The Top 10 Films of 2012


One of the most depressing films I’ve ever seen, Michael Haneke’s uncompromising, unglamorous look at the end of a long and fulfilling relationship is also one of the most haunting movies I’ve seen in a really long time. Despite its title, Amour is at least as much about the indignity of death as it is the perseverance of love and the delicate Amourpersistence of life in the face of one’s own mortality. It’s a wrenching, deeply moving portrait of the end of a life-long love affair that is remarkable not only for its depth but also that the couple, Georges and Anne, have had a rather charmed life together. So it seems especially cruel that fate takes Anne not in a tragedy or in any kind of bittersweet passing but in the slow devastation of stroke. Starring titans of French cinema Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, and co-starring Isabelle Huppert as their daughter, Amour is a painfully raw and honest examination of life and death, framed by Haneke’s spare and unsparing lens. Continue reading “The Top 10 Films of 2012”

Spring movie preview: April

With only one month to go before the uber-competitive summer season starts, April is bit softer as the studios wind down from March and gear up for May. There are a handful of releases that could hit in a big way but mostly, it’s middle of the road fare all the way, nothing super ambitious going on. Except for The Pirates! Band of Misfits because stop-motion animation is always ambitious. Continue reading “Spring movie preview: April”

Spring movie preview: March

I am the WORST. Totally forgot to do this for February. But that’s probably best since it just would have been me trying to find different ways to say “This movie sucks ass” for two thousand words. Anyway, we’re on to March now, and the movies are taking a dramatic upturn for the better. This year, March is something of a “little summer” season, with a couple of potential blockbusters, and one movie I am dying to see…which is actually coming out in April. Continue reading “Spring movie preview: March”

Short notes and brief thoughts: Round 2

Updating my biggest summer grosses list

Originally I thought that the top five grosses of the summer would belong to Transformers 3, Harry Potter 7-2, The Hangover Part II, Cars 2 and Super 8. However, Cars 2 and Super 8 have not met my expectations ($250 million + for Cars 2 and $220 million for Super 8), so I am reconsidering my list. I’m sticking with my top three and changing out the final two. It crushes me to do this, because the movie sucked so bad, but I’m going to have to put Pirates of the Caribbean: Arr give me your money on the list. It’s already made more than $237 million. I’m so depressed right now.

The updated Top Five:

Transformers 3

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The Hangover Part II

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