Best Films of 2012: More Lists

01/29/2013 Comments (17)

Last week, I published my 2012 wrap-up and top films list. Now I turn my attention to other best-film lists.

Perusing the lists below (and bearing my own picks in mind), a number of recurring titles stand out—above all The Kid with a Bike (my #1 film of 2012), appearing on every list below except one. (Actually, my friend Ken Morefield clarifies that The Kid with a Bike did appear on his top 10 list — for 2011. So it’s unanimous!)

Other oft-cited titles include Moonrise Kingdom, Lincoln, Les MisérablesThe Loneliest Planet, Looper and Brave.

While it’s natural to focus on these “consensus films,” idiosyncratic choices can also be worth attending to. A number of films called out by...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Les Misérables! The Impossible! More!

12/21/2012 Comments (11)

Since it appears reports of the world’s demise were greatly exaggerated, I’m pleased to share with you our latest 60-second reviews from Reel Faith. (I’m also pleased that the world intends to go on because I just completed my first semester of diaconal studies this week! Seven more to go!)

Incidentally, the holiday season winter finale airs tonight at 9pm; David and I discuss Les Misérables and The Impossible and offer a sneak peak at some contenders for our 2012 top 10 lists. (Watch NET live)

You can still catch last week’s show, with The Hobbit and Hyde Park on Hudson, at the show’s website. I’ve also re-included our 60s for those films, in case you missed them earlier.


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SDG & Raymond Arroyo on Les Miz, The Hobbit, Lincoln & more!

12/18/2012 Comments (3)

Last Thursday I did a brief segment on EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo discussing Les Misérables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Raymond and I also taped a 10-minute after show discussing Lincoln and Skyfall as well as more Les Miz and The Hobbit. You can watch the full show on YouTube, but I’ve embedded the after show here for your viewing pleasure.

The latest 60 second reviews are also here: David and I both offer our takes on The Hobbit, and I give my take on the Bill Murray as FDR film Hyde Park on Hudson. Our latest episode of “Reel Faith,” in which David and I review those two films, should be up soon at the website; you can still see us...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Anna Karenina! Hitchcock! More!

12/07/2012 Comments (5)

New 60s! David and I offer our short takes on three of the films we’ll be reviewing on tonight’s brand-new “Reel Faith” at 9pm EST on NET (watch live), plus David offers a second look at Life of Pi that’s rather different from the very mixed response I had in the last batch of 60s. (By the way, you can still catch last week’s show at the website.) Enjoy!

Anna Karenina


Silver Linings Playbook

Life of Pi

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In 60 Seconds: Life of Pi! Rise of the Guardians! More!

12/04/2012 Comments (2)

New 60 second reviews!

Are you watching “Reel Faith”? This Friday at 9pm EST, David and I will be reviewing Anna Karenina, Hitchcock and Silver Linings Playbook (watch NET live). (Last week’s episode, featuring Rise of the Guardians, Twilight and Life of Pi is still to come at the show’s website; right now at that link you can still catch our holiday season premiere featuring Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph and Skyfall.

P.S. For readers waiting for my next written review…it’s coming soon. (Hint: It starts with a party.)

Life of Pi (SDG)

Rise of the Guardians (DD)

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (DD)

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In 60 Seconds: Skyfall! Wreck-It Ralph! Flight! More!

11/16/2012 Comments (3)

Reel Faith is back! The holiday mini-season begins tonight as David DiCerto and I review Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph and Skyfall. Watch NET tonight at 9pm EST. In the meantime, here are our latest 60-second reviews.

Skyfall (SDG)

Wreck-It Ralph (SDG)

Flight (SDG)

Lincoln (DD)

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In Praise of Pixar Short Films

The second collection of Pixar short films is available today in Blu-ray/DVD.

11/13/2012 Comments (8)

One of the more striking marks of Pixar’s innovative stature and impact on the world of Hollywood animation has been their pioneering revival of the long-neglected animated short film prior to the feature (at least prior to animated features) as an industry staple.

In 1998, moviegoers watching A Bug’s Life were treated to the outstanding short “Geri’s Game,” a brilliantly crafted tale of an old man playing chess against himself in the park. The following year, Toy Story 2 was preceded by a much earlier short, the groundbreaking “Luxo Jr,” a simple vignette about a pair of anthropomorphic desk lamps that gave Pixar its animated logo as well as its trademark rubber ball.

Since then,...READ MORE

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Decision 2012: Hitting Bottom? A Moment of Clarity

11/07/2012 Comments (64)

The idea of “hitting bottom” is somewhat contested in addiction and recovery circles. The experience of beginning the road to recovery after finding oneself with “nowhere to go but up” resonates with the experience of some recovering addicts; but it’s been pointed out that every new low can potentially feel like “bottom,” until you sink lower still. Thus, one speaks of “hitting bottom” in retrospect, after a pivotal “moment of clarity”—a realization that one has been deluded, that one has a problem, that the way one has been living isn’t working, and that one doesn’t want to continue down the same path.

For the pro-life movement, for people who tend to vote Republican, and for people...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, election 2012, politics, pro-lifers

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About Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and creator of Decent Films. With David DiCerto, he co-hosts the Gabriel Award–winning cable TV show “Reel Faith” for New Evangelization Television. He is a candidate for the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark, and has degrees in media arts and religious studies. He has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. Steven and his wife Suzanne have seven children.