Top 10 Films of 2012

We might be a bit late to this particular list’s party, but better now than never. This was a difficult list to compile, lots of great pictures to chose from. But myself (monster1711) and my bud (cinema2033) think we’ve created a diverse and respectable list. If you feel that we overlooked a certain film or have any suggestions for future top 10’s, please comment below. Without further anticipation, let’s get started.

10. Looper. Easily the best science fiction film of the year. Featuring terrific performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, Looper is a brain scrambler that will leave you stunned.

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9. The Cabin in the Woods. Speaking of brain scramblers. The Cabin in the Woods is definitely the most bizarre film of the year. Mixing the hilarious and terrifying elements of horror and poking fun at them, it is sure to be a cult favourite.

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8. Skyfall. Quite possibly the best Bond film to ever grace the big screen. Skyfall is witty, charming, and one hell of a ride. With towering performances from Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, Skyfall is not to be missed.

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7. Seven Psychopaths. Another entry into Martin McDonagh’s violent comedies. Seven Psychopaths is full of violence, hilarity, and outstanding performances from Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.

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6. Argo. Winner of the 2012 Oscar for best picture, need we say more? Directed and starring Ben Affleck, Argo is history come alive.

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5. Silver Linings Playbook. Thought by many to be the best picture of 2012. Silver Linings Playbook is another solid outing from David O. Russell and features a return to form for Robert De Niro. Not to mention the emergence of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as real acting heavyweights.

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4. On The Road. Possibly the most controversial film on the list, On The Road left audiences divided. Based on Jack Kerouac’s generation defining novel. On The Road features entrancing performances from Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and especially the lovely Kristen Stewart.

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3. Django Unchained. The second chapter in Tarantino’s yet to be finished history trilogy. Django Unchained landed Christoph Waltz another supporting actor Oscar. Also starring Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, and a deliciously evil performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained is violently hilarious.

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2. Zero Dark Thirty. Best picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty is brought to you by the creators of The Hurt Locker. There really isn’t anything else that needs to be said. Incredibly tense, monumental performances, and impeccably scripted. Zero Dark Thirty is an unstoppable force.

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1. The Dark Knight Rises. The conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, directed by the brilliant Christopher Nolan. With Tom Hardy as Bane, The Dark Knight Rises has the best villain performance of the year. Including an unmatchable cast and an epic finale no one saw coming, The Dark Knight Rises might be the greatest comic book adapted film in the history of cinema.

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Honourable Mentions. Lincoln, Sightseers, Prometheus, The Avengers, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, End of Watch.

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Posted on April 5, 2013, in Top 10s and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I still need to watch so many of these!

  2. Nice List! I agree with many of them.

  3. Good list mate. Just because I love listing, here are mine:

    10. Zero Dark Thirty
    9. Silver Linings Playbook
    8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    7. Skyfall
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. Lincoln
    4. Argo
    3. Life of Pi
    2. Les Miserables
    1. Django Unchained

    Honorable Mentions: Flight, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Looper

    Yeah, I’m aware that I have 8 of the 9 best picture nominees on this list. I really thought the academy hit the nail on the head this year.

  4. Thanks for checking out the list! Great list. The only film I don’t agree with is Les Miserables, I couldn’t stand it.

  5. Howdy Monster – saw your recent comment, so I figured I’d chime in over here as well. Always glad to see someone new entering the film-blogging fray.

    Here’s my Top 10, which, because I’m a troublemaker, always includes a #11:

    11. The Five-Year Engagement (an effective romantic comedy – a rare enough distinction – which also benefited from extremely good timing, since I saw it a couple of weeks before my wedding)
    10. The Raid: Redemption (will ruin you for other action films)
    9. Bernie (a delightful small-town dark comedy)
    8. The Cabin in the Woods (don’t need to tell you why)
    7. Lincoln (politics and history, history and politics)
    6. Looper (more Rian Johnson cleverness, and a fresh take on time travel)
    5. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson is back on top)
    4. Seven Psychopaths (the film in which Martin McDonagh beat Quentin Tarantino at his own game this year)
    3. Life of Pi (a gorgeous and thoughtful film)
    2. The Imposter (Just watch it. Don’t google it. Seriously.)
    1. Cloud Atlas (my very own controversial choice)

    If you’d like to see me defend these choices, check out my entry below:
    http://filmwonk.net/2013/01/01/2012-glennies-part-1-best-picture-top-10-films-of-2012/

    Cheers,
    Glenn B (FilmWonk.net)

    • Thanks for stopping by! Great list bud. I’ve still yet to check out Bernie, The Five Year Engagement, and The Imposter, but I’ll definitely watch them soon. I really enjoyed Cloud Atlas, awesome cast and Ben Whishaw was incredible in it. He is emerging as one of my favourite actors. The only reason I didn’t include The Raid is because I saw it in 2011, not 2012. Anyway, stop by again anytime!

      • “Bernie” and “The Imposter” are both on Netflix streaming.

        I’d also recommend “Compliance” – although that one’s not for everyone. Quite a harrowing experience, but makes a pretty credible (and disturbing) point about human nature and authority.

  6. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks again!

  7. I know I’m late to it, but very nice list. 🙂 I’ve watched your entire list, except On the Road and Cabin in the Woods, and I really enjoyed all of them. I actually still haven’t posted mine (extremely late, I know), but I think I might put them up by the end of this week. Incredibly, despite liking the ones you liked, my list has nine different movies on it! I guess it just goes to show how many great movies there were last year.

    • Thanks! Wow, nine different films? That’s incredibly. I think it is safe to say that I’m really looking forward to your list lol. And yeah, totally agree with you, there were a bunch of great films released this past year. Seriously, I cannot wait to see your list :).

  8. I have to ask why did you like On the Road? I know I am super late to the list but new to reading all your stuff.

    • Well, the book is my all-time favourite, so I’m bias right from the get-go lol. I saw it at TIFF and the cast and director were there. I don’t know, just love it, everything about it. I feel it captures what the book aims for. The movie is almost always never as good as the book, and in this case it’s no different, but it’s as good as anyone will adapt, I feel anyway. What did you think?

      • I didn’t like the movie as much as I thought I would. Maybe I expected too much since I also love the book and the whole beatnik genre. I think a lot of the books of that generation are hard to make into good movies. Have you seen Kill your Darlings? I haven’t yet, but I have heard mixed reviews. It features Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs (which is my fave) so it could be writer/book porn or could be horrible! If you saw you must tell me if it was good or not?!

      • I didn’t see KYD, heard mixed things as well. Yeah, it’s near impossible to live up to Kerouac’s novel, but they tried and succeeded as much as a film will ever, I think.

      • You have a good point it is very difficult to live up to it. I guess we come up with our own thoughts about it or we read it growing up so it has much more weight to it in our minds than other types of books. I should rewatch it you just convinced me.

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