By Ray Pride

Critics Top Ten List 2011: Andy Klein

Andy Klein
Glendale News Press

“There are numerous inherent flaws and absurdities in the process of compiling Top 10s and Best ofs; nonetheless, here are my favorite films released in Los Angeles in the calendar year 2011.”

1. Melancholia

2. The Artist

3. The Tree of Life

4. The Trip

5. Hugo

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

7. Certified Copy

8. Carnage

9. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

10. Rubber

2 Responses to “Critics Top Ten List 2011: Andy Klein”

  1. James Weinstock says:

    Andy…..long time, bro. At one of my weddings, snuggled between my sister and Sandra Bernhardt. You da man!! My brother Bennett’s son Robert is married to Dana Stevens. You hafta know her, she does your work for the NY Times. Alas and alac. My oldest son, Joshua, works PR for Prodigy, in Santa Monica. He, his Wildcat crew, and my youngest (Jesse) are in Berkeley to watch Northwestern take on UC. Josh is 25 today…Say, I live within the Los Padres National Forest, about 90 minutes north of LA, with a bleached oak guest house…if you get the urge to connect: 661-242-2326.

  2. James Weinstock says:

    ooh….and I can save you a lot of time with your upcoming MediCare puzzle. The complexities have been mastered, and I can grease you thru the inevitably demanding decision(s) that come with the luxury of turning 65. Oh yeah!!

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