Looking back at 2012, it has been an interesting year for film. We’ve seen major blockbusters like Moonrise Kingdom, The Avengers, The Life of Pi, ParaNorman and great independent and foreign films like Silver Linings Playbook, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Imposter. With so many great films, falling into different genres and appealing to different audiences, how do you decide which are the best? Below, take a look at the front runners in film for the past year.
– Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. This IFC film takes a look at the life of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist who is internationally acclaimed. The film gets into the challenges of a bold artist living in modern China.
– Argo. This Ben Affleck flick was a major hit this year. The film portrays the Iranian hostage crisis and brings new light to the operation lead by Tony Mendez to free the American people who were hiding out at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence in Iran.
– Moonrise Kingdom. Anytime Wes Anderson takes on a story, it becomes a favorite. His quirky directing style appeals to audiences. This coming of age film tells the story of two young kids who run away together and fall in love. Starring Anderson’s usual crew, plus a few exciting additions, it’s not a movie to be missed.
– The Dark Knight Rises. The final instillation of Nolan’s Batman Saga was a major film in 2012. It’s been eight years since the Dark Knight disappeared. He is forced out of retirement when Bane, a masked terrorist starts to terrorize the city of Gotham.
– Marvel’s The Avengers. This major blockbuster is everything you hope it would be. Nick Fury brings together a team of super heroes that form The Avengers. They work to save the planet from Loki and his army.
– Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow’s new film about the hunt and capture of Osama Bin Laden. This chilling film is certainly a movie to see, starring Chris Prat and Jason Clarke.
-Flight. This popular film is about a pilot who saves a nose-diving commercial flight, but his success is tainted by his alcoholism and drug use. Denzel Washington portrays the main character with a masterful performance.
– Lincoln. This historical movie about January to April of 1865, which highlights the time between Lincoln’s re-election until his assassination and his work to get the 13th amendment accepted into the constitution.
-Les Miserables. This blockbuster film tells the classic story of The Miserables. This French story has been seen on the stage for 27 years, by more than 60 million people in 42 different countries. Now you can see it like never before.
There are many, many great films of 2012. These are just a few that turned heads this past year. What are your favorite films from this year? Leave a comment below and share.