my favorite movies from 2012
2012 was the year of big movies! I saw more movies in the theater this year than probably ever before. The only films on this list I didn’t see in theaters were: Chronicle(mistake), Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Take this Waltz. Aside from this list I also saw the Amazing Spiderman, Anna Karenina, The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Brave, and The Dark Knight Rises, all in the theater. Fun stuff.
10. Take this Waltz
not your average dramedy romance. at all. This film was heart-wrenching, depressing, and awkward. And because of that it felt true. besides this, THE COLORS. beautifully filmed, some very memorable scenes…
9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
old british people can have exciting lives too…? Extremely strong cast and characters (judi dench, Maggie smith, bill nighy!), satisfying range of stories, great soundtrack by Thomas Newman… per ushe.
8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
haters gon hate. I loved it. Just the beginning of another expertly and meticulously crafted trilogy. an incredible spectacle to see (in imax). Didn’t get around to seeing it in HFR, still curious about that.
7. Silver Linings Playbook.
Amazing acting obvi, B-Coop, J-Lawr and De Niro. Simply good. Stirring and involving, relatable and awesome.
6. Chronicle (seen 2x)
SO SAD. Omg cried on the plane watching this. So good. Impressive hand-held film technique unlike any other hand-held-style movies. Seamless effects and believable acting.
5. Perks of Being a Wallflower (seen 2x)
never read the book… and I was never interested in it because it seemed angsty and lame but holy crap, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller… perfect. Impressive screenplay to have come from an epistolary novel. Kudos to the author for directing it himself! Would never have guessed it was his first picture.
4. Django Unchained
in my opinion it’s hard to top Inglorious Basterds but this film was just such a riot and so entertaining it is definitely on par in its own way. Great music, great acting (especially from Leo… too bad he got snubbed) typical Tarantino tension/build up with over-the-top violent payoff.
best bond ever. Daniel Craig. Judi Dench. JAVIER BARDEM… RALPH FIENNES!!! SAM MENDES… ADELE… I mean seriously. TOOO good.
2. Life of Pi
one of the only books other than harry potter and a series of unfortunate events that I actually really read… lol. AND ANG LEE <33333 and Claudio Miranda<3 and the soundtrack and effects and beauty and omg
1. Moonrise Kingdom (seen 2x)
my favorite Wes Anderson thus far. Quite self-indulgent but in the best way. friendly, adorable, exciting, heartwarming, quirky, unforgettable… colors, cast, music. All around perfection.
the rest of the best:
-We Need to Talk About Kevin – would absolutely be in my top ten but it’s technically a 2011 film?
-The Impossible – hard to watch, its pretty believable
-The Queen of Versailles – great sympathetic but informative documentary
-Anna Karenina – amazing set design/scene changing/filming, the first 30 minutes I was drooling
-The Cabin in the Woods – bizarre, surprising, very entertaining
-Argo – yeah, it was real good
-Safety Not Guaranteed – modern, touching, self-aware indie gem