Amazingly, I’ve watched 60 movies this year, and that’s not even counting foreign releases. Just pure Hollywood product. That’s more than a movie a week, and still, there are films out there I wanted to see, but missed. So it was somewhat difficult to make a list of my favorite five films of the year. Looking back, I’m glad there was a decline in sequels and remakes and hopefully this trend will continue.
I only considered two things while selecting my Fab Five Films for the year — did the movie entertain me, and was I still thinking about it a few days after seeing it? Here are my picks. What were your favorite films of 2012? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!
Honorable Mention (2 of 7)
Now on to the films that just missed being on my Fab Five list.
Wes Anderson can make some really excellent films when he's not being so.... Wes Anderson.
The film has definitely instigated its share of discussion and backlash, and while there are undoubtedly illogical character decisions and some unanswered questions, I found myself enjoying the hell out of the two hours in the theater. The film is beautifully shot and certainly inspires thought.
"The Dark Knight Rises"The concluding chapter to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy doesn't quite match the cinematic brilliance of "The Dark Knight," but with great performances by Christian Bale and a supporting cast that includes Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fans can be satisfied that Batman was done right.
The Wachowski siblings took on the most ambitious film of the year and pulled it off. Third director Tom Twyker also did the score and I immediately purchased the soundtrack after watching the film. "Cloud Atlas" demands a repeated viewing to appreciate all the nuances.
A movie about a true story with such an unbelievable premise that it sounds like a movie.
Ben Affleck is now totally forgiven for "Gigli" and anything related to his "Bennifer" days. He's now proven he's one of Hollywood's A-list directors. The true tale of how the CIA used the guise of filming a film to rescue hostages in Iran in 1979 is remarkable, and Affleck effectively mixes suspense and comedy while telling the story. You'll be laughing your head off in one scene and then biting your nails the next.
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