Now and Then: The Best of the Year So Far

by Matthew Brennan
August 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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  • RKusaf | August 9, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    Wait a minute... of the entire movie, "Dark Knight Rises", you take away the prison bit as the most important? Hopefully you're talking about how the ENTIRE prison bit fits together. (The REAL kid that escapes from it and not the original interpretation the audience assumes.)

  • joeS | August 7, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    Drop the wretched CABIN IN THE WOODS and the uber twee MOONRISE KINGDOM and you have a pretty good list.

    Sad that even on indiewire it's not a "Dark Knight Rules"-free zone.........

  • Nathan Ligon | August 7, 2012 8:27 PMReply

    I'm with you on your top 2 as being great films and I also thought The Cabin in the Woods was surprisingly special, but everything else was just good. Not great. However, to me, any list that does not have The Dark Knight Rises on it seems kind of empty. There will not be another movie as talked about by everybody for its politics, technical achievements, what it did for the world of popular filmmaking, the way Hollywood will see trilogies in the future, and on top of this all it just is the best edited, best shot, biggest, and most emotionally resonant story of the year. I know it's a comic book movie, but it is hard to believe that another movie could possibly succeed on as many levels as that movie does this year and also be a movie that many people will see. Most years the best thing you see is typically an independent film from a great director that really takes us in a new direction and opens our eyes. However, this is one of the biggest films of all time, so for it to be so powerful, deep, and well written is the type of thing we should all be applauding because this is the direction we want them to go in.

  • Joe | August 7, 2012 7:15 PMReply

    I'm with you on half your Top 10 (Cabin, Sister, Waltz, Bernie are all in my Top 10, while Celeste and Jesse's in my Top 20).

  • Amy | August 7, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    You raved about TDKR on Oscar Talk yet it is nowhere to be seen in your top 10? Cabin in the Woods before TDKR? Seriously?

  • FRANK | August 7, 2012 7:26 PM


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