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My Top 20 Films Of 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 29, 2012 by bookofdread

I love these types of lists, so here you go. Last year I made a top 15 and the last five were maybes. This year I intend on revisiting all 20 of these films plenty!

20. The Grey – Joe Carnahan


Liam Neeson breaks your heart as he rages against the dying of the light. This film is nearly flawless, and the only reason in ranks so low for me is that viewing it is so draining I can’t really do it that often. That being said, Neeson and Carnahan team up for the best movie ever based on a tale Jack London never wrote.

19. Frankenweenie – Tim Burton


Tim Burton makes his best and funniest film since Mars Attacks! I never would have thought that this would be the film to end is streak of bland but it rules in ways only a film made by Tim Burton can.

18. The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan


A subversive pop-fantasy and an essay on class warfare, TDKR is a brilliant thought bomb exploded into the mass consciousness. While it never reaches the manic highs of The Dark Knight, Nolan effortlessly, (mostly), ties off his trilogy with grace and style.

17.Skyfall – Sam Mendes


The most beautiful film of the year is also a riveting spy thriller loaded with amorality and intrigue. It’s just hard boiled enough to be Frank Miller’s 007 Returns.

16. Combat Girls – David Wnendt


Combat Girls is a fierce drama about rich characters. Alina Levshin is a marvel.

15. Chronicle – Josh Trank


Dane Dehaan is unchained. This film is fucking awesome.

14. Here Comes The Devil – Adrian Garcia Bogliano


Second only to The Cabin in The Woods, Here comes the Devil is nearly the best horror film of the year. The plot kept me guessing till the end, and indulged many of the sicker corners of my mind while performing a high-wire act concerning the morality of the players. A classic.

13. Argo – Ben Affleck


Cool and confident, Argo twists the plot until your wits are what Affleck wrings out. Thrilling.

12. The Raid – Gareth Evans


One of the best action films ever made. The audible moans and cheers heard during screenings of this film made it a true audience experience, an adrenaline rush that pushes you for the entire runtime.

11. Life Of Pi – Ang Lee


Ang Lee’s film is a surreal tone poem that makes bar raising use of the language of 3D cinema.

10. Antiviral – Brandon Cronenberg


Bold, uncompromising and twisted, Antiviral is that type of cutting edge science fiction that sends you out of the theater afraid of the world as it mutates before you. Antiviral is a chilling debut from a stellar talent.

9. Cloud Atlas – Andy and Lana Wachoski and Tom Tykwer


This is one of the most engaging films ever made. It’s a miracle it works, but if you let it, it does.

8. Killer Joe – William Friedkin


The master’s teeth are sharp as ever. Friedkin delivers a sick knife to the gut that goes in so nice.

7. The Avengers – Joss Whedon


I wanted to see this film since I was about four years old and watching it made me feel as though I was getting to see it as four year old, and that’s some kind of magic.

6. The Cabin In The Woods – Drew Goddard


The common thread among horror films is now The Cabin In The Woods. In the pantheon of greatest horror comedies of all time, there are only three films: Ghostbusters, Sean Of The Dead, and now The Cabin In The Woods.

5. Moonrise Kingdom


Avengers made me feel like a kid, Moonrise Kingdom made me angry I’d ever grown up. I bawled like child through the most romantic film of the year.

4. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg


Not subtle but prodding, Cronenberg preaches his weird message to whoever wants to listen. Too often it tends to be risk-taking cineastes, but if casting Robert Pattinson only got a few regular folks into his weird ass movie, it was worth it.

3. John Dies At The End – Don Coscarelli


They Live for the new age. See it and hope they have the balls to make a sequel.

2. Django Unchained


While Cronenberg preaches to the choir, Tarantino is out, front and center, crafting subversive blockbusters for the world to feast upon. Django Unchained is crafted on a level of such supreme sophistication, that film scholars will puzzle over it’s juxtaposition of American white cowboy myth and blaxploitation replacement symbols. DU not only changes the way we view slavery but the way we view the way slavery has thus far been depicted in film.

1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax


Expect the unexpected from this surreal masterpiece. Carax crafts what could end up the best film of the decade, possibly one of the best films of all time? A slippery creature Holy Motors is, never revealing itself completely, it swims in and out of your mind, meaning everything at once.


Mission Statement

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2012 by bookofdread

Why create yet another film blog?


Simple. Because none of the blogs out there satisfy my need for a textual analysis of film. Sure I like film reviews, but the problem is that they focus on new releases, and folks often just want to read whether or not they should go see a film. I have usually decided beforehand what I am going to see, and am more interested in a more academic discussion about these works. I promise an ideological look at the texts of films, an assesment of the characters and what they suggest about the filmmakers worldview, where the themes of the film line up with current events, and most importantly a reading of the murky moralities offered up in films and where they intersect with the world at large. I hope those of you who are looking for a rich discussion of film will find one more click during your day over here.

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