- Midnight in Paris, dir. Woody Allen
- Weekend, dir. Andrew Haigh
- The Trip, dir. Michael Winterbottom
- Meek’s Cutoff, dir. Kelly Reichardt
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams, dir. Werner Herzog
Even worse: technically, The Trip, Meek’s Cutoff, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams came out in 2010, as they premiered at film festivals that fall and winter (they all had a limited run in the US in spring/summer 2011).
While I am not entirely embarrassed about this (I have certainly watched a large number of films in the past year, just not many new releases), I remember when I worked at a movie theater in college and would see an average of three to four films a week in a theater (even more during breaks from school), and this makes me sort of sad. On the other hand, I tend to think that the good ones will float to the top after a year or two: I may have lost the theatrical experience (which, don’t get me wrong, I adore), but the film itself won’t be lost. Or so I try to tell myself, a supposed film scholar behind on the most recent trends.
With that said, here are a few films released in 2011 which I am sorry that I missed, but which I look forward to seeing in the future (again, in no particular order):
- Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier
- The Skin I Live In, dir. Pedro Almodóvar
- Drive, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
- A Dangerous Method, dir. David Cronenberg
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, dir. Göran Olsson
- The Tree of Life, dir. Terrence Malick
- The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
- The Future, dir. Miranda July
- Pina, dir. Wim Wenders
- Contagion, dir. Steven Soderbergh
If there are others that I should not overlook, do let me know.