This week on The Collision, we examine film criticism: its purpose, relevancy, strengths, weaknesses, and how it benefits our understanding of film, but can also lead us away from movies towards hollow consumer reports. This all ties in with the release of Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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This week’s list of new Blu-ray titles is rather short, but a few 2012 films that were much loved (for very different reasons) get a home video release.
There’s a bit of silliness to a “Top 10″ list. It’s similar to giving letter grades to movies. We’re grading art, and trying to standardize a subjective appraisal. But perhaps the grade can be instructive. I always hope that my grade will guide you to read the full review, and then to the movie whether I liked it or not. I think people should see as many movies as possible, but I know that’s not realistic. Tickets cost too much, audiences are increasingly rude (I can’t remember the last time I went to a non-press or non-Drafthouse screening, and someone didn’t take out his or her cell phone), and the amount of entertainment options can be overwhelming. That’s where I think a Top 10 list matters. If you see only ten movies this year, these are the ones you should check out. I found them moving, funny, thoughtful, and enduring. I hope you’ll feel the same way.
Hit the jump for my Top 10 films of 2012. Please note that to make the list, the film had to receive a theatrical release in 2012. Click on the respective links for my Best of 2012, Top 10 Trailers, Dave’s Top 10 Films, and Adam’s Top 10 Films.
Two new clips from Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors have been released. The film took me completely by surprise when I caught it at Fantastic Fest, and it’s one of my favorite movies this year. It’s difficult to explain, but one of these clips is probably the most important scene when it comes to understanding the central character’s motivations and the premise of the film, although the intricacies and delightful details spread throughout the picture. As for the other clip, it’s a brief moment of Kylie Minogue‘s character breaking out into song, but it’s only a small part of a larger, more emotional scene.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Eva Mendes. Holy Motors is currently playing in New York City, and will continue to expand over the weeks ahead.
From writer/director Leos Crax (The Lovers on the Bridge) comes Holy Motors, a off-the-rails journey that follows a day in the life of an actor who transforms into nine different characters across multiple genres. The first trailer for the French film has gone online and you can make of it what you will, but without seeing the whole film, I’m completely lost but enjoying the ride. Check out Matt Goldberg’s review of the film from Fantastic Fest 2012 to get caught up.
Holy Motors, starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, is touring the festival circuit. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Creativity is a compulsion. A true actor acts not because of fame and fortune. They act because they have no other choice. There is no other life but to be the life of someone else; an act of insanity, nested inside a compulsion. We accept the art of acting because we accept the context: people can behave as strangely as they want provided it’s for the benefit of someone watching. So take away the viewer, and what does a true actor do? He or she keeps on acting, their creativity rolls on, and Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors lets us join the wild, hilarious, fascinating, and bizarre ride.
The full line-up for the 2012 New York Film Festival has been announced. I’ve been impressed with the line-ups for the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, but they both have a surprising omission: Michael Haneke‘s Amour, which one the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. However, it won’t be bypassing the fall festival circuit entirely, and it will make its North American debut at NYFF. The festival will also open with Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi and Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight. In between, you have other exciting films like David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, Roger Michell‘s Hyde Park on Hudson, Brian de Palma‘s Passion, and more.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. Tickets for the 2012 New York Film Festival go on sale September 9th. The festival runs from September 28 – October 14th.
Last month, Fantastic Fest announced the first-wave of movies included in their line-up. Today, they’ve announced Wave Two, and there’s even more greatness on the way. The big name additions are Rian Johnson‘s Looper, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister. While these are awesome films to have in the line-up and they’ll unquestionably pack the house, Fantastic Fest is all about finding the smaller genre flicks, and there are fifteen smaller movies in addition to the three I mentioned above. Add that to that the 18 movies in the first wave, and there’s already 36 movies to discover.
Hit the jump to check out the full second wave line-up. Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.