One of the resolutions I made at the beginning of 2012 was that I would document every single film I watched. I actually stuck to this resolution.
Here are ten of the best I saw this year:
Are you fucking kidding me? I spent my entire life avoiding this film, thinking it would be a big, bloated mess, only good for background noise during your post-Christmas dinner nap. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was mesmerized by this film.
If you'd have told me that David O. Russell would give us us one of sweetest, most tender depictions of depression and mental illness I can remember seeing, I would have called you a fucking jackass. But that's exactly what he did.
I'm still not sure exactly what I saw or what it's saying, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it.
My favourite Wes Anderson film since Rushmore.
Balls to the haters, this was fun. When I went to see it, I was one of only three men in a crowded screening. That was one of the most hilarious cinema experiences I've ever had and I thank Magic Mike for giving me that.
This is my blog and I'll lump these two in together if I want to. They had similar setups, but as action films go, they both did great jobs of scratching totally different itches. And they were the two best action movies I saw all year.
Why do they even have that button?
A great little film that could have been lost underneath the egos of the actors involved. Fortunately, it wasn't.
Even if the film wasn't any good (it was), this would be on here for Ben Affleck's beard alone.
A lot of documentaries this year didn't seem to have anything to say and were content to just be a collection of unconnected vignettes (Queen of Versailles, for example, has no through-line, the makers just happened to be in the right place at the right time). Indie Game: The Movie did a great job of shining a light on the vast wealth of human emotions that go into something as apparently frivolous as an independent video game.