Tuesday, May 24, 2011

my Alex In Movieland awards, 3rd edition: Episode 2/3: Picture & Director

No need for much introduction, I'll let the titles speak for themselves. As usual, it's not an easy ranking to do.

I am mentioning again the list of eligible/seen films (71):

127 Hours, Agora, Alice in Wonderland, Animal Kingdom, Another Year, Applause, Barney’s Version, Biutiful, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, Burlesque, Clash of the Titans, Conviction, Country Strong, Creation, Despicable Me, Dogtooth, Easy A, Eat Pray Love, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Fair Game, The Fighter, For Colored Girls, Frankie & Alice, Get Low, The Ghost Writer, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Greenberg, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Hereafter, How to Train Your Dragon, I Am Love, The Illusionist, In a Better World, Incendies, Inception, Inside Job, Iron Man 2, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Kids are All Right, The King’s Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Made in Dagenham, Mother, Mother and Child, Never Let Me Go, Outside the Law, Please Give, Rabbit Hole, Robin Hood, The Runaways, Salt, Sex and the City 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shutter Island, The Social Network, Somewhere, Tangled, The Tourist, The Town, Toy Story 3, TRON: Legacy, True Grit, Unstoppable, Waiting for Superman, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, The Way Back, White Material, Winter’s Bone, The Wolfman, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.


1. Toy Story 3

2. Inception

3. The Social Network

4. Mother and Child

5. Animal Kingdom

6. Another Year
7. Winter’s Bone
8. Black Swan
9. The Fighter
10. Please Give

Almost there: True Grit, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Biutiful, How to Train Your Dragon, The Ghost Writer

Also: Inside Job, The Kids Are All Right, The Illusionist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 127 Hours.


1. Christopher Nolan – Inception

2. David Fincher – The Social Network

3. Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

4. Lee Unkrich – Toy Story 3

5. Sylvain Chomet – The Illusionist

6. Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
7. David Michod – Animal Kingdom
8. Mike Leigh – Another Year
9. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Biutiful
10. Giorgos Lanthimos – Dogtooth

Almost there: Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders – How to Train Your Dragon, Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone, Luca Guadagnino – I Am Love, Ethan Coel & Joel Coen – True Grit, Joon-ho Bong – Mother .


Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Very glad about the love for ANIMAL KINGDOM. I think Michod's direction is impeccable, I can't wait to see what else he does.

Allen said...

Haven't seen Mother & Child yet, but it seems you're quite taken with it! I should give it a looksie soon.

Alex in Movieland said...

yes, Animal Kingdom is quite special. The great casting also helped it a lot.

I guess I was in a very good mood while watching Mother and Child. Naomi Watts was fascinating for sure.

dinasztie said...

Oh my. Interesting picks. :)

Runs Like A Gay said...

Very high placing for Mother and Child, I'm definitely going to have to try and catch up with that eventually.

Not sure about Toy Story 3 though - would need to watch the first two as well.

Alex in Movieland said...

Toy Story 3 was for me the less flawed film of the year, for sure. And terribly entertaining.

I myself didn't see the first 2 until last year, but REALLY enjoyed them. very smart.

Mother and Child is a film I enjoyed, even with its "Greek tragedy" moments and the Kerry Washington storyline I didn't care so much about. But the one with Annette and the one with Naomi really had me interested. It's a touching film and it works, if you don't go with big expectations about it.