“New-to-Me” on screen in 2011 (which incl. numbers from below):
65 films (32% foreign; 13% animated); 24 television (58% foreign, 3 were animated).
We were able to catch up on 13 2010-films, e.g. David Fincher’s The Social Network and Coen Brothers’ True Grit and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech of note.
The South Korean film: The Man from Nowhere (2010) was easily the best film I saw this year, with its countryman Oldboy (2003) right there with it. So they take best foreign, too, with The King’s Speech (2010) as an honorable mention.
Sean would add Mr. Nobody (2009) to the “best of” films.
The worst? coming up; though I should add Anthony Byrne’s Short Order (2005) was unmentionable as well.
of television: BBC has been so good to us, and Masterpiece (PBS), ala new and old seasons of Doctor Who, Luther, Sherlock Holmes, Zen, and Downton Abbey. And yet: we’ve Justified (FX) and Sean caught up on Mad Men (AMC). as for a new to us Japanime finds? Darker than Black (2007) and Samurai Champloo (2004)
2011 on screen: 24 films; 9 television.
of the 2011 films: The family favorite and the best of the summer was Super 8 and Harry Potter 7: The Deathly Hallows, part 2. Also memorable experiences: 50/50 and Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows for sheer enjoyment. For the most part 2011 was not what 2010 proved to be. Looking forward to 2012.
The worst? Gnomeo and Juliet –hands down awful, and Season of the Witch was pretty bad–I still don’t know why we watched that one. For a while there I didn’t think anything could beat out the extended trailer for The Avengers that was Thor.
of television: Once Upon a Time (ABC) has been a great family find, right behind The Next Iron Chef America and Sweet Genius on the Food Network/Cooking Channel respectively. New Girl is a favorite new show this season, as is The Walking Dead (for Sean anyway) from the Spring.
Natalya’s “Top 6” from 2011 (in random order): Billy Elliot (2000): Fame (2009); Super 8 (2011), Eden of the East (2009, the series); Harry Potter 7: The Deathly Hallows, part 2 (2011); City of Lost Children (1995)