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Memorable Cinematic Moments of 2011

It was a dark, misanthropic year at the movies, colored by the on-going economic crisis 2011 was full of movies about the end of the world, the ever-widening gap between the haves and have nots, and corruption. However, there was also a large number of funny, hopeful films that demonstrate a more progressive ideology than typically seen at the movies. While I still haven't seen too many of the most talked about films of last year ( i.e. Tree of Life and Melancholia ), my final tally was 95 movies watched this year in the theater. Not too shabby. And these are among my favorites: 1. Poetry (2010) Dir. Chang-dong Lee I saw Poetry at the beginning of the year and it has taken months to fully digest its importance. Early in the film, Mija (Jeong-hie Yun) is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and she is acutely aware of forgetting the names of things, well of forgetting in general. She has enrolled in a poetry class and throughout is attempting to write a poem and to look at th