Moon is an unbelievably effective science fiction film that utilizes subtlety brilliantly. The script is pretty good, but it's the direction of Duncan Jones that makes this fantastic. He captures the feeling of loneliness and humanizes the protagonist so well, making this more than simple sci-fi. However, it's the performance of Sam Rockwell that makes this amazing. It's hard to picture anyone else in the role after seeing Rockwell pull this off so brilliantly. In pretty much every category, this was an enormous snub for the Oscars in 2009.
I try to be cautious my with my perfect scores, but Drive earns it. Director, Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson), takes a n average script (that was actually meant to be a big-budget Hugh Jackman blockbuster) and makes it amazing by giving it the treatment of an indie film. It's brilliantly suspenseful, because it's so subtle. It'll have you on the edge of your seat with almost nothing at all even happening. Then there's that performance from Ryan Gosling, which is just incredible. Now we can mark him as one of the best out there. And Drive is one of the best films of 2011.