Tuesday, January 1, 2013


(Editor's Note: I've always called this "Author's Note." It's more of an editing job though, really. Well, The Film Tome is three years old today and we're celebrating with a special 2012 wrap-up issue. Below you will find a look behind as critics/bloggers rank the best/worst films of the last year, a look forward as others list what they're anticipating, and more "Django Unchained" related content. Myself and my Twitter feed cannot seem to get enough of that movie. See last week's "Django Unchained" issue for more. Thanks for your readership! Here's to a new year in film watching and writing!)


This Week
  • 56 Up*
  • All Superheroes Must Die*
  • A Bottle in the Gaza Sea*
  • A Dark Truth*
  • My Brooklyn*
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D

Last Week

  • Django Unchained / 89%
  • Les Miserables / 71%
  • Parental Guidance* / 17%
  • Promised Land* / 48%
  • Quartet* / 86%
  • Tabu* / 88%
  • Therese*
  • West of Memphis / 96%

* = limited release


  • Cosmopolis / 65%
  • Looper / 94%
  • The Trouble with Bliss / 29%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes
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Germain Lussier of /Film shares his "Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013." Look for a similar list from yours truly sometime next month. There'll be some overlap. He also revisited his most anticipated for 2012.

Hitfix shares their 25 most anticipated of 2013!

Steve Greene of Criticwire shares his top 10 of the year. Love to see love for "The Imposter."

Roger Ebert, of course!

And Josh Larsen of Filmspotting for Think Christian.

So does Rolling Stone's Peter Travers.

And Col Needman, the CEO and founder of IMDb. Not your typical #1.

And Gregory Ellwood of HitFix.

And Chris Bumbray of JoBlo.

And Germain Lussier of /Film.

FILM CRIT HULK! This is a must read.

And Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Why am I even trying? Matt Singer has around 80 listed top 10 lists over on Criticwire!

Here's one you might miss though, child critic Lights, Camera, Jackson! gives his top 10 in written and video form.

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The Film School Rejects have plenty of content in their "2012 Year in Review."

Total Film shares "The Greatest Movie People of 2012," such as Jessica Chastain (above).

The Film Stage lists the best directorial debuts of the year.

Matt Singer shares a few more notable ballots for this year in film.

Richard Roeper went on Windy City Live to share his worst and best films of the year as well as to assess films new in theaters.

Rotten Tomatoes shared the "Best Movies Off the Radar 2012."

"The Best of Criticwire, Year One."

Finally, for what it's worth, here's President Obama's favorite films of the year.

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Eric D. Snider shares "The Baddest Movies of 2012" for Movies.com.

Todd McCarty of The Hollywood Reporter shares his "Most Disappointing Films of 2012."

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Gizmodo has the list of 2012's most pirated movies. It's the only list you'll find "Project X" at the top of. It tells you the demographic of those pirates, don't it?

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Here is Scott Mendelson's analysis of the weekend box office. New releases "Les Mis" and "Django Unchained" have a tight race going on, but it was "The Hobbit" that retained its number one spot. (And if you're interested, Box Office Voodoo has a review of the entire year.)

Mendelson has also been writing several year-in-review posts on his blog including the overrated, underratedgood films you missed in theaters, the worst and the runner-ups.

Today's Criticwire Survey asked the group what their most anticipated film of 2013 is. Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is the most popular answer. You can bet it will be near the top of my list, which I plan on posting this week!

Matt Singer shares his movie-related New Year's resolution.
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Check out Matt Shapiro's "2012: The Cinescape"! What a feat in editing!

Check out Quentin Tarantino's recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!

Check out this Sunday Profile of Jamie Foxx, star of "Django Unchained," via CBS.

Here is a cartoon to see before/after you watch "Django Unchained"!

Here Tarantino disucsses the music for his Western/Southern. (Source: LA Times)

Check out this interview with Christoph Waltz (co-star to Foxx in "Django") on NPR.

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Eric D. Snider has "The Films of 2012: Miscellaneous Important Statistical Data." Now you can know which films featured prominent archery and much more trivial matters.

The Onion shares their top movies of 2012... right....

And how about Deadspin's (Fake) "Top Movies of 2012."

The Western world had no idea what PSY's "Gangnam Style" was even about, until now. Turns out it is propaganda for foreign films.

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