In theaters right now, apart from The Belcourt's Hitchcock retrospective, it's that brief lull between the widening releases of year-end awards contenders and January's typical early-season megaplex cannon fodder. Taking a moment to catch their breath and rest their eyes, contributing Scene film writers Lance Conzett, Craig D. Lindsey, Jim Ridley, Jason Shawhan and Sam Smith perused a few questions about the departing movie year 2012.
What was your favorite movie of 2012?
JR: Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a movie whose vividly imagined world and lovingly depicted characters lived up to its wonderful title. Apart from that remarkable rogue's gallery in Lincoln, no movie this year had a richer ensemble.
SS: It's always a three-or-four-horse race, so The Master, Holy Motors and Amour are all up there, but I can't see any way to argue that the supreme achievement in filmmaking in 2012 wasn't Samsara, Ron Fricke's 70mm meditation on earth's cultures and our spirituality. It's not as thematically taut as the Qatsi films that inspired Fricke, but it weaves its own more free-formed narrative with some of the most stunning moving images you'll ever have seen. That said, if a single scene could somehow earn a film a No. 1 slot I would have to give it to The Turin Horse, whose opening shot swallowed me whole and sunk me into its deep dark abyss.
JS: Cloud Atlas and Holy Motors. They mesh magnificently.
LC: Favorite? Cabin in the Woods. Best? Moonrise Kingdom.
CDL: Moonrise Kingdom — so good, the old people sitting next to me talking didn't even bother me.
For answers to other pressing questions, like, "What film(s), if any, did you walk out of this year?" and What are you most looking forward to in 2013?" read the rest of the story.