Monday, July 18, 2011

Bob's Lists: The Best of 2011 so far

We're just a little over halfway through the year in movies, which means it's about time for most critics to start complaining about what a rotten year in cinema it's shaping up to be. I'm not going to be one of those critics.

For starters, one of the benefits of living in a city that Hollywood doesn't deem to be important like New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago is that a lot of the good movies that opened in those cities at the end of 2010 didn't hit my town until January or February of this year. That helps ease the pain of having to sit through the dregs Hollywood dumps on audiences in those lean months. And since I had no way of seeing those movies until 2011, as far as I'm concerned that's when they came out.

Also, Cleveland is extremely fortunate to have The Cleveland Cinematheque, the film series at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cedar Lee Theatre, not to mention the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Cleveland Independent Film Festival early in the year. Even in the worst of cinematic times Clevelanders usually have something worth watching up on the big screen.

And even as bad as Hollywood's offerings during the first half of the year tend to be, there were still a few mainstream escapist movies that I enjoyed just as much as the indie films, documentaries, and foreign language flicks. So without further ado, here are my top 10 movies for the year so far, followed by my top 5 documentaries for the same period.

Top 10 Narrative Films of 2011 So Far

Top 5 Documentaries of 2011 So Far

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  1. Some good choices! Nostalgia for the Light was very good! And Source Code was equally one of my favs.

  2. Thanks a zillion for these. Yes, indeed, I do wish merketers would change up their approach once in a while, start from the middle and work out to the coasts just to be crazy! Why not?


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