With the Golden Globes being broadcast tonight, it’s time for me to stop stalling and name my favorite films of 2012. I love watching movies—especially in the theater—and I caught 47 new flicks in 2012. Whenever I see a new movie, I insert the title into a running ranked list. Then, at the end of the year (actually, a month or so into the next year, as many new releases are scheduled over the holidays), I make adjustments based on how strongly the movie’s story still resonates.
This year, I was absolutely charmed by Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson movies are always creative and interesting, but this was the first one I connected with on an emotional level. (My friend Aaron will rejoice that a Wes Anderson movie has finally made one of my lists. Hehe.) I loved the naive and adventurous kids, the dry humor, the detailed sets and costumes, the music, even the gorgeous Jessica Hische typography on the posters and credits. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Here’s my full list…
1. Moonrise Kingdom
3. The Hobbit
4. Les Miserables
5. Zero Dark Thirty
6. Silver Linings Playbook
7. Anna Karenina
10. Your Sister’s Sister
Honorable mentions: Looper (for bringing some much-needed originality to the silver screen this year; so many book adaptations and sequels!), Django Unchained and The Master (for having such memorable characters and incredible performances), The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall (for elevating their respective series), First Position and The Queen of Versailles (for introducing some interesting people, and making me laugh more than documentaries normally do), Beasts of the Southern Wild (for Quvenzhane Wallis… whoa), The Impossible (for making me feel as though I experienced the tsunami; that film just gutted me), and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for re-inspiring me to live a full life).
What I wish I hadn’t wasted time on: To Rome with Love, Five-Year Engagement, and The Vow. Where have the good romantic comedies gone!?!?!
What I didn’t get around to seeing but wish I had: Life of Pi, Amour, Mansome, and Pitch Perfect.
Now it’s your turn. What were your favorites? Please share them in the comments!
P.S. – I’ve been making movie-related top 10 and best-0f lists for a long time. Here’s where you can find them for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003 (though the last several are restricted for most readers, sorry). And, I also have a Top Movies of the Decade list.