FILMS SEEN IN 2012:

Titles will be added when they fall off "the last 10 films I've seen." Slashes indicate repeat viewings. Titles prefaced by a plus sign were seen on home video. The new release section includes  2011  releases that I caught up with this year. All titles are American unless otherwise indicated. Films under 30 minutes will be labelled {S} and those between 30 and 70 minutes {M}. Only films over 30 minutes are rated.


WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN


**** Masterpiece

***1/2 Excellent

*** Pretty good but highly flawed

**1/2 Mediocre but not without merit

** Pretty bad

*1/2 Awful

* A superhuman amount of patience was required to sit through it

0 Walked out

NEW RELEASES


ABENDLAND (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria) ***1/2

LAS ACACIAS (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina) ***

ACE ATTORNEY (Takashi Miike, Japan) ***

+AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (Alison Klayman) ***

ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE (Adam Curtis, UK) ***1/2

ALMAYER'S FOLLY (Chantal Akerman, Beligum/France) **1/2

ALPS (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece) **1/2

THE AMBASSADOR (Mads Brügger, Denmark) **1/2

AMERICANO (Mathieu Demy, France) **1/2

AMOUR (Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany) ***

ANY DAY NOW (Travis Fine) **

ARBITRAGE (Nicholas Jarecki) **1/2

ARGO (Ben Affleck) **1/2

+ART HISTORY (Joe Swanberg) **

+/ATTENBERG/ (Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece) ***1/2

THE AVENGERS (Joss Whedon) **1/2

+THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE (Marie Losier) ***

BARBARA (Christian Petzold, Germany) **1/2

THE BAY (Barry Levinson) **1/2

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Benh Zeitlin) **

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Phil Strickland, UK) **1/2

BERNIE (Richard Linklater) ***

BESTIAIRE (Denis Coté, Canada) ***

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (Panos Cosmatos, Canada) *1/2

THE BOURNE LEGACY (Tony Gilroy) **

BRAVE (Mark Andrews/Brenda Chapman) ***

BULLHEAD (Michael R. Roskam, Belgium) **1/2

BULLY (Lee Hirsch) ***

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (Drew Goddard) ***1/2

CAMILLE REWINDS (Noemie Lvovsky, France) ***

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Ken Burns, David McMahon & Sarah Burns) ***

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS (Marjane Satrapi/Vincent Paronnaud, France) **1/2

CHRONICLE (Josh Trank) ***

CITADEL (Ciaran Foy, Ireland/UK) **

THE COLOR WHEEL (Alex Ross Perry) ***1/2

+THE COMEDY (Rick Alverson) **1/2

COMPLIANCE (Craig Zobel) ***1/2

COSMOPOLIS (David Cronenberg, Canada) **1/2

+COUPLES (Jeong Yong-Ki, South Korea) **

CRAZY HORSE (Frederick Wiseman, USA/France) ***1/2

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (Whit Stillman) **1/2

/A DANGEROUS METHOD/ (David Cronenberg, Canada/UK/Germany) ***

DARK HORSE (Todd Solondz) **1/2

+THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) ***

DECLARATION OF WAR (Valérie Donzelli, France) **1/2

THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Terence Davies, UK) ***

+DETROPIA (Heidi Ewing/Rachel Grady) ***

THE DICTATOR (Larry Charles) **1/2

DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino) ***1/2

EAST MEETS WEST 2011 (Jeff Lau, Hong Kong) ***

EASY MONEY (Daniel Espinosa, Sweden) ***

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (Benoit Jacquot, France) ***

56 UP (Michael Apted, UK) ***

A FILM FOR FRIENDS (Radu Jude, Romania) {M} ***1/2

+FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS (Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi, Israel/Palestine) ***

THE FLAT (Arnon Goldfinger, Israel/Germany) ***

FLIGHT (Robert Zemeckis) **1/2

THE FLOWERS OF WAR (Zhang Yimou, China) **

FOOTNOTE (Joseph Cedar, Israel) **1/2

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... (Jamie Travis) ***

THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Joshua Marston, USA/Albania) ***

+FOUR (Joshua Sanchez) **1/2

THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh, Israel) ***

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (David Fincher) **1/2

GOD BLESS AMERICA (Bobcat Goldthwait) *1/2

GOODBYE FIRST LOVE (Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany) ***

+GOON (Michael Dowse, Canada) **1/2

THE GREY (Joe Carnahan) ***

HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Takashi Miike, Japan) **1/2

HAYWIRE (Steven Soderbergh) **1/2

HEADHUNTERS (Morten Tyldun, Norway) ***

HIT & RUN (Dax Shepard/David Palmer) **

HOLY MOTORS (Léos Carax, France) ***1/2

HOPE SPRINGS (David Frankel) ***

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (David France) ***1/2

THE HUNGER GAMES (Gary Ross) **

+IMPOLEX (Alex Ross Perry, 2009) **

THE IMPOSSIBLE (J.A. Bayona, Spain) **

THE IMPOSTER (Bart Layton) ***

+IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) ***

THE INNKEEPERS (Ti West) **1/2

IN THE HOUSE (François Ozon, France) ***

THE INTOUCHABLES (Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano, France) **

+INVISIBLE (Michal Aviad, Israel) ***

+THE INVISIBLE WAR (Kirby Dick) ***

THE IRAN JOB (Till Schauder, USA/Iran) ***

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (Jon Shenk) ***

IT MAY BE THAT BEAUTY HAS STRENGTHENED OUR RESOLVE: MASAO ADACHI (Philippe Grandrieux, France/Japan) **1/2

JACK REACHER (Christopher McQuarrie) ***

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (David Gelb) **1/2

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (Ira Sachs) ***

KEYHOLE (Guy Maddin, Canada) **1/2

KILLER JOE (William Friedkin) **1/2

KILL LIST (Ben Wheatley, UK) ***

+THE KING OF PIGS (Yeun Sang-Ho, South Korea) ***

+KUMARE (Vikram Gandhi) ***

+THE LAW IN THESE PARTS (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Israel) ***

LEVIATHAN (Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Véréna Paravel, France/UK/USA) ****

+LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (Johnnie To, Hong Kong) ***

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (Abbas Kiarostami, Japan/France) **1/2

LINCOLN (Steven Spielberg) **

THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev, USA/Germany) ***

LOOPER (Rian Johnson) **1/2

LOST BOHEMIA (Josef Astor) **1/2

MAGIC MIKE (Steven Soderbergh) **

THE MASTER (Paul Thomas Anderson) ***

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD (Alex Gibney) ***

MEMORIES LOOK AT ME (Song Fang, China) **1/2

MICHAEL (Markus Schleinzer, Austria) **1/2

THE MINERS' HYMNS (Bill Morrison, USA/UK) {M} **

MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Philippe Falardeau, Canada) ***

MOONRISE KINGDOM (Wes Anderson) ***1/2

NAMELESS GANGSTER (Yun Jong-Bin, South Korea) ***

NATURAL SELECTION (Robbie Pickering) **

NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS (Jonathan Demme) **1/2

NORMAL SCHOOL (Celina Murga, Argentina) ***

THE OBSERVERS (Jacqueline Goss) {M} ***

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) ***

ON THE ICE (Andrew Okpeaha MacLean) **1/2

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST (Joachim Trier, Norway) ***

PARANORMAN (Sam Fell/Chris Butler) **1/2

PATER (Alain Cavalier, France) **1/2

+PAYBACK (Jennifer Baichwal, Canada) **1/2

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Stephen Chbosky) ***

PLANET OF SNAIL (Seung-jun Yi, South Korea) ***

POLISSE (Maiwenn, France) ***

POST MORTEM (Pablo Larrain, Chile) **

PROMETHEUS (Ridley Scott) **1/2

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (Lauren Greenfield) ***

THE RAID: REDEMPTION (Gareth Huw Evans, Indonesia/USA) ***

RAMPART (Oren Moverman) **1/2

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (Paul W.S. Anderson) **1/2

RETURN (Liza Johnson) ***

ROBOT & FRANK (Jake Schreier) ***

ROMANCE JOE (Lee Kwang-kuk, South Korea) ***

+ROOM 237 (Rodney Ascher) ***1/2

RUST AND BONE (Jacques Audiard, France) **1/2

SAFE (Boaz Yakin) **

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Colin Trevorrow) ***

SALT OF LIFE (Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy) ***

SAMSARA (Ron Fricke) **

+SCABBARD SAMURAI (Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan) **

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul, Sweden/UK) ***

THE SESSIONS (Ben Lewin) ***

SILENT HOUSE (Chris Kentis/Laura Lau) **

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (David O. Russell) **1/2

SINISTER (Scott Derrickson) **1/2

SISTER (Ursula Meier, Switzerland/France) ***

SKYFALL (Sam Mendes) ***

SLEEPLESS NIGHT (Frédéric Jardin, France) ***

SMALL ROADS (James Benning) **1/2

SMASHED (James Ponsoldt) ***

SNOWMAN'S LAND (Tomasz Thomson, Germany) **

SNOW ON THA BLUFF (Damon Russell) **1/2

+THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS (Justin Kurzel, Australia) ***

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Olivier Assayas, France) ***1/2

SOUND OF MY VOICE (Zal Batmanglij) **1/2

+TABU (Miguel Gomes, Portugal) ***

TAKE THIS WALTZ (Sarah Polley, Canada) ***

TEDDY BEAR (Mads Matthiesen, Denmark) ***

THAT SUMMER (Philippe Garrel, France/Italy/Switzerland) **1/2

THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi/Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran) ***1/2

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/Ireland) ***

TO ROME WITH LOVE (Woody Allen, USA/Italy) **

TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! (Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, Norway) ***

21 JUMP STREET (Phil Lord/Chris Miller) **1/2

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (Julie Delpy, France) **1/2

TWO YEARS AT SEA (Ben Rivers, UK) ***

+UNFORGIVABLE (André Téchiné, France/Italy) **1/2

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (John Hyams) ***1/2

THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (Dan Sallitt) ***

+THE WAR (James Benning) {M} ***

WE HAVE A POPE (Nanni Moretti, Italy/France) **

/WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN/ (Lynne Ramsay, UK) ***

WEST OF MEMPHIS (Amy Berg) ***

WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon) **1/2

WHORES' GLORY (Michael Glawogger, Austria) ***

YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET (Alain Resnais, France) ***

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER (Lynn Shelton) **

YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED (Anthony Baxter, UK) ***

ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow) **1/2
OLD FILMS
/ALICE IN THE CITIES/ (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1974)

+THE ASCENT (Larisa Shepitko, USSR, 1977)

BABATOU AND THE THREE WISE COUNSELS (Jean Rouch/Boubou Hama, Niger/France, 1975)

/BATTLE ROYALE/ (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 2000)

BEAUTIFUL CITY (Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2004)

+CAPRICIOUS SUMMER (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1968)

CAPRICCI (Carmelo Bene, Italy, 1969)

CENTRAL AIRPORT (William Wellman, 1933)

CHEYENNE AUTUMN (John Ford, 1964)

/CHILDREN OF PARADISE/ (Marel Carné, France, 1945)

LE CIEL EST A VOUS (Jean Grémillion, France, 1944)

COUNSELLOR AT LAW (William Wyler, 1933)

+/DAISIES/ (Vera Chytilova, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

/DEEP RED/ (Dario Argento, Italy, 1975)

THE DEVIL'S CLEAVAGE (George Kuchar, 1973)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (George Stevens, 1959)

DJANGO KILL...IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT! (Giulio Questi, Italy/Spain, 1967)

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1972)

DUCK, YOU SUCKER (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1971)

DUEL (Steven Spielberg, 1971)

ECCE BOMBO (Nanni Moretti, Italy, 1978)

EIKA KATAPPA (Werner Schroeter, West Germany, 1969)

L'ETERNEL RETOUR (Jean Delannoy, France, 1943)

THE FAITHFUL HEART (Jean Epstein, France, 1923)

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Jean Epstein, France, 1928) {M}

+FEAR AND DESIRE (Stanley Kubrick, 1953) {M}

FINIS TERRAE (Jean Epstein, France, 1929)

/FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER/ (Robert Bresson, France, 1971)

+FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (Terence Young, UK, 1963)

FUNNY FACE (Stanley Donen, 1957)

THE GAME OF TRAVELS, PART 1 (Jean-André Fieschi, France, 1987-99) {M}

THE GANG'S ALL HERE (Busby Berkeley, 1943)

+GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1996)

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Mario Bava, Italy, 1963)

+GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL (Hajime Sato, Japan, 1968)

THE GREAT SILENCE (Sergio Corbucci, Italy/France, 1968)

LE GRAND AMOUR (Pierre Etaix, France, 1969)

/ICI ET AILLEURS/ (Jean-Luc Godard/Jean-Pierre Gorin/Anne-Marie Mieville, France/Palestine, 1974) {M}

+L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER (Andrzej Zulawski, France/Germany/Italy, 1975)

+IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS OF MALAYSIA (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1972) {M}

+IN SEARCH OF THE UNRETURNED SOLDIERS OF THAILAND (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1972) {M}

IRACEMA (Jore Bodanzky/Orlando Senna, Brazil, 1975)

+THE JOKE (Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1969)

/LE JOUR SE LEVE/ (Marcel Carné, France, 1939)

+/KARAYUKI-SAN, THE MAKING OF A PROSTITUTE/ (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1975)

/LANCELOT DU LAC/ (Robert Bresson, France, 1974)

THE LAST RUN (Richard Fleischer, 1971)

/LAURA/ (Otto Preminger, 1944)

+THE LION HUNTERS (Jean Rouch, France, 1965)

+THE LIVING SKELETON (Hiroshi Matsuno, Japan, 1968)

MACBETH (Béla Tarr, Hungary, 1982)

MADO (Claude Sautet, France, 1976)

/A MAN ESCAPED/ (Robert Bresson, France, 1956)

MARTIN (George A. Romero, 1976)

+/MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE/ (Nagisa Oshima, Japan/UK, 1983)

+MIAMI CONNECTION (Y. K. Kim/Park Woo-Sung, 1987)

MIDNIGHT COWBOY (John Schlesinger, 1969)

+/MOI, UN NOIR/ (Jean Rouch, France, 1958)

+MY CRASY LIFE (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1992)

NO BLADE OF GRASS (Cornel Wilde, UK, 1970)

O DRAKOS (Nikos Koundouros, Greece, 1956)

/ON TOP OF THE WHALE/ (Raul Ruiz, the Netherlands, 1982)

ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Shirley Clarke, 1985)

OUTLAW-MATSU RETURNS HOME (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1973) {M}

/PALOMBELLA ROSSA/ (Nanni Moretti, Italy, 1989)

THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (Jerry Schatzberg, 1971)

+PEARLS OF THE DEEP (Jiri Menzel, Jan Nemec, Evald Schorm, Vera Chytilova & Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

PETIT A PETIT (Jean Rouch, France, 1971)

PIRANHA (Joe Dante, 1978)

THE PIRATES OF BUBUAN (Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1972) {M}

POIL DE CAROTTE (Julien Duvivier, France, 1932)

+/POTO AND CABENGO/ (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1980)

THE PUBLIC WOMAN (Andrzej Zulawski, France, 1984)

+QUADROPHENIA (Franc Roddam, UK, 1979)

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (Nina Menkes, 1991)

RAPTURE (Ivan Zulueta, Spain, 1980)

+A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS (Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

RED ARMY/PFLP: DECLARATION OF WORLD WAR (Masao Adachi/Koji Wakamatsu, Japan/Palestine, 1971)

+RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON (Evald Schorm, Czechoslovakia, 1967)

+/ROUTINE PLEASURES/ (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1986)

RYAN'S DAUGHTER (David Lean, UK, 1970)

SAMBIZANGA (Sarah Maldoror, Angola, 1972)

SHAMAN (Andrzej Zulawski, Poland, 1996)

SHE MARRIED HER BOSS (Gregory LaCava, 1935)

+THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES (Jean Rollin, France, 1971)

/THE SHOOTING/ (Monte Hellman, 1966)

A STAR IS BORN (William Wellman, 1937)

STRICTLY PROPAGANDA (Wolfgang Kissel/C. Cay Wesnigk, Germany, 1991)

THELMA AND LOUISE (Ridley Scott, 1991)

THE THREE-SIDED MIRROR (Jean Epstein, France, 1927) {M}

THE THING (John Carpenter, 1982)

/TIMES SQUARE/ (Allan Moyle, 1980)

+/TOKYO DRIFTER/ (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1966)

/TOTAL RECALL/ (Paul Verhoeven, 1990)

+TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS (Alain Robbe-Grillet, France, 1968)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Gregory LaCava, 1941)

VACAS (Julio Medem, Spain, 1992)

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (Edward Dmytryk, 1962)

WHITE STAR (Roland Klick, West Germany, 1983)

THE WILD, WILD PLANET (Antonio Margheriti, Italy, 1965)

WOLFF VON AMERONGEN - DID HE COMMIT BANKRUPTCY OFFENCES? (Gerhard Benedikt Friedl, Austria, 2004)

+/WORLD ON A WIRE/ (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1973)

YOU ARE NOT I (Sara Driver, 1981) {M}

SHORTS

THE ACCOMPANIMENT (Jean-André Fieschi, France, 1966)

AFRAID SO (Jay Rosenblatt, 2006)

APRIL (Nathaniel Dorsky)

AUGUST AND AFTER (Nathaniel Dorsky)

IL BAROCCO LECCESE (Carmelo Bene, Italy, 1968)

EYES ON THE STARS (the Rauch brothers)

/THE FILM OF HER/ (Bill Morrison, 1996)

GARE DU NORD (Jean Rouch, France, 1965) 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (Pierre Etaix, France, 1962)

HELLO KITTY (Millo Simulov, Romania)

JOHN AND JOE (the Rauch brothers)

THE LAKES (Jesse Cain, 2009)

LUDWIG (Roland Klick, West Germany, ?)

THE NEW WORLD (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1962)

OUTERBOROUGH (Bill Morrison, 2005)

RELEASE (Bill Morrison)