Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Best of 2012

I've been very vocal lately in defense of 2012 as a high quality year for film. However, my Best of 2012 list seems to fall in line with other bloggers who say that there was a lot to like, but not necessarily to love. Especially considering the large number of films I watched this year, I'm really surprised that I didn't match the 30-film lineup of 2011. For 2012, I found 24 films that I really loved (4.5 to 5 stars). Here they are, starting with my #1 - "Arbitrage".

The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
The Dark Knight Rises
A Royal Affair
End of Watch

Searching for Sugar Man
The Amazing Spider-man
21 Jump Street
The Grey
Ruby Sparks
Silver Linings Playbook
How To Survive A Plague
Caesar Must Die
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Rise of the Guardians


  1. Great to see A Royal Affair love, that film was great. I think we have relatively similar taste overall too! Arbitrage is definitely a unique #1 pick, I quite enjoyed it myself, Gere was fantastic.

    Didn't realise you enjoyed Lincoln that much!

    1. Haha, I know my tweets made it seem like I wasn't a Lincoln fan, but I'm pretty good at removing my personal feelings when I'm predicting Oscars.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Arbitrage, I suspect there are many people who will be quite puzzled with that choice as #1.

  2. I think last year was a pretty good year overall. I'd give seven of those above films very high marks but haven't seen eight of them. I think there are a couple of films which will be remembered for decades and several which will be fondly remembered in years to come.

    1. Yes, I would agree. There was definitely some daring work in 2012 that will stand the test of time.

  3. Wow, Artbitrage, one of the first movies of late 2012 I saw. I loved it too. Generally, it's great list. However expected the inclusion of Les Mis in your list :)

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you loved Arbitrage too. Great thriller. I only gave Les Miz 4 stars, so it missed out on this list.

  4. Ahh, I am so pleased to see Flight here. Me and you, man. I think we're the only bloggers in our circle who dug that one so much.

    Love that Arbitrage is your number one. I had no idea you liked that movie so much. Gere was a beast there.

  5. For me, Arbitrage accomplished everything it set out to do. It had me riveted from start to finish. It was everything I wanted from this kind of thriller. Gere was a beast indeed and I also enjoyed Sarandon, Parker and Marling a lot.

  6. I really need to see Arbitrage :)