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Movie Quote of the Day – The Master, 2012 (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)


Lancaster Dodd: There’s nothing I can do for you, if your mind has been made up. You seem to know the answers to your questions, why do you ask?
John More: I’m sorry you’re unwilling to defend your beliefs in any kind of rational. . .
Lancaster Dodd: If, if you, if you, if you already know the answers to your questions, then why ask PIG FUCK? We are not helpless. And we are on a journey that risks the dark. If you don’t mind, a good night to you.

Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2012

I really loved most of what I saw in 2011 (and actually my favorite film from 2011 I saw in 2012, but I will post more about that tomorrow). As for 2012, a lot of what I saw I felt kind of neutral about and a handful of films I downright hated (which is a rarity for me, really). I’m not sure what it was, but 2012 just didn’t live up to my expectations. That said, I did compile a list of fifteen films that I really loved. I wasn’t able to see Zero Dark Thirty or Amour before the end of the year, which I would have liked to have seen before compiling this list. Alas, they don’t open in San Francisco until after the new year. If you want to see all the 2012 releases I watched, you can do so here.


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“The Master” Named Best Picture, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director By San Francisco Film Critics Circle


Best Picture: “The Master”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner for “Lincoln”
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour”
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln”
Best Supporting Actress: Helen Hunt for “The Sessions”
Best Animated Feature: “ParaNorman”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
Best Documentary: “The Waiting Room”
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi”
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg for “Argo”
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen for “Moonrise Kingdom”
Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community: Peter Nicks for “The Waiting Room.”  Nicks’ vérité portrait of grace under pressure in an Oakland, Calif. emergency room addresses the U.S. health care crisis in human terms that transcend partisan debate
Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema: “Girl Walk//All Day”  This Jacob Krupnick film turns an already-lively album of pop and hip hop mashups into a joyous celebration of music, dance and community shot guerilla style on the streets on New York City

“The Master” Sweeps The Toronto Film Critics Awards


Best Picture: The Master
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Best Actor: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Best Supporting Actress: Gina Gershon, Killer Joe
Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman (Sam Fell and Chris Butler)
Best Documentary: Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
Best Foreign-Language Film: Amour (Michael Haneke)
Best First Feature: Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)

Kansas Film Critics Circle Name “The Master” Best Picture, Director


Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, LINCOLN
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, ARGO
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER
Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR (Austria/France)
Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
Best Animated Film: FRANKENWEENIE
Best Documentary: THE IMPOSTER

Paul Thomas Anderson, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and August 2012 in Film

I worked a lot of hours in August and I also spent a weekend in L.A. (doing non-movie watching things if you can imagine!), so my new-to-me count for August is pretty low. I mean, for me anyways. I did, however, manage to finish Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmography. If you’ve been paying attention for the last few months, you’ll’ve noticed that Kristen of SalesOnFilm and I had been watching a Paul Thomas Anderson film a month, working our way through his filmography. August’s movie was supposed to be Hard Eight (which we did watch, and I highly recommend), but then a sneak preview popped up at the Castro Theatre for The Master in 70mm, therefore there were two PTA films. I’ll elaborate more on that after the cut. Speaking of films on the big screen, while I was in L.A. I finally got to go to the Aero Theatre (still haven’t made it to the New Bev!) where I saw two Sam Fuller films (including Shock Corridor, which is even better on the big screen!). Last night I saw Vertigo in 70mm at the Castro. I hadn’t seen that film in a good ten years. Recently it usurped Citizen Kane on Sight & Sounds once-a-decade poll of the greatest films of all time. I gotta say, as great as Vertigo is, I gotta call bullshit on that. Lastly, I’ve been watching may way through all of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s films that are available on DVD. I’ve still got quite a few left to watch. Boy do I love him. Oh, also when I was in L.A., I got to visit the boys at the Warner Archive. They even let me peak into the coveted DVD closet. I nearly passed out. I’m pretty sure that’s what Heaven looks like. Lastly, in case you missed it, I started writing Oscar Vault Monday again! It’s good to be back. As always, all my new-to-me films for the month are listed after the cut.

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