Dec 18, 2012

2012 Best and Worst And Everything In Between

This was a good year for movies. These are films I saw during 2012. As I recall them, some of them have made an indelible impression while others, even as I loved them coming out of the theater, fizzle out in memory. Some gain in estimation, while the hatred I have for the ones at the bottom of the barrel has not abated.
Some of the following films have not been released yet. I am missing several major ones, opening this week and next, which will be added in the coming days.

Amour. Michael Haneke
Rust And Bone. Jacques Audiard
Caesar Must Die. Vittorio and Paolo Taviani
Beyond The Hills. Cristi Mungiu
Like Someone In Love. Abbas Kiarostami 
The Gatekeepers. Dror Moreh

Very Good
Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino
Bernie. Richard Linklater
Life Of Pi. Ang Lee
Alps. Giorgos Lanthimos
Argo. Ben Affleck
Robot And Frank. Jake Schreier
Celeste And Jesse Forever. Lee Toland Krieger
The Queen Of Versailles. Lauren Greenfield 
Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry. Alison Klayman
Polisse. Maïwenn
Headhunters. Morten Tyldum
Monsieur Lazhar. Phillipe Falardeau
Tabu. Miguel Gomes

Lincoln. Steven Spielberg
No. Pablo Larraín
Hitchcock. Sacha Gervasi
Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell 
Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
Frances Ha. Noah Baumbach
The Bay. Barry Levinson. 
The Cabin In The Woods. Drew Goddard 
Fill The Void. Rama Burshtein
A Late Quartet. Yaron Zilberman
The Dictator. Sacha Baron Cohen
Wanderlust. David Wain
The Woman In Black. James Watkins
Skyfall. Sam Mendes
Barbara. Christian Petzold
Our Children. Joachim Lafosse

Good but Flawed
The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson
Sound Of My Voice. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij
The Sessions. Ben Lewin 
Footnote. Joseph Cedar 
The Deep Blue Sea. Terence Davies 
Bachelorette. Leslye Headland
How To Survive A Plague. David France

More Flawed Than Good

Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow
This is 40. Judd Apatow 
This Must Be The Place. Paolo Sorrentino

Flight. Robert Zemeckis
Anna Karenina. Joe Wright
We Have A Pope. Gianni Moretti
Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh
Dark Horse. Todd Solondz
Cosmopolis. David Cronenberg 
Something in The Air. Olivier Assayas
The Impossible. J.A. Bayona
Cloud Atlas. The Wachowskis, Tom Twyker
Goodbye, First Love. Mia Hansen Love
Arbitrage. Nicholas Jarecki
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. John Madden 
Take This Waltz. Sarah Polley
Killing Them Softly. Andrew Dominik

The Pits
You Ain't Seen Nothing YetAlain Resnais 
Les Miserables. Tom Hooper
Holy Motors. Leos Carax
Ginger And Rosa. Sally Potter

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