James Mudge’s Best and Most Disappointing Films of 2011

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The Best Films of 2011

Michael Smiley in Kill List (2011) Movie Image

Kill List

“Kill List”, from British writer director Ben Wheatley, is easily one of the year’s most savage, bizarre and memorable films. Mixing “The Wicker Man”, hitman crime drama and the domestic angst of Wheatley’s much praised feature debut “Down Terrace”, the film is a sinister enigma of occult themed madness and violence. Neil Maskell is superbly believable as the increasingly deranged Jay, a down to earth contract killer in middle England who takes on a series of jobs with comrade in arms Gal (the equally impressive Michael Smiley) that gradually drag him into unimaginable darkness. Although the film shows certain similarities with “A Serbian Film”, it’s a truly original work, with Wheatley’s grounded script and taut direction balancing banal suburban drudgery with extreme bestial violence (including some of the year’s most wince inducing gore and torture scenes) to stunning and often darkly amusing effect.

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Author: James Mudge

James is a Scottish writer based in London. He is one of BeyondHollywood.com’s oldest tenured movie reviewer, specializing in all forms of cinema from the Asian continent, as well as the angst-strewn world of independent cinema and the plasma-filled caverns of the horror genre. James can be reached at jamesmudge (at) btinternet.com, preferably with offers of free drinks.
  • X_p

    ive tried to watch “drive” three times and it always either puts me to sleep or i find something more entertaining than Goslings wooden performance. also its the transporter with no sense of humor. not very interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    Great list.

    I was floored when I saw REVENGE: A LOVE STORY. Who thought you would ever root for a guy cutting babies out of pregnant women, but holy shit, that movie brutalizes you until you can barely take it any more.

    YELLOW SEA and DRIVE are also two of the best movies I saw in 2011.

  • Wildgullagow

    Warrior. THE END