The Best and Worst of 2012, According to Me

A much belated Happy New Year to all, but for a moment I hope you won’t mind stepping back to last year. As I count down my best and worst (but in the opposite order) movies of the year, recall that I’ve only seen a mere 30 films this year! From January’s “Haywire” to Christmas Day and “Les Miserables,” 2012 was packed full of cinematic ups and downs. For me, these are the most noteworthy.

The Worst Movies of 2012

5. Act of Valor

The first notable post-bin Laden Navy SEALS feature, “Act of Valor” should be remembered for its innovative use of actual military heroes. It should not be remembered for how they acted. THE gimmick of 2012. Remember that picture of Osama bin Laden relaxing and watching his TV? He probably wasn’t watching these guys and gals act. Sorry.

4. The Pirates! Band of MisfitsThe-Pirates-Band-of-Misfits_i16

Welcome back, movable clay figures! Directors Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt sure had their fun with these little guys. Too bad that fun didn’t translate for most of us. A movie almost as enjoyable as having the clap.

3. Chronicle

Think “The Blair Witch Project,” but less exciting, more predictable, terribly acted, and with far more teen angst.

2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part II

If the award was for the longest, most unnecessary title, the final act of this supernatural trilogy(+1) would take home the prize. As bad GONE-Movie-Image-10as it was, seeing Carlisle’s head fly saved it from the top spot.

1. Gone

The predictable thriller. Seems like an oxymoron, right? It should be. But Amanda Seyfried screams and wimpers her way to a scarily anticlimactic end.

The Best Movies of 2012

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The most charming movie of the year, this story about a half-dozen elderly Brits going to a retirement getaway in India is full of acting giants (Nighy, Dev, Wilkinson, Dench, and Maggie Smith), beautiful scenery, and intelligent wit.

5. Zero Dark Thirty

While not the best movie I saw all year, director Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatic thriller about the decade-long hunt for bin Laden is a powerful and enlightening piece of work.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey4. The Hobbit

Haters can hate, but I fell in love with this beautiful, exciting, fun, and dramatic movie…even if no one died.

3. Les Miserables

“Les Mis” had the greatest opening scene, greatest final scene, and most emotional scene (for Hathaway’s ovation-worthy “I Dreamed a Dream”) of any movie I’ve seen all year – that’s a huge accomplishment. A movie you can get up and cheer for.

2. Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis, hands-down the man to beat for Best Actor, gives us a genuine portrayal as a man most people have trouble seeing as more than a statue or a story. This is about a father, a friend, a colleague…not just a President.

1. Django UnchainedDjango-Unchained

Jamie Foxx puts himself out there for the benefit of the audience. Quentin Tarantino writes a brutally honest story about American slavery. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz prove why they’re both Academy Award nominees. And whoever put Samuel L. Jackson in his Uncle Tom-esque old man makeup deserves mad props.

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4 thoughts on “The Best and Worst of 2012, According to Me

  1. I missed most of your worst but even with K. Stewart I have to admit I liked Breaking Wind or dawn part 2. Agree with your top list.

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