There was more good and god-awful this year, making this particular Top Ten a tough one to compile.
Sometimes, you just gotta hate Hollywood and not for the normal reasons. Sure, the constantly pander to the lowest common denominator while pretending to care about cultural tastes, but when dollars come to donuts, they really only care about cashing in, and most of said scratch is apparently coming from a far less critical international community. Still, every year, like Swiss engineered clockwork, the studios unleash their biggest guns, giving us critics more than a few aesthetic hissy fits. As we complain for 11 long months about the lack of quality in our local cineplex, the last four weeks of the year come along and whisk us away to a world where auteurs make powerful personal statements and the tried and true award season stalwarts wake up and show us their creative best.
So, as we contemplate the now and dread the coming (2013 doesn't promise much in the way of worth, at least not in the first quarter of the year), we have come up with our Top Ten Films of 2012, the Best and the most memorable. Of course, in any compilation, a few finds are left by the wayside. We loved Lincoln, just not enough to include it here. Same goes for Prometheus and that terrific found footage offering, Chronicle. The Avengers was a sensational entertainment and The Amazing Spider-man proved that a super hero film didn't always have to be about spectacle and stunts. ParaNorman was one of the year's pleasant surprises, not matter its stop-motion animation leanings, and Amour, while hitting a bit too close to home for those who've dealt with dying parents, was particularly effective. Add in Skyfall,Ted and The Raid: Redemption and the next ten could be just as debatable.
In any case, we send 2012 off into legend with the following, including a crowd pleaser at number ten: