Top 10 best movies 2012
1362 7.4 7.91. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Notes: I know, many of you will probably be surprised that this movie gets my top spot but this movie hit me so bad, I was a wreck at the end and I even shed a few tears. First of all, it reminded me about how I met my wife and why we ended up together in the first place. Secondly, after 20 years of mindless garbage, the great Robert De Niro was finally showing up in a good movie giving a great performance like in the good old days. Finally, it was a terrific movie with some real characters, with some real issues dealing with their emotions and making me laugh and cry. I just loved this flick, enough said.
1160 7.6 7.82. Argo (2012)
Notes: To my surprise, I really loved it. I mean, I was expecting something good but not something so entertaining and quite flawless. Indeed, it was historically fascinating, it was a thrilling thriller and there were even some hilarious bits. I mean, I did like 'Gone Baby Gone' and 'The Town' but I never thought that either one were really that amazing. However, this flick is a total different kind of ball game. It is slick, smart, emotional and, sometimes, just plain fun.
1192 7.7 8.13. Life of Pi (2012)
Notes: I wasn't sure about this flick but after hearing so many good things, I seriously wanted to check it out. And I wasn't disappointed. It was a really fascinating story, a gorgeous movie to look at and I'm really glad I'm managed to watch in the theater and in 3D. Pretty much like the late Roger Ebert, I really dread this new 3D hype but Ang Lee used it very well and it definitely enhanced the whole experience. Once again, a movie rather low in my priorities turned out to be one of the best I have seen so far.
603 7.9 7.84. Amour (2012)
Notes: It definitely deserved all the praises it has received and, personally, I enjoyed it more than ‘The White Ribbon’ which was pretty good but didn’t really blow me away. Anyway, it is pretty amazing to see the evolution of Haneke through his movies. Here, he finally gives us the opportunity to dive in his vision of our world but, for once, he allowed us also to invest ourselves in the characters and the end-result was quite amazing. Furthermore, I always find it disappointing that so few movies are made about elderly people (even though the older population is ever growing) and there is always this disappointing focus and obsession on youth. Well, here you get a realistic and spellbinding portrait of two old people who are facing the end of their journey together and the subject has never been handled so brilliantly before.
2123 7.8 8.15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Notes: I thought it was quite awesome and it was visually quite amazing. This movie, it is just the warm-up, at least I hope so. Anyway, anyone who loved the previous trilogy will just love this movie, that's for sure. It was just grand to get back to Middle Earth, to hear the music, to see the Shire and Bilbo's house and to go once again in another adventure with Gandalf the Grey. You can feel, at some points, that Peter Jackson is really stretching the material (I mean, there were at least 3 introductions) but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and hope the next one will be even better.
998 7.4 7.66. Cloud Atlas (2012)
Notes: Even though it wasn't completely flawless, it was definitely the most intriguing movie I have seen this year. During the first hour, I was reminded of David Lynch by the whole randomness it produced. But then, slowly but surely, it started to make sense and, at the end, I was really overwhelmed. I must admit, it is definitely an acquired taste but I really enjoyed it and a rewatch might even improve my rating.
930 7.2 7.57. Lincoln (2012)
Notes: I must admit that it was almost as good as 'Schindler's list'. Indeed, I thought it was a fascinating historical picture but not only was it fascinating from a historical point of view, it was also a spellbinding policitical intrigue. Of course, as usual, Daniel Day-Lewis was just amazing and the only thing that stands in his way to win the Academy Award is the fact that he has already won two of those. So, it was a very good flick, one of Spielberg's best, but still, there were a few things that bothered me. Above all, I thought that the characterization was rather simplistic. Indeed, you had the good guys, the bad guys, some inactive helpless black folks standing on the side line and on top of that, Lincoln who was some kind of half-god but I'm sure the whole thing was a little bit more complicated back then. Still, even though it is not a perfect feature, it is still a very good movie, the best made by Spielberg since 'Munich'.
709 7.2 7.48. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Notes: Kathryn Bigelow really can direct some realistic and spellbinding thrillers, no doubt about it, and I was on the edge of my seat during the whole duration which is quite remarkable since we all pretty much know how it will end from the start. The first touch that I appreciated where the first few minutes where you hear those horrific (and probably real) phone calls from the victimes of 09/11. It was just heartbreaking and gave a background to what will happen next. Basically, I don’t think Bygelow tried to make us think that it was ok to torture all these people but, with this introduction, it explains that the USA was (and probably still is) at war and that they would use any means necessary. The point was to show without judging and the point was well made.
2644 7.9 8.69. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Note : What is it any good? Yes, it was pretty awesome. Was it better than 'The Dark Knight'? No way... I'm not sure if it was actually even better than 'Batman Begins'. We have been accustomed to get greatness everytime around from Mr Nolan and it wasn't that great this time but it was still damned fine but it is really time for him to move on to something else. I can't wait to see what he will do next and it will be, again, my top priority. This farewell to the Batman remains a very good flick and it is absolutely and definitely worth a look.
2565 7.8 8.210. The Avengers (2012)
Notes: Honestly, beforehand, I wasn't expecting much from this flick. Indeed, I thought this whole Avengers thing would just be some kind of marketing stunt. Boy, I was wrong.... it turned out to be one of the best super-hero flicks I have ever seen. Yeah, it was that good... Of course, there was an impressive cast, there were some really cool action scenes but it fortunately went beyond this. Indeed, you really have to give some credits to Joss Whedon who managed to put all those puzzle pieces together. Indeed, each character gets enough screen time without getting too much attention. The story was entertaining enough, there were some awesome and hilarious oneliners throughout the whole thing and the interaction between all those super-heros was really fascinating. Above all, it was a really fun flick, I just had a great time watching this and it has been a while since I had some much fun watching a blockbuster.
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