I see a trend that instead of top ten, people start
to compose top 10, 15, 20, 25, or whatever number films of
2012. However, I am going to stick with ten, for no reason.
During the entire calendar year of 2012, I
feature films. Again, my top ten films are selected
from the films I saw during the calendar year of 2012, not
based on when they are released in the theaters. That is
how I define "a film in 2012" for me. Allow me to explain
the reason behind this: we are living in a small and more
complicated world now. If I fly to Beijing or Europe and
see a film that has not opened in San Francisco or New
York City, does this film belong to 2011, or 2012, or
2013? Why should a film's year be based on a US release
Here are the top ten best feature films I saw in 2012.
Blended with gentle humor, renowned Japanese
Koreeda (是枝 裕和)'s
delightful family drama
how children perceive this complicated world while growing up.
Two decades after filmmakers Ron
Fricke and Mark
Magidson created the
once again, they bring us another visually striking
. Even without a single dialogue or any
subtitles on screen, this documentary captivates us
with its magnificent and lavish images that stay
with us long after the movie is over.
Audiard's brilliant new film
and Bone" unflinchingly expresses its
characters' raw emotions yet surprisingly
unsentimental, mostly. It tells a love story
between a mesmerizing couple who become each
other's source for strength and inspiration.
Stillman's outright funny
in Distress" creates a few amusing
characters. The film's witty, quirky, funny dialogue
stands out as the most enjoyable aspect of the
film. Those lines become extremely funny when
absurdity in each line is expressed with absolute
(L'enfant d'en haut | Switzerland/France 2012 | in
French | 97 min. | My
Meier offers us a glimpse of the
"under-privileged" in her captivating new film
However, that's not the only focal
point of this film. What's more remarkable is that
while she uncovers that often ignored hush reality,
she skillfully reveals the devastating inner world
of a young boy who desperately longs for love, a
family, and a future.