The Ten Best Films of 2012

January 1, 2013 1 Comment

Disclaimer:  “Amour and Zero Dark Thirty have not yet screened in the Detroit area.  Rust and Bone also awaits a D-opening, but I did see it already in Toronto and feel its place in the top ten is solid.

What were the best movies of 2012?  Although my list will not include several that have been acclaimed by many(some just missed the cut and others wouldn’t have made it if it was the ONLY movie of 2012, in my opinion).   Most agree that 2012 was a very good year for film, making listing the best difficult.  Still, it is fun to reflect and choose the favorite films, acknowledging, of course that such choices are very personal.  (No one but me seems to have placed Seven Psychopaths anywhere near the top of a best list, but I stilled like it a lot, even though it didn’t make the top ten.)  I did notice that many of the films that really grabbed me had large servings of fantasy and a lot of water (think of Moonrise Kingdom, The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Life of Pi).  Since Amour and Zero Dark Thirty have made such an impression on so many movie folks, I have decided to leave the number 1 spot empty until I have a chance to see them because I have a hunch that one may land at the top.   Who knows?   Anyway, here is my list of the ten best movies of 2012:

1.  (Will it be Amour?  Zero Dark Thirty?)

2.  Moonrise Kingdom

3.  Life of Pi

4.  The Master

5.  Rust and Bone

6.  Beasts of the Southern Wild

7.  Chico and Rita (animated)

8.  The Story of Film:  An Odyssey (documentary)

9.  Lincoln

10.  The Deep Blue Sea

Well, there you have it.  If you noticed that Argot and Silver Linings Playbook did not make my top ten, you are correct.  The Kid with a Bike, Anna Karenina, Bernie and Les Miserables were all favorites of mine and I would see each of them again, but they didn’t quite make the top ten.  Keanu Reeve’s documentary “Side by Side” was also riveting, but not quite as powerful as “The Story of Film.”  So, what do you think?  What are your favorites?  Jolyn Wagner


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One Comment to “The Ten Best Films of 2012”
  1. Bruce Russell says:

    OK, here goes. Comments to follow.

    1. Les Miserables

    2. Anna Karenina

    3. The Sessions

    4. The Master

    5. The Deep Blue Sea

    6. The Story of Film

    7. The Life of Pi

    8. Moonrise Kingdom

    9. Lincoln

    10. Amour or Zero Dark Thirty?

    2012 was the year of love; see 1-5, 8, and Amour. Obsessive love, unrequited love, parental and filial love, first love, and, occasionally, triumphant and fulfilled love. And yet it seems so insignificant in our everyday lives. 🙂

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