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TOH! Top Tens of 2012 (UPDATED)

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2012 at 12:26PM

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Sophia Savage, Beth Hanna, Matt Mueller, Matt Brennan and more share their Top Ten Films of 2012. While there are such shared likes as "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Amour," "Lincoln" and "Flight," we also hail the likes of...
Sophia top tens
'Rust and Bone,' 'Sister,' 'No,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Master'


Choosing a top ten was hard enough, so I am listing my films alphabetically. Some of these are imperfect and leave a lot of responsibility with the audience; they also assert a kind of creative audacity that is increasingly hard to find. With each of the films listed below, the director's voice is clear and uncompromising, the craft is impeccable and there is (in most cases) little regard for commercial obligation. They take risks, ask questions, cause arguments and present stories that truly made me feel something.

BEST FILMS (Listed alphabetically)

"Amour" - Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Benh Zeitlin
"The Master" - Paul Thomas Anderson
"No" - Pablo Larrain
"Oslo, August 31st" - Joachim Trier
"Rust and Bone" - Jacques Audiard
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell
"Sister" - Ursula Meier
"Wuthering Heights" - Andrea Arnold
"Zero Dark Thirty" - Kathryn Bigelow


"The Hunt" - Thomas Vinterberg

"The Loneliest Planet" - Julia Loktev

"Our Children" - Joachim Lafosse

"Polisse" - Maïwenn

"The Snowtown Murders" - Justin Kurzel


"L'Apollonide" ("House of Pleasures"), Bertrand Bonello


"The Hunger Games," "Magic Mike"

This article is related to: Lists, Awards, Awards, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Anna Karenina, Rust and Bone, Sister (L'enfant d'en haut), Wuthering Heights, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Flight, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, The Master, Polisse, Oslo, August 31st, The Loneliest Planet, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.