Sitting in the Dark With Strangers 2011 – The Rundown

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Inside a Really Nice Theatre

First off, here’s the entire list of films watched this year.

1. Attack the Block
2. Drive
3. The Adventures of Tintin
4. Hugo
5. Rango
6. Submarine
7. Troll Hunter
8. 13 Assassins
9. The Muppets
10. X-Men: First Class
11. Captain America: The First Avenger
12. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
13. Hanna
14. Hobo with a Shotgun
15. Midnight in Paris
16. Real Steel
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
18. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
19. Le Havre
20. Rubber
21. Thor
22. Moneyball
23. Super 8
24. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
25. Resurrect Dead
26. Paul
27. Marwencol
28. Blank City
29. Bridesmaids
30. Source Code
31. Margin Call
32. Red State
33. 30 Minutes or Less
34. Burke and Hare
35. The Adjustment Bureau
36. Your Highness
37. Sucker Punch
38. The Mechanic
39. I Am Number Four
40. Cowboys & Aliens
41. Green Lantern

– Movie attendance by myself was up around 10% higher than it was last year. Also, I’d say that I enjoyed more of the movies I watched this time around! Part of this was due to the fact that I didn’t go to every free screening I got offered. There were a few that looked like absolute stinkers.

– My favorite movie moment this year obviously came from hosting a film series at Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre. Honestly, nothing much can compare to the feeling you get when hundreds of people come in to see a movie that you’re all passionate about. No matter what film we’ve screened so far, there’s always been one person in the city who’s been dying to see it on the big screen again, or for the first time. My city’s not huge, and the repertory theatres in town usually stick to the arthousey-type stuff, so to see genre cinema kind of get its due has been a real treat. Thank you so much to the staff and board of the Metro, and a big thank you to Lady E., who’s crazy idea this whole enterprise was to begin with.

– Other great movie moments this year: seeing David Lynch’s Wild at Heart for the first time; seeing The Passion of Joan of Arc with live musical accompaniment by Smokey! during the Metro’s opening gala weekend; the Saturday Morning Cartoon and Cereal parties, again at Metro; seeing the awesome weirdness that is El Topo during Metro Bizarro; going on the Jay n’ J podcast to promote Graphic Content and talk about The Muppets;

– A movie I saw this year that really affected me but was very difficult to place on a list was Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void. I’ve talked about this film here before, but it really was something else. Seeing that film in a theatre was almost essential to the whole experience, as I don’t know if I would have made it through the thing at home. Challenging, a visual spectacle, many adjectives can be applied to the movie, but it is at its heart an intensely human experience. And now, because I like them so much, here’s the opening credits to Enter the Void again.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy poster

– Things I wish I’d seen this year and still hope to seek out:

A Dangerous Method (opened this week here, yay!)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


Headhunters (hopefully before it gets remade)

A Boy and His Samurai

The Grey

I Saw The Devil

The Guard


In Time

The Artist

Hopefully 2012 is as rich a film-going year to me as 2011 was!

The Author

Matt Bowes is a self-proclaimed cultural commentator/arbiter of good taste from Edmonton, Alberta. He enjoys movies and books, and writes about them sometimes at

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