Best Movies of 2012

Best Movies of 2012

Technological changes finally caught up with the movie business in 2012. Several of the best films actually made their debut on DVD and pay-per-view. After minimal theatrical releases, they went directly to cable pay-per-view, DVD and other formats. I downloaded one of the year’s best, Bernie, to a handheld device, and I suspect that trend is going to become increasingly more important.


Seven Top-Ten Theatrical releases of 2012:

Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are unlikely lovers in the year’s most unusual romantic-comedy/drama.

Lincoln – Steven Spielberg’s look at the last months of the President’s life is the front-runner for all of the major awards.

End of Watch – Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are uniformed LAPD cops and best friends.  Perks of Being a Wallflower – A high school freshman falls in with a senior clique and is smitten by Emma Watson, and who could blame him?

Flight – Denzel Washington is brilliant as an alcoholic pilot.

Argo – Ben Affleck directs and stars in the fact-based story of the rescue of American embassy personnel from the home of the Canadian ambassador in Iran.

Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti Western/comedy is set in the antebellum South.


Eight Top-Ten DVDs of 2012:

Bernie – Jack Black deserves an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a funeral director who murders the meanest woman (Shirley MacLaine) in a small Texas town.

Ted – Mark Wahlberg and his best friend, a live stuffed bear (voice of director Seth MacFarlane) can’t quite seem to grow up.

The Campaign – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis compete for a North Carolina House seat. Funny and nasty in all the right ways.

Arbitrage – Richard Gere is excellent as a New York financier who finds his life crumbling as he tries to put together a deal that will save his company.

The Artist – Last year’s big Oscar-winner loses nothing on DVD.

Hugo – Audiences missed Martin Scorsese’s valentine to silent French movies in theaters, and if it’s not as impressive on DVD, it’s still thoroughly enjoyable and moving.

American Horror Story, Season One – A fiercely original, challenging and frightening story of a troubled family that moves into a haunted Los Angeles house.

The Muppets – One of 2011’s best brings Kermit and company out of retirement. Grand fun for audiences of all ages.

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