Posted: 01/12/2012


Jason Coffman’s No-Frills Top 20 of 2011


by Jason Coffman

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I thought 2011 was a killer year for film. I saw a lot of great stuff, and this here is a list of my 20 favorite films I saw on the big screen in 2011, with pictures to accompany each selection. Some of them are huge. They’re supposed to be— trust me on this.

20. Love Exposure (dir. Sion Sono)

19. Drive Angry 3D (dir. Patrick Lussier)

18. Kaboom (dir. Gregg Araki)

17. Stake Land (dir. Jim Mickle)

16. Cold Weather (dir. Aaron Katz)

15. Machete Maidens Unleashed (dir. Mark Hartley)

14. Martha Marcy May Marlene (dir. Sean Durkin)

13. Another Earth (dir. Mike Cahill)

12. The Last Circus (dir. Alex de la Iglesias)

11. World on a Wire (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredsson)

9. Hobo with a Shotgun (dir. Jason Eisener)

8. Melancholia (dir. Lars von Trier)

7. Submarine (dir. Richard Ayoade)

6. Attack the Block (dir. Joe Cornish)

5. The Tree of Life (dir. Terence Malick)

4. Marwencol (dir. Jeff Malmberg)

3. Amer (dir. Hélène Cattet and Burno Forzani)

2. Hugo (dir. Martin Scorcese)

1. Drive (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He writes reviews for Film Monthly and “The Crown International Files” for as well as contributing to Fine Print Magazine (

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