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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz) The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lynne Ramsay) Road to Nowhere (Monte Hellman) Bridesmaids (Paul Feig) Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari) Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh) Friends with Benefits (Will Gluck) Journals of Musan (Park Jung-bum)

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Ray Pride

Ray Pride Movie City News The Interrupters 1. Margaret 2. Drive 3. Melancholia 4. Take Shelter / Tree of Life 5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 6. A Separation 7. Martha Marcy May Marlene 8. Shame 9. Road to Nowhere / Certified Copy 10. Aurora / Tuesday, After Christmas

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez Playlist 1. Shame 2. Rampart 3. Beginners 4. Like Crazy 5. Certified Copy 6. The Skin I Live In 7. A Separation 8. Moneyball 9. Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest 10. The Ides Of March

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino 1. Midnight In Paris 2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3. Moneyball 4. The Skin I Live In 5. X-Men: First Class 6. Young Adult 7. Attack The Block 8. Red State 9. Warrior 10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother 11. The Three Musketeers

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Cinema Scope

Cinema Scope 1. This Is Not a Film 2. The Turin Horse 3. L’Apollonide—Souvenirs de la maison close 4. Dreileben 5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 6. The Tree of Life 7. Kill List 8. It’s the Earth Not the Moon 9. Sleeping Sickness 10. The Kid With A Bike

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Mal Vincent

“One of the funniest and most humane comedy-dramas of the year, this is about a young man who is presumably dying of cancer. Sure, the minute you read that sentence, you plan to stay away. You shouldn’t, and a surprising number of you didn’t. “

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Peter Martin

My Top 10 released in the US.

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Stephen Bradley

“There wasn’t a film this year that boasted more style or had a firmer idea how to effectively employ that style than “Drive.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Gene Triplett

“You can dress up a turkey in IMAX, 3-D and ear-shattering Surround Sound and throw it up on the biggest screen in town, but if there’s no great story, direction or acting to go with the visual feast, it’s still just a big fat turkey that gobbles loudly. Here are 10 that weren’t turkeys in 2011. ”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Susan Tavernetti

“Infectiously joyful and charming, this black-and-white love letter to the movies reminds us that cinema is a universal language — no dialogue needed.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Tyler Hanley

“Mastermind director Martin Scorsese’s longstanding affection for all things cinema is colorfully showcased in the enchanting “Hugo.” Scorsese paints a rich tapestry in adapting the Brian Selznick novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” presenting a vibrant 1930s Paris with exceptional costuming, set design and cinematography.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Peter Canavese

“No studio release this year was more ambitious, emotional or elegant than Terrence Malick’s searching epic about our place in a family, a town, a galaxy, the universe.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Keith Cohen

Number One: Hugo

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Carol Hemphill

“This picture begins by shocking. Before the end, it becomes twisted and grotesque; a disturbing vision fully realized by Pedro Almodovar.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Kent Tentschert

“One of the most beautiful films of the year. This fictional account of Butch Cassidy’s later life is sad, poignant and emotional.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell The Oklahoman 1. The Artist 2. Drive 3. War Horse 4. Buck 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 6. Project Nim 7. Hanna 8. Hugo 9. Shame 10. The Way

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Sara Vizcarrondo

Sara Vizcarrondo Box Office Magazine Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tabloid Certified Copy Drive No Strings Attached Martha Marcy May Marlene Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Fright Night Love Exposure Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw Charleston City Paper 1. Certified Copy 2. The Muppets 3. Martha Marcy May Marlene 4. We Need to Talk About Kevin 5. A Separation 6. Like Crazy 7. The Tree of Life 8. Drive 9. The Last Lions 10. Meek’s Cutoff

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Anders Wright

Anders Wright San Diego City Beat The Descendants The Double Hour Drive Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Of Gods and Men Hugo Into the Abyss Midnight in Paris Project Nim The Tree of Life Warrior

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Orlando Weekly

Justin Stout, Rob Boylan, William Goss Orlando Weekly 1. The Tree of Life 2. The Descendants 3. Circumstance 4. Hesher 5. Hugo 6. Source Code 7. Being Elmo, Buck 8. Hanna 9. 50/50 10. Take Shelter

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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