There remains one month left in the decade, and soon we'll see 2020. This begins the first in a series of articles compiling some of the UCFS execs' favourite films of the past ten years.
The start of a new decade brings new promise and an endless amount of possibilities for the world of film and entertainment. We definitely started off the year with a bang with Kathryn Bigelow’s history making win of the Best Director award at the 82nd annual Academy awards. Her win sparked discussions regarding the wage gap, lack of female filmmakers and what exactly makes a feminist film. The beginning of the decade also served as the start of the end of one of the most popular literary/filmic franchise, Harry Potter. Other highlights? Toy Story 3 busting out as the highest-grossing film of the year, both in terms of money and tears shed from moviegoers, Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout performance in True Grit and the world’s introduction to the term Catfish (and we’re not talking about the animal). But what were the best films of the year? Read below to see what our executives and members picked:
Scout Tafoya of RogerEgbert.com considers 2011 to be the best year for cinema, countering arguments for 1939. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was the highest grossing film of the year, also the highest grossing film in its franchise, and set the single-day and opening-weekend record in the US and Canada. 2011 was also the year that the Shrek franchise became the first animated film series to gross more than $3 billion with the release of Puss in Boots. In world news, Japan was rocked by tsunamis that reached run-up heights (how far the wave surges inland above sea level) of up to 128 feet, causing a level-7 nuclear meltdown. Osama bin Laden was killed, and the world was rocked by the Arab Spring. In good news, over two billion people worldwide watched the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the world was cursed with the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black. 2011 was also the year that the Space Shuttle Discovery launched for the final time after nearly 27 years of spaceflight.