34: Fucking Funny as Fuck

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This week: it’s the first film episode of the year to deal with new releases, and we have a metric fuckton to get through between the remnants of awards season and this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, with new work from such major names as Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Lars von Trier, Steve McQueen, Spike Jonze, Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch. Continue reading

24: Too Deliberate to be Accidental

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This week: Paul Thomas Anderson bookends the episode, with talk first of his new video for Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” and last of the revelation of watching the extras on his earliest DVDs. In between: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s The World’s End and two epics that, respectively, nearly and actually brought down major studios. Continue reading

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