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#1 Posted on 11.1.13 2204.23
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Since I write for Sound on Sight, every year we can vote for our Top 15 favourite films of the year. (15 instead of 10 so that we can include films from festivals and have a bit more balance.)

This was my ballot:

1. Lincoln
2. Resolution
3. Skyfall
4. Chained
5. 5 Broken Cameras
6. King of Pigs
7. Looper
8. Cabin in the Woods
9. The Human Race
10. The Raid: Redemption
11. Wreck-It Ralph
12. Haywire
13. Django Unchained
14. Sushi Girl
15. (tie) Dragon
15. (tie) Brave

And this was my justification for it:
http://www.soundonsight.org/mikes-top-feature-films-of-2012/

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#2 Posted on 13.1.13 0400.38
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In no particular order (just numbered so I don't lose count, heh):

1. Les Miserables
2. Lincoln
3. Skyfall
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
5. Joyful Noise
6. Man on a Ledge
7. In Time
8. A Thousand Words
9. Men in Black III
10. Safety Not Guaranteed
11. Ice Age: Continental Drift
12. Brave
13. The Bourne Legacy
14. Looper
15. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


Note: I have not seen Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained or most of the Oscar candidate movies yet. This is just a top-15 list, no particular order, of 2012 films that I've seen.

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#3 Posted on 15.1.13 2014.01
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I would still like to see The Master.

singled out for credit: the scene in Wanderlust where Paul Rudd gives himself a pep talk in front of a mirror.

10. 21 JUMP STREET - totally exceeds expectations that it might be kind of okay. a very clever script. I was confused as to why Channing and Jonah never got naked though.

9. HIT AND RUN - a delightful "thrill ride" (in cars). charmingly low-budj (industry term), seems like it was written and filmed over a 3-day weekend during a Dax Shepard/Kristen Bell barbecue with pals.

8. ARGO - good stuff, though I'm slightly skeptical that this whole incident ended with the most annoying airport check-in ever and a Dukes of Hazzard-style chase to the county line. it bears repeating that the post-credits scene where Ahmadinejad finds the Tesseract was sweet.

7. SKYFALL - I've never cared .007 careunits about James Bond in my entire life unless I was playing GoldenEye. never until this film when I was like hmm, this one's a pickle, James Bond.

6. LINCOLN - IDK if this was historically accurate (did they really make a "law" outlawing slavery?), but it was of significance due to Daniel-Day-Lewis spinning yarns and the wonders that were the old-ass insults of old-ass men.

5. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - starts off as a Rachel Getting Married/Young Adult/Big Fan-style light-dark character study of a flawed person, then veers curiously but happily into a surprisingly very satisfying romedy-comedy? I was completely terrified of J-Law in this movie, she was like

4. THE AVENGERS - bigger set pieces than some kind of a giant chess board and geez my metaphors suck. better than all their collective movies combined minus Iron Man 1. also, the funniest of all the superhero movies -- for such a wall-crawling jokester, the Spider-Man spider-movies were surprisingly low on hilarious zings.

3. MOONRISE KINGDOM - the best Wes since Royal T-baums by a comfortable margin, and the funniest of them all. good job as always on the meticulous framing, you maniac. that girl was pretty hot.

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - yeah I don't know how he got out of the plane either, but this was great because it stands on the shoulders of the preceding films, of the use of Pittsburgh and the tragic but incredible murder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of the fact that Bane is the most joyfully idiosyncratic character to talk like and about since Gollum.

1. DJANGO UNCHAINED - holy crap! certainly of a piece, historically, with 'Lincoln.' a real big tent movie that will be a big hit forever with the Black Community as well as with white racists who enjoy the n-word and slave abuse. and also with "cinephiles." Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the best. the greatest scene of the year and maybe of the entire 19th century is in this movie, the one involving a certain letter-based organization.
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#4 Posted on 16.1.13 0001.42
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1. Django Unchained - It took the last movie I went to see in 2012 to finally unseat Avengers, but QT did it.

2. The Avengers - They really nailed this. The only movie I made a point to see twice in theaters.

3. Argo - Great story, and I always refer back to the side by side shots during the credits of the actual photos and the recreation done by Ben Affleck, was very happy that he won a Globe for this.

4. Dark Knight Rises - Not as great as Dark Knight, but still very good.

5. Lincoln - I didn't feel like I was watching Day-Lewis play Lincoln, I felt like I was actually watching Honest Abe.

6. Men in Black 3 - Probably the biggest surprise on my list.

7. American Reunion - Great nostalgia since I was in High School during the original American Pie movie.

8. Ted
9. 21 Jump Street
10. The Watch
11. The Campaign

12. Looper - Probably the biggest disappointment, I really wanted to like this, but it wasn't happening.
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#5 Posted on 16.1.13 0258.08
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I only saw about 80 movies this year that had theatrical releases in 2012, or indie movies that got DVD releases.

I could probably watch about 100 more.

I still have to see Silver Linings Playlist.

Also, because I'm having a hard time absorbing the Argo, Django, Hobbit, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Skyfall of the last two weeks or so, and putting them in order in my list, I'm just gonna do this alphabetically. (Lincon and Skyfall won't be making it.


Absentia: While one director whose work I've shown at my film festival has been nominated for 4 Academy Awards, THIS is the alumni whose film I REALLY liked. I hate horror films, but I LOVED this.

Argo

Avengers

Cabin in the Woods

Chico and Rita: I know some people have kids and they wind up watching and listing tons of kids flicks. While this is animated, it's really not good for kids. There's sex, nudity, violence, drug dealing and someone even gets gunned down. My 1 year old can't get enough of it. He loves the vibrant animation and afro-cuban music. I've seen this tons of times and it's really a great flick. That said, I'm getting to the point where I'm going to have to edit it for him.

Cinema Verite: HBO movie with James Gandolfini and Tim Robbins. Biopic about the first "reality" TV Show.

Django Unchained

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - It's easy to like a doc about your favorite band, but it's also REALLY hard to make an engaging doc about people that you know personally, and have followed for over two decades. *Note: I supplied footage for this film*

God Bless America: I wish this film went further, but I still really liked it. Maybe I can wish for a sequel.

The Hobbit

Jeff, Who Lives at Home: I love this quiet, quirky movie. I'm so glad the Duplass Brothers have been doing so well (See also: Safety Not Guaranteed).

Life of Pi: Went in with a callused heart and it got won over.

Prometheus: I feel like I left this movie understanding more than most, and the things I didn't understand only made me think about it more.

QWERTY: While not OFFICIALLY out on DVD, we are selling it on our website for now, after playing a bunch of festivals this year. *Note: I produced this movie...For eight years* www.qwertythemovie.com Getting a positive review from Roger Ebert was probably a top 10 highlight of my life.

Samsara: My #1 film of the year. So thoughtful and stunning and amazing. It says so much, without saying a word.

Thunder Soul: A really touching music doc about a stunning high school jazz band in the 70's, and their reuniting with their teacher. check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ottc0JAUGzc

Today's Special: The Daily Show's Asif Mandvi wants to be a chef in a prestigious NY restaurant, but winds up getting pulled into his family's failing Indian restaurant instead.

Urbanized: A doc on city planning. I know that sounds really thrilling, but it is to me.

Zero Dark Thirty



I realize that's more than 15. I'll trim it down eventually I guess. Like I said, lots more to watch.
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#6 Posted on 16.1.13 0323.05
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I did miss a few big ones but from what I saw, my top ten were:

1. Skyfall
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Django
4. Argo
5. Safety Not Guaranteed
6. Looper
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Lincoln
9. Chronicle
10. The Avengers

*** If I had 11, that would be Brave. Please note this order changed 20 times as I was trying to figure it out. Skyfall, however, always came first.
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#7 Posted on 16.1.13 0729.44
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1a. Avengers
1b. Dark Knight Rises

Those were the only movies I saw and they were equally great!

One of these days I'll watch Ted, and that will probably be in the 2. spot.
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#8 Posted on 16.1.13 1413.52
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1) Les Miserables
2) Avengers
3) Brave
4) Skyfall
5) Django Unchained
6) The Campaign
7) Lincoln
8) Dark Knight Rises
9) Paranorman
10) Sleepwalk with Me
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#9 Posted on 16.1.13 1457.16
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    Originally posted by theremin
    I only saw about 80 movies this year that had theatrical releases in 2012, or indie movies that got DVD releases.



I believe I saw zero movies that had theatrical releases in 2012 . I might have seen something from Redbox that was released early in 2012 maybe.
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#10 Posted on 16.1.13 1930.33
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Well, obviously most of the films released theatrically in 2012 were also released on DVD in 2012. Just most of the good ones aren't out yet :)
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#11 Posted on 17.1.13 1822.41
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I watched 133 movies in 2012 (8 of which I'd seen before). I haven't gotten to most of this years Oscar noms yet.

My favorites of the newer films, in alphabetical order:

The Avengers
Headhunters
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Monsieur Lazhar
Moonrise Kingdom
Pariah
Puss in Boots
The Raid: Redemption
Sound of Noise
Take Shelter

The eight movies I re-watched this year are: Harold and Maude, Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Groundhog Day, Shallow Grave, Out of Sight, and Gangs of New York.

My favorites of the earlier-than-a-few-years-old movies include: The Gold Rush, Ace in the Hole, Cape Fear (1962), The Trouble With Harry, The Court Jester, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Heroes of the East. The earliest film I watched was a 1908 version of Alice in Wonderland.

The movies I liked the least were Le Havre, A Lonely Place to Die, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Tower Heist, Friends with Kids, and (the worst movie I saw this year) Lockout.

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#12 Posted on 18.1.13 1309.28
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    Originally posted by samoflange
    1a. Avengers
    1b. Dark Knight Rises

    Those were the only movies I saw and they were equally great!


This, except I also saw The Bourne Legacy, which was full of win. And Brave was really good. And Taken 2, which was wildly more implausible than the first one but still great for what it was.

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#13 Posted on 18.1.13 1513.52
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I only saw like thirty films this year, so I'll go with a top five.

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower

(Only movie I gave four stars to this year. Most of you didn't see it at all. Rent it when it comes out next month.)

2. The Cabin in the Woods

(Wasn't even on my radar until Joss Whedon's name popped up. Bastard.)

3. Marvel's The Avengers

(I thought it was on par, but not better, than "Thor" or "Captain America: The First Avenger". But those two hold pretty high esteem with me.)

4. Looper

(Great ending. It's almost like they came up with an ending and built a movie around it...even though the opposite is what actually happened.)

5. Seven Psychopaths

(There's plenty of reasons to see this, none bigger than Christopher Walken. He gets multiple monologues, a couple of his best ever. His scene in the waiting room with Woody Harrelson is just phenomenal.)
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#14 Posted on 23.1.13 0602.28
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    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    I watched 133 movies in 2012 (8 of which I'd seen before).



That's a rather specific number. I can only assume you keep a list.
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#15 Posted on 23.1.13 0754.16
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I second Seven Psychopaths love. That movie was a delight to watch.
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#16 Posted on 24.1.13 1744.56
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
      Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
      I watched 133 movies in 2012 (8 of which I'd seen before).



    That's a rather specific number. I can only assume you keep a list.

I do! I keep an Excel database with titles, star ratings, year of release, and format.

--K

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#17 Posted on 11.2.13 0037.06
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Pretty terrific year for movies overall, but I'd have to say that "Life Of Pi" was my favourite for 2012.

Honourable mention: Argo, The Avengers, Brave, The Cabin In The Woods, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, End Of Watch, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Much Ado About Nothing, Skyfall, Wreck-It-Ralph
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#18 Posted on 12.2.13 1106.39
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Now that I'm almost caught up on Best Picture nominees (still need to see Zero Dark Thirty and Amour), I feel ready to do this.

15. V/H/S

14. The Dictator - did anyone see this? I almost blew it off because Sacha Baron Cohen's "in character" promotion was so awful, but this wound up probably the outright funniest movie of the year. Shocked.

13. Silver Linings Playbook

12. Lincoln

11. Brave

10. The Dark Knight Rises

9. Life of Pi

8. Wreck-It Ralph

7. Cabin In The Woods

6. The Avengers

5. Looper

4. Django Unchained

3. Argo

2. Moonrise Kingdom

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower - Seconding what Mr. Heel II said. For some crazy reason, a movie about being an awkward teenager in Pittsburgh in the 1990s spoke to me. (Plus, a friend of mine plays Riff-Raff and coordinated the Rocky Horror scenes, which were shot in a theater that I've seen Rocky Horror in about a dozen times, including my first date with my soon-to-be-fiancee)

The main thing I personally take away from this one is that 2012 was a crazy good year for movies when something I loved as much as Wreck-It Ralph is only #8.
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#19 Posted on 17.2.13 0036.24
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    15. V/H/S




Saw this on Netflix. It was a good horror flick, especially for a movie that looked like it was made for a few thousand dollars.

It's kinda like The Blair Witch Project meets Paranormal Activity meets Twilight Zone.

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