by Matt Smith
I saw a lot of films in 2012, though my activity as one of the main contributors to this site wouldn’t necessarily give you that impression. I have spent quite a bit of time working on my thesis (due in a matter of weeks at this point) and have neglected many updates I still have partially written and hopefully will get back to in the near future for posting. But I did want to take a moment and get my year end list up. Not because I especially value the concept of a Top Ten or anything, but because I like to take stock of what I’ve loved and loathed in the year that just finished on a personal level. You will not love all of my choices, and some of them are even what one might say as divisive at best. Certainly most have very little consensus of opinion behind them. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that these are the films that affected me the most, and which have stuck with me months after having seen them.
There are a couple of high profile films missing from my list which I have yet to see. These include Argo, Lincoln, Amour, and Life of Pi. Some because I just haven’t had the time, and others because I have very little to no interest in them. I’m looking at you, Life of Pi. I also have some runners-up that I think are well worth your time, so check them out if you haven’t already. In no particular order: Skyfall, Wreck It Ralph, The Paperboy, The Dark Knight Rises, Magic Mike, Brave, Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and Les Miserables.
And one last thing before getting on with it. This year saw a lot of great home video releases. I want to recommend a few of them to you. First, check out Paul Fejos’s Lonesome, put out by Criterion and well worth the money to get the Blu-ray. It looks fantastic, the film is amazing, and it’s my number one video release of the year. Then, in no particular order, add these to your collection: Black Sunday (Kino Classics), Jaws (Universal), and When Horror Came to Shinchoku (box set, Eclipse/Criterion). I will also point out that, though flawed, the Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection is worth your money if you can 1) find it on sale, and 2) really really like the idea of having Hitch on Blu. Even with the discs’ flaws, the titles still look and sound better than they ever have on home video and are a must for any serious fan.
Now, without further ado – the “Best of ’12″ (in ascending order):
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