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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Best Films of 2011: "Drive" and "A Separation"

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2011 has come and gone and now it is time for the “The Chair,” consisting of the very opinionated and combative members of the “Movable Circle,” to choose its Best Film of the Year.  As in 2010, choosing the best film is always a divisive process.   Last year's choice, Yorgos Lanthimos “Dogtooth” (Greece), was not an easy choice to make as well.  Some members found the film too weird while others found it terrifyingly compelling.  In the end, a consensus was made and we all voted that “Dogtooth” was the kind of film that would still remain fresh, disturbing and memorable in the coming years. Perhaps it may not achieve the status of “Titanic,” but still, any serious film lover cannot ignore this one-of-a-kind treat.  

For 2011, in the first round of voting,  “Drive” [directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn] was the leading choice.  Once other members were able to cast their votes, another film took the lead, Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation." In the end, we all decided to choose both films as the best of 2011. The two very distinct films chosen is a reflection of two emerging school of thought among members of the circle.   We cannot wait for next year's voting.  Others may disagree with our choice, but then again, enough egos and pride have been trampled to come up with a consensus.  

As for the best Filipino film of 2011, our members have not chosen yet. We will keep you updated. 

1 comment:

  1. Haven't even heard of this film. I should hang out with you and your vicious circle. May I though I'm more philocalic than vicious? :=)