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2012 (on the big screen)

by Tobi Vail
I would have chosen The Master for an Best Picture but it wasn’t even nominated. I also dug Moonrise Kingdom but ditto. My favorite film of 2012 was probably Sister d by Ursula Meir (although Home is better) I also liked Red Hook Summer a lot. Argo was pretty entertaining but it’s a xenophobic thriller so I can’t really endorse it for political reasons. Lincoln had some great acting but the history felt wrong to me. I preferred Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer for entertainment (I saw it at the drive in). I didn’t really like Silver Linings Playbook at all but I love Jennifer Lawrence and it was cool to see her win in a comic role. Beasts of… Read more

I would have chosen The Master for an Best Picture but it wasn’t even nominated. I also dug Moonrise Kingdom but ditto. My favorite film of 2012 was probably Sister d by Ursula Meir (although Home is better) I also liked Red Hook Summer a lot. Argo was pretty entertaining but it’s a xenophobic thriller so I can’t really endorse it for political reasons. Lincoln had some great acting but the history felt wrong to me. I preferred Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer for entertainment (I saw it at the drive in). I didn’t really like Silver Linings Playbook at all but I love Jennifer Lawrence and it was cool to see her win in a comic role. Beasts of the Southern Wild had it’s moments but it also seemed a bit exploitative. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games and Skyfall and Frankenweenie for movies-you-see-at-the-mall. I loved Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn but don’t think it’s a great film or anything. I loved Your Sister’s Sister for the first 2/3 of the movie and then I thought it was unrealistic. I saw a lot of great movies from 2011 in 2012, like Melancholia, Pariah, Take Shelter, Etc. I liked Avengers better than Batman or Spiderman but it wasn’t as good as Xmen. A Cat in Paris was cool. The Dictator was pretty funny. Marley tied with Ai Wei Wei for best doc (although my favoirite was actually The Sheik and I, though it didn’t play here, I watched a screener) but Tears of Gaza was the most disturbing/moving. The best movies I saw were probably at one of the film festivals I went too though. Qarantina, Target, Free Men, The Lonliest Planet were all great. Also, Almayer’s Folley, Caesar Must Die and Night Across the Street.

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