Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Best Films of 2012

Best Films of 2012

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the average film viewer sees only 6 films a year.  And, one of the reasons for my blog is to let film viewers, whether frequent or infrequent, know where to spend their money.  

Here, therefore, are my picks for the 6 Absolutely-Must-See films of 2012. 

Note, however, in my estimation, 2012 was a very good year for films.  Many more than 6 were and/or are worth seeing.

I had, originally, intended to list 5 films as Absolutely-Must-See and, also, list several “categories” from which you could pick a 6th based on your particular taste.  But, then, I saw The Impossible and could not just limit myself to the original 5 I had slated as Absolutely-Must-See.

So, here are the 6 Absolutely-Must-See films and 10 additional categories in hopes you will be inspired to become more than an average viewer and go to the movies more often.  The listed films are all worth your while.

Also included are my award picks for actors and key crew.

The 6 Absolutely-Must-See Films of 2012
(in order)

The Intouchables

The Impossible
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Misérables
It’s interesting to note that five of these films are based on true stories and three deal with historical American events of great import.

Select Categories

Most Poignant Film
Most Charming Film
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Most Interesting Film Story
Cloud Atlas
Most Courageous Film Production
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Acting Ensemble
Silver Lining Playbook
 Best Action Film
 Best Animated Film
 Sweetest Film
Moonrise Kingdom
Funniest Film
The Dictator
 Most Underrated Film
2 Days in New York
Now for the Bottom of  the Heap

Most Overrated Film
The Master
 Worst Film
Paranormal Activity 4
Here Are My Award Picks for Actors & Crew

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Lining Playbook

Best Supporting Actor
Omar Sy – The Intouchables

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Best Director
Ben Affleck – Argo

Best Screenplay
Chris Terrio - Argo

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln

 Best Editing
Elena Ruiz & Bernat Vilaplana – The Impossible

Best Production Design
Rick Carter - Lincoln

Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina
Best Soundtrack
Ludovico Einaudi – The Intouchables

Let’s hope for more great viewing in 2013.

First advisory from 2013 trailers I’ve seen:

In Iron Man 3, why would genius Tony Stark not have a state-of-the-art radar system to warn of incoming threats to his coastal home?  Or, perhaps even anti-aircraft guns?




1 comment:

  1. Hello Brian,

    Thank you for this list of "the must see" films of 2012.
    I don't have much time to read all the movie reviews published here and there on internet...so your selection is helpful and a real "must have"! (-:

    I totally agree with you for "The Intouchables". I can confirm...it is a great movie and had indeed a huge success in France and in Europe.

    Your French friend, Laure M.