What are the Best Documentaries of 2012 So Far?
Yesterday was the midpoint of this year and over the past few days a number of critics and websites have been posting “so far” lists of the best films released theatrically in the first six months of 2012. I rounded up a bunch of favorites in a piece at Movies.com, where I also named some of my favorite docs up until now as including Under African Skies, This is Not a Film, The Island President and Last Call at the Oasis. I have to point out, as I did there, that I’m shocked and disappointed at how weak Oasis has done at the box office.
Other favorites that I want to highlight here can be separated into those that have been officially released and those still without distribution. The former group includes The Invisible War, Paul Williams Still Alive, Tahrir: Liberation Square, First Position, Crazy Horse and Scenes of a Crime (still need to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi and 5 Broken Cameras). The latter includes fest faves Tchoupitoulas, Special Flight, Call Me Kuchu, Beware of Mr. Baker, Vivan las Antipodas, Only the Young, Little Heaven and Abendland.