Best Films of 2012? What Are Your Picks?

JV's Best Films of 2012 Thus Far (in the order they were released and subject to change)

Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes

Moonrise Kingdom, dir. Wes Anderson

Safety Not Guaranteed, dir. Colin Trevorrow

To Rome With Love, dir. Woody Allen

The Master, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Killer Joe, dir. William Friedkin

Seven Psychopaths, dir. Martin McDonagh*

Skyfall, dir. Sam Mendes

Argo, dir. Ben Affleck

Killing Them Softly, dir. Andrew Dominik 

Not Yet Seen: Cosmopolis, The Sessions, Hitchcock, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained

5 Most Overrated Films of 2012 Thus Far:

Lincoln, dir. Steven Spielberg**

The Master, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Prometheus, dir. Ridley Scott

Beasts of the Southern Wild, dir. Benh Zeitlin

Arbitrage, dir. Nicholas Jalecki

*The one I’d pick, at this point, as overall “Best” in category

**The one I think will actually win the Academy Award

5 Answers

  • Perhaps, because this is an audio site, readers aren't too into film...personally I haven't seen any of the films listed. I guess I'm just an audiophile...
    • I've been doing these lists for better than a decade--first on and now here. No, a Best Film list doesn't have anything to do with audio gear, but I kinda doubt that anyone who reads TAS or is "just an audiophile" (except maybe for you, Steve). At least, I hope that's the case.

      JV — JonathanValin December 25, 2012 2:33 a.m.

    • Since this sat for two weeks without ANY response, I came to the conclusion that readers were less than enthused... — StevenStone December 25, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    • It was so very nice of you to keep an eye on things for me, Steve, although I'd point out that there are plenty of other posts on this site that've gone without responses for months and months and months. I guess they're not audiophile enough, either. If I were you, I'd post several of your homilies on them, too. — JonathanValin December 25, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    • Jon, in Internet time two weeks is very long indeed. Odd that most of the unanswered posts are about analog audio. I guess we don't have any experts in that field? — StevenStone December 26, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    • Well, that's kind of my point, Steve. At this site, we answer the questions we are qualified to answer. Nobody put you in charge of 'Net etiquette at, or handed you the official stopwatch. But...what the hey! It's holiday season; let's forget the whole thing. — JonathanValin December 26, 2012 3:40 p.m.

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  • Pitbull,

    I need to add two more films to my (annual) Best Of list:

    Hitchcock, dir. Sacha Gervasi

    Silver Linings Playbook, dir. David O. Russell


    • Jon,

      Good connecting with you again and happy holidays!.

      David O. Russell always chooses interesting material and I liked Silver Linings Playbook up to the end, which was all too predictable. I haven't seen Hitchcock, want to see Not Fade Away.

      LL — pitbull1 December 25, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    • Larry! I didn't know it was you!

      Yeah, the ending of Silver Linings is sentimental but it is also VERY satisfying. I was shocked by how good Bradley Cooper was--and Jennifer Lawrence is simply wonderful. — JonathanValin December 25, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    • I agree about Bradley Cooper and particularly Jennifer Lawrence. She is one of the most versatile actresses working today. — pitbull1 December 25, 2012 10:30 p.m.

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  • Just watched Argo and I'll add it to my list of films I liked in 2012.  Ben Affleck is definitely a contender for a directing award.

    • I also feel that Life of Pi will be nominated for Cinematography and Visual Effects. — pitbull1 December 24, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    • Haven't seen "Life of Pi" (I'm just not a big Ang Lee fan). Have you seen the new Tarantino? It's gotten terrific reviews (from an odd assortment of reviewers, several of whom you wouldn't think would've liked it). — JonathanValin December 26, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    • Life of Pi is beautifully shot. It's worth seeing just for the cinematography. Many of the shots of animals in the film are done with visual effects and they look flawless. I've seen comparison footage of a real tiger and the VFX tiger in the film and it was almost impossible to tell the difference.

      We saw Django Unchained yesterday. It's the most entertaining film I've seen all holiday season. My wife, who has not liked most of the current crop of films, agrees. For all the controversy, it's one of Tarantino's best. BTW, I've worked with Monte Hellman, who gave Tarantino his start as a director. Monte was Executive Producer on Reservoir Dogs, and Quentin always thanks him in the end credits. — pitbull1 December 28, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    • As I predicted in December, "Life of Pi" won the Academy Award for best Cinematography and Visual Effects. I was disappointed that the Academy did not nominate Ben Affleck for Best Director. If they had, he would certainly have won after being awarded that distinction by both the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the DGA. "Life of Pi" was visually beautiful in it's story telling, however I felt that Affleck's direction got stronger performances from his cast in "Argo".

      I also feel Roger Deakins should win every year for whatever film he's been the Director of Photography on. Just my opinion. — pitbull1 February 25, 2013 1:13 p.m.

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  • JV, best is such a relative term however, with the lack of a Coen Brothers movie to debate, here's a list of films I've enjoyed for various reasons this year, in no particular order:  To Rome With Love, Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and The Impossible.  I was disappointed in The Hobbit.  I felt it lacked pacing, and went on far too long for a film that will have 2 sequels to complete the story, however Sir Ian McKellen is good as always.  I was also disappointed in This is 40, which had it's funny moments but felt more like a series of vignettes and less like a complete story.

    I still have a lot of screeners to go through.  Next on my DVD player will be Silver Linings Playbook and Amour.  The one film I really wanted to see, Argo, wouldn't load on the two players I tried it on.  Warner Bros. is sending me a new copy.

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