I’m doing this instead of long lists of film and music rankings.
But first… here are a few albums that didn’t make the list but are still worth your time.
Dumbo Gets Made “Elephants At The Door” / Ducktails “Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics” / BOBBY “BOBBY” / John Maus “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves” / Real Estate “Days” / Monster Rally “Crystal Ball” and “Coral LP”
You can see how I ranked the films of 2011 on my “Flickchart” here… All 33 that I happened to see.
Ok, now for the list of things that I found to be enjoyable in year 2011
12. Colin Stetson “New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges” (music)
Heavy… Skillful… Enjoyable
Stream the album
11. Louie (television)
Funny in your heart ears.
10. Professor Blastoff (podcast)
A hilarious weekly look at the world, science, ideas and other things. Kyle Dunnigan says funny things in funny ways.
9. Le Havre (film)
Imagine if Tarantino was in a good mood and had an original idea. Then the took the idea to Wes Anderson. Anderson then shot the film and allowed Michael Haneke to edit it. It’s sort of like that.
8. Future Islands “On The Water” (music)
Beach House didn’t make an album this year. Future Islands did… Hopefully they do this every year or so.
7. Take Shelter (film)
A surprisingly affecting film. Michael Shannon is one of the greatest actors of all time. Go find this film!
6. Film Junk (podcast)
In a world inundated with big name podcasters. Four men ,from somewhere in Canada, have taken the medium to its loftiest height. A weekly 2 hour long movie review podcast and so much more. It also happens to be the funniest podcast on the interweb and boasts one of the most interestingly strange recurring guest/character in the, post-Karl Pilkington, world.
Here is great place for new listeners to start… Episode #250: The Clip Show
Or this amazing story from Film Junks resident filmmaker Jay Cheel and his colon cancer scare.
5. Panda Bear “Tomboy” (music)
What falling out of the warm nest of “Person Pitch” sounds like. Ultimately landing in a more ornate nest outfitted with artificial heat called “Tomboy”. It was a great trip.
4. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (music)
Not timeless. A mindful and immediate ode to middle years and us middle children of history.
3. Breaking Bad (television)
There is nothing more to say. Get a Netflix account and watch the past seasons. Purchase the new season. Sleep until the next season.
No video… I don’t want to spoil any of it for you.
2. Drive (film)
This film absolutely flattened me. Flattened me like a boot to the head in an elevator.
1. The Tree Of Life (film)
2011: A West Texas Family Fever Dream
The world begins and ends and its beautiful.