The Joe’s Favorites of 2011

posted by The Joe


I may no longer write regularly for Switchblade Comb, but I was around for the first half of the year, so hopefully that earns me the right for a one-night-only return with my favorites of 2011. For anyone who might be curious.


1. Ne Change Rien
2. The Trip
3. Last Lions
4. Le Quattro Volte
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Into the Abyss
7. Winnie the Pooh
8. Take Shelter
9. House of Pleasures
10. Nostalgia For the Light

HONORABLE MENTION (alphabetical): 13 Assassins, Drive, The Interrupters, Melancholia, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

PAST FAVORITES: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

I meant to write a bit on each selection, but that currently sounds kind of unpleasant. I will say that while I enjoyed more films this year than last, there were fewer that felt truly outstanding.

#1 is one of the most beautiful, haunting, & hypnotic films I’ve ever seen, and the rest are all quite phenomenal in their own little ways. And yes, in a year full of unusually great action films (Mission: Impossible 4 & Fast 5 just missed the list), Transformers 3 was the most fun I had at the cinema all year. If I must be its sole defender, so be it.


1. An Idiot Abroad
2. Parks & Recreation
3. South Park – “You’re Getting Old/Ass Burgers”
4. Louie – “Country Drive”
5. WWE Money in the Bank 2011 – CM Punk vs. John Cena

SPECIAL INTERNET MENTION: Rock & Roll Ray’s VHS From the Crypt

An Idiot Abroad might just be the funniest show I’ve ever seen. Ever since its perfect season 2, Parks & Rec has remained one of all-time favorite sitcoms. South Park‘s two-parter, so epic that it was mistaken for a surprise series finale, has astonishing gut-punch power. Louie is the most unique show on TV, and I single that particular episode out for its bizarre car ride and gas station visit. And while everything involving CM Punk on WWE was some of the most entertaining TV of 2011, that PPV match was both national sports headline news and also the best match I’ve seen in, oh, seven or so years.

Also, Rock & Roll Ray is awesome.


1. World Order – “Machine Civilization
2. Swedish House Mafia – “Save the World
3. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – “Sun & Moon
4. Karl x Johan – “Flames
5. Bill Callahan – “Riding For the Feeling
6. Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math
7. Gotye – “Bronte
8. Childish Gambino – “Freaks & Geeks
9. Horseback – “Blood Fountain
10. Magnetic Man feat. John Legend – “Getting Nowhere

They’re pretty short. You can fit them all in.

So there you go.


Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 2:11 am