2011 in review: movies

One of the downsides of moving to Switzerland was that I lost my advantage in film blogging. Not only am I no longer getting invites to previews but when I do actually get to see films, it’s usually a good 2-3 months after the film was released in the English speaking world.

As a result, my focus has shifted more to upcoming releases and away from reviews (though, of course, the reviews still feature when I can make it to a film close to the American/British/Australian release date).

With all that in mind, let’s look back at 2011.

Absolute worst film: I saw some terrible films this year including Drive Angry but I think the worst of all would have to be Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre staged documentary I’m Still Here. I was most definitely not still here for the end of that one.

Biggest disappointment: The Adjustment Bureau was an absolute massacring of a brilliant storyline. The ending didn’t fit, the clichés were appalling and I was left thoroughly disappointed that a story with so much potential was allowed to be released like this.

Surprising success: I was surprised that I loved Bridesmaids as much as I did – but it was truly one of the best comedies I saw this year. It didn’t come out in my local cinema for a good three months or so after its US release so I didn’t write a review but if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend you add it to your Netflix queue pronto.

Still waiting: I’m really looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. I’m also really hanging out for the release of The Muppets and My Week with Marilyn. Fingers crossed all will be released in the next month or so.

Runner Up: Even though I reviewed it almost a year ago, The King’s Speech remains one of my favourite films of the year. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were impecable as King George and his speech therapist.

Best Film of 2011: I’m not usually a big fan of psychological thrillers but I was so impressed by Natalie Portman’s portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan that it became my number one film of the year. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments.

If you want a re-cap of 2011 in film, check out the filmography below – I’ve seen 67 of the 351 film clips featured. How many have you seen?

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