2011 was a wildly rough year for film
. The box office suffered and audiences finally grew tired of 3D and remakes. However, there were a handful of unforgettable movies over the past 12 months. Check out my third annual list for the best films of 2011 (click on the quote to go directly to the review).
10. Gun Hill Road
" Raw, disturbing and educational, Gun Hill Road is sure to shake up what the average audience might think of someone who suffers from being born in the wrong body. The first must-see indie of the summer.
9. Johnny Mad Dog
" Educational, truthful and important.
8. London River
" Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia.
7. Attack the Block
" Deserves the praise it's received.
6. The Skin I Live In
" Almodovar ups the sicko factor with arguably one of the best plot twists in the past ten years of movie-making.
5. Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
" A hip-hop version of The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter and one of the best music docs to come out in recent years. Whether you love hip-hop or not, this is a documentary not to be missed and one that will not be forgotten.
" All respect to Alrick Brown for giving audiences a fresh take on the Rwandan genocide. In a movie that was shot in 16 days, viewers will be educated and moved.
3. Desert Flower
"Desert Flower is a superbly told story with unapologetic conviction, noticeable fire, and the purest intentions of moving your soul. The first must-see movie of 2011."
" The funniest movie of the year. Unlike Hangover, the film doesn't rely on sexism, homophobia and racial epithets to hit a punch line."
"It takes a village to get a film like Pariah on the big screen. But the village came together for the best movie-going experience of the 2011."
Honorable mentions: Shame
, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey