Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Category: 2012 Movies

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012

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Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  3. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  4. The Hunter – Rafi Pitts
  5. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  6. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  7. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  10. Gerhard Richter Painting – Corinna Belz

As Submitted to the Village Voice Poll

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  3. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  4. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Far from Afghanistan – John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo
  6. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  7. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  10. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012

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David Thomson: 5 Best Movies of 2012 (as extracted from his review of Amour in The New Republic)

  1. Amour – Michael Haneke

Also Suggested

  • The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • Dreams of a Life – Carol Morley
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier

Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

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Jaime Christley: 15 Favorite Films of 2012

  1. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  2. Like Someone in Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  3. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  4. Flight – Robert Zemeckis
  5. Apologize [video] – Louis C.K.
  6. Looper – Rian Johnson
  7. Resident Evil: Retribution – Paul W.S. Anderson
  8. Passion – Brian De Palma
  9. Not Fade Away – David Chase
  10. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  11. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  12. Prometheus – Ridley Scott
  13. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  14. No – Pablo Larraín
  15. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012

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Steven D. Greydanus: Top 30 Films of 2012 (as published by The National Catholic Register)

10 Films that Stood Out

  1. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. Barbara – Christian Petzold
  3. Argo – Ben Affleck
  4. The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  5. The Secret World of Arrietty – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  6. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  7. Damsels In Distress – Whit Stillman
  8. Planet of Snail – Yi Seung-jun
  9. I Wish – Hirokazu Koreeda
  10. Anna Karenina – Joe Wright

10 Runners-Up (in alphabetical order)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  • Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – David Gelb
  • Les Misérables – Tom Hooper
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

Honorable Mention

  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • A Cat in Paris – Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
  • First Position – Bess Kargman
  • For Greater Glory – Dean Wright
  • Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
  • The Impossible – Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Monsieur Lazhar – Philippe Falardeau
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
  • Ruby Sparks – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012

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Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2012 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman
  3. Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  5. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  6. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  8. Two Years at Sea – Ben Rivers
  9. Let the Bullets Fly – Jiang Wen
  10. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  11. [tie] In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  12. [tie] Oki’s Movie – Hong Sang-soo

Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012

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Dan Sallitt: Favorite 18 Films of 2012 (limited to films that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2012)

  1. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  2. Michael – Markus Schleinzer
  3. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Alms for a Blind Horse – Gurvinder Singh
  5. Amour – Michael Haneke
  6. This Must Be the Place – Paolo Sorrentino
  7. Generation P – Victor Ginzburg
  8. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  9. Attenberg – Athina Rachel Tsangari
  10. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  11. Neighboring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  12. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

Runners-up

  • Bernie – Richard Linklater
  • The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  • Goodbye First Love – Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Happy Few [Four Lovers] – Antony Cordier
  • Artificial Paradises – Yulene Olaizola
  • and maybe even Killing Them Softly – Andrew Dominik

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012

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Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2012 [see also 2017, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  3. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  4. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  6. Viola – Matías Piñeiro
  7. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  8. autrement, la Molussie – Nicolas Rey
  9. Neighboring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  10. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson

Honourable Mentions

  • Barbara – Christian Petzold
  • Bestiaire – Denis Côté
  • Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  • In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  • Room 237 – Rodney Ascher

Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012

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Kristopher Tapley: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by HitFix)

  1. The Grey – Joe Carnahan
  2. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  3. Looper – Rian Johnson
  4. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  5. Amour – Michael Haneke
  6. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  7. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  8. Argo – Ben Affleck
  9. The Queen of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  10. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012

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Dennis Harvey: Top 25 Narrative Films of 2012 (alphabetically, as published by The SF Bay Guardian, which also includes his top 10 documentaries)

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Bernie – Richard Linklater
  • The Eye of the Storm – Fred Schepisi
  • Fat Kid Rules the World – Matthew Lillard
  • Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  • Girl Walk // All Day – Jacob Krupnick
  • Hermano – Marcel Rasquin
  • Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  • The Hunter – David Nettheim
  • In Darkness – Agnieszka Holland – pictured
  • Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  • Klown – Mikkel Nørgaard
  • Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Michael – Markus Schleinzer
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • Natural Selection – Robbie Pickering
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  • Safety Not Guaranteed – Colin Trevorrow
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
  • Sister – Ursula Meier
  • Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  • 21 Jump Street – Phil Lord and Chris Miller
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Rich Moore

David Denby: 11 Best Films of 2012

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David Denby: 11 Best Films of 2012 (as extracted from his year-end roundup in The New Yorker, with some reflection of their implied order)

  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Argo – Ben Affleck
  • This is 40 – Judd Apatow
  • Arbitrage – Nicholas Jarecki
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Detropia – Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
  • The Central Park Five – Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
  • The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh