Making a Top 10 list is never an easy thing, especially when the year is as cinematically prosperous as 2012 was. Bolstered by an unusually strong spring and knocked out of the park by a magnificent awards season, 2012 was like a candy store for the movie critic inside me, with many films being truly great and a handful of them being astonishingly masterful. In fact, this year was so grand that I was honestly shocked to see that I had given a perfect 10/10 (a score I try to save for the film’s that go above and beyond the extraordinary) to four films, more than any other year in recent memory. With an abundance of great films and only 10 spots to fill, I unfortunately had to leave off a number of special cinematic experiences, from the heartwarming nostalgia of The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the ambitious scope of Cloud Atlas, the deranged hijinks of Seven Psychopaths, the epic thrills of The Dark Knight Rises, the mind-bending originality of Looper, the sweet intelligence of Liberal Arts, and so on. Nonetheless, a Top 10 list calls for 10 films and 10 films only – the best of the best, the cream of the crop – so without further ado, here are my 10 favorite films of 2012:
It may not be 1939 and it might not be 1977, or 1994, or 1999, but 2012 is still one for the ages, probably treading just behind those four magnificent, benchmark years for cinema. 2012 wasn’t perfect – the summer movie season was lackluster at best – but when it really tried it brought us some gems that were unmistakable. We haven’t had a film year like this in a long while and it was wholly refreshing to walk into the movie theater and walk out impressed, fulfilled, and, most of all, happy more times than not. 2011 was definitely a weak year, minus the usual year end guns that came blazing, but 2012 was consistently on point for the most part and came in extra heavy with its awards-seeking flicks in the last quarter.
2012 has undoubtedly been one of the best years for film in the past decade. Whereas the past few years have seen little more than disappointment after disappointment, for the most part, the films of 2012 unequivocally delivered. The typically dry winter months surprised everyone with gems like The Grey, Haywire, and Chronicle, and we had an inexplicably strong spring thanks to the likes of 21 Jump Street, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and The Hunger Games. Even though the summer months were sparse, 2012 managed to bounce back big time thanks to one of the strongest falls in recent memory. This year’s fall has been filled with a plethora of fantastic films, leading to one of the most competitive Oscar races in years.
Well folks, that’s a wrap! After 12 months and hundreds of movies, we’ve come to the end of 2012; I know, we can’t believe it either! Like everyone seems to do this time of year, we can’t help but reflect on the year that’s passed and, for the most part, it was a pretty spectacular 12 months at the movies. Though they’re certainly was a fair share of big disappointments (Prometheus) and flat out duds (Savages), 2012 saw a handful of truly awesome films, some great (Django Unchained), some masterful (Zero Dark Thirty), even some revolutionary (Cloud Atlas). As a result, we’re celebrating all week long with our end of the year coverage here at Reel Reactions. If you’ve already checked out our Winners & Losers and our favorite moments of the year, than join us here for a look back at our favorite and least favorite performances of the year:
After earning an impressive $15 million on Christmas Day, the most of any R-rated film released on the lucrative holiday, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was awarded a truly great A- CinemaScore, confirming the one thing we knew about the film the minute we first saw it: it’s the most insane fun you’ll have at the movies all year! While our own Zack Sharf praised the film as the perfect Tarantino movie and awarded it a 9/10, everyone here at Reel Reactions is just as enthusiastic, if not more so. In our last podcast of 2012, Zack sits down with Mike Murphy and James Hausman for a pumped up chat about Tarantino’s latest genre mash-up masterpiece. Is it the best Tarantino film yet? Just how amazing is Leonardo DiCaprio? Does this bloody revenge epic stand a chance at the Oscars? Listen to the discussion below and then join in on the conversation in the comments section:
Well folks, that’s a wrap! After 12 months and hundreds of movies, we’ve come to the end of 2012; I know, we can’t believe it either! Like everyone seems to do this time of year, we can’t help but reflect on the year that’s passed and, for the most part, it was a pretty spectacular 12 months at the movies. Though they’re certainly was a fair share of big disappointments (Prometheus) and flat out duds (Savages), 2012 saw a handful of truly awesome films, some great (Django Unchained), some masterful (Zero Dark Thirty), even some revolutionary (Cloud Atlas). As a result, we’re celebrating all week long with our end of the year coverage here at Reel Reactions. If you’ve already checked out our Winners & Losers of the year, than join us here for a look back at our favorite and least favorite movie moments of the year:
After earning rapturous praise and instant Oscar buzz after its first screening in New York almost a month ago, Les Miserables, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper’s ambitious adaptation of the beloved stage musical, seemed to be succumbing to severe critical backlash during the days leading up to its Christmas release date. Despite some polarizing reviews, our own Mike Murphy loved the film, awarding it an 8/10 and praising it as a rousing adaption, and the film earned a massive $18 million on opening day, the second best ever for a Christmas Day release. Even more positive is the fact that the film received a glowing A CinemaScore, indicating that audiences are truly loving Hooper’s vision of the most successful musical of all time. In our latest podcast, Mike joins Zack Sharf and Harrison Richlin, our Executive Producer here at Reel Reactions, for a candid discussion of Les Miserables; is it the greatest movie musical of all time? How well does Hooper follow up his Oscar win for The King’s Speech? Is Hathaway the future Best Supporting Actress winner? Click below and join in on the discussion: