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    The Ten Best Movies of 2012

    By kyle | December 9, 2012

    Today Lou Lumenick and I have an argument in print about what the best films of 2012 are. As I did last year, I’m going to stick to mainstream movies in the print edition of the Post and supply a separate list of my top art-house picks of the year (movies like “The Ambassador,” “Monsieur Lazhar” and “Amour” that you may not have heard of). I thought “Amour” in particular was utterly devastating, hence effective, but I wouldn’t recommend it to most because it’s a stark look at aging, infirmity and death. That kind of thing isn’t what the ordinary person is looking for in a night at the movies.
    So here’s my list:

    10. The Dark Knight Rises
    9. Pitch Perfect
    8. 21 Jump Street
    7. Flight
    6. Ted
    5. Zero Dark Thirty
    4. Argo
    3. The Impossible
    2. Magic Mike
    1. Les Miserables

    Lou’s list:
    10. Bernie
    9. Frankenweenie
    8. Looper
    7. Amour
    6. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. The Sessions
    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Argo
    1. Moonrise Kingdom

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    6 Responses to “The Ten Best Movies of 2012”

    1. Maurice Says:
      December 9th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Just like last year, I like your list better than Lou’s. I was not overly fond of “Magic Mike” or “The Dark Knight Rises” but loved “Argo” and “Flight”. I look forward to “Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Impossible” and “Amour” – I expect one or more of these will be on my list as well. As for “Les Miserables”, I never saw it on stage but I love the story and the music and suspect my reaction will be similar to yours. I’m glad you named it number 1.

    2. SK Says:
      December 12th, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I’m hoping that “The Sambola! International Dance Craze” gets a best song Oscar nomination.

    3. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 12th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Why the affection for Magic Mike?

    4. TKP Says:
      January 1st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Have you posted the art-house list yet?

    5. kishke Says:
      January 9th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Ted was just unreal. Great choice.

    6. Mark Says:
      February 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Kyle, I made it my mission to see all the top 10 films on both your list and Lou’s, which was only 2 or 3 in total anyway.

      I just watched Magic Mike, and I found the emotional side of the film to be basically nonexistent. It was impeccably acted and filmed. But I don’t know, something just didn’t click for me. Why should I care if Magic Mike gets a bank loan? Since you thought it was the second best of 2012, maybe you can explain something that I’m just not getting and clear things up for me.