Sunday, July 01, 2012

Midyear Film Reckoning 2012, in Images

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—2012 is now half over, so allow me to once again take stock in some of the most memorable discoveries I made, cinematically speaking, in the first six months of the year.

All of these are in alphabetical order rather than ranked in order of preference. If I had ranked my "new releases" list, though, my No. 1 would, depending on my mood, be either Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film or Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.

As usual, allowances for blind spots ought to be made.

New Releases (feature length, weeklong run or longer):

Keyhole (review here)

Repertory Discoveries (feature length, seen in theaters):

Bonjour Tristesse (1958) (review here)

The Connection (1962) (review here)

F for Fake (1973) (review here)

Rosetta (1999) (review here)

Seconds (1966) (review here)

Sleepwalk (1986) (review here)

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

Miscellany (films of less than feature length; or feature-length films seen on DVD or TV, screened for less than a week theatrically, or seen at festivals and currently without theatrical distribution):

Almayer’s Folly (2011)

The Comedy (2012)

The Last Message (1975) (review here)

Moses and Aaron (1975) (review here)

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)

Tchoupitoulas (2012) (review here)

The Unspeakable Act (2012)

Wu xia (2011) (review here)

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