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2012 Viewing

by Morgen Ruff
An ongoing compendium of films I’ve seen in 2012. The upper section shows the order in which I saw the films, the list itself is a loose ranking, descending in terms of favorites. An asterisk (*) ahead of the title indicates a theatrical viewing. A carat (^) ahead indicates a repeat viewing (these films won’t appear on the list proper, as I’d like to rank only those films that I’ve seen for the first time this year). A forward slash (/) ahead indicates a short (1-30 mins.) film. A plus sign (+) ahead indicates a medium length (31-60 mins.) film. January: THE MISFITS (1961, John Huston, U.S.) — 9/10 *COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY… Read more

An ongoing compendium of films I’ve seen in 2012. The upper section shows the order in which I saw the films, the list itself is a loose ranking, descending in terms of favorites.

An asterisk (*) ahead of the title indicates a theatrical viewing.
A carat (^) ahead indicates a repeat viewing (these films won’t appear on the list proper, as I’d like to rank only those films that I’ve seen for the first time this year).
A forward slash (/) ahead indicates a short (1-30 mins.) film.
A plus sign (+) ahead indicates a medium length (31-60 mins.) film.


January:

THE MISFITS (1961, John Huston, U.S.) — 9/10
*COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982, Robert Altman, U.S.) — 7/10
*WANDA (1970, Barbara Loden, U.S.) — 8/10

February:

THE COLOR WHEEL (2011, Alex Ross Perry, U.S.) — 9/10
^IMPOLEX (2009, Alex Ross Perry, U.S.) — 7/10
*PINA (2011, Wim Wenders, Germany) — 9/10
*THE TURIN HORSE (2011, Béla Tarr, Hungary) — 10/10
*/A PREFACE TO RED (2011, Jonathan Schwarz, U.S.) — 7/10
*/BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT (2011, Mary Helena Clark, U.S.) — 5/10
*/IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS (2011, Fern Silva, Brazil/U.S.) — 6/10 (not on Mubi)
*/SOUNDING GLASS (2011, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Germany) — 9/10
*/SACK BARROW (2011, Ben Rivers, U.K.) — 9/10
*/SEA SERIES #10 (2011, John Price, Canada) — 6/10
THIS IS NOT A FILM (2011, Jafar Panahi, Iran) — 9/10
*ETERNITY (2010, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Thailand) — 7/10

March:

*KILL LIST (2011, Ben Wheatley, U.K.) — 8/10
*^THE BIG SLEEP (1946, Howard Hawks, U.S.) — 9/10
*NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947, Edmund Goulding, U.S.) — 4/10
*SCARLET STREET (1945, Fritz Lang, U.S.) — 10/10
*^RED DESERT (1964, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy) — 10/10

April:

AN EDUCATION (2009, Lone Scherfig, U.K.) — 4/10
*GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING (2011, Corinna Belz, Germany) — 9/10
THIEF (1981, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 7/10
TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935, Leni Riefenstahl, Germany) — 7/10
WHY WE FIGHT: PRELUDE TO WAR (1943, Frank Capra and Anatole Litvak, U.S.) — 7/10
^HEAT (1995, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 9/10
THE COVE (2009, Louie Psihoyos, U.S.) — 5/10

May:

^HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. (1974, Barbara Kopple, U.S.) — 9/10
LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 3/10
INSIDE JOB (2010, Charles Ferguson, U.S.) — 8/10
*MANHUNTER (1986, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 5/10
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO (2007, Daniel Karslake, U.S.) — 7/10
^THE INSIDER (1999, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 9/10
*LA BOCCA DEL LUPO (2009, Pietro Marcello, Italy) — 8/10
^THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988, Errol Morris, U.S.) — 7/10
^COLLATERAL (2004, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 6/10
^PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 8/10
DRIVE (2011, Nicolas Winding Refn, U.S.) — 5/10
*MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012, Wes Anderson, U.S.) — 7/10

June:

^*THE COLOR WHEEL (2011, Alex Ross Perry, U.S.) — 9/10 (still)
^MIAMI VICE (2006, Michael Mann, U.S.) — 7/10
MY DARLING CLEMETINE (1946, John Ford, U.S.) — 7/10
THE SEARCHERS (1956, John Ford, U.S.) — 6/10
JERICHOW (2008, Christian Petzold, Germany) — 6/10
RED RIVER (1948, Howard Hawks, U.S.) — 7/10
DERRIDA (2002, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, U.S.) — 5/10

July:

VAMPIRE’S KISS (1988, Robert Bierman, U.S.) — 7/10
RIO BRAVO (1959, Howard Hawks, U.S.) — 8/10
*EL VELADOR / THE NIGHTWATCHMAN (2011, Natalia Almada, Mexico/U.S.) — 8/10
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1979, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany) — 9/10
*^THE GRAND ILLUSION (1937, Jean Renoir, France) — 10/10
*NE CHANGE RIEN (2009, Pedro Costa, Portugal/France) — 10/10
HEARTS AND MINDS (1974, Peter Davis, U.S.) — 9/10
RIO GRANDE (1950, John Ford, U.S.) — 7/10
*^DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978, Terrence Malick, U.S.) — 9/10
INNOCENCE UNPROTECTED (1968, Dušan Makavejev, Yugoslavia) — 7/10
THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942, Frank Tuttle, U.S.) — 6/10
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006, Laura Poitras, U.S.) — 9/10 (not on Mubi)

August:

THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942, Preston Sturges, U.S.) — 7/10
ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939, Howard Hawks, U.S.) — 8/10
^THE INTRUDER (2004, Claire Denis, France) — 9/10
LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953, Ray Ashley/Morris Engel/Ruth Orkin, U.S.) — 7/10
ON THE BOWERY (1957, Lionel Rogosin, U.S.) — 8/10
^BLOOD (1989, Pedro Costa, Portugal) — 10/10

September:

*MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (2012, Matthew Akers, U.S.) — 8/10
*^PICKPOCKET (1959, Robert Bresson, France) — 9/10
*THE DEVIL, PROBABLY (1977, Robert Bresson, France) — 10/10
*THE PROWLER (1951, Joseph Losey, U.S.) — 9/10
*THE HUNTED (1948, Jack Bernhard, U.S.) — 6/10 (not on Mubi)
*NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (1946, Jean Negulesco, U.S.) — 7/10
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (2003, Thom Andersen, U.S.) — 10/10
TO DIE LIKE A MAN (2009, João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal) — 8/10

October:

*TORSE (1977, Charles Atlas, U.S.) — 9/10 (not on Mubi)
*THE MASTER (2012, Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S.) — 9/10
*BARBARA (2012, Christian Petzold, Germany) — 8/10
DRESSED TO KILL (1980, Brian De Palma, U.S.) — 2/10
THE ART OF THE STEAL (2009, Don Argott, U.S.) — 7/10
CHOCOLAT (1988, Claire Denis, France) — 8/10
THE WARPED ONES (1960, Koriyoshi Kurahara, Japan) — 7/10

November:

*BEAUTY IS EMBARRASING (2012, Neil Berkeley, U.S.) — 7/10
CASA DE LAVA (1994, Pedro Costa, Portugal) — 10/10
PUTNEY SWOPE (1969, Robert Downey Sr., U.S.) — 8/10
JOHNNY GUITAR (1954, Nicholas Ray, U.S.) — 10/10
DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933, Ernst Lubitsch, U.S.) — 8/10
PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD) (2012, Grant Gee, U.K.) — 8/10

December:

THE LADY EVE (1941, Preston Sturges, U.S.) — 9/10
BABY FACE (1933, Alfred E. Green, U.S.) — 7/10
*CHASING ICE (2012, Jeff Orlowski, U.S.) — 5/10
THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931, William A. Wellman, U.S.) — 5/10
*HOLY MOTORS (2012, Leos Carax, France) — 7/10
FORTY GUNS (1957, Samuel Fuller, U.S.) — 8/10

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