As the calendar turns over to a new year, Reel-2-Reality is taking a look back and giving you their Top 10 of 2012. First off, Andy’s back and is bringing us his top 10. Hit the jump to see what he put as his favorites for this year.
Before we start, let me start with this disclaimer. These are films I have seen. I’m sure there was plenty I missed this year but take a look and let me know what you think!
10: The Expendables 2
Let’s be honest, this probably wouldn’t be your first pick for top 10. To those who think this isn’t worthy of being on this list, let me ask you this: was there a better pure action film released in 2012? Feel free to leave me a comment if you think so. Between the action and more action stars you can shake a stick at, The Expendables 2 delivered. Who cares if the main stars “old.” They still kick more a** than anyone else ever will.
9: Silent House
This probably isn’t on any top 10 either. Even though it wasn’t popular among the public, Silent House is arguably the most aesthetically ambitious film to be released in the past 10 years. Between it’s 88 minutes of running in real time and the natural and strategic thrills it delivers, Silent House is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.
8: End of Watch
In an age where found footage films are a dime a dozen, End of Watch straddles the line between found footage and regular motion pictures. The film overall looks real and does not pull any punches when it comes to the violence within it. Gyllenhaal and Pena are good like they usually. Their brother like chemistry along with the way this film is shot make it one of the better films of 2012.
7: The Lorax
The follow up from the creators of Despicable Me was a great success. The world of The Lorax is bright, vibrant and it helps bring the story to life like no other animated feature did this year. All subliminal messaging in the film aside. It is a great movie for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Wreck-It-Ralph is undoubtedly Disney’s best animated feature in years that doesn’t use the name Pixar before the title. It is chucked full with enough video game nostalgia to satisfy the little boy in all of us. Not only does it have that but it has heart, which what puts it so high on this list.
5: Django Unchained
Quentin Tarrantino’s first attempt at the western genre was in a word, a success. Great acting and an all around good film. Just not great compared to Tarrantino’s other endeavors. Expect this film to create some buzz around award season. Especially for Leonardo DiCaprio who never fails to deliver.
4: The Dark Knight Rises
The conclusion to the greatest comic book movie franchise so far was another home run for director Christopher Nolan. Not as good as The Dark Knight but it was right on par with Batman Begins. Where Spider-Man 3 faulted heavily to bring everything together in the end, The Dark Knight Rises does and then some.
Skyfall pretty much wiped away any doubt on whether Daniel Craig would go down as one of if not they best Bond of all time. With an intriguing and in-depth story line that travels farther than most Bond films, Skyfall exciting, well crafted and excellently executed film that is going to leave a lasting impression on the Bond franchise.
Turns out the third time is a home run for Ben Affleck, who’s third directing excursion, Argo, is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. Affleck proves he has the chops and to hang with the big boys of Hollywood and will be there for some time. Argo is suspenseful without gratuitous violence and in this day, that says something about a film and its director.
1: The Avengers
Was there any doubt? The Avengers was the home run hit of the year. Not only was it a public success, it was accepted by critics and to have both of those sets you apart from the pack. The Avengers is another one of those friendly reminders why we go to the movies. Let’s just hope we get more films like this in the years to come.