Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Films of 2012

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1. The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)
2. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)                      
3. Intouchables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, considered 2011 by IMDB)
4. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
5. Cloclo/My Way (Florent Emilio Siri)
6. Barbara (Christian Petzold)
7. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
8. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)
9. Flight (Robert Zemeckis)
10. Paris Manhattan (Sophie Lellouche)

Honorable Mentions:
11. Bienvenue parmi nous (Jean Becker) 
12. Electrick Children (Rebecca Thomas)
13. Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter)
14. End of Watch (David Ayer)
15. De rouille et d’os/Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard)
16. Kahaani (Sujoy Ghosh)
17. Frankenweenie (Tim Burton)
18. To Rome with Love (Woody Allen)
19. Promised Land (Gus van Sant)
20. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda)
Actress of the Year: Emilie Dequenne (A perdre la raison/Our Children)

Best Actor of the Year: Denzel Washington (Flight)
Honorable Mention: Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)

Best Writers: Matt Damon & John Krasinski (Promised Land)

Best Director: Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Clown: Brazil's Best Foreign Language Submission at the 85th Academy Awards


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The Clown evokes Charlie Chaplin and Federico Fellini.  After a slow start, the laughs started rolling in.

I will report on the submissions from Austria, Belgium, France, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland soon. So far, the best contender is Intouchables from France which I included in the Top 5 Films this April.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Top Five Films of November, 2012

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Deep Cover (1992, Bill Duke)

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Flight (2012, Robert Zemeckis)

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Frankenweenie (2012, Tim Burton)

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Ginger & Rosa (2012, Sally Potter)

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Koko, le gorille qui parle/Koko, The Talking Gorilla (1978, Barbet Schroeder)