Best Movies of 2012Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:04 am.
This year in film focused on epics (Lincoln, Cloud Atlas, Les Misérables) with movies clocking in nearly three hours yet not saying much. That could be why this was a rough 12 months at the box office. However, there were a handful of memorable movies, which may have took some digging to find.
Check out my fourth annual list for the best films of 2012 (click on the quote to go directly to the review).
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild
“Directed and starring Ben Affleck, this is J.Lo’s ex (sorry, I couldn’t resist) at his film-making best. Slick, polished and enough suspense to keep viewers interested, Argo deserves accolades this awards season yet is still accessible to the average audience.”
6. Middle of Nowhere
5. The Paperboy
3. How to Survive a Plague
2. The Central Park Five
“The execution of the story is flawless, detailing an injustice that jailed innocent men who only got media attention when they were labeled criminals — not when they were proven to be innocent. The documentary is fascinating yet sobering to watch. Well over 20 years since the incident, the film’s story is unfortunately still relevant.”
1. Django Unchained
“Django Unchained thunders across the big screen as a fireball of celluloid flawlessness. I will not argue the trite debate whether the film is or isn’t that hot-button word: racist. Racism is The Central Park Five, the execution of Troy Davis and wannabe cops who “stand their ground” to unarmed Black boys — not a Hollywood film, which is meant for entertainment and includes some of the most respected and intelligent Black actors of today. Quentin Tarantino’s greatest work since Pulp Fiction and, undoubtedly, the best film of 2012.“