Tim’s Favorite Movies of 2012

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What better way to recap the year in film than a picture of Channing Tatum giving a bleach-blonde Jonah Hill a nipple twister. Yeah, 2012 was just that awesome. In fact, it far surpassed 2011. Boasting amazing superhero films, hilarious comedies, and another addition to Quentin Tarantino’s dazzling repertoire, 2012 was one of the most significant years for movies in a while. Here, I recap my 10 favorites from the past year.

10. Ted: Having not seen many episodes of Family Guy, I didn’t know how much I would enjoy Seth MacFarlane’s directing debut, Ted. The result was a romantic (er, well, bromantic) comedy that nearly had me rolling on the floor in laughter throughout. Even with a fluid plotline, Ted takes control with its humor, ultimately putting it before all else.

9. Looper: Time travel films always bother me, as they’re so hard to get right. For the most part, Looper gets it right. Strong performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt highlight the film, while also thriving from a great plot and stunning visuals. Looper feels real right down to the smallest detail, and that’s what makes me love it so much.

8. Moonrise Kingdom: I hadn’t heard Wes Anderson’s name much since 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums, but with Moonrise Kingdom, he proves to audiences that he’s been here all along. The film boasts a fabulous cast, a serene atmosphere, and a classic Anderson vibe – quirky, lighthearted, and chill.

7. Skyfall: In Skyfall, James Bond is back – and in satisfying fashion. Daniel Craig gives the performance of a lifetime as Bond, portraying a character with flaws and weaknesses as well as an undying attitude. Even with its lengthy runtime, Skyfall ignites a fury without sacrificing a single awesome action moment to suit its enticing story – and vice versa.

6. The Amazing Spider-Man: It wasn’t until I saw The Amazing Spider-Man in theaters that I was convinced that the series reboot would actually be a success. To me, I just didn’t see a need for it to be done. But just seeing the dark, gritty, yet realistic atmosphere of the film, as well as the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, I was on the edge of my seat.

5. The Cabin In The Woods: I typically hate horror movies, but The Cabin In The Woods is quite the exception. Not only does it feature one of the most original, genre-defining plots ever imagined, but it’s also extremely fun and entertaining. Don’t be surprised when this becomes a cult classic – or maybe even a classic in general. Yeah, it’s definitely worth the latter.

4. The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan ends the Batman trilogy with the second best of the three films, following up 2008’s The Dark Knight with a longer, more epic adventure than ever before. Everything in The Dark Knight Rises is bigger – from its stunning visual effects to its killer cast to its captivating story. From beginning to end, this movie is a thrill ride.

3. 21 Jump Street: If you haven’t seen a single episode of the 21 Jump Street TV series, have no fear, because the film adaptation is its own vehicle of comedy and action. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make for arguably the best duo of the year. I haven’t seen a movie this hilarious in years, and I doubt I will anytime soon – at least until the sequel comes out.

2. Django Unchained: I wouldn’t say that Inglourious Basterds was a disappointment, but in comparison to Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up flick, Django Unchained, it can hardly even stand on its own two feet. This movie is brilliantly written, casted, acted, directed, and includes some of the best one-liners and action sequences in film history. Without a doubt, Django is a cinema masterpiece.

1. The Avengers: While Django Unchained is a masterpiece, The Avengers is something else entirely. Throw together your favorite superheros (and cast members), have them interact, and form an intriguing conflict, and you’ve got The Avengers: the second-greatest comic book movie of all-time behind my all-time favorite film, The Dark Knight.

 

Honorable Mentions: Brave, Chronicle, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lincoln, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Films I Haven’t Seen: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Argo, End Of Watch, The Five-Year Engagement, The Hunger Games, Life Of Pi, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Prometheus, Seven Psychopaths

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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

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