Slow Boat to China: Films of the Year 2012

I didn’t keep track of how many fims I saw in total this year, but I would estimate it was somewhere between the two and three hundred mark (including a few rewatches). Of those, 71 were either released in cinemas or went straight to DVD/Blu-Ray (possibly after earlier festival screenings) in the UK in 2012, and it’s those 71 that qualify for inclusion in this list. Disclaimers: I missed a few big ones that are making a lot of other folks’ best-ofs for the year – Holy Motors, TabuThis Is Not A Film – and I haven’t seen any of the listed films more than once, so all of this is going off of 1) first reactions and 2) memories of the film from, in some cases, nearly 12 months ago. Bear in mind, any non-UK readers, that most of the big award season contenders – Lincoln, Django UnchainedZero Dark Thirty – aren’t out here until next year, which may also explain the inclusion of some titles here that made a lot of lists in December 2011. I don’t have the time right now to fill out 3,000 words of capsule reviews as I did for the music list, but I did want to get something up before the year was out, so I’ll hopefully come back and do that over the next few days. Continue reading

15: The Snobs vs. Slobs Fallacy

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This week: bright young thing of film criticism Josh Slater-Williams comes in to talk over a rash of internet-based cine-controversies from the past couple of months – including the “film culture” wars, the Sight & Sound greatest of all time poll, the answer to that list from Hey U Guys and The A.V. Club’s recent countdown of the best films of the 90s – and consider coming of age as a cinephile at the dawn of the internet era. How many bridges do we burn? All of them. All of the bridges.