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Les Best Movies of 2012

Le Movie’s Snob’s Picky Top Ten Movies of 2012

Enfin, voilà!

As promised, on the last day of 2012, I present you with my selection of the year’s best films.  (I will be reviewing Amour and Rust and Bone early next month, and I apologize that I did not review all of the movies in my list.)

Hopefully, in the past year, Le Movie Snob has earned your trust with her discerning point of view and enhanced your cinematic experience.

I look forward to sharing my views, news, and reviews with you in 2013!

May our community of movie snobs grow and be dazzled au cinéma in the new year!

Without further adoo, on y va!

1. Amour

I urge you to see this movie before reading any reviews (other than mine, which will NOT spoil the experience)

© Photo Festival du film "Drougoe kino"


© Photo Festival du film “Drougoe kino”

 

2. Argo

Ben Affleck’s journey from half of Bennifer to deservedly acclaimed director is as improbable as the story of this movie.

© Warner Bros. Pictures


© Warner Bros. Pictures

3. How To Survive A Plague

You MUST SEE this movie; apart from the importance of the subject matter, it is masterfully crafted historical document that illuminates the true meaning of the political term “pro-life.”

© Public Square Films


© Public Square Films

4. Elles

A non-feminist feminist movie.

© Slot Machine


© Slot Machine

5. Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)

Astoundingly original movie that I urge you to see- repeating my warning not to read reviews that risk spoilers (which I would never do without sufficient warning.)  Le Movie Snob wants you to be as astounded as she was.

© Sony Pictures Classics


© Sony Pictures Classics

6. The Intouchables (Les Intouchables)

There was no need to franco-size the title as its original title The Untouchable was spot-on.  A personal merci from Le Movie Snob for ending the reign of Amélie.

© The Weinstein Company


© The Weinstein Company

7. 360

Babel without the babble.  Surprisingly original in story and cast:  Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze, Moritz Bleibtreu are all successful actors whose work a Movie Snob should know.

360-movie-poster


© Gravity Pictures

8. Monsieur Lazhar

Refreshingly romance-free, and excellent child actors.  The story involves violence in a school setting and may be hard to watch so soon after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

© micro scope


© micro scope

9. Friends With Kids

Disappointingly underrated film by triple threat Jennifer Westfeldt (a.k.a. Jon Hamm’s s.o.), with great cast that might have too accurately depicted how having kids changes everything.

© Red Granite Pictures


© Red Granite Pictures

10. The Queen Of Versailles

Although Chief Bravo-lebrity (& programmer) Andy Cohen may have inured us to no longer be shocked by the rich who buy everything but taste and humility, this movie is not a feature-length episode of Bravo-dreck.  If you watch the movie carefully and have paid attention to various news items since its theatrical release, the real star of the movie turns out to be the King.

© Evergreen Pictures


© Evergreen Pictures

 

 

 

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This site was borne of my passion for movies, particularly French films. I have spent time in France and am fluent in the language, hence the “le”. The “snob” part, while of French origin, is not meant to intimidate, but rather an effort to reclaim the word from the pretentious, just as the gay community has done with the word “queer.” We’re all snobs; we all like what we like.

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