Top Ten Movies of 2012 — Number Five

It is Hushpuppy’s voice, which is also (or actually) Quvenzhané Wallis’s voice, that first establishes the dreamlike grittiness of Beasts of the Southern Wild, the dazzling debut feature from director Benh Zeitlin. Accompanied by an intoxicating montage of her cheerful hardscrabble life–pressing small animals to her ear to hear their heartbeats, racing across grassy ground with fireworks in her hands–six-year-old Hushpuppy talks about “The Bathtub,” a fictional island off of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast that is marked by poverty, perseverance and a taut, tenacious sense of community. Cut off from nearby neighboring cities and towns so dramatically that it can seem … Continue reading Top Ten Movies of 2012 — Number Five