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The Top 10 Films of 2012

The end of cinema? Hardly.

4. Attenberg

When I try to imagine which 2012 release I'd show the 16-year-old version of me, it would be Athina Rachel Tsangari's spunkily touching tale of a young woman coming of age in a Greece that's falling apart.

3. Moonrise Kingdom

The most beautiful film of the year.

2. Holy Motors

The most film of the year.

1. The Master

In a year teeming with auteurist takes on historical moments, it was Paul Thomas Anderson who created the most convincing, compelling, and piercingly cinematic map of what it felt like to be alive at an incredibly specific point in time. An unshakable nightmare counterpoint to the postwar American Dream.

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johanwingard
johanwingard

@evarab Och jag har inte sett en enda! Skandal men typiskt förälder till 2-åring. ;-)

bradman81
bradman81

This is not a weal list. Clearly, this VV film reviewer who put this list together should, at best, be writing reviews for her high school newspaper, and the comments have even less validity than the film choices. shame! on VV for having a film critic with such a deep seated multiplex sense of film.

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Like most, I loved Reservoir Dogs and PF. Nobody (and I mean nobody) like Django. Except this reviewer. Hmm...

msamysteele
msamysteele

@FocusFeatures @villagevoice what a coincidence! #AnnaKarenina and #MoonriseKingdom made the Entertainment Realm Top 12 Film list too!

LewisBostock
LewisBostock

@nictate Love @KarinaLongworth's top 10 list. Great to see she picked Chronicle too.

SharpJesseKnife
SharpJesseKnife

@nictate @KarinaLongworth ATTENBERG. ATTENBERG ATTENBERG ATTENBERG. ATTENBERG.

artistofideas
artistofideas

@nictate "Holy Motors - The most film of the year" (So I guess I should see that one;-) @karinalongworth

jack
jack

Nice inclusion of both Chronicle and Rust and Bone. I would have added Killing Me Softly to that list which is one the best and most underrated films of recent years. 

Jacobunny
Jacobunny

@nictate Nice. I always enjoy reading @KarinaLongworth's writing. A few that haven't come this way yet & I totally forgot abt CHRONICLE too!

filmawardsshow
filmawardsshow

@MattDentler @karinalongworth also my favorite #TheMaster

evarab
evarab

@johanwingard Ska du se någon ska du nog se The Master. Den är med på alla årslistor. Luktar Oscarsbomineringar lång väg.

evarab
evarab

@johanwingard Inte jag heller Men jag var jättenära att se Moonrise Kingdom en kväll!

nictate
nictate

@LewisBostock Cool. I need to catch up with CHRONICLE.

nictate
nictate

@SharpJesseKnife @KarinaLongworth Ha. I don't understand you #teamshoulderblade members, but God bless.

nictate
nictate

@artistofideas Yes. "Must-see" gets thrown around a lot, but it really applies here.

nictate
nictate

@Jacobunny Cool! I was going to skip CHRONICLE, but based on her description I'll give it a try.

insequential
insequential

@SharpJesseKnife @KarinaLongworth ATTENBERG didn't do much for me either, @nictate. Eager to check out L and ALPS, though.

artistofideas
artistofideas

@nictate The "Amen" at the end of the trailer is quite persuasive. :-)

Jacobunny
Jacobunny

@nictate CHRONICLE is good fun. Well, dark, but nicely pulled togther for an ostensibly rough film. Plus has some originality going for it.

JigsawLounge
JigsawLounge

@nictate many critics didn't share my enthusiasm, it should be pointed out, but of the post-2000 horror remakes it's surely the classiest

nictate
nictate

@JigsawLounge Intriguing.

JigsawLounge
JigsawLounge

@nictate the audacity of how the script deals with the story knocked my socks off.

nictate
nictate

@JigsawLounge Interesting. I'll stay on the lookout for LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.

nictate
nictate

@insequential ALPS holds a special place in my heart as the first film @SharpJesseKnife and I saw as friends. It's flawed, but fascinating.

JigsawLounge
JigsawLounge

@insequential @SharpJesseKnife @nictate oof! L! Only Greek-directed film of the last few years I've "got" is Iliadis' LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

nictate
nictate

@artistofideas Ha. Not too much. That's awesome!

artistofideas
artistofideas

@nictate (I follow archetypically... and you are the highest quality representative of, um, what you represent. [Too much? lol])

nictate
nictate

@artistofideas That is a big compliment! Thank you.

artistofideas
artistofideas

@nictate Meta PS: My sometimes faltering faith in film is kept aloft by your spirited gusts of enthusiasm (even if we Madmenly disagree ;-)

nictate
nictate

@artistofideas Ha. The film acts as a commentary on cinema and "progress," which I think you'll appreciate.

 

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