Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Best Films of 2012


It really took some time to finalize my list for the twenty best films of 2012. I was adding films, dropping films, re-adding films and re-dropping films. At the beginning of the year there were films that I thought would have been assured a spot on this list but was surprised to find them disappointing. However, it is always great to come across films that you never expected to be so good and this year many films cracked my list for that reason. Unlike other years there are a large number of foreign films and documentaries. So here we go.


An excellent thriller assuredly directed by Ben Affleck.

This is probably one of the greatest comic book movies ever made, an absolute blast.

A truly powerful documentary about bullying that should be mandatory viewing by all ages.

Excellent documentary about five men wrongfully accused of a crime they didn't commit.

Funny and touching look at the Comic Con phenomenon.

This thriller will put you threw the ringer.

A visionary science fiction film that features multiple concurrent storylines that are successfully pulled together.

Tarantino's latest is a return to form and a rip-roaring western.

A well acted drama that features an outstanding Denzel Washington.

This is the feel good movie of the year.

This is a shocking black comedy with a very intense but comical finale.

This one starts as a great hit man thriller and evolves into a scary horror movie that features a punch-to-the-gut ending.

One of the best musicals to come out of Hollywood in decades.

Solid drama featuring another stellar Daniel Day Lewis performance.

This tender coming-of-age comedy should bring a smile to your face.

This is one of the most exhilarating action movies I have ever seen in quite some time.

The best James Bond film. Period.

Lyrical, solemn and depressing. It's not a film easily forgotten.

The story of the West Mephis Three concludes in this well made documentary.

Well made retelling of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.


This was a tough one. It was between Cloud Atlas and this for the top spot. Cloud Atlas was a very well made film but Central Park Five touched a nerve with me. Infuriating, frustrating, shocking and ultimately uplifting this documentary about the failure of our judicial system is a must see.

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