2012 was a great year for movies, but then again, I'd argue every year is a great year for movies. Chicago critic Richard Roeper once said saying there are no good films out is like saying there are no good books in a bookstore. Of course there are; you just need to look around sometimes.
Thus, let's take one final look at the best movies 2012 had to offer. Some of my choices took a little bit of searching; others were hiding in plain sight. But they were all incredible (except for my bottom five movies of the year, which were incredible for other, less commendable reasons). So, with no further ado, I present a year in cinematic successes, as well as a few cinematic sins.
Top 10 Films of 2012
10. "Django Unchained"
As of writing this article, it's been less than 12 hours since I walked out of my particular showing of "Django Unchained." But I don't need a ton of time to determine that Quentin Tarantino's latest historical revenge epic is one of the most entertaining, unique and strangely satisfying films of the year. It's violent (delivering not one but two blood-soaked finales), it's profane and it's indulgent. "Django Unchained" is also brilliantly performed – Christoph Waltz is the bacon of the cinematic world: He makes everything better – and beautifully photographed, featuring dialogue that sings and a finessed balance of hilarious comedy, intense drama and brutal violence. It's a brave feature that feels like a Tarantino film, which is to say it feels like nothing else you've seen.
Science fiction is like my pet genre; I love it, even when it chews up my shoes, gets into the garbage, sheds on the couch and goes to the bathroom all over the house. There's plenty of bad sci-fi, but when it goes right, nothing makes my brain happier. Enter "Looper." Writer-director Rian Johnson creates a tantalizing, twisty time-travel tale that smartly blends several genres with a human story about people coping with their pasts, their futures and themselve…Read more...