The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Mack's List

By Mack Rawden 2012-12-28 14:10:06discussion comments
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8) Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Beasts Of The Southern Wild is a weird movie. Thanks to the collective nonsense of those living in the Bathtub, it’s often infuriating too, but at no point is it ever boring. It firecrackers forward with a crazy, slapdash momentum and somehow makes complete sense amidst all its eccentricities and hang-ups. It’s about growing up and confronting whatever is on your plate with a smile, and miraculously, it features two stunning performances by Louisiana locals who weren’t even actors.

Bakery owner Dwight Henry reportedly went into his audition alongside the already cast Quvenzhane Wallis with a giant box of sweets in order to win her affection. Whatever he did worked because the chemistry between the two is a thing of beauty. Even as tensions strain, the water rises and it all starts draining to hell, they never stop being a believable son and daughter, and the way they fight, make-up and never stop loving in their own ways is about as human as the Bathtub gets.
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