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Your Top 10 Films of 2012

Posted by neglet on Monday, October 22, 2012

It's final quarter, Oscar bait season has started, so it's time to begin making our lists!

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Seen a lot of movies this year, and hoping for some new ones (Bond!) to displace the top three.

  1. Argo: like the best classic political movies of the 70s
  2. The Avengers: totally fun, everything you want in a comic movie
  3. Moonrise Kingdom: wonderfully real portrait of childhood love, quirky without being twee
  4. Looper: great SF idea, very well-executed
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man: great leads, decent reboot
  6. The Dark Knight Rises: doesn't match film 2, slow in spots
  7. Celeste and Jesse Forever: great anti-romantic romantic comedy
  8. Magic Mike: made me a bit uncomfortable in its moral complexity. Movies should do that sometimes.
  9. Chronicle: Surprisingly good execution of simple SF idea
  10. The Bourne Identity: Good reboot, Renner a great lead

 

Honorable mention: The Hunger Games: doesn't match source material, but still a decent adaptation with great design; The Campaign: Funny satire but sometimes OTT; Dark Shadows: Enjoyable, great design, but not Burton's best; Jeff, Who Lives at Home: quirky and funny but slight; MIB 3: Cute, Brolin does a great Jones, but not a great story.

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I think I may have only seen ten movies released in 2012. Goiter has been absent for most of the year and he became a father pretty soon after he came back from Germany, so my usual motivator to watch movies in the theater was gone.

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I would've thought Goits would be draggin' ol' Jubboiter along to every piece of crap movie to come along. Gotta get the family legacy started early.

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We've been really fucking poor for coming up on a year and a half. We don't do shit these days.

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 Jubboiter does shit.  Lots of it.  It may be dark matter.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Has there been a rash of time travelers showing up raving about destroying the future enslaver of the human race?

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Here's a ranking of the ten movies released this year that I did watch.

  1. Prometheus: Regardless of its flaws, it's still the movie that made the biggest impression on me.
  2. Looper: Saw it this past weekend, liked it, but haven't had a chance to post here about it yet.
  3. The Dark Knight Rises: Pretty good conclusion to the series.
  4. The Grey: A pleasant surprise, since the trailer for it was utterly misleading. There was an unexpected element of introspection to Neeson's character.
  5. The Hunger Games: Also caught me by complete surprise because I haven't read the books. Battle Royale + The Running Man + a dash of Rocky = WIN.
  6. The Avengers: It was all right.
  7. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: A romantic comedy that breaks some of the genre's conventions and employs others to great effect.
  8. Brave: It's not near the bottom of the list because it's a bad movie, but because it's a standard Pixar film. It's the studio's own fault: they've made so many movies that have moved me to tears that it doesn't matter anymore when they do it once again. It's sort of expected at this point.
  9. The Five-Year Engagement: Starts off good, but drags on for a bit too long. The movie would have benefited from being 30 minutes shorter.
  10. The Woman in Black: Only on the list because it was one of the ten 2012 releases I watched. I've written about it here if you'd like to refresh your memory of this forgettable horror/thriller.


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Goiter can make a list of the ten movies he wishes he could have seen in 2012. 

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It's been a busy movie season.

  1. Argo
  2. Skyfall: a near-perfect Bond movie
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Looper
  5. Silver Linings Playbook: interesting characters, great acting, but conventional ending.
  6. Life of Pi: Beautiful visuals (and well-executed in 3D), thought-provoking story, captivated me although I had read the book
  7. The Avengers: I moved this down because on a second viewing it wasn't as enjoyable
  8. The Hobbit: nicely done but felt like the extended edition
  9. The Amazing Spider-Man
  10. The Dark Knight Rises

 

Honorable mention: Celeste and Jesse Forever, Magic Mike, Chronicle, The Bourne Identity, The Hunger Games, Les Miserables: great performances and design, but sloooow and confusing book, The Campaign, Dark Shadows, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, MIB 3.

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You should watch everything else in your top ten a second time to make sure you didn't move Avengers down in error.

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 Good list Negs.  I had every intention of seeing those this year, but only managed 3 on your list.  I did see Wreck it Ralph with the kids the other day and was pleasantly surprised.  I thought they did a good job of putting enough references for us older folks and still making it enjoyable for kids.

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 Too hard to edit on my phone, so if you care, the 3 movies were:  Skyfall, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

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  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - My thing for Emma Watson notwithstanding, I loved everything about this movie, and Watson was completely captivating. So was Ezra Miller.
  2. The Dark Knight Rises - It's Batman
  3. Safety Not Guaranteed - Reporters investigate an ad for a time travel partner. It's worth your time
  4. Looper - Simply brilliant Sci-Fi
  5. The Hobbit - Not as good as the LotR movies, but it was wonderful to be back in Middle Earth, and it was great to see it with the kids on the big screen (which has nothing to do with the movie itself, but eff you)
  6. The Avengers - Because it was awesome
  7. Brave - I really enjoyed the movie and how it explored parent/kid relationships. 
  8. The Cabin in the Woods - Props to Whedon and Goddard (and the cast) for making this completely awesome. Even knowing the ending from a really old script review didn't detract from my enjoyment.
  9. Chronicle - Even when Andrew's gone way too far, he's still sympathetic.
  10. Skyfall - Has Judi Dench been M the longest? It feels like her role at this point, and ...<sobs>
  11. Dredd - Karl Urban owned the role. It was gorgeous to watch, and had a tight script. Pity it bombed, because it didn't deserve to.

The Bay was a pretty damn good flick as well. It's "found footage," but in a different way than either Paranormal Activity or Chronicle. Plus it's set in Maryland.

Argo also nearly made the list, but Bond won.

I also had fun with Premium Rush. JGL is just so likable.

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I want to see Safety Not Guaranteed so bad. Mullet Man is a legend on YTMND.

http://timetraveler.ytmnd.com/

http://hardsafety.ytmnd.com/

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

You should watch everything else in your top ten a second time to make sure you didn't move Avengers down in error.

Well, I did see "Skyfall" a second time in theaters, and it was just as awesome. Perhaps I should have said that after reconsidering a couple of the films I had ranked below it, after further thought they had stayed with me more.

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 I appreciate your list Jakester.  It isn't the typical "list of my favorite (or favourite) movies because they are Oscar contenders".   Not sure how many of those will end up being nominated, but based on what you hear, I don't think many of them will.  Plus, you listed some movies that I hadn't even heard of and will now add to my list of ones to look into.  I may not end up watching them, but I always appreciate people being honest about how they feel about movies.  I am more likely to watch a movie recommended by a fan than a critic.

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 To add to my point, I have noticed that no one has Lincoln or Les Miserables on their lists.  All you hear in the trailers are how these two movies are the best of the year and sure Oscar winners.  My wife and I are trying to figure out a time when we can get a sitter to go see both of them (since 2 movies without the kids is usually our year limit, 2 in one month is tough), but I'm wondering now if I should just wait until they are on video.

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I used to watch 100-150 movies in theaters every year. I'd watch as many as four on a single Friday.

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Drakemd wrote:

 To add to my point, I have noticed that no one has Lincoln or Les Miserables on their lists.

Doc, if you're going to watch one movie about the Civil War era this year, make it Django Unchained.

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Maybe I'll go to the Tivoli some night. I know Jubbers wants to see it. I'd feel a little jerkish going to see it without her, but, damn it, I wanna see it.

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Sorry I watched Django without you, Goits, but I had an opportunity to go see it last night before I left for Boston today, so I didn't want to pass it up.

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I figured I should revise my list because I managed to watch a few more movies that came out in 2012. Looks like it was the year of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  1. Django Unchained: Tarantino is totally in his element here. I like Django better than Inglourious Basterds, probably because the protagonists are more likeable in it. Christoph Waltz steals the show once again and gets to play the good guy this time, and DiCaprio is delightfully sleazy. Hands down, my favorite movie of the year (at least of the ones I've seen).
  2. Looper: I was a bit disappointed that they didn't use a fixed timeline model for the time travel, but the movie was great otherwise.
  3. Prometheus: I had a chance to rewatch it when Goiter and Jubbers were watching it, and all the stuff that didn't bother me as much the first time bothered me this time. I still think it's a decent movie, but only third place.
  4. The Dark Knight Rises: I'd rate it higher if it weren't for the cop-out ending where [SPOILER]Bruce somehow survives the nuclear blast despite clearly being inside the Batwing seconds before the explosion.[/SPOILER]
  5. Skyfall: Best Bond movie of the Daniel Craig era.
  6. 50/50: Manages to address a heavy subject matter in a humorous way without making it trivial. It's a difficult balance to achieve, but the movie manages it quite nicely. I agree with Col. Matrix that Seth Rogen can be a bit grating sometimes, especially when he's cast in a leading role, but I find that he works great when he's sprinkled in here and there as comic relief.
  7. The Grey: A pleasant surprise, since the trailer for it was utterly misleading. There was an unexpected element of introspection to Neeson's character.
  8. The Hunger Games: Also caught me by complete surprise because I haven't read the books. Battle Royale + The Running Man + a dash of Rocky = WIN.
  9. The Avengers: It was all right.
  10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: A romantic comedy that breaks some of the genre's conventions and employs others to great effect.





Honorable Mentions: Brave, Premium Rush, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Boot to the Head: The Five Year Engagement, The Woman in Black

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I am re-reading the Hobbit for the first time in years and completely at a loss as to how they are going to make 3 films out of it??!?!?!

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Padding.

In re: to Mal's spoilers, he's the goddamn Batman!

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