues.

        • Rodrigo says:

          @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.

    • Julyssa says:

      @ghost, *high-fives* I’ve seen the movei five times and each time I just love it more!

  7. Giacomo Lee says:

    Drive v Tinker Tailor v Captain America

    I need to watch Sunny asap

  8. Sam Fragoso says:

    Interesting list … still so many supposed “good” films I need to see.

  9. Julyssa says:

    I forgot to vote for Bridesmaids!

  10. Camiele says:

    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 :(

  11. Dan says:

    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.

    • amy says:

      @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.

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