I should really watch more 2012 releases before I make a list (and, per usual, I’m worried that I’m forgetting something I did see), but what the heck. Let’s call it a first draft.
1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Finding Nemo 3D
6. Shut Up and Play the Hits
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. Django Unchained
9. Celeste and Jesse Forever
I thought I hadn’t written about Your Sister’s Sister, but it seems I did. That film edges out The Master for me, which is saying something. Before someone starts crabbing at me, I’ll grant that Finding Nemo 3D is a little cheaty, but I feel the 3D release is different enough to warrant its inclusion, and I liked it so much better than a lot of other films I saw this year. Most of the other films on my list are ones we’ve discussed in one Film Club forum or another, except Celeste and Jesse Forever. The story in that one is surprising and deep, and Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are fantastic in their roles. I also loved the way the film weaves in LA in a specific rather than generic way and lets the city help tell the story.
I was surprised to find Looper at #10 on my list, but I liked it a lot better than a lot of other 2012 releases I’ve seen.
Speaking of which, the other 2012 releases I’ve seen, in no particular order: The Hobbit, Prometheus, Safety Not Guaranteed, Dark Knight Rises, Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers, Dark Shadows, Madagascar 3, Argo, and Paranormal Activity 4.