I found 2011 to be a very good year for the movies, with a large variety of clever comedies and interesting dramas and exciting action films and even heroic attempts to grab the essentially ungraspable: war in the Middle East (“Incendies”), the 2008 economic collapse , the very meaning of existence (“The Tree of Life.”)
But the New York Times reported in last December that movie box office totals were down in 2011 about half a billion dollars from 2010. What’s the deal? (AP cites 16-year low for movies). A big problem in 2011, according to the Times, was that “a spate of smaller movies aimed at younger audiences bombed.”
Perhaps one reason that 2011 seemed like such a good year to me and many of the people I’ve talked to was that there were plenty of movies aimed at adults, and some of them – good movies like “Midnight in Paris” and “The Help” and the engaging George Clooney family drama “The Descendants” – were successful enough to stay in the theaters for months.
When choosing what I thought were the 10 best movies of 2011, I didn’t automatically eliminate movies with robots or superheroes in them, but none seemed to come to mind. The list is alphabetical rather than by order of preference, but I have to say, I wouldn’t argue if you infer that the movie at the top of the list was my choice for the best movie of 2011, read full