As you know, I don't like to make a top 10 or 20 or give specific marks, so I will just name my favorites of 2012. In no particular order (maybe just release date), here they are:
Avengers Assemble- because of its amazing characters, action scenes and overall entertainment factor
Moonrise Kingdom- quirky, funny, sweet, visually beautiful and wonderfully scored. One of my favorites this year
Searching for Sugarman- a sweet, moving, rather interesting and unbelievable documentary that is definitely worth seeing
On the road- a personal and subjective choice, because of the book it is based on and the people involved. I was probably one of the few who loved it
Holy Motors- crazy, unpredictable, imaginative and wild. Totally different from most releases this year. A must see
Anna Karenina- a masterpiece in set and costume design, not to mention art direction. Visually stunning.
Sightseers- a British gem that is not showcased enough. Dark and violent, but surprisingly hilarious!
ParaNorman- probably my favorite animation of this year, even better than Frankenweenie, in my opinion. Verry funny!
Beyond the Hills- a Romanian masterpiece and one of this year's best all around. I am so proud of Mungiu and his work.
Argo- very good in almost all areas. A well-deserved contender for Best Picture
Cloud Atlas- I am, probably, one of the very few who loved it. From the greatly directed action scenes, to the characters and storylines and the way it was build, it's one of my favorites this year
Silver Linings Playbook-perfect example of a simple, yet moving and entertaining movie that can deal with delicate themes and get out of it successfully. Surprisingly good performance from Bradley Cooper!
Perks of being a wallflower- it made cry like I haven't cried in a while. A wonderful and realistic coming-of-age story that I wish everyone would see. The soundtrack and Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller's performance seal the deal.
Other notable mentions: Hunger Games, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ruby Sparks, Amour
Do you have a number 1 of 2012? Which is it?
I still have some of those to see - mainly Sightseers and Holy Motors - but Argo and Skyfall are currently in my top 10.ReplyDelete
I'm sure Silver Linings Playbook will be there too once I see it :)
Still waiting to see 8 of these! Skyfall and Argo also in my top 10 and a few more of these in my top 20!ReplyDelete
Great list, Diana! I am still waiting to see most of these movies. I'm adding On the Road and Beyond the Hills to my list. I am especially excited about Beyond the Hills. I have never seen a Romanian film. :)ReplyDelete
Nice list! Love seeing Holy Motors, Cloud Atlas, Argo, Skyfall, and Perks on here. Can't wait to see Beyond the Hills and On the Road.ReplyDelete
Nice list.Need to watch Holy Motors.My no 1 would be Perks of Being a Wallflower.Its a really honest and moving filmReplyDelete
Apparently 2012 was the year of dysfunctional, possibly doomed cinematic relationships, at least judging by the films that stuck with me the most. In a year when massive special-effects extravaganzas made more money than ever, it was heartening to watch movies built around strong performances and rich characters, made by filmmakers with distinctive voices. As midrange films become rarer and rarer, crowded out by bloated studio tent-pole releases and a flood of microbudget indies, finding movies that balance accomplished filmmaking with a genuine human touch is something to be celebrated.ReplyDelete
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