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.
Tom Huddleston's best films of 2012
It may have lacked the force and focus of ‘There Will Be Blood’ but ‘The Master’ was still this year’s most intoxicating film experience: intense, befuddling and completely immersive. Hail Xenu!
From the sublime to the ridiculous(ly sublime). Joss Whedon’s ‘other’ movie in 2012 (‘The Avengers’ was pretty great, too) was a joyous, smartly satirical horror-comedy fit to stand alongside ‘Evil Dead 2’ and ‘An American Werewolf in London’.
The sweetest sorrow, a masterpiece which walked the borderline between humanist and realist, somehow managing to be deeply emotional and heartbreakingly distant at the same time.
Oren Moverman hacked apart the LA noir police procedural then stuck it back together with half its bits missing and the rest mangled into gorgeous, unpredictable, thrilling, semi-experimental shapes.
Wes Anderson went back to basics with a tale of precocious kids, hapless (but largely well-meaning) adults and the general sense of an unusually detailed school play gone slightly haywire.
Tom Huddleston's worst film of 2012
A vile, corrupting little tapeworm of a film, seething with exploitative pubescent sexuality, violent misogyny and repellent snobbery about America’s poor. Everyone involved should be very, very ashamed.