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
"The film with the biggest heart of 2012.
"Cinematically, the best moment is a terrifying plane crash scene that is sure to haunt frequent travelers. What Psycho did for motel showers is what Flight will do for the 'friendly' skies.
"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
"An intense examination of bullying from the perspective of the victims.
6. Middle of Nowhere
"A heartbreaking but teachable story about love and the morbid sacrifices we make to find it. If you walk out of Middle of Nowhere with no feeling then you are missing some soul.
5. The Paperboy
"The Paperboy will get the respect it deserves years later. One day, film schools will dissect the movie and marvel at the flick's wondrous deconstruction of race, gender and class.
"Marley will go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest music documentaries of all time. The first must-see movie of 2012.
3. How to Survive a Plague
"A brilliant blueprint on how to spark a revolution. The activists who were highlighted in this film are American heroes to us all — gay, straight, black, white, male or female.
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.