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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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This is probably going to sound petty, but Martin Scorsese insisting that critics see his film in theaters even though it’s going straight to Netflix and then not screening it in most American cities was a watershed moment for me in this theatrical versus streaming debate.

I completely respect when a filmmaker insists that their movie is meant to be seen in the theater, but the thing is, you got to actually make it possible to see it in the theater. Some movies may be too small for that, and that’s totally OK.

When your movie is largely financed by a streaming service and is going to appear on that streaming service instantly, I don’t really see the point of pretending that it’s a theatrical film. It just seems like we are needlessly indulging some kind of personal fantasy.

I don’t think that making a feature film length production that is going to go straight to a video platform is some sort of “step down.“ I really don’t. Theatrical exhibition as we know it is dying off anyway, for a variety of reasons.

I should clarify myself because this thread is already being misconstrued — I’m talking about how the movie is screened in advance. If it’s going straight to Netflix, why the ritual of demanding people see it in the theater?

There used to be a category that everyone recognized called “TV movie” or “made for television movie” and even though a lot of filmmakers considered that déclassé, it seems to me that probably 90% of feature films fit that description now.

Atlantis has mostly sunk into the ocean, only a few tower spires remain above the waterline, and I’m increasingly at peace with that, because it seems to be what the industry and much of the audience wants. We live in an age of convenience and information control.

Only a very elite group of filmmakers is still allowed to make movies “for theaters“ and actually have them seen and judged that way on a wide scale. Even platform releasing seems to be somewhat endangered. It can’t be fought. It has to be accepted.

9. Addendum: I’ve been informed that it wasn’t Scorsese who requested that the Bob Dylan documentary only be screened for critics in theaters, but a Netflix representative indicated the opposite to me, so I just don’t know what to believe.

It’s actually OK if your film is not eligible for an Oscar — we have a thing called the Emmys. A lot of this anxiety is just a holdover from the days when television was considered culturally inferior to theatrical feature films. Everybody needs to just get over it.

In another 10 to 20 years they’re probably going to merge the Emmys in the Oscars into one program anyway, maybe they’ll call it the Contentys.

“One of the fun things about seeing the new Quentin Tarantino film three months early in Cannes (did I mention this?) is that I know exactly why it’s going to make some people furious, and thus I have time to steel myself for the takes.

Back in July 2017, when it was revealed that Tarantino’s next project was connected to the Manson Family murders, it was condemned in some quarters as an insulting and exploitative stunt. We usually require at least a fig-leaf of compassion for the victims in true-crime adaptations, and even Tarantino partisans like myself – I don’t think he’s made a bad film yet – found ourselves wondering how he might square his more outré stylistic impulses with the depiction of a real mass murder in which five people and one unborn child lost their lives.

After all, it’s one thing to slice off with gusto a fictional policeman’s ear; it’s quite another to linger over the gory details of a massacre that took place within living memory, and which still carries a dread historical significance.

In her essay The White Album, Joan Didion wrote: “Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true.”

Early in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters drive up the hill towards Leo’s bachelor pad, the camera cranes up gently to reveal a street sign: Cielo Drive. Tarantino understands how charged that name is; he can hear the Molotov cocktails clinking as he shoulders the crate.

As you may have read in the reviews from Cannes, much of the film is taken up with following DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters – a fading TV actor and his long-serving stunt double – as they amusingly go about their lives in Los Angeles, while Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate is a relatively minor presence. But the spectre of the murders is just over the horizon, and when the night of the 9th finally arrives, you feel the mood in the cinema shift.

No spoilers whatsoever about what transpires on screen. But in the audience, as it became clear how Tarantino was going to handle this extraordinarily loaded moment, the room soured and split, like a pan of cream left too long on the hob. I craned in, amazed, but felt the person beside me recoil in either dismay or disgust.

Two weeks on, I’m convinced that the scene is the boldest and most graphically violent of Tarantino’s career – I had to shield my eyes at one point, found myself involuntarily groaning “oh no” at another – and a dead cert for the most controversial. People will be outraged by it, and with good reason. But in a strange and brilliant way, it takes Didion’s death-of-the-Sixties observation and pushes it through a hellfire-hot catharsis.

Hollywood summoned up this horror, the film seems to be saying, and now it’s Hollywood’s turn to exorcise it. I can’t wait until the release in August, when we can finally talk about why.

~ Robbie Collin