My favorite movies of 2012, in order, best first:
The Master — All in all, I think, the best film of the year. I find myself thinking about this one more than any other I’ve seen in 2012.
Moonrise Kingdom — Uniquely gorgeous. Probably the most FUN I’ve had in a film all year.
Lincoln — Daniel Day Lewis is superb and Tony Kushner’s screenplay is brilliant.
Silver Linings Playbook — Charming, authentic, with solid acting all-around.
Zero Dark Thirty – Intelligent, riveting, and Chastain is great.
Argo — Solid, enjoyable, suspenseful. Affleck deserved a Directing nomination from the Academy.
Beasts of the Southern Wild — You’ll see nothing else like it. I never have. You will fall in love with Hush Puppy!
The Cabin in the Woods — The best horror movie send-up ever.
Sessions — Suprised by Hawkes not getting a nomination, but Helen Hunt was terrific. I rarely cry in movies; I cried.
The Impossible – Truth can be stranger, and more compelling, than fiction. Well filmed and acted. The older boy was amazing in it.
Ruby Sparks — Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are both great in this and the script is outstanding.
Bernie — Jack Black is priceless here.
Sleepwalk with Me — You really care about Mike Birbiglia’s autobiographical stand-up comedian character and Lauren Ambrose is good too.
Safety Not Guaranteed — The Duplass Brothers are quietly making some very watchable films. This is one. And both Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza are quite good.
Movies I haven’t seen yet, but want to:
Monsieur Lazhar (I think it played here but I missed it, maybe?)
The Central Park Five
This is Not a Film
5 Broken Cameras
Rust & Bone
Wuthering Heights (the new Andrea Arnold one)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
Farewell, My Queen