2011 wrap-up: IMDb Top 250

Which last year‘s movies went up to the famous all-time favourites chart.

I‘m a really big fan of IMDb and especially of the movie rating system. It‘s the most effective way for public voting I have seen in any sphere or website. Of course there are many people who oppose it and often it‘s hard to agree with the given average. But the sheer number of people voting and the weight the system apparently gives for heavier users and movie watchers make it the most effective source for quick estimation about a film.

Despite the opinion about general IMDb voting, few would object that the movies which go up to all time Top 250 list are really worth watching and remembering. I think it‘s more important than any awards, so I want to go through last year‘s movies which were added by voters to this unique list.


#210. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I believe it’s a bit of a sympathy vote. The last part of a decade long fantasy series, which engaged all generation to grow together, was not in some way better than the other most distinctive parts. And they should have avoided the very ending of the book – it was embarrassing to hear the audience laugh. But as the symbol of the whole series, this movie is worth to be among the all time best.


#203. The Intouchables

A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.


#148. The Warrior

This is the only position in the list with which I don’t agree. I know the guys did tremendous work and I’m really fond of Tom Hardy, I’m sure he will be the driving force of the new The Dark Knight Rises. But MMA it’s not my cup and in general it’s impossible to get rid of the feeling that you are watching a different version of The Fighter. I know it’s not the case, but can’t help it.


#123. The Artist

As I mentioned already many times before, this is a great achievement and discovery. Who would have thought that a new black and white silent movie will be so successful. Interestingly, The Artist has a second lowest number of voters in the list (to spare your time: the lowest is Harakiri, 1962) which probably means the more movies you have seen, the more you will like it.


A Separation, Iran#68. A Separation

Iranian film phenomenon continues. I read some comment that they manage to make perfect films for the festival goers and critics, which is of course true in this case. As it’s always complicated with such films distribution I still haven’t had a chance to see it so can’t comment. I hope it is not a sympathy vote connected with current situation in the country, but an appreciation of truly cinematic work. Judging by this list and by critics average it’s the best movie of the year, if not a decade.



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