Film Journal – 2011

Unless specifically noted, all listings are completed first-time viewings.  Television shows are only noted in the month in which I finished a single, regularly viewed season.

* Indicates repeat viewing. “W/O” indicates a walk-out/turn-off.

Some entries are listed with a numbered rating on a scale from 0-10.

Entries listed in order seen:

January

  • 1/1 Make Way For Tomorrow (USA, 1937) Leo McCarey [8]
  • 1/1 Shadow of the Thin Man (USA, 1941) W.S. Van Dyke II [6]
  • 1/1 “The Tell-Tale Heart” (Short, USA, 1941) Jules Dassin
  • 1/2 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (USA, 2008) Nicholas Stoller [6]
  • 1/3 Tron: Legacy [IMAX 3D] (USA, 2010) Joseph Kosinski [5]
  • 1/4 Day of Wrath (Denmark, 1943) Carl Th. Dreyer [7]
  • 1/11 Angel Heart (USA, 1987) Alan Parker [7]
  • 1/21 The Way Back (USA, 2010) Peter Weir [7]
  • 1/22 *Amadeus (USA, 1984) Milos Forman [7]
  • 1/30 *How Green Was My Valley (USA, 1941) John Ford [9]

February

  • 2/27 *The Thin Red Line (USA 1998) Terrence Malick [7]

March

  • 3/3 Franklyn (UK, 2008) Gerald McMorrow [3]
  • 3/3 Even Dwarfs Started Small (Germany, 1970) Werner Herzog [5]
  • 3/3 The Station Agent (USA, 2003) Tom McCarthy [6]
  • 3/4 The Adjustment Bureau (USA, 2011) George Nolfi [6]
  • 3/12 Please Give (USA, 2010) Nicole Holofcener [6]
  • 3/13 Bubba Ho-Tep (USA, 2003) Don Coscarelli [W/O 0:50]
  • 3/22 *Tron (USA, 1982) Steven Lisberger [5]
  • 3/22 Tell No One (France, 2008) Guillame Canet [6]
  • 3/22 Armored (USA, 2009) Nimrod Antal [6]
  • 3/25 *Synecdoche, New York (USA, 2008) Charlie Kaufman [8]
  • 3/29  Certified Copy (France, 2011) Abbas Kiarostami [9]
April
  • 4/6 *Inglourious Basterds (USA, 2009) Quentin Tarantino [8]
  • 4/15 Choch (Canada, 2011) Brendan Prost
  • 4/20 *Of Gods and Men (France, 2011) Xavier Beauvois [8]
  • 4/22 *The Passion of the Christ (USA, 2004) Mel Gibson
  • 4/22 Red Cliff (China/HK, 2009) John Woo [7]
  • 4/22 Red Cliff II (China/HK, 2009) John Woo [8]
  • 4/23 The Fighter (USA, 2010) David O. Russell [6]
  • 4/24 That Thing You Do! (USA, 1996) Tom Hanks [6]
May
  • 5/8 Beyond Borders (UK, 2003) Martin Campbell [3]
  • 5/10 A Christmas Tale (France, 2008) Arnaud Desplechin [6]
  • 5/14 Eyes Wide Shut (UK, 1999) Stanley Kubrick
  • 5/19 Lessons of Darkness (Germany, 1992) Werner Herzog
  • 5/19 Ordet (Denmark, 1955) Carl. Th. Dreyer [9]
  • 5/19 The Searchers (USA, 1954) John Ford [7]
  • 5/19 Dogville (Denmark, 2003) Lars von Trier [7]
  • 5/20 *The New World [Ext. Cut] (USA, 2005) Terrence Malick
June
  • 6/7 X-Men: First Class (USA, 2011) Matthew Vaughan [6]
  • 6/11 2001: A Space Odyssey (USA, 1968) Stanley Kubrick
  • 6/12 The Tree of Life (USA, 2011) Terrence Malick
  • 6/17 *The Tree of Life
  • 6/21 Super 8 (USA, 2011) J.J. Abrams [7]
  • 6/24 The Shining (USA, 1980) Stanley Kubrick
  • 6/25 A Clockwork Orange (UK, 1971) Stanley Kubrick
  • 6/26 Edge of Darkness (USA, 2010) Martin Campbell
  • 6/28 *The Tree of Life
July
  • 7/2 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (USA, 1977) Steven Spielberg [8]
  • 7/3 The Magnificent Seven (USA, 1960) John Sturges [8]
  • 7/4 Mulholland Drive (USA, 2001) David Lynch
  • 7/6 Prince of the City (USA, 1981) Sidney Lumet [8]
  • 7/8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (USA, 2011) Michael Bay
  • 7/8 After Hours (USA, 1985) Martin Scorsese [7]
  • 7/9 Battle: Los Angeles (USA, 2011) Jonathan Liebesman [4]
  • 7/9 *Black Hawk Down (USA, 2001) Ridley Scott [8]
  • 7/10 *Mean Streets (USA, 1973) Martin Scorsese [9]
  • 7/12 Vincere (Italy, 2010) Marco Bellochio [7]
  • 7/18 Midnight In Paris (USA, 2011) Woody Allen [6]
  • 7/21 The Green Ray (France, 1986) Eric Rohmer [9]
  • 7/22 The Shawshank Redemption (USA, 1994) Frank Darabont [5]
  • 7/23 Ugetsu (Japan, 1953) Kenji Mizoguchi
  • 7/23 Bad Guy (S. Korea, 2001) Kim Ki-Duk [3]
  • 7/27 The Apartment (USA, 1960) Billy Wilder
  • 7/28 Live Fast, Die Young (USA, 2008) Tim Chey [0]
  • 7/28 The International (USA/UK, 2009) Tom Tykwer [5]
  • 7/30 The Last Wave (Australia, 1977) Peter Weir [9]
  • 7/31 The Town (USA, 2010) Ben Affleck [5]

August

  • 8/5 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D (USA/Germany, 2011) Werner Herzog [8]
  • 8/6 *A Fistful of Dollars (Italy, 1964) Sergio Leone [7]
  • 8/6 For A Few Dollars More (Italy, 1965) Sergio Leone [8]
  • 8/9 *The Tree of Life [9, was 8]
  • 8/9 *The Insider (USA, 1999) Michael Mann [9]
  • 8/10 *Heat (USA, 1995) Michael Mann [10]
  • 8/16 Dead Ringers (Canada, 1988) David Cronenberg [6]
  • 8/18 *Quantum of Solace (USA, 2008) Marc Forster [5]
  • 8/19 Traffic (USA, 2000) Steven Soderbergh [7]
  • 8/19 Through A Glass Darkly (Sweden, 1961) Ingmar Bergman [7]
  • 8/20 Short Cuts (USA, 1993) Robert Altman [7]
  • 8/20 The Piano (New Zealand, 1993) Jane Campion [W/O 1:14]
  • 8/21 The Muppet Movie (USA, 1979) James Frawley [8]
  • 8/22 Winter Light (Sweden, 1963) Ingmar Bergman [7]
  • 8/26 *The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (USA, 2009) Werner Herzog [8]
  • 8/27 Ashes and Diamonds (Poland, 1958) Andrzej Wajda [8]
  • 8/27 Stalker (Russia, 1979) Andrei Tarkovsky
  • 8/30 Black Robe (Canada, 1991) Bruce Beresford [6]
  • 8/31 A Generation (Poland, 1954) Andrzej Wajda [6]
  • 8/31 Kanal (Poland, 1957) Andrzej Wajda [9]
  • 8/31 Samurai Rebellion (Japan, 1967) Masayuki Kobayashi [7]
September
  • 9/1 Away We Go (USA, 2009) Sam Mendes [6]
  • 9/2 The Sacrifice (Sweden, 1986) Andrei Tarkovsky
  • 9/3 Spider (Canada/UK, 2002) David Cronenberg [7]
  • 9/4 Jackie Brown (USA, 1997) Quentin Tarantino [8]
  • 9/5 *Top Secret! (USA, 1984) Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker [10]
  • 9/6 Red Road (UK, 2007) Andrea Arnold [4]
  • 9/27 Drive (USA, 2011) Nicolas Winding Refn [5]
  • 9/28 Thief (USA, 1981) Michael Mann [7]
  • 9/29 Manhunter (USA, 1986) Michael Mann [8]
  • 9/30 Score: A Hockey Musical (Canada, 2010) Michael McGowan [4]
October
  • 10/1 The Mill and the Cross [VIFF] (Poland, 2011) Lech Majewski [8]
  • 10/6 Contagion (USA, 2011) Steven Soderbergh [6]
  • 10/7 *A Man For All Seasons (UK, 1966) Fred Zinneman [8]
  • 10/7 Source Code (USA, 2011) Duncan Jones [7]
  • 10/8 Nosferatu the Vampyre (Germany, 1979) Werner Herzog [7]
  • 10/8 All The Pretty Horses (USA, 2000) Billy Bob Thornton [6]
  • 10/15 Small Town Murder Songs (Canada, 2011) Ed Gass-Donnelly [6]
November
  • 11/3 *Certified Copy (France, 2011) Abbas Kiarostami [10]
  • 11/5 Three Colors: Blue (France, 1993) Krystof Kieslowski [7]
  • 11/6 The Conformist (Italy, 1970) Bernardo Bertolucci [9]
  • 11/9 *Casablanca (USA, 1942) Michael Curtiz [9]
  • 11/10 Code 46 (UK, 2004) Michael Winterbottom [5]
  • 11/11 The Thin Man Goes Home (USA, 1945) Richard Thorpe [7]
  • 11/18 The Secret of the Grain (France, 2008) Abdellatif Kechiche [8]
  • 11/18 Song of the Thin Man (USA, 1947) Edward Buzzell [6]
  • 11/19 Melancholia (Denmark, 2011) Lars Von Trier [6]
  • 11/19 La Femme Nikita (France, 1990) Luc Besson [8]
  • 11/22 The Baroness and the Pig (Canada, 2002) Michael Mackenzie [W/O 0:31]
  • 11/23 The Milky Way (France, 1969) Luis Bunuel [8]
  • 11/24 The Great Muppet Caper (USA, 1981) Jim Henson [7]
  • 11/30 Sullivan’s Travels (USA, 1941) Preston Sturges [8]
  • 11/30 The Mission (UK, 1986) Roland Joffe [6]
December
  • 12/2 When Will I Be Loved (USA, 2004) James Toback [4]
  • 12/9 *Birth (USA, 2004) Jonathan Grazer [8]
  • 12/15 *Mission Impossible:II (USA, 2000) John Woo [4]
  • 12/15 *Star Trek (USA, 2009) J.J. Abrams [W/O 1:20] [6]
  • 12/16 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (USA, 2011) Guy Ritchie [4]
  • 12/18 Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (S. Korea, 2002) Chan-wook Park [6]
  • 12/21 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (USA, 2011) Brad Bird [7]
  • 12/22 *The Triplets of Belleville (Can/Bel, 2003) Sylvain Chomet [5]
  • 12/22 *The Birds (USA, 1963) Alfred Hitchcock [8]
  • 12/24 *Shadow Of A Doubt (USA, 1943) Alfred Hitchcock [7]
  • 12/26 The Lady Eve (USA, 1941) Preston Sturges [7]
  • 12/26 Last Holiday (UK, 1951) Henry Cass [7]
  • 12/27 Out of Sight (USA, 1998) Steven Soderbergh [8, maybe 9]
  • 12/28 *King Arthur (USA, 2004) Antoine Fuqua [4]
  • 12/28 Before The Devil Knows Your Dead (2007) Sidney Lumet [7]
  • 12/29 The Illusionist (2010) Sylvain Chomet [4]
  • 12/31 Forbidden Games (1952) René Clément [8]
—————————————————————————
2011 Top Ten In Progress
1) Certified Copy (2011) Abbas Kiarostami
2) The Tree of Life (USA, 2011) Terrence Malick
3) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (UK, 2011) Tomas Alfredson
4) Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Germany, 2011) Werner Herzog
5) The Mill and the Cross (Poland, 2011) Lech Majewski
6) Melancholia (Denmark, 2011) Lars Von Trier
7) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (USA, 2011) Brad Bird

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