Following the Top Ten there are a few other lists: best new film books, favorite local film critics, upcoming series etc...
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"You know what, my films resemble more and more what children make in their rooms, when they make little expositions with rocks and seashells: I see more and more clearly my films, and more so the next one, like expositions of little things that I want to share." - Lars von Trier
Top Ten of 2011
1. Café de Flore (Jean-Marc Vallée) Curling (Denis Côté)
2. Espion(s) (Nicolas Saada) Une vie meilleure (Cédric Kahn)
3. Road to Nowhere (Monte Hellman) Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola) The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
4. The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (Igor Drljača) Coorow-Latham Road (Blake Williams) Up In Cottage Country (Simon Ennis) La Ronde (Sophie Goyette) Three Mothers (Rafal Sokolowski)
5. Melancholia (Lars von Trier) Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) You Are Here (Daniel Cockburn) Hors Satan (Bruno Dumont) Un été brûlant (Philippe Garrel)
6. Super 8 (J.J. Abrams) Scream 4 (Wes Craven) Le Gamin au vélo (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (Bill Condon) Attack the Block (Joe Cornish) Kill List (Ben Wheatley) Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
7. Restless (Gus Van Sant) The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar) Pina (Wim Wenders) Contagion (Steven Soderbergh) Shame (Steve McQueen) The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)
8. Hall Pass (Bobby and Peter Farrelly) How Do You Know (James L. Brooks) Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen) Bridesmaids (Paul Feig) We Bought a Zoo (Cameron Crowe) The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
9. Ne change rien (Pedro Costa) To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues) The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira) Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz) The Future (Miranda July) Le quattro volte (Michelangelo Frammartino) The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Andrei Ujica)
10. Seeking the Monkey King (Ken Jacobs) The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula and Noël Burch) Vapor Trail (Clark) (John Gianvito) This is not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi) Slow Action (Ben Rivers) We Can't Go Home Again (Nicholas Ray) Too Many Things (Donigan Cumming)Best new and discovered film books and writing:
- Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy by Saul Austerlitz (Chicago Review Press, 2010).
- The Film Comedy Reader edited by Gregg Rickman (Limelight Editions, 2004).
- Comment Woody Allen peut change votre vie by Éric Vartzbed (Éditions du Seuil, 2011).
- Apichatpong Weerasethakul edited by James Quandt (Austrian Film Museum, 2009).
- Splitting the Choir – The Moving Images of Donigan Cumming edited by Scott Birdwise (Canadian Film Institute, 2011).
- Pencil, Ashes, Matches & Dust by Donigan Cumming (Editions J’ai VU, 2009).
- Trammel up the Consequences by Robin Wood (Lightstruck Film & Media Book, 2011).
- Monte Hellman - Sympathy for the devil by Emmanuel Burdeau (Capricci, 2011).
- Monte Hellman: His Life and Films by Brad Stevens (McFarland & Company, 2003).
- Masters of Cinema: Francis Ford Coppola by Stéphane Delorme (Phaidon, 2010); as well as his writing and direction of Cahiers du cinéma.
- When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade by Dave Kehr (University Of Chicago Press, 2011); as well as Kehr's weekly DVD review column in The New York Times.
- The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968 by Andrew Sarris (Da Capo Press, 1968).
- Films And Feelings by Raymond Durgnat (MIT Press, 1971).
- BFI Modern Classics - WR: Mysteries of the Organism by Raymond Durgnat (BFI, 2008).
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz et son double by Vincent Amiel (Presses Universitaires de France, 2010).
- World Film Locations: Tokyo edited by Chris MaGee (Intellect Ltd, 2011).
- Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs edited by Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- Anthology Film Archives.
- Adam Nayman:
- Abel Ferrara's 4:44 Last Day on Earth and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. As well Kazik Radwanski and Antoine Bourges from Medium Density Fibreboard Films (MDFF) should hopefully have their current projects finished in the new year - I look forward to catching these two on the festival circuit.