A profound sense of struggle was present in the cinema of 2011
Struggle for redemption
Struggle for water
There was also a celebration of the art of film with movies that showed us the simple yet staggering power of the moving image.
And how this beautiful art form can elevate the basic and transform it into breathtaking cinema.
It was a year about the universe and humanity’s place within it. At first glance it was
Looking closer it was not this simple, not in the least.
Films this year were unafraid of spirituality, demonstrating that we, like Jacob, are still wrestling with God. Such brave honesty results in thought provoking, even life-impacting works of art.
Best of all it was a year full of
Painstakingly human films.
Films that grappled and understood
The human soul in all its complexities
The joy, pain, and universality of what it is to be human
And for that I’ll always be thankful
Here is the first half of the top films of 2011, my honorable mentions one could say….
Still all of these films are great, seriously this year was such a solid year. All are worth seeking out and watching
19. Higher Ground
18. Martha Marcy May Marlene
17. Of Gods and Men
15. We Need to Talk About Kevin
14. Take Shelter
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
My top ten will be posted tomorrow
In the meantime what did the films of 2011 mean to you?