Making year-end “best of” lists is a love/hate activity for me. While I nerdily relish any opportunity to somewhat arbitrarily rank things in list form, I am always left with the woebegone feeling that so much worth mentioning is getting left out. Masterpieces generally happen when amazing performances gel with amazing filmmaking, but as we all know, often some of the year’s best, most riveting performances aren’t necessarily in “great” films. And even a turd of a movie may still have a brilliant or awesome scene in it. So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favorite things from 2011 cinema, to serve as an addendum to my Top 15 Films of 2011.
Best Collective Performance:
Best Combined Effort Performance:
Film Most Likely to Spark a Debate:
Films I’m Pumped For You to See in 2012: