Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 24 December 2012 15:56

Applause for the top films for 2012

L-R: John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ben Affleck in "Argo" L-R: John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ben Affleck in "Argo" argothemovie.warnerbros.com
Written by Diane Carson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

About this Media...

  • Director: Various directors
  • Dates: Various opening dates

As 2012 ends, the best films deserve acknowledgement, a tip of the hat. Here are the films I most admired in 2012, those that entertained as well as inspired, that offered insight as well as consummate cinematic experiences.

1. “Amour/Love”: Austrian director Michael Haneke’s profoundly humane, meticulously detailed study of the last months of a devoted elderly couple is deeply moving, heartbreaking, and beautifully, calmly presented. The themes of love, mortality, and family infuse this courageous masterpiece with depths of emotion. It opens Feb. 1 in St. Louis.

2. “Argo” and 3. “Zero Dark Thirty”: Directors Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow dramatize landmark historical events in energetic, suspenseful films that confront, but never trivialize, complex issues of national importance.

4. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Benh Zeitlin seamlessly infuses magical realism into the desperate straits faced by six-year-old Hush Puppy, resident of the “bathtub,” outside New Orlean’s levee. A world of its own devices springs to vivid life in a dreamlike film.

5. “Life of Pi”: The literal and symbolic details of “Pi” provide a wealth of suggestive ideas embedded in a wonderfully mythic story, and the CGI presents it in captivating images in director Ang Lee's film.

6. “The Master”: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix make conversational exchanges thrilling psychological combat in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s take on the damaged and those who exploit them.

7. “Searching for Sugar Man” and 8. “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”: Documentaries present some of the most engaging stories and best filmmaking. “Searching for Sugar Man” tells one of the most astonishing of those accounts, while “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” describes this courageous artist defying Chinese intimidation, including attacks on him and refusals to let Ai attend museum openings in other countries.

9. “The Kid with a Bike” and 10. “Monsieur Lazhar”: These two French language films restore faith in human nature without understating the struggles and pain of a boy whose father rejects him, in the former, and a class of 11 and 12 year olds whose teacher commits suicide. A compassionate woman in “Kid” and an immigrant man in “Lazhar” model what all of us should aspire to, especially in today’s crises.

Another baker’s dozen of superior films of 2012, listed alphabetically, are: “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Flight,” “Footnote,” “The Intouchables,” “Lincoln,” “Rust and Bone” (opens January 11), “The Sessions,” “Skyfall,” “Take This Waltz,” and “The Impossible” (opens January 4), and documentaries “Detropia,” “The Imposter” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


The Driftaways

Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. Don't Hide is full of high energy jams and groovey improves that gives them a good time vibe. Download their song "Don't Hide"…

Dad Jr: Get Down. Hard.

Sun June 29

KDHX Recommends

July
Thursday
31

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys KDHX presents Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at The Stage, July 31 at 8pm. Tickets available online.   Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a...


August
Saturday
02

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014 The Aching Hearts are the husband and wife duo of Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells (host of Steam-Powered Radio on 88.1 KDHX), who recently released the CD "Just a Habit." Join them and KDHX for a morning of classic, old-time...


August
Wednesday
06

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange KDHX presents Mandolin Orange as part of the Discovery Series on Wednesday August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina-based duo combines bluegrass, rock and country, providing a modern take on age-old styles. Tickets available...


Online Users

5 users and 8414 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook