2012

For my 100th post I finally decided to get my top 10 films of 2012 up here. I would have posted this at the end of last year, but there were allot of movies I hadn’t seen and wanted to get a chance to see. Theses, as I have said before with these list, are my favorites, not the best.

If you want to see every film I have seen so far in 2012 and how it ranks look here:

http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?year=2012&user=FitzgeraldGrant

10          Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty Complete

I really liked Zero Dark Thirty when I saw it in January. I didn’t think it would be a favorite of mine until after thinking about it for some time, I really realized how masterfully crafted it was. Taking this situation that everyone knows about and how it ended. I loved how Bigelow Made the stakes high, and gave us a very thrilling story and first class example of film making.

9          The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises complete

It was during my second viewing of Rises, that I really gained such a high appreciation for this movie. Nolan gives us an epic finale to one of the most loved trilogies of all time. Rises is more about Bruce Wayne than Batman and it works really well. Some people believe there are loop holes in the story but frankly, not everything needs to be explained. A seriously good movie, that in my opinion is better than The Avengers a film I originally liked more than this, but after viewing both a second time, this one had more lasting appeal for me.

8          Moonrise Kingdom

moonrise Kingdom Complete

This was only my second Wes Anderson film and boy did I have a good time with it. It captured me with its beautifully blocked cinematography and great production design. The cast was superb, all the while being supported by a pitch perfect screenplay.

7         Skyfall

Skyfall Complete

So I haven’t seen a majority of the Bond franchise, but this was the best I have seen, by far. There is no dull moment in Skyfall. I have seen it twice now and its memorability and charmed only heightened with the second viewing. A guy in one of my film classes did a presentation on Skyfall and its cinematography. The color story and the use of steady camera movements used throughout really show have meticulously crafter this movie is.

6         Lincoln

Lincoln CompleteI love a good period piece, and damn was this a good period piece. The acting, the costumes and the writing were just so solid.  There may have been too much exposition in Lincoln for some people, but I loved it. Another reason of why Spielberg is one of the most talented and versatile directors of all time.

5          Django Unchained

Django Unchained Complete

Though it can seem long a drawn out, I enjoyed every second of this film, both times I saw it in theaters. Once again Tarantino outdoes himself with his dialogue and over the top characters an action. Such a fun trip to the cinema. I couldn’t get enough of that dinner scene. Also the KKK scene is the funniest in the movie. One of the most enjoyable films of the year.

4          Argo

Argo Complete

Argo represents, essentially what makes a perfectly structured movie. Great three acts, huge stakes, well defined characters, suspense, comedy, and so much more. I am glad this movie took home the Oscar this year. It deserved it. Probably, the best movie from 2012.

3          Prometheus

Prometheus Complete

The day I saw Prometheus, it automatically stood out to me as one of the best trips to the cinema I have ever taken in my life. I just can’t help but think of all the beautiful imagery that can only be fully appreciated on the BIG SCREEN. Personally, I believe this holds its own, pretty well with Alien and Aliens.

2          Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook Complete

When a film can be as personal and honest with me as Silver Linings Playbook was, you have won me over. The screenplay is marvelous, the acting stands out in this year of great contenders. What makes this movie extra special is that one can have so much fun with it, all the while watching some excellent film making craft.

1          Les Miserables

Les Miserables Complete

So never have I been so emotionally wiped out or in such theatrical awe after seeing a movie in the theaters. Les Miserables not only made me a weep with its story but with its sheer beauty and cinematic splendor. I certainly believe it to be one of the best of the year as well as one of the best musicals every put on screen. Sure the singing had its ups and downs, but it was brilliantly acted. I applaud the cast and crew of Les Miserables, my favorite movie of the year.

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