My Top Ten Movies of 2012
I had such a tough time arranging these in order! I knew what my top ten movies were and I knew which ones were my top two out of those, but everything else required decision making. This list is by no means perfect and I know some of these movies had their problems, if one wants to be picky, but these are the movies I enjoyed the most this year. Some made me think, some effected me a lot emotionally and some I thought were just awesome. The films on this list are also very closely ranked for me - this could have been "top ten favorites in no particular order" and that would have been easier, but I tried to arrange them the best I could, mostly relying of how I felt during and right after the movie. I should also mention that there are two films that would probably be on my list, but I have not gotten a chance to see those yet: Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. As always, I want to know what you think so don't forget to comment and tell me what your favorites were in 2012! Here is the countdown:
My favorite Bond film I've seen so far. Really well put together, great acting, great pacing, some of the best chases I've ever seen. This one is going to be a tough one to follow for the next Bond film, especially after the enigmatic Javier Bardem as the antagonist. Oh, and I'm still not over Adele's song.
9. The Dark Knight Rises
What an ending to a trilogy! I loved how dark (no pun intended) this was for a comic book hero movie. I was ready for it to be one of those overblown and overrated blockbusters, but I was glad to be wrong. One of the things I loved about it was having a clear sense of a complete world - not just a "let's pretend this is how things are" situation. I honestly felt like this was happening in a real place and every single thing in the film was unified by that undeniable Christopher Nolan style.
8. A Late Quartet
I must admit, I love a good film about how complicated and messed up human relationships and emotions are. This was a prime example of it - a very intelligent drama. I connected to the movie on so many levels and couldn't take my eyes off the brilliant cast. Do not be afraid of this film, even if you don't know much about classical music - it's worth every minute of your time.
This to me was a surprisingly reasonable time travel movie. Along with the usual idea of actions and consequences it also touches on the concept of whether on not people really change, which is an interesting twist for a sci-fi action movie. Bruce Willis is his butt-kicking self, Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a very convincing Bruce Willis, the visuals are great, the story is very interesting and easy to follow - entertainment at its best.
6. The Grey
I don't think anyone expected this movie to turn out as good as it did. I will say, it's not for the fainthearted. From the terrifying plane crash, to the dark personal journeys of the characters, to the menacing wolves and the overall horrible frozen hell this takes place in - this movie had me at the edge of my seat. I had to remind myself to blink and breathe between Liam Neeson's powerful performance, the plot's turns and the more than effective cinematography.
5. Silver Linings Playbook
Another film that I didn't expect to be as good as it was, but for different reasons. This looked like your regular romantic comedy, but it actually turned out to be much closer to a drama. A man with a bipolar disorder, who just got released from an institution meets a recent widow, who is struggling to adjust. Not so funny, is it? The film does have a lighter side and maintains a very good balance. Bradley Cooper gives a great and unexpected performance, Jennifer Lawrence is yet again her wonderful self.
Ben Affleck directs another great film. Two hours of this flew by, while I was captivated by this suspenseful drama. The film builds up a great deal of intensity, throwing in some much needed satire from time to time. The chemistry between the actors is amazing, as is the acting itself. This definitely takes the prize for best storytelling this year and I sure hope the Academy feels the same way.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Best-selling novel turned into a movie is not always a good idea, but this time it was a very good idea. Easily on of the best book-to-screen adaptations I've ever seen. This film broke my heart and put it back together on more than one occasion. Emotional, funny, heartfelt and nostalgic - it's really hard for me to imagine someone who can't relate to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Also, what an impressive performance by a young cast! Hope in the future of Hollywood has been restored.
2. Django Unchained
Leave it to Tarantino to tackle the sensitive subject of oppression and fighting back - he has done it yet again. I don't have much to say here, but go see the movie if you haven't yet - this is easily one of the top films of 2012. Just keep in mind that language and violence come with the territory.
I loved this movie. I might be biased because I love Ridley Scott's work and I'm also a huge fan of the first two Alien movies. Still I thought this film was beautifully made and very interesting. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are outstanding. Did the movie have its flaws? Yes. Did it give all the answers? No. Did that stop me from enjoying it like nothing else? No. Do I own it on Blue-Ray? Yes.