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10 Best Films of 2012

Honorable Mentions:  

21 Jump Street – Easily the funniest film of the year.

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Ruby Sparks – Bizarre, hilarious and tragic. Paul Dano is great here.

Lincoln – Spielberg being Spielberg.  Daniel Day-Lewis being Daniel Day-Lewis 

Life of Pi – A great looking film and a fantastic journey and tale.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi  – My favorite documentary of the year.  A look in to the life and work of a meticulous Master.

AND NOW….

THE 10 BEST FILMS OF 2012

10.  Killer Joe

Director William Friedkin shows that he’s still got it, adapting the play of the same name.  This is his second collaboration with writer Tracy Letts, and it plays off much better than the other adaption Bug.  A bizarre tale of a hitman/cop and a family in trouble.  Great performances here with both McConaughey and Emile Hirsch showing some great acting chops.

9.  Bernie

Director Richard Linklater’s name doesn’t get thrown around enough in the ring of grand cinema masters, but it should.  Bernie is a wickedly smart dark comedy, and Jack Black gives one of the most interesting and unique performances of the year.  It plays like a fictional Errol Morris documentary, and is one of Linklater’s best.

8. Not Fade Away

Probably the biggest surprise for me this year.  I didn’t even really know what the film was about and just happened across it.  It’s probably the most realistic story of how a band attempts to succeed yet life takes over since the film Once.  Very simple in it’s story-telling during a very important time in this country.

7.  The Avengers

Joss Whedon can do no wrong this year, and he is on point with not one but two of the best films of the year.  The Avengers has everything you could want from a comic book film.  Action, adventure, humor, and great dialogue.  Many other directors have failed in this genre before, but not here.

6. Argo

The true story of how 6 Americans were rescued during the Iran hostage crisis.  I’ve pretty much forgotten the work Affleck has done in the first part of the 2000’s.  He shows that he is firmly in control of making a focused film, and able to act in it as well.  This a perfectly pitched film full of tension and intrigue.

5. Amour

At first Amour seems as if it is about nothing, but director Michael Haneke has this ability to take the very ordinary and make you understand every nuance of the relationship between two characters.  Amour is a blunt, in your face, truthful, loving and heartbreaking film about two aging adults.  It’s a film that stays with you.

4.  Django Unchained

Even though this doesn’t rank in the top of Tarantino’s moves, it still is pretty badass.  Even the worst Tarantino movie is better than 95% of all other movies made.  Revenge, love, and the Wild West all thrown in to one big mixing bowl.

3.  Cabin in the Woods

Probably the most original and interesting horror films in a very very long time.  Joss Whedon takes some serious chances here and it pays off.  Hilarious, violent and scary.  A big surprise from what seems like just another run of the mill horror film.

2.  Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell hits every single mark here.  Jennifer Lawrence gives one of the best performances of the year in a fantastic character drama/comedy.  It’s a very touching film with just the right dose of comedy spliced in.

1. Looper

My favorite films of each year always has one thing in common with each other, and that is uniqueness.  They stand out on there own.  Looper does that.  It’s a science fiction film at its core, but it’s much more than that.  It’s simple in nature, but complex overall.  It’s a great love story, a great science fiction film, a great action film, and one of the most well written films of the year as well.