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Posts tagged "my watching year 2012"
10 great movies I saw this year:
Bernie (2011) - The movie I recommended most to everybody this year. Works for parents, grandparents, hipster friends, etc.
Barry Lyndon (1975) - This movie blew me away. I never considered myself a Kubrick fan, but this made me want to go rewatch all of his movies.
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) - While Jiro Dreams of Sushi was a portrait of heads-down mastery and craft, this film captured the kind of artistic life I’m shooting for — one full of humor, family, and multiple mediums.
Argo (2012) - I remember turning to my wife in the theater and saying, “Is it just me, or is this really good?” Affleck is 3/3.
13 Assassins (2011) - Straight-up, kickass samurai movie.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) - Honestly, although I enjoyed it, I’m tempted to call this one of the most overrated movies of the year, simply because some of my artist friends acted like it unlocked The Secret of Life for them or something. It’s great food porn and a beautiful portrait of a master craftsman, but it’s also a portrait that shows a man completely absorbed in his work, his shadowed sons stuck carrying on his legacy, and his wife literally out of the picture. (At his request, she wasn’t shown/interviewed for the movie.)
Thief (1981) - So badass. The ancestor of Drive.
The Queen of Versailles (2012) - Damn, those filmmakers were lucky.
Haywire (2012) - Best Soderbergh of the year was a tossup between this and Magic Mike. More asses were kicked in this movie, so it wins.
The trailers for The Master (2012) - A movie that was better in my head before I saw it, but still beautiful and technically amazing and wonderfully acted and puzzling and just fucking weird. Can’t wait to rewatch on blu-ray.
10 11 more:
- Magic Mike
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (at least the first 1/3)
- Sound of Noise
- Battle Royale
- The Imposter
- One, Two, Three
- Witness for the Prosecution
(I didn’t get to see Django Unchained.)
Favorite TV: Louie, Game of Thrones, Justified, Girls, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Seinfeld reruns.