by Jaime Grijalba.
This past year we had a lot of different and weird limited and expanded releases in Chile, and while this is not my definitive top 10 for 2012, it would be similar to what most critics in the US do when the year ends, they see the releases in their city or in the whole country and tally it up. This is more than anything, an exercise in interest, something to saciate the curiosity of what and when movies get released in Chile, this has no critical value except for people who live in Chile or people who are curious enough about it. So, I’ll list the top 10 movies released in Chile during the year 2012, of those I saw, and then I’ll sample a writing of mine on the movie itself, if it exists, as well as a link to the review itself. Hope you enjoy!
10. Hugo (2011, Martin Scorsese)
“…it was one of the most wonderful experiences, see a movie that loves film so much, specially in one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) of all the year 2011”.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011, David Fincher)
“…the movie has a powerful script in the parts I mentioned, as well as an editing rhythm that supports the frenzy of the parts in which the investigation reaches a conclusion”.
8. Ruby Sparks (2012, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
“the character of him and her are so well created and written that the whole affair turns organic”.
7. La Piel que Habito (2011, Pedro Almodóvar)
“‘La piel que habito’ must be the best movie by Almodóvar in which, when you are told the plot, it doesn’t seem to be by Almodóvar…”
6. The Avengers (2012, Joss Whedon)
“… the movie is a spectacle of the highest order, and not only entertainment wise, but also for the eyes and ears.”
5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Wes Anderson)
A movie that will easily find its place in my legal and real list for the best movies of 2012, a visual delight, a movie that Wes Anderson can finally be completely proud of as a product of his own imagination. It’s beautiful and charming, one that will stay with you.
4. La vida útil (2010, Federico Velroj)
A surprise in every sense, this is a movie that manages to achieve emotional contact with its audience and at the same time manage to give a message regarding the love for movies and their impact on the life of one person, this is a movie for people who like emotions and film.
3. Enter the Void (2009, Gaspar Noé)
A review is pending here for this movie, one of the most impressive and breathtaking visual experiences from the past decade, one that has stayed a bit hidden for most viewers, but I’m sure one day this will explode and become one of the greatest movies about the possibilities of the modern audiovisual.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012, Christopher Nolan)
A review is pending, but this will also have a placement on my official list (near the top, of course) as its a fitting ending to one of the greatest trilogies that have ever existed in the history of filmmaking (besides The Lord of the Rings trilogy), one that is thematically sectorialized and emotionally done.
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012, Peter Jackson)
What an impressive achievement is to bring Middle Earth to the screen, and here Peter Jackson makes the miracle possible again, and even with a tonal shift regarding what the experiences and the adventure is. A great movie and a great promise can be seen from the start and from the ending, let’s hope for the best and that the rest of the films are just as great and amazing as the first one was.