Best of 2012: ‘Tabu’, ‘The Comedy’ and ‘Amour’

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Slightly belatedly, Ricky D, Julian Carrington and Simon Howell unite for the first SOS of 2013 in order to count down their respective Top 10s of 2012, along with brief discussions about the year in general and Django Unchained in particular. The retrospective talk is accompanied br reviews of three of our favorite films of the year, heretofore unreviewed on the show: Michael Haneke’s Amour, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, and Miguel Gomes’s Tabu.


Gayings – “The Gaudy Side of Town”
Donnie and Jow Emerson – “Baby”
Here We Go Magic – “Over the Ocean”


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  1. Ricky says

    Tarantino is one of my favorites but I wouldn’t put him anywhere close to Haneke.

    Herzog … yes – I wouldn’t argue that. I mentioned him on the show but consider this:

    Hanake has only been making movies since 1997

    prior to that he worked in Television.

    So let’s count down shall we..

    1997 – 2012


    White Ribbon
    Piano Teacher
    Code Unknown

    Pretty good films

    Funny Games
    Benny’s Video

    (never seen Time of the Wolf)

    bad movies:
    he hasn’t made one

    two Palme D’or wins
    plus check out how many other major awards he has won


    started directing features in 1987 (a decade more)
    also started in TV

    He has more great films and in the spur of the moment, I mentioned his name to correct myself … BUT ended by simply saying I “prefer” Hakeke

    from the others you mentioned… I either don’t think they are as good (Won Kar Wai ..although I love his films) or they’ve been around longer so have time as an advantage (ex: Malick)

    I mean Malick started making features in 1969.. 20 more years.

    I’m pretty sure if you gave Hanake 10 years to make one movie and the budget Malick has … he might do as well

    who knows?

    Haneke seems to be getting better with age. I’m excited to see what he will make in the future.

    I think in time … when they are no longer making movies we can really make a better judgement.

    I just think Hanake has accomplished so much in so little time…

    I am a huge sports fan so let me use sports as a comparison.

    Wayne Gretzky is considered the greatest hockey player of all time.

    This is based on his career accomplishments and not so much someone’s personal opinion

    EX: Bobby Or is in my opinion the greatest hockey player that ever lived. He never scored as many goals as Gretzky nor won as many Stanley Cups. He doesn’t even have nearly as many points as Gretzky

    He also played injured his entire career and played far less season than Wayne Gretzky

    But watching him play hockey is pure poetry. If he wasn’t injured and if he was allowed to play longer, he would have accomplished more than Gretzky.

    So I guess I was basing my remark on what he has achieved as a filmmaker in so little time so far … and compared it to his colleagues who are still working.

    I’d watch a Tarantino film or Happy Together or Badlands any day over The White Ribbon (which I consider his best) …

    anyhow I could go on but you know .. it doesn’t really matter.

    1. Sasa says

      Well, you have a good point.
      The interesting thing is that Haneke is the oldest of those directors. He is like over 70.

      I would just disagree on 2 minor points:

      1. Herzog started doing movies in the 60s, not in 87. There would be no Kinski collaboration if he started so late.

      2. The “Wong Kar Wai is not as good as Haneke” point.
      In terms of awards what you are saying is true, but in terms of great films I’m not so sure. Can anything in Hanekes filmography compare to Chunking Express or In the Mood for Love? These two films will be considered all time greats if they aren’t already.

      Also Wong is much more an auteur than Haneke as you can clearly see him developing his style and themes over the course of his carrer.
      He is like the new Antonioni.
      On the other hand what do movies like Funny Games and The White Ribbon have in common? Nothing.

      I always thought that Haneke is not a real auteur. His movies are too different. What do movies like Funny Games, Piano

      1. Sasa says

        Sorry, a part of my reply is missing, so just ignore the last two lines.

        1. Sasa says

          Actually I didn’t want to say that his is not a real auteur.
          I wanted to make a point about the inconsistencies in his opus,
          but I wasn’t able to explain myself, because english is not my first language.
          In the end I erased the paragraph, but I accidentaly left those two lines. Sorry.

      2. Ricky says

        I’m not sure what I was thinking when I wrote the comment about Herzog. I was half-asleep. BUT yes he has been around for decades.

  2. Sasa says

    Do you really feel Haneke is the greatest living filmmaker? Of course it is a matter of opinion, but how many really great films did he make? Three?
    He is great. There is no doubt about that. But the greatest?
    Almodovar, Wong Kar Wai, von Trier, Tarantino, Lynch, Mallick, Herzog and the Coen brothers are all much more accomplished than Haneke in my opinion. Of course it is a matter of opinion, but I would really like to understand why Haneke of all filmmakers.
    Maybe you meant favourite living filmmaker? But greatest? I don’t know.

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