2012 Film List

Top Ten Films (Haven’t seen: The Oranges)

1. Cloud Atlas
No film strived to be bigger and actually accomplished it this year. Maybe some strived but this one is just big and sprawling and inspiring and everything I want out of a film.

2. The Sessions
This one caught me off guard. I had no idea what this was even about going into it and it just hit on all the right spots for me. Funny, touching story and the acting is top notch.

3. Seven Psychopaths
One of my most anticipated films of the year and it didn’t disappoint me. McDonagh got my attention majorly with In Bruges and the wait for another film by him was far too long. But it was totally worth it.

4. End of Watch
A cop movie directed by David Ayer that I actually liked. I know, makes no sense. But the POV/handheld shit totally worked in my opinion and sucked me into the story.

5. Cabin in the Woods
I shit all over this script when I first read it. I just didn’t get it when I first read it. Now that I have seen it, I can say I was totally wrong. This film is great, a perfect horror film for fans and non-fans.

6. Looper
My love obsession with Rian Johnson gets to continue for at least one more film.

7. Django Unchained
Nice to see Quentin Tarantino back in form after the disappointment that was Basterds. I did love that script though, just didn’t care for the final product.

8. Holy Motors
I didn’t totally understand this film when I first watched it and I might never fully understand it but that doesn’t take away from the sheer uniqueness of it. Has some visually impressive scenes and the story does seem to wander a bit but I couldn’t ever take my eyes off of it.

9. Klown
My pick for the comedy of the year. In a year, that in my opinion had a lot of great ones for once. This foreign film is a touch of Larry David mixed with some Hangover-esque moments.

10. Killer Joe/Magic Mike
Matthew McConaughey is my actor of the year. Between this two and Bernie he just nailed everything he was in. Killer Joe is an intense, crazy performance that has one of my favorite scenes in any film ever. Magic Mike is a decent film about male strippers that still has some heart. Directed by anyone else but Soderbergh it would have been trash but he gave it something worth watching.

Last updated: 02/18/13

This is by no means the total number of movies I’ve seen this year, this is just taken from a list of movies that were released in New York each week. Ones in Green are ones that I enjoyed and will probably at some point buy on Blu-Ray. Ones in Red were awful and should be avoided.
Seen:
Buddha Mountain
Your Sister’s Sister
The Kid with a Bike
The Deep Blue Sea
Liberal Arts
Jack Reacher
Side by Side
Bully
Celeste and Jesse Forever
The Time That Remains
Sinister
Compliance
Side by Side
Life of Pi
Grabbers
Django Unchained
Policeman
Tabu
To Rome With Love
Goodbye First Love
Killing Them Softly
Kon-Tiki
Cosmopolis
The Details
How to Survive A Plague
The Impossible
Arbitrage
Anna Karenina
Shut Up and Play the Hits
Klown
Trouble With the Curve
Dredd
Sound of Noise
Oslo, August 31
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths
Hyde Park on Hudson
Sleepwalk With Me
Promised Land
Pitch Perfect
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Alps
Skyfall
Looper
Rust and Bone
This Is Not a Film
West of Memphis
The Sessions
Rise of the Guardians
The Bourne Legacy
The Comedy
Amour
Girl Walk // All Day
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Master
Lincoln
Wreck It Ralph
Footnote
10 Years
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ruby Sparks
Argo
A Hijacking
This is 40
Hope Springs
Nitro Circus: The Movie
Cloud Atlas
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
End of Watch (David Ayer)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (Sean Garrity)
The Hunter (Daniel Nettheim)
The Fifth Season (Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth)
Wrong (Quentin Dupieux)
Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon)
Butter
Frankenweenie
Beasts of the Southern Wild
ParaNorman
Room 237 (Rodney Ascher)
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (Marc Weise)
The Central Park Five (Ken Burns)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
Smashed (James Ponsoldt)
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
Hotel Transylvania (Genndy Tartakovsky)
Robot & Frank (Jake Schreier)
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Campaign (Jay Roach)
Killer Joe (William Friedkin)
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb)
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh)
Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley)

Ted (Seth MacFarlane)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Timur Bekmambetov)
Brave (Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Lorene Scafaria)
That’s My Boy (Sean Anders)

Prometheus (Ridley Scott)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow)
Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld)
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
The Dictator (Larry Charles)
God Bless America (Bobcat Goldthwait)
Marvel’s The Avengers (Joss Whedon)
Bernie (Richard Linklater)
The Five-Year Engagement (Nicholas Stoller)
The Raven (James McTeigue)
The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard)
The Three Stooges (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
American Reunion (Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg)
Keyhole (Guy Maddin)
Goon (Michael Dowse)
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross)
Casa de Mi Padre (Matt Piedmont)
Detachment (Tony Kaye)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
Friends With Kids (Jennifer Westfeldt)
John Carter (Andrew Stanton)
Silent House (Chris Kentis & Laura Lau)
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Chris Renaud)
The Snowtown Murders (Justin Kurzel)
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim)
Wanderlust (David Wain)
This Means War (McG)
Safe House (Daniel Espinosa)
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
Chronicle (Josh Trank)
Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
Haywire (Steven Soderbergh)
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Want to see:
Celeste & Jesse Forever


Jack Reacher
The Oranges

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