March 12, 2013
The best of the best – that you didn’t see. It’s back again and we’re a bit late, but all of these are still worth watching anyway. Back by popular demand is our sixth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn’t See in 2012 (you can find our past lists here: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them some extra time in the spotlight, and to support some of the best filmmakers out there, we’ve put together a 2012 recap.Read on for the list!
Each year I put together this list of 19 films, it takes longer and longer to put together, and is harder and harder to figure out what should make the cut. I feel as if I’m being challenged by cinephiles to find more and more movies they haven’t seen, because more and more great films are being seen/recognized each and every year. I remember the comments that say “I’ve seen 18 of these 19 already!” That’s actually great! But there’s always more. This year there’s a few extra documentaries, reflecting how my own tastes have evolved and how I’ve discovered some of the best work in all different types of cinema. I continue to search for the kind of films that move me, entertain and excite me, make me feelemotions, and share them with you. -Alex
I would like to encourage everyone to watch at least one of these that they haven’t heard of (or didn’t see) beforehand. If you spend the two hours or so that it will take to watch even one of these movies mentioned below, it would mean that much more to the filmmakers who put so much time and effort into making each of these movies. This isn’t about getting kudos for mentioning certain films, this article is about pointing out movies that don’t deserve to be forgotten and are begging to be watched. So pick one and watch it tonight.
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Why it’s on here: “You ever think the universe was against ya?” The little film that tried, but couldn’t make it up the mountain. I still believe in it. I still love it. I love everything about it. I still consider Cloud Atlas to be a “massive cinematic accomplishment”, as I’m quoted calling it, and one that got overlooked in the awards season in many ways, from best make-up to best score (the “Cloud Atlas Sextet” by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil) as well as the performances, costumes, and everything else. Tom Hanks is great in six roles, along with Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Keith David and Ben Whishaw. I think this is the Wachowskis big “coming out” film, where they went all out experimentally in a narrative way, and it’s a big one to grasp, but an extraordinary journey if you’re along for the ride. “I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?” Now is the time to finally see this movie.