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Monday, December 24, 2012

[UPDATED] The Best Films of 2012

Hello again, everyone.

My previous post dealt with the worst films of 2012, so now it is time to reflect on the best films of 2012. I want to remind everyone this is a list of the movies I have personally seen and also note that I am aware the year is not over. I still plan on seeing one or two more movies this year, so I might alter this list after the fact. Good? Excellent. Let's get started!

The Grey

I didn't see this movie in theaters but after watching it on DVD I regretted not seeing it in January. This was a great movie and not just because it had Liam Neeson. It was tense and had a great progression. I also loved the way it was filmed. Very well done.

The Hunger Games

I will admit that I didn't love the movie as much as the book and it left a lot to be desired, but it was very well done. I was pleased with the casting, the acting, and portrayal, and the overall progression. I cannot wait for Catching Fire and Mockingjay to come out.

21 Jump Street

I delayed seeing this movie until just a couple months ago and let me tell you, I was so impressed and pleased. It was hilarious and oddly enough it worked perfectly as a spin-off of the original TV show. I laughed through the whole damn movie and that I what I loved. The humor was perfect. Highly recommended to anyone else who skipped it like I did.

Project X

I am only mentioning this because as a teenage party movie it was pretty legit. I enjoyed it a lot.

The Cabin in the Woods

By far the best horror movie I have seen in a couple years. I loved how this movie was set up, I loved how it played out, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. The only downside was the last 5min or so, but apart from that it was great. A definite must see for any horror fan.

Mother's Day

For a horror remake that went Direct-to-DVD it was pretty damn good. Darren Lynn Bousman finally did another good thing after his first two Saw movies.


This was a fantastic movie. The animation alone blew my mind and put me in complete happiness. I liked the message of the film and it was a lot of fun. Pixar did it again.


Beautiful animation, first of all, and the story itself was a little more adult. Even though it was a kids movie and an animated movie I felt like there was more for the big kids than the little ones. The horror aspect was very well blended and quite enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.


By far Tim Burton's best movie in 10 years. The animation was beautiful, classic, and I loved that they left it in black and white. The story was incredibly easy to relate to and I think it held up nicely with the original live-action short film. I absolutely loved it.


Out of the Daniel Craig 007 movies this was the best one. Much, much better than Quantum of Solace and I even thought it was better than Casino Royale. Adele's song was perfect, the story was perfect, and I was surprised with how much I liked Daniel Craig. I think he finally was able to capture the perfect Bond performance. And of course... Javier Bardem was the best villain I have seen in many Bond movies. He needs an Oscar for it.

Wreck-It Ralph

This was a nerd's dream movie. I had a big smile on my face from beginning to end. As I said about the other animated movies this year, the animation was flawless and beautiful. The voice talent was also great. The concept was very original, too. And fyi... there is a free version of the Fix-It Felix arcade game in the Apple App Store. I have it on my iPod. =^D


I almost put this on my worst of 2012 list but I decided against it. I almost put it on the other list because I felt like we were all lied to when Ridley Scott said it had nothing to do with the Alien franchise. The final shot of the movie alone flushes that down the toilet. Apart from the anger of that, it wasn't all that terrible. Noomi Rapace was great and the stress level the movie put on was very high. I saw it in theaters and I was going nuts the whole time. Great science fiction movie but it was kind of a big trick.

The Dark Knight Rises

After 4 years of anticipation this movie, for me and many others, was tainted with tragedy. The Century Theater shooting happened about 2 miles from me and I almost went to that midnight premiere at that same theater. With that said, it took me until the DVD release earlier this month to fully enjoy the movie. I saw it twice in theaters and was paranoid as hell both times. However, I do appreciate it and think it was a great finale to the Nolan trilogy. I don't think it was as good as The Dark Knight but it was better than Batman Begins.

The Avengers

The... best... movie... of... the... entire... year.
Not only was this one of the best superhero movies I have ever seen but it will hold up as that. The casting of the heroes and villains was perfect and the lead into this movie was just incredible. The special effects, sound effects, acting, and dialogue was perfect. Everything about The Avengers was perfect. It was more proof that Marvel does truly have the upper hand when it comes to comic books on film.

[Updated] Beasts of the Southern Wild

I literally just saw this movie and I want to say it is one of the best movies I have seen all year, if not ever. I had no idea what to expect going in and I walked out teary eyed with something new. Like, it is hard to describe how this movie affects you but it does. Quvenzhane Wallis is phenomenal. For a little girl like that to be so good. I was just blown away.

Honorable mentions: Les Misérables, Sound of My Voice, The Raid: Redemption, For Ellen, Dark Shadows, The Possession, V/H/S, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Pitch Perfect.

Well, there we have it. Like I mentioned before this list is of the movies I personally saw. I haven't seen every movie I wanted to see this year, but that happens every year. Movies are released on DVD within 3-4 months anyway. It's no big deal. Overall I think 2012 was a better movie year than 2011 so that was a pleasure. Here's to hoping 2013 is a great movie year!

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