Now that we have talked about your favorite vial videos of 2011 and your favorite TV shows of 2011, it is time for us to announce and discuss your favorite movies of 2011. Yay! Aren’t movies the best? I had an argument with a friend recently who was saying that she thought movies weren’t culturally relevant anymore, at least not in the way that TV was culturally relevant, because there were a few shows that she felt like she HAD TO see, and she didn’t feel the same way about movies. (This argument is not to be confused with a somewhat similar argument that A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis had in the New York Times this weekend. It’s a different argument!) To this friend I say two things: 1) nonsense, and 2) if TV is beginning to encroach on movies’ cultural relevance territory that is because TV is now filled with movie stars and movie writers/directors. So, in that sense, sure. This isn’t to say that her argument was completely invalid. The fact of the matter is that movies ARE less culturally relevant than they used to be. But I don’t think it’s because of Breaking Bad, or whatever. I think it’s because everything is less culturally relevant because the culture is fractured and diffuse. And yet, there are few experiences more engrossing and enriching and sometimes even exciting than sitting in a movie theater and watching a movie. Even watching movies at home is great. (Watching movies on your phone is not great, and you should stop doing that.) What I’m trying to say is: fuck yeah movies dot tumblr dot com.
After the jump, your 10 favorite movies of 2011:
7. Super 8
About this list: good list! I haven’t seen Submarine or Moneyball yet, but both of those are on my Things I’m Going To Watch During the Holidays list. (I also haven’t seen Melancholia yet, and I will someday, but it’s not on my TIGTWDTH list, and frankly I find the very IDEA of Lars Von Trier to be exhausting at the moment. But I’ll get to it. You guys convinced me!) I’m very glad to see Drive and The Tree of Life where they are. Those are good movies and they deserve top spots. But I’m disappointed in your selection of Beginners as only the 8th best movie. Seriously? Guys, that movie was VERY good. No offense to VOLDEMORT. I also would bump BOTH Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris down a couple of notches, and also switch their places, because I thought Bridesmaids was much funnier than Midnight, but I thought Midnight had a much more interesting point to make about nostalgia and art and aging. I also thought it was very problematic how Kristen Wiig’s character in Bridesmaids was basically a horrible person throughout the whole movie and then at the end of the movie they kind of pretended like somehow she wasn’t horrible even though she had been horrible right up until the very last minute, so what was that all about? But this isn’t Gabe’s Favorite Movies of 2011, it’s YOUR favorite movies, and you have SPOKEN! Good work, though, guys, for real. This is a list we can all be proud of. Even whoever voted for Harry Potter so hard.