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Favorite movies of 2012

February 23, 2013

Since Oscar time is here, I decided to finally post my favorite films from last year. Up to this point I’ve seen around 30 films that came out last year. There are still a few I missed that I really want to see. Here is my take on movies I watched in 2012 starting with my top 10.

Continue to the bottom to see who I’d give an Oscar to if I had a vote.

Beasts of the southern wild

#1 Beasts of the Southern Wild

I really didn’t expect to like this film quite as much as I did. It is a story told through a 6 year old girl’s perspective. She is raised in a poor region in New Orleans & has to deal with a Katrina-like event. It was extremely unique & beautiful. I recommend that everyone check it out sometime.

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#2 Moonrise Kingdom

Yes, Wes Anderson- he has a style, a vision, & writing that is all his own. I’m a bit hit or miss on his films. I loved: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, & The Royal Tenebaums. I was not very impressed with a couple of his more recent films: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou or The Darjeeling Limited.

That being said, this may be my favorite film he’s done to this point. Two young outcast kids on a small island community become pen pals & plot their escape together. The movie is funny, sweet, & unique in that typical Wes Anderson way.

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#3 Anna Karenina

I really enjoyed this film overall. I thought the directing by Joe Wright was amazing. I’ll admit, I was a bit confused in the 1st couple of minutes of the film figuring out what was going on. Most the film is shot inside of a theater & as the characters would walk, the background would be changed behind them as they walked. They transitioned background settings like this quite often in the 1st 10 minutes of the film. I caught on quick & once I did, I thought the way that was shot was extremely impressive.

I’ll also state that I didn’t really get wrapped up in the story until 45 minutes or so into the film. The story is based on a Tolstoy novel, which if you know much about him, he didn’t write any short ones. With those minor flaws pointed out I still thought the acting, directing, cinematography, & costume design were all superb. I really enjoyed the film & I’m sorry Argo, but I had to bump you down 1 spot.

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#4 Argo

Thinking back to days of Dazed & Confused or any of the early Kevin Smith movies, I never thought I’d hear myself say that I liked Ben Affleck as a director. Gone Baby Gone, The Town, & Argo- all great films. I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t enjoy this film. From great acting & directing to a great script, Argo deserves all the cred & hype it receives. Bravo ‘Bennifer,’ bravo. (yeah, I’m not letting that stupid nickname die just yet)

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#5 Django Unchained

I’m a huge Tarantino fan & add to that I’m a big Jamie Foxx & Christopher Waltz fan as well. This movie didn’t disappoint me one bit. I think Django Unchainded will become one of my favorite Tarantino films. I loved the script, Tarantino did an excellent job directing, & all of the acting performances were excellent.

If I based my list on personal favorites from the year without taking all factors into consideration, Django Unchained would probably be my #1.

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#6 Zero Dark Thirty

Based on the events that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. This just happened, everyone sort of knows about the story. This is another great military film by Kathryn Bigelow. I personally liked this even better than 2009’s The Hurt Locker. (which cleaned house in Oscar’s that year.)

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#7 Silver Linings Playbook

From David O. Russell the writer & directer of I Heart Huckabees, he also wrote & directed this 2012 masterpiece. Cooper, Lawrence, & De Niro each gave amazing performances in this original & often dysfunctional romance film. I was completely engrossed with this movie from the very beginning.  Go. See. It.

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#8 Life of Pi

I’ve never read the book, I wasn’t even familiar with the story before going to see this film. Truthfully after watching the preview I didn’t even want to see it. It was a beautifully shot film in every way. There were a couple scenes in this movie where I was in complete awe. I can’t say I’d like to see this again, b/c that just wouldn’t be true. But I really appreciated the all the greatness that was accomplished in this film: acting, directing, cinematography, were all fantastic. It’s worth seeing at least once in my opinion.

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#9 The Queen of Versailles

I read comments this guy said around presidential election time & let’s say I found him to come across in an interview as a complete arse. After watching this film I can actually say I think he is even more of an *ss than I thought.

Take the biggest timeshare owner in the US, a ‘trophy wife’, & building the biggest home in the country….. then here comes the recent housing crash. From fine catered foods to McDonald’s drive-thru runs, this documentary has all the right things going for it to have you laughing, yelling, & sitting in amazement.

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#10 Shut Up & Play the Hits

I’ll round out my top 10 films with another documentary. Following around James Murphy for his final days as lead singer of LCD Soundsystem & before the band calls it quits. This film gives you an insight to his life & thoughts before showing you footage of their final show in 2011. I actually blogged about this last July which you can read HERE.

#11-#20

#11 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

#12 Prometheus

#13 Lincoln

#14 Skyfall

#15 The Five-year Engagement

#16 Robot & Frank

#17 Ruby Sparks

#18 Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots

#19 Hitchcock

#20 The Master

Other films watched #21-#25 in alphabetical order:

Dark Knight Rises

The Hunger Games

Looper

This Is 40

21 Jump Street

Films I didn’t like so much:

The Cabin in the Woods

Friends With Kids

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The Sitter

Take This Waltz

Wanderlust

#1 HATED!

The Watch 

Oscar voting:   (to be fair I didn’t see every film, but of the ones I did, these would get my vote)

Best Picture – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actor in a Leading Role – Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Actor in a Supporting Role – Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Actress in a Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Actress in a Supporting Role – Amy Adams, The Master

Cinematography – Anna Karenina

Costume Design – Lincoln

Directing – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Music (Original Score) – Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Music (Original Song) – Skyfall, Adele

Production Design – Anna Karenina

Sound Editing – Django Unchained

Visual Effects – Life of Pi

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Argo, Chris Terrio

Writing (Original Screenplay) – Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola or Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

I’d have to flip a coin on that one!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 27, 2013 12:36 am

    Great list man. I will be dropping mine sometime within the next couple weeks. It was a pretty great year in film.

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