|Erika Bók (Ohlsdorfer's daughter) in THE TURIN HORSE. Courtesy of Cinema Guild.|
Here are my five favorites of 2012 so far:
- The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, Hungary)
- The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
- The Miners' Hymns (Bill Morrison, UK)
- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (David Gelb, USA)
The year has had its share of stinkers too, the most egregious of which is arguably Relativity's feature length military recruitment ad, Act of Valor, as well as Niall MacCormick's bland coming of age drama Albatross and the latest incarnation of the "found footage" fad, Chronicle.
So the jury's still out on 2012. It's possible it could end up as strong as 2011, but it's going to have to do some catching up. By this time last year we already had three four-star films (Le Quattro Volte, Poetry, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) and four films that went on to be on my 2011 top ten list (add Certified Copy).
The summer movie season is just starting, Cannes is just around the corner, and Oscar season is still a while away, so there's still plenty of time for some great films to come along, doubtless some we don't even know about yet. Only time will tell.