First, a note about inclusiveness. Because I don’t live in an urban area, there are a lot of films each year that are impossible to find. If I would have had to hop a flight to L.A. to see the movie, it’s not going to show up here. I am, after all, a broke print journalist of the ol’ Chevrolet Set. That also means films that were seen by the tastemakers last year – and one from as far back as 2007 – are fair game. Similarly, I don’t exclude direct-to-video releases or documentaries. If the film fired the right synapses, it doesn’t matter how it was created or where I saw it.
Without further ado, some honorable mentions that just missed my list: The American (USA, dir. Anton Corbijn); Carlos (France/Germany, dir. Olivier Assayas); Fish Tank (UK, dir. Andrea Arnold); Life During Wartime (USA, dir. Todd Solondz); and Unthinkable (USA, dir. Gregor Jordan).Read less