SFFCC Members’ Best of 2012
December 23rd, 2012 by SFFCC

As our members complete their Best of 2012 lists, they will be added here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“The Turin Horse”
“Cosmopolis”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“Killer Joe”
“This Is Not a Film”
“The Innkeepers”
“The Avengers”
“Bernie”
“Moonrise Kingdom”

added 12/30/2012

Peter Canavese (Groucho Reviews)

“This is Not a Film”
“The Turin Horse”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“Life of Pi”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“The Kid with a Bike”
“Ruby Sparks”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“The Master”
“The Queen of Versailles”

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added 12/23/2012

Andrea Chase (Behind the Scenes/PRX)

“Amour”
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Bernie”
“Chicken with Plums”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“Flight”
“Killer Joe”
“The Impossible”
“In the Family”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Looper”
“The Master”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“ParaNorman”
“Ruby Sparks”
“Safety Not Guaranteed”
“Searching for Sugarman”
“Sound of My Voice”
“The Waiting Room”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

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added 12/30/2012

Fernando F. Croce (Slant Magazine)

“Tabu”
“The Turin Horse”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“This Is Not a Film”
“Cosmopolis”
“Django Unchained”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“The Master”
“Almayer’s Folly”
“The Kid with a Bike”

added 12/30/2012

Cheryl Eddy (SF Bay Guardian)

“Holy Motors”
“The Master”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Room 237”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“The Fourth Dimension”
“The Queen of Versailles”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Miami Connection”
“Django Unchained”

Honorable mentions:
“Last Days Here,” “Argo,” “Bernie,” “The Flat,” “The Imposter,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Lincoln”

added 12/27/2012

Michael Fox (J)

“Amour”
“The The Deep Blue Sea”
“Oslo, August 31st”
“Holy Motors”
“Policeman/Ha-shoter”
“The Waiting Room”
“The Law In These Parts”
“The Master”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“Tabu”

added 12/27/2012

Susan Gerhard (Fandor)

“Sister”
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“The Queen of Versailles”
“The Sheik and I”
“This Is 40”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“21 Jump Street”
“Looper”
“Farewell, My Queen”

added 12/27/2012

Pam Grady (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Seven Psychopaths”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Holy Motors”
“Argo”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
“Safety Not Guaranteed”
“The Master”
“Paranorman”
“Django Unchained”

added 12/27/2012

Peter Hartlaub (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“Searching for Sugarman”
“Bernie”
“Lincoln”
“Argo”
“Looper”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Cabin in the Woods”
“The Waiting Room”
“The Grey”
“The Avengers”
“ParaNorman”
“Skyfall”
“The Master”
“Queen of Versailles”
“Amour”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Magic Mike”

added 12/27/2012

Dennis Harvey (Variety)

“The Master”
“Girl Walk // All Day”
“Keep the Lights On”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Klown”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Footnote”
“The Hunter”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

added 12/27/2012

Leba Hertz (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Bernie”
“Argo”
“The Waiting Room”
“Dark Knight Rises”
“Cloud Atlas”
“Not Fade Away”
“Skyfall”
“Quartet”

added 12/27/2012

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Lincoln”
“Django Unchained”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“The Waiting Room”
“Argo”
“The Details”
“2 Days in New York”
“Farewell My Queen”
“28 Hotel Rooms”

added 12/30/2012

Omar P. L. Moore (The Popcorn Reel)

“Compliance”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“The Central Park Five”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“Lincoln”
“Amour”
“Bernie”
“The Invisible War”
“Middle of Nowhere”
“The Deep Blue Sea”

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added 12/22/2012

Randy Myers (San Jose Mercury News)

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Argo”
“The Master”
“Amour”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Looper”
“The Grey”
“In the Family”

added 12/23/2012

Tim Sika (Celluloid Dreams)

“In the Family”
“The Master”
“Liberal Arts”
“Arbitrage”
“Holy Motors”
“The Grey”
“The Impossible”
“The Imposter”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“Bernie”

Runners-up: “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Looper,” “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Life of Pi,” “The Sessions,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Hobbit,” “Django Unchained”

added 12/29/2012

Kelly Vance (East Bay Express)

“Holy Motors”
“Django Unchained”
“Killer Joe”
“Compliance”
“The Waiting Room”
“Wuthering Heights”
“Dark Horse”
“The Sessions”
“Sister”
“Wake in Fright”

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added 12/27/2012

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo (RottenTomatoes.com)

“The Day He Arrives”
“Twixt”
“The Deep Blue Sea”
“The Color Wheel”
“Holy Motors”
“Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present”
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”
“Lincoln”
“Your Sister’s Sister”
“Pitch Perfect”

added 12/27/2012

Richard Von Busack (San Jose Metro)

“The Master”
“Bernie”
“Lincoln”
“Queen of Versailles”
“This is Not a Movie”
“Wuthering Heights”
“Life of Pi”
“ParaNorman”
“Holy Motors”
“The Deep Blue Sea”

added 12/30/2012

Jan Wahl

“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Lincoln”
“The Sessions”
“Flight”
“Any Day Now”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Life of Pi”
“Bernie”

BACKUPS: The Silver Lining Playbook, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The
Intouchables, Searching for Sugar Man

added 12/22/2012

2012 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 16th, 2012 by SFFCC

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named “The Master” the Best Picture of 2012, and its star Joaquin Phoenix as Best Actor. Paul Thomas Anderson’s exploration of the power dynamic between two quintessentially American men—one an unstoppable force, the other an immovable object—proved most compelling to the group of 28 Bay Area film critics.

“Zero Dark Thirty”—a taut thriller about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden—likewise collected two awards: Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow and Best Original Screenplay for Mark Boal. Best Adapted Screenplay went to Tony Kushner for elevating political sausage-making to poetry in his script for “Lincoln.” “Lincoln” was the third film to collect two awards, also winning for Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones. Helen Hunt, meanwhile, received the Best Supporting Actress award for “The Sessions.”

Best Actress went to a veteran whose screen appearances span five decades: Emmanuelle Riva. Riva’s performance as a wife and mother battling declining health powered Michael Haneke’s melancholy “Amour,” which also won top honors as Best Foreign Language Film.

Meeting at the Variety Club Screening Room in San Francisco, the SFFCC debated the merits of top-scoring nominees to determine its slate of the year’s best achievements in film. Among the other honorees: Best Documentary “The Waiting Room,” which tackled the American health-care crisis and Best Animated Film “ParaNorman,” an entertaining and surprisingly delicate stop-motion paranormal adventure.

In addition to the selection of “Life of Pi”’s Claudio Miranda for Best Cinematography, the SFFCC added two categories this year, awarding Best Film Editing to William Goldenberg for “Argo” and Best Production Design to Adam Stockhausen for “Moonrise Kingdom.”

A Special Citation shined a light on “Girl Walk//All Day,” a joyous dance film scored to pop/hip hop mashups. The annual Marlon Riggs Award, honoring courage and innovation in the world of cinema, went to Peter Nicks for directing Best Documentary Film “The Waiting Room.”

The full list of winners for the 2012 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards follows.

Best Picture
“The Master”

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner for “Lincoln”

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”

Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour”

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln”

Best Supporting Actress
Helen Hunt for “The Sessions”

Best Animated Feature
“ParaNorman”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour”

Best Documentary
“The Waiting Room”

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi”

Best Film Editing
William Goldenberg for “Argo”

Best Production Design
Adam Stockhausen for “Moonrise Kingdom”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Peter Nicks for “The Waiting Room.”  Nicks’ vérité portrait of grace under pressure in an Oakland, Calif. emergency room addresses the U.S. health care crisis in human terms that transcend partisan debate

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
“Girl Walk//All Day”  This Jacob Krupnick film turns an already-lively album of pop and hip hop mashups into a joyous celebration of music, dance and community shot guerrilla style on the streets on New York City

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