2012 Ten Best List


     I saw a tremendous improvement in the overall quality of films in 2012 over what seemed to be an underachieving 2011.  Having reviewed over 80 films in 2012, I gave an “A” grade to 17 of them.  Not only does this indicate that Hollywood stepped up this year, it also means my annual “Top 10” list was much tougher to assemble.  In 2011, I actually filled the final three spots with films I rated with “B” grades.  Not so this year, as we were treated to an outstanding array of films which displayed exceptional achievements in characterization, script, dialogue, and acting to go along with solid technical efforts.  In addition, 2012 had two films which I rated an “A+”, meaning they will contend for  a spot in my all time Top 100 Films.  So, without further, here is my list of the 10 best, as well as the 5 worst accompanied by a link to my original review for each film.


10.  CLOUD ATLAS - A    My Review


9.  THE IMPOSSIBLE - A   My Review


8.  LIFE OF PI - A   My Review


7.  MOONRISE KINGDOM - A   My Review


6.  SKYFALL - A    My Review


5.  FLIGHT - A   My Review


4.  SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - A   My Review


3.   ARGO - A   My Review


2.   DJANGO UNCHAINED - A+   My Review


1.   ZERO DARK THIRTY - A+   My Review



THE 5 WORST FILMS OF 2012

  1. THAT’S MY BOY - F-   My Review
  2. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION - F-   My Review
  3. THE DICTATOR - F   My Review
  4. 21 JUMP STREET - F   My Review
  5. TOTAL RECALL - D-   My Review