Best Movies of 2012

2012 wasn’t the epic year for movies that the last few years have been, at least for me. A self-proclaimed fan of movies like Harry Potter, which ended last year, though 2012 did have The Dark Knight series conclusion and the start of the Hunger Games films. Based on the movies I’ve seen in 2012, the following list are the films that I think were the best for the year.

The Avengers#10: The Avengers

The Avengers is a dream for any superhero fan, no matter what universe the superhero hails from. The challenges that likely faced before production were handled incredibly with a perfect level of action and humour, so much so that the overall storyline isn’t even particularly significant because everything else is made to be much more important. Read Full Review

Beasts Of The Southern Wild#9: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts Of The Southern Wild is a beautiful film, even if not aesthetically pleasing, it goes far and beyond what a standard Hollywood production would in delivering a story that presents a never-viewed perspective in a way never expected by someone who couldn’t imagine being in such a setting, much less happy about it. Read Full Review

The Dark Knight Rises#8: The Dark Knight Rises

The finale to the series delivers as promised although more of a focus is placed, instead, on providing a gritty film that extensively pushes Bruce Wayne beyond his physical abilities. Where the previous two films relied more on the psychological, Bane values a more physical approach and is a very hands-on villain. Read Full Review

Hunger Games Movie Poster#7: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games serves as a better overall cinematic experience than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but where the latter was presented as the launch of a very-well-written and presented larger story, the former stands stronger as an introduction.

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The Adventures of Tintin - Secret of the Unicorn#6: The Adventures of Tintin

If this movie is your first encounter with Tintin, it might be enough to make you want to dig deeper into his other adventures. If you’re like me and you have had some exposure to Tintin in the past, this movie will reignite that interest and make you want to read more. Not the greatest story ever told but takes the best of a classic character, a classic genre and creates an instant classic movie. Read Full Review

Hitchcock#5: Hitchcock

It’s one thing that Psycho is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time but it’s telling that enough went on with its creation that a whole other movie could come from it. Hitchcock passes the test of this Psycho fan. Superb acting by a wonderful cast telling a story that is nearly as fascinating as the one in which the focused film is based on. Read Full Review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo#4: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is nearly two hours and forty minutes long but despite its length, it’s a film that uses every second wisely. While not a fast-paced film, there are very few moments of filler or otherwise insignificant scenes that don’t contribute to the overall story. The chemistry between Rooney Mara and everyone she interacts with is fantastic. Read Full Review

Cabin In The Woods#3: Cabin In The Woods

The Cabin In The Woods is the type of film that can force an entire genre to its knees and re-evaluate how to approach things. The end result may be a turning point for the genre as well as the actors in the movie. It might not be a trendsetter but it could very well make people take notice in the long run. Read Full Review

Looper#2: Looper

Looper is a film that truly has everything. There is an underlying love story. There is a storyline that carries through to the end. There are explosions and car crashes and yes, there is an epic yet cheesy scene where Bruce Willis is firing a machine gun complete with a finishing pose.
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Argo#1: Argo

Argo is the year’s best film and it has the benefit of actually being based on true events to help its credibility. Interspersed with actual news footage from that period as well as a lot of time dedicated to being in the moment, this film is one where every minute counts. As the story unfolds, the film literally has you on the edge of your seat as the fragility of the situation intensifies. The tense emotions of each individual character are displayed through the screen and felt. Argo is one of those movies that makes you appreciate life when it was stable and simpler. It also makes you appreciate that a really good classic movie can still exist. Read Full Review

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