While, for me, 2011 was not as a great a year in cinema as 2009 (many of the films I loved from that year I didn’t get to see until Jan of 2010, but still), I found myself loving more films this year than I did last year. In fact, you may notice that although I claim this is a list of fifteen films, it in fact contains sixteen films. There is one tie and I will explain my choice when I get to it. Last year before the year ended I managed to watch 53 new releases; this year I saw 57 (which is kind of pitifully low when you consider how many new-to-me films I saw this year; but that’s neither here nor there and you have to wait until tomorrow to read about that cinematic odyssey). I want to point out that my top five films have not changed since October, but the ten (eleven) that follow have been shifted and adjusted many, many times since then. Probably when I rewatch those films late on this list might still evolve some. I also want to mention that there were at least two films that I wanted to see before the end of the year that I was not able to see (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn); as always, there is no way to know whether those films would have even made the list had I seen them, but I wanted to point out that I’ve yet to see them so that comments of “where is ***?!” didn’t ensue. Okay, enough chatter, on to the list.
I’ve been excited for this film since the first trailer was released in June. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve been excited for this movie since I read about it over a year ago. Spielberg, check. Horses, check. (for the record, I like horses, they don’t like me). WWI, check. Awesome cinematography, check.
I simply cannot wait for the end of December. War Horse is due in US theaters on December 28, 2011 and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (also directed by Spielberg) is due out in US theaters on December 23, 2011.
I love Steven Spielberg and I love war movies, so I am excited for this film. Even if I don’t particularly love horses. Janusz Kamiński’s cinematography looks as lush and gorgeous as ever. I am also betting on a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Niels Arestrup. You can quote me on that come Oscar time. War Horse is due in US theaters on December 28, 2011. Spielberg also directed The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which is due out in US theaters on December 23, 2011. Lots of Spielberg this Christmastime.
You can watch the trailer over at RopeOfSilicon.