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Best of 2011: Attrition Edition

Posted in film, Lists, Music with tags on March 12, 2012 by N.W. Douglas

FILM

As usual, the process of catching up with the dozens of titles I missed in 2011 will take something like the next 10 years to carry out properly. Hopefully, that amount of time will help to winnow some of the overpraised chaff out of the viewing queue, as various titles that earned December buzz  recede into their proper places in the grand scheme of things (I’m looking at you, Animal Kingdom).

For now, I will name only the films I saw in 2011 that I know I will be revisiting for the rest of my life.  It’s pretty brief; there’s still a lot left to see. Nothing is budging #1 from its spot, though.

1. Certified Copy (Kiarostami)
2. The Tree of Life (Malick)
3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Alfredson)
4. Of Gods and Men (Beauvois)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Herzog)
  • Melancholia (Von Trier)
  • The Mill and the Cross (Majewski)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Bird)
  • War Horse (Spielberg)

MUSIC

A bit more complete, but when you consider it’s cheaper to buy most of these albums on iTunes than a regular multiplex movie ticket in Vancouver, it starts to make sense. My favourite albums of 2011, including one (or two or three) favourite songs from each:

1. Joe Henry – REVERIE – “Strung” “Eyes Out For You” “Unspeakable”
2. The Roots – UNDUN- “The Other Side”
3. The Decemberists – THE KING IS DEAD – “Down By The Water”
4. Aaron Strumpel – BIRDS  – “Never Finished”
5. Kate Bush – FIFTY WORDS FOR SNOW – “Snowed In At Wheeler Street”
6. Hugh Laurie – LET THEM TALK – “Let Them Talk” ”
7. M83 – HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING –“Midnight City” “Wait” “Splendor”
8. Over The Rhine – THE LONG SURRENDER – “The Laugh of Recognition”
9. Josh Garrels – LOVE AND WAR AND THE SEA IN BETWEEN –  “The Resistance”
10. Moby – DESTROYED – “Slow”

Honorable Mentions:

  • In Media Res – IT WAS WARM AND SUNNY WHEN WE FIRST SET OUT – “Tonight I Am New”
  • Okkervil River – I AM VERY FAR – “The Valley”