Top 20 Films of 2012

Unlike the world of PlayStations & 360s with their mundane sequels and questionable (and sometimes godawful) endings — films or movies in 2012 were far more enjoyable to say the least.

Action blockbusters, guys with superpowers, rom-com spot hitters, critically acclaimed favorites, full length animated features, the latest offerings from master filmmakers…

You get it, and I haven’t even mentioned the mediocre and “OK” science fiction flicks (Prometheus anyone?), which still compliment the fact that twenty-twelve was packed with movies for everyone.

It was a tremendous year and, quite frankly, building this list was a toughy compared to my previous one; mainly because some of them don’t necessarily ape each other’s achievement or so. Specifically numbers 14 to 9, which you’ll see in a bit. In any case — just like any Academy Award Best Picture nominee — they’re all winners in my little-bubbly-world, and I hope you enjoy reading this list!

 

Safety Not Guaranteed

Slice of life with a good mix of (hard) science fiction? Yes please!

Looper

“…and the Best Joseph Gordon-Levitt Picture of 2012 goes to…”

Argo

Speaking of Best Picture: My Spider-Newtype-Sense (err, “crystal ball” I suppose to those who can’t relate) suggest that Ben Affleck’s masterpiece is going take home the grand prize next month at the Academy Awards. Hey, why not — the film rightfully deserves that prestigious lil gold man! Oh, and yes I loved this movie. “Argo F*$% yourself!”

Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King / Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey (tie)

If you are one of those folks who thought HBO’s Game of Thrones was the best thing that ever happened to your life since Peter Jackson’s LOTR Trilogy — even though both properties have very little-micro similarities — or consider the original Final Fantasy Tactics as the crown jewel of epic-fantasy storytelling from the Japanese gaming industry; then you’re going to LOVE the recently made Berserk movies!

I’ve personally not read the very popular (ongoing) manga, but I’ve seen the TV adaptation years ago and was immersed with its brilliant characters and narrative. Same thing with the movies, if not marginally better thanks to its breathtaking set pieces. ‘Arc II’s ending will leave you speechless… I’ll just shut up.

The Raid: Redemption

Holy. F%#*ing. Shit! And that’s just one of the many reasons why The Raid: Redemption is the coolest martial arts/action film of the new decade. Unbelievable.

The Cabin in the Woods

“You’ve seen horrible things… But they are nothing compared to what came before, what lies below. It’s our task to placate the—”

Ooookay, I’ll just stop right there! But, yeah, in case you haven’t seen it yet: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s horror modern-classic is a “motion picture event” that you really don’t want to miss. I’ll say it again just so we can be all clear here: you don’t want to miss it.

B-b-but, I don’t like watching horror movies!

Doesn’t matter, and that’s what makes the film deliberately special; you don’t have to be a horror geek to fully appreciate this masterpiece. Watch it or be part of the problem!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.”

…umm, yeah, it’s the last part of the “Ouch, but aww…” thingy that started earlier (numbers 17 and 14). Well done, Stephen Chbosky. Well done.

Silver Linings Playbook

“Excelsior. It means you know what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna take all this negativity and use it as fuel and I’m gonna find a silver lining, that’s what I’m gonna do. And that’s no bullshit. That’s no bullshit. That takes work and that’s the truth.”

I… absolutely adore this movie, and it’s not just because of the very amazing and strong performances by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro; but also the fact that I kinda know someone who’s practically experiencing the same dilemma, ish, and the depiction was very spot-on. Wow. Just… wow.

Chronicle

“I’ve been doing a lot of reading, you know? Like, online about, like, just evolution and natural selection and how like there’s this thing, right? It’s called the apex predator, right? And basically what this is, is the strongest animal in the ecosystem, right? And as human beings, we’re considered the apex predator but only because smaller animals can’t feed on us because of weapons and stuff, right? A lion does not feel guilty when it kills a gazelle, right? You do not feel guilty when you squash a fly… and I think that means something. I just think that really means something.”

…you know, I just said ‘wow’ a few sentences earlier, so excuse me for dropping the same word all over again: WOW!

This brilliant comic book-y film from (Fantastic Four movie-reboot director) Josh Trank is also another “motion picture event” that you don’t want to miss. 11/10.

 

*drumroll*

 

May 2012 was, pretty much, the new May 1977… and you know exactly what I’m talking about:

 

The Avengers

To perform the national anthem of two thousand and twelve, please welcome violinist superstar — Taylor Davis!

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