the tree of life

Trey Hock’s take on the best films of 2011 shows that even in a bad year for film there can be at least 10 standout motion pictures.

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Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

by Eric Melin on January 3, 2012

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Before I started tallying up the movies that made the biggest impression this year, I thought it may have been a weak year for film. It turns out I was dead wrong. Although only one film this year made my hair stand up on end, there were plenty of moving, adventurous, and original films in 2011.

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This Top 10 list is of the of the Best Cinematography of the Last Decade. Cinematography is the realm of every movie’s director of photography. It’s not necessarily what is in front of the camera but what the camera is doing to capture that.

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Two of the best movies of the year are out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and although each explores the human condition, they couldn’t be farther from each other in approach.

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Eric’s review was posted here already, but I watched “The Tree of Life” this past weekend and was also inspired to write this review: Watching “The Tree of Life,” one sentence kept recurring to me: “Humility is appropriate.” Is that statement with regard to writer and director Terrence Malick? Maybe, but given that he doesn’t [...]

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We are bombarded by moving images in every facet of our lives. There are video screens everywhere. The way in which audio and video are cut together in ads, TV shows, and online marketing these days has created a contemporary film language that’s like shorthand to us. It takes very little effort on our part [...]

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