2012 was a very good year for movies, ‘though for a while there it looked like it was going to fall just shy of that. In compiling my top ten for the year, I usually have to dip into the films I rate as low as 7 out of 10, but this year I saw fourteen movies I rated 8 or better.
Alas, there were no 10s. I haven’t given a movie a 10 rating since 1991 (Beauty and the Beast).
My Ten Best Films of 2012:
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Les Miserables
- Django Unchained
- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Ruby Sparks
- The Hunger Games
- Silver Linings Playbook
Honorable mention (Films also receiving ratings of 8 out of 10): Celeste & Jesse Forever, Argo, Looper, Moonrise Kingdom.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. Honorable mention: Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games. Honorable mention: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Honorable mention: Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables. Honorable mention: Amy Adams, Trouble with the Curve.
Most likely DVD purchase: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen even though I already have The Hunger Games.
Best Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect.
Fell in love with: Anna Camp in Pitch Perfect. And Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror. And (almost) Julianne Hough in Rock of Ages.
Trending upward: Butterfinger Bites.
Trending downward: Seats in the Cannery Theater.
Unexpected pleasure: Pitch Perfect and Rock of Ages.
Disappointment: Anna Karenina.
Films I saw when I was the only person in the theater: The Lorax and Django Unchained.
Best chase sequence: The goblin cave in The Hobbit.
Most desired of unlikely sequels: Two for the Dough (sequel to One for the Money).
Least desired of likely sequels: Think Like a Man. Ted a close second.
Best older movie I saw in 2012: Before Sunset (2004).
Best foreign-language film I saw in 2012: Kamome Shokudo (thanks A!).