Top 10 Movies of 2011

31 12 2011

As has been my tradition for the last 9 years (see 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002) I’m making a list of my favorite 10 movies that I watched for the first time this year. Of course, I’m not recommending these movies for everyone, if you want personal recommendations, let me know. Here’s the list:

Honorable Mentions to This Film is Not Yet Rated, The Way Back, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, Tangled and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which are also great films.

13 Assassins

A Japanese movie set in the time of the samurai where 13 samurai are assembled to go on a suicide mission to assassinate an evil lord. It has a feeling similar to my favorite film, Seven Samurai, with the assembling of the team, the planning of the attack and the subsequent gory battle. It is excessively gory but I can not resist a good samurai movie, and this is one.

127 Hours

Just awesome, I read the book a few years ago and was really excited to see the movie adaptation and it was really great in adding some nice visuals to the story and fleshing out (ha!) the character a bit more. Great adventure and survival story.


This movie was so wonderfully unexpected. The soundtrack really grabbed me (which is very rare for a soundtrack) and the action was so simple that the drama really took over the movie. Great acting, story, soundtrack and characters!

“Game Of Thrones”

Season 1 – I was instantly drawn to and completely engrossed in this fantastic HBO series. I was blown away by the risks that they take and the stories that they tell, excellent tv but probably not for everyone.


The best action movie of the year so far! The story of a rogue and very secluded CIA agent who spends many years raising his young daughter to be a super agent while depriving her of any childhood. When she’s unleashed on the world, she needs to decide what to do with her life. Great characters and acting especially by Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan.

The King’s Speech

A very nice and friendly film showing how an unsuspecting king enlists the help of a speech therapist to overcome his stutter. Great performances with wonderfully sympathetic characters. From the premise it seems boring, but like Frost/Nixon, it really pulls you in.


Seasons 1 and 2 were simply amazing but season 3 was a big let down due to the lack of Nathan and the energy he brought. Very crude show but it brings a unique viewpoint to the superhero genre.


A movie made by engineers on a really low budget and the story is awesome! A group of engineers come up with an amazing invention and try to come to grips with the ramifications of what they’ve invented and how it will affect their lives.


So utterly colorful and unique! A nice story about a chameleon wandering through the desert after being lost by his (human) family who becomes the hero of a small town. Great voice acting too.

True Grit

The Coen’s constantly impress me with their trademark wit, snappy dialogue and great acting throughout. A gripping Western about a girl looking for revenge on her father’s killer.