Here it is again, my annual round-up of films of the year. There's not much to separate the first four. Any one of them really could fill the top spot, but just to make things neat and tidy I've given them all their own number.
I'd love to be a bit more insightful about them all, but I held off putting the list together for so long to actually craft some genuinely profound things to say about them all would have delayed it even longer. In fact I'm not going to say much about them at all. They all have strong scripts, direction and acting, some were funny, some sad, one in particular quite difficult to watch. If you want to know more about any of them you've not seen there's the links to their websites and trailers to view.
1. Submarine (UK release date 18th March)
Directed by Richard Ayoade
Screenplay by Richard Ayoade
Based on the novel 'Submarine' by Joe Dunthorne
Starring: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins
2. Animal Kingdom (UK release date 25th February)
Written and directed by David Michôd
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton, James Frecheville
Here's a link to play or download former Creative Screenwriting editor Jeff Goldsmith's podcast with director David Michôd and stars James Frecheville and Jacki Weaver.
3. The Guard (UK release date 19th August)
Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Michael Og Lane, David Wilmot, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan
4. Drive (UK release date 23rd September)
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenplay by Hossein Amini
Based on the novel 'Drive' by James Sallis
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks
Here's Jeff Goldsmith's interview with director Nicolas Winding Refn.
5. Super 8 (UK release date 5th August)
Written and directed by J. J. Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths
Play or download Jeff Goldsmith's interview with J. J. Abrams here.
6. Snowtown (UK release date 18th November)
Directed by Justin Kurzel
Screenplay by Shaun Grant
Story by Shaun Grant and Justin Kurzel
If you've already seen the film, you might want to watch the 55 minute documentary below about the real case.
7. Crazy, Stupid, Love (UK release date 23rd September)
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Written by Dan Fogelman
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Analeigh Tipton, Kevin Bacon
8. The King's Speech (UK release date 7th January)
Directed by Tom Hooper
Screenplay by David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
9. The Fighter (UK release date 2nd February)
Directed by David O. Russell
Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams
10. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (UK release date 16th September)
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds
Jeff Goldsmith's interview with co-writer Peter Straughan is here.
11. The Ides of March (UK release date 28th October)
Directed by George Clooney
Screenplay by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Based on the play 'Farragut North' by Beau Willimon
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood
12. Win Win (UK release date 20th May)
Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young,
Jeff Goldsmith interviews writer-director Thomas McCarthy and actors Jeffrey Tambor and Melanie Lynskey here.
13. Terri (No UK cinema release)
Directed by Azazel Jacobs
Written by Patrick DeWitt
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton
An interview with director Azazel Jacobs on Film School Rejects.
14. Bobby Fischer Against the World (UK release date 15th July)
Directed by Liz Garbus
15. Moneyball (UK release date 25th November)
Directed by Bennett Miller
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
16. Barney's Version (UK release date 28th January)
Directed by Richard J. Lewis
Screenplay by Michael Konyves
Based on the novel 'Barney's Version' by Mordecai Richler
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman
An mp3 of The Collider's interview with Paul Giamatti is here.
A short segment on the book's author Mordecai Richler is below.
17. Bridesmaids (UK release date 24th June)
Directed by Paul Feig
Screenplay by Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh, Jon Hamm (uncredited)
Jeff Goldsmith's interview with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo is here.
18. Page One: Inside the New York Times (UK release date 23rd September)
Directed by Andrew Rossi
19. Attack The Block (UK release date 13th May)
Written and directed by Joe Cornish
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, Nick Frost
Jeff Goldsmith's interview with Joe Cornish is here.
20. Fire in Babylon (UK release date 20th May)
Directed by Stevan Riley
If you want to see what made the list in 2004-2010 you can do so below.
Tom's Films of 2010
Tom's Films of 2009
Tom’s Films of 2008
Tom’s Films of 2007
Tom’s Films of 2006
Tom’s Films of 2005
Tom’s Films of 2004