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Top Ten Movies of 2012

One of the more strangely satisfying years in movies I can remember

Top Ten Movies of 2012

Deciding on the "best" films of any particular year is never an easy task, especially depending on how seriously you take that task. On the final page of this list of my top ten films of 2012 I've included links to my previous top ten lists from the years 2003-2011 and while the majority of the films on those lists remain favorites of mine, it's quite evident how much more seriously I take this process from one year to the next, not to mention how many more films I actually see each year.

Going through the list of films I saw in 2012, I was pleased to see how much easier I found it to come up with movies I considered candidates for my top ten. Two thousand and eleven offered several good films, but I had a hard time making a list of ten I considered "great". This year, from numbers 1-10, I had no such dilemma and just as easy as it was to come up with a top ten, it was easy to come up with several more vying for a place among my favorites for the year.

I already listed my five favorite documentaries of the year (find that list here), where films such as Chasing Ice and The Queen of Versailles should certainly not be forgotten when it comes to making a list of the year's best. Fellow docs including Samsara, Side by Side, The Central Park Five and Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25 are worth noting when discussing the year's crème de la crème.

Honorable Mention : Top Ten Movies of 2012Two heartfelt dramas that almost made my final list begins with the French phenomenon The Intouchables in which a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) decides to hire a young man from the projects (Omar Sy) to be his caretaker. The film is based on a true story and if you don't crack a smile and are attempting to hold back tears while watching it then I really don't know what to say.

Another film that left me floored by its performances was The Sessions, which holds something of a narrative kinship with The Intouchables as it too is based on a true story and stars John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who begins working with a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) in an effort to finally lose his virginity. Written and directed by Ben Lewin (whom I'd never heard of prior), the film is a wonder for its performances and its lovely screenplay. It's certainly one of the year's best.

Also falling short is Ben Affleck's Argo, further proof Affleck is a director whose future work is worth anticipating. Disney's animated Wreck-It Ralph shows the studio is finally learning. Tangled made my Top Ten of 2010 and two years later Disney Animation is showing Pixar isn't the only animated house worth keeping an eye on.

At the end of the year we find Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained making headlines for their so-called controversial nature, but one film I hope you don't forget due to controversial material that actually didn't bolster the overall box-office was Compliance, a creepy little small-town drama that had people shaking their heads thinking "That would never happen." Only problem... it did.

Two more films that deserve a little more attention, in my mind, include Sound of My Voice and Red Lights. Sound of My Voice ran into similar problems to that of Compliance in that the audience is never convinced people would do what the people in these movies do, while Red Lights ran into back-and-forth debates over its ending, which I found to be quite fascinating.

And when it comes to romantic comedies there is hardly ever anything worth noting come the end of any particular year, especially when it comes to a top ten. And while Think Like a Man didn't make my final list, to not mention it would be a major oversight as this is one of the best straight-up romantic comedies to come along in a long time. From the NBA All-Star Weekend to the box-office, this was a year Kevin Hart won't soon forget.

I could watch any one of those 14 films over again and yet, there are ten more I felt were better this year along with others that I, at the very least, respect on one level or another including Cloud Atlas, Sinister, Looper, The Master, Lawless, Cosmopolis, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Amour, The Avengers, Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Haywire. Even the B-level craziness of Premium Rush deserves a mention, if only for Michael Shannon's performance.

Finally, before I get to my top ten, I wanted to make special mention of Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways, which I saw at the Cannes Film Festival and absolutely loved. The story centers on Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud) and his struggles, along with those of his one-time fiancee (Suzanne Clement), after revealing he wants to live his life as a woman. It's an excellent film, and one to be on the lookout for in 2013. You can read my Cannes review right here.

And now, the drum roll has come to an end and it's time to reveal my list of the Top Ten Movies of 2012. My list is based on the films I not only enjoyed, but have every intention of watching again and will be recommending to others. As much as they could be called the films I consider to be the "best", they very well could simply be labeled my "favorite" and with that said, let's get started...

#10
Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Photo: DreamWorks Pictures

I watched Steven Spielberg's Lincoln a second time only hours before finalizing this list and while I still have a few of nitpicks as seen through a critical eye, the film itself remains one of my favorites of the year.

The obvious area of emphasis is the towering performance by Daniel Day-Lewis who truly makes you feel you've spent two hours and 29 minutes with the 16th President of the United States, but the performances all around are worthy of note, particularly those of supporting actors including Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and I found a personal joy watching the wide-eyed terror of Walton Goggins.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

    As it stands now, my top 10 is:
    1. Les Misérables
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. Rust And Bone
    6. Lincoln
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. Holy Motors
    9. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    10. Safety Not Guaranteed

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

      Here's my full list so far:
      1. Les Misérables
      2. Django Unchained
      3. Silver Linings Playbook
      4. The Dark Knight Rises
      5. Rust And Bone
      6. Lincoln
      7. Moonrise Kingdom
      8. Holy Motors
      9. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
      10. Safety Not Guaranteed
      11. Anna Karenina
      12. Seven Psychopaths
      13. Bullhead
      14. The Cabin In The Woods
      15. Your Sister’s Sister
      16. End Of Watch
      17. The Sessions
      18. The Invisible War
      19. The Raid: Redemption
      20. Lawless
      21. The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
      22. Killing Them Softly
      23. Compliance
      24. A Royal Affair
      25. Haywire
      26. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
      27. Undefeated
      28. Bernie
      29. Dollhouse
      30. A Late Quartet
      31. Deadfall
      32. Iron Sky
      33. God Bless America
      34. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
      35. The Amazing Spider-Man
      36. Sound Of My Voice
      37. The Grey
      38. Monsieur Lazhar
      39. Celeste And Jesse Forever
      40. Looper
      41. Cloud Atlas
      42. The Five-Year Engagement
      43. Take This Waltz
      44. The Intouchables
      45. Skyfall
      46. Black Pond
      47. The Conspiracy
      48. The Do-Deca-Pentathalon
      49. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
      50. Antiviral
      51. Sightseers
      52. To Rome With Love
      53. The Master
      54. Rise Of The Guardians
      55. Killer Joe
      56. Sleepwalk With Me
      57. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
      58. This Is Not A Film
      59. It’s A Disaster
      60. Jack Reacher
      61. Shadow Dancer
      62. Cockneys Vs. Zombies
      63. Small Apartments
      64. Combat Girls
      65. Electrick Children
      66. The Hunger Games
      67. Pitch Perfect
      68. Frankenweenie
      69. The Deep Blue Sea
      70. The Avengers
      71. The Sapphires
      72. The Dictator
      73. Somebody Up There Likes Me
      74. On The Road
      75. The Secret World Of Arrietty
      76. Casa de mi Padre
      77. 21 Jump Street
      78. Brave
      79. Not Fade Away
      80. John Carter
      81. The Queen Of Versailles
      82. The Hunter
      83. American Mary
      84. F--k Up
      85. Argo
      86. This Is 40
      87. Prometheus
      88. This Means War
      89. John Dies At The End
      90. Wreck-It Ralph
      91. Hitchcock
      92. Ruby Sparks
      93. Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman
      94. Dom - A Russian Family
      95. Magic Mike
      96. Tower Block
      97. Flight
      98. Funeral Kings
      99. Life Of Pi
      100. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
      101. ParaNorman
      102. Premium Rush
      103. Dredd
      104. The Man With The Iron Fists
      105. The Woman In Black
      106. Men In Black III
      107. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
      108. The Kid With A Bike
      109. Here Comes The Devil
      110. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
      111. Snow White And The Huntsman
      112. The Aggression Scale
      113. The Bourne Legacy
      114. Safe House
      115. Dark Shadows
      116. Young Gun In Time
      117. Sal
      118. The ABCs Of Death
      119. Cold Blooded
      120. Mansome
      121. The Expendables 2
      122. Rock Of Ages
      123. Nature Calls
      124. The Warped Forest
      125. Taken 2
      126. Dead Sushi
      127. Intruders
      128. Doomsday Book
      129. Hyde Park On Hudson
      130. Francine
      131. Cosmopolis
      132. Wrath Of The Titans
      133. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
      134. The Comedy
      135. Francophrenia (Or Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where The Baby Is)
      136. Act Of Valor
      137. The Lorax
      138. Mirror Mirror
      139. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
      140. Ted

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

        Holy crap! You saw so many movies this year - haha.

        Why so much hate for Ted?

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

          Ted made me physically angry for how lazy it was.

        • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

          I'd also place Ted near the bottom of my list, though I've probably only seen about 30 movies from this year. Frankly, the entire movie could have been condensed and presented as one solid 22-minute episode of Family Guy and I likely would have enjoyed it, but unfortunately McFarlane felt as though he needed to stretch it into an almost 2 hour feature film, and because of that (and the mostly unfunny humor at work) Ted suffers.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Nice list, Brad. Holding off on making my top ten until I see Django and Les Mis. I'm home with family right now and Mom wants to go see Guilt Trip instead...noooooo

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Screw it, I'll update after watching Django and Les Mis as necessary. Was bored on train ride home, so here's my ranking of the 52 movies released in 2012 I've seen. Unfortunately I also did not see Perks of Being A Wallflower, Cloud Atlas, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Rust & Bone, The Intouchables, Lawless, or Jeff Who Lives At Home.

      1. Dark Knight Rises, The
      2. Silver Linings Playbook
      3. End of Watch
      4. Avengers, The
      5. Zero Dark Thirty
      6. Think Like A Man
      7. Looper
      8. Wreck-It Ralph
      9. Lincoln
      10. Skyfall
      11. Ted
      12. 21 Jump Street
      13. American Reunion
      14. Prometheus
      15. Flight
      16. Argo
      17. Sinister
      18. Sessions, The
      19. That's My Boy
      20. Project X
      21. Magic Mike
      22. Expendables 2, The
      23. Collection, The
      24. Compliance
      25. Safe House
      26. This Means War
      27. Hunger Games, The
      28. Arbitrage
      29. Men in Black 3
      30. Grey, The
      31.Contraband
      32. Master, The
      33. Amazing Spider-Man (3D), The
      34. Life of Pi
      35. Cabin In The Woods, The
      36. Hitchcock
      37. Here Comes The Boom
      38. Wanderlust
      39. Man on a Ledge
      40. Brave
      41. Watch, The
      42. Dictator, The
      43. Moonrise Kingdom
      44. Chronicle
      45. Woman in Black
      46. Piranha 3DD
      47. Goon
      48. Raid: Redemption, The
      49. Killing Them Softly
      50. Seven Psychopaths
      51. Christmas Story 2, A
      52. Thousand Words, A

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Other movies I loved that I saw for the first time this year:

      Million Dollar Baby
      The Empire Strikes Back (entire original trilogy, but this was my favorite)
      How To Train Your Dragon
      Reservoir Dogs
      LOTR: Return of the King
      E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
      We Need To Talk About Kevin
      The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
      Mystic River

      • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

        Happy to see some love for Benjamin Button! I still need to see We Need To Talk About Kevin.

  • Good Grief

    I still need to see a number of films (Moonrise Kingdom, Killing Them Softy, Django Unchained and Rust and Bone) before I form my list but it was great to read yours, Brad.
    It was nice to see "end of Watch" get some serious recognition as I feel that will take a pretty high place on my own list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Good list! I expected to see ZDT a little higher based on your review.

    I still have 4-5 movies I want to see before I can think about making a top ten, but hopefully by early January I'll be at that point. (Django, ZDT, Les Mis, SLP, maybe Safety Not Guaranteed, maybe Killing Them Softly if I can somehow get a chance but I doubt it. . )

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      Although I will say, having just seen Les Mis, it's definitely one of the top of the year, and absolutely underrated by critics. I think it may be one of those movies that is so huge and epic that it is tremendous in a theatre, but loses its lustre on the small screen.

  • Susan

    Interesting list Brad. Silver Linings did little for me, but the other nine are all really good picks and you articulated their strengths well.

    My top 5.

    5. Django Unchained (Tough since I saw it so recently)
    4. Oslo August 31st
    3. Magic Mike
    2. Amour
    1. Holy Motors

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Having not yet seen Perks, Les Mis, Django, The Impossible, Rush & Bone and Zero Dark Thirty, for now I've got:

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Detachment
    3. The Avengers
    4. Arbitrage
    5. Bernie
    6. Moonrise Kingdom
    7. 21 Jump Street
    8. Argo
    9. Flight
    10. Lincoln

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Enjoyed reading your list very much, Brad. Had many surprises that made it interesting to read, even if I didn't necessarily agree with all of them.

    The big films I still have to see are Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, and Les Miz, which I'm hoping to all see this week.

    I know I've been complaining a lot about the fact that I consider this to be a poor year for movies. But, a trip into the city this past Sunday to see Zero Dark Thirty forced to shut up. I absolutely loved that film, and it is currently my favorite so far this year. I'll go further in-depth about that on the next "What I Watched" column.

    I also really loved Amour, which will probably follow after ZDT on my year-end list. Otherwise, I do still need to see Moonrise Kingdom, The Master, and Killing Them Softly all for a second viewing to see if they have a spot in some sort of year-end recognition (though I doubt I will get around to the later two).

    I was very surprised by Magic Mike when I saw that a few weeks ago, so maybe I'll give a shout out to that one as well.

    I've got a huge list of films I still need to see from this year. Many of them are foreign language releases that were very limited here in the states (i.e. Alps, Holy Motors, The Intouchables, A Royal Affair, etc.), plus a few more notable films like Looper and Killer Joe. So, there's still time for me to find a few more films that I did like. I think that what I can say about this year is that many of the films I had high expectations for (TDKR, The Master, Cloud Atlas, etc.) left me disappointed.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      By the way Criterion10; after seeing you speaking so highly of Gummo I finally decided to check it out last night. Excellent movie, thanks for the recommendation.

      • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

        Very happy to hear this! It's totally bizarre, and definitely not for everyone, but I personally love it and am happy to hear that you did as well =)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    Really great list Brad. I'd always assumed Silver Linings Playbook had that #1 spot from you, but its always fun when there are a few unsuspected entries and placements.

    Anyway I have yet to see: Amour, Cloud Atlas, Django Unchained, End of Watch, Holy Motors, Les Mis, The Sessions, Rust and Bone, and Zero Dark Thirty. But here is my tentative Top 10.

    1) Silver Linings Playbook
    2) Moonrise Kingdom
    3) The Dark Knight Rises
    4) Life of Pi
    5) Skyfall
    6) Argo
    7) Killing Them Softly
    8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    9) Looper
    10) Magic Mike

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I'm probably a month away from finishing my top ten still. I'll be seeing Django and Les Mis this weekend, but I'll have to wait at least a few weeks before Zero Dark Thirty and Amour are out in my area, and I would like to see On the Road even though the buzz is pretty mixed. I also need to catch up on a few I missed...Perks, Magic Mike, and a few others.

    That being said, 2012 has been a very disappointing year for me overall. Maybe it's because my two most anticipated films of the year, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit, turned out to be such disappointments. Or maybe it's because this wasn't a banner year for independent film like 2010 or 2007 to help offset the glut of studio projects. I'm hoping Djando and Les Mis at least help offset my disappointment with the year. For now though, I have a very solid top six...but below that I don't even know what other films I'd list. I keep a running list all year, but I can't even remember what order the rest of my list goes after these six. I emphasize that this is without seeing Django or Les Mis (and a few others); I'll probably come back here with my full top ten whenever I'm able to finish it.

    6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Killing Them Softly
    3. Argo
    2. The Master
    1. Looper

  • The Jackal

    First off, it must be noted that my list contains only the films I have been able to watch in 2012. As I relocated to Mexico City in August, there have been quite a number of films I've wanted to see, but have yet to be released here. The most notable omissions being:

    Lincoln, Rust & Bone, Killing them Softly, Amour, Django Unchained, The Life of Pi, End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Flight, Cloud Atlas,
    The Master, The Sessions

    Top Ten Films Released in Mexico (as of December 26) of 2012:
    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. The Impossible
    4. The Perks of Being a Flower
    5. The Avengers
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    7. Skyfall
    8. Argo
    9. Looper
    10. Prometheus

    Thems the facts

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    I haven't yet seen Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Django, Les Mis and Lincoln so the below list is likely to change.

    Overall I think it's been a very good year for films...certainly much better than the awful 2011.

    1. Looper
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Indie Game: The Movie
    4. The Imposter
    5. Skyfall
    6. Argo
    7. Arbitrage
    8. Killer Joe
    9. Prometheus
    10. Ted

  • Dan

    1. The Comedy
    2. The Master
    3. Holy Motors
    4. The Grey
    5. Berberian Sound Studio
    6. Wuthering Heights
    7. Magic Mike
    8. Anna Karenina
    9. Jack Reacher
    10. Beyond the Black Rainbow
    11. Goon
    12. End of Watch
    13. Seven Psychopaths
    14. Haywire
    15. Killer Joe
    16. Cosmopolis
    17. Lincoln
    18. Django Unchained
    19. Zero Dark Thirty
    20. Prometheus
    21. Safety Not Guaranteed
    22. On the Road
    23. Silver Linings Playbook
    24. Killing Them Softly
    25. The Paperboy

    Notes:
    I still need to see Tabu, The Impossible, The Deep Blue Sea, Premium Rush, Rust & Bone, Compliance and Oslo, August 31st, but the latter may count as a 2011 film in my book.

    I don't count anything that I only saw at a film festival, and hasn't been given an international release date of any kind yet.

    I consider Kill List, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, and Margaret to be 2011, or they would all be Top 10 material.

    Wake in Fright, Eden and After, and The Conformist were actually the best movies I saw this year, but they were obviously all released in the 70s, and I just saw a retrospective or film print of them.

    • Dan

      Actually, replace Silver Linings Playbook with Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    • Lenny Feder

      Love your top 3!

      • Dan

        I appreciate it. That's my real list lol. After my top 3, any sort of order was impossible to determine.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

          Why Beyond The Black Rainbow?!? I can't for the life of me understand why ANYBODY would like that. It's complete filmmaking masturbation. I get that it's homage but the story is so packedand we learn absolutely nothing from the first hour. Then the ending...such a "slip" up.

          • Dan

            I suppose it's just because I like weird ambiguous shit haha.

  • Corbin

    Really great list, Brad. I, unfortunately, did not see a whole lot of movies. I will (hopefully) be updating this list in a couple of months once I see some more movies that I have a strong feeling about. Now, without further ado, here is my (rough) top 10 of 2012.

    10. Men in Black III
    9. The Hunger Games
    8. Wreck-it Ralph
    7. Skyfall
    6. The Avengers
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Lincoln
    3. Life of Pi
    2. The Dark Knight Rises
    1. Moonrise Kingdom

    • Corbin

      Replacing MIB3 with Bernie. Just completely forgot about that film.

  • Crow

    Cody horn's performance was unbelievably terrible, in my opinion, and I liked Magic Mike. I thought she had one of the stiffest, least organic sounding deliveries I know. I liked her in end of watch, though, so it's not all terrible.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    Having yet to see Zero Dark Thirty, here is my top 10:

    1. The Master
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Killing Them Softly
    5. Skyfall
    6. Argo
    7. Looper
    8. End of Watch
    9. Lincoln
    10. Les Miserables

    Honorable Mentions: Bernie, Flight, The Grey, Haywire, Prometheus, Room 237, Rust and Bone, Safety Not Guaranteed

  • Lenny Feder

    I wanted to give the disclaimer, I'm in New York and have caught every significant release this year. So I feel fairly good about this top 10. I do it in alphabetical order and it is as follows,

    Amour
    Cloud Atlas
    The Comedy
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Holy Motors
    Killer Joe
    Killing Them Softly
    The Master
    Skyfall
    Zero Dark Thirty
    ----------------------------
    Django Unchained

    My list highlights my affinity for comedy so the uproarious "Django" is an unofficial 11.

  • Ooze33

    I still haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty and Django, but by Top 10 of the year as of right now is:

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Wreck-it Ralph
    3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    4. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. 21 Jump Street
    6. The Hunger Games
    7. Les Miserables
    8. The Avengers
    9. Lincoln
    10. Skyfall

  • Mike

    Magic mike was a terrible movie. The character of the sister's logic made no sense. Magic mike becomes good, and her brother becomes bad and she is happy with that? WHen throughout the whole movie she is trying to stop her brother form becoming Like Mike. Terrible writing. Mathew Mc was that movies saving grace.

    • adu

      I also found her acting atrocious; can't take a movie seriously if they cant get basics like acting down. No way worthy of a top 10 for me.

  • D.A.M.

    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. The Master
    4. Amour
    5. Les Miserables
    6. Holy Motors
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. The Grey
    9. Silver Linings Playbook
    10. Jeff, Who Lives at Home

    Close, But No Cigar (in no particular order):
    Your Sister’s Sister, Ted, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, Quartet, Lincoln, Rust and Bone

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    While I didn't love Django as much as others, I respect and admire it and I'm pleased to see it at No.1. Also happy to see Magic Mike on your list. Too bad that The Master got left behind.

    Films I need to see before compiling my "Best of" and "worst of" lists:

    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Sessions
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Les Mis
    Lincoln
    The Impossible
    Life of Pi
    Anna Karenina

    P.S. I appreciate that Rust and Bone screen-capture.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

      AS didn't love Django? Dear lord 2012 was rough on you.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        I took a beating.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

          I think people should just skip Life of Pi

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

            I have absolutely no interest in Pi, but if a screener comes my way, I'll watch it.

            • Chris138

              I just got back from seeing Life of Pi a little while ago. It's alright, has some great moments in there but I found the overall story, especially in the second half, to be dull. It's worth seeing at least once, even if just to admire it on a technical level. But I don't think it's a great movie.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

              I happened to love Pi, but AS it does not strike me as a movie you would enjoy... However I remember you saying that you like to watch all the best pic noms so you might have to.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                Yeah, probably will.

    • Corbin

      AS: "I didn't love Django as much as others"

      Me: *falls off chair in shock*

  • http://cinemaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    It's Perks of Being Wallflower, all the way for me. I am yet to see, ZD30 which I am sure I'm gonna love but out of everything I have watched this year, Perks has to be my No.1.

    A simple yet venerable coming of age love story that evokes tons of nostalgia.

  • Winchester

    I don't actually have a Top Ten as I look back over Box Office Mojo to track what I've watched this year. However as is always the case there remain many end of year films I will not see until 2013 and it could be months before I see them all (I would probably have put Young Adult on my 2011 Top Ten but I finally saw it only last week!) so the following is what I have particularly enjoyed most out of the films I saw this year.

    In alphabetical order:

    The Avengers - While like any major film it is flawed in places overall this remains the single most purely FUN cinema experience I had this year especially the very first time I watched it. While it suffers from a bit of bloat the characters in the witty script from Whedon are likeable and interact well. A great fun time.

    The Dark Knight Rises - I am hesitating slightly at putting this in but I will give it the benefit of the doubt. I admire the overall ambition and technical achievement of the Nolan Trilogy however for me there's a huge feel of laziness in some of the plot twists and turns. I still do not believe Nolan put 100% into this and only came back to finish it for the fans.

    Looper - I really did like this a lot and hope to revisit it soon.

    Prometheus - Again, it is not perfect but like a few of Scott's films it gets smoother on multiple watches and really........isn't that better than something you just watch once and then forget all about. Plus it has some of the most beautiful visuals of the year.

    Skyfall - Not as in love with this as some were but still well made and for me the best of the three Craig films so far.

    The Snowtown Murders - I may be kinda cheating here as I think this was really 2011 but Box Office Mojo says it wasn't theatrically released in the US until 2012..........so........yeah. I much preferred this to Animal Kingdom and it's a chilling look at deprived suburban evil based on a real series of murders in the 90's in Australia.

    Your Sister's Sister - A real pleasant gem I saw only a couple weeks ago but one which really impressed me thanks mainly to fine performances by the cast. Enjoyed it a lot.

    I'm going to be well behind on indie and arthouse fare until well into next year though as I said above.

  • Gavi

    1.Looper
    2.Argo
    3.End Of Watch
    4.Moonrise Kingdom
    5.Skyfall
    6.The Avengers
    7.21 Jump Street
    8.The Dark Knight Rises
    9.Lincoln
    10.Perks Of Being a Wallflower

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Still plenty of movies I haven't seen yet, but I expect Skyfall, TDKR, and Argo to make my top ten with Argo being very close to #1.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    I haven't seen many movies such as Skyfall, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Les Mis, Django, Zero Dark Thirty, so I'm going to wait until the ROS Awards to post my close to final best of 2012 list. This is what I have so far in terms of a top 10 list.

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Cloud Atlas
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. The Master
    5. V/H/S- Tied with 6
    6. The Cabin in the Woods

    It's going to change a lot in the next month so we'll see who gets left behind. 2012 has been a strange year thus far.

  • Matt

    Nice list, happy to see "Perks of Being a Wallflower" on there! I still have a couple of films to check out before i can make a definitive Top 10 list, but we actually have quite a few films in common.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    I've got some movies to see and some tweaking to do before I can commit to my final list, but I'm proud to say that based on my comment on Brad's ZD30 review, I guessed 9 out of 10 correct -- only one I missed was Rust and Bone, as I thought you would give The Sessions just a hair more love, Brad. Excellent list though!

  • goodfella676

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Skyfall
    3. The Master
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    7. Lincoln
    8. Argo
    9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    10. Silver Linings Playbook

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ben/ Ben

    First off like Lenny, I want to make sure everyone knows I live in NYC. I thought 2012 was a pretty good year in film. A lot of solid films across the board from different genres.
    Here we go.

    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Django Unchained
    3. The Master
    4. Killing Them Softly
    5. Zero Dark Thirty
    6. Silver Linings Playbook
    7. Holy Motors
    8. Argo
    9. 21 Jump Street
    10. Wreck It Ralph

    Special mention: Oslo August 31, TDKR, Looper, Jeff, who lives at home, Bacholorette, Rust and Bone, The Grey, The Intouchables

    Okay boom

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Awesome to see other NYC folks here. Which theatres are your favorites?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ben/ Ben

        I don't know if I have a favorite but I tend to got to the east village cinema more than most.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

          Ah nice. Never been to that one actually. Most of the arthouse movies I catch at Angelika or BAM in Brooklyn, but the subway at Angelika is really annoying. Landmark Sunshine is nice too, but doesn't work for MoviePass.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JeremyBaril/ JeremyBaril

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Argo
    4. Looper
    5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    6. Moonrise Kingdom
    7. Prometheus
    8. Magic Mike
    9. End of Watch
    10. Seven Psychopaths

  • Jack

    Still haven't seen Zero Dark, Les Miss

    1. The Master
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Magic Mike
    5. The Dark Knight Rises
    6. 21 Jump Street
    7. Cabin in the Woods
    8. Skyfall
    9. Argo
    10. The Comedy

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    This list is technically incomplete, as I still have to see Silver Linings, Django and Zero Dark Thirty, but I think this should still be pretty accurate.

    1. Les Miserables
    2. Skyfall
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    4. Lincoln
    5. Argo
    6. Magic Mike
    7. The Master
    8. Moonrise Kingdom
    9. The Dark Knight Rises
    10. The Avengers

    Honorable Mentions to The Comedy and Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Liathach

    Brad, unless you've done extensive research and have inside knowledge of the workings of the CIA, how can you say that Zero Dark Thirty presented its subject "fairly and without an agenda"?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      lol, oh boy...

  • Chris138

    Nice list. When I saw your A+ review of Django Unchained I had a feeling it would end up as your #1 of the year. There are still a few movies that I need to see, including Django Unchained and Les Miserables, so this will inevitably change but for right now my 'best of the year' list looks like this:

    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2. Lincoln
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. The Grey
    5. Silver Linings Playbook
    6. Chico & Rita
    7. Rust and Bone

    I revisited both The Grey and The Dark Knight Rises for the first time since they were in theaters and found myself just as engrossed as I was before, despite whatever nitpicks/flaws can be found with them. My top 4 movies, in particular, were the closest I had to an 'experience' while watching a movie this year, each in their own ways. Not many movies come along like that, but when they do it's a great feeling. I'm optimistic about 2013's releases.

    • Jake17

      I believe Chico And Rita was nominated for an Oscar last year, so it's actually a 2011 film.

      • Chris138

        Yeah, it's actually a 2010 film, but it didn't get released in New York or LA until 2011 so it was eligible for last year's Oscars. But it didn't get a theatrical release in my area until April of this year, so that's why I counted it on my list for this year. I think Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune did the same thing this year when he included it in his list.

        • Jake17

          I see. Thanks for clarifying. It's actually a movie I've yet to see but it's up near the top of my Netflix queue.

  • Samu

    So many films I haven't seen yet including: Lincoln, Django, Life of Pi, Les Miz, Silver Linings, Zero Dark Thirty, 7 Psychopaths, Amour.

    Here's my current top 10 which I predict will change a lot when I get to see above films:
    1. Argo
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Looper
    4. Skyfall
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. Killing Them Softly
    7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    8. Rust and Bone
    9. Avengers
    10. Cloud Atlas

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Have heard nothing but good things about Laurence Anyways, a cinema near me has it on the 4th of Jan so I'll definitely be checking it out then.

    A nice and varied Top 10 there Brad, I'm glad Moonrise Kingdom is #2 (It's also my #2). Shame Intouchables couldn't slip in there but you can only fit in so many.

    Still waiting for Django, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Rust + Bone over here. Will be a big January when we get most of them!

  • Torryz

    No Beasts of the Southern Wild?

  • Foggy

    Considering films like Lincoln, Wreck it-Ralph, Zero Dark Thirty, Django and Cloud Atlas don't come out until early next year in the UK, I can tell you this list won't be finalised until about Feb, but so far my top 12 (because I have a few tied for the 10th spot) goes:

    1) Skyfall (I'm a big Bond fan)
    2) The Master (still can't stop thinking about it, excited for a second viewing)
    3) The Cabin in the Woods
    4) Looper (another one I'm excited to watch again)
    5) Seven Psychopaths (Big guilty pleasure of the year)
    6) Argo
    7) Beasts of the Southern Wild
    8) The Avengers
    9) The Raid
    10 tied) Sightseers
    10 tied) Moonrise Kingdom
    10 tied) Killing Them Softly

    Other films I would of been happy to list would be - Perks of Being a Wallflower, Dark Knight Rises and Silver Linings Playbook.

    I still plan on checking films like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Killer Joe, Safety Not Guaranteed and ParaNorman, along with the ones I mentioned on top.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    There are still a few movies I need to see before making my list -- i.e. Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, End of Watch, Rust and Bone, Amour, The Sessions, Killing Them Softly, and The Intouchables -- though I fear (and know) I won't get to all of them before I decide to officially put my list together. I have set a deadline for myself of January 15th, by which time I shall have my list completed, stamped, and sealed, so I will try to get to as many of these as I can by then.

    Here is how my list stands as of today, having not seen any of the films mentioned above, and having not truly given thought to their order outside of the first few:

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Argo
    4. Wreck-It Ralph
    5. Life of Pi
    6. 21 Jump Street
    7. Perks of Being a Wallflower
    8. The Cabin in the Woods
    9. Skyfall
    10. Looper

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      Just got back from watching Silver Linings Playbook again, this time with my sister. I'll say this: Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, or any of the other films I haven't yet seen are going to have a lot of work to do to unseat Silver Linings Playbook from its throne atop my list.

  • MKing

    I loved this year for film. So many great ones. Unfortuantely it's hard to see a lot of movies that are in limited release considering I'm on in high school.

    Here are the films that I want to see but have not gotten the chance:
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Lawless
    Dredd
    End of Watch
    Lincoln
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Life of Pi
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Seven Psychopaths

    And here are my top 12:

    Honorable mentions:
    Sinister
    Ted
    The Hobbit
    12. Prometheus
    11. The Grey
    10. Chronicle
    9. The Cabin in the Woods
    8. The Raid
    7. The Avengers
    6. 21 Jump Street
    5. Argo
    4. Skyfall
    3. Looper
    2. The Dark Knight Rises
    1. Django Unchained

  • Cory

    With Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty left to see this year, here's my top films of the year:

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Lincoln
    The Grey
    The Hunger Games
    Side by Side
    Haywire/Magic Mike
    Pitch Perfect
    Return
    Detachment

    Special shout out goes to HBO's Game Change. If Julianne Moore were eligible, she'd sweep the Best Actress race by a landslide.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    there are still a few movies i have to see such as perks of being a wallflower, smashed, les miserables, zero dark thirty, this is 40, the impossible, hitchcock, amour, rust and bone, and promised land, many of which stand a good chance of making my top 10 so this will prob get updated once ive seen all of those. for now my list stands

    1. the dark knight rises
    2. django unchained
    3. the master
    4. life of pi
    5. the hobbit
    6. the avengers
    7. skyfall
    8. wreck-it ralph
    9. lincoln
    10. seven psychopaths

    honorable mentions include: moonrise kingdom, beasts of the southern wild, silver linings playbook, ted, the amazing spider-man, looper, end of watch, get the gringo, the sessions, argo, killing them softly, flight, could atlas, the cabin in the woods, 21 jump street, prometheus, secret world of arrietty, the hunger games, the raid: redemption. lawless, dredd, man with the iron fists, expendables 2, the hunter, john carter were pretty good as well. there were a few other decent movies that i wont mention here and few few others i have to see but am in no rush to see right now. over all, really great year for movies.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

      after watching all the movies ive wanted to and rewatching several films as well my top 10 stands

      1. the dark knight rises
      2. django unchained
      3. life of pi
      4. the master
      5. beasts of the southern wild
      6. les miserables
      7. the impossible
      8. the avengers
      9. skyfall
      10. zero dark thirty

  • Dale

    My Ten Best

    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Argo
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Django Unchained
    5. The Master
    6. The Sessions
    7. The Dark Knight Rises
    8. Lincoln
    9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    10. Skyfall

    Honorable mention: Moonrise Kingdom, The Deep Blue Sea, Life of Pi, End of Watch, Lawless, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Frankenweenie, Quartet

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AntonioA/ Antonio A

    I'm very happy with 2012's selection of films, great variety and lots of new talents to keep an eye on. I still haven't watched many films I'm interested in checking out, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln and a ton of foreign films among them.

    My Top 15

    1. Take this Waltz
    2. Chronicle
    3. Frances Ha
    4. The Kid with a Bike
    5. Life of Pi
    6. Looper
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. Amour
    9. The Dark Knight Rises
    10. Elena

    Honorable mentions: Skyfall, Rust and Bone, Safety Not Guaranteed, Cloud Atlas and Anna Karenina

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      That's an AWESOME lineup!

  • Milla

    It's a great year for movies. BTW it's the first time in my life that 3 foreign movies make my top 10 so congratulation to the industry for making me see more and more great foreign movies by making them more available. There is two movies I haven't seen yet (Les Miz & Django) so my top 10 could change but there is no way I change my top 8.

    1. Lincoln
    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    3. Rust & Bone
    4. The Master
    5. Amour
    6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    7. Life of Pie
    8. Holy Motors
    10. The Dark knight Rises
    10. Skyfall

    Honorable Mention: wreck-it ralph, Paranorman, Frankenweenie, Silver Linings Playbook, Anna Karenina, Hitchkock, Kon Tiki, The best exotic marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, The Intouchables, The Hobbit, End of Watch, Savages, The Session, Trouble with the curve, Arbitrage, Compliance, Little White lies, Flight, Quartet, Haywire & Cloud Atlas.

    Guilty pleasure of the year: LIAM NEESON in Taken 2, EVA GREEN in Dark Shadows, The Avengers.

    Great 2011 movies seen in 2012: The Lady, Shame, The Artist, Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.

    Most disappointing/Overrated/Awful movies of the year: Hunger Games, Beasts of the southern wild, Dark Shadows, Ted, Lawless, The dictator, John Carter, MIB 3.

    • Claire

      Love your list!
      Guilty pleasure of the year: LIAM NEESON in Taken 2, EVA GREEN in Dark Shadows
      LoL ! I totally agree on that. Two of my favorite characters of the year!

      • SP1234

        I love you for Green! Favorite villain of the year, along with Bardem, DiCaprio, Hardy and Willis (Looper).

        • Milla

          Green is great in Dark Shadow! Best villain of the year!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    My list (having not seen Django Unchained)

    1. Argo
    2. Lincoln
    3. The Master
    4. Silver Linings Playbook
    5. The Dark Knight Rises
    6. Killing Them Softly
    7. Skyfall
    8. Wreck-It Ralph
    9. Chronicle
    10. Looper

    I've never been a huge Tarantino fan, so I'm not sure of Django will make the list.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

      Also, I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty, but I'm confident it will be on my list somewhere.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

      11. John Carter
      12. Life of Pi
      13. The Avengers
      14. The Cabin in the Woods
      15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
      16. The Cabin in the Woods
      17. Les Miserables
      18. Beasts of the Southern Wild
      19. Amour
      20. Cloud Atlas

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Also, bit late now, but Brad have you seen Cafe de Flore? I think it's just gotten a limited release in America. In my Top 5.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    I need to see a whole bunch like Les Mis, Django, Zero Dark, Amour, Tabu, The Impossible, Rust + Bone and I think that's it. But as of now, this is it:

    1: Holy Motors
    2: The Dark Knight Rises
    3: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
    4: Silver Linings Playbook
    5: Looper
    6: Declaration Of War
    7: Oslo, August 31st
    8: End of Watch
    9: The Turin Horse
    10: This is 40

    Honerable Mentions: These are movies thatI love and admire but in the end it's all about how rewatchable they are and whether I'd buy them. These sadly wouldn't make the ten in any given year I don't think.

    The Sessions, Life of Pi, VHS, Not Fade Away, Lincoln, The Master, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, Prometheus, Cabin in the Woods, Chronicle

    Though I do already own Prometheus so I'm breaking my own rules already... But now that I think about it, those bottom five feel fluid to me. Like I said before, such a strong year.

    Seeing Django tomorrow so I'm hoping Tarantino does me right.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Some great lists here! While I am still waiting on Lincoln, Django, SLP, Rust + ZD30 here's my 10 for now of the 130 I've seen. 9+7 could be classified as 2011 but I think most of the world including US had to wait until 2012 to see it so it's on my 2012 list.

    10. 21 Jump Street
    9. Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey
    8. Kon-Tiki
    7. Undefeated
    6. Intouchables
    5. Pitch Perfect
    4. Cafe de Flore
    3. The Raid: Redemption
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    8.

  • toro913

    1. Oslo, August 31
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. The Imposter
    4. Tabu
    5. The Master
    6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    7. Amour
    8. Argo
    9. Looper
    10. Holy Motors

  • toro913

    Since I'm bored at work with nothing better to do I tallied up the Top 10's for a RopeofSilicon Readers (+ Brad and Laremy) Consesus Best of List.

    4 Points for 1st Place, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, and 1 for everything else in a top 10. If the list was submitted without being ranked all films got 1.5 points.

    Results (so far):
    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Django Unchained
    5. The Master
    6. Argo
    7. Skyfall
    8. Looper
    9. Lincoln
    10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    11. Zero Dark Thirty
    12. Holy Motors
    13. The Avengers
    14. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    15. Les Miserables
    16. Wreck-It Ralph
    17. Magic Mike
    18th (tie): Amour
    18th (tie): Killing them Softly
    18th (tie): Life of Pi

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      You sir, are a stand up guy!

      • toro913

        I'm just doing the lord's work.

    • toro913

      Updated Consensus List (up to prowler1976) - 46 Ballots menioning 88 unique films.
      1. Silver Linings Playbook
      2. Moonrise Kingdom
      3. The Dark Knight Rises
      4. Skyfall
      5 (tie). Looper
      5 (tie). The Master
      7. Django Unchained
      8. Argo
      9. Lincoln
      10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
      11. Beasts of the Southern Wild
      12. Zero Dark Thirty
      13. Holy Motors
      14 (tie). Les Miserables
      14 (tie). The Avengers
      16. Wreck-It Ralph
      17. Life of Pi
      18 (tie). Amour
      18 (tie). Killing them Softly
      20 (tie). 21 Jump Street
      20 (tie). End of Watch
      22. Cloud Atlas
      23. Magic Mike
      24 (tie). Oslo, August 31
      24 (tie). The Cabin in the Woods.
      26 (tie). Prometheus
      26 (tie). The Comedy
      26 (tie). The Hunger Games
      29. Rust and Bone
      30 (tie). Chronicle
      30 (tie). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

        Great list! Thanks for doing all of this.

  • Lewis

    well, at least it's admitted outright.....the "love for Tarantino's work.." I think the top selection is a little off. Sure, it's an entertaining film, but one with flaws. Every film lover has an opinion I guess, even if it's to be disagreed with.

    Where are Beasts of the Southern Wild ( a pure joy of cinematic creativity!) or The Master or Argo (a perfect balance of political drama, comedy, and suspense)???

  • Lewis

    I highly recommend you check out some foreign titles that deserve Top 10 status this year including The Kid With a Bike and Elles.

  • Lewis

    Oh, and almost forgot about Goodbye, First Love....excellent stuff!

  • Lewis

    anyone remember the excellent Sarah Polley feature, Take This Waltz? a very good film that hardly anyone saw.

  • SP1234

    Personal Top 10:

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. The Hunger Games
    3. Cloud Atlas
    4. Lincoln
    5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    6. Skyfall
    7. Prometheus
    8. Dark Shadows
    9. Django Unchained
    10. The Master

    Honorable Mentions:
    -The Avengers
    -Looper
    -Les Misérables
    -Argo
    -Silver Linings Playbook

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JaneD/ JaneD

    This is always a fun time of year as I love learning what everyone thought were the year's best movies.

    Below is my list.

    Keep in mind that I only consider movies for my list movies that I have seen on the big screen during 2012. These include things I saw at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

    Some you won't see on the list as they not come to the big screen in my neck-of-the-woods. "Amour" and "Zero Dark Thirty" will not be in this list as don't play here until after the new year.

    There are a couple of movies that I have yet to see but hope to before January 1st - those being "Rust and Bone" and "Django Unchained". I am sure at least one of these will change my list.

    There are many films I did not get to see on the big screen this year that may have made my top ten:
    "Beasts of the Southern Wild", "The Imposter", "The Queen of Versailles", "Chasing Ice", "Holy Motors", and "Stories We Tell" to name a few.

    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Searching for Sugarman
    3. Monsieur Lazhar
    4. Lincoln
    5. The Hunt
    6. Key of Life (Japanese film seen at VIFF)
    7. The Dark Knight Rises
    8. Wreck-It Ralph
    9. Cloud Atlas
    10. Come As You Are (Belgian film seen at VIFF)

    Honorable mentions, in no particular order: The Avengers, A Simple Life, Pina, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Looper, Argo, The Master, Intouchables, ParaNorman, Safety Not Guaranteed, Cabin in the Woods, Silver Lining Playbook, Side By Side, The Angel's Share, Teddy Bear, Prometheus, Pink Ribbons Inc, and Carnage.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Haven't seen your #6-9 along with 15 other oscar contenders, and unfortunately I wasn't a big fan of Magic Mike or Django Unchained (the latter was so-so, just sloppier than Tarantino's other outings). But hooray for different opinions!

    Personal Top 10:

    1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Looper
    5. Life of Pi
    6. Frankenweenie
    7. Prometheus
    8. Wreck-it Ralph
    9. The Master
    10. Cabin in the Woods
    11. Skyfall
    12. The Raid: Redemption
    13. Killer Joe
    14. Lincoln
    15. Kon Tiki

  • http://custodianfilmcritic.com Timbo

    1 Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2 Looper
    3 The Intouchables
    4 Holy Motors
    5 Argo
    6 Moonrise Kingdom
    7 Les Miserables
    8 The Master
    9 Compliance
    10 Wreck It Ralph

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Have yet to see Django Unchained. Going to watch it this Friday. So, far:

    1. Skyfall
    2. Lincoln
    3. Killing Them Softly
    4. Looper
    5. Life of Pi
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    7. Lawless
    8. 21 Jump Street
    9. The Master
    10. Cloud Atlas

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Anthony_X/ Anthony_X

    Still have to see some movies, but atm, my top 10 is:

    1. Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2. Looper
    3. Amour
    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    6. Elena
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. Sister (L'enfant d'en haut)
    9. End of Watch
    10. Oslo 31 August

  • Juan

    great year for movies first of all
    1. Perks of being a Wallflower
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Silver Lining Playbook
    4. Wreck it Ralph
    5. 21 Jump Street
    6. Dark Knight rises
    7. End of Watch
    8.Pitch Perfect
    9. Looper
    10. The Avengers
    12. Argo
    13. Brave
    12.

  • prowlerz1976

    Perks of Being a Wallflower is so vastly overrated, I mean put on some Smiths and act all EMO.

    1. SkyFall (might be the best James Bond film ever)
    2. Atlas Shrugged II
    3. Obama's America
    4. Occupy Unmaksed
    5. Lincoln
    6. Flight
    7. Exotic Marigold Hotel
    8. Salmon Fishing in Yemen
    9. Dark Knight Rises
    10. Les Miserables

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Rach/ Rach

    Didn't see so many movies this year. Of what I did see
    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-part 2
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Argo
    Les Miserables
    Wreck-it Ralph
    Chronicle
    Pitch Perfect
    People Like Us

  • Austin G.

    Havent seen Zero Dark Thirty or Les Miserables yet. Of the 108 films I've seen so far this year, these are my top 10:

    1. Django Unchained
    2. The Dark Knight Rises
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
    5. Looper
    6. Silver Linings Playbook
    7. Flight
    8. The Grey
    9. Hitchcock
    10. The Avengers

  • Jake17

    I just got back From Silver Linings Playbook, and I must say, if anything tops it I will be shocked. It's an excellent movie I can't wait to see again. Other than that, I still have a lot to see, but I'll briefly list my Top 6
    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. The Queen Of Versailles
    4. Looper
    5. Safety Not Guarenteed
    6. Skyfall
    I've yet to see Django, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Of Pi, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Cabin In The Woods, Chronicle, and a few others that make my list.

  • Newbourne

    Perks didnt do much for me. I can notice, respect and even admire that it was a good film, but the plot was pretty boring. It felt like the film kept begging me to feel sorry for the kid, and I always react in the opposite manner when films do that. I disliked its manipulative nature for the same reasons I disliked Extremely Loud, My Sisters Keeper and War Horse. I still enjoyed it more than the others though.

  • Movie Fan

    Glad to see End Of Watch get some love that was one of my favorites this year

  • Movie Fan

    1. Django Unchained
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. End of Watch
    4. Looper
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. The Master
    7. Skyfall
    8. Lincoln
    9. Argo
    10. The Hobbit or The Dark Knight Rises
    Haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty Yet so that may change my mind

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jennifer/ Jennifer

    I don't know if I could put together a top ten, but The Perks of Being A Wallflower is hands down my favorite film on the year.
    All the years of waiting for the film to be made were completely worth it because the end product was so good.

  • http://smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    10. Bullhead
    9. Lincoln
    8. Prometheus
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    4. Looper
    3. End of Watch
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    1. Django Unchained

    For more info:
    http://filmfestivaltraveler.com/film-a-arts/52-features/2405-top-10-films-of-2012
    or
    http://smartfilm.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-films-of-2012.html

  • Demi

    I still av a lot to watch but may I say that perks,dark knight, silver lining are really amazing movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    At the moment, my top 10 are
    10. Rock Of Ages
    9. Men In Black 3
    8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    7. The Dark Knight Rises
    6. The Campaign
    5. American Reunion
    4. The Watch
    3. 21 Jump Street
    2. That's My Boy
    1. Ted
    Honourable Mentions:
    The Amazing Spider-Man
    Snow White And The Huntsman
    Dark Shadows
    The Avengers
    The Hunger Games
    The Twilight saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DiscoPaco/ Disco Paco

    I live in San Francisco and saw 56 films (and counting) in 2012.

    10. I Wish (Koreeda)
    09. Silver Linings Playbook (O. Russell) - moved into my top 10 after a second viewing
    08. Farewell, My Queen (Jacquot)
    07. Life of Pi (Lee)
    06. Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow)
    05. Samsara (Fricke)
    04. Seven Psychopaths (McDonaugh)
    03. Wuthering Heights (Arnold)
    02. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin) - Caught this one early on and was taken aback by it before the buzz really started. I wonder if it'll hold to a second viewing
    01. Killing Them Softly (Dominik) - Severely flawed but technically daring in its visual and sound grammar and acted superbly

    Having said that, none of these are 5 star films in my book. 2012 was solid but didn't have that special touch that a 2007 or 1999 had.

  • Evan

    1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    2. The Impossible
    3. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4. Silver Linings Playbook
    5. Argo
    6. The Hunger Games
    7. Life Of Pi
    8. ParaNorman
    9. Chronicle
    10. Moonrise Kingdom

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I have decided to rank all 50 movies I saw last year from best to worst.
    1. Ted
    2. Wanderlust
    3. The Dictator
    4. That's My Boy
    5. 21 Jump Street
    6. Hotel Transylvania
    7. Looper
    8. Goon
    9. The Watch
    10. American Reunion
    11. The Campaign
    12. Here Comes The Boom
    13. The Dark Knight Rises
    14. The Hobbit
    15. Men In Black 3
    16. Rock Of Ages
    17. The Amazing Spider Man
    18. The Avengers
    19. Dark Shadows
    20. The Posession
    21. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2
    22. Snow White And The Huntsman
    23. The Hunger Games
    24. Contraband
    25. This Means War
    26. The Lorax
    27. Paranorman
    28. Brave
    29. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green
    30. Paranormal Activity 4
    31. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
    32. Battleship
    33. John Carter
    34. Chronicle
    35. Safe House
    36. Wrath Of The Titans
    37. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    38. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
    39. One For The Money
    40. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
    41. Big Miracle
    42. Haywire
    43. Prometheus
    44. The Five Year Engagement
    45. Act Of Valor
    46. Total Recall
    47. The Woman In Black
    48. The Three Stooges
    49. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Veangeance
    50. The Grey

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Here is my list. Have a look, there are some true gems.

    20: Monsieur Lazhar
    19: The Paperboy
    18: A Royal Affair
    17: Argo
    16: Cloud Atlas
    15: A Simple Life
    14: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    13: Cosmopolis
    12: Killing Them Softly
    11: Oslo, August 31st
    10: Amour
    09: Your Sister's Sister
    08: Last Ride
    07: Silver Linings Playbook
    06: A Late Quartet
    05: Django Unchained
    04: End of Watch
    03: The Master
    02: Life of Pi
    01: Les Misérables

    Grand Jury Prize (in alphabetical order):
    A compilation of 15 films I tremendously enjoyed, and really considered for my list.
    10 Years / Beasts of the Southern Wild / The Dark Knight Rises / Death
    of a Superhero / The Impossible / Lincoln / Robot & Frank / Ruby
    Sparks / Safety Not Guaranteed / The Secret World of Arrietty / The
    Sessions / Seven Psychopaths / To Rome with Love / The Words /
    Wreck-It Ralph