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Last Call Oscar Voters – Top Ten Best Anything

Last Call Oscar Voters – Top Ten Best Anything

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Oscar voters have today to mail their ballots.  Tomorrow is a holiday. Then they have the 2nd and the 3rd and that was all she wrote. It feels crushingly early, way too early, way too soon to shove so many objects into that tiny hole.  Most of them, in fact, have long since been turned in. But here are ten anythings from me.  Hannibal did it to amuse himself. 1….

Best Moments in Film in 2012

Best Moments in Film in 2012

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In alphabetical order, these are the moments in film in 2012 that moved me greatly. Here are a few words about them. There are SPOILERS — fair warning.   Amour I can’t really remember a more powerful or memorable moment in a film than Jean-Louis Trintignant finding a pigeon in his apartment. With his beloved, dying wife all but gone, the pigeon signifies letting go. It is the thing about…

BBC’s Talking Movies Top Ten

BBC’s Talking Movies Top Ten

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Tom Brooks’ Top Ten Films of 2012 – watch the video here.

Roger Ebert’s Best Ten Movie’s of 2012

Roger Ebert’s Best Ten Movie’s of 2012

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Earlier this month, I sustained a hairline fracture of my left hip… That’s the bad news. The worse news is that medications have impaired my ability to write. Because there is curiosity about my list, I present this very abbreviated piece, with the promise I will later revise it, better written, as my ability restores itself. Here then, in alphabetical order, are the Best 10 Films I Saw in 2012:…

Andrew O’Hehir’s 10 Best Movies of 2012

Andrew O’Hehir’s 10 Best Movies of 2012

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1. Wuthering Heights If there’s an element of Terrence Malick-like cinematic abstraction and landscape photography to this “Wuthering Heights,” it feels more pre-modern than postmodern, as if it’s trying to dig backward through all the costume-drama adaptations to the physical, elemental truths of life and love on the frigid moors of Yorkshire. As a visual and sensual out-of-body experience (mention must go to Robbie Ryan, Arnold’s amazing cinematographer), no other…

The Atlantic’s Best Films of 2012, Zero Dark Thirty Tops

The Atlantic’s Best Films of 2012, Zero Dark Thirty Tops

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From The Atlantic: 1. Zero Dark Thirty (accompanying article worth the read) 2. Lincoln 3. Beasts of the Southern Wild 4. The Avengers 5. Moonrise Kingdom 6. The Master 7. Silver Linings Playbook 8. The Cabin in the Woods/Seven Psychopaths 9. Amour 10. Frankenweenie Honorary mention: Argo, Brave, Compliance, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Looper, Les Miserables, Rust and Bone, Rise of the Guardians, The Sessions, Skyfall…

Village Voice critics poll Top 10

Village Voice critics poll Top 10

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86 critics participated in the Voice poll this year.  Full results will published in a few days. Here’s their top ten: 1. “The Master” 2. “Zero Dark Thirty” 3. “Holy Motors” 4. “Moonrise Kingdom” 5. “This is Not a Film” 6. “Amour” 7. “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” 8. “The Turin Horse” 9. “Lincoln” 10. “Tabu”

David Denby Calls Spielberg’s Lincoln, Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty the Best of the Year

David Denby Calls Spielberg’s Lincoln, Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty the Best of the Year

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He writes them in prose (“You provide the prose poems, I’ll provide the war”) but begins: It’s possible that 2012 will be remembered not as the year of the auteur but as the year of inspired writer-director partnerships. The two strongest movies of the year—“Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”—would have been inconceivable without the extensive collaboration between (as Variety would put it) a scribe and a helmer. In Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” you…

Kris Tapley’s Top Ten Films of 2012

Kris Tapley’s Top Ten Films of 2012

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Kris Tapley’s Top Ten (from In Contention) 1. “The Grey” (Joe Carnahan) 2. “Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson) 3. “Looper” (Rian Johnson) 4. “Django Unchained” (Quentin Tarantino) 5. “Amour” (Michael Haneke) 6. “Lincoln” (Steven Spielberg) 7. “Zero Dark Thirty” (Kathryn Bigelow) 8. “Argo” (Ben Affleck) 9. “The Queen of Versailles” (Lauren Greenfield) 10. “The Master” (Paul Thomas Anderson)

The Globe and Mail’s Top 10 of 2012

The Globe and Mail’s Top 10 of 2012

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RICK GROEN’S PICKS: Beasts of the Southern Wild Definitely not to be taken literally, Beasts is an ominous children’s fable, a beautiful tone poem, an allusive allegory and, in the hands of director Benh Zeitlin, an astonishing debut – like crossing the menace of Maurice Sendak with the meaning of Terrence Malick. Holy Motors Ferociously paced, blisteringly smart, Leos Carax’s film is a potent display of imagination that cuts with…