Top 10 Movies of 2012

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be live in a few hours time and here I am, finally coming up with a list of my own personal favourite movies of 2012. It’s always impossible for me to see all that were released last year but this time, I ensured that I watch all that were highly recommended by critics, friends, online communities and of course, the Oscars. Please be informed that this list was based only on my own evaluation and preference, and that it may be updated in the future if I came across any other great 2012 films.

10. Amour (Austrian-French film; not released in Malaysia until 2013)
A painfully detailed and yet beautiful film about the dying stages of an old lady that force her husband to handle her situation and make vital decisions.

9. The Master (Not released in Malaysia)
A film with no plot hole (I think) but with multi-layered, presumably intentional points conveyed, which makes it very thought-provoking. If Daniel Day Lewis wasn’t nominated, I’d be 100% sure that Joaquin Phoenix would win the Best Actor award in the Oscars.

8. Perks of Being a Wallflower (Released here by GSC Movies)
This is not a typical romance comedy drama about high school misfits. It’s a fun-to-watch, heartfelt film about adolescence, friendship, introversion, sexuality and young love relationships, with a lesson on how we shouldn’t not participate in life. Click here to read the full review.

7. Argo (Not released in Malaysia)
This one’s probably a bit overrated in the US but it’s indeed very strange that Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated for the Best Director Award in the Oscars. Those who are very familiar with the true story (that this film is based on) would probably
appreciate the movie more than me.

6. End of Watch (Released here by GSC Movies)
The film manages to have two men of different ethnicity saying “I love you” to each other without seeming gay, not even to someone who’s a bit homophobic like myself. Perhaps one of the best police films (which revolves around two partners) that I’ve seen. Click here to read the full review.

5. The Hunt (Danish film, not released in Malaysia)
Didn’t actually get to watch this until after Christmas 2013 due my busy schedule attending to procrastination. Not exactly glad that I did, but I’m glad that I did. Cause’ the film is so good with a premise that could actually, really happen to anyone in a common society today – words of a momentarily upset little girl becomes a serious sexual abuse accusation on an innocent good man.

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4. Silver Linings Playbook (Not released in Malaysia)
The best rom-com I’ve ever seen since Korea’s My Sassy Girl. All about a crazy dude who meets a crazy girl. The thing that doesn’t make sense the most is that they’re both attractive-looking people. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance is brilliant… and she’s fuckin’ hot in the movie too.

3. Cloud Atlas (Released here in 2013)
A fast-paced 3-hour film that challenges the mind to put a puzzle together while simultaneously watching 6 different compelling stories in different eras with same actors, which ultimately and convincingly conveys two significant messages that may inspire or change the mindset of others. This has got to be the biggest snub by the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Click here to read the full review.

2. Life of Pi (Released here by 20th Century Fox Malaysia)
When the closing credits rolled, I knew that there won’t be many other 2012 films that’d be better than this. Beautifully filmed, thrilling, emotional, educational, visually fascinating, the CG of the tiger is unbelievably convincing, well composed score that plays well with every scene, and the ending leaves the audience with a lot discuss to about. Click here to read the full review.

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1. Django Unchained (Released here in 2013)
The most enjoyable film of 2012. If you liked Inglorious Basterds, you’d most likely appreciate this one too. Quentin Tarantino is a fucking nonsensical genius, ’nuff said.

Honourable Mentions (in no particular order)
– Zero Dark Thirty (Not released in Malaysia)
– Moonrise Kingdom (Not released in Malaysia)
– Holy Motors (French film, not released in Malaysia)
– Seven Psychopaths (Not released in Malaysia)
– Arbitrage (Not released in Malaysia)
– No (Chilean film; not released in Malaysia)
– A Royal Affair (Danish film)
– War Witch (Canadian film, not released in Malaysia)

Other great films not released in Malaysia
– Beasts of Southern Wild
– 21 Jump Street
– Magic Mike
– Safety Not Guaranteed
– The Sessions
– Killing Them Softly

Highly rated films that I’ve not seen (all not released in Malaysia too)
– Sightseers
– Rust and Bone

>>> Top 10 Worst Movies of 2012 >>>

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  1. Eric Lee Huangshi

    Glad you mention 21 Jump Street..that is probably one of the best dark comedy in recenr years..

    4 out of 10 being released here…Pfffttt probably these movies will make less profit than shits like Beautiful Creatures or even Piranha 3DD

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    @Eric I wouldn't consider it a dark comedy but yeah it's freakin' hilarious.

    @chouyin Just because they're Oscar nominated films doesn't mean they're top 10 for everyone.

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