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.

9. Moonrise Kingdom

Another charming story from Wes Anderson.

8. Prometheus

This one also divided a lot of people, but I enjoyed it.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

A fitting end to the trilogy. Bane was/is truly menacing.

6. ParaNorman

The guys at LAIKA are rockstars. If you liked Coraline, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

5. The Avengers

It deserved all of its success. Great to see Joss Whedon hit a home run.

4. Wreck-It Ralph

The best animated film of the year. Sorry, Pixar.

3. Skyfall

What a way to return, 007. Can’t wait for the future.

2. Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis was absolutely astounding.

1. Argo

Fun, smart and stylish. Gotta give it up for Mr. Affleck.

Written by Kyle Ford

Husband. Father of several clowns. Product guy.