As I keep posting in my best and wort of 2012, I have reviewed 109 films this year. There is one film I've missed that finds its way into most critics lists and the major awards. That film, "Amour", would probably find its way on my list as well but because I write for another film website, movieboozer.com, their deadline for lists are due before I can get to it. Sad for me, but life has deadlines, and I can't see them all. Regardless, a very good year for film here are my best of the best.
Mitch's Top 10 Film's of 2012
10. Life of Pi
Regardless of 3D or not, Life of Pi is a visually extravagant dessert for the eyes. You can’t help but be moved by an amazing survival story dependant on faith that Ang Lee vividly puts on a beautiful canvas.
A momentum building of wide-eyedness that hasn’t been reached in any of Anderson’s previous films. I like that Anderson’s characters are not rooted in the majority, it is just a delight to watch what he thinks human interaction is.
“The Cabin in the Woods” is a film unlike anything you’ve seen before. A must-see deconstruction meta-masterpiece that uses the often used foils of the horror genre and flips it on it’s bloody back.
“Beast of the Southern Wild” is powerful, tense, and even a cathartic fable from thedeep south. The beauty and terror that is Zeitlin’s “Beast of the Southern Wild” is able to elicit makes this film a must watch.
People and critics didn't catch onto this gem the way I did. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is the most touching film I’ve seen all year.
Audacity, thy name is Quentin Tarantino. Audacity via sheer entertainment that is.
“Silver Linings Playbook” doesn’t bother with reinventing the wheel, with familiar plot points playing themselves out, but with director David O. Russell keeping his hot hand after last year's “The Fighter” and really strong performances make it an incredibly rewarding movie going experience.
Maybe by the end I was seeing through ‘Spielberg goggles’. Drunk on heavy amounts of sentimentalism and pride of our democracy, but let the fact checkers have their squabbles because I did not want to sober up.
Jessica Chastain gives one of the best performances, male or female, in the last 10 years. Director Kathryn Bigelow is able to convey the reality and hardships of those brave souls who work so hard, sacrificing so much, and risking their lives to protect our freedom.
“Argo” never misses a beat, not one, the unexpected humour hits, the unbelievable true story drama is gripping from the very beginning, and the “Wag the Dog” satire is very much felt. Above all Affleck is able to have us empathize, be educated, and immensely entertained.
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