Top 20 2012

Ranking the best movies I saw in 2012.
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1.
Like Someone in Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. (109 mins.)
“ A masterful lesson on film suspense that reveals the changes of a culture from generation to generation in an extremely intimate setting. It is also a tribute to the great Yasujiro Ozu. ” - frentetv6
 
2.
In Another Country (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort. (89 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ Theme and variations. A experimental comedy with a keen eye on details; where male and female, different cultures and social status collide. ” - frentetv6
 
3.
J. Edgar (2011)
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J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. (137 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ A biopic film from a controversial character it's an excuse to talk about the contradictory nature of man. Shame and pride as antagonistic as inevitable. ” - frentetv6
 
4.
Guilty of Romance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment... (144 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ The awakening from alienation. Decadence as an alternative to conformity. Is it really a pessimistic film? I think the key it's on the title. ” - frentetv6
 
5.
Holy Motors (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ The disappearance of the individual through several masks on an abstract setting. Seeking refuge from the outside world in an embrace of the absurd. ” - frentetv6
 
6.
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ The big explosion becomes an implosion when the factual and spiritual world are confined to a room. I guess Ferrara it's also interested in asking if man it's really free. ” - frentetv6
 
7.
Tabu (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa. (118 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
“ Talking about the present through the past in both story and style. Two parallels, and yet, very different characters reveal the true complexity behind what's apparent. ” - frentetv6
 
8.
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ Lots of authors used to say that the theme Nature vs. Man it's in the heart of almost every Western. This film, that in many ways it's a tribute to John Ford, it's about how Technology replaced Nature. ” - frentetv6
 
9.
The Ditch (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
It recounts the harrowing story of life at one of Mao's camps, at the end of the fifties, where 'rightists' were sent to be 're-educated through labor'. (112 mins.)
Director: Bing Wang
“ Sometimes like a horror movie, others like a documentary, this film shows the basic principle of a dictatorship. It's the same coming from the right or, like in this case, from the left: A war versus intelligence. ” - frentetv6
 
10.
Cosmopolis (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. (109 mins.)
“ Cronenberg translates the almost epic nature of the original novel with an economy of resources that very effectively portrays the ennui of an era. ” - frentetv6
 
11.
Tatsumi (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A story based on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a mangaka known for his gekiga style of alternate Japanese manga. (96 mins.)
Director: Eric Khoo
 
12.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
13.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
Faust (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. (140 mins.)
 
15.
Killer Joe (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
 
16.
Hard Labor (2011)
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Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store... (99 mins.)
 
17.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
18.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
19.
Dark Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound. (86 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
20.
Frankenweenie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton