Our Year at the Movies 2012
Every year, Rick and I save all of our ticket stubs from plays, concerts, movies, trips – anything that requires a ticket – and look at them on New Year’s Eve to reminisce about all the fun tickety things we did over the course of the year.
Unlike in previous years, I’ve decided not to burden you this year by listing every movie I saw in the cinema all year long (last year it took two posts) and instead to just tell you about the very best films I saw, whether in the cinema or in our living room.
I’ll start with two, the Iranian film A Separation, which won last year’s Academy Award for best foreign film, and the American film Margaret, previously released in a very shortened version in theaters but finally made available in its entirety last year on dvd, and thus ineligible for Oscar consideration.
Here is the trailer for Margaret:
and A Separation:
Both of these films have a complexity of characterization that makes you marvel at how simple-minded most other movies are by comparison. I saw both of these previews in the theater and thought I’d been given a fairly thorough overview of the plot and issues each film was going to tackle. Then I watched them and realized that the trailers barely began to scratch the surface of the moral and emotional questions each film explores. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
What movies do you admire for making you think?