Uplifting-Except-When-It-Isn't/No-Movies-Explicitly-Named 2012 End of Year List

Uplifting-Except-When-It-Isn't/No-Movies-Explicitly-Named 2012 End of Year List

by Sean Uyehara

1. Most confusing thing you can say to other human beings: 2012 was awesome!

2. The craziest news story this year: Giant meningitis-causing snail invasion in Florida.

3. Two fantastic TV shows that premiered in 2012: I’ll break my own rule right away by mentioning two things by name. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Key and Peele. Bell, with “Laughter Against the Machine” allied with the Occupy movement in 2011, which one would think leads to mainstream career suicide. Instead, it (and many other activities) helped to propel Bell to a TV deal backed by Chris Rock. Plus, the show is smart and insightful. Something good happened in the world! I don’t know much about the origins of Key and Peele (Mad TV?), but that show is often terrifically funny.

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Peter Greenaway at the 40th San Francisco International Film Festival, 1997. Photo by Pamela Gentile.

I am now making a 3D movie in Portugal. I think there is no future whatsoever in 3D, it does nothing to the grammar and syntax or vocabulary of cinema... but I think it’s important for me to learn as much as possible about cinema and optics.
— 4-time SFIFF featured filmmaker Peter Greenaway