From The Avengers to The Turin Horse, A Gathering of 2012 Top 10 Lists

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In this week's Scene, several of our regular film writers revisit some of their favorite movies of 2012 — not just current releases, but older films we caught on the big screen or elsewhere throughout the year. We didn't have space in the dead-tree edition to print our Top 10 lists, but below you'll find several — including a number of movies we didn't get to mention that you should definitely seek out.

Lance Conzett:

1. MOONRISE KINGDOM
2. LINCOLN
3. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
4. THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
5. THE AVENGERS
6. LOOPER
7. SLEEPWALK WITH ME
8. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
9. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
10. WEST OF MEMPHIS

Jim Ridley:

1. MOONRISE KINGDOM
2. HOLY MOTORS
3. THE DEEP BLUE SEA
4. THE LONELIEST PLANET
5. THE KID WITH A BIKE
6. LINCOLN
7. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
8. KILLING THEM SOFTLY
9. ZERO DARK THIRTY
10. DJANGO UNCHAINED
Honorable Mention: the long-overdue U.S. release of BATTLE ROYALE, THE AVENGERS, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, ELENA, THE IMPOSTER, THE RAID: REDEMPTION, SKYFALL — and if it had played in Nashville, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY would have topped the list
Top 10 Older Films Seen in 2012: THE LONG DAY CLOSES, WAKE IN FRIGHT, CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, DAISIES, SOCIETY, POSSESSION, MIAMI CONNECTION, ARMY OF DARKNESS, THIEVES LIKE US

Jason Shawhan:

1. CLOUD ATLAS/HOLY MOTORS
2. LINCOLN/ZERO DARK THIRTY
3. COSMOPOLIS
4. FOOTNOTE/THE MASTER
5. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
6. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW
7. DJANGO UNCHAINED/THE PAPERBOY
8. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
9. TABU
10. PROMETHEUS
Top 10 Older Movies Seen in 2012: PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, DEEP RED and HEAVEN'S GATE (NYC); QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, POSSESSION, THE LONG DAY CLOSES, LAURA, XANADU, THE BLACK CAT (Nashville)

Sam Smith:

1. SAMSARA
2. HOLY MOTORS
3. AMOUR
4. THE MASTER
5. THE TURIN HORSE
6. LIFE OF PI
7. THE COMEDY
8. TCHOUPITOULAS
9. THIS IS NOT A FILM
10. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Honorable Mention: ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, GOODBYE FIRST LOVE, ELENA, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, MOONRISE KINGDOM, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, COSMOPOLIS, LINCOLN and TIM AND ERIC'S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE.
Top 10 Older Films Seen in 2012: L'ARGENT (and every other Bresson film), THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE, POSSESSION, DAISIES, YI YI, ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA, MELODY, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, BLACK JACK, ETOILE

James Cathcart:

(In no particular order)
1. LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE - Johnnie To, Hong Kong
2. KILLER JOE - William Friedkin, US
3. SCHLAFKRANKHEIT - Ulrich Köhler, Germany
4. MAGIC MIKE - Steven Soderbergh, US
5. TABU - Miguel Gomes, Portugal
6. MOONRISE KINGDOM - Wes Anderson, US
7. THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT - Dan Sallitt, US
8. THIS IS NOT A FILM - Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran
9. FAMILY NIGHTMARE - Dustin Guy Defa, US
10. GIRLS Season 1 - Lena Dunham, US

(Four trashpiles inexplicably mistaken for good cinema, in very particular order):
1. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Benh Zeitlin, US
2. HOLY MOTORS - Leos Carax, France
3. ROOM 237 - Rodney Ascher, US
4. PROMETHEUS - Ridley Scott, US/UK

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