James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) is his finest moment. One of the rare sequels that is at as great as its predecessor, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), if not surpassing it outright. "Aliens" is a masterful cinematic achievement that is perhaps the most unrelentingly intense film ever made. The 1991 director's cut, which adds 17 minutes to the theatrical release, is my preferred version. Highly recommended.
"Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is a hard-boiled, black comedy film noir. Featuring great chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer, and an incredibly clever and sharply-written screenplay by director Shane Black, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" flew under the radar upon its release in 2005, but it has since developed a cult status among its devoted fans. I consider it one of my favorite films of the last decade. Highly recommended.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tomas Alfredson directs this adaptation of John Le Carre's thrilling Cold War-era spy novel that casts Gary Oldman as a retired secret agent who is pulled back into the game to ferret out a Soviet agent in MI6.
David Fincher is the only director who could have remade what was already a very good movie. It almost makes me think that the book was written with Fincher's signature visual style in mind. I watched the original twice, including the night before I saw Fincher's version. One of my favorites of 2011.
With terrific acting and a killer New Wave-influenced soundtrack, Drive was the best film of 2011. Great performances from the entire cast, including Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks (you'll never look at him the same way again), Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Carey Mulligan.