Premiering at the number one spot for Film Of The Year is Martin Scorsese’s first ever 3D flick Hugo. Not just for kids, the tale of a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station rekindles the innocence and wonder of childhood in a delightful film, full of comedy, imagination and heart.
To celebrate another successful year of on-screen magic, LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service with over 1.9 million film fan members – reveals the top ten must-see movies of 2011.
Jumping into third is Danny Boyle’s extreme sports’ nightmare 127 Hours where James Franco reconstructs the true story of a mountain climber who resorts to desperate measures when he becomes trapped canyoneering.
Fourth place is captured by The Guard as a small town policeman outwits not only a ring of international drug smugglers, but his own colleagues on the force in this comedy-cum-thriller.
Speeding into fifth spot is retro action flick Drive as Hollywood stunt man (played by actor of the moment Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a getaway man and steers straight into drama as a heist goes wrong.
Sci-fi drama Melancholia lands in sixth place when the relationship between two sisters is challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into Earth. Is this the end of the world? Who knows? What we do know is that this is an on-screen dream from legendary Danish director Lars von Trier.
Next is action thriller Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Full of suspense our seventh flick takes film fans on a journey to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train through a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man. For those that missed it first time round or just want to relive the drama, it’s available to watch now via LOVEFiLM Instant.
Continuing our apocalypse theme Take Shelter makes it into eighth. Critically acclaimed actor Michael Shannon has established himself as the go-to guy for crazy and he is in his element here as his character questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm – or himself.
At number ten on the best of 2011 list is True Grit. The Coen brothers’ western has villainous humour, cranky, colourful characters, adventure and a second-to-none landscape. Not forgetting a 13-year-old girl with real gumption.
Top Ten Films Of The Year:
1. Hugo (December)
2. Margaret (December)
3. 127 Hours (January)
4. The Guard (August)
5. Drive (September)
6. Melancholia (September)
7. Source Code (April)
8. Take Shelter (November)
9. Moneyball (November)
10. True Grit (February)
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM, commented:
“Picking just ten top films this year was a real challenge as there have been a multitude of great movies in 2011, everything from heart-thumping thrillers to cracking comedies.
“LOVEFiLM gives all film fans the chance to instantly watch thousands of titles in the comfort of their own living rooms via PC or other internet devices such as Xbox 360, PlayStation®3, iPad® and Smart TVs or Blu-ray players.”