Sep 302012

tthe-imposter-movie-image-01I can’t believe three-quarters of 2012 is now behind us! This quarter has seen me visit Melbourne and attend the Melbourne International Film Festival for the first time; I also covered the Korean Film Festival in Australia, Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival, and The Sydney Underground Film Festival. Wow – it was super busy in parts! September has been a relatively quiet month, and I have taken a break from watching films daily – instead I focused on seeing new releases and watched the odd DVD.

I watched 82 feature films during this quarter (down from my 1 per day due to less activity in September). This takes my total to 273 feature films viewed thus far in 2012, which has me exactly on target for my goal of a film a day. You can check out my January – March round-up here, and April – June here. After the jump check out my top 10 “new to me” films for the third quarter of 2012.

Below are my top 10 views (in order from #1-10) for this year so far. Only films I watched for the first time [ever] between July and September could be considered. Click on the film’s title to go to a review of that film (reviews are a mix of this site and other reviews).

The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012) ★★★★★



Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010) ★★★★★



Undefeated (Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, 2011) ★★★★1/2



From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki, 2011) ★★★★1/2

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Indie Game: The Movie (Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky, 2012) ★★★★1/2

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Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012) ★★★★1/2

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The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) ★★★★1/2

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The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012) ★★★★1/2



Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008) ★★★★1/2



Heartbeats (Xavier Dolan, 2010) ★★★★

All very recent films this quarter – it was a surprisingly good quarter upon reflection! I watched a few classics, but nothing that I really loved. Documentaries continue to play a huge part in my passion for film, with 4 making my top 10 for this quarter. There were a whole bunch of 4 star films which I could easily interchange with HeartbeatsKilling Them Softly, Bernie, Lore, GoonYour Sister’s Sister, Sleep Tight and Margaret just to name a few! Let me know what you think! I’d love to know which films you’ve loved over the last 3 months.