FILM BIZARRO'S BEST OF 2012
(Posted: 27 December 2012)


Time flies and we're back with another Best of list. 2012 was a big year for many: Peter Jackson went back to fill nerd's underpants with jizz, Tarantino decided he hadn't stolen from the western genre already, Bond remains metrosexual, Joss Whedon made a superhero orgy, the neverending tale of gay vampires finally ended, the bat with cookie monster-esque vocal cords managed to yet again fanboy itself to way too nice ratings, and so on. Neither of which you will find in the list below, of course. Every year someone thinks it's a great year, while others think it's a bad year (for film). The year has definitely had a lot of highlights, and even though the list below covers a smashing 30 titles we have had to leave a number of good ones out. As you might have read, we found some real stinkers as well (The Worst of 2012). What's most important though, is that this year we have made ONE list together. Between the two of us we found a lot of interesting titles, and I think out of all the years this is the most varied and interesting Best of list we've had. There's horror, comedy, drama, documentaries, thrillers, everything! It's especially varied since we in the last couple of months have focused heavily on 2012 movies, and not just horror. We're very happy with our list and there is no doubt that these are titles that very well represents everything Film Bizarro is about.

Note that we have all the "awards" such as Biggest Disappointments, Biggest Mindfuck (now "Mindfuck of the Year"), Most Visually Stunning Movies (now "Most Visually Interesting"), etc. from last year. A new award came about as well, as our list didn't include any short films we made Best Short Films. This is because some titles are worthy of mentions for other reasons than being good movies. I doubt you mind!

We hope you like the list, and make sure you watch these excellent movies!


#30


GENERATION P


This movie manages to be genuinely funny and very serious both at the same time, without ever really stepping into comedy or even drama for that matter. It floats somewhere in between, with a slight injection of sci-fi and trippy sequences, and it makes a movie about advertising in early Russia extremely intriguing to watch. It's a smart (and dare I say, witty) movie without really being confusing, and it manages to stay away from being pretentious as well. Not having read the novel, I can't compare, but this is a different kind of experience that could please basically any sort of movie-goer (except for Michael Bay/stupid-action fans). As long as you're willing to give it the time, as it's a slow movie. Well worth your time though, and one of my biggest surprises this year, having expected something way off!

#29


CITADEL

The most exciting thing about "Citadel" is how it feels like it's always moving forward. It doesn't take a concept and sticks with it. If it did, this would be a home invasion movie. Instead it's a creepy little tale of fear and weird... creatures (?) that live off of it. A man loses his girlfriend and the mother of his child, and developes an extreme paranoia out of it. The way they managed to play on that for the rest of the movie, building a horror movie around it, made this a really entertaining movie. The biggest and perhaps only problem with the movie is that it doesn't manage to scare you, but it still draws you in by being deliberately different and slowly growing into a style that reminds of older horror movies. We need horror movies that are taking a new route, even if it's by puzzling together aspects of other movies.

#28


KLIP


There's no way around it, "Klip" is a movie destined to be disliked. At the time of the end credits I wasn't even sure myself what I thought, but I let it swirl around in my head for a while and eventually it just fell in the right spot: it's a sad movie about a sad generation. We're there, I have seen these things happen. Not to an extreme as in Serbia, sure, but on different scales this most definitely happens everywhere in the world. Confused teenagers find people they think that they need, and they become blind not realizing how bad the person is for them. When "Klip" ended I was annoyed as hell at the main character, and the lack of redeeming values of the movie overall, but I came to accept that this was the point of the movie. Young people are just like this, and it's sad. A lot of lives are ruined because they attach themselves to the wrong people. This is why this very explicit movie with lots of cock slurping ended up on our Best of 2012 list.

#27


WAKEY WAKEY

"Wakey Wakey" is one of those extremely small movies that show you really how far you can go with a solid idea. At first it seemed like it could be any random, pretentious student filmmaker movie, but it quickly grabs your attention and doesn't really let it go. It's surprisingly powerful while, yet again, doing so little. "Less is more" might not be the right term for it, but it's the closest I can think of that described everything about it. Made on a small scale, moves in small steps, and ends up achieving a lot. With a strong sexuality boiling under the surface and being true to the term "artistic", this movie about two half-sisters is no doubt one for the fans of arthouse dramas and surrealism.

#26


SEXUALLY FRANK


Frankie Frain's third feature perfects his comedy style of mixing sex humour, relationship drama and lighthearted fun. "Sexually Frank" walks in the footsteps of cult classics like "Clerks", without even being THAT similar of a movie. It's probably the sweetest movie on this year's list, but that's only because it might be the sweetest comedy of the year. Not to mention the very interesting variety of characters that are all depicted in the best light possible. Highly recommended if you want a break from all the other weird shit on here, and feel good for a while.

#25


THE LOOKING GLASS


Neurosis is an excellent device for psychological horror, and here Colin Downey uses it as both a plot and style. Patrick O'Donnell makes the condition very believable and carries the movie on his shoulders. It's good that we have such a strong lead to lean towards here since this movie goes deep into the psyche and it's easy to get lost between all the different threads it puts up. All that works extremely well with the neurosis plotline, as we often find ourself on the verge of falling into the same pit. It's creative creepiness made by a team of really high standards. In this movie we have several names that I think will play large part of my movie interest in the future: Colin Downey, Patrick O'Donnell and Michael Parle.

#24


TWILIGHT PORTRAIT

An excellent social portrayal that really underlines the drama, where a woman seems stuck between her old perfect-on-the-outside life and the new, exciting and dangerous life she finds as she witnesses cops raping a woman. With a weird fascination we follow this woman as she goes from your typical high class lady, to one desperate to find her true self. It's sad but oddly uplifting, much as real life often is. It's a movie that will have you guessing, and one you'd be ready to go anywhere with. It's wonderfully bleak, and with an extremely steady woman in the lead who makes us feel secure even when she's being abused simply because she lets it happen.

#23


HELLACIOUS ACRES: THE CASE OF JOHN GLASS


Probably one of the more disliked movies put out by Bloody Disgusting Selects and that's due to the large fact that "Hellacious Acres: The Case of John Glass" challenges the audience in a number of ways. The movie is designed to a point that it almost makes more sense for you to not like it, but we couldn't help but find this movie, that had a one-man crew, fascinating to watch. One of the more creative post-apocalyptic features that was amusing and a bit bleak.

#22


BULLET COLLECTOR


Take your standard youth violence movie and throw it out of the window, because "Bullet Collector" is here to perfectly connect the old genre with visual art and surrealism. What the movie at times lacks in unique plot, it makes up for blending it with something we're not used to. It's an experience on the opposite side of "feel-good" and features a lot of depressing destinies and provoking subjects. No matter how crazy the movie gets, it successfully represents the feeling of being an outsider and resorting to mischief. Being a debut film by Aleksandr Vartanov, he has secured himself a lot of praise and guaranteed interest in future projects.

#21


PROFANE


Obviously Usama Alshaibi's first narrative feature, being more on par with his short film style rather than his documentaries, would be a winner in our book. "Profane" is curiously erotic, and makes us laugh as much as it makes us cringe. The experimental style from his short films has been carried over successfully without ever making this movie feel like nonsense. It's incredibly taboo in subject within the muslim world, and doesn't shy away from the erotic stuff, but it never falls into a category of exploitation. This is titillating, maturely immature (if that makes sense) and quite visually striking. This is everything you'd expect after having watched his previous work, perfectly connecting the experimental world with his much more real life background of Iraq.

#20


IT'S IN THE BLOOD


I stand by my statement that this is the best movie Lance Henriksen has acted in since "Pumpkinhead", because this is actually a really great movie. You never know where it's going, and to my surprise it concentrates much more on the relationship between a father and a son, as well as the psychological, even though the plot sways towards a monster movie. The monster is most definitely part of it, though, and quite effectively. This was one of the big surprises of this year since I had no idea I was about to get into a psychological hell, nor that Lance Henriksen would've acted in a modern movie that wasn't "so bad it's good" or just "entertaining". Horror fans cannot miss this movie.

#19


WOMB


You only need to read a quick synopsis of "Womb" to realize that this will be a strange movie to go through, questioning both the "future" of artificial insemination as well as incest. But it does it with a strange fascination and as an audience we are willing to go through with the most weird things just to see where it goes. I think it works as a drama as much as it will provoke some thought. If it does that then: mission accomplished. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if the plotline and subjects interests you then it's likely you will like it. It's questionable in its intentions at times, and works with outrageous subjects within realism, and that's ultimately what will have some people walking away.

#18


HOLY MOTORS


Not a single review or trailer can prepare you for the journey Léos Carax takes you with Denis Lavant. There are a number of interpretations and theories as to what "Holy Motors" means and what it aims to do. It's a movie where any answer could be right but one truth remains and that "Holy Motors" is a brilliant and beautiful love letter to cinema. Filmmakers and film fans will all find something to appreciate in this mind boggling movie.

#17


SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE


While it felt a bit too safe and could have been a bit darker in some areas, "Some Guy Who Kills People" was still a funny take on the slasher genre with a bit of heart. Ultimately that is what saves the movie and makes it worth being on the 'Best of' list. There are a lot of great comedic moments but Barry Bostwick slays the audience. Along with the endearing characters and the sweet ending, it makes the movie into something a lot more.

#16


A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING


It didn't take a lot of movies to realize that while Simon Pegg is awesomely funny most of the time, most filmmakers in comedy are not. Several of his movies fell flat because of that, but "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" is so damn absurd and wicked that I couldn't help but fall in love with it. The first hour-or-so the only antagonist is Pegg's character's fear, and that alone was intriguing to watch. On top of that the movie plays with the audience in more ways than one. Let's not forget how damn visually creative the movie is as well. Mash all of this together and you get something very unique in the world of comedy.

#15


GHOSTS WITH SHIT JOBS

Who would have thought a title like this would end up on a Best of list? Calling this "different" simply doesn't do it. This is just insane, but at same time very lovable. To quote our review: "[It] walks on a thin line between clever and stupid, and somehow it never steps into either territory." That sums up this very odd movie, where we see a future so bizarre that we have to believe it. Heart and soul will bring any outrageous concept down to earth and make us relate to the most unbelievable of things.

#14


EXIT


This sleeper hit from Australia is bound to start making waves once it's able to reach more people. The feature length debut film of Marek Polgar is a gorgeous looking exploration of characters trying to find the exit. The exit to what? You'll have to watch and decide for yourself as the movie works on a more personal level and will mean something different to each viewer. The concept for the movie is a bit fantastical yet it feels like something real.

#13


FOXFUR


Damon Packard returns with another feature to prove that he is indeed one of the most odd voices in the filmmaking business. Not only does he manage to make his movies strangely prophetic and challenging, but they are just as much hilarious and absurdly stupid. For whatever reason, he was born with the knowledge of how to mix it perfectly, to make even the most weird experiences worth something. In "Foxfur" he is back with a bang - assaulting every little hole in your body.

#12


CHOP


When I heard Trent Haaga was directing a movie and Will Keenan was gonna play the lead, I knew I had to see it. I grew to love them both, especially together, in "Terror Firmer", but in "Chop" they show yet again that they are capable of things without the help of Troma. While this is a torture movie, it still manages to spin the idea around so heavily that it took a comedy to make it work. "Chop" cracked me up through-out and it's a team effort that made it possible. Adam Minarovich wrote a brilliant script that was put to life perfectly by Trent Haaga, and to make that possible he used two excellent actors: Will Keenan and Timothy Muskatell. Everything was lined up for this one to work.

#11


COSMOPOLIS


David Cronenberg is back! With that I mean without Viggo Mortensen. While the movies they made were good, I was far from impressed by them. "Cosmopolis" has David Cronenberg back in his position as a filmmaking genius, as I feel he is most suited for something a bit off. The atmosphere will grab you from the beginning, but it's not until you've had some time to think it over that you'll really admire it. If you're not ready to be focused then there are more appropriate movies to watch than this, as this will require your full attention for it to fully occupy your brain. Not to mention this movie proves that Robert Pattison can do some great things if the right role is given to him.

#10


UNMADE IN CHINA

No documentary has made me laugh as hard as "Unmade in China" did. Why? Well, it's a documentary about an American filmmaker going to China to make a movie, and he has to follow their rules. Not as a contest or competition, but because he is just actually going to make a movie there. They are insanely strict and barely care about the movie they are making, which makes parts of this documentary very sad. But because Gil Kofman is so honest and doesn't mind being funny about it, this doesn't come off as a depressing look into the Chinese filmmaking business, but an honest one from our perspective. It shows exactly how different it is, and doesn't mind laughing at the absurdity. Anyone with an interest in film (which should include every single reader of our site!) NEEDS to watch this. It's just amazing!

#9


IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY

The final installment in Don Herzfeldt's 'Bill Trilogy' made the list for the same reason "I Am So Proud of You" did in '09: it is a funny and emotional movie that does a lot with its simple animation style. "It's Such A Beautiful Day" brings a very interesting but still impactful closure to the trilogy that can actually make you reflect on your own life and existence. Who knew stick figure animation could be so powerful?

#8


CODE BLUE

Loneliness always works on film. The sadder it is, the better. Usually, at least. That's the case with this one, as this is a truly devastating look into the life of a lonely woman. We grow a sincere love for her character, so it's with great sadness we see some of the things going on in her life, and the things she is missing. At work she's an angelic person, doing literally anything for her patients, but at home she's nobody. A few scenes in here were some of the most powerful this year, and I can't quite understand why this movie is so underrated. Perhaps it met most of my criteria for an arthouse drama.

#7


INVINCIBLE FORCE

After "Seeking Wellness", it was hard to believe Daniel Schneidkraut could be more inventive with the medium, but he crushed it with "Invincible Force". Having a character go through the same thing as his actor, as well as experimenting with different formats of film, are both very applaud worthy approaches to filmmaking, but he went and made the movie psychologically challenging as well. It doesn't glorify one of human's main weaknesses, but pushes it to an extreme to make us understand it. This weakness is "power". In this case physical, but it can be applied on any kind of it. Daniel Schneidkraut is quickly becoming one of the most interesting independent filmmakers around.

#6


RESOLUTION

There is no way of predicting what terror lies ahead in "Resolution". This is an evil movie, ready to snap at you from behind. By the end of the movie I was actually freaked out - and don't confuse "freaked out" with shocked or scared. Being freaked out is slightly more panic-y. I had no idea what was gonna happen, and that's where the power is in this movie. Rightfully the best horror movie of the year, "Resolution" sucker punches your fears. I don't think I need to say more.

#5


I AM A GHOST

The concept of a ghost has never been investigated so thoroughly as it is in "I Am a Ghost". It takes a different side to your typical ghost story, and makes you actually think about what it could be like. If you're not a believer then this movie will still seem plausible, but if you're like me and have actually wondered what it would be like if ghosts existed, then this movie is spot on. "I Am a Ghost" makes you feel like the ghost, trapped in a place with no way of getting out. It's such a wonderful drama that I doubt there will ever be another ghost story to top this, at least not in the ways it makes you think.

#4


THE TURIN HORSE

If this is truly Béla Tarr's final entry to the movie world, then he can rest assured that he perfected depressive cinema with this. To some, just a movie about two people eating potatoes, but to others a terrifying take on depression, politics, blandness of life and the power of a single animal. This is not a movie you just sit through, but one you have to completely give yourself to. Fans of Béla Tarr will know what I'm talking about. While it's not his strongest moment, it manages to be one of the most memorable. No one can deny the amazing power of the opening sequence.

#3


NEW KIDS NITRO

As much as I would've preferred having "New Kids Turbo" on here, that was last year. This is a great follow-up, though, and doesn't hold back on the stupidity. These two movies have managed to almost choke me through laughter. To call this movie funny would be an understatement. But first you need to get rid of every pretentious and mature aspect of yourself, because this is anything but. This is the funniest movie of the year, and together with the first movie they are now two of my favorite comedies. Who would have thought something so damn ridiculous would be on a top list of the year? We did, that's who! It's only appropriate that "Nitro" grows into a zombie movie, making the placement on the list even more righteous. Let this be proof that we like and accept every genre!

#2


TIN CAN MAN

There is one reason why "Tin Can Man" deserves to be on the second spot: the acting. Patrick O'Donnell plays a scared, likable, everyday man flawlessly, and Michael Parle is the complete opposite. Parle's character is probably the most intense character this year. "Tin Can Man" chilled my spine, and just thinking of the first hour does it again. Isn't it wonderful that such a small movie can cause such strong feelings in the viewer? The dialogue early on in the movie gave me the same fear as a loud bang on the door in the middle of the night would, making me think: "I don't know where this is going and I don't want to find out." What a wonderful achievement of independent filmmaking!



aaaaaand NUMERO UNO!?


#1


KOTOKO

Are you surprised that a website run by two Shinya Tsukamoto fans would put a movie by him on the #1 spot? To be fair, this is not just a Shinya Tsukamoto movie, but a Cocco movie as well. "Kotoko" is also probably the best movie by Tsukamoto since "A Snake of June", while also hitting some of the same notes. There could be no other filmmaker for this movie, it's far too different and unique. This is a movie filled with so much force and personal turmoil that it's impossible not get emotional watching it. You're never fully grasping our main character, which makes it impossible for us to save her, and it's that kind of thing only a few director's can bring. The best musical since "Dancer in the Dark" also shares a lot with it, but at the same time it's far from being cut from the same cloth. Visually striking, violent, emotionally draining, perfectly directed and acted: yes, this has everything the best movie of the year should have. And then some! Shinya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind, a master in his field.

Honorable mentions: Purge, Bubba Moon Face, Video Diary of a Lost Girl, A Sister's Call, Last Kind Words, The Selling, Mon Ami, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, Gut, Thanatomorphose, Hemel and several other titles that I don't have the time to mention.

 

AND NOW TO THE AWARDS!


FAMILIAR
The Fatal Pictures' crew outdid themselves with "Familiar", and brought us a short story so intense and Cronenbergian that they might have perfected the short film format. Robert Nolan nails the character, the FX are top notch, the quick turns are perfectly placed and it ends at it's most interesting. Can't be recommended enough!



OTHER
With a plot that will never grow old, of a person experimenting on himself, "Other" managed to bring out the slimiest traits of the genre. It's visually effective and a clever movie to boot, and there isn't much else you can wish for from a short film. It grabs you by the balls, mutates them and then leaves them to rot.

 

MUSCLE
One of my favorite short film filmmakers, or dare I say "artists" is Doug Burgdorff, and with his "Muscle" he managed to perhaps give his best narrative short to date. Although some of his weirder, more experimental stuff are excellent, this one showed that he knows more than to just stimulate visually with gorgeously shot and arsty-weird erotic scenes. While far from his sexiest work, I was absolutely hooked by this and it went to some truly bizarre places that could only be thought of by Burgdorff.






It seems that each year DVD artwork is getting worse with companies using the same stock photos and models over and over again. This year, however, there were a number of posters and DVD artwork that were created by commissioned artists who put together some great pieces. Unintentionally, we ended up with 4 pieces that were commissioned by Mondo but that is only because these artists that were used brought something interesting and appealing to the dying world of poster art.

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THE OLD DARK HOUSE was made by the French company Elvisdead and was picked because of the etched style and the haunting atmosphere they created.

THE THING poster comes from an Australian duo who goes by the name WBYK (We Buy Your Kids) and they created a colorful, psychedelic piece that you truly don't see anymore and is reminiscent of the old Czech and Polish posters.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 & THE NESTING. The last two come from the same artist, Jay Shaw, and were chosen because the "PA4" is so strange and interesting, while "The Nesting" is a perfect horror poster. Even though Shaw's work might be a bit simple in appearance when compared to the others, his minimalist style results in images that are quite eye catching and look damn good.



BEST ACTRESS:
COCCO ("Kotoko")

Few actors devote themselves into a part as much as Cocco did in "Kotoko", and that's commendable. Her character was largely based on her real life so there is no doubt a lot of barriers had to be crossed for her to manage through. What came out of that is an incredible performance by a true artist. Her character is all over the place but never becomes a blur of emotions. One can only hope that Tsukamoto and Cocco make another movie together.


Honorable mention: Bien de Moor ("Code Blue")

 



 

 

BEST ACTOR:
MICHAEL PARLE ("Tin Can Man")

What more can I say, that I didn't say above? Michael Parle's character is literally frightening, and brings out an intense fear in me in a way that few characters have. And he's not just amazing in "Tin Can Man", as I have been impressed by him in every other movie I have seen by him so far. He's different, and very, very creepy. A much needed new face in independent horror.

Honorable mentions: Will Kennan ("Chop" and "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X")
Patrick O'Donnell ("Tin Can Man" and "The Looking Glass")




LIVIDE
Why is this a disappointment? Because after the first 20-30 minutes that showed a lot of promise and potential, the movie decides to pull down its pants and stick its dirty, unwashed French ass right in your face and then tells you how much you love it. The potential for "Livide" was pissed away because the movie went the easy route and never fully or properly worked the horror or the fantasy element into the movie. It took a very, very basic plot and tried to be scary but also being "beautiful" (which it never comes close to) at the same time, while thinking it would be okay to skimp on details and additional elements to the story and atmosphere. Because of the half-assed attempts, the movie becomes nothing more than meat for the grinder as the flaws are too great and there's nothing memorable.

ATM
What makes this movie one of the biggest disappointments is because of how lazy the writing was and how unbelievably stupid the whole scenario was. "ATM" is illogical and idiotic to the point that it is actually insulting to the audience by assuming we would be okay with all the shortcuts it took. Like having the car parked so far away from the ATM building for absolutely no reason other than for tension when they tried to return to the car.




We certainly didn't expect to have more than one title in the category, but instead we found 4 that were all appropriate for it. Just in very different ways!

THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
This one just looks great, shot on the very last of Kodak's black-and-white Plus-X film stock. This is how black and white should look! The cinematography works the stock fantastic as well, and helps make this musical look as slick as the characters are cool.

BULLET COLLECTOR
A directorial debut with a story about young people and violence - this didn't have to be visually interesting to be a good movie. Yet it's packed with experimental and borderline surreal imagery through-out, which just grabs your attention every time. An excellent move from the filmmakers, as it gave us another reason to watch it.

IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
I know it may seem kind of cheap to put in an animated movie into the "visually stunning" category since, with animation, they have complete control over their visuals in comparison to someone who's filming the real world. Beyond Don Hertzfeldt's known style of simple, squiggly animated figures are beautifully composited images that somehow always fit with the tone of the movie. Whether it's the amusing "Wisdom Teeth" or the touching "It's Such A Beautiful Day", he manages to create some truly stunning visuals. Using simple items from around the house along with animation techniques and camera tricks. His work also deserves attention because everything he does, all of his work, is in camera using a traditional 35mm animation stand. One of the last remaining cameras of its kind.

TIMESCAPES
This was the last title we added here, but I knew the second I started watching it that this belongs. Perhaps it's cheating to use a title like this, but this is probably the most well-shot documentary I have ever seen. Sure, it's not a good documentary in that it only shows us random shots of the American Southwest. But it looks incredible with it's amazing resolution (4k resolution, 4096x2304). Contains probably some of the most beautiful timelapses I have ever seen, and you can see it in such detail.




THIRD WINDOW FILMS


Third Window Films won for releasing "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy" on their "Tetsuo 1/2" DVD and Blu-ray. Having essentially only been available on the Raroflix release of the two first "Tetsuo" flicks, the short film "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy" finally has an easily accessible and very solid release from the UK company Third Window Films. People who haven't bought "Tetsuo" before definitely should pick up this director's approved version and soak in the joy of owning "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy". Third Window Films is quickly becoming the go-to company for Asian movies.



MAGGOT FILMS
...AND THEN I HELPED (NATURAL CAUSES EDITION)

Michael Todd Schneider releases his movies in extremely limited releases, put together with heart and soul - often with lots of extra goodies. This very special release of the fantastic "...And Then I Helped" included an older short film featuring magGot Films' regular Ben Tatar that Michael managed to get the rights to release, as a tribute to Mr. Ben for being ill at the time. Knowing how close he and Michael were this release was certainly more than just "an extra goodie" for fans, and more a tribute to a great artist and his close friend. Ben has since passed away and it just seems right to give magGot Films this spot of the best self-release as a tribute to Ben Tatar and what he meant to Michael and magGot Films.




MONDOMANILA

Although it could have been much more of a mindfuck, this is about as weird as it got this year. I know Carlos Atanes probably exceeded it with his new movie, but I didn't see it. "Mondomanila" is quite fucked up though, with kids doing all kinds of obscenities - from tripping out completely, child prostitution, fucking ducks and someone who refuses to put clothes on. Not to mention, it's a musical. It starts out weird as fuck, you eventually grow accustomed to the strangeness, and towards the end it actually manages to be a pretty interesting nearly-intense exploitation movie. You can read our review if you want to know more about this, but it's definitely a complete mindfuck of a movie.




COMPLIANCE

"WHAT!?". Yes, "Compliance". Last year we went with sleazy content but no power - a movie that basically went for grossing us out, or disturbing us by using a young woman and a dog. We decided for "Compliance" this year because it is the opposite. While the movie wasn't more than a good watch, it packs quite a lot of power. This is a movie that doesn't show us sleaze, but make us feel sleazy. What our lead woman has to endure out of believing she HAS to is quite heavy, especially when you consider that this actually happens in real life. Illogical at times, but an unsettling experience overall. I haven't sat through a more sleazy experience this year, and that's why this gets the vote even though it's not conventionally sleazy.


And that's it for another year. Down the road there will be a lot more 2012 movies worth checking out. Obviously these lists only represents movies that the people working on them have seen. I'd like to think we have seen a lot this year, but there are still lots to get to. I'm sure some will pop up in our reviews. If you dig our list, please spread it around. These are all movies people need to hear about (except for the Biggest Disappointments, of course)!






 

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