SFFCC Members’ Best of 2011
December 27th, 2011 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2011 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

“The Tree of Life”
“Certified Copy”
“Rango”
“Hugo”
“Meek’s Cutoff”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Road to Nowhere”
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
“Mysteries of Lisbon”
“Moneyball”

added 12/27/2011

Jeanne Aufmuth (Palo Alto Weekly)

“Bridesmaids”
“The Debt”
“Drive”
“Margin Call”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“A Separation”
“Senna”
“Shame”
“Tabloid”
“We Need to Talk About Kevin”

added 01/02/2012

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

“The Tree of Life”
“Certified Copy”
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“The Mill and the Cross”
“The Interrupters”
“Margin Call”
“The Skin I Live In”
“The Artist”

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added 01/02/2012

Fernando F. Croce (Slant Magazine)

“Certified Copy”
“The Tree of Life”
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
“Mysteries of Lisbon”
“Film Socialisme”
“Meek’s Cutoff”
“Poetry”
“Take Shelter”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“The Road to Nowhere”

added 01/02/2012

Rossiter Drake (SF Examiner)

“War Horse”
“Jane Eyre”
“Project Nim”
“Hugo”
“Into the Abyss”
“Drive”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Win Win”
“The Descendants”
“The Lincoln Lawyer”

added 01/02/2012

Cheryl Eddy (SF Bay Guardian)

“The Artist” (Michel Hazanavicius, France/Belgium)
“Young Adult” (Jason Reitman, U.S.)
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Tomas Alfredson, France/U.K./Germany)
“Drive” (Nicolas Winding Refn, U.S.)
“Melancholia” (Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
“The Descendants” (Alexander Payne, U.S.)
“Shame” (Steve McQueen, U.K.)
“The Trip” (Michael Winterbottom, U.K.)
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (Werner Herzog, Canada/U.S./France/Germany/U.K.)
“TrollHunter” (André Øvredal, Norway)
“The Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick, U.S.)

added 01/02/2012

Susan Gerhard (SF360)

“Poetry”
“Certified Copy”
“The Arbor”
“Cedar Rapids”
“Into Eternity”
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
“Young Adult”
“The Trip ”
“The Mill and The Cross”
“Project Nim”

added 01/02/2012

Michael Guillen (The Evening Class)

“The Artist” (Michel Hazavanicius)
“Buck” (Cindy Meehl)
“Gold & Copper”/”Tala Va Mes” (Homayoun Asadian)
“In the Family” (Patrick Wang)
“Melancholia” (Lars Von Trier)
“The Mill and the Cross” (Lech Majewski)
“A Separation”/”Jodái-e Náder az Simin” (Asghar Farhadi)
“The Tiniest Place”/”El Lugar Más Pequeño” (Tatiana Huezo)
“Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick)
“We Were Here” (David Weismann & Bill Weber)

added 01/02/2012

Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
“Hanna”
“Senna”
“The Descendants”
“Warrior”
“Win Win”
“The Artist”
“Take Shelter”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”

added 01/02/2012

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The Artist”
“Midnight in Paris”
“We Were Here”
“Hugo”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Super 8”
“War Horse”
“Sing Your Song”
“My Week with Marilyn”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

added 01/02/2012

Jonathan Kiefer (The Faster Times)

(More of a top ten trends list, entitled If You Liked Those Other Top 2011 Movies Lists, Try This One)

The Cosmic Contemplation (a la “The Tree of Life” and “Nostalgia for the Light”)
The movie-history reverie (a la “The Artist” and “Hugo”)
The woman, roaring (a la “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”)
The sleek, sexy danger (a la “Drive” and “Shame”)
The alien invasion (a la “Attack the Block” and “Super 8”)
The coping with awful offspring (a la “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Poetry”)
The great depression (a la “Melancholia” and “The Beaver”)
The kaleidoscopic view of fractured young psyche (a la “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Arbor”)
The animals who will talk us out of tweeness (a la “Beginners” and “The Future”)
The soul growth, amid wondrous natural splendor “The Descendants” and “Le Quattro Volte”

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added 12/27/2011

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The Artist”
“My Week with Marilyn”
“One Day”
“Bridesmaids”
“Like Crazy”
“We Were Here”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Moneyball”
“Love Crime”

added 01/02/2012

Omar P. L. Moore (The Popcorn Reel)

“The Tree of Life”
“Into the Abyss”
“Shame”
“Certified Copy”
“Tabloid”
“Road to Nowhere”
“Senna”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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added 12/27/2011

Randy Myers (San Jose Mercury News)

“The Artist”
“Beginners”
“Moneyball”
“The Tree of Life”
“We Need to Talk About Kevin”
“50/50”
“Bridesmaids”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Descendants”
“Hugo”

added 01/02/2012

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

“The Tree of Life”
“Hugo”
“Certified Copy”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“The Skin I Live In”
“Moneyball”
“Like Crazy”
“Carnage”
“Win Win”
“Beginners”

added 01/02/2012

Ruthe Stein (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The Descendants”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Iron Lady”
“War Horse”
“The Artist”
“A Dangerous Method”
“Young Adult”
“Moneyball”
“Margin Call”

added 01/02/2012

Mel Valentin (VeryAware)

“The Tree of Life”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Melancholia”
“Drive”
“Rango”
“The Skin I Live In”
“Shame”
“Meek’s Cutoff”
“Into the Abyss”

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added 01/02/2012

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

“Jane Eyre”
“The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975”
“Aurora”
“The Tree of Life”
“The Mill and the Cross”
“The Kid with a Bike”
“Melancholia”
“Mysteries of Lisbon”
“The Descendants”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

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added 01/02/2012

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo (BoxOffice.com)

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Tabloid”
“Certified Copy”
“Drive”
“No Strings Attached”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Fright Night”
“Love Exposure”
“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”

added 12/27/2011

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

“Certified Copy”
“Pina”
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
“Jane Eyre”
“The Skin I Live In”
“Tree of Life”
“Melancholia”
“Into the Abyss”
“Margin Call”
“Coriolanus”

Runners up: “Mysteries of Lisbon,” “Moneyball,” “Hugo”

So unlike any movie around, it transcends listmania: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” Not merely from the other side of the world, it’s in a world of its own.

added 01/02/2012

Jan Wahl (KRON TV)

“Hugo”
“My Week with Marilyn”
“The Descendants”
“Midnight in Paris”
“50/50”
“Young Adult”
“Iron Lady”
“The Help”
“The Way”
“We Were Here”

added 01/02/2012

SFFCC Members’ Best of 2009
December 30th, 2009 by SFFCC

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

“The Hurt Locker”
“Coraline”
“Bright Star”
“Red Cliff”
“You, the Living”
“35 Shots of Rum”
“Drag Me to Hell”
“Sita Sings the Blues”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Adventureland”

Jeanne Aufmuth (Palo Alto Weekly)

“The Hurt Locker”
“(500) Days of Summer”
“Coraline”
“Away We Go”
“A Single Man”
“Ponyo”
“An Education”
“This Is It”
“The Hangover”
“The Cove”

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

Narrative Films:
“Sita Sings the Blues”
“Coraline”
“Still Walking”
“Tokyo Sonata”
“In the Loop”
“The Road”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Up”
“Where the Wild Things Are”
“A Single Man”

Runners-up: “You, the Living;” “A Serious Man;” “Summer Hours;” “The White Ribbon;” “(500) Days of Summer;” “Duplicity;” Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire;” “Ponyo; Fantastic Mr. Fox;” “Me and Orson Welles;” “Police, Adjective;” “Star Trek;” “Bright Star;” “Watchmen: The Director’s Cut;” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Documentary Films:
“Crude”
“Valentino: The Last Emperor”
“Of Time and the City”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
“Every Little Step”
“The Beaches of Agnes”
“The Way We Get By”
“Food, Inc.”
“The Cove”
“Burma VJ”

Runners-up: “Capitalism: A Love Story;” “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”

Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)

Alphabetical:
“The Brothers Bloom”
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
“Coraline”
“The Cove”
“Crude”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”
“The Messenger”
“Moon”
“No Impact Man”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”
“Where the Wild Things Are”

Honorable Mention:
“Sherlock Holmes”

Cheryl Eddy (SF Bay Guardian)

Alphabetical:
“Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”
“Beeswax”
“Cropsey”
“District 9”
“Drag Me to Hell”
“An Education”
“Goodbye Solo”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Tokyo Sonata”

Peter Hartlaub (SF Chronicle)

“The Hurt Locker”
“Up in the Air”
“District 9”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Coraline”
“Avatar”
“The Cove”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“The Damned United”
“Adventureland”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
“Up”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story”
“I Love You, Man”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Drag Me to Hell”
“A Single Man”
“Taken”
“Star Trek”
Honorable Mention:
“Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans;” “Funny People;” “The Hangover;” “The Messenger;” “A Perfect Getaway;” “Ponyo;” “Watchmen”

Dennis Harvey (Variety)

Alphabetical:
“Absurdistan”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
“Black Dynamite”
“Bronson”
“Everything Strange and New”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“In the Loop”
“The Maid”
“The Messenger”
“Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!”
“Paranormal Activity”
“A Perfect Getaway”
“Rudo y Cursi”
“Seraphine”
“Sita Sings the Blues”
“Star Trek”
“Still Walking”
“Stingray Sam”
“Sugar”
“Thirst”
“35 Shots of Rum”
“A Town Called Panic”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”
“You, the Living”

Mick LaSalle (SF Chronicle)

“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Up in the Air”
“Two Lovers”
“Revanche”
“Funny People”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“Cheri”
“Summer Hours”
“Food, Inc.”

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

Alphabetical:
“Avatar”
“Coraline”
“Every Little Step”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The Informant!”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Me and Orson Welles”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Road”
“A Serious Man”
“A Single Man”
“Star Trek”
“12”
“Up”
“Watchmen”
“Where the Wild Things Are”

Ruthe Stein (SF Chronicle)

“Up in the Air”
“An Education”
“A Single Man”
“Up”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The Prophet”
“Crazy Heart”
“Julie and Julia”
“The Informant!”

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

“Coraline”
“Tokyo Sonata”
“In the Loop”
“Summer Hours”
“Lorna’s Silence”
“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“A Town Called Panic”
“A Christmas Carol”
“Sita Sings the Blues”

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