The world of cinema continues to astonish us. We’ve had some truly great films over the past 7 years and some young exciting talents bursting out on to the scene. Filmmakers like Damien Chazelle, Jeff Nichols and Shane Carruth have shown great promise while established auteurs like Michael Haneke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Asghar Farhadi, Paul Thomas Anderson and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are operating at the peak of their powers. The one year that has been particularly great for cinema from this decade is 2011. The year witnessed some of the greatest works from contemporary masters like Andrei Zyaginstev, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Asghar Farhadi, Pedro Almodovar and Lars Von Trier. With that said, here is the list of top movies of 2011.
Not the very best of Scorsese but certainly one of his most personal works to date. ‘Hugo’ tells the story of a boy stranded in a station looking for the key that will get his late father’s automation to work. He meets a beautiful girl and together they set out on a journey exploring the magic of visual arts and cinema. ‘Hugo’ is Scorsese’s love letter to cinema and it depicts his unbridled passion for the art form in such a charming way that you can’t help but feel enamored by its innocence and warmth.
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14. The Artist
This black and white silent film directed by Michael Hazanavicius depicts the relationship between a veteran silent movie star and a young silent movie actress. Their relationship is disrupted with the entry of talking pictures as their careers are hampered and it causes them to drift apart from each other. It’s a charming romantic comedy, visually bold and stylish with delectable performances complimenting its tautly written script. The film received widespread critical acclaim and won five academy awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The film also featured on Roger Ebert’s list of the best movies of 2011.