And let the lists start pouring in.
While most people will be focused on the various critics groups that will, as the year winds down, bring with them their arbitrary lists of greatest films that 2012 has had to offer, it is the team over at the legendary magazine Cahiers du Cinema that will have the first laugh.
The group has released their list of the 10 best films of 2012, and it’s a doozy. First, here’s the top 10:
- 1. Holy motors (Leos Carax)
2. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
3. Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola)
4. 4:44 Last day on earth (Abel Ferrara)
4. In another country (Hong Sang-Soo)
4. Take shelter (Jeff Nichols)
7.Go go tales (Abel Ferrara)
8. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
9. Faust (Alexander Sokurov)
10. Keep the lights on (Ira Sachs)
Now, while I’ve only been able to see the Cronenberg, Ferrara and Gomes (the Nichols, while great, is a US 2011 release), I can say that all three are fantastic in their own ways. Not a single member of this trio will be found on any major year-end lists (Cosmopolis maybe, but it’s far too polarizing to be a likely contender) so it’s nice to see them all get love here. I’m particularly fond of Tabu, a film that I firmly believe may very well be 2012’s most beloved a handful of years from now. All in all, it’s one hell of a list. Even Coppola makes an appearance, despite nothing but awful buzz surrounding his latest effort. I know I can’t wait to see the damn thing.