Yeah its that time again, no not time to recover from a hangover. It’s top ten season. This list originally appeared in http://incognitomusicmagazine.com You should probably be checking out that magazine on a regular basis anyway.
My Top Ten films of 2012
Over at 3 Guys One Movie, as one would expect we watch a lot of films. While I watched somewhere North of 50 new releases this year, I did not see every new film. Therefore, this list may be a bit incomplete. I have yet to see Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook or Les Miserables. While I have heard good things about those films, only films I have watched thus far will be included on this list. Don’t worry I will see them all prior to the conclusion of Oscar season.
10.Beasts of the Southern Wild: 6 year-old Quvenzhane Wallis turns in an amazing performance as Hushpuppy, a small girl dealing with the effect of the melting ice caps on her bayou home and the illness of her old-man. Also, A real pick me up if you have any questions about the viability of your own child raising abilities.
9. 21 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum turn out to be a great comedic coupling in this sort of remake of 1980’s television show. This may be the funniest film I ended up watching this year.
8. Prometheus: The greatest viral marketing campaign I have ever seen coupled with wonderous special effects and direction by Ridley Scott almost raise this film to greatness. However, a nonsensical screen play by overrated scribe Damon Lindelof prevents the film from rising higher on this list.
7. Cabin in the Woods: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard deliver a tender homage to horror films in this tale. The movie also has lots of hot coeds, scooby snacks, zombies and a twisty plot to keep you guessing till the end.
6. Looper: A time travel film that doesn’t dwell on the how and instead focuses on why. While Joseph Gordon-Levitt is rock solid as usual, Bruce Willis really steals the show. Warning you may want to purchase yourself a blunderbuss by the time the film reaches it’s conclusion.
5. The Hobbit: Yes its a bit long in running time, but that is sort of like complaining about receiving too many lap dances. It’s an amazing trip back to middle earth and Peter Jackson is back at the helm of the franchise.
4. The Raid Redemption: We walked out of the theater looking for someone to spin kick upside the head. Far and away the best balls to the wall martial arts flick I have viewed in years. Suffers from spartan, plot and dialogue but you will not even notice.
3. The Avengers: A near perfect balance of action and comedy achieved while not alienating Marvel fan boys. Who knew Mark Ruffalo would steal the show as the Hulk? I loved it, the misses loved and my four year-old was more excited than Tony Stark at an open bar.
2. Argo: Ben Affleck delivers a virtuoso performance both in front of and behind the camera in a sure to be nominated for best picture nominee. Sure everyone over the age of forty or who has read a history book probably already knows how this one is going to end. The amazing thing is your on the edge of your seat the whole times regardless.
1. Moonrise Kingdom: Far and away my favorite film of the year and not just because of my man crush on Wes Anderson. Arguably the most approachable Anderson film since Rushmore, I was entranced the entire viewing. I tried to convince the misses to move to a small island in New England when I got home from the theater.
Quick update, just saw Django and it probably comes in at #3 which would knock Beasts of the Southern Wild off this list. Sorry Beasts. Are these the greatest films released in 2012? Probably not and I am quite certain that I omitted some great films from my list. However, as it stands now this is my list of top ten new releases that I enjoyed the most in 2012. So tell me what films I should have added or left off my list.