Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2011

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2011.

In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film opened elsewhere in the world before its U.S. commercial release in New York and L.A. this year.

  1. Certified Copy*
  2. The Tree of Life (reviews)
  3. Pina* (review)
  4. A Separation*
  5. Of Gods and Men* (review)
  6. The Mill and the Cross
  7. The Kid With a Bike*
  8. Margaret
  9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives* (review)
  10. Nostalgia for the Light*
  11. Tuesday, After Christmas*
  12. Buck
  13. Martha Marcy May Marlene (review)
  14. War Horse (review)
  15. The Muppets (review)
  16. Meek’s Cutoff* (review)
  17. Mysteries of Lisbon*
  18. The Arbor*
  19. Drive (review)
  20. Hugo
  21. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  22. Le Quattro Volte*
  23. Le Havre
  24. L’Apollonide (House of Pleasures)*
  25. Film Socialisme*
  26. Take Shelter
  27. Winnie the Pooh
  28. Win Win (review) (interview with Tom McCarthy)
  29. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (review)
  30. Attack the Block
  31. Poetry*
  32. Moneyball
  33. Beginners* (review)
  34. Road to Nowhere*
  35. Submarine*
  36. Tyrannosaur*
  37. The Trip
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Rango
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Jane Eyre (review)
  • Super 8
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Contagion (review)
  • The Descendants
  • Higher Ground*
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • X-Men: First Class
  • Your Sister’s Sister*
  • First Position (review)
  • Source Code
  • Bridesmaids*
  • The Adventures of Tintin
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2011:
4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)
50/50 (Jonathan Levine)
A Better Life
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
Albert Nobbs
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Adam Curtis)
Almayer’s Folly (Chantal Akerman)
Art History (Joe Swanberg)
Autoerotic (Joe Swanberg)
Battle: Los Angeles
Born to Be Wild
Caitlin Plays Herself (Joe Swanberg)
Carnage (Roman Polanski)
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
Corpo Celeste (Alice Rohrwacher)
Dark Horse
Dolphin Tale
Duo Mingjin
Edwin Parker (Tacita Dean)
Elena (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Fast Five
Faust (Alexander Sokurov)
Footnote (Joseph Cedar)
Good for Nothing
Goodbye First Love (Mia Hansen-Love)
Green Lantern
Hall Pass (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
Happy Feet Two
Hell and Back Again
Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon)
Hors Satan (Bruno Dumont)
House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello)
How to Die in Oregon
I Will Follow
In Darkness
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Innocent Saturday (Alexander Mindadze)
Into the Abyss
J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood)
Killer Joe
Like Crazy
Love and Bruises (Lou Ye)
Low Life (Nicolas Klotz)
L’ultimo terrestre
Margin Call
Mars Needs Moms
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
Mildred Pierce
Monsieur Lazhar
On the Shoulders of Giants
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Page Eight
Page One: Inside The New York Times
Paul (Greg Mottola)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Policeman (Nadav Lapid)
Poulet aux prunes
Project Nim
Puss in Boots
Quando la notte
Real Steel
Ren Shan Ren Hai
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
Ricky (Janie Geiser)
River Rites (Ben Russell)
Saideke Balai
Septien (Michael Tully)
Shame (Steve McQueen)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Silver Bullets (Joe Swanberg)
Sleeping Sickness (Ulrich Kohler)
Slow Action (Ben Rivers)
Source Code (Duncan Jones)
Tao jie
Target (Alexander Zeldovich)
Terri (Azazel Jacobs)
Texas Killing Fields
The Beaver
The Big Year
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)
The First Man
The Flowers of War
The Future
The Future (Miranda July)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)
The Guard
The Hangover Part II
The Ides of March (George Clooney)
The Interrupters
The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes)
The Last Mountain
The Last Rites of Joe May
The Lincoln Lawyer (Brad Furman)
The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev)
The Mechanic (Simon West)
The Return (Nathaniel Dorsky)
The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar)
The Smurfs
The Three Musketeers (Paul W.S. Anderson)
The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
This is Not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi)
This Must Be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay)
Un été brûlant
Uncle Kent (Joe Swanberg)
Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
What’s Your Number?
Where Do We Go Now?
Wild and Weird
Wuthering Heights
Young Adult (Jason Reitman)