This is the first in a series of film-related lists here on The Lost Boys this week... Check back for more, and enjoy Oliver's 10 best films of 2011 below:
10. PINA (dir: Wim Wenders)
Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost. Pina Bausch
9. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (dir: Woody Allen)
If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
8. SAMSARA (dir: Ron Fricke)
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
7. OSLO, AUGUST 31ST (dir: Joachim Trier)
I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse.
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
6. CAFÉ DE FLORE (dir: Jean-Marc Vallée)
Long you live and high you fly
smiles you give and tears you'll cry
all you touch and all you see
is all your life will ever be.
Pink Floyd, Speak To Me/Breathe
5. FAUST (dir: Aleksandr Sokurov)
The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal...
4. HUGO (dir: Martin Scorsese)
For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
3. MELANCHOLIA (dir: Lars von Trier)
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
2. THE TURIN HORSE (dir: Béla Tarr)
Gott ist tot. ("God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.")
1. THE TREE OF LIFE (dir: Terrence Malick)
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.