Sure, there has been a lot of absolute rubbish from this year, but 2011 still churned out some really great films. Recently, I added up all the films I have seen this year which came to about 150. Rather than name the Top 10, I thought it might be nice to look at those moments that really defined the year, the ones that made us laugh, tear up, sit in shock, retreat in fright or just appreciate a damn fine moment.
1. Caesar says NOOOOOOOOO – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The real surprise hit of the summer and deservedly so, the Apes rose and had our full support. With a heightened intelligence and living life like a human, Caesar is imprisoned following an attack on a neighbour while protecting his guardian. During his incarceration, he begins his rebellion with this defining moment, a nod to the old Apes series and a guaranteed take notice moment.
2. THAT Elevator Scene – Drive
Did that just happen? A scene of complete opposites. Enough said.
3. I AM the context – We Need to Talk about Kevin
Everything worked about this film, but this? This is probably one of the greatest lines ever. Floored me, literally floored me.
4. The Fitting Scene – Black Swan
I saw Black Swan at 10am the morning after a staff party… that had a free bar… without having had a day off for nearly 3 weeks. This moment ensured Black Swan crossed from serious drama to all-out horror.
5. He’s back on the wagon – Warrior
Near to impossible to find clips online but Warrior, probably the greatest fight film since Rocky gave us some of the most tender and emotional scenes of this year. There is only a glimpse of it in the trailer but when Hardy’s character comes home during the tournament he finds his Dad back on the wagon and more than a little upset. If you don’t sob, you have a heart of stone. Stone! Here’s what happens before the event…
6. “I thought only black lads were drug dealers…” – The Guard
If you don’t know this clip, clearly you have been in the jungle for the last year. GALWAY.
7. No no really, that planet is still REALLY close… – Melancholia
Ah, the calm before the actual storm. That earth-ending storm. Take your pick, Melancholia was filled with noteworthy movie moments. This was one…
8. THAT kitchen scene – The Ides of March
If you have seen it, you will know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I refuse to ruin the entire film by showing it to you. Meyers (Gosling) and Morris (Clooney) face off in a deserted kitchen… With two Hollywood heavyweights, this is probably one of the most intense scenes to hit the big screen. They sizzle. Watch it…
9. An apple a day… – Fright Night
The Farreller makes a good vampire eh?
10. “I’m not even confident which end that came out of” – Bridesmaids
Everyone’s seen it… Genius.