1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky + Best Adaptation of the Year + Best Pennsylvania Movie of the Year + Best Youth Movie of the Year
2. Mad Men - season 5 - Matthew Weiner (creator)
3. Flight - Robert Zemeckis + Best Drama of the Year
4. Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin + Best Louisiana Movie of the Year + Best Debut Movie of the Year
5. Life of Pi - Ang Lee + Best Animal Movie of the Year
6. Love Is All You Need/Den Skaldede Frisør - Susanne Bier + Best Danish Movie of the Year
7. Hope Springs - David Frankel
8. The Sessions - Ben Lewin
9. The Impossible/Lo Imposible - J. A. Bayona + Best Spanish Movie of the Year + Best Disaster Movie of the Year
10. Frances Ha - Noah Baumbach + Best New York Movie of the Year + Best Poster of the Year
Other great movies of 2012 (in alphabetical order)
A Hijacking/Kapringen - Tobias Lindholm
A Royal Affair/En Kongelig Affære - Nikolaj Arcel + Best Period Movie of the Year
A World Not Ours - Mahdi Fleifel
The Act of Killing/Jagal - Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and Anonymous
Amour - Michael Haneke + Best French Movie of the Year
Argo - Ben Affleck
Brave - Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman + Best Family Movie of the Year
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino + Best Western of the Year
The Hunt/Jagten - Thomas Vinterberg
Hyde Park on Hudson - Roger Michell
Keep the Lights On - Ira Sachs + Best LGBT Movie of the Year
Kon-Tiki - Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning + Best Norwegian Film of the Year + Best Adventure Movie of the Year
Looper - Rian Johnson
Men in Black 3 - Barry Sonnenfeld + Best Science Fiction Movie of the Year + Best Blockbuster of the Year
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson
Mud - Jeff Nichols + Best Mississippi Movie of the Year
The Place Beyond the Pines - Derek Cianfrance + Best Crime Movie of the Year
Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour + First Saudi-Arabian Film in History
Zero Dark Thirty - Kathryn Bigelow + Best War Movie of the Year
Recommendable, good movies of 2012 (in alphabetical order)
21 Jump Street - Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
The Avengers/Avengers Assemble - Joss Whedon
Casa de Mi Padre - Matt Piedmont + Silliest Movie of the Year
Dark Shadows - Tim Burton
The Devil Inside - William Brent Bell + Best Horror Film of the Year
Get the Gringo/How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Adrian Grünberg + Best Comeback of the Year (Mel Gibson)
Here Comes the Boom - Frank Coraci
The Hunger Games - Gary Ross
The Imposter - Bart Layton
Iron Sky - Timo Vuorensola + Craziest Movie of the Year
Jack Reacher - Christopher McQuarrie
Magic Mike - Steven Soderbergh + Best Dance Film of the Year
Maniac - Franck Khalfoun + Wildest Movie of the Year
No - Pablo Larraín + Best Chilean Movie of the Year
On the Road - Walter Salles + Best Road Movie of the Year
The Paperboy - Lee Daniels + Strangest Film of the Year
Prometheus - Ridley Scott
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell
The 10 Worst Films of 2012
1. John Carter - Andrew Stanton + Most Expensive Flop of the Year
2. Aftershock - Nicholás Lopez + Most Tasteless Film of the Year
3. To Rome With Love - Woody Allen
4. Cosmopolis - David Cronenberg
5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Timur Bekmambetov + Stupidest Film of the Year
6. Battleship - Peter Berg
7. Painless/Insensibles - Juan Carlos Medina
8. Chernobyl Diaries - Bradley Parker
9. Antiviral - Brandon Cronenberg
10. Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation/Hamilton: I Nationens Intresse - Katrine Windfeld
Other mediocre or poor movies of 2012 (in alphabetical order)
The Amazing Spiderman
American Reunion/American Pie: Reunion
The Cabin in the Woods
The Dark Knight Rises
The Expendables 2
Girl Most Likely/Imogene + Worst Poster of the Year:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
John Dies at the End
My Brother the Devil
Revenge for Jolly!
This Life/Hvidsten Gruppen
The Woman in Black
This second update of the 2012 film lists increases the amount of reviewed, listed films from 60 to 75.
2012 was a great year in movies. The top 10 includes 8 masterpieces, - good for any year. And the best film of the year, Stephen Chobosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a youth romance dramedy keeper that'll live for decades to come.
The 5th season of Matthew Weiner's spectacular Mad Men follows it; Robert Zemeckis' Flight is the resounding character study of the year; Benh Zeitlin's Hurricane Katrina drama Beasts of the Southern Wild conquers ones heart; Ang Lee's Life of Pi raises the spirit and wows you continuously; Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need is a charming, funny, moving romcom; Dave Frankel's Hope Springs brought us some favorite actors in an extremely delicate marriage counseling dramedy; Ben Lewin's The Sessions was a surprise sex dramedy smash; J. A. Bayona's The Impossible is technically stunning, as well as stunning due to actors' performances; the 2004 tsunami couldn't have gotten a 'better' film. Finally Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha is the witty, melancholic portrayal of a young woman's struggles in New York and elsewhere.
Falling out of the Top 10 this year are Mud, The Place Beyond the Pines and Keep the Lights On. Beasts of the Southern Wild was reevaluated and brought up to masterpiece status during this year.
On the Worst of 2012 list some really expensive, stupid, huge movies made their mark; Andrew Stanton's John Carter above all, a desert walk to get through despite its lavish production, but also Peter Berg's Battleship fell clear through the roof. Master filmmakers David Cronenberg and Woody Allen both had terrible releases in 2012 with Cosmopolis and To Rome With Love, respectively. Cronenberg's son Brandon Cronenberg debuted in 2012 with Antiviral, an impossible-to-love gore dystopia which unites him with his father on the 'Worst of' list. Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation replaces John Dies at the End on the 'Worst of' #10 this year.
In other news, Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy came to a disappointing end, Daniel Craig continued his Bond-travesty with the slightly better Skyfall; Spiderman got an unnecessary reboot, and America went nuts over Silver Linings Playbook and their new best friend, actress Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar for her work in the film before four other, way more deserving actresses. - She also launched the popular, good Hunger Games franchise in '12. The second Expendables movie was a big disappointment, and Peter Jackson's first Hobbit movie was also something of an exercise to sit through.
Notes on the 2013 Oscars:
At the 2013 Oscars, the Academy threw most of their love onto Ben Affleck's admittedly great Argo and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, but also admired Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, his biggest hit yet. The night's biggest winner, however, was with 4 statuettes Lee's Life of Pi.
Argo won Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Editing, bringing director-star Affleck back to the top of the Hollywood pinnacle.
Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln, and Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, and Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables.
Ang Lee won Best Director, and Life of Pi also won for Best Cinematography, Visual Effects and Best Score.
Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for Django; the new Les Mis also took awards for sound mixing, sound editing (shared with Skyfall) and hair and make-up. Anna Karenina won Best Costumes. Best Song became Adele's Bond song Skyfall. Lincoln also won for its production design.
Best Animated Short was Paperman; Live-Action Short was Curfew; Documentary Short was Inocente.
Best Documentary; Searching for Sugarman, and Best Foreign Film; Amour. Best Animated Feature; Brave.
Dignitary awards went to D. A. Pennebaker, George Stevens Jr., Hal Needham, Bill Taylor and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Earlier editions of the 2012 lists:
2012 in films - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]
2012 in films - according to Film Excess
2012 movies still on the watch-list (or are just waiting for their review):
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Spring Breakers (seen - good), The Lucky One, Stuck in Love, Ted, Les Misérables, Cloud Atlas, The Vow, Wreck-It-Ralph (seen - okay), This Is 40 (seen - very good), Lawless, Chronicle (seen - below average), Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Motel Life, The Last Sentence/Dom over Død Mand, For No Good Reason, Sexual Tension: Volatile, Pitch Perfect, Frankenweenie, In the House/Dans la Maison, Anna Karenina, Beyond Outrage, At Any Prize, ParaNorman, Craigslist Joe, The Gatekeepers, Like Someone in Love, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, War Witch, V/H/S, How to Survive a Plague, yAi Weiwei: Never Sorry, Excision, The Invisible War, Simon Killer, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Rust and Bone, Quartet, Holy Motors, Ernest & Celestine, A Late Quartet, Middle of Nowhere, Here Comes the Devil, Lincoln (seen - very good) and many others.
As always, lots of movies left to see, - great!
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