The Documentary Blog’s Top 20 Documentaries of 2012
01.01.13 | by Jay CcloseAuthor: Jay CName: Jay C Site: About: Jay loves the films of Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and The Maysles, and is currently in production on his own first feature-length documentary Beauty Day.
Well, that’s all she wrote. Another year gone by and yet another list of great documentary films. I’d say overall 2012 was a pretty great year for film with a number of stand out docs that have continued to push the boundaries of non-fiction storytelling in an exciting, cinematic way. While I did miss a few films that I’d intended to catch (How to Survive a Plague being one of them), I’d say I’m pretty confident with this list overall. Lots of stand out films that I’ll be revisiting over and over and a few that deserved a nod simply due to big ambitions and unique visions. Congratulations to all of the great films and filmmakers of 2012 and here’s looking forward to 2013!
I always look forward to these year end lists, usually gives me a bunch of films to track down. Tchoupitoulas was by far my favorite film of the year (something I wouldn’t have seen were it not for this blog) so I’m keen to check out the others I have yet to see, with a particular interest in The Act of Killing, Low and Clear and Leviathan.
I also really enjoyed The Imposter, especially seeing it with a packed festival crowd, but nothing gave me the sense of wonder, joy and exploration that Tchoupitoulas did.
On 01.02.13 Jay C said:
In all honesty, my top 5 are pretty interchangeable as I think they’re all amazing. It was definitely a great year for docs!
On 01.03.13 Long T. said:
I love these year end list as well. There’s always lots great stuff I haven’t heard about.
Jay, are there any particular docs that you’re looking forward to seeing in 2013?
On 01.03.13 Brian said:
Thanks for the list. So much to explore.
Was wondering if there was going to be a podcast episode for Sundance this year? I’d love to hear it. Also, maybe some jetlag and knoife murdah could be involved!
Nice list. A lot of these made my list of 10 this year and I had The Imposter in the same place. I’d really like to see Leviathan. I completely forgot China Heavyweight when I made my list or it may have made it. Detropia so high is a bit of a surprise to me, though I love the filmmakers. Enjoyed the lists on ep 400 of Film Junk as well. I picked up High and Low, Army of Shadows and Anatomy of a Murder from your list. Thanks.
On 01.27.13 Joe said:
Nice list…but Sugar Man is only an honorable mention?