FMP Ep. 035 – Top 10 Films of 2011

Alex and Phil end the year by counting down their top 10 films of 2011. Each of them defends their respective lists and they both agree that 2011 was a great one for new movies. Before you tune in, try and guess how many films Alex and Phil will overlap. There are also two important announcements in this week’s episode – one about the future of the Film Misery Podcast and another about how you can be selected to choose a film for us to review.

Show Schedule:

  • 00:32 – 02:25 – Introduction
  • 02:25 – 33:55 – Top 10 Movies of 2011 (Part 1)
  • 35:24 – 38:54 – Hometown Movies and New Question of the Week
  • 39:56 – 1:10:56 – Top 10 Movies of 2011 (Part 2)
  • 1:12:35 – 1:16:06 – Announcements and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 35 were from various 2011 movie soundtracks:
  • Track 1 – “Man or a Muppet” from The Muppets, Track 2 – “Real Hero” by College from Drive, Track 3 – “Una Patada en los Huevos” by Alberto Iglesias from The Skin I Live In, Track 4 – “Oh My Love” by Riz Ortolani from Drive, Track 5 – “Life’s a Happy Song” by The Muppets.

Show Notes:

  • If you would like to select a movie for us to review, post a comment on this page! One commenter will be randomly selected to choose a movie for us.
  • Episode 16 features the interview with Brit Marling of Another Earth.
  • We would love you to review us on iTunes.

Question of the Week:

  • What are your top 10 movies of 2011?

Next Week:

  • We will be previewing our most anticipated films of 2012.

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  • Just a single overlapping in my and Phil’s lists, So we clearly don’t quite agree on a lot of things, but a great list nonetheless.

    And I’m just slightly more overlapping on Alex’s list with 4 films in both our top tens, but a few that did make my top 20. I’ll save the space, and if you want to see them, they’re all here (, but I’ll just post my top 10 for here.

    10. “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
    9. “Tomboy”
    8. “A Separation”
    7. “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
    6. “Shame”
    5. “Certified Copy”
    4. “Sleeping Beauty”
    3. “Drive”
    2. “Weekend”
    1. “Meek’s Cutoff”

  • Okay i have a Top 20 list with 6 Honorable Mentions but since its just Top 10 you asked so here it is:

    10. Rango
    9. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    8. 50/50
    7. Certified Copy
    6. Midnight In Paris
    5. The Tree Of Life
    4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    3. Drive
    2. A Separation
    1. Moneyball

    One thing that bothers me living in this part of the world is that i don’t get to see many movies (the awards contenders) anytime soon so there would be many more that would join and my actual list would not shape up until march so u can see that on my Blog.

    Some points about this episode:

    – Alex i will really miss you on the podcast and will hope you came back soon.

    – Because of you i made my mind to watch Certified Copy and i am impressed so much by the movie, loved it.

    – Superb list by both you and Phil and i enjoyed this episode very much.

    (P.S the songs choices were A+) :P

    • I’m not going anywhere. Phil is taking a break, but he’ll be back eventually.

      • oh okay i thought you were, my mistake !!

  • Great lists. I see in repeat viewings you have reordered the films from where they stood in the middle of the year. I’m not at all surprised by your number one though. I just watched it and loved it irrationally.

    Oddly enough, I overlap with both of you more than you overlap with each other, as you will see tomorrow in my own list…

  • Dylan Cuellar

    In my opinion:
    Top ten movies of 2011:
    10. War Horse
    9. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    8. Melancholia
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    6. Midnight in Paris
    5. Hugo
    4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    3. Drive
    2. The Tree of Life
    1. The Artist

    I do have to agree with you guys, this year has been the best in recent years. Also, thanks for the updates, podcasts, Oscar predictions, and reviews for the past couple years.

  • great list guys. And Alex — you’re totally right about ‘Tinker, Tailor’: reading the book will really help you understand the convoluted plot. Totally loved the book.

  • Calvin

    I have a bit of an odd list but here goes:

    Honorable Mention:
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Young Adult
    We Need to Talk about Kevin
    Take Shelter
    Top 10:
    10. The Iron Lady
    9. Beginners
    8. The Artist
    7. Bridesmaids
    6. The Descendants
    5. Weekend
    4. The Help
    3. Certified Copy
    2. Moneyball
    1. Midnight in Paris

  • Carlos87

    Both your top 10’s were very interesting ,i was expecting more well known movies or oscar contenders. Im surprised “the descendants” didn’t make both your lists seeing as so many critics are gushing about the movie and the performances in it.

    Tree Of Life is my favorite movie of the year hands down but there are too many movies that i wont get to see till later in 2012 that a top 10 seems pointless.

  • Michelle

    Another Earth!
    Amazing scene with a guy playing a saw – how many movies have that?! This is the music from this scene on the composer’s website
    You need to use it on your show! Or do a segment with the ‘Saw Lady’ who played it (check the Wikipedia page of Another Earth. This is who played the saw on the soundtrack )

  • Eric M

    Some unusual mentions on my list should be a nice hint that I don’t agree with how great 2011 has been. After some of my most anticipated movies fell miles short of my expectations (I’m looking at you Descendants and Young Adult), none of my favorites of 2011 can measure up to my favorites of recent years. Instead, there I see a lot of parity among “good” movies without a clear standout.

    10. Source Code
    9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    8. Moneyball
    7. Midnight in Paris
    6. Beginners
    5. Another Earth
    4. Drive
    3. 50/50
    2. Like Crazy
    1. Shame

  • Dylan

    Heres my top 10:

    10. Weekend
    9. Hugo
    8. The Future
    7. The Skin I Live In
    6. Meek’s Cutoff
    5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    4. 50/50
    3. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    2. The Tree of Life
    1. Drive

  • I only saw fifteen movies last year (my theaters ignore the good ones), so here’s a quick top five.

    5. The Ides of March
    4. Red State
    3. The Descendants
    2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    1. Drive

    Hugo would probably be at number 6. Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, and The Tree of Life didn’t impress me. Sorry guys. I enjoyed Certified Copy and the symbolism is great, but the third act was very flawed in my opinion.

    Of course this list will completely change in a few months.

  • Kurt Thomas

    Ack! Hopefully I’m not too late – I didn’t get the chance to listen in until just now. It’s fine if I am though.

    10) Rise of the Planet of the Apes – had to put this on here. I shake my fist triumphantly every time I hear Caesar shout “NO!” at Tom Felton.
    9) Crazy Stupid Love – great, funny RomCom that found originality in divorce. Not an easy feat to accomplish.
    8) Melancholia – Gorgeous film. Great job by Kirsten Dunst.
    7) Moneyball – best sports film I’ve seen in quite a bit.
    6) Bridesmaids – super funny. Smart funny, too.
    5) Terri – probably a bit of bias here, seeing as I am a highschool student, but still thought it was a good film nonetheless.
    4) The Tree of Life – wonderful imagery. It was like moving poetry – completely up for interpretation.
    3) Drive – great action, great soundtrack, great everything.
    2) Midnight in Paris – the excerpt from the film that you guys put in is one of my favorite quotes ever. Love love love this wonderful film.
    1) Another Earth – Probably my favorite ending to a movie ever. I didn’t even realize its significance until about ten minutes after the film had ended. I was so excited I went and saw it again! Also, Brit Marling is scary good at acting, especially given that this was her debut year.

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