I thought this year was packed with so many well done movie that I would expand my usual list of 10 to 20. All the movies on my list received better then a B grade by me.
The one's that almost made the cut..
20. Wreck-It Ralph - This was my favorite animated film I saw this year. I grew up playing video games and I was happy to see that this movie threw in many of my favorite video game characters. The story has a nice message and voice acting is amazing. I saw this twice.
19. 21 Jump Street - One of the best comedies in 2012, 21 Jump Street shines because Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play so well off one another. The movie has some gut busting moments but is also smart and self aware.
18. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Having only seen this once I would really love to go back and take it all in again. I cannot imagine the pressure on this film to live up the LOTR movies. This is a smaller story but still has great acting and looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the story.
17. Ruby Sparks - Perhaps the least well known movie on this list. Ruby Sparks does a great job of showing the highs and lows of an adult relationship. The premise is great and the movie has many laughs.
16. Silver Linings Playbook - The movie has just same amazing performances. Cooper and Lawernce are really top notch. I found myself laughing a lot but the movie also looks at the serious side of mental illness. I also give it points for all the football elements.
15. End of Watch - Best cop movie I have seen in a long long time. Gyllenhaal and Pena shine as partners showing what it is like working as a cop. This movie gets really tense and will have you on the edge of your seat. The best part of the film is the interaction between the two cops.
14. The Raid: Redemption - This is some non stop action packed fun! If you appreciate some mind blowing action you should see this movie. It had me just jaw dropped with what goes on in this movie. Probably the best action movie this year.
13. Cloud Atlas - This movie just struck me because of all the care given to each and every scene. I cannot say that everyone will like it as much as me. The movie has some amazing performances and if you are open minded you will enjoy what it has to offer.
12. Safety Not Guaranteed - I feel this smaller indie movie held its own with being of the best movies of the year. Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza shine and the story will keep you wondering how the ending will play out. This is a fun movie that also shows a lot of imagination.
11. Lincoln - Hands down filled with some of the best individual performances I have seen in all of 2012. Daniel Day Lewis is Lincoln, he embodies every element of our 16th president. Sally Field is amazing in her small time on the screen and Tommy Lee Jones shines as the grumpy senator. The movie just look amazing, they really paid attention to every detail. And to top it off it was directed by Steven Spielberg.
My Top Ten Releases in 2012:
10. Seven Psychopaths - Writer/Director Martin McDonagh strikes again with the cleverly written Seven Psychopaths. McDonagh wrote and directed In Bruges in 2008 and comes back with another killer flick. Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken steal just about any scene they appear in. The movie is a script writers dream. The cast in amazing the stories are amazing. I just wish I could have seen this one a few more times.
9. Looper - Rian Johnson continues to impress, he did the well done movie Brick and now is back with a very cool and interesting look at the time travel/sci-fi genre. I really enjoyed just about every aspect of Looper. It has great acting by Joesph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis is good as well. The movie will keep you wondering how it will all end.
7. The Dark Knight Rises - Probably my most anticipated movie in all of 2012 was this one, I was eager to see how mastermind Christopher Nolan would end the fantastic trilogy. I am happy to say that this movie was well done and greatly satisfied me for the end of his movies. While seeing this movie I cold literally feel my heart beating not knowing what would happen. Would they kill off Batman? The ending nearly left me in tears, this is how you do a superhero movie in the modern day. Kudos to Mr.Nolan for his trilogy of amazing films.
6. Django Unchained - Thank you Quentin Tarantino for making such amazingly written and directed movies. In many years I will be telling my children (when they are old enough) that I saw these movies in a theater. Django just has the slick and smart dialogue you would expect from Tarantino. Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Samuel L. Jackson all deserve some love come awards season and of course the man behind the words Tarantino, the mastermind just continues to amaze in everything he does. I just wish I could have seen this a few hundred more times.
4. Argo - Argo is somewhat based on true event that happened in 1980 when six Americans were trapped in Iran. I love movies about movies and this movie is about pretending to be a fake science fiction movie to help get these people out of danger. I am a huge Ben Affleck director. I have loved every movie he has directed to this point and Argo continues his roll. This movie looks so much like it was filmed in 1980. The look of everything is vintage, down to clothes and cars. Affleck is smart in taking the sort of timid role in the film, the really great acting comes from the duo of John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Affleck once again hits it out of the park.
3. Skyfall - I have never been a huge fan of the Bond films, this has to do with me not seeing them all and growing up during the Pierce Brosnan years. But that all changed when I saw the pure brilliance to Skyfall. I was totally taken in by the movie: the acting, the direction, the look of everything. The movie is a different and new take on Bond. While I enjoy the newness of it all, I also really like that they reference the past a lot, showing us that Bond is new but also doesn't forget his roots. A new Q shows up but as I have said before a great villain makes for a great movie. Javier Bardem shines as the villain Silva and makes you feel that he has power and can threaten Bond and especially M (Judi Dench). Some say this is not the typical Bond but this is a new and improved Bond in my eyes. I would love to see more movies like this in franchise.