My Top 10 Films of 2012

Given the Academy Award nominations were just announced today, it seemed a good a time as any to finally publish my top 10 films of 2012 list. My criteria for inclusion is a little shaky, but critically acclaimed films like Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Flight are all yet to be released in Australia – I was kinda tempted to allow Life of Pi to be eligible even though it came out New Year’s Day 2013. I’d expect to see them on the 2013 list. I haven’t seen everything yet– Lincoln and Argo are two big films I’ve yet to see (I’ll wait for DVD).

Anyway, here’s the list (check out the links for more detailed thoughts):

  1. Holy Motors (astounding, absurd, affective – head-and-shoulders above everything else on the list)
  2. Looper (imaginative, intelligent, immersive sci-fi thriller)
  3. Cabin in the Woods (frenetic, fearsome fun)
  4. Killer Joe (grisly, grimy and greasy neo-noir)
  5. Moonrise Kingdom (achingly awkward adolescence)
  6. Wreck-It Ralph (exuberant, excellent, exciting adventure film)
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild (languid, lyrical lullaby)
  8. The Avengers (pure popcorn perfection)
  9. Seven Psychopaths (silly/serious satire – an underrated movie)
  10. Cosmopolis (distant, detached drive lifted by an intense finale)

6 thoughts on “My Top 10 Films of 2012

    • Thanks for the comment – it’s definitely the most fun I’ve had at the cinema this year, though I’m putting my faith more in Whedon and Goddard, given how long it took the Hollywood system to release it!

      I actually bought a Blu-Ray for the first time purely so I could listen to the commentary on Cabin in the Woods (which was absent from the DVD).

  1. If 2012 was anything, it was a year for bloggers to have Top 10 end year lists filled with such eclectic films. It’s really great that the year produced so many superb, and completely different films. I think your solid picks here speak to that.

    • I agree Alex – finally starting out blogging last year has introduced me to a number of great film blogs (like yours), and it’s interesting to see the huge variety of films making people’s lists. I feel like 2012 has a good chance of standing out as a great year of cinema, alongside recent excellent years like 1999 and 2007.

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