The best of 2012: film
The Time Out film team reflect on the movies of the past 12 months
As 2012 draws to a close, Time Out’s film critics offer up their five favourite films of the year, plus their least favourite movie, a film hero, a favourite scene and a quick look ahead to 2013.
It’s been a very strong year for international cinema, and our critics’ lists reflect that, with the French-Austrian co-production ‘Amour’, Turkish cop drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’, American indie ‘The Master’, Portuguese oddity ‘Tabu’ and homegrown Olympic tie-in documentary ‘London: The Modern Babylon’ proving the most popular overall.
Click on the thumbnails below to see each critic’s top five films – and one stinker.
Cath Clarke's best films of 2012
Just when you it thought it was time to give up on Wes Anderson, along he comes with a near-perfect film. I’ve listened to one song off the soundtrack – ‘Cuckoo!’ by Benjamin Britten – at least once a week since.
Diablo Cody is one very funny lady. She wrote ‘Juno’. This is darker and a bit brutal. I like its take home message: basically, none of us ever really get over our 17-year-old selves.
Combines two of my favourite things: detective stories and long, silent-ish, beautiful arthouse movies.
Everybody’s gotta serve somebody – so Bob Dylan sang. What does Lancaster Dodd get out of his alcoholic fuck-up sidekick Freddie Quell? Is Freddy really such a fuck up? I’ve had more engrossing chats about ‘The Master’ than any other film this year.
A moving, powerful film that reminds us to hold dear ones dear. Bravo to Michael Haneke too, for having the best (sadly spoof) Twitter account in film. LOL!
Cath Clarke's worst film of 2012
Low point professionally and personally. Low professionally because this was the film so bad journalists were not allowed to watch it before release. So I went to see it in Leicester Square to write Time Out’s review. Low point personally (and to be fair, I was running late from a meeting) I got busted sneaking a McDonald’s into the film. Shame.