Jason Coffman’s No-Frills Top 20 of 2011

| January 12, 2012

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)

About the Author:

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He is author of "The Unrepentant Cinephile," and a regular contributor to Daily Grindhouse and Film Monthly as well as a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He is co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society and proud owner of 35mm prints of Andy Milligan's "Guru, the Mad Monk." Follow his long-form film writing on Medium: www.medium.com/@rabbitroom

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