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AFI Announces Their Top Ten Films of 2011

AFI Announces Their Top Ten Films of 2011

The American Film Institute has announced their list of the 10 best films of the year.

Among the honorees were expected Oscar favorites like Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo.”

David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” – which just started screening – also managed to sneak in, as did Terrance Malick’s divisive “The Tree of Life.”

Perhaps most surprising were the inclusions of popular comedy “Bridesmaids” and Clint Eastwood’s “J.Edgar,” which received somewhat poor reviews.

Not included were “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (though one suspects it didn’t screen in time), “Young Adult,” “The Ides of March,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Beginners,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Drive” or “Contagion.” Note that like “The King’s Speech” last year, Oscar frontrunner “The Artist” was not eligible because it’s not an American production (it will receive a special award at the ceremony, however, as will the “Harry Potter” series). That also kept out “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Shame” and “We Need To Talk About Kevin.”

Full list below.

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR:
BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
HUGO
J. EDGAR
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

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Comments

J. Hughey

Can't believe they picked Bridesmaids, J. Edgar, and The Help over Drive. What's up with that?

Soso coments

i mean sould not so

soso coments

i think the help so be one of the top ten AFI list but i agree with you on Bride maids and J. Edgar i think Drive should made the lists.

Danielle

This is a pretty depressing and uninspiring list :/

That sucks

So they chose Bridesmaids and J Edgar and The Help over The Artist? WHAT THE HELL

jingmei

Then we realized what are the American films are of this year.

dblum

Possibly the worst. least adventursome list the AFI has come up with yet. The Help?? War Horse?? Where's Beginners, Rampart, Source Code, Young Adult, Drive. Even the last Harry Potter is preferable to many of the picks. Admittedly it was not a great year for American movies but shesshhh This looks like a list designed to keep the big studios happy.

beachlazy

Really? The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? A remake of an already good movie. No, no, no. Nothing personal David Fincher, you are great but, please no remakes. Ugh.

Midnight In Paris? Que? This was an flight movie at best.

The Help? No.

Haven't seen J Edgar or Hugo or War Horse or Tree Of Life (everybody warned me off).
From a punters point of view it looks like a lot of name directors getting another pat on the back.

It's all a little depressing. Fortunately TV is proving more entertaining.

Delilah

This list leaves a lot to be desired. J Edgar & The Descendants don't belong on any top ten list.
Do they have any criteria, or are they just interested in keeping Eastwood & Clooney happy?
Super Eight, Source Code, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy should definitely make a "ten best" list. All of them well written, well acted, well directed. Excellent actually. I also wonder if MI 4 isn't more deserving than J. Edgar. What about Limitless, Drive, and Crazy, Stupid Love.?

Mike

I like Bridemaids, but to name it as one of the 10 best this year is undeserving. The Ides of March and Martha Marcy May Marlene are better choices. I don’t know if they’ve seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close yet or not, but bottom line is it’s a better choice than the overrated The Help.

This kind of list is more like trying to mirror what Oscar would choose come January instead of really picking out 10 best films this year. :(

Mark Rabinowitz

I'm not saying it had anything to do with its inclusion, but J. Edgar did have its world premiere at AFI Fest…..

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