The bulk of our time might be spent dealing with news on what's coming up, or reviews on what's just about to arrive, but we're not all about the future here at The Playlist. Once a week or so, we try to take an in-depth look at films gone by. Sometimes it's the work of an actor or a director, living or dead, retired or in the peak of their powers. Sometimes it's a particular genre. Sometimes it's whatever takes our fancy.
Barring Alfred Hitchcock rising from his grave and announcing he'll direct "Green Lantern 2," things are going to be fairly quiet round here for the next few days, it being Christmas and all. But while you're off celebrating the crucifixion of Santa, or whatever this whole holiday is about, we're not abandoning you; as our gift to you, you'll find below a collection of every feature we ran in 2011 (excepting preview pieces, which are sort of irrelevant). So whether you're fleeing quarreling relatives on Christmas Day, recovering from a food coma on the 26th, or trying not to work on the 27th, there should be something here for everyone. It is the length of a god damn novel, after all. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, and see you in a few days.
Woody Allen Pt. 1 (1966-1990)
Woody Allen Pt. 2 (1992-2011)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Steven Spielberg Pt. 1: The Spectacle
Steven Spielberg Pt. 2: The Serious Fare
Lars Von Trier
Nicolas Winding Refn
When Great Directors Lose The Plot
10 Great Lost Projects
10 More Great Lost Projects
Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?
Will The Zombie Film Devour The Vampire Film?
The Jobs Henry Cavill Lost Before Landing Superman
Ten TV Shows Worth Skipping The Multiplex For
5 Music Video Directors Who Could Be The Next Big Thing
Who Were The Winners & Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?
Five Actors Who Could Star In The 'Doctor Who' Movie
2011: Best & Worst (still in progress…)
25 Best Movie Moments
Best Scores & Soundtracks
Underrated & Overrated
Top 10: Christopher Bell
Top 10: Drew Taylor
Top 10: Gabe Toro
Woman Of The Year: Jessica Chastain
Man Of The Year: Michael Fassbender