PopMatters Names “Best Indie/Foreign Films of 2012”

film-holymotors-posterAs previously mentioned, my chum Gord is very good about zipping fascinating, mind-bending articles and YouTube clips my way, doing his best to further my alt-culture education.

This past week, he sent me Popmatters’ picks of the “Best Indie & Foreign Films of 2012” and I was delighted to see Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” ended up at the top of the list. We made a special side trip to see “Holy Motors” at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon one particularly cold and blustery night in late December. Turned out to be one of the best cinematic decisions we ever made. Talked about “Holy Motors” all the way home (about a 90-minute drive). The four of us baffled, impressed and annoyed by the film but unanimous on one point: Denis Lavant’s performance was nothing less than stellar. Make the effort to see “Holy Motors”, it’s a special, special movie.

Also note that I have the #2 pick, “Turin Horse”, in my collection as well. Must fire that one up some night soon.

You may not agree with all the selections, certainly I didn’t (“Robot & Frank”, are you kidding?) but it’s a good starting place for those who are sick of the blockbusters and mind-numbing comic book adaptations polluting big screens everywhere and are looking for intelligent, original, well-crafted films.

And if you have any titles you think the folks at PopMatters over-looked, by all means, let’s hear about them…

About Cliff Burns

I'm a literary writer, specializing in slipstream/ alternative/surreal/science fiction. My influences include Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, David Cronenberg, Rene Magritte, any artist who defies convention and busts open genres, attacking the status quo.
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