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Adam’s Top Ten Favorite Films of 2012

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.

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  • nediunedited January 1, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Solid list! You have excellent taste. :)

    This has been a great year for film–so many original, exciting work on display. Mine will differ from yours in a few spots (working on a Top 20 right now, waiting to watch Zero Dark Thirty before finishing it)–but, overall only two will not be on my list.

    Which ones? Prometheus. NO. Was very disappointed in that one–don’t even get me started. :D And 21 Jump Street. I enjoyed 21 JS more than expected and it was funny, but does not rank for me. And I agree with Django–awesome!!

    Additions: The Grey has been on my list since January and has never slipped past the top 10. Silver Lining Playbook is wonderful. Perks of Being a Wallflower is worthy. I loved Cloud Atlas (and stand by it!)–it is the most ambitious film ever made and ahead of its time. Sleepwalk with Me–small film, big on awesomeness! That’s a few…

    Happy 2013! Hope it’s as good in film as 2012. Fingers crossed.

  • Adam January 1, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Thanks, Nedi, I don’t think I have seen any of the additions you mentioned other than the Grey which I enjoyed. These end of year lists always reminds me how few new movies I watched despite the fact I go to the theater almost every week.

    look forward to checking out your top 20.

  • Jen January 1, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Great list! I just saw Django Unleashed today. OMG, too good. I mean, I was expecting it to be good, but not awesome. Then again, I should’ve known only awesome things happen when QT is involved.

    Happy New Year to you and the guys! 2013 is going to be good year for everybody, I can just feel it! I know this is your guys year for SD’s Comic-Con.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:03 am

      Jen If I don’t get to SD this year my brother might disown me lol.

      Glad you liked Django as much as we did.

  • Nirav January 1, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Awesome mentioning as well Posters Too :)

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:08 am

      Thanks Nirav, I like the look of a lot of those alternative posters.

  • Mark Walker January 2, 2013, 12:51 am

    Moonrise Kingdom gets the top spot? high praise indeed man. Not one I’d argue to much with either. It was a great little film. From what I’ve seen though, Beasts of the Southern Wild would get my top spot.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:10 am

      Mark you love you some Beasts of the Southern Wild. I expect to hear about you vacationing in New Orleans ;-)

      Wallis better get an Oscar nomination for her performance.

  • Chris January 2, 2013, 2:11 am

    Where did you get those posters? Love the retro style. Moonrise, Prometheus, and Beasts will likely feature on my upcoming best of 2012 list. Still need to catch Django and a few others.

    I agree The Hobbit is an amazing trip back to middle earth, it’s just to me it doesn’t feel as fresh as Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was more impressed by the high-frame-rate technology and sfx, than the story.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:12 am

      Chris, you got to see Hobbit in 48FPS and you liked it? I have heard a lot of complaints about the frame rate. You got a post up about it?

      I used the google machine to hunt down those posters. Sadly nobody seemed to make one for 21 Jump Street ;-)

      Check out Django at your first opportunity it’s great.

      • Chris January 2, 2013, 12:21 pm

        I’ll have a mini-review up about The Hobbit and 48fps at the weekend.

        The wonders of the internet, love those posters.

        • Adam January 2, 2013, 12:32 pm

          cool I will have to check that out Chris, Still waiting on someone to complete their portion of our hobbit review. Will be very interested to here your take on the 48FPS.

  • Nostra January 2, 2013, 2:19 am

    Although my top 10 looks slightly different (it’s up on my blog now), I can agree with those choices! I almost forgot about Moonrise Kingdom when I was making my top 10, but rewatching it last week made me remember how good that movie is!

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:14 am

      Nostra, the misses and I watched it last night on blu-ray, thanks Mark, and she loved it as well. That blu-ray was seriously lacking in bonus features but otherwise excellent.

      Going to head over and check out your top ten when I finish up responding to comments.

  • wordschat January 2, 2013, 5:31 am

    Great list with the perfect #1 Adam. When you see Les Miserables I’m sure it can be squeezed in.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:16 am

      Mark, I am having trouble getting to see all these end of the year films. I hope to squeeze Les Mis and Lincoln in soon. Too many holiday family obligations and movies out at the same time. You would think they would save some of these films for the terrible lulls we get on occasion.

  • wordschat January 2, 2013, 10:24 am

    Fit Les Miserables, The Late Quartet (just reviewed July 1) during the Febrary blahs or in between your many Xbox games I see you play. I’ve been addicted to Peggle and just bought Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

  • Adam January 2, 2013, 10:32 am

    Exactly the time frame I was thinking. Mark I can barely get near the xbox right now, I got the misses Dance Central 3 and my brother got my boy skylanders giants. How am I supposed to have time to play lego lord of the rings? ;-)

    Peggle is very addictive I have not tried jeopardy and wheel of fortune.

  • Mark Walker January 2, 2013, 10:45 am

    I do love me some Beasts of Southern Wild and would love to visit New Orleans. I’ve always wanted to. Sample me some lovely Gumbo. ;-)
    Totally agree on Wallis deserving a nom. It’ll be criminal if she doesn’t.

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 12:19 pm

      Mark I hope enough of those old white coots on the nominating board see this film. I think I read last year that the avg age of a voting academy member was 67 lol.

  • Fogs January 2, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Ok, a) Nice list. Solid choices across the board. I enjoyed all of these movies, and most of them (with Cabin and Prometheus excepted) will probably wind up in my top ten, too.

    b) Awesome poster finds. Nice job. Very very cool. :D

    • Adam January 2, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Fogs, wait a minute you did not like Cabin in the Woods? Prometheus had just enough good despite the terrible plot devices to make my list. I imagine that when I see Lincoln something will have to go and it could be one of those two lol

  • Griff January 2, 2013, 5:36 pm

    Nice list Bro! I am going to be posting mine later on tonight and we have some similarities but I definitely omitted some of the ones on that list. Prometheus would make my top ten most disappointing list for example. I thought Cabin in the Woods was entertaining but I don’t know if I could let it crack my top ten.

  • Tracy January 3, 2013, 8:07 am

    I love seeing Cabin in the Woods on other people’s Top 10! It definitely made mine…along with Moonrise, Argo, Skyfall, Looper and Avengers. I haven’t seen The Raid yet, but it’s in my queue. I think I’ll check that one out over the weekend so I can be in with the cool kids. Have yet to see The Hobbit and Django too. Man….I need to get with the program! Awesome list Adam….you have excellent taste.

    • Adam January 3, 2013, 8:37 am

      Thanks Tracy… Def check out The Raid when you get the chance. Just think if you The Hobbit and Django on the same day you could spend six hours at the theater ;-)

  • Tim The Film Guy January 4, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Love the stylish posters and it’s a good list :D

  • Joe January 4, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Hey Adam,
    Looks like there are some more movies that I need to see. Seems like a list that is never ending. I’ve only seen Looper, which was much better than I had anticipated, and Moonrise Kingdom which was number one on your brother’s list as well and I have to say that it was definitely a refreshing cinematic change that only Wes Anderson can provide. I’m looking forward to seeing Django and The Hobbit and Prometheus looks like something I have to check out. I have to agree with Tim The Film Guy’s sentiment; thumbs up on list and pics.

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