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Top 10 films in 2012

Dec
31

So, the world didn’t end on the 21st, and we live through yet another apocalyptic prediction.

And with that, I guess we can safely say we’ll be sticking around for Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and more. But that’s for another post.

Today, its about the best films of 2012 that I’ve seen. Please fill in yours in the comments.

10. Looper

2 things never fail to get my attention. Zombies, and time travel. Throw in a convoluted mafia-controlled time machine where people from the future send victims into the past to be¬†assassinated, and we’re good.

9. Life of Pi

A boy named Pi, a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, and 227 days on a lifeboat. The resulting story is an amazing journey filled with incredible visual mastery by Director Ang Lee.

8. Prometheus

A female figure in silhouette stands before an enormous statue of a humanoid head. Text at the middle of the poster reveals the tagline "The Search For Our Beginning Could Lead To Our End". Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the title, production credits and rating.

Ridley Scott. Aliens. Engineers. Damon Lindelof. Black Goo. Awesome.

7. [REC]³

REC3 sets the stage for REC4: Apocalipsis, the final entry in the series. It also, for the first time, brings us out of the apartment building of REC1 and 2. A parallel sequel that takes place at a wedding, which as you can see from the poster, seems to be a lot more happening than most other weddings I’ve seen!

6. Argo

Ben Affleck is a much better director than actor, although, when he acts in his own films, he does bring the acting up a notch as well. A rescue mission in Iran required a CIA agent to pose as a movie producer, and convince militants that 6 escaped US embassy staff in hiding are actually part of a Canadian film crew location scouting for their sci-fi film, Argo.

True story.

5. Magic Mike

Another sorta true story. This time based on Channing Tatum’s early exploits as a teen stripper. Only he’s too old to play his younger self, so he’s now a mentor figure to himself, played by Alex Pettyfer.

Never thought I’d like a movie about male strippers so much. Ooooh! 3 more words. Olivia Munn’s Boobs.

4. The Dark Knight Rises

It was always going to be an uphill task to better The Dark Knight, especially after that performance Heath Ledger put in as The Joker. And Christopher Nolan nearly succeeded with TDKR. I say almost because I feel that TDK is still the best among the 3 films. But TDKR comes pretty close!

3. The Avengers

How do you not love the superhero team-up we’ve all been waiting for? Between Avengers and TDKR, I really can’t tell which had more pre-release buzz around it.

Especially when you think back to 2008, when it was first teased with the end credits scene tagged to the back of Iron Man. With the Avengers, Joss Whedon has upgraded his status in my books as a director whom I’ll watch anything he releases, next to JJ Abrams and Christopher Nolan.

2. Chronicle

Wow. I have no words to describe this film. Chronicle is 2012’s District 9. Both were filmed on a shoestring budget with mind-blowing effects achieved.

Both were done by first time feature directors.

Both stories went in astounding directions that took moviegoers to a special place; the land of unpredictability.

1. The Cabin in the Woods

2012 must definitely be the year of Joss Whedon. Although he wrote this film in 2008, and produced it in 2009, it was only released in 2012. And what a film this is. Its a monster movie, its a comedy, its satire, its a love letter to the horror genre. It is so many things, and then some.

This is a film I’ll definitely be watching over and over again.

What are your top ten?

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