Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 30 Films of 2012

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Let’s all just admit that 2012 started to get a little weird towards the end. At least Stateside, anyway. There was all that unpleasant political stuff going on; somehow rape became a gift and then it was bad again; and there was that inclement weather along the East Coast that totally had nothing to do with man-made climate change. Amid all this socialecological turmoil, we shouldn’t blame you for missing some pretty big news in the world of cinema. But we will, anyway.

After all, this year we said goodbye to one controversial auteur (Béla Tarr) and adopted a different personal pronoun for another (Lana Wachowski). Whit Stillman finally made another film after a nearly 15-year hiatus (Damsels In Distres), brilliantly showcasing the talent of Generation Me’s answer to Chloë Sevigny (Greta Gerwig). Plus, any year that a Zachary Oberzan film comes out (Your brother. Remember?) is a good year for movies. Thankfully, all that Mayan apocalypse dreck ran its course a couple years ago, leaving room for some more rarefied grapplings with the end of all things (Tarr’s number-one stunner, The Turin Horse). And all that IRL political stuff we mentioned earlier? Not nearly as troubling as 5 Broken Cameras or This Is Not A Film, movies that managed so brilliantly to elucidate the very real human loss of geopolitical conflict.

But what really blew us away this year weren’t the super-good films that defied convention or made grand political statements. Instead, we were left with our mouths agape by films helmed by auteurs confident enough to be okay simply ignoring convention, never feeling the need to prove anything outside the piece of work at hand, some of which were at ease merely reveling in the sheer virtuosity of their principal actors’ performances (The Master). Oh, and Béla, you’ll be missed. –PAUL BOWER

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  1. 1 new

    Five Broken Cameras

    2011, in 1 top list Check
  2. 2 new

    Book chon bang hyang

    2011 — a.k.a. The Day He Arrives, in 3 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Abendland

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Alpeis

    2011 — a.k.a. Alps, in 0 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    The Loneliest Planet

    2011, in 1 top list Check
  6. 6 new

    O Som ao Redor

    2012 — a.k.a. Neighboring Sounds, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Bernie

    2011, in 2 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Dalpaengee eui byeol

    2011 — a.k.a. Planet of Snail, in 0 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    Amour

    2012, in 10 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Prometheus

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    Cosmopolis

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    Patience (After Sebald)

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    The Color Wheel

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    Michael

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    Magic Mike

    2012, in 1 top list Check
  16. 16 new

    Le gamin au vélo

    2011 — a.k.a. The Kid with a Bike, in 3 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Monsieur Lazhar

    2011, in 2 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    The Comedy

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Looper

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Holy Motors

    2012, in 6 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!

    2012, in 1 top list Check
  22. 22 new

    Damsels in Distress

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    In film nist

    2011 — a.k.a. This Is Not a Film, in 1 top list Check
  25. 25 new

    Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

    2011 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, in 6 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Oslo, 31. august

    2011 — a.k.a. Oslo, August 31st, in 2 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Moonrise Kingdom

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    The Master

    2012, in 3 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    A torinói ló

    2011 — a.k.a. The Turin Horse, in 6 top lists Check
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