It’s almost a new year, and my plan to write at least one entry per month is ruined. No particular reason, other than I’ve got nothing interesting to write. As simple as that.

But I thought a tradition of writing some of the best movies I’ve watch in a year should continue.

I must admit, that I wasn’t able to watch as much movies as I wanted to. Even as I wrote this entry, some movies that could be a contender in this list – I haven’t yet to watch – like the Hobbit for example. Or Cloud Atlas, Django Unchained , etc.

But alas, here’s the list – and I hope you some of it fits in yours as well.

  1. The Raid: Redemption
    the raid

Unrelenting action scenes? Check. Beautifully choreographed fighting? Check. Bullets flying, punches, kicks and chokes – let’s not forget those knives slashing? Lots of breathtaking intensity? Check. Indonesian movies made it big worldwide? Holy fucking check!

It’s refreshing to see a young director such as Gareth Evans manage to direct this wonderful piece of martial art movie with restrained budget – but the result manage to wow the audience; even those in Hollywood. I must give huge credit to his dynamic directing style and camera works – but also owing thanks to the talent of Iko Uwais and Yaya Ruhian.

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for their next movie.

  1. The Avengers
    the avangers

Let’s admit it, Marvel have done it. Combining themes, where superheroes are more closely to our logical approach with a touch of mystical lore is done brilliantly by Joss Whedon.

Whedon combined well, these heroes from different franchise. Good plot, great action scene, and not forgetting heart and humor. And of course, he killed a favorite character.

Take note DC, this is how you make a connected world of superheroes.

  1. Looper

It’s the Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s prosthetic nose. And let’s admit it, original sci-fi is rare this days.

  1. The Life of Pi

This is a brilliant visual and heartfelt story telling by Ang Lee.

You’ll witness the strength of human spirit, albeit the tragedy that befalls. And worth noting is the compelling interaction between Suraj Sharma (Pi) with the CG companions. Captivating from start to finish.

  1. The Cabin in the Woods

This movie is mocking every stereotype, every usual suspect, every rehearsed scene in horror movies, and toys with it.

With unique story, and outstanding monsters gallery – the suspense will bind you to your chair.

  1. The Dark Knight Rises

Dear Anna Hathaway, I thought you’d ruin it. But I’m glad I was wrong. Not particularly epic closure for the Nolan’s trilogy, but still – I consider this as one of the best in 2012.

But one note, should DC want to pursue THE JUSTICE LEAGUE – this Batman will not fit the team.

  1. Wreck it Ralph

With Brave from Pixar fall kind of short to my expectation. Wreck it Ralph prove to be the contrary. The gamer boy in me squeals in every video games character making a scene or popping up as a cameo.

The story is pretty simple. But it is still visually stunning, with great voice acting as well.

  1. 21 Jump Street

Someone shot a man’s penis off. Enough said.

But really, this is definitely the best action comedy in 2012. Who would have thought? That a simple act of adaptation and generation gap can be hilarious?

  1. Skyfall

I thought this was the best movie in Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond.
A battle weary Bond against a villain (Javier Bardem) who appears in very casual manner, but has this chilling terrifying and gripping persona about him.

Gritty and very much remind me that Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond ever.

  1. End of Watch

411 times the use of word “fuck”. And the fact that this is one good buddy cop drama.

  1. Paranorman

I honestly thought that compared to Coraline, this one was a bit fall behind.
But it also addresses how youngster dealt with death, and adult that won’t listen – very well. A case of misunderstanding if I can say that.

A rare theme for animated movie these days and for that alone – this one fit the list.

So there you go. My best movies of 2012.
What’s yours?

4 thoughts on “Winning Eleven: Best movies 2012

    1. Thanks for your comment – Hunger Games is definitely worth watching. But I’m not familiar with the last three. I suppose they are Indian movies? Those weren’t played here in Indonesia 😦

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