To be frank, I saw a lot of new releases in 2012. Amongst a wide range of blockbusters and lesser knowns, 2012 was a year of great variety. While you will notice a lot of historical films on my list below, performance is what took center stage. From a president of the United States to a male stripper, I would have to say that 2012 was the year of the “character(s)”. Just take a look for yourself.
Notable Mentions –Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Misérables, Liberal Arts, Searching for Sugar Man, and Zero Dark Thrity: If ten was a greater number, these films would be included. They are just as fascinating as those that follow.
10.Jeff, Who Lives at Home: While this film could be considered a slacker film at first glance, there is much more meaning present when you embark on Jeff’s quest for understanding.
9. Seven Psychopaths: While this starts out as your typical hitman movie, it soon becomes a self-aware allegory that calls for a second viewing.
8.Django Unchained: Described by Tarantino himself as a “southern” (as opposed to a western), this film captures a spirit that is witty, violent, and romantic.
7.Moonrise Kingdom: The complications of childhood and adulthood run side-by-side in this quirky tale that spans across a picturesque New England.
6.Magic Mike: People usually chuckle when they hear about this film. When this happens, I’m pretty sure it’s because they’ve never seen it and think only of it as a film about male strippers. However, this film is a powerhouse in all aspects of filmmaking.
5.Argo: Despite historical inaccuracies that may leave you questioning, this film is the new definition of historical thriller.
4. Life of Pi: “If it happens, it happens. Why should it have meaning?” This was perhaps the film I was most excited for in 2012, after I read Yann Martel’s book of the same name. With a powerful storyline, amazing visual effects, and wonderful acting, I was not let down by this film adaptation.
3. Lincoln: Not only does Daniel Day-Lewis provide the best performance of the year, but the film as a whole leaves you spellbound.
2. Silver Linings Playbook: Mesmerizing performances in a film that is tug of war between tears and laughter.
1. The Master: A strange drama that feels as though it belongs in the past alongside films such as Giant and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.