Everybody always complains each year that it was a terrible year for movies. Looking at the 10 movies I've selected below, I'd say this was a very good year. In fact, some of these movies will be in heavy rotation in the Hammerle household for years to come.
What you won't find in my list are many of the movies you'll be hearing about come Oscar time. Why? Well, we all know the Academy sucks and often gets it wrong. The Blind Side for Best Picture? Really?!!! But seriously, The Tree of Life and Melancholia deserve to be seen by film buffs, but are too pretentious and abstract for my taste. The Descendants? Good, but not Alexander Payne's best. The Artist? A cute novelty, but not much more. Hugo and Midnight in Paris? Yawn. Pass. The Help? Uh, I think my Mom would like it.
Doing these top 10 lists, it's always difficult to walk the fine line between one's "favorite" movies and what one considers to be the objectively "best" movies. I try not to make a distinction. These are my 10 faves, and because they're my faves, they're also the best. Agree? Disagree? Let me know! And if you haven't seen all the movies on this list, make it your "Mission" to do so.