Best of 2011

Films released last year

Captivating

1. Black Swan
2. We Need to Talk About Kevin
3. Pina
4. Melancholia
5. 127 Hours
6. Meek’s Cutoff
7. Attack the Block
8. Wuthering Heights
9. Hugo
10. Rise of Planet of the Apes

Films Seen Last Year

The end again

1. Apocalypse Now
2. Black Swan
3. It’s a Wonderful Life

4. Bloody Sunday
5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
6. Black Narcissus
7. Amores Perros
8. The Battle of Algiers
9. Battle of Seattle
10. Pina

Books of the year

Grim as it should be

1. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulkes
2. The Master Switch, Tim Yu
3. Hello Everybody, Joris Luyendjik
4. Estates, Lynsey Hanley
5. Delusions of Gender,
Cordelia Fine
6. Small Wars, Sadie Jones
7. The Sense of Ending, Julian Barnes
8. Retromania, Simon Reynolds
9. Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth, Ed Howker & Shiv Malik
10. The Big Short, Michael Lewis

Albums of the year

1. Boulez conducts Stravinsky
2. Verneri Pohjola Aurora
3. Shabazz Palaces Black Up
4. Brahms/Tchaikovsky: Symphonies, New Moscow SO – Bashmet
5. Mercedes Peon SOS
6. Schoenberg/Brahms: Piano Quartet 1, Berlin PO – Rattle
7. Lucian Ban Enescu Re-Imagined
8. Pina
soundtrack
9. Adele 21
10. Roddy Woomble Impossible Songs and Other Songs

Live events of the year

1. The Unthanks, support Trembling Bells, Howard Assembly Rooms – Leeds
2. Broken Glass
by Arthur Miller, Vaudeville Theatre – London
3. Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show, Victoria Hall, Halifax
4. The Unthanks, Hebden Bridge Picturehouse
5. Roddy Woomble, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
6. KT Tunstall, O2 Academy, Leeds
7. Mugyenko Taiko Drummers, The Spa Centre Scarborough
8. Villagers, Brudenell Social Club, Burley
9. Cinderella, Matthew Bourne, Alhambra – Bradford
10. World Press Photo Awards, Royal Festival Hall

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