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Friday 6 January 2012, 16:28

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At the end of 2011 I posted my ten worst movies of the year. Since then a lot of people have been asking me for my list of the best. I already revealed them on the 5 Live show but here they are again plus a difficult question - since I was forced to leave out Drive, one of my favourite movies of the year, which of my choices would you lose to make way for it?

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    Comment number 1.

    Why follow convention - just have a "Top Fourteen"?

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    Comment number 2.

    I would lose Melancholia. It was good, but not great. Not as good as Antichrist anyway.

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    Comment number 3.

    Easy, Kill List. Done. My top 10 films of 2011 are:

    1. The Artist
    2. A Separation
    3. Senna
    4. We Need to Talk about Kevin
    5. Hugo
    6. Midnight in Paris
    7. 13 Assassins
    8. The Skin I Live In
    9. Oranges and Sunshine
    10. Another Earth

    Honourable mentions: Melancholia, Drive, Moneyball, 50/50, The Tree of Life, Super 8, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Kill List, Source Code.

    I have not seen the likes of The Descendants, Take Shelter or Snowtown.

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    Comment number 4.

    You are absolutely right; how DARE you leave out Drive! By far the best film of 2011. A film that is both a great piece of cinematic art and an enjoyable guilty pleasure. A refreshing take on a tired storyline which succeeds in spades. Brilliant soundtrack, brilliant cinematography, brilliant art direction and a fantastic peformance by both Gosling and Mulligan.

    To answer you're question; which film do you omit to put Drive in your list. Very simple: Melancholia. By far one of the most pretentious films of 2011, and yet another cinematic con from Von Trier.

    Melancholia is in, but Drive isn't? Seriously man, what's wrong with you!

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    Comment number 5.

    Drop 'Hugo 3D' i saw that film solely on your recommendation, an hour in i was slumped back in my seat thinking "whats the running time? when is the film going to get a move on? why did Kermode think the 3D was so good?". And when the kids went to see 'Safety last' i thought "God i wish i was watching that film instead".

 

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