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Stalker's Top Ten 2011: CPA's Top Ten

10FSReel.jpgContinuing on our Filmstalker's Stalker's Top Ten lists of 2011, that's when you readers get to send in your film related lists for 2011 and get to see them posted on the site for all to read, is CPA, a fan of reading books and watching films and of writing about her experiences in both media.

Her list has a fair range of films in it from The Beaver to Sarah's Key, and it isn't your average cinema goer's list. It has some great titles in there and a few films I've yet to see and wish I had, and she provides some good reasons for going to see the ones she has selected. Interestingly she hasn't given a film a five star rating.

Just before we take a look through her list, let me remind you how easy it is to submit your own, and that I'll take and post submissions as long as you fire them in, so get writing. Here are the details:

Just create a list, add at least a sentence explanation about each entry although it would be nice to have more, how you'd like to be known on the published article along with a site link, and email it to me at topten@filmstalker.co.uk. For some inspiration you can look at the other Stalker's Top Lists from previous years.

Right, now you know what to do, let's have a look at CPA's list compiled from the reviews on her own blog CPA's Books and Movies Reviews.

The Adjustment Bureau (Filmstalker review):Four Stars
I had a great time watching this movie; it is creative, imaginative, sexy and fun. Matt Damon never looked sexier, and he is totally believable as a young and charismatic politician. Emily Blunt is charming and beautiful.

The Beaver:Four Starsand a half!
This movie is a searing, poignant drama, devastatingly real yet uplifting in the end. Mel Gibson delivers a performance that is among his best ever.

Sarah's Key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) (Filmstalker review):Four Stars
This movie is like an onion: with each layer a new secret, a key revelation comes to the surface. Deeply satisfying on every level, Sarah's Key works great as a mystery, a journalistic investigation and as the eye opener that is meant to be.

Captain America: The First Avenger:Four Stars
Chris Evans' screen presence resembles that of another superhero (Christopher Reeve as Superman).This movie is a lot of fun, with subtle jokes and plenty of war action to please the audience.

The Debt:Four Stars
It is wonderfully acted by young and old actors alike, thus there's a sense of continuity in the time elapsed in the film, instead of a break. The characters are so flawed, so human, and their mission has gone so wrong, that one has no other choice but empathize with them.

Mozart's Sister (Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart):Four Stars
This French movie is a work of art. It is wonderfully acted and full of emotions as only great art can elicit. The musical score is fantastic, and so is the European setting of the movie.

Moneyball:Four Stars
There are magnificent performances in this film, starting with Brad Pitt--whose acting is a tour-de-force--and his wingmen Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The script is funny at times, but overall provides all the drama and excitement deriving from our favorite past-time.

The Ides of March:Four Starsand a half!
I really liked this film, not only due to its contemporary resonance, but to the tremendous performances delivered by the entire cast. George Clooney directs, produces and co-writes the script, but it is his acting that makes this movie worth your while.

The Skin I Live In (La Piel que Habito):Four Stars
In this suspenseful thriller, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has outdone himself. The movie keeps the themes of sexual preferences and transgender issues-so common in his previous works-to a minimum. In this film, however, the constants are marital betrayal, revenge and the use of scientific inventions for personal gain.

My Week with Marilyn:Four Stars
Williams, with the help of an amazing script, successfully manages to portray Marilyn in all her human complexities: as a magnetic actress able to command the cameras at will, but also as a drug addict and insecure belle, who needed constant adulation feel noticed.

Notable omissions:
Midnight in Paris
Win Win

I think that's a pretty good list there and there are definitely some titles I would agree with. I also love the spread of films going from Moneyball and Captain America: The First Avenger and The Adjustment through to Sarah's Key and The Skin I Live In. Great selection CPA.

What do you think of her selections? Agree? Disagree? Get commenting or even better submit your own list, remember if you want to see your list live on Filmstalker just email it to me at topten@filmstalker.co.uk and I'll get it published over the coming weeks.



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