Since year-end lists are so beloved (sassy wink/high five), I thought I’d take a stab at ranking my favorite theatrical releases of 2012. I’m ranking the films solely on the enjoyment they gave me (regardless of if they’re well-reviewed Oscar contenders, popular favorites or polarizing oddballs). My apologies to those I haven’t seen yet (Looper, Django Unchained, etc.). Here goes…
10. Cloud Atlas
The aforementioned polarizing oddball. I generally enjoyed it, and was blown away by its ambition. It also didn’t cause my wife to fall asleep during an evening show, which is a pretty major accomplishment.
Another charming story from Wes Anderson.
This one also divided a lot of people, but I enjoyed it.
A fitting end to the trilogy. Bane was/is truly menacing.
5. The Avengers
It deserved all of its success. Great to see Joss Whedon hit a home run.
The best animated film of the year. Sorry, Pixar.
What a way to return, 007. Can’t wait for the future.
Daniel Day-Lewis was absolutely astounding.
Fun, smart and stylish. Gotta give it up for Mr. Affleck.