Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012: Jeremi Szaniawski

The Best New Films of 2012:
1-4. Withheld out of protest
5. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011; Netflix)
6. The Snowtown Murders (Justin Kurzel, 2011; Netflix)
7. The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, 2011; 4k, Laemmle theater, Pasadena)
8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011; Flagey, Brussels, 35mm)
9. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino; New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, 35mm)
10. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier, 2011; Netflix)

Honorable Mentions:
Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011; Netflix)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax; 4k, Film Forum, New York)

Favorite Films that I Saw for the First Time in 2012:
1. Les Bonnes femmes (Claude Chabrol, 1960; Netflix)
2. 3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977; Netflix)
3. Through and Through (Grzegorz Krolikiewicz, 1973; DVD)
4. Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978; DVD)
5. Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa, 1949; Le Desperado, Paris, 35mm)
6. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971; Film Forum, New York, 35mm)
7. Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010; Netflix)
8. Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974; New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, 35mm)
9. Careful (Guy Maddin, 1992; Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, 35mm)
10. The Touch (Ingmar Bergman, 1971; DVD)

One mighty indulgence: 
The Mighty Peking Man (Meng Hua Ho, 1977; Netflix)

And a second GIGANTIC indulgence: 
Silent Night, Deadly Night, Part 2 (Lee Harry, 1987; New Beverly Cinema, LA, 35mm)

Jeremi Szaniawski is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a PhD in Film Studies and Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale University.

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