Wednesday, January 9, 2013
My Top 10 movies of 2012
The year 2012 was such a great time for movies, I was almost thinking of not limiting my favorites of the year to ten - because during the past week, eliminating some movies to narrow down the list was a pure heartbreak. Even NPR's David Edelstein had to list his "Top 12 of 2012". But then I thought: what's the fun of making a top ten list ... if there's more than ten in there? Might as well make it a top 23 or 25 or whatever.
So with apologies to great moments such as Silver Linings Playbook, The Avengers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Dredd 3D, and while I haven't yet seen some other critically-acclaimed ones such as Amour, Rust and Bone, The Intouchables, and This is Not a Film; just to stick to my annual rule of posting the top ten the night before the Oscar nominations, here's the list, in alphabetical order. There's one documentary and two historicals in the mix (no, Tarantino's isn't historical), but the rest are mostly sci-fi, my ever-favorite genre:
2. Cloud Atlas
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Django Unchained
5. End of Watch
6. The Hunger Games
10. Zero Dark Thirty
And my top favorite movie of the year, the one that created a huge population of lovers and haters (but no in-betweens), is obviously ... Prometheus. Among all great movies this year, no other film created such a sense of wonder, forced me to think philosophical thoughts for weeks, or had the ability as a prequel to build a whole new universe upon its original and give the old immense new meaning (what prequels should do in the first place).
Lincoln comes in second place, for predominantly the same reasons.
(No, Lincoln wasn't a prequel).
Love to hear your 2012 favorites, if you think otherwise.
And let's see who's nominated tomorrow.