Our favorites of 2012

 Posted by on January 14, 2013
Jan 142013
 

Akron Film+Pixel staff saw a few movies in 2012. Here are our favorites.

Cosmopolis

Robert Pattinson in COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg


Tim Peyton, Film Curator

The Modern Cinephile’s eye is not only obsessed with film, but with all moving images, and also the conversation and writings that shape and guide the eye into the future!

Here is a list some of the things that I have seen for the first time this year that might be called “masterpieces.” These are from no specific time and place and some of them are not even movies. All of them are items that have shaped my viewing and understanding of the world and the world of moving images. In no particular order. Enjoy!

Holy Motors (Carax)
Southland Tales (Kelly)
Red Desert (Antonioni)
Tabu (Gomes)
An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
Paying For It (Brown)
Magic Mike (Soderbergh)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Girls (Dunham)
The Searchers (Ford)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
After the Future (Bifo)
Design for Living (Lubitsch)
Platform (Jia)
Physical Evidence (Jones)
Journey to Italy (Rossellini)
Aoutportrait (Leve)
and the first hour and a half of The Master (Anderson) is just breathtaking.


The Master

Joaquin Phoenix in THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson


Charles Crouch, Equipment Manager

This is Not a Film (Panahi)
Holy Motors (Carax)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Silent Souls (Fedorchenko)
The Turin Horse (Tarr)
Tabu (Gomes)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
The Master (Anderson)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Into the Abyss (Herzog)


Louie

Louis CK and Parker Posey in LOUIE


Steve Felix, Executive Director

No particular order, and TV counts!

Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Anderson draws great performances from young actors. It’s a cynicism killer.
The Queen of Versailles (Greenfield)
Incredible access to perhaps the only funny recession story.
Flight (Zemeckis)
Zemeckis returns to live action with an adult drama that doesn’t betray it’s subject matter.
Damsels in Distress (Stillman)
Stillman doesn’t hold back on the silliness, but after fourteen years, I’ll take it.
The Color Wheel (Perry)
Technically released this year, The Color Wheel is raw and funny and sees itself through to the only logical conclusion.
Louie (CK)
Louis CK makes each episode a stand-alone short film that works on it’s own terms, with no regard for consistent structure. The Parker Posey two-parter tells a more typical truth about chasing an idealized woman than films normally do.
Girls (Dunham)
More unself-conscious comedy.
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
The first film to explore a growing culture that will be important.

Not quite from 2012, but worth mentioning:
Che (Soderbergh)
I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a Soderbergh film, except maybe Ocean’s 12. This four hours in the jungle is beautifully shot. I couldn’t stop thinking about the contrast range achieved on the RED camera.
Another Earth (Cahill)
As low-budget, metaphysical sci-fi, this felt like a spiritual successor to Primer.
Melancholia (Von Trier)
The first Von Trier film I’ve loved.


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI by David Gelb


Andrea Alberti, Creative Consultant

Netflix Streaming has a pretty bad rap for being filled with a lot of basically unwatchable movies. And while for the most part that is true, the documentary section has an excellent selection without having to look that hard. That is why I’ve made my list:
The top five documentaries on Netflix that were way better than I thought they would be:

5. Dark Days (2000, Singer): Homeless New Yorkers living in the unused tunnels of the subway system create a nearly fully functional neighborhood onto itself (electricity! running water …sort of).

4. Indie Game: The Movie (2012, Pajot, Swirsky): If you missed out on it when Akron Film+Pixel screened it earlier this year (like myself), you got your second chance on Netflix.

3. The Parking Lot Movie (2010, Eckman): Originally aired on PBS, this documentary about one group of parking lot attendants delves surprisingly deep into ideas of philosophy and society as a whole.

2. Senna (2010, Kapadia): A documentary about a Formula One driver Ayrton Senna may seem like it would be nothing but high-octane archive footage, but really this film had more drama than an entire season of Gossip Girl.

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011, Gelb): I love sushi as much as the next guy, but I never thought a movie about would make me re-evaluate all of my life choices. One man’s dedication to perfecting a single craft for 70 years with just as much fervor and diligence as his twenty-something apprentices is just fascinating to watch.


Hitchcock

Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in HITCHCOCK by Sacha Gervasi


Cory Sheldon, Creative Consultant

Hitchcock (Gervasi)
The Avengers (Whedon)
Django Unchained (Tarantino)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Wreck-It Ralph (Moore)
Looper (Johnson)
The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan) (I’ll admit, this is considering it as ending the trilogy)
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
Prometheus (Scott)
Skyfall (Mendes)