Rating My 2012 in Movies

The old year has ended, friends, and as usual, I didn’t see as many new films as I would have hoped. But I did see several, and by way of discussion, I’d like to share that list with you. These are the movies from 2012 that I saw, ranked in order of preference. TV movies and Direct-To-DVD features are included. (NOTE: Order of PREFERENCE, not an objective measure of QUALITY. I may recognize, for instance, that Citizen Kane is a BETTER Orson Welles film than, say, The Muppet Movie, but I’d rather watch Kermit the Frog and company every time.

So, from my favorite 2012 film to the least:

1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. The Avengers
3. The Cabin in the Woods
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
5. Skyfall
6. Les Miserables
7. Django Unchained
8. Brave
9. The Hunger Games
10. Chronicle
11. Superman Vs. The Elite
12. Justice League: Doom
13. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
14. The Amazing Spider-Man
15. The Expendables 2
16. John Carter
17. Looper
18. Men in Black 3
19. Act of Valor
20. Prometheus
21. Red Tails
22. The Lorax
23. A Christmas Story 2
24. Finding Mrs. Claus
25. Silent House
26. Total Recall
27. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
28. Project X
29. The Woman in Black
30. Rock of Ages

Clearly, there are several films I wanted to see that I haven’t yet. Notable absences include Lincoln, Wreck-It-Ralph, Argo, and Life of Pi.


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Blake M. Petit. Author. Podcaster. Teacher. Actor. Geek Pundit.

Posted on January 2, 2013, in Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m curious to hear why you ranked The Dark Knight Rises over Avengers. Granted they are two drastically different movies – but I didn’t think TDKR was THAT good of a movie. Definitely solid. I thought there were some significant plot issues (mostly around Bruce Wayne abandoning The Batman) and pacing issues (the whole first half of the story.)

    • A fair question. I think it comes down to the fact that the Avengers — while a great movie — feels like the beginning of a grand experiment. Which is impressive, to be certain. But I’m more impressed when somebody sticks the landing. So many movie franchises stumble at the end — I would argue, in fact, that the Dark Knight trilogy is the first superhero franchise to actually put out three really good installments in a row. It’s not a perfect film, no, but I didn’t have any major problems with it either. Even the bit about Bruce walking away didn’t bother me. I wouldn’t accept that in the DC Universe, at all, but for this alternate interpretation of the character, I think it fits the universe that Christopher Nolan created.

      I guess that’s what it boils down to. I’m more impressed by a good ending than a good beginning.

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