...EVER! (or not)
But Eesti Ekspress has published it's Top Ten Film of 2011 online HERE. I contributed to the list by sending some of my choices, which for those of you who are interested were:
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
But in compiling them I remembered how hard it is to do things like this. Just because I loved TTSS and Melancholia, does that mean they're better than A Seperation? Could I fit in The Adventures of Tintin which I also thought was great. It's never an objective case of one being better than the other. At least not for me.
And, let's face it: there's also an element of not wanting to make yourself look bad. It's like the people who go on Desert Island Discs (not Britishy type people check it HERE) and choose an 18th Century Madrigal and piece by and avant-garde composer when they really want to choose Aqua's Barbie Girl. They don't want to appear like a philistine by picking something they would actually like.I remember putting together my list for the ONE LINE FILM REVIEW 50 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME. I agonised whether I should put The Goonies in the list, as people would think I was taking the piss. Then I realised I didn't care. I genuinely like the film so it went in. The trouble is that these lists is that my taste, like anyone elses, fluctuate with time and experience. I appreciate a film because of it's technical and emotional brilliance. I also like a film because it reminds me a time and place in my life. It does not necessarily make them mutually exclusive.Certainly, I always gets asked "What is your favourite film of all time?" and I always say I can never give an answer* There's too many films that are good for many different reasons.
For completists, here's also my list for BEYOND THE CANON and the CINEUROPA BEST FILMS OF 2011 (on which, like a complete an utter tool, I forgot about Tyrannosaur....)
*However, if you really, really want me to say then I suppose it would by NORTH BY NORTHWEST.