The Absolute Best I Saw In 2012
The Big Omissions (the notable films that, for whatever reason, I missed and need to see): Amour, Argo, Robot & Frank, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty
-Your Sister’s Sister
-The Expendables 2
-Jeff, Who Lives At Home
10. CM Punk: Best In The World/Wreck-It Ralph
Because it was that good. It joins the very small collection of WWE home video releases that I would almost classify as “documentary” and not “E propaganda.” Almost. What Best in the World shows its viewer is how big of an egomaniacal, self-obsessed, world-is-against-me, prima donna CM Punk has become. It also shows that Punk has absolutely earned the right to be that way. Critically speaking from a “film” standpoint, this is far-and-away the best release the WWE has ever produced.
Wreck-It Ralph is the best non-Pixar effort Disney has made since Bolt. With a phenomenal voice-acting cast and a deliciously original plot, this sucker exceeded all expectations. With a director who worked on The Simpsons and Futurama during their best times and a nod to Metal Gear Solid, I’m not sure how it could have gone wrong. The scene of Ralph’s final act of heroism is one of my favorites, like, ever.
9. The Divide
I suppose we can call this my guilty pleasure movie of 2012. Xavier Gens’ dark, depressing tale doesn’t explain who, why, or when, but it does show the brutal, disturbing manner of how eight survivors deal with the post-apocalyptic scenario they’re faced with. By no means the most quality film of the year, but easily one that I found most memorable.
In 2011, Michael Dowse directed my guilty pleasure movie of that year, Take Me Home Tonight. His next film, Goon, presented one hell of a pleasant surprise. One of 2012’s most solid comedies, somehow, delivered some actual emotion and turned into quite the engaging piece (truth hurts, Julio). Notable performances from Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber pulled the whole shabang together. Continue reading