What was my life before July 2012?
I very naively made a mid-year Best of the Year last month, but the game has been changed by July releases (and the one movie I waited until July to see).
The Dark Knight Rises- The best film of the year, hands down. I cannot stop thinking about this film. Nolan raises the scale of storytelling and film making in every regard.
Magic Mike- I thought this film would merely be a fun night out. Magic Mike exceeds expectations in terms of fun and in terms of the story. The last half of this film is quite grim, reflecting the struggles of people on the fringes of the economy. The scene in the bank where Mike’s charms, business plan, and stack of cash get him nowhere is quite provocative and unexpected in a summer fun flick.
Beasts of the Southern Wild- THIS MOVIE! What can I say articulately about this movie except “I love, love, love, love it.” Newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis bursts through the screen right into your heart as she navigates the ecological and sociological threats to her well-being.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- I almost missed this gem of a film. It’s funny, heart-warming, and surprising. Every character’s story grabs you, especially with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. The canvas is so luscious and bright, while each story has a darkness that levels the film.