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Film Discussion Lunch - 2012 in Review

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type.  For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre. 

2012 has been an exceptional year for films, so we'll have plenty to discuss as we go through the highlights and even some lowlights of the year.  We'll also be talking Oscar buzz and what we're looking forward to in the new year. 

When we get to the end of December, we'll welcome your top 10 of 2012 lists in the comments section below. 

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  • Jimmy O.

    Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie--2.5 stars on imdb, 2 stars on rotten tomatoes, probably listed on absolutely nobody's annual favorites list--still the other great movie I saw in 2012. Not as sublime as TV's Tom Goes to the Mayor perhaps, but what on earth is? I defy any humorists to satirize the millennial faux-boom of the exurbs (...Mayor) or the Great Recession (...Billion...) as trenchantly as they did--trenchant satire has been almost non-existent in scaredy-pants mainstream USA post-9/11 culture, hopefully it can make a comeback in the 2010's (as it thrived in the 1930's...Girls and Portlandia are excellent satires on Tv that could help lead the way)...

    January 19, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      is that a good bad or mediocre analogy?

      January 20, 2013

    • Al

      You tell me - I think the analogy is pretty good. 8) I'm referring to the way both movies make their points by assaulting the viewer with a barrage of visuals that don't sit still for even a moment.

      January 20, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    Even The Master's detractors may wonder about its omission from Uncle Oscar's Best Cinematography nominations. I'm not sure whether these links are open past the wall for everyone (I hope they are), but Richard Brody of the New Yorker has two especially interesting columns about the polarizing and/or mystifying PT Anderson flick...lhttp://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2013/01/paul-thomas-andersons-the-master-opens-in-france.html
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2012/09/paul-thomas-anderson-the-master.html

    January 19, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      I'm struck by the comparison to Preminger's "Fallen Angel" and "Whirlpool" and Goulding's more cynical :Nightmare Alley" in particular..."Falle­n Angel"'s Alice Faye would have been terrific as Mrs. Dodd...

      January 19, 2013

  • Al

    1) Holy Motors
    2) The Act of Killing
    3) Lincoln
    4) Rampart
    5) Life of Pi
    6) Cabin in the Woods
    7) Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    8) Zero Dark Thirty
    9) Skyfall
    10) The Color Wheel
    11) Goon

    Honorable Mention: Cloud Atlas, Killer Joe, Headhunters, Avengers, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus (really!), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ruby Sparks, Looper, Bernie, The Raid, Silver Linings Playbook (what a great year it's been!!)

    Dishonorable Mention: The Dark Knight Rises, The Master, Lawless, Killing them Soflty, The Impossible, 1/3rd of the Hobbit

    Didn't see (yet!): Amour, Impostor, Compliance, End of Watch, Smashed, Flight, Queen of Versailles

    January 18, 2013

  • Bennett O.

    Having now seen all the Best Picture nominees except "Life of Pi", so here's how I rank them, from best to least best:

    1- Lincoln (carried to the top by Daniel Day Lewis's incredible performance) A
    2- Amour - (the husband should also have been nominated for Best Actor) A
    3- Zero Dark Thirty - (I could have used some more depth in Jessica Chastain's performance instead of constant anger) A-
    4- Beast of the Southern Wild (maybe the most original film of the year) A-
    5- Django Unchained (because I still do not know what to make of it) B+
    6- Silver Linings Playbook (because it's nice to finally see an adultish comedy/storyline) B+
    7- Argo (nice surface storytelling but kinda flat and Hollywoodized) B-
    8- Les Miserables (a lot to like about the film but somewhat stagey and Russell Crowe insults the idea of a musical) B-

    January 17, 2013

  • Peter R.

    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Lincoln
    3. The Cabin in the Woods
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Holy Motors
    6. Amour
    7. The Master*
    8. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
    9. Chinese Take-Away
    10. Oslo, August 31st
    11. The Turin Horse
    12. The Queen of Versailles
    13. Skyfall
    14. Headhunters
    15. The Dark Knight Rises
    * May move up or down; dependent on my ability to eventually figure out what the movie is actually about.

    January 16, 2013

  • Brad

    Hope to see more of your 2012 favorites lists here. My top 10: 1) Holy Motors
    2) The Master
    3) The Avengers
    4) Les Miserables
    5) The Cabin in the Woods
    6) Django Unchained
    7) Argo
    8) Lincoln
    9) Skyfall
    10) Beasts of the Southern Wild

    January 3, 2013

  • Lydia S.

    I have always liked movies by famous Russian Director Kira Muratova. I was surprised that the Facets has her movies in their list. She is not widely known but recognized in many international competitions. I recommend “Chekhovian motives” and “Euphoria”. She has her unique stile: she can show deep human tragedy with minimum and very simple monologs.

    January 1, 2013

  • Seth A.

    December 31, 2012

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