12.30.2012

favorite films of 2012


FAVORITE FILMS
1. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
2. This Must Be the Place
3. Rust and Bone
4. Magic Mike
5. Silver Linings Playbook
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
7. Moonrise Kingdom
8. Perks of Being a Wallflower
9. The Master
10. (tie) The Avengers & Jack Reacher

Also: Your Brother, Remember? & any scene with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

For me, all other films of 2012 were towered over by Nuri Bilge Ceylan's epic masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Immensely haunting and achingly beautiful, this could very well be the best film of this young decade.

FAVORITE FILM SCREENING
Porco Rosso. The Lagoon Cinema's Studio Ghibli retrospective was my favorite film series in the local area this year, and the highlight was Hayao Miyazaki's underrated Casablanca-with-a-pig classic.

FAVORITE VIDEO ART
Minouk Lim at the Walker Art Center. In particular, the Korean video artist's three-channel video installation S.O.S. - Adoptive Dissensus.

FAVORITE TRAILER
Man of Steel teaser (w/ Kevin Costner voice-over).

FAVORITE SHORT FILM
Paperman.

FAVORITE VIDEO RELEASE
GodzillaThe greatest film ever made finally gets the well-deserved Criterion treatment, complete with fascinating commentary by David Kalat.

FAVORITE TELEVISION
1. Sherlock - "Scandal in Belgravia"
2. Louie - "Late Show" & "New Year's Eve"
3. New Girl
4. An Idiot Abroad season 2
5. Gravity Falls

12.29.2012

favorite music videos of 2012

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "I See a Darkness"


Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Past"


High Highs - "Once Around the House"


Lana Del Rey - "Ride"


Major Lazer - "Get Free"


Psy - "Gungnam Style"


Sebastian Schuller - "Nightlife"


Symmetry - "Over the Edge"


I no longer follow music videos nearly as close as I did during Switchblade Comb, so I failed at finding ten that I thoroughly enjoyed this year. So instead, here are eight, in alphabetical order.

1/4/13 UPDATE: I found two more for an even ten. Here they are.

Complexes - "Doublemint"


Tori Y Moi - "So Many Details"

12.20.2012

joseph larsen collection



A collection of my three feature films (tonight we stay indoors, When the Sidewalk Ends, Cosmic Dissonance) along with one short film (They Found Her Body This Morning) is now on sale thanks to the folks over at the Sweden-based Film Bizarro Releasing , who have done a tremendous job on the packaging. It is currently limited to 50 copies, 10 of which are special editions that include a two-page never-filmed script excerpt from the 2008 version of tonight we stay indoors, 3 glossy photos, a slipcase cover, and a link and password to a rarely-seen film collaboration between myself and experimental filmmaker mlord.

From Film Bizarro Releasing . . .

Joseph Larsen is a very unique filmmaker, in that he really focuses on the movie and not everything around it. These movies have only had a few screenings and then he has moved on to a new project. This is very unique, and has left even his 2006 movie COSMIC DISSONANCE without a release. This is the first time they are out on DVD, and who knows when or if that happens again? These movies are very inspired by Asian movies along the lines GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN, and are slow, personal dramas that won't be everyone's cup of tea. This is no gore, this is no violence. This is personal, from-the-heart stories about people on different journeys. An example of this is the plot for TONIGHT, WE STAY INDOORS, which works as an anti-horror/slasher movie. You know the surviving girl in every slasher movie? TONIGHT, WE STAY INDOORS is about the survivor of a massacre, and how she's trying to adapt to life after the incident. What I personally love about his movies is how successfully he makes us experience the same solitude as his characters. I'm honored to be able to release his three movies and hope that people will "get them" and experience the same thing as I have watching them.