For the past few days, I've been dropping hints about which films did make it onto my list of the best 20 films of the year by sending out tweets of the titles that didn't make the list.
Look, this whole thing is absurd anyway, so why not have some fun with it? Lists aren't definitive in any way, because they can't be. I can't tell you what movies will mean the most to you in any given year… only which ones meant the most to me. Lists are really the best way for you to gauge a critic, because it's the most revealing moment in a year. This is where every critic lays their tastes bare and says, "This is what ultimately mattered to me about this year." This is the moment where people line up to say, "Wow, I'm glad you included that" and "I'm not sure what that is" and "Are you stupid or drunk or both?"
We do the top ten as a video piece now, and Alex Dorn has put together another knockout look back at my ten favorite films of the year. Remember, I included anything that played any public screening I attended, whether theatrical or at a festival, so some of what I include this year may not hit screens near you until 2012, and some of what you guys saw theatrically this year may have qualified for last year's list for me.