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Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2012: Film

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Top 5 Domestic Films of 2012
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson
“Looper,” Rian Johnson
“The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“Magic Mike,” Steven Soderbergh
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Foreign Films of 2012
“Oslo, August 31,” Joachim Trier (tie)
“Once Upon A Time In Anatolia,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan (tie)
“Amour,” Michael Haneke
“Life Without Principle,” Johnnie To
“The Turin Horse,” Béla Tarr
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Films of 2012 in Alphabetical Order
“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin
“The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“Prometheus,” Ridley Scott
“Room 237,” Rodney Ascher
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow
—Bill Stamets

Top 5 Tempting-The-Fates, Go-For-Broke, WTF Movies of 2012
“The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“Holy Motors,” Leos Carax
“Cloud Atlas,” Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
“Compliance,” Craig Zobel
“Killer Joe,” William Friedkin
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Directors of 2012
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Steven Soderbergh, “Magic Mike”
Julia Loktev, “The Loneliest Planet”
Ira Sachs, “Keep The Lights On”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Actresses of 2012
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Ann Dowd, “Compliance”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Actors in 2012
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”
Anders Danielsen Lie, “Oslo, August 31”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Supporting Actresses in 2012
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Stella Maeve, “Starlet”
Besedka Johnson, “Starlet”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Supporting Actors in 2012
Samuel L. Jackson, “Django Unchained”
Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Bob Balaban, “Moonrise Kingdom”
 —Ray Pride

Top 5 Scores in 2012
Alexandre Desplat, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Thomas Newman, “Skyfall”
Nathan Johnson, “Looper”
Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Alexandre Desplat Scores of 2012
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Rust and Bone”
“Rise of the Guardians”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Cinematography in 2012
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Greig Fraser
“Oslo, August 31,” Jakob Ihre
“The Turin Horse,” Fred Kelemen
“Keep The Lights On,” Thimios Bakatakis
“Wuthering Heights,” Robbie Ryan
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Screenplays of 2012
Eskil Vogt, “Oslo, August 31”
Mark Boal,  “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
Alex Ross Perry & Carlen Altman, “The Color Wheel”
Joseph Cedar, “Footnote”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Beats of Dialogue in 2012
“I’m the motherfucker that found this place,” “Zero Dark Thirty”
“You’re not qualified to teach, you’re barely qualified to learn”; “You just have such a kooky sense of humor”; “I don’t pinky-swear, you know that, it’s a barbaric practice”; “I didn’t used to have all this drink spilled on me.” “The Color Wheel”
“What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?” “Cloud Atlas”
“What’s the matter with you, generally. You seem restless, in a kind of permanent way,” “Take This Waltz”
“Remember when you could just throw a girl in a volcano?”; “How old do you think I am?” “Cabin In The Woods”
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Documentaries of 2012
“This Is Not A Film,” Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
“How to Survive a Plague,” David France
“The House I Live In,” Eugene Jarecki
“Fake It So Real,” Robert Greene
“Searching For Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Films You Can’t See Yet in 2012
“Something In The Air,” Olivier Assayas
“Stories We Tell,” Sarah Polley
“Frances Ha,” Noah Baumbach/Greta Gerwig
“The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer
“Barbara,” Christian Petzold
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Unreleased Foreign Language Academy Award Nominees in 2012
“The Deep,” Iceland, Baltasar Kormákur
“No,” Pablo Larrain, Chile
“Headshot,” Thailand, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
“After Lucia,” Mexico, Michel Franco
“Clandestine Childhood,” Argentina, Benjamín Ávila
—Ray Pride

Top 5 Films Others Liked That Eluded Me in 2012
“Leviathan,” Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel
“The Imposter,” Bart Layton
“Your Sister’s Sister,” Lynn Shelton
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Jackson
“We Have a Pope,” Nanni Moretti
 —Ray Pride

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