EXCEPT, for DOCUMENTARIES! Something that was completely overlooked in 2012, in the midst of Affleck not getting nominated, and all the great film hyperbole was that this was an incredible year for documentaries. Last year, when I gave out my OYL Awards, for 2011, I had ten documentary nominees, which was the limit, and I hadn't seen "Pina" yet, at the time, and it would've been nominated. This year, 3 documentaries made my Top Ten, I've never had that many before, and honest-to-God, I could've had about 5 or 6, there's about a dozen docs in my Top 50 from this year, I will have ten Best Documentary nominees at my awards this year, I easily could've had 15 or 20. And they were all kinds too; this is one of the very best years for documentaries I've ever seen.
Alright, well, we're counting down from TEN to ONE, at long last and wait, and while, yes, there's a few movies I have to get to, so this subject to change, but with a very high amount of confidence, here's my list of the Top Ten of 2012!
THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2012!
#10. Wreck-It Ralph
As I mentioned before, I struggled more than ever to come up with ten films for this list, and as I thought and rethought carefully about my list, and tried a few different films in a few different places, for different reasons, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I can't leave off "Wreck-It Ralph". Not only was it the best animated film of the year, this was truly a film that not only showed me things I never saw before, but a lot of things I never thought I'd see, and you don't need to be a big fan of video games to truly appreciate that the film was made by people who were, and truly cared about getting it right.
From my original review:
When you realize just what they've done, it becomes clear that "Wreck-It Ralph" is some kind of mini-miracle. I never was what some would consider a video game junkie as a kid, or even now.... That said though, I couldn't believe it when King Koopa, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, and QBert, were all in the same movie.... From the moment the characters made their appearance, in their retro video game animation styles, I was sold, and knew I was in for something quite unique. Apparently, just like our toys in "Toy Story," when an arcade, if you can ever find one anymore (I do miss cool arcades, wish Scandia was still open, I think I held the record on "Clutch Hitter" on that.) , is closed for the night, the characters from all those beloved games come to life, and have lives of their own. They have fun, they go get drunk at Tapper, but for the bad guys, it's a little depressing. There's a Bad Anonymous group held by one of the "Pac-Man" villains every night. (I want to say Blinky, but I get confused on the "Pac-Man" character names.) Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is a classic video game bad guy. Very classic, his game, "Fix-It Felix Jr", where he smashes and wrecks a high-rise condominium while, Felix, (Jack McBrayer) fixes it with his father's magic hammer. Ralph is tired of being the bad guy who gets thrown off the roof and living in the dump while Felix keeps medals. Desperate after wrecking a party he wasn't invited too, he leaves his game and goes through the Game Station Central, and decides to jump games, in order to play a good guy and win a medal. A very risky move considering that, people have noted that, if you did in another game, you die forever, and potentially lead to the death of both games... He then finds himself in a candy-influenced go-kart game called "Sugar Rush", where he meets a glitch named Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) A glitch in video game lingo, and btw I didn't know this either, is when a character is programmed into a game at one point, but isn't used in the final product, instead of going back into the program and digging the character out, it much easier for a programming to just leave the character in, but not use them, or have them unconnected to the actual gameplay. This is even done, when whole levels or sections or minigames for instance, are left unfinished or abandoned, they just leave them on the program. Vanellope wants to be a racer however, and with Ralph, she gets a shot, but having a glitch become apart of the game, can be devastating to the game,.... I love the care and imagination put into "Wreck-It Ralph". This is a film made by people who absolutely love video games, and not just playing them, every aspect of them. The design, the creativity, the history of them, how they, like animation, has evolved over-the-years, and how they have become more complicated. There's many kind of animation used in "Wreck-It Ralph", all of them done amazingly well, especially the inventive design of the candy-inspired Sugar Rush world, it's really inspiring. There's a lot of in jokes, some I caught others I didn't, but they weren't as pressing or obvious as they've been in recent animated films. Strangely, I think the key to the film was good characters, which can be rare enough in an animated film sometimes, but in the world of video games, they can really be rare, but here they really thought them through well. I don't quite know how high I'd rank "Wreck-It Ralph" in the recent animation canon, but I can't stress enough, just how much fun, it is....
I really can't stress the fun part enough regarding "Wreck-It Ralph," this is the most enjoyable and purely entertaining film on my list, and I mean that in the most insouciant and carefree, childlike form of fun. The bright color, the multiple worlds they created, it's so bright and so bright, you can't help but like it. And you know, for a video game culture that we're in, we've been trying to adapt video games to film for years, or even using video game structure, for other art forms even, like the recent "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", was the big experiment with film doing that, a big failed experiment I think, and it was after this movie that I realized, they've been doing all wrong, you don't take a video game and adapt it to a film, you start with film structure, and then place it, in a video game world. Also, I think we are coming to the end of the golden age of animation, but this wasn't a bad year for animation, I gave 5 STARS to multiple animated films, a lot of people I know, don't think "Brave" deserved the Oscar, I obviously don't either, but that was a good film too, but this one, not only was the fun, the most inventive, this was the one, where I thought, "I can't believe they pulled this off and got it made!"; I think it was in development, since the '80s, this film took like 25 years to finally get made from the original concept, and it feels like they were working at it everyday of those until they made sure they'd gotten it right, and that they weren't just waiting for the technology to catch up. This was worked on, on the script level, on the production design level, on everything. Really a special film.
#9. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Documentarian Alex Gibney, is one of the absolute best in his field, making quality, investigatory and informative documentaries for years. His prominence began in '05 with the great documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room", and he won an Oscar for his film "Taxi to the Dark Side", but I think an argument can be made that "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God", could be his best, as the documentary details the first time when a pedophile priest in America was openly accused of pedophilia and it proceeds to investigating the history and procedure of Vatican inaction, and oftentimes, Vatican acceptance of pedophilia from the priests, that led to this worldwide epidemic.
From my original review:
There's a lot that can be taken out of "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God", but the main thing I must say that I got out of it is that no religion should have any reason whatsoever to hide what they're doing. I learned some startling things about the Vatican in this film. Like the first noted case in the Vatican archives of sexual abuse from a priest to a minor dates back to the 4th Century....
...I'm gonna pause, and just say that the movie's particularly powerful, and frankly, it's hard for me to even write this review, because it's so disturbing. Murphy's actions were brought to the attention of Archbishop Cousins of Milwaukee, as well as two other Milwaukee archbishops. Nothing happened. The adult minors started going to the police, but they couldn't do anything, for lack of evidence and a statute of limitations had run out. They took the matter into their own hands, and started passing out flyers, proclaiming Rev. Murphy a pedophile, and passing them out at churches and posting them around town. This started getting attention, but still, when Murphy finally left the St. John's school, it was because of failing health, and the accusations of abuse, were edited out of the Milwaukee newspaper's report of the story. He would continue to molest and assault for years afterwards. This is part one of the story, the second involves the process through which these claims and cases make their way up through the Vatican, and the actions they themselves take, or didn't in most cases....The clear issue is that the system of the Catholic Church and the Vatican is that it's first goal is to protect the invisibility of the church, and of the order of priests, and not the victims of their crimes. It's an outdated and unrealistic system, and as it's become clear that this abuse wasn't relegated to America, somebody has to explain to the Church that their shield of invincibility is no longer acknowledged.... "Mea Maxima Culpa..." will frighten and make you mad, and frankly you'll be discouraged and some might be disenfranchised. Why? The movie is mostly, a detailing of facts, mixed with interviews, and some guest voiceovers for the mute deaf victims of Rev. Murphy, who are currently working on suing the Vatican....
...And I stand by that opening, no church should have any reason not to have complete transparency. To see "Mea Maxima Culpa..." is to understand why this message and demand needs to be repeated.
Quentin Tarantino's latest, "Django Uncahined" is #8, and I don't think anyone's surprised to find the film on my list, but Some might be a little surprised that I'm ranking "Django Unchained" so low on my Top Ten list, and while I certainly rank it as one of the best films of the year, I'll admit, this wasn't what I consider Tarantino's best or most inspiring work, but what it is, is a great film by a great filmmaker.
From my original review:
For the first half of "Django Unchained", Tarantino proved he could make a Western. In the second half of the film, he proves that he can make a Tarantino film. I'm personally apprehensive towards "Django..." on one hand, it's clearly a masterful film, by a master filmmaker, but on the other hand, it doesn't have quite the insouciant feel of Tarantino's best work. With "... Basterds" for instance, his first foray into Tarantino-izing history, there was a gleefulness in which he was rewriting the history books, a joy, if you will, not just in watching the movie, but in making the movie. This movie, doesn't have some of those trademarks. No movie theatre, no importance on shoes, it's almost like Tarantino has grown up and decided to just make that spaghetti western, or in this case, a spaghetti, southern, I guess.... What the film has that I love, is wonderful acting and writing, a great creative tale, some daringness in its setting, and despite the fact, the movie's a little early in terms of, when exactly dynamite was invented, it has some cool things, being blown up! It's 1858, in the South, and Django, (Jamie Foxx) is a former runaway slave, who suddenly finds his freedom at the hands of a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). He needs him to identify the Brittle Boys, Big John, Little Raj, andd Ellis, (M.C. Gainey, Cooper Huckabee, and Doc Duhame, respectively) who had tortured him long ago, after he and his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who was raised in Germany believe it or not, and speaks fluent German, tried to escape.... After Django and Schultz, take them out, they strike up a deal to teach Django to be a bounty hunter, and after the snowfall, they'll go find Broomhilda, who they find out, was sold to Candieland, the harshest plantation in all the South, run by the eccentric and cruel Calvin Candie. (Leonardo DiCaprio, one of his best roles) Their objective, to buy Broomhilda, and grant her her freedom, so that Django and Hildy can go off up north together, and to do this, they come up with a scheme involving buying one of Candie's Mandingo fighters as a misdirection. What ends up happening, is a bloodbath; I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that, it's practically an inevitability, and, it should be. The ending is gratifying, but the performances are what's out-of-this-world. Jamie Foxx's role is in a deceptively difficult, and I already wrote his name in my Annual A.M.P.A.S. memo, but, and I don't want to hint at anything here, but there's an amazing performance, by Samuel L. Jackson; I'm not gonna give away his part, but it's a great comic performance,.... It's over-the-top, but it's perfectly over-the-top, and Jackson-, I swear, Jackson, Dicaprio and Waltz, if all three of those names got Supporting Actor Oscar nominations, I wouldn't be shocked; this may be, the best overall acting, ensemble, of all Tarantino's films, and that's saying something, and I know you can say that about any of his films, but these are some really good memorable characters, and some great performances here. The skill, and the talent levels are off the charts, even the songs are great, and Tarantino, uses original songs for the first time ever to tell this story, a good choice. I appreciate that Tarantino is trying to expand his horizons and challenge himself as a director, but this time, I think it took something away from my personal enjoyment of his work....
My review as I look back on it, and it was a five-star review, and I stand by everything I wrote, is really of a lot of high-level criticism. For anybody else, "Django Unchained," would be there greatest accomplish, the film their known by. I think you can argue that this might be Tarantino's 5th or 6th best film. That said, boy is it a great film. It's entertaining, it's stylized, it's a lot of fun, and it's filled with exceptional performances. Waltz deserved and won his Oscar, but even more than having great performances, Tarantino has a way of creating great characters that we want to see onscreen, and actors want to play. You can tell, these actors are having fun in these roles, and that's not an insult. It so hard to create characters and parts that actors and audiences can truly have fun with, and still create a world, where not only do these characters make sense and are believable, and also work well on screen. He is one of our greatest screenwriters, one of our greatest filmmakers, and he's making some of the best and most imaginative films right now.
#7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The film that effected me the most personally and emotionally from 2012 was "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". It's rare enough to see and find a good movie about high school, but this one wasn't just good; it got it absolutely right. This is the probably the high school movie I would point to and say that, "this" is what high school is like. Even some of the best John Hughes film, I have a hard time saying that with. Certain episodes of "My So-Called Life" came somewhat close, but as I've been going through some of the emotions of a (Yikes!) ten-year reunion and reconnecting with many from my high school class in recent months, the more I realize who special a film like this can be, as a time capsule, as well as guide for future generations. (God, that sounded corny, ugh!)
From my original review:
I think the difference between a wallflower, and whatever-the-hell-I-was in high school is that, a wallflower goes to parties and things, when invited (or not) whereas I refused to go. I never read Stephen Chbowsky's book, but I had long heard of it. It's been placed in the modern canon, on the same shelf as J.D. Sallinger's "Catcher in the Rye" and Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar", and now I'm thinking that I missed something having skipped over "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". It's one of those films where you're either gonna have an emotional connection to it, or you're not gonna have any real connection to it. You probably were one of the jocks in high school, who beat up kids like Charlie (Lucas Lerman), or possibly the girl in Advanced English who sat next to him, and called him a faggot everyday. Charlie's had some troubles. He takes medication for it, and writes to a mysterious "Friend" once in a while to discuss his situation, as he counts down, literally all the days left in high school, starting with day one. He's not popular, and when he's not sitting alone at a lunchtable, he lies up against the wall at whatever dance it is. That is, until he meets Patrick (Ezra Miller), the only Senior in his shop class, He's quirky and eccentric, and gets in trouble for making fun of the teacher, but he isn't mean, and Charlie spots that, correctly. At a football game, he goes to talk to him, and gets introduced to Sam (Emma Watson). At first, they're so nice and close, Charlie confuses them for a couple, but they're actually half-siblings, and they take a liking to Charlie. They go out to eat, and they take him to parties, where there's Buddhist goths and a rich jean thief, and brownies, and occasionally other drugs. Patrick we learn is gay, and is having a secret affair with Brad (Johnny Simmons) the school's star football player. Sam, is dating a kid in college named Craig (Reece Thompson) who's an obnoxious photographer, but Charlie has a crush on her, and she knows he does too, although so does, the bossy Buddhist Goth, Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman). All these elements would make good or even, interesting high school stories in of themselves, actually, the film doesn't focus on the soap opera and the triviality of hormones and emotions, it deals with the inner pains and struggles, those that aren't obvious, but are carried around them, like heavy shoulders. Charlie started seeing images and had to go to the hospital after his Aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskey) died on his birthday, which happens to be Christmas Eve. His older sister Candace's (Nina Dobrev) relationship with Ponytail Derek (Nicholas Braun) is abusive, and she's hiding it from everybody, but Charlie knows, and he remember the abusive relationships Aunt Helen was in all her life. Sam had a very rough freshman year, on top of a father who allowed her to be sexual abused. Still, there's dances, and parties, and drugs, and impromptu performance at "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and relationships starting and ending, and crushes and a surprisingly aware and generous English teacher (Paul Rudd) who always has a new book for Charlie to read.... There are some greats shots here, especially through the Fort Pitt tunnel in Pittsburgh, where the film was shot, and took place. It's unusually well-acted. Ezra Miller, in particular is becoming one of my favorites actors with this part,.... All three major roles actually, very complicated teenager roles, especially strong. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is strikingly believable as a high school film, as a coming-of-age film, and even the parts that didn't seem as realistic to me about high school, I didn't mind so much. They might not have struck a cord with me, but they feel like they'd strike a cord with friends I knew....There were a lot of things that sucked about high school, and this film gets them right, but more importantly, they get the things that didn't suck right. The parts that were fun and transcendent and life-affirming, as kids have untold stress and pressures that they refuse to talk to their parents about. Well, if you want my recommendation, here it is, this is a movie that makes me want to read the book, and I haven't said that since the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", and now I'm looking the book up at my library. Maybe I should've read this one in high school.
To those of wondering, I haven't actually read the book yet. People should note that me wanting to read something, can be a very big step sometimes. (Also, there was like a 50-person waitlist for it too. [Shrugs]) I still do wanna read the book, but the film's director, Stephen Chbowsky, was the one who wrote the novel. That's normally not a good idea to have the novelist be the director, but it works here, and you know, this is probably about the tone and the mood, and capturing a moment, more than a particular plot, but that said, there's a lot of good stories and characters, kinda at the periphery of the film, with every character. It is very clear, that everybody in the film, is going through some shit. Some of it's in the past, some of it's still going on, some of it, you can see coming a mile away, and that's the real secret to why this is such a good film. If this is just, a bunch of teenagers going through normal teenager shit, this wouldn't be a good movie; this is about really well-written characters, who happen to be teenagers. Smart teenagers at that, too, another thing that's refreshing and you don't see enough of in film.
#6. Rust and Bone
My number 6 choice is the highest-ranked foreign-language film on my list and it's "Rust and Bone", from French director Jacques Audiard, he made "A Prophet" a couple years ago that also made a lot of Ten Best lists; this is his best film so far. It tells a very complex story of two unlikable people who situations lead them to be with each other. There's ways to describe the details of the movie, in a way to make this film seem like an inspiring tale of people overcoming odds, and in some ways it can, but you haven't seen this film with these characters before, and the real key is that they're two characters overcoming there own faults.
From my original review:
Perhaps the most emotionally powerful film I've seen this year, "Rust and Bone" could easily have been called "Water and Ice", as those motifs are used quite often in ways that determine the course of events for the main two characters. The first guy we meet is Alain (Matthias Schoenhaerts, you might remember him from last year's "Bullhead"), as him and his son Sam, (Armand Verdure) are traveling by train down to Cannes to meet up and live with his sister and her husband. He's a former boxer who wants to became an MMA fighter, but is right now splitting time between doing security/bouncing for a club while also installing surveillance cameras around town. He meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) at the club, she's just been punched by the latest guy she turned down, and Alain takes her home after he bruised up his hand beating him up. She lives with a nondescript boyfriend who's petty and jealous. She works at a water park training killer whales, when ones of the whales causes the stage to collapse. She wakes up in a hospital, having lost both of her legs. Surprisingly, I'm not tempted to keep discussing the events in the film as this doesn't become a simple tale of love and lost, but of two highly unlovable characters, who struggle through their own demons separately, coming together, for love or sex, although there's plenty of both particularly the latter, but most likely because neither one of them has anybody else in their lives. Sex to them, isn't passionate, it's a necessity; a way for each of them to feel they're alive, while both are in situations they're really not strong enough, at the moment to handle. I watched "Rust and Bone" twice, before writing about it, the first time through, I wasn't completely sure what I was watching. I knew it was good, but I way trying to figure out how good, as it doesn't have the normal plot arcs I was looking for. Oh they're there, but definitely not in the light or the way we expect, and when they come, they're far more traumatic then we would hope for. It might take a second viewing to recognize some of the details that go into the film. I mentioned water and ice, but there's subtle storytelling tricks as well, many we don't see offhand, because we've gotten so encrusted with the characters, and the fact that their journey isn't typical, has made us more intrigued. Cotillard and Schoenhaerts, give two spectacular performances, and if Cotillard's the one who got most of the acclaim and attention, it's because her character's slightly deeper and more complex, and not because Schoenhaerts's performance is lacking. The movie has a lot of turns and twists, many of them aren't feel good, despite some of the beauty and amazement.... It's not enjoyable in the way that most films about characters overcoming dramatic personal obstacles are, but in a way, that makes it feel more realistic and unpredictable.
From my original review:
and now, my choice, for the BEST FILM of 2011!
#1 Life of Pi
There'd been years where I've thought for awhile about my number one choice, for this year, I thought for about, 1/2 a millisecond. There really is no other choice here for number one, the best film of 2012 is Ang Lee's "Life of Pi". It was the biggest cinematic achievement of the year; it broke the most new ground of the year in visual effects, the use of 3-D, incredible cinematography, and was easily the toughest to make, so tough, the novel was for decades deemed unfilmable, and even Ang Lee backed out of the project a couple times in it's long development, but this is the most awe-inspiring cinematic experience of the year.
From my original review:
A writer who is never named (Rafe Spall), is interviewing a man in his living room in his Canada home. He's written one novel, but his second failed to get published, but he's been told that the man he is interviewing, a man named Pi, (Irrfan Khan), he has a story that claims "Will make you believe in God." You couldn't come up with a more loftier expectation, in a movie, maybe ever. Now, I have not read the famous Yann Martel novel... which was until considered by most, and rightly so unfilmable, but I had only heard the broad outline in the story, and heard from many people who hate 3-D, telling me to go see this movie in the theaters and in 3-D. When somebody who doesn't like 3-D, is telling you to go see it in 3-D, you should go see it. I'm one of those people who hates it, and I'm telling everybody now, go see "Life of Pi," in 3-D! Pi, who's actual name is Piscine, the French word for swimming pool, but eventually got shortened to Pi in middle school (1st-timer Suraj Sharma), grew up in his father's Santosh's (Adil Hussain) zoo. He spent most of his childhood looking over the animals. It's then that the ship sinks, during an amazing thunderstorm, that eventually ends up with Pi, living on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker, and how he survived for hundreds of days on this amazing adventure. The animals in this movie, look real, and sometimes they are, other times they're CGI, and I'll be damned if I could tell the difference. There's a crucial opening scene that showed just how vicious that tiger is, when a young Pi (Gautum Belur) gets caught trying to feed Richard Parker, and his father makes him watch Richard Parker devour a live goat. The journey they go on, I don't want to reveal all the details, you gotta experience it, and you got see it, and I can't see the 3-D. Ang Lee, has shown once again, he is the ultimate chameleon, you never know what film he's gonna do next, but here, he tells an unbelievable story, and uses every trick in the book to do so. After that amazing shipwreck sequence, with the 3-D, my mouth did not close for ten minutes after that scene. That is one of the most amazing sequences I've ever in cinema, and I'm not being facetious. It's truly one of those rare moments, in film, where I'm not judging, I'm not analyzing, I'm not comparing it to other films, I'm just thinking "How the hell did they do that?!"... it's a special story, that you're gonna love. It's the kind of fable, that you're not gonna be able to put on film, unless it's spectacular. The tale of a teenager and a Bengal Tiger, stuck in the middle of the Ocean, it'll only work on film, a medium that presents the truth, if it was this spectacular. The more Ang Lee films I see, the more I realize, I should never, ever doubt any of his ideas, and also, young Suraj Sharma, this is gonna be an acting performance that people, are gonna forget a bit, but realize, that he is basically acting by himself, for most of this movie, it is an impressive job of keeping us interested in this film. I don't know if "Life of Pi," made me believe in God, but boy, Ang Lee sure can tell an amazing story.
There's a reason that Ang Lee won the Oscar this year, over Spielberg, and over Ben Affleck, who wasn't nominated, this was really the cinematic achievement of the year, and if you knew enough to see it in 3-D,- you know, even when I've liked 3-D, I'm never blown away by it; this was the movie that blew me away. This is a truly amazing piece of film, that really took and needed every filmmaking tool in our arsenal to pull off. From the script on up, you get something wrong with this movie, the whole thing will go to pot. That's why this film has to be number one. And clearly number one, this the great film of 2012! You could argue a few others might be great, but still, there's "great" and there's and "great, special", this one blows the rest of the great ones out of the water, no pun intended.
Well, that's the list for this year, and I suggest you all agree with me, 'cause it'll mean you're wrong if you don't. But seriously folks, while I do think, this year, has been seriously overrated, as a whole, in terms of it's greatness, there was a lot of good movies, certainly more-than-enough good and very good movies that are more-than-worth your time, so here's a alphabetical list of those movies and their directors, that are also worth watching:
LIVE-ACTION AND ANIMATED FEATURES
21 Jump Street-Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Beasts of the Southern Wild-Benh Zeitlin
Being Flynn-Paul Weitz
The Dark Knight Rises-Christopher Nolan
End of Watch-David Ayer
Fat Kid Rules the World-Matthew Lillard
Holy Motors-Leos Carax
The Impossible-J.A. Bayona
The Kid with a Bike-Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Killer Joe-William Friedkin
Kon-Tiki-Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg
Les Miserables-Tom Hooper
The Master-Paul Thomas Anderson
Neighboring Sounds-Kleber Mendonca Filho
Oslo, August 31-Joachim Trier
ParaNorman-Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Safety Not Guaranteed-Colin Trevorrow
The Secret World of Arrietty-Hiromasa Yonebayashi
The Sessions-Ben Lewin
Silver Linings Playbook-David O. Russell
A Simple Life-Ann Hui
Sound of Noise-Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjarne Nilsson
Stand Up Guys-Fisher Stevens
Take This Waltz-Sarah Polley
This Must Be the Place-Paolo Sorrentino
The Trouble with the Truth-Jim Hemphill
Zero Dark Thirty-Kathryn Bigelow
5 Broken Cameras-Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry-Alison Klaymon
Ballplayer: Pelotero-Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley
The Eyes of Thailand-Windy Borman
Hitler's Children-Chanoch Zeevi
The Imposter-Bart Layton
The Invisible War-Kirby Dick
Paul Williams: Still Alive-Stephen Kessler
The Queen of Versailles-Lauren Greenfield
Searching for Sugar Man-Malik Bendjelloul
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain-Robert H. Lieberman
This is Not a Film-Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi
Wish Me Away-Bobbi Berleffi and Beverly Kopf
Well, it can't all be good however, and there were definitely some movies that, we frankly shouldn't remember in a good year, or in any year, but they wasted precious valuable time in our life, or at least mine, which is far more important. Since we're talking about the good, we're also gonna quickly talk about the bad, real quick. The TOP TEN WORST MOVIES of 2012! Let's kick it off, and through the end zone, I don't want to give these films any more time than I need to:
Maybe David Cronenberg's worst film, takes place almost entirely in a taxicab in a future where Robert Pattinson's bad acting fills the entire screen. I'm amazed it's only tenth on my list.
#9. Little White Lies
"What? Our closest and dearest friend was in a life-threatening motorcycle accidents!" "Let's go to the beach for a 2 weeks vacation, Everyone!" What-the-fuck were they thinking with this one?
#8. John Carter
This might've been the best sci-fi film of 1953, but now, it was overblown, overbudget, unwatchable mess, and the special effects sucked!
Well, Francis Ford Coppola also made "Jack" once upon a time, so maybe this isn't his worst film, but here's the guy who made "The Godfather" making a movie that a first-year film student might've done.
Michael Cuesta's story of an Blue Oyster Cult roadie, returning to his hometown, and the movie is not nearly as good or interesting as I just made it sound.
#5. Rock of Ages
I gave this film, ZERO STARS, but that said, the reason it's not lower on this list, is that, at least it's so bad, that's it's worth sitting through it again, to show others, just how bad it is and watch their reactions when they realize you weren't kidding.
#4. Casa de Mi Padre
Will Ferrell's Spanish soap opera parody or homage, or whatever- all I know I didn't laugh once, maybe Will Ferrell's worst comedy yet.
#3. The Magic of Belle Isle
There's been some good directors who made bad movies this year, but hardly anybody mentioned this piece of crap by Rob Reiner, and they should've. I know he already made "North", but this was really bad too.
#2. Bel Ami
Robert Pattinson's second entry on this list, he's nowhere believable as a guy who can bed, Uma Thurman, Kristing Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, at any time period, not that a better actor would've made it a good movie, but still, this one was bad and boring.
#1. Satellite of Love
You've probably never heard of this one; it didn't get a theatrical release except on the internet, consider yourselves blessed, 'cause I had to watch it at a film festival. I know the tickets were free because I judge for them occasionally, but they didn't ask me ahead of time to judge this one, and I still wanted my money back afterwards.