2012 in Films: One Year, 365 Days and 617 New-To-Me Films

In 2010 I watched 517 new-to-me films, last year I watched a whopping 1,117 new-to-me films and this year my new-to-me total comes to 617. I did a pretty great round-up of my year over on my 3rd Anniversary post for the site, so I’m not going to repeat any of that and you can see month-to-month breakdowns of my new-to-me watching here. You can also see my favorite 2012 films here. After the cut, I’ll go through a few highlights of my viewing this year and share with you the one film that topped all of my viewing this year.


The main reason my viewing tapered off this year was a little thing I like to call Grad School. Grad School takes a lot of your time, my friends. It really does. Also, I got a part-time job at an art house movie theater. While that allowed me to see a lot of films in theaters for free, it also took a lot of my free time. Regardless, I think I did a pretty good job watching films this year. I also did a lot more rewatching of films this year than I did last year. I think it’s important to mix new-to-me watching with revisiting old favorites (or even sometimes watching films you used to hate, because you never know if you;ll change your mind!)


This is what a year’s worth a movie tickets looks like. Quite a few of the movies I saw in theaters I saw at film festivals and thus I don’t have tickets for them. But I think you get a pretty good picture of what my life is all about from this picture. I also watched a lot of films on streaming Netflix. They’ve added a lot of great classics and I got a Blu-ray player that streams the films straight to my television, so it’s almost like I have TCM (only, I still miss Robert Osborne).


Here are my press passes for the festivals I went to this year. God I love going to film festivals. They are crazy and they are exhausting, but they are the best thing in the world. If you’ve never gone to a film festival, I highly recommend that you go to one. And if you are a classic film aficionado like me, you owe it to yourself to get your butt down to Hollywood for the TCM Film Festival, because it will be the greatest weekend you will ever have.


So I made one movie watching New Year’s resolution last year and that was to watch more world cinema. So I started out strong in 2012 with a French movie and a Spanish movie and then I started watching a film with Marcello Mastroianni and I got hooked on Italian cinema and I’m afraid I never left that country. I wound up watching seven Michelangelo Antonioni films, five Marcello Mastroianni films and about twenty Italian films altogether. I did watch some films from other countries; France (as always), Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan and a few other places. So I guess I didn’t fail altogether, but I definitely need to try harder in this coming year to watch more world cinema.


I completed several director filmographies last year. This year the only filmography I know I completed for sure was Elia Kazan. He’s definitely one of my favorite directors. I’ve got his autobiography and dammit I’m gonna finish reading it this year. This year’s resolution ties in with last years; I’ve got a handful of filmographies I want to try to finish off: Tarkovsky (believe it or not, I’ve never seen any of his films!), Kubrick (I’ve only got one left! and I had all last year to watch it and I didn’t because I suck), Bogdanovich, Antonioni and Fellini. Then there are a few directors whose filmographies I probably won’t finish off, but I want to delve into: Kurosawa, Ozu ,Fassbinder (not to be confused with the actor), Varda and Sayles. I also want to try to finish watching all of the available Best Picture nominees; I’ve only got 67 left (out of 496).

Which brings me to this year’s list:

  1. (January) Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without A Face)
  2. El ángel exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)
  3. Remember?
  4. Killer of Sheep
  5. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  6. Shadows (1959)
  7. The Steel Trap
  8. L’année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
  9. Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
  10. That Uncertain Feeling
  11. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
  12. Monterey Pop
  13. A Letter to Elia
  14. Rachel and the Stranger
  15. Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)
  16. The Left Handed Gun
  17. Wild River
  18. Tōkyō Monogatari (Tokyo Story)
  19. It Happened at the World’s Fair
  20. Thais (1916)
  21. Ballet mécanique
  22. The Musketeers of Pig Alley
  23. Knight Without Armour
  24. Nevada Smith 
  25. Rapsodia Satanica
  26. Mitt liv som hund (My Life As A Dog)
  27. Hollywood Hotel
  28. Varsity Show
  29. Barefoot in the Park
  30. Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare
  31. Le Amiche (The Girlfriends)
  32. Design For Living
  33. The Fastest Gun Alive
  34. Dear Wendy
  35. Mickey One
  36. Performance
  37. Pariah
  38. Stars and Bars
  39. The Iron Lady
  40. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  41. Tall Story
  42. The House on Telegraph Hill (film noir festival)
  43. Afraid To Talk aka Merry-Go-Round (film noir festival)
  44. Okay America aka The Penalty of Fame (film noir festival)
  45. The Killers (1964) (film noir festival)
  46. Point Blank (film noir festival)
  47. Bedelia (film noir festival)
  48. The Money Trap (film noir festival)
  49. “Sciuscià” (Ragazzi) (Shoeshine)
  50. The Good Humor Man (film noir festival)
  51. House of Bamboo (film noir festival)
  52. Underworld, U.S.A. (film noir festival)
  53. Naked Alibi (film noir festival)
  54. Pickup (film noir festival)
  55. The Breaking Point (film noir festival)
  56. Three Strangers (film noir festival)
  57. Road House Nights (film noir festival)
  58. The Maltese Falcon (1931) (film noir festival)
  59. Mr. Dynamite (film noir festival)
  60. Matrimonio all’italiana
  61. Macao
  62. (February) The Moderns
  63. My Wife’s Relations
  64. Kung Fu Panda
  65. Kung Fu Panda 2
  66. Ossessione
  67. Under the Volcano
  68. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  69. Look Back In Anger
  70. Day of the Evil Gun
  71. La città delle donne (City of Women)
  72. Garbo Talks
  73. Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
  74.  Merrily We Go To Hell
  75. Bellissima
  76. Pickpocket
  77. American Gigolo
  78. Your Good Friend
  79. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
  80. Pootie Tang
  81. CB4
  82. La double vie de Véronique 
  83. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  84. Henry & June
  85. The Violent Men
  86. L’avventura
  87. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  88. Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango In Paris)
  89. The Common Law
  90. Dead In The Room
  91. Off Season
  92. Circumstance
  93. Copie conforme (Certified Copy)
  94. Thirteen Women
  95. Margaret (2011)
  96. Pina
  97. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  98. The Butcher Boy (1917)
  99. The Rough House (1917)
  100. Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters 
  101.  You Can’t Get Away With Murder
  102. Paths of Glory
  103. Le Technicien (The Technician)
  104. Mr. Stache
  105. The Man In Possession (1931)
  106. Rhapsody In Blue (1945)
  107. I soliti ignoti (aka Big Deal on Madonna Street)
  108. His Wedding Night
  109. Good Night, Nurse!
  110. Richard III (1995)
  111. So This Is College
  112. A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven)
  113. The Music Lovers
  114. (March) Lovefield
  115. Malpractice
  116. The Crush (2009)
  117. Paisá
  118. Umberto D.
  119. Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson. The Murder of Lord Waterbrook
  120. Lust For Gold
  121. A Woman Under the Influence
  122. Compulsion
  123. The Hunger (1983)
  124. Velvet Goldmine
  125. Welcome To L.A.
  126. The French Doors
  127. A Way Out
  128. The Black Hole
  129. Monoculture
  130. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  131. Freeway
  132. Proshchai, Gulsary! (Goodbye, Gulsary!)
  133. The Goonies
  134. Oh, Doctor!
  135. The Bell Boy
  136. Back Stage
  137. The Hayseed
  138. The Garage
  139. Battle Beyond the Stars
  140. Novecento aka 1900
  141. La délicatesse  (Delicacy)
  142. A Film Johnnie
  143. Daydreams (1922)
  144. 21 Jump Street
  145. Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games)
  146. Nacht
  147. Delicatessen
  148. Napoléon (1927)
  149. Thru
  150. Checkmate (2009)
  151. …tick…tick…tick…
  152. The Slams
  153. Time For Tulips
  154. The Lunch Date
  155. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
  156. Desirée
  157. Score
  158. Berkeley Square
  159. La Notte
  160. (April) Cowboy
  161. Private Lives
  162. War Nurse
  163. Fatty’s Faithful Fido
  164. Fatty’s Tintype Tangle
  165. The Sky’s the Limit
  166. Living In A Big Way
  167. New Boy (2008)
  168. Shit Hollywood Assistants Say
  169. Staff Meeting Video: The Movie
  170. Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped)
  171. Faces
  172. Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  173. History Is Made At Night (1937)
  174. La cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children)
  175. Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities)
  176. My Winnipeg
  177. The Saddest Music in the World
  178. Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
  179. Destry Rides Again
  180. Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey
  181. The Jerk
  182. Zardoz
  183. Barton Fink
  184. Our Dancing Daughters (TCM film festival)
  185. Nothing Sacred (TCM film festival)
  186. Cry Danger (TCM film festival)
  187. Three Dimensional Murder  (TCM film festival)
  188. Musical Memories (TCM film festival)
  189. Working For Peanuts (TCM film festival)
  190. Parade of Attraction (TCM film festival)
  191. Motor Rhythm (TCM film festival)
  192. Arrival of a Train 3D (TCM film festival)
  193. Lumber Jack-Rabbit (TCM film festival)
  194. Parade of Attraction II (TCM film festival)
  195. Parade of Attraction III (TCM film festival)
  196. Falling In Love Again (2003) (TCM film festival)
  197. The Magic Cauldron (TCM film festival)
  198. Oracle of Delphi (TCM film festival)
  199. Mysterious Retort (TCM film festival)
  200. Daffy’s Rhapsody (TCM film festival)
  201. Call Her Savage (TCM film festival)
  202. The Thief of Bagdad (1924) (TCM film festival)
  203. Il deserto rosso (Red Desert)
  204. Zabriskie Point
  205. Overnight, A Rose
  206. The Fourth Dimension (2012) (SF International Film Festival)
  207. Our Town
  208. Westward The Women
  209. Harlan County, USA (SF International Film Festival)
  210. Robot & Frank (SF International Film Festival)
  211. La terre outragée (Land of Oblivion) (SF International Film Festival)
  212. Miller’s Crossing
  213. L’ordre et la morale (Rebellion)  (SF International Film Festival)
  214. O som ao redor (Neighboring Sounds) (SF International Film Festival)
  215. Twixt (SF International Film Festival)
  216. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (SF International Film Festival)
  217. Where Do We Go Now? (SF International Film Festival)
  218. Poulet aux prunes (Chicken With Plums) (SF International Film Festival)
  219. (May) Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Magoo?)
  220. Hysteria
  221. Sound of My Voice
  222. A Boy and His Dog
  223. S.O.B.
  224. Skin Deep
  225. Magnolia
  226. Tournée (On Tour)
  227. Dark Shadows
  228. The Gift
  229. Pitiless
  230. Outsider
  231. Dharavi Diary
  232. Luminous
  233. Until We Meet Again
  234. Gray Parade
  235. Dilemma
  236. Three Swords and A Wedding
  237. Desolate
  238. Midnight Secret
  239. Dinner For Four
  240. Flapjack
  241. Exile
  242. Straight To Hell
  243. Walker
  244. “About Last Night…”
  245. Brakkvann (Brackish Water)
  246.  Hush. . .Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  247. La chinoise
  248. Born to Love
  249. The Iranian Dream
  250. Virgin of the Candles
  251. The Avengers (2012)
  252. No Way Out (1950)
  253. Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses)
  254. Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board)
  255. L’amour en fuite (Love on the Run)
  256. Hour of the Gun
  257. Ray
  258. The Thin Blue Line
  259. Les enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise)
  260. Brewster McCloud
  261. Kes
  262. The Hunger Games
  263. Barfly
  264. Darling, How Could You!
  265. The Warriors
  266. Keyhole
  267. Scent of a Woman
  268. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  269. Pinky
  270. The Visitors (1972)
  271. Heaven Can Wait (1943)
  272. Written on the Wind
  273. The Tarnished Angels
  274. Babe: Pig in the City
  275. (June) Moonrise Kingdom
  276. Snow White and the Huntsman
  277. Man on a Tightrope
  278. Yellow Sky
  279. Young and Innocent (aka The Girl Was Young)
  280. Boogie Nights
  281. The Awakening (1980)
  282. The Journey (1959)
  283. Breezy
  284. Come To The Stable
  285. Sleep, My Love
  286. The Room
  287. Joe Kidd
  288. Prometheus
  289. The Arrangement
  290. A Yank in the R.A.F.
  291. Half a Hero
  292. The Great Diamond Robbery
  293. Make Mine Mink
  294. Inserts
  295. Parting Glances
  296. A Bullet For Joey
  297. Fort Massacre
  298. Rock of Ages
  299. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
  300. Whale Rider
  301. The Endless Summer
  302. Bel Ami
  303. Blithe Spirit
  304. Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love)
  305. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
  306. The Iron Horse
  307. Peeping Tom
  308. Disclosure
  309. Tequila Sunrise
  310. Permanent Midnight
  311. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  312. Salvador
  313. Love and Other Disasters
  314. Swimming to Cambodia
  315. There’s No Business Like Show Business
  316. Bad Company (1972)
  317. Blind Date (1987)
  318. Magic Mike
  319. (July) To Rome With Love
  320. Six Degrees of Separation
  321. Gow the Head Hunter
  322. The Amazing Spider-Man
  323. Taps
  324. Regarding Henry
  325. Another Country
  326. Brave
  327. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  328. Take This Waltz
  329. Gregory’s Girl
  330. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  331. Time Bandits
  332. Little Toys (SF Silent Film Festival)
  333. The Love of Pharaoh (SF Silent Film Festival)
  334. Mantrap (SF Silent Film Festival)
  335. The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna (SF Silent Film Festival)
  336. Felix Loses Out (SF Silent Film Festival)
  337. Felix Trips Thru Toyland (SF Silent Film Festival)
  338. Felix the Cat Weathers Weather (SF Silent Film Festival)
  339. Felix the Cat in Blunderland (SF Silent Film Festival)
  340. Felix in Jungle Bungles (SF Silent Film Festival)
  341. Felix in Eskimotive (SF Silent Film Festival)
  342. Felix Flirts with Fate (SF Silent Film Festival)
  343. The Spanish Dancer (SF Silent Film Festival)
  344. The Canadian (SF Silent Film Festival)
  345. South (SF Silent Film Festival)
  346. Erotikon (SF Silent Film Festival)
  347. Stella Dallas (1925) (SF Silent Film Festival)
  348. Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot
  349. Crime Does Not Pay: Alibi Racket
  350. Crime Does Not Pay: Desert Death
  351. Crime Does Not Pay: A Thrill For Thelma
  352. Crime Does Not Pay: Hit and Run Driver
  353. Crime Does Not Pay: The Perfect Set-Up
  354. Crime Does Not Pay: Foolproof
  355. Crime Does Not Pay: Public Pays
  356. Crime Does Not Pay: Torture Money
  357. Crime Does Not Pay: It May Happen To You
  358. Crime Does Not Pay: Soak the Poor
  359. Crime Does Not Pay: Give Till It Hurts
  360. Crime Does Not Pay: Behind The Criminal
  361. Crime Does Not Pay: What Price Safety!
  362. Crime Does Not Pay: Miracle Money
  363. Crime Does Not Pay: Come Across
  364. Crime Does Not Pay: A Criminal Is Born
  365. Crime Does Not Pay: They’re Always Caught
  366. Crime Does Not Pay: Think It Over
  367. Crime Does Not Pay: The Wrong Way Out
  368. Crime Does Not Pay: Money To Loan
  369. Crime Does Not Pay: While America Sleeps
  370. Crime Does Not Pay: Help Wanted
  371. Crime Does Not Pay: Think First!
  372. Crime Does Not Pay: Drunk Driving
  373. Crime Does Not Pay: Pound Foolish
  374. Crime Does Not Pay: Know Your Money
  375. Crime Does Not Pay: Jackpot
  376. Crime Does Not Pay: Women In Hiding
  377. Crime Does Not Pay: Buyer Beware
  378. Crime Does Not Pay: Soak The Old
  379. Crime Does Not Pay: You, The People
  380. Crime Does Not Pay: Respect The Law
  381. Crime Does Not Pay: Forbidden Passage
  382. Crime Does Not Pay: Coffins On Wheels
  383. Crime Does Not Pay: Sucker List
  384. Crime Does Not Pay: Don’t Talk
  385. Crime Does Not Pay: For The Common Defense
  386. Crime Does Not Pay: Keep ‘Em Sailing
  387. Crime Does Not Pay: Plan For Destruction
  388. Crime Does Not Pay: Patrolling the Ether
  389. Crime Does Not Pay: Easy Life
  390. Crime Does Not Pay: Dark Shadows
  391. Crime Does Not Pay: The Fall Guy
  392. Crime Does Not Pay: The Last Installment
  393. Crime Does Not Pay: Phantoms, Inc.
  394. Crime Does Not Pay: A Gun In His Hand
  395. Crime Does Not Pay: Purity Squad
  396. Crime Does Not Pay: The Luckiest Guy In The World
  397. Eyes of the Navy
  398. Another Language
  399. Cul-de-sac
  400. Punch-Drunk Love
  401. The Dark Knight Rises
  402. Black Hand
  403. The Devil Makes Three
  404. The Coca-Cola Kid
  405. The Americano
  406. The Turning Point (1977)
  407. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  408. Mississippi Burning
  409. Adua e le Compagne (Adua and Her Friends)
  410. Author! Author!
  411. Heartburn
  412. (August) The Landlord
  413. Damon and Pythias
  414. Kept Husbands
  415. Killer Joe
  416. Woman Chases Man
  417. Le diable probablement (The Devil, Probably)
  418. Dynamite (1929)
  419. Ercole sfida Sansone (Hercules, Samson & Ulysses)
  420. Heat
  421. Espionage Agent
  422. Cattle Drive
  423. The Intruder aka Shame (1962)
  424. Hard Eight
  425. The Men
  426. The Keep
  427. 2 Days in New York
  428. Ambush at Cimarron Pass
  429. ParaNorman
  430. The Expendables 2
  431. The Master
  432. L’amore in città (Love in the City)
  433. Forty Guns
  434. To Live and Die in L.A.
  435. Moonshine
  436. Cosmopolis
  437. Fatty Joins The Force
  438. A Flirt’s Mistake
  439. The Knockout (1914)
  440. The Rounders (1914)
  441. Leading Lizzie Astray
  442. Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day
  443. Fatty and Mabel’s Simple Life
  444. Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition
  445. Fatty’s New Role
  446. Choose Me
  447. People Will Talk
  448. White Palace
  449. (September) The Pajama Game
  450. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
  451. Un fiume di dollari aka River of Dollars aka The Hills Run Red
  452. Mad Dog and Glory
  453. The Lincoln Lawyer
  454. Beverly Hills Cop
  455. Beverly Hills Cop II
  456. Playing by Heart
  457. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  458. Passion Fish
  459. This Happy Breed
  460. Number Seventeen
  461. Born to Be Bad (1950)
  462. A Night in Casablanca
  463. Unhook the Stars
  464. Battle Circus
  465. Gun the Man Down
  466. Mystic Pizza
  467. The Vow
  468. She’s So Lovely
  469. Intouchables (The Intouchables)
  470. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
  471. Puccini for Beginners
  472. The Wrath of God (1972)
  473. Un esercito di cinque uomini (The Five Man Army)
  474. Run for Cover
  475. We’re Not Married!
  476. The Procession
  477. Steve
  478. Prodigal
  479. After-School Special (2011)
  480. Not Your Time
  481. sexting
  482. Friend Request Pending
  483. Eyewitness
  484. Hello I Must Be Going
  485. Barbara  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  486. Was bleibt (Home For The Weekend)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  487. Das Totenschiff (Ship of the Dead)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  488. Die Libelle und das Nashorn (The Rhino and the Dragonfly)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  489. Faust (2011)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  490. Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  491. Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  492. Der Verdingbub (The Foster Boy)  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  493. Baikonur  (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  494. Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival)
  495. (October) I Don’t Want to Be Born aka The Devil Within Her
  496. The Monster That Challenged the World
  497. It! The Terror from Beyond Space
  498. Frankenweenie (2012)
  499. Invisible Invaders
  500. Vampire Circus
  501. Circus of Horrors
  502. The Vampire (1957)
  503. The Vampire’s Ghost
  504. Theatre of Blood
  505. Looper
  506. The Return of Dracula
  507. Argo
  508. Creature From The Black Lagoon
  509. Crucible of Horror
  510. The Mummy’s Curse
  511. Tales of Terror
  512. Vampyr
  513. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
  514. Donovan’s Brain
  515. The Thing with Two Heads
  516. Parents
  517. The House of the Devil
  518. Tales That Witness Madness
  519. Frogs
  520. The Ape
  521. To the Devil a Daughter
  522. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
  523. The Catman of Paris
  524. Empire of the Ants
  525. Cat People (1982)
  526. The Lady and the Monster
  527. The Sessions
  528. Swamp Thing
  529. The Mummy’s Hand
  530. The Crater Lake Monster
  531. Wake In Fright
  532. Seven Psychopaths
  533. Pitch Perfect
  534. Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf)
  535. Son of Frankenstein
  536. (Noirvember) Railroaded!
  537. Crime of Passion (1957)
  538. Moonrise
  539. Cloud Atlas
  540. Cage of Evil
  541. The Big Caper
  542. Paperman
  543. Wreck-It Ralph
  544. Union Station (1950)
  545. Cry Vengeance
  546. The Big Night (1960)
  547. Private Hell 36
  548. Lincoln
  549. Rope of Sand
  550. Lili
  551. Odds Against Tomorrow
  552. Plunder Road
  553. My Gun Is Quick
  554. The Sound of Fury aka Try and Get Me
  555. The Depraved (1957)
  556. The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  557. The Captive City
  558. Ruthless
  559. No Man of Her Own
  560. The Naked Street
  561. CHiPS ’99
  562. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
  563. Blonde Ice
  564. Too Late For Tears
  565. Life of Pi
  566. The Hitch-Hiker
  567. Silver Linings Playbook
  568. Hollow Triumph (aka The Scar)
  569. Dark City (1950)
  570. Sedmikrásky (Daisies)
  571. The Scarf
  572. Man-Trap (1961)
  573. Appointment With Danger
  574. Anna Karenina (2012)
  575. Short Cut To Hell
  576. Foreign Intrigue
  577. (December) Divorce (1945)
  578. Bend of the River
  579. The Lady in Question
  580. Bernie
  581. A Farewell to Arms (1932)
  582. A Smile Wrinkle
  583. The White Shadow
  584. Flight
  585. Slacker
  586. Great Director
  587. Chambre 666
  588. Lone Star
  589. Can’t Hurry Love
  590. Chilly Scenes of Winter
  591. Enchanted April
  592. Brassed Off
  593. Any Day Now
  594. Affliction
  595. Days of Jesse James
  596. Holy Motor
  597. Haywire
  598. This is Christmas
  599. Walking and Talking
  600. De rouille et d’os (Rust & Bone)
  601. Hitchcock
  602. Young Buffalo Bill
  603. Like Crazy
  604. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  605. Django Unchained
  606. Les Misérables (2012)
  607. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  608. Night Train to Munich
  609. Flirting With Disaster
  610. The Impossible
  611. Support Your Local Gunfighter
  612. Tortilla Soup
  613. Max Dugan Returns
  614. Flawless
  615. 3 Women
  616. L’eclisse
  617. The Barefoot Contessa

1880s: 0
2010s: 122

So what was the one film I watched in 2012 that stood out above all others? It was none other than Wim Wender’s non-fiction dream-like film for Pina Bausch.


I wish I had seen this in 2011, because if I had it would have topped my list for favorite films from that year. As it happens, I didn’t get to see this wonderful film until February. Since then I have seen it in theatres four times. Yes, four times. I plan to watch it every single time I get that chance. If I could live in any film it would be this film. It is just so perfect.


Luckily for all of you, you can buy Pina from the Criterion Collection and you can also stream it on Netflix, but I definitely recommend you watch it in 3D (and I don’t often say that) in a theater if you get the chance. It is the only film I’ve seen where I felt the 3D actually added to the film, rather than distracted from it. I promise, it won’t be like anything else you’ve ever seen.

That was 2012 in films for me; I look forward to another year filled with cinema and I hope all of you had a great 2012 and have an even better year ahead!

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on January 1, 2013, in 2012 in Films and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. aw- Pina was on Comcast OnDemand until yesterday, but my family kept on taking up the TV. Anyways, I hope I can see it on the big screen, in 3D, one day.
    Looks like you had a fine movie-watching year!
    I recommend that, after Kurosawa, start checking out some works by Masaki Kobayashi. The color horror film “Kaidan” might be a good entry point. And after Ozu, try Kenji Mizoguchi’s films if you haven’t seen some of his work already.
    Have a great 2013!

  2. Oh, Antonioni. I remember watching several of his films (in, I believe, summer 2011). I started because I love Gabriele Ferzetti. BUT OH MY GOSH. The pain.

    Anyway, this was a super-interesting posts. I always love reading your recap posts — they make me want to watch more movies (and get back to blogging regularly).

    I hope your 2013 is lovely!

  3. Fabulous list – unlike last year – I had seen very few of the films. I am glad you enjoyed yourself. I agree – I would LUV to go to a film festival.

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