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The Top 10 Films of 2012

1. Perfect Sense

Here is a virtually unknown film that you absolutely MUST see.  Ewan McGregor and Eva Green star as a newly formed couple whose burgeoning relationship occurs in a world where the human population is slowly losing their five major senses.  First, taste disappears.  Then, smell.  Emotions are high.  Panic is setting in.  What will we become when we lose all five?  It is riveting and romantic.  “Perfect Sense” is one of the very best films of the decade.  Find it.  Watch it.  Thank me later.

9.9 / 10

2. Life of Pi

One of the many beautiful things about “Life of Pi” is that it leaves its philosophical conundrum up to the viewer.  It doesn’t try to answer the central question of the value of faith.  It is satisfied with simply posing the question in and around a gorgeous fairy-tale, gorgeously shot and very well acted.  Special attention must be paid to Irrfan Khan’s quiet, contemplative, and non-judgmental performance.   This is an masterpiece from director Ang Lee.

9.7 / 10

3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

I love it when I find a seemingly lighthearted comedy, and discover hidden depths and poignancy usually reserved for dramatic fare.  Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are an unusual cinematic pairing, but they combine for consistent laughs and irresistible chemistry.  I loved every second of this movie… a virtually perfect rom-com for the modern age.

9.6 / 10

4. The Grey

Other than this film, Joe Carnahan has directed three of the worst titles of the past two decades.  And somehow in the middle of his atrocious ‘Guy Ritchie-like’ output, he comes up with this magnificent gem.  Liam Neeson movies have now become a genre unto themselves.  This is one of his best.  The crash.  The snow.  The wolves.  The hunt.  The refrain that he utters in the film’s final moments.  It all adds up to one of the great survival movies ever made.  PS — Stick around for a post credits scene that most will have missed.

9.5 / 10

5. God Bless America

If you hate corporate America, trash TV like “American Idol”, “The Voice” and “X Factor” — then you will take great pleasure in this movie.  Director, Bobcat Goldthwait, skewers the entirety of the modern world with this small independent nugget of gold.  Think Michael Douglas in “Falling Down” meets reality television.  It is wickedly funny and deadly accurate with its criticisms.

9.5 / 10

6. Zero Dark Thirty

The lead up to and the execution of Bin Laden is laid out in finite detail by “Zero Dark Thirty”, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  Jessica Chastain delivers a cracking performance as one of the lead investigators.  “ZDT” poses a lot of moral dilemmas with its depictions of torture and interrogation.  Perhaps it doesn’t answer them satisfactorily — instead choosing to let the viewer decide.  The final capture sequence is extraordinary.  

9.4 / 10

7. Move On

This project was originally a crowd-funded YouTube serial film.  Each episode was shot in different cities throughout Europe.  The plot follows a hired professional (Mads Mikkelsen) in possession of a very important briefcase.  The budget for “Move On” was minimal, but still manages to look like a big time action flick.  It is still available, edited together as a full 140 minute film, on YouTube for free.  Go out of your way to watch it.

9.4 / 10

8. Amour

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9. Moonrise Kingdom

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10. Flight

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9.1 / 10

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The GOOD

(Other Good Films Released This Year)

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The Average

(Forgettable Films in the Middle of the Pack)

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The BAD

(Movies That Just Didn’t Work on Any Level)

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3.9 / 10

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The Worst of the year

(Hate-Filled Pieces of Crap)

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Yes… There is a Section Lower than the Worst Movies of the Year!
I Present a List of Films That I Absolutely Refuse to Watch… (Because I am a Pretentious Film Snob).

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