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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Notes: Since I'm a huge fan of Reggae music (I consider myself the expert on this website), I definitely had to watch this flick. To be honest, I have never been really a fan of his work, in my opinion, Marley has always been the big tree hiding the rest of the forest, but I always had a huge respect for his legacy and he definitely made some monsters tunes. Anyway, it was a great flick, absolutely. Even though I already knew about 90% of what was told, it was just great to have the whole story told, to see all those places where he has been and to meet all these people with whom he was involved with.
Note : I was hoping this movie would reach the top entry of this top 10. Unfortunately, this movie didn't live up to my expectations. I mean, it was really good, there were even some really brilliant moments but it was never truelly amazing. In my opinion, the main issue was with the writing. Indeed, even though the two main characters were fascinating, the story didn't work very well and the whole thing was sometimes pretty random. I also had a hard time to make out the motivations of all the characters which were often acting pretty randomly. Still, there was some great stuff here. Indeed, the directing was really good with some awesome shots and like I said before, the two main characters were just fascinating with some great performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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These are the best movies I have seen which came out in 2012