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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Argo. Winner of the 2012 Oscar for best picture, need we say more? Directed and starring Ben Affleck, Argo is history come alive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honourable Mentions. Lincoln, Sightseers, Prometheus, The Avengers, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, End of Watch.
After reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac countless times, this film was on the top of my viewing list since it was announced. Surviving numerous setbacks, budget cuts, and shaky reviews out of Cannes, On The Road had its North American debut at TIFF and I was in attendance. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and leading an all star cast is Sam Riley (13), Garrett Hedlund (Tron), and the magnificent Kristen Stewart (Adventureland). Stewart accepted salary cuts in her devotion to the novel and film when the budget was cut. Hedlund and Riley both have highly anticipated films slated for 2013. RIley is staring in Byzantium while Hedlund is prime for stardom assisting the Coen brothers in their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Sal Paradise (Riley) is a struggling young writer in the heart of the beat generation in America. Paradise, who’s father has recently died, has his outlook drastically changed when he meets Dean Moriarty (Hedlund). Dean is an out of control, can’t be held down life enthusiast who just married a young woman named Marylou (Stewart). Sal, Marylou, and Dean travel across the United States with no direction and little to no money. On Their journey, relationships are forged, laws broken, and their lives changed forever.
On The Road is the novel I feel everyone must read in their lives at least once. After watching this film, I feel the same way about it. If you miss out on the intoxicating drug that is On The Road, both film and novel, you are not complete. On The Road is the classic tale of a group of young outcasts and their struggles growing up while also coming to terms with maturity. The cast chosen fit the roles perfectly, especially Hedlund and Stewart. Stewart gives one of the best acting performances of 2012 while Hedlund doesn’t miss a step in capturing the essence of Dean. Not to be forgotten is Sam Riley who flourishes in his role as the unconventional Jack Kerouac. I don’t think their was anyone better to take the reigns on this film other than Walter. Salles combines the atmospheric visuals and boundless freedom each character possesses and translates it to the screen. On The Road was once thought to never make it to the big screen, but Salles and the cast have done exactly that in spectacular fashion.
On The Road: 9 out of 10.