Top Ten Weekend: Best Movies of 2012
This top ten list is pretty much just my opinion on what I think the best movies of 2012 were. I tried to not include a lot of blockbusters, so even though I enjoyed the Avengers and the Dark Knight I didn’t place them on my list. A couple of these movies were actually shown in 2011 at various film festivals but it wasn’t until 2012 that they were released to the masses. So with that said here is my list.
David Cronenberg’s intense journey into the mind of a sociopathic multibillionaire is one of the best examples of a movie showing that time-less message of money not being everything. Robert Pattinson does a great job portraying a young man who is almost in a catatonic state as he goes through the same old routine day in and day out. The ending is one of the best although it does leave something to be desired.
9. The Raid: Redemption
The Raid is one of those movies that won’t get as much attention simple because of its foreign origins. It’s a shame since the movie is one of the most brutal and action packed movie of last year. It brings about it one of the best fight choreography ever filmed along with some very impressive CGI. The movie doesn’t have the world greatest plot but it doesn’t need it at its bone cracking fast pace the raid could have had no plot and still be one of 2012 best films.
8. We Need to Talk About Kevin
This somber and sickening tale of a mothers bond with her child is truly bone chilling. Everything about this movie is so well done from the acting to the writing and directing. The movie’s in depth look at the possibility that a child could be born evil is an interesting one. Looking back this is one of the most disturbing movies of last year because of the two shooting that occurred toward the end of the year.
A Hollywood sci-fi movie that has a lot of heart and a cool premise is hard to come by and thankfully that’s what Looper is. It’s a fun thrill ride that takes you to a world of time traveling excitement. The plot is one of the most interesting things about the movie and is really well written. The movie has two great actors who pull off their roles with the help of a young great director at the helms. Looper should go down as one of the best sci-fi films of the decade.
6. Cabin in the Woods
This generation Scream, Cabin in the Woods pulls off what most modern day horror films cannot. It is a fun, scary but most importantly a smart film that makes fun of all the cliché’s of the genre. This is a riot for any genre fan as Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon throw everything they possible can into the movie. The ending is one of the most fun scenes I have ever seen in any movie and should have been seen by so many more.
5. The Hobbit
9 years after the last Lord of the Rings movie, The Hobbit takes audiences back to Middle-Earth. It is great being able to see that place again and going on a new adventure. This is one of those magical movies that brings about a smile on everyone’s face once the credit rolls. The movie is thriving with various locations and creatures that it will take more than one viewing to truly enjoy and appreciate it. Peter Jackson has done it once again and I can’t wait for the next one.
Ben Affleck is one of today’s top filmmakers. He has an extraordinary eye for details and plot. His vision of the 1979 events are truly interesting to watch and see how they unfold. He ramps up the tension by having the audience care and root for. Argo will have you in a state of panic as you watch the mad dash for freedom and that what makes this such a great movie.
The best horror film of the year hands down, Sinister is everything that is right with the horror genre. It is a genuinely scary, fun and a very smart film that will have you on the edge of your seats. Ethan Hawk puts on a great performance and it is good to see him in another horror film. Mr. Boogie is one of the most freighting monsters to come by in the last few years but it is the super eight films that steal the show. It is a movie that deserves to be seen late at night with all the lights turned off.
2. Killing them Softly
Killing them Softly is a smart and creative way of displaying the way money corrupts and rules the way we live. It has some of the best acting with Brad Pitt stealing the show and putting on one of his best performances in years. It is directed by one of the best directors of our time, Andrew Dominik. He makes a film that should go down as one of the most underrated gangster films of all time.
1. Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene is my favorite film of last year because it embodies what a great film should be. It has a wonderful lead actress, Elizabeth Olsen who puts on the greatest portrayal of a mentally unbalanced person since Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. The movie is directed by a promising up and coming Sean Durkin, who creates one of the creepiest atmospheres along with John Hawks who sings one of the tamest yet disturbing songs of the year.
So what was your favorite movie of 2012? Was it one of my picks? Did I pick a movie that you think is unworthy of being called the best of 2012? If so leave a comment and vote below.