"Art makes life, makes interest, makes importance"

December 30, 2012

The best films I saw in 2012

Like in my list of best books of 2012, here, too, I only list the films I gave 9 or 10 points. Note that many reviews form part of larger genre articles.

10 Points
The 400 Blows by Francois Truffaut.
Belle de Jour by Luis Bunuel.
The Big Lebowski (1998) by Ethan and Joel Coen. (In: Cult Films)
Basic Instinct (1992) by Paul Verhoeven. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
Double Indemnity (1944) by Billy Wilder. (In: Classic Film Noir)
Gilda (1946) by King Vidor. (In: Classic Film Noir)
Little Buddha by Bernaldo Bertolucci.
Love Me Tonight (1932) by Rouben Mamoulian. (In: Musical Films)
MulHolland Drive (2001) by David Lynch. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
My Night at Maud's by Eric Rohmer.
Pulp Fiction (1994) by Quentin Tarantino. (In: Cult Films)
Showgirls (1995) by Paul Verhoeven. (In: Cult Films)
Singing in the Rain (1952) by Stanley Donen. (In: Musical Films)
The Third Man by Carol Reed.
Touch of Evil (1958) by Orson Welles. (In: Classic Film Noir)
Trouble in Paradise by Ernst Lubitsch.

9 Points
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Stanley Kubrick. (In: Science Fiction Films)
Ace in the Hole (1951) by Billy Wilder. (In: Classic Film Noir)
L'Age d'Or ("The Golden Age," 1930) by Luis Bunuel. (In: Classic Cult Films)
Alien (1979) by Ridley Scott. (In: Science Fiction Films)
La Belle et la Bete (1946) by Jean Cocteau. (In: Classic Cult Films)
The Big Sleep (1946) by Howard Hawks. (In: Classic Film Noir)
Blue Velvet (1986) by David Lynch. (In: Cult Films)
Body Heat (1981) by Lawrence Kasdan. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
Crimes of Passion (1984) by Ken Russell. (In: Cult Films)
Criss Cross (1949) by Robert Siodmak. (In: Classic Film Noir)
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne by Robert Bresson.
Design for a Living (1933) by Ernst Lubitsch. (In: Forbidden Pre-Code Films)
Femme Fatale (2002) by Brian de Palma. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
The Fly (1986) by David Cronenberg. (In: Science Fiction Films)
Footlight Parade (1933) by Lloyd Bacon. (In: Musical Films)
Girl Shy by Harold Lloyd.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) by Mervyn LeRoy. (In: Musical Films)
High Society (1956) by Charles Walters. (In: Musical Films)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) by Don Siegel. (In: Science Fiction Films)
It happened one Night (1934) by Frank Capra. (In: Screwball Comedies)
Jackie Brown (1997) by Quentin Tarantino. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
Klute (1971) by Alan J. Pakula. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
The Last Seduction (1994) by John Dahl. (In: Neo-Noir Films)
Midnight (1939) by Mitchell Leisen. (In: Screwball Comedies)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Bharat Nalluri.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) by George A. Romero. (In: Classic Cult Films)
The Philadelphia Story (1941) by George Cukor. (In: Screwball Comedies)
Pretty Baby by Louis Malle.
Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock.
The Red-Headed Woman (1932) with Jean Harlow. (In: Forbidden Pre-Code Films)
The Shop Around the Corner by Ernst Lubitsch.
Silk Stockings (1957) by Rouben Mamoulian. (In: Musical Films)
Solaris (2002) by Steven Soderbergh. (In: Science Fiction Films)
Stolen Kisses (1968) by Francois Truffaut. (In: The 400 Blows)
La Strada by Federico Fellini.
The Thin Man by W.S. Van Dyke.
Titanic by James Cameron.
Tristana by Luis Bunuel.