Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top 10 Films For 2012

After much deliberation, my year-end list (of favorite films) is now up and running. Although not every titles I have chosen here are necessarily considered by critics and moviegoers as part of their top rankings, nevertheless, I've enjoyed watching them. Somehow they were able to surpassed my expectations and had surprised me in the most uncanny manner so I went ahead and go with my feelings and this is how it played out - as you can see it is entirely subjective. It took me a long while before I was able to come up with my top 10 - except for Amour who is my number one on the get-go - there are titles that I haven't seen such as Carax' Holy Motors that I probably should have before I wrote this one, but anyway I am satisfied with the outcome. The list is long overdue so let's get it started now.

Honorable Mentions
Django Unchained - As expected from Tarantino, his script is always exceedingly well-written and ingenious. Although I am a self-confessed fan of his overall ouvre, unfortunately, I have no love for Spaghetti Westerns. 

Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson has proven once more that he is a one unique egg. The whole concept of this movie is interesting - the children acting like adults and the adults acting like children is fascinating, and the idea that there is someone out there compatible with your 'weirdness' is really romantic. However, it just so happens that there are other films I prefer over this. Tough luck!

Beasts of the Southern Wild - I have to play guilty on this - I am not a fan of "poverty porn or poor-nography" simply because it makes me sad. I live in a third world country and I see poverty on a daily basis so I don't need to be reminded of that - especially on cinema. However, the endearing story and its marvelous acting is something I cannot take away from this movie. 

Films that I still haven't seen that could have made this list:
Rust & Bone, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pieta, The Sessions, Seven Psychopaths 

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