Monday, January 16, 2012

Ten Favorite Films of 2012

Just speculation, of course. I don't have a time machine.

Or do I?

10. Haywire
Steven Soderbergh makes the second best action film of the year.

9. Seven Psychopaths
Colin Farrell should only make films with Martin McDonagh. Performance of the year.

8. Skyfall

A little too serious for its own good but another excellent Daniel Craig entry in the series.

7. The Cabin in the Woods
The best of the three Joss Whedon productions this year. Who knew that a twisty log-cabin horror story would be better than Shakespeare and better than The Avengers?

6. Anna Karenina
Old-fashioned film-making at its best. Dario Marinelli produces the best score of the year, by far.

5. Moonrise Kingdom
Surprisingly moving film from Wes Anderson. Best line of the year. You know what I'm talking about.

4. Gravity
Not as moving, or chilling, as Children of Men, but the most technically complex and spellbinding movie of the year. Cuaron is now the indisputable master of the single-take shot. Sorry, Joe Wright.

3. Damsels in Distress
I  know a lot of people hated this movie, and I know that Whit Stillman always makes the same film, but I don't care. I hope he keeps making them.

2. Looper
Rian Johnson is three for three. Best sci-fi thriller in a long time.

1. Django Unchained
Not my favorite Tarantino but, still, the boldest, grisliest, most subversive film of the year. Sam Jackson should clear space on the mantle for his Oscar.

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome. I am so looking forward to a great many of these movies (most to all of them!?) Not a Joss Whedon fan, but I hope he doesn't mess up the Avengers. I do notice you're missing a certain Christopher Nolan Summer Blockbuster, but we won't dwell.