The Best Films of 2012

2012 has come and gone. While I felt 2011 was just an okay year for film, this year had many great surprises and quiet a bit of upsets. I went in with high hopes for several films, only to be let down.

Tom Hooper side-eyes Quentin Tarantino

Also, this year will be a little different for the list. While I used to rank every film I’ve seen, I’m only going to list the films that were OKAY (Liked enough to admit it), GOOD (my top 13-25) and the BEST (top 12 films in 2012). The films that ended up in the MEH category and the bottom 12 films will not be listed on this site, but can be requested if you know how to reach me personally. I don’t want those listed publicly as you never know who you’ll work with in the future. :)

So without further ado, here is the list of the better to best films of 2012. As always, disagree, agree, whatever… comment on this post and let’s discuss further. You’ll notice some heavy hitters missing from this list so you can assume I either didn’t like them or didn’t catch them.

OKAY (alphabetical order):

21 Jump Street
The Ambassador
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Bernie
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Celeste and Jesse Forever
The Central Park Five
Chronicle
The Dark Knight Rises
Detention
End of Watch
Flight
Footnote
Frankenweenie
Goon
The Grey
The Impossible
In Darkness
The Innkeepers
Jack Reacher
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Juan of the Dead
Kumare
Last Days Here
Lincoln
Marley
Michael
Moonrise Kingdom
ParaNorman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Pina 3D
Promised Land
The Queen of Versailles
A Royal Affair
Robot & Frank
Save the Date
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seven Psychopaths
Side by Side
Silent House
Skyfall
Smashed
Teddy Bear
Undefeated
West of Memphis

GOOD:

25. Turn Me On, Dammit!
24. Sound of Noise
23. Sleepwalk with Me
22. The Sessions
21. Headhunters
20. Sound of my Voice
19. Searching for Sugar Man
18. Klown
17. Safety Not Guaranteed
16. Ruby Sparks
15. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
14. Cloud Atlas
13. Wreck-It-Ralph

BEST OF 2012:

12. Kill List
11. Compliance
10. Pitch Perfect
09. Life of Pi
08. The Raid: Redemption
07. Silver Linings Playbook
06. The Cabin in the Woods
05. Argo
04. Bullhead
03. Amour
02. Zero Dark Thirty
01. Holy Motors

There it is. Have at it. Tear it apart. Question my tastes all you want, especially by putting Pitch Perfect in my top 10, but that was one of the most enjoyable movie-going experiences of the year.

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