Sunday, March 3, 2013

My Definite Cut, 2012


My Definitive Cut is an annual list recognizing the Top 10 Films and 5 Best Directors of each cinematic year. For 2012, I have reviewed 95 theatrically-released films in theaters. That’s 18 more films than last year, so it has been quite productive. Films that can be nominated for this list are 2012 (and some 2011 films) that I have seen in theaters from 01 January 2012 to 28 February 2013. 









There are 19 nominees this year (in alphanumeric order):

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE (Dir. Marc Webb)
AMOUR (Michael Haneke)
ARGO (Ben Affleck)
AVENGERS, THE (Joss Whedon)
DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE (Christopher Nolan)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino)
HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE (Peter Jackson)
LES MISERABLES (Tom Hooper)
MASTER, THE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
MELANCHOLIA (Lars von Trier)
PARANORMAN (Chris Butler & Sam Fell)
PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, THE (Stephen Chbosky)
RAID: REDEMPTION, THE (Gareth Evans)
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Lorene Scafaria)
SEPARATION, A (Asghar Farhadi)
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (David O. Russell)
SIMPLE LIFE, A (Ann Hui)
SKYFALL (Sam Mendes)
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow)

My TOP 10 Films of 2012

4.    ARGO
7.    THE MASTER
8.    PARANORMAN
9.    SKYFALL
10.  AMOUR

Honourable Mention

**MELANCHOLIA (2011 film) – in retrospect a worthy Top 10 Film of 2011
** A SEPARATION (2011 film) – in retrospect a worthy Top 10 Film of 2011

My BEST 5 Directors of 2012
1.    Quentin Tarantino (DJANGO UNCHAINED)
2.    David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK)
3.    Paul Thomas Anderson (THE MASTER)
4.    Ben Affleck (ARGO)
5.    Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)

Honourable Mention
6.    Michael Haneke (AMOUR)

**Lars von Trier (MELANCHOLIA – 2011 film) – in retrospect a worthy Best 5 Director of 2011









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