Vatche’s Favorite Films of 2012

Vatche’s Favorite Films of 2012

It’s hard to make top 10 lists. For a couple reasons, sometimes, its just hard to look back and remember every single little film you saw. Also, while I make a huge effort to see every film that comes out, obviously there are many I miss along the way. So, I looked back at my various reviews from through out the year and put together a list of films I enjoyed quite a bit.

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IFFBoston ’12 Wrap-Up

The end of the 10th annual Independent Film Festival has arrived. What an amazing year this was, great films, great people, and great times had by all. The festival closed with a screening Lauren Greenfield’s “Queen of Versailles” to a packed house. Here are the award winners!

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Grand Jury Prize: THINK OF ME directed by Bryan Wizemann
Special Jury Prize: GAYBY directed by Jonathan Lisecki
Audience Award: FAIRHAVEN directed by Tom O’Brien

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Grand Jury Prize: DETROPIA directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Special Jury Prize: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE directed by Steve Maing
Audience Award: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE directed by David France
The Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing: BEWARE OF MR. BAKER edited by Abhay Sofsky

SHORT FILM

Grand Jury Prize: DONALD CRIED directed by Kris Avedisian
Special Jury Prize: BLANCHE FRAISE directed by Frederick Tremblay
Audience Award: MONDAYS AT RACINE directed by Cynthia Wade

IFFBoston ’12 VIDEO: Q&A with Xan Aranda – Andrew Bird: Fever Year

IFFBoston ’12 VIDEO: Q&A with Xan Aranda – Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Xan Aranda talks candidly about making Andrew Bird: Fever Year, at a Q&A following the screening at IFFBoston 2012.

 

IFFBoston ’12 VIDEO: Q&A With Ira Glass – Sleepwalk with Me

IFFBoston ’12 VIDEO: Q&A With Ira Glass – Sleepwalk with Me

In this excerpt from IFFBoston 2012’s opening night Q&A, Ira Glass of NPR’s “This American Life” sits down with Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR’s RadioBoston to talk about his collaboration with Mike Birbiglia on the new film “Sleepwalk with Me”

‘Booster’ Added to IFFBoston 2012 Lineup

The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) announced yesterday that the feature film ‘Booster’ was added to the festival lineup. Filmed in Boston, and directed by Boston native Matt Ruskin, ‘Booster’ stars Boston-based actors Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, and Brian McGrail alongside legendary John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson collaborator, Seymour Cassel.

Matt Ruskin, Seymour Cassel, and the rest of the cast will be in attendance for the screening which is set for the evening of Saturday April 28th at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. (See the full list of whose attending IFFBoston Screenings here)

Tickets for IFFBoston will be available soon, and will be available for purchase at IFFBoston.org – look to Lonelyreviewer for continued coverage of IFFBoston 2012.

IFFBoston 2012 Lineup Announced

My favorite time of year is upon is, the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) announced today the films that will be featured at the 2012 festival. The tenth annual festival will take place April 25- May 2, 2012. The festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, and the  Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.

The festival will screen over 130 films screenings, and as always, have filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events! Many of the screenings will feature special appearances, including directors Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America), July Delpy (2 Days in New York), as well as co-writer Ira Glass (Sleepwalk with Me) – many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Look to LonelyReviewer for the latest on IFFBoston 2012!

Opening Night Film

SLEEPWALK WITH ME
directed by Mike Birbiglia

Closing Night Film

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
directed by Lauren Greenfield

Narrative Features

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK
directed by Julie Delpy

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW
directed by Panos Cosmatos

DARK HORSE
directed by Todd Solondz

FAIRHAVEN
directed by Tom O’Brien

FOR ELLEN
directed by So Yong Kim

FRANCINE
directed by Brian Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky

GAYBY
directed by Jonathan Lisecki

GOD BLESS AMERICA
directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

HEADHUNTERS
directed by Morten Tyldum

I WISH
directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

KEYHOLE
directed by Guy Maddin

KID-THING
directed by David Zellner

LIBERAL ARTS
directed by Josh Radnor

THE LONELIEST PLANET
directed by Julia Loktev

NOBODY WALKS
directed by Ry Russo-Young

OK, GOOD
directed by Daniel Martinico

POLISSE
directed by Maiwenn

RUBBERNECK
directed by Alex Karpovsky

SEE GIRL RUN
directed by Nate Meyer

SUN DON’T SHINE
directed by Amy Seimetz

THINK OF ME
directed by Bryan Wizemann

TRISHNA
directed by Michael Winterbottom

V/H/S
directed by Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, Glenn McQuaid, and David Bruckner

WELCOME TO PINE HILL
directed by Keith Miller

THE WHIRLPOOL
directed by Alvin Case

WITHOUT
directed by Mark Jackson

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
directed by Andrea Arnold

YOUR SISTER’S SISTER
directed by Lynn Shelton

Documentary Features

AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY
directed by Alison Klayman

ALL AGES: THE BOSTON HARDCORE FILM
directed by Drew Stone

ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR
directed by Xan Aranda

THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA
directed by Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
directed by Neil Berkeley

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
directed by Jay Bulger

BURN
directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez

CERRO RICO, TIERRA RICA
directed by Juan Vallejo

THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT
directed by Jeffrey Kimball

CODE OF THE WEST
directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen

DETROPIA
directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

DOWNEAST
directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING
directed by Tim Cawley

GIRL MODEL
directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
directed by Ben Shapiro

HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE
directed by Steve Maing

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
directed by David France

THE IMPOSTER
directed by Bart Layton

JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET
directed by Jesse Vile

JEFF
directed by Chris James Thompson

JUST LIKE BEING THERE
directed by Scout Shannon

KNUCKLEBALL! (Sneak Preview Screening)
directed by Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg

THE LIST
directed by Beth Murphy

LOVE AND OTHER ANXIETIES
directed by Lyda Kuth

LOVE FREE OR DIE
directed by Macky Alston

ONE NIGHT STAND
directed by Elisabeth Sperling & Trish Dalton

PELOTERO
directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, & Jonathan Paley

PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF (Sneak Preview Screening)
directed by Tom Bean & Luke Poling

PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE
directed by Stephen Kessler

THE REVISIONARIES
directed by Scott Thurman

THE SHIEK AND I
directed by Caveh Zahedi

TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM
directed by Grant Hamilton

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES
directed by Joe Berlinger

WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS
directed by Brian Knappenberger

WE’RE NOT BROKE
directed by Karin Hayes & Victoria Bruce

Short Films

24 HOURS AT THE SOUTH STREET DINER
directed by Tom Dowler & Melissa Dowler

AARON BURR, PART 2
directed by Dana O’Keefe

AGLOW
directed by Howard Libov

AMERICAN JUGGALO
directed by Sean Dunne

BEAR
directed by Nash Edgerton

BELLY
directed by Julia Pott

BIRDBOY
directed by Alberto Vazquez

BLANCHE FRAISE
directed by Frederick Tremblay

BRUTE FORCE
directed by Ben Steinbauer

CATCAM
directed by Seth Keal

DONALD CRIED
directed by Kris Avedisian

FULL-TIME MINISTRY
directed by Helen Hood Scheer

THE FUSE: OR HOW I BURNED SIMON BOLIVAR
directed by Igor Drljaca

HELLION
directed by Kat Candler

HURDY GURDY
directed by Daniel Seideneder & Daniel Pfeiffer

I BEAT MIKE TYSON
directed by Joshua Weinstein

IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
directed by Don Hertzfeldt

LAS PALMAS
directed by Johannes Nyholm

THE LOOKOUT
directed by Brian Bolster

THE LOVE COMPETITION
directed by Brent Hoff

THE MAKER
directed by Christopher Kezelos

MEANING OF ROBOTS
directed by Matt Lenski

MONDAYS AT RACINE
directed by Cynthia Wade

NEVE & SONS
directed by Duygu Erucman

ONCE IT STARTED IT COULD NOT END OTHERWISE
directed by Kelly Sears

PEOPLE PARADE
directed by John Wilson & Chris Maggio

SLOW DEREK
directed by Dan Ojari

SONG OF THE SPINDLE
directed by Drew Christie

SPOILS: EXTRAORDINARY HARVEST
directed by Alex Mallis

TABULA RASA
directed by Matthew Rankin

TWO’S A CROWD
directed by Tom Isler & Jim Isler

WE REFUSE TO BE COLD
directed by Alexander Carson

The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners

The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners

The 2012 Academy Awards started off with a bang, with Hugo taking 2 in a row. In fact, I’m happy to see that two of my favorite films of the year, The Artist and Hugo, both took home 5 Oscar’s a piece. I am glad that Hugo, my personal favorite for best pic, was recognized for its technical achievements. It was no surprise that The Artist walked away with the biggest trophy’s of the night, but a part of me was bummed to not see Scorsese take home his second Best Director win.

The biggest upset of the night was definitely  Meryl Streep besting what everyone thought was a definite win for Viola Davis. The telecast itself was great, and probably the fastest moving I’ve ever seen. Billy Crystal was funny, classy, and great as expected. The Cirque de Soliel performance was interesting, but I would have given that up to see Man or a Muppet performed. Overall, the show was lightyears ahead of last years Anne Hathaway/James Franco trainwreck.

What did you think of the results? See the full list of winners below, with the winners highlighted in bold.

Best Picture

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Director

  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexdander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • La Luna, Enrico Casarosa
  • A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Documentary Short

  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • God is the Bigger Elvis, Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • Incident in New Baghdad, James Spione
  • Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Pentecost, Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • Raju, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • Time Freak, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Artist, Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • Margin Call, Written by J.C. Chandor
  • Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen
  • A Separation, Written by Asghar Farhadi

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan
  • The Ides of March, Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.  Story by Stan Chervin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

Music (Original Song)

  • “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • “Real in Rio” from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Music (Original Score)

  • The Adventures of Tintin, John Williams
  • The Artist, Ludovic Bource
  • Hugo, Howard Shore
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias
  • War Horse, John Williams

Best Actor In a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
  • Real Steel, Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dan Glass, Brad Friedman, Douglas Trumbull and Michael Fink

Animated Feature Film

  • A Cat in Paris, Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Chico & Rita, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Puss in Boots, Chris Miller
  • Rango, Gore Verbinski

Documentary Feature

  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Pina
  • Undefeated

Sound Mixing

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
  • Moneyball, Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  • War Horse, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Sound Editing

  • Drive, Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ren Klyce
  • Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • War Horse, Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Film Editing

  • The Artist, Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants, Kevin Tent
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Moneyball, Christopher Tellefsen

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help

Foreign Language Film

  • Belgium, “Bullhead”, Michael R. Roskam, director
  • Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar”, Philippe Falardeau, director
  • Iran, “A Separation”, Asghar Farhadi, director
  • Israel, “Footnote”, Joseph Cedar, director
  • Poland, “In Darkness”, Agnieszka Holland, director

Makeup

  • Albert Nobbs, Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
  • The Iron Lady, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Costume Design

  • Anonymous, Lisy Christl
  • The Artist, Mark Bridges
  • Hugo, Sandy Powell
  • Jane Eyre, Michael O’Connor
  • W.E., Arianne Phillips

Art Direction

  • The Artist: Laurence Bennett (Production Design); Robert Gould (Set Decoration)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
  • Hugo: Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)
  • War Horse: Rick Carter (Production Design); Lee Sandales (Set Decoration)

Cinematography

  • The Artist, Guillaume Schiffman
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Cronenweth
  • Hugo, Robert Richardson
  • The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • War Horse, Janusz Kaminski

‘2012’ Script Details Hits Net

When I first heard about the new Roland Emmerich disaster film ‘2012,’ my reaction went from a quick groan, to perked up ears. I’ve been dying for a return to form from Emmerich (a la Stargate), and a film about the end of human civilization looks like it could be that step in the right direction.

Latino Review has posted a lengthy script synopsis basically showing that in its current form, its no better then your run in the mill disaster film.

I hope Emmerich reads this review, and goes, “Maybe I CAN make it better.”

Read the full story here.