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  • Scottferguson
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    #44793

    This thread is for either individual critics’ best lists, or for those lists that poll multiple critics.

    The first is from the British film magazine Sight and Sound, which does the most comprehensive polling of international critics for this purpose.

    Here is their just announced 2011 list, along with the two previous years:

    Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics’
    Poll
    By | November
    28, 2011
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    In a few days Sight & Sound will announce online the full results of its
    annual critics’ poll, but the poll issue is on news stands this week so we
    already know the top 11 films thanks to Guy Lodge at HitFix

    1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
    2. A Separation (Asghar
    Farhadi)
    3. The Kid With a Bike (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
    4.
    Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
    5. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

    – 6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge
    Ceylan)
    – 6. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
    8. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    (Lynne Ramsay)
    9. Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino)
    – 10. Tinker
    Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
    – 10. This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi
    & Mojtaba Mirtahmash)

    Looking back at the S&S poll, the past couple of years

    2010
    1. The Social Network (David Fincher)
    2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can
    Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
    3. Another Year (Mike
    Leigh)
    4. Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
    5. The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
    – 6.
    Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
    – 6. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
    – 8. The
    Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Andrei Ujica)
    – 8. Film Socialisme
    (Jean-Luc Godard)
    – 8. Nostalgia for the Light” (Patricio Guzman)
    – 8.
    Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
    – 8. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)

    2009
    1. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard,)
    2. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn
    Bigelow)
    2. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
    4. The White Ribbon (Michael
    Haneke)
    5. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
    – 6. Up (Pete
    Docter)
    – 6. White Material (Claire Denis)
    – 8. Bright Star (Jane
    Campion)
    – 8. Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
    10. Inglourious Basterds
    (Quentin Tarantino)

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    TrendyHipster
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    It’s never the 10 best, just the most artisy ones.

    I.E. Looking at #2 from 2010 being “Uncle Boonmee.” That.was.HORRIBLE. 

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    Renaton
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    Wow, 3 years in a row that I agree with no. 1 Sight & Sound!

    I still have to watch all the entries of this year, but I think “Melancholia” didn’t deserve it. It’s the first Lars Von Trier film that I left the theater sorta indifferent to it. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Cahiers du cinema has been the most influential film magazine over the last 55 years or so – here is their list of 2011’s 10 best (culled entirely from their own critics, so entirely French)

    1. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), Nanni Moretti

    2. L’Etrange affaire Angélica (The Strange Case of Angelica), Manoel de
    Oliveira

    • The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

    4. Hors Satan (Outside Satan), Bruno Dumont

    • Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski

    6. Melancholia, Lars von Trier

    • Un été brûlant (A Burning Hot Summer), Philippe Garrel

    8. Super 8, JJ Abrams

    • L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (House of Tolerance), Bertrand
      Bonello
    • Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt
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    LKMOSCAR
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    I’m stunned that Super 8 made it in (I did like it – especially the ending – but it’s not the kind of movie to usually make it on these lists).

    I’m very happy about Meek’s Cutoff. I suspect that it’s going to be on quite a few upcoming lists.

    Melancholia continues its wave of support.   

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    LKMOSCAR
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    Peter Travers:

    1. Drive (“too bloody, too creative, too ambitious and too polarizing to comfort audiences”)
    2. The Artist (“style to burn and unexpected soul”)
    3. The Descendants (“orchestrated without a false note”)
    4. Moneyball (show us “how to find value in what others miss.”
    5. Midnight in Paris (“Woody’s love letter to the City of Light”)
    6. Hugo (“An irresistible bedtime story for movie lovers”)
    7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (“the acting artistry of Gary Oldman”)
    8. Margin Call (“blue-chip acting as Wall Street gets it in the teeth”)
    9. The Tree of Life (Malick’s “one-of-a-kind film strives even when it falls short”)
    10. War Horse, The Help, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2  

    Richard Corliss:

    1. The Artist
    2. Hugo
    3. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
    4. The Tree of Life
    5. War Horse
    6. Super 8
    7. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    8. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    9. Rango
    10. Fast Five    

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    babypook
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    3. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
    6. Super 8
    8. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    9. Rango
    10. Fast Five    

    Gotta love Richard Corliss. Props to Peter Traverse as well for including Harry Potter, Midnight in Paris, and Drive.

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    MissyGal
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    Did Richard Corliss actually put Fast Five on his top ten??

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    PaulHJR
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    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    Did this play at Corliss’ neighborhood theater and only there?  I never heard of this movie. 

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    babypook
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    Did Richard Corliss actually put Fast Five on his top ten??

    Why yes indeedy Missygal. Lol.
    Justin Yin is a promising Asian director who has made a well-crafted, taut action film with some surprising perfs from his cast. If you havent already seen it, I’d recommend his “Better Luck Tomorrow”, a comingofage type of film quite like no other.

    I’m happy to see it up there.

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    babypook
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    [quote]Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    Did this play at Corliss’ neighborhood theater and only there?  I never heard of this movie. [/quote]

    You may be able to Netflix this. Not sure. I saw it in “Chinatown” months ago.  It’s quite traditional in it’s approach, a crime thriller with a minimal budget;  and it’s visually stunning imo.

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    Scottferguson
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    The NYTimes’ critics’ lists are out – Tony Scott and Manohla Dargis list 20 and 22 films each, alphabetically.

    Bridesmaids is one of a handful on both lists. The Artist is on neither.

     

    Scott’s Alphabetical 20

    “Bridesmaids” (Paul Feig)
    “A Brighter Summer Day” (Edward Yang)
    “Cedar Rapids” (Miguel Arteta)
    “A Dangerous Method” (David Cronenberg)
    “The Descendants” (Alexander Payne)
    “The Future” (Miranda July)
    “The Help” (Tate Taylor)
    “Incendies” (Denis Villeneuve)
    “Into the Abyss” (Werner Herzog)
    “Margin Call” (J. C. Chandor)
    “Meek’s Cutoff” (Kelly Reichardt)
    “Mysteries of Lisbon” (Raúl Ruiz)
    “Le Quattro Volte” (Michelangelo Frammartino)
    “The Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick)
    “Tuesday, After Christmas” (Radu Muntean)
    “War Horse” (Steven Spielberg)
    “Warrior” (Gavin O’Connor)
    “Weekend” (Andrew Haigh)
    “Winnie the Pooh” (Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall)
    “Young Adult” (Jason Reitman)

    Dargis’s alphabetical 22

    “Abracadabra” (Ernie Gehr)
    “Aurora” (Cristi Puiu)
    “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” (Andrei Ujica)
    “Bridesmaids” (Paul Feig)
    “Contagion” (Steven Soderbergh)
    “A Dangerous Method” (David Cronenberg)
    “J. Edgar” (Clint Eastwood)
    “Le Havre” (Aki Kaurismaki)
    “Hugo” (Martin Scorsese)
    “Melancholia” (Lars von Trier)
    “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller)
    “My Joy” (Sergei Loznitsa)
    “Mysteries of Lisbon” (Raúl Ruiz)
    “Of Gods and Men” (Xavier Beauvois)
    “Poetry” (Lee Chang-dong)
    “Le Quattro Volte” (Michelangelo Frammartino)
    “The Return” (Nathaniel Dorsky)
    “Seeking the Monkey King” (Ken Jacobs)
    “The Skin I Live In” (Pedro Almodóvar)
    “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Tomas Alfredson)
    “Voluptuous Sleep” (Betzy Bromberg)
    “Warrior” (Gavin O’Connor)

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    Logan
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    Ann Hornaday – The Washington Post

     

    1. Meek’s Cutoff
    2. The Descendants
    3. Moneyball
    4. Buck
    5. Beginners
    6. Take Shelter
    7. Nostalgia for the Light
    8. The Trip
    9. Drive
    10. Win Win

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    Scottferguson
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    These lists so far are all over the place, reflecting the lack of consensus among any group anywhere

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    Scottferguson
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    This is the Indiewire critics poll list:

     

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. Melancholia
    3. A Separation
    4. Drive
    5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    6. Certified Copy
    7. Mysteries of Lisbon
    8. Hugo
    9. Margaret
    10. Meek’s Cutoff
    11. Shame
    12. The Descendants
    13. The Artist
    14. Take Shelter
    15. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    16. A Dangerous Method
    17. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    18. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    19. Film Socialisme
    20. Weekend
    21. Poetry
    22. Nostalgia for the Light
    23. The Interrupters
    The Skin I Live In
    25. Midnight in Paris
    26. The Arbor
    27. Le Quattro Volte
    The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
    29. To Die Like a Man
    30. Beginners
    31. A Brighter Summer Day
    32. Le Havre
    33. Moneyball
    34. Of Gods and Men
    35. Attack the Block
    36. Tuesday, After Christmas
    37. House of Pleasures
    38. Bridesmaids
    39. Incendies
    40. PINA
    41. City of Life and Death
    42. Aurora
    43. The Future
    44. Jane Eyre
    45. Contagion
    I Saw the Devil
    47. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    48.Bill Cunningham New York
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    50. Project Nim
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    The Trip
    Young Adult
    54. Bellflower
    55. Go Go Tales
    Pariah
    Win Win
    58. Cold Weather
    Warrior
    60. 50/50
    Margin Call
    62. Into the Abyss
    63. BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    65. Extraordinary Stories
    Senna
    67. El Sicario: Room 164
    Super 8
    The Time That Remains
    War Horse
    71. 13 Assassins
    Bombay Beach
    Sleeping Beauty
    74. Agrarian Utopia
    Rango
    76. Another Earth
    J. Edgar
    The Guard
    79. Higher Ground
    Tomboy
    81. The Muppets
    United Red Army
    83. Hanna
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    Like Crazy
    Tabloid
    Terri

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