Alright, people. Here we go. The crème de la crème. The year’s best movies. The top ten movies of 2012.
2012 was an incredible year for movies, with an abundance of huge blockbusters that delivered on their promises, and your typical mix of Oscar worthy material in the mix as well. This list could have turned in to a top 20 with ease.
But I made the tough calls, and whittled it down to just ten.
Click through to see what made the final cut – the best movies of 2012!
Ben Affleck takes a thirty year old true story and turns it into one of the most suspenseful movies of the year. He also manages to work in a fair amount of humor, in spite of continually ratcheting up the tension. The hostile political environment he manages to create is practically smothering, and will keep you on the edge of your seat with worry for the escaped embassy staff. Thrilling and funny, “Argo” stands out as one of the year’s best, and keeps Affleck’s short directorial filmography pristine.
Superhero films have become a sub-genre unto themselves, and “The Avengers” typifies the reasons for their popularity. Fun, exciting, full of humor and camaraderie… this movie is popcorn entertainment at its absolute best. Pulling together a team of heroes from previously established films, “The Avengers” focuses every bit as much on getting along as it does getting together. Let’s hope they stay together and keep putting movies out for a long, long time!
“Southern Wild” is an extremely evocative film. As you watch its six-year-old protagonist, Hushpuppy, battle the elements, her father and the world, it’s hard not to see her struggle as a metaphor for our struggle. Her victory comes across as a victory of the human will and spirit. A triumphant film, especially considering so many key people involved were new to the trade.
Quentin Tarantino does what he does best – putting colorful characters into dangerous situations, then making us watch the wick burn towards the charge via loaded conversations, before treating us to an explosive finale. Jamie Foxx is bad ass as Django, the ex-slave turned bounty hunter who delivers vengeance with the help of Christoph Waltz. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a slimy slave owner you’ll love to hate. Bloody, pulpy entertainment at its best.
“The Impossible” may just be the most realistic disaster film ever made. What that means for the audience is that they will experience the frightening horror of the tsunami as it strikes, and then the immense devastation and sorrow of the aftermath. McGregor and Watts give amazing performances as separated husband and wife. It’s an engrossing, gut wrenching film that will remind you of what’s really important in life.
Featuring one of the greatest biopic performances ever put on film, “Lincoln” portrays the congressional action revolving around the passage of the slavery abolishing 13th Amendment. What you would imagine would be an easy to agree on piece of legislation was apparently a contentious, hard-fought battle, and Steven Spielberg brings it to the screen with a surprising mix of humor and drama. Daniel Day-Lewis brings Abraham Lincoln to life.
“Life of Pi” is the story of a young boy forced to share a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck. His first order of business is survival, but he’s also forced to redefine his faith. Gorgeous to look at, exciting, and thought-provoking, “Life of Pi” challenges the viewer to assess the events and put them into a spiritual context. It doesn’t make things easy for the audience, opting instead to bring faith, belief, and personal interpretation into play. Astonishing.
Sharp and stylish, “Looper” is a time travel, sci-fi thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its complex plot and character driven action. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play two different temporal incarnations of the same assassin character who come into contact via time travel. Of course, one time period isn’t big enough for the two of them. Conflicts arise as the present needs to assassinate the future, and the future wants to rewrite the past.
Bond’s 50th Anniversary gift to his fans was one of the best films in his illustrious history. It was also part of a rare breed – the thinking person’s action movie. “Skyfall” features great action set pieces, a great theme song, and a fantastic villain, but it also featured well-rounded characters, era appropriate themes, phenomenal direction and gorgeous cinematography. “Skyfall” isn’t just a great Bond film, it’s a great film, period.
Taut, engrossing and intense, “Zero Dark Thirty” is the story of one of the most intensive, important manhunts in history: the search for Osama Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain stars as the obsessed CIA officer who will not give up on the lead that eventually brings about his execution. Featuring disturbing torture sequences, terrorist attacks, and extensive intelligence gathering efforts, “Zero Dark Thirty” will grab you and will not let you go.
Elderly awakening story with heart to spare.
“The Dark Knight Rises”
Honestly? Just cause I don’t want to hear it.Extxxxx.empor
Liam fights more than wolves, he fights mortality.
P. Jackson’s fun, flawed return to Middle Earth..Extxxxxempor
Highly entertaining start to next big franchise.
Just slightly too smart for its own good.
Charming and quirky.
Batshit crazy in the best of ways.
Love, love, love, love, crazy love.
“The Raid: Redemption”
Jaw dropping action.
There you have it folks, the best films of the year.
Alright, let’s have it. What did I miss? What shouldn’t be included here? TDKR fans, happy enough now not to turn this into a referendum on Nolan’s final chapter let down? Who’s surprised “Silver Linings” only got Honorable Mention? Or “Moonrise Kingdom” for that matter?
Let’s hear it!!