For the record, I still haven’t had the opportunity to see “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Amour” or “Life of Pi” yet. This may threaten to make this best of list seem incomplete, but who really has the time to see every single movie that comes out in a single year anyway? I’m just glad that 2012 was a better year for movies than usual and that it gave me at least ten truly great films to make a list out of.
2012 was a year that saw the end of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the beginning of “The Hobbit,” Peter Jackson’s long awaited return to Middle Earth. It was also the year where the last “Twilight” movie was released, but I couldn’t care less about that. Furthermore, it was filled with a surprising number of movies about real life events we all knew the outcomes to, and yet they were still riveting to watch from beginning to end.
But what dominated our attention for a good portion of this year were the horrific shootings at a school in Newton, Connecticut and at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. It once again got many people to wonder if there’s a connection to the violence we see in movies and what happened in those American cities (newsflash folks, there isn’t). I figured we all sorted that out after the tragedy that unfolded at Columbine High School years ago, but sadly many still think that it has to do with what people watch. How about we consider doing more research into mental health issues and look at doing more about gun control? Wait a minute, forget about gun control. Let’s talk about bullet control instead, how does that sound?
Anyway, here are my picks for the best movies of 2012.