- Red River (1948) directed by Howard Hawks, stars John Wayne, Montgomery Clift
Possibly the perfect Western. (my review here)
- Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench
An exhilarating combination of new and old which remakes the Bond franchise. (my review here)
- Life of Pi (2012) directed by Ang Lee, stars Suraj Sharma
One castaway boy, one raft, one Bengal tiger ... and God. (my review here)
- Les Miserables (2012) directed by Tom Hooper, stars Hugh Jackman, et al.
Mercy, courage, and God's saving grace. With some fantastic singing. (my review here)
- The Avengers (2012) directed by Joss Whedon, stars Robert Downey Jr, et al.
Supervillains from space threaten Earth. Superheroes save it. Spectacularly.
- John Carter of Mars (2012) directed by Andrew Stanton, stars Taylor Kitsch
Derring do, a maiden to rescue, a battered but worthy hero ... on Mars. (My review here)
- Brave (2012) directed by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman
Pixar's "girl" movie. A delightful fable with strong, likable women.
- The Mill and the Cross (2011) directed by Lech Majewski, stars Rutger Hauer, Michael York
Luminous masterpiece based on Pieter Bruegel's The Way to Calvary. (my review here)
- Love in the Afternoon (1957) directed by Billy Wilder, stars Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper
Frothy fun. Detective's daughter is fascinated by a playboy.
- Margin Call (2011) directed by J. C. Chandor, stars Kevin Spacey, et al.
24-hours of decisions in a financial crisis. It works.
- Moneyball (2011) directed by Bennett Miller, stars Brad Pitt
Building better baseball with computer analysis. Sounds terrible. It isn't.
- Bill Cunningham, New York (2011) directed by Richard Press
Documentary about a man obsessed with fashion. Unlikely but terrific.
- The Mark of Zorro (1940) directed by Rouban Mamoulian, stars Tyrone Power
Power is a subtler, funnier, better swashbuckler than Errol Flynn. Watch this.
- The Body Snatcher (1945) directed by Robert Wise, stars Boris Karloff, et al.
Grave robbing and worse in 1831 Edinburgh. Karloff's a stand out.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Best Movies of 2012
Top movies I saw in 2012 with descriptions in 10 words or less. In no particular order. (My top books list is here.)