The 10 Best Movies of 2011

Each year, I see about ten movies. Several years ago I realized I could simply put them in order and have a ready-made "10 Best Movies of the Year." Last year I only saw nine, so I added one video (which is absolutely great).


1. Beginners, directed by Mike Mills

2. Paper Birds, directed by Emilio Aragón

3. Downtown Express, directed by David Grubin

4. Angela Davis at Zuccotti Park,

5. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird

6. Margin Call, directed by J. C. Chandor

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall

8. Win Win, directed by Thomas McCarthy

9. Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick

10. Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen


[I saw Paper Birds and Downtown Express at the Woodstock Film Festival.]