The year 2012 is actually a fairly good year for movies. It’s got the biggest and highly anticipated films that lived up to everyone’s expectations and a few surprising movies which became instant favorites. In hours time, we will celebrate the new year with the hope that 2013 is going to be a better year for movies. But before that, check my list of the 13 best movies (of the many movies) I’ve seen this year.

Here goes my Best 2012 Movies List!

13.) Pitch Perfect

 

With little to no expectations, this comedy musical is easily one of the most surprising movies I’ve seen this year. Even though it’s typical Hollywood fare, Pitch Perfect is a movie done rather well. The music lifts spirits and will last even after you watched the film! Only music can do that. ;-p

Rating: 3.5/5

12.) The Grey

Perhaps, the most poetic thriller film I’ve ever seen. The Grey goes above the usual survival films with its gripping yet somber story. And while it may not feel realistic at times the psychological elements fills the arctic air with humanity. Once more into the fray, Liam Neeson gives a noteworthy performance.

Rating: 3.75/5

11.) Perks of Being a Wallflower

There’s nothing like a good film adaptation that soars beyond expectation. And there’s nothing like allowing the book author to be at helm with its movie adaptation. Perks of Being A Wallflower gets you basically because of its sincerity. A charmingly melancholic coming of age film that is bolstered by equally amazing performances from Logan, Ezra and Emma.

Rating: 3.75/5

10.) Looper 

For a film that is set in the future and deals with time travel, Looper brings a fresh approach to the sci-fi genre with restraint. There’s good acting from both lead stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis. Direction is spot on and thankfully it’s old school action with a heart.

Rating: 4/5

9.) Cabin in the Woods

It sends off a signal that it’s your typical horror movie yet cloaks itself in a nutshell where an unlikely sprout lurks. Easily one of the best horror movies of the decade! Yes, the decade!

Rating: 4.5/5

8.)The Hunger Games 

The Hunger Games aces in cinematography and violence. It’s one of those thrilling and rare survival films that is self-aware, smart and superbly acted. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic.

Rating: 4.5/5

7.) Chronicle

The production of found-footage films was at its peak this year! And among the many, Chronicle stood out to be the most enjoyable one. Despite the thrilling and twisted elements of the film, with the protagonist slowly going to the dark side, Chronicle, actually chronicles a great origin story of a superhero.

Rating: 4.75/5

6.) Wreck-It Ralph

One of Disney’s best films and boasts of a groundbreaking, nostalgic, and rich cinematic experience. Wreck-It Ralph is one sugar-rushing, inter-game, adventure with a heart.

Rating: 5/5

5.) Cloud Atlas 

This film is perhaps the hardest to watch considering it’ll flick your eyes twice thinking which segment you’re at. The passion put into this film is evident and that makes it not only the sincerest sci-fi if not ‘a new genre’ film but also the bravest for its experimental storytelling. All in all, Cloud Atlas takes you high up to a neo-world – or the after fall – and redefines the word ‘epic‘.

Rating: 5/5

4.) Beasts of the Southern Wild 

This film personally reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki’s works. The movie is fueled not only by Quvenzhané Wallis’ oscar worthy performance but is fueled by a story that explores Bathtub, its people and a child’s wild imagination. The movie brings you to a world most people have been trying to avoid. A depressing place, with sad and at times annoying people but once there was a hushpuppy and everything comes to light! Beasts of the Southern Wild is a touching experience.

Rating: 5/5

3.) Amour

The most heartbreaking movie I’ve seen in ages and also the most claustrophobic – if not shocking – struggle and depiction of love in old age. Genuinely warm and realistic. This movie deserves a standing ovation! Bravo.

Rating: 5/5

2.) The Avengers

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The movie is nothing short of amazing! The comedy, drama, and situations are all well balanced that it allowed each character to shine and contribute equally to the story. The Avengers goes with seamless direction, a cleverly written script and top-notch acting from all the supers. Joss Whedon and The Avengers Assemble nailed it!

Rating: 5/5

1.) Moonrise Kingdom

I was unprepared of this film. In fact, I was more than ready to escape from its simplicity. But Wes Anderson surprised the heck out of me with clever direction, brilliant execution and artful production. Moonrise Kingdom delves into the struggles of a person in love – be it an adult or a child. Then it goes deeper into an odd world where escapism, kids and love rules! A place where innocence is valuable and love can be as enchanting, as thrilling and as whimsical as Wes Anderson’s world.

Rating: 5/5

Honorable 7 to Complete Top 20

  •  The Dark Knight Rises – 3.5/5
  • 21 Jump Street  – 3.5/5
  • Sinister  – 3/5
  • V/H/S – 3/5
  • Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted – 3/5
  • The Loved Ones  – 3.5/5
  • ParaNorman – 3/5

Films I Missed:

  • Skyfall
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Master
  • Django Unchained
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Happy 2013! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂