BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2012

2012 wasn't a bad year for movies. but it was one of the weakest ones in recent memory. there were definitely some really good films to pick from, but looking back at my "best of" lists of years past, 2012 doesn't quite match up to some of those great collections.

thinking about the year in film, my big takeaway was that 2012 was the year of the comedy! no, you won't see a comedy at #1 on my "best of the year" list, but what stood out for me as i looked back on the year in film was how many good comedies i had seen.

normally i am happy to see maybe 2 or 3 good comedies in a year - if that. but in 2012 i actually quite enjoyed a lot of them, be it slapstick, romantic, dark, etc...

now you won't see all of these films in my "best of" or "honorable mentions" lists, but...

Wanderlust surprised me (i went in expecting a one hippie joke movie). then there was Bernie, The Watch, Sleepwalk With Me, The Campaign, 21 Jump Street, Project X and The Dictator. and on the Romantic side The Five-Year Engagement, Think Like A Man, Safety Not Guaranteed, Silver Linings Playbook, Moonrise Kingdom and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. on the darker side we had God Bless America and Seven Psychopaths. and would you consider Django Unchained a comedy?

as always, here is a list of some of the films i wasn't able to see before making my best and worst lists, so if you don't see them there that could be why: Cloud Atlas, John Carter, Prometheus, Life Of Pi, The Queen Of Versailles, Bully, Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Man With The Iron Fists, Robot And Frank, Les Miserable, Anna Kerenina

DON'T FORGET (the best)

  1. END OF WATCH
  2. JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME/AMOUR
  3. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK/MOONRISE KINGDOM
  4. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
  5. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS/ZERO DARK THIRTY
  6. ARGO
  7. RED LIGHTS
  8. INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
  9. SAFTEY NOT GUARANTEED/DJANGO UNCHAINED
  10. GOD BLESS AMERICA/THE MASTER

don't forget (honorable mention): Lincoln, Magic Mike, Thin Ice, Arbitrage, Sleepwalk With Me, 21 Jump Street, Savages, Dark Horse, The Words, The Watch, Goats, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Skyfall, The Raid Redemption, Meeting Evil, Marley, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Dictator, Butter, The Sessions, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,

FORGET (the worst)

  1. FREELANCERS
  2. DARK TIDE
  3. FIRE WITH FIRE/HIJACKED
  4. LOCKOUT
  5. GONE
  6. ONE FOR THE MONEY/A THOUSAND WORDS
  7. BATTLESHIP
  8. LOL/THE AGGRESSION SCALE
  9. SAFE/SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
  10. THE LUCKY ONE

BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2011

2011 was more about mystery and questions. there was the more standard mysteries, like Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and a film like Wrecked that had the main character trying to figure out what had happened to him. then you had A Separation, with the 'he said, she said' mystery that will probably have you switching sides on who you think is telling the truth more than once. then there was Certified Copy which takes a turn half way through that I am still not sure what to make of. and don't forget Shame, which never gives you the easy answers to the character's actions.

2011 was an interesting year as far as determining the "best of" list. most years there is one, or maybe two, films that jump out at me the moment i see them and i know they are going to be top of the list. this year was different. while there wasn't one film that had to be number one the minute i saw it, there were five that all felt like they could be number one at one time or another... in fact, the top 5 on the "best of" list all gave me 'number 1 spot' thoughts and those 5 spots were all being adjusted right up until the moment i recorded the podcast.

as always, before we get to the lists, i will mention some of the films i just didn't get a chance to see and so, obviously couldn't be considered for the list: The Descendants, The Guard, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Adventures Of Tin-Tin, Melancholia, The Skin I Live In, Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Dangerous Method, War Horse, Young Adult

DON'T FORGET (the best)

  1. A SEPERATION
  2. HUGO
  3. DRIVE
  4. SHAME
  5. CERTIFIED COPY
  6. SUBMARINE
  7. GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  8. IDES OF MARCH/MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
  9. THE TREE OF LIFE
  10. THE ARTIST/MEEKS CUTOFF

don't forget (honorable mention): Hesher, Rampart, 13 Assassins, Cedar Rapids, Being Elmo, Wrecked, Like Crazy, Margin Call, Moneyball, Fast Five, Take Shelter, Contagion, Rango, The Trip, Beginners, Win-Win

FORGET (the worst)

  1. Abduction
  2. The Resident
  3. The Green Lantern/Killer Elite
  4. Tactical Force
  5. The Roommate
  6. Beastly/I Am Number 4
  7. 5 Days Of War
  8. Trespass
  9. Final Destination 5
  10. The Smurfs

BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2010

well folks, it is january again and we all know what that means.... time to start breaking those new years resolutions and time to check out the Filmed But Not Forgotten lists of the best and worst movies of 2010.

this was maybe the hardest year, since i started the website/podcast, to narrow down my top 10. not because the films were so much better this year than any other. but moreso because i saw a whole lot more films this year, so had a lot more to choose from (this also gave me many more options for the worst of the year list).

the top two spots on both lists haven't changed since i saw each of those films, but the rest of the lists - especially the best of - have seen lots of movement over the last weeks. there are even a few films in the "honorable mention" section that were on the list until just a few days ago.

what stood out for me this year was the almost complete disappointments with the big budget flicks. stuff like Tron, Prince Of Persia and The Last Airbender were all beyond disappointing. but, on the up side were the documentaries.

and there were all kinds - from the follow-someone-around format of the joan rivers doc to the classic biography format of the hugh hefner story to Catfish and Exit Through The Gift Shop, two films that took very different turns from where they originally started. for me this was the stand out genre for 2010 in fact you will notice four docs in the best of list and one in the honorable mention section.

even though i saw a lot of movies this year, there are still some i wasn't able to get to before making my selections. so, as always, before you ask me why some film didn't make it, here are some of the ones i haven't seen that look to be making other top lists: Barney's Version, Inside Job, The King's Speech, The Tempest, Biutiful, Somewhere, The Ghost Writer, Shutter Island, I Am Love, The Tillman Story, Blue Valentine...

DON'T FORGET (the best)

  1. GREENBERG
  2. THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES
  3. TOY STORY 3
  4. JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK/HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST & REBEL
  5. MICMACS
  6. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
  7. DOGTOOTH
  8. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE/SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
  9. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFTSHOP/CATFISH
  10. THE AMERICAN/THE SOCIAL NETWORK

don't forget (honorable mention): Enter The Void, The Fighter, Kick Ass, Black Swan, Inception, The Disappearence Of Alice Creed, Winters Bones, 127 Hours, The Other Guys, Get Him To The Greek, 22nd Of May, Wasted On The Young, Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, A Prophet

FORGET (the worst)

  1. THE BACK-UP PLAN
  2. THE LAST AIRBENDER
  3. THE PRINCE OF PERSIA
  4. TRON: LEGACY
  5. FURRY VENGENCE
  6. CHLOE
  7. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
  8. THE BOUNTY HUNTER
  9. JONAH HEX
  10. COLD FISH

BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2009

looking back, 2009 was a good year overall. however, that overall positive average comes from a rather okay to disappointing big blockbusters and general cinema-near-you fair, to a good to great smaller film and surprise blockbuster year...

the summer blockbuster season was generally a disappointment with films like Watchmen, Terminatore and Transformers all ending up on the "worst of" list. and how can we forget Avatar (i know it wasn't a summer release). sure, it was a huge sucess money-wise and with many critics, but it wasn't a good movie... there were some successesthough, like Star Trek, Inglourious Basterds and District 9 - but even then, you look at the budget for District 9 at $30 million and that is almost independent film budget level.

on the other hand, many of the smaller/foreign/independent/less-publicized films that grabbed my interest ended up living up to expectations - which is often not the case (with the exception of the painfully disappointing The Limits Of Control of course).

like i always say: i can't see everything. so, now is time to list some of the films that have been making the rounds on other list, and garnering awards nominations, that i hadn't seen when i put mine together. they include:

Crazy Heart, Up In The Air, State Of Play, Bright Star, A Single Man, Moon, Anvil: The Story Of Anvil, The Cove, Public Enemies, Me And The Orson Wells, Food Inc....

with all that being said, let the listing begin......

DON'T FORGET (BEST)

  1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
  2. A SERIOUS MAN
  3. HUMPDAY
  4. HUNGER
  5. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER
  6. IN THE LOOP
  7. DISTRICT 9/I'M NOT YOUR FRIEND
  8. FANTASTIC MR. FOX
  9. WORKD'S GREATEST DAD
  10. BRONSON

don't forget (honorable mention): Up, Where The Wild Things Are, Away We Go, Precious, Star Trek, I Love You Man, Tyson, Adventurland, The White Ribbon, FAQ About Time Travel

FORGET (WORST) 

  1. TERMINATOR SALVATION
  2. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
  3. SURROGATES
  4. THE LIMITS OF CONTROL
  5. G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
  6. WATCHMEN
  7. ANGELS AND DEMONS
  8. THE INVENTION OF LYING
  9. GAMER
  10. AVATAR

BEST AND WORST FILMS OF 2008

i kind of feel bad for 2008.  i mean, having to follow 2007 is like being an amateur comic at a comedy club and having chris rock pop in to do a set just before you go on - no matter how good your material is, it just isn't going to be as good...

2007 was one of the best years for movies in a long long time.  not only did you have two films, No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, that i would not hesitate to call masterpieces, but then there was Juno, Eastern Promises, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly and Once which were all excellent films that all could have easily been 'best films of the year' almost any other year.

2008 however, turned out to be a good year all around, although up until the last couple months of the year, except for a few standouts, it wasn't looking like that was the case.  but, these last couple months have brought with them some quality films, and in the end i actually had a little bit of a hard time narrowing down my list.

and finally, i will mention, as i always do, the films that i haven't seen, as i put my lists together, that seem to be making other top lists: Seven Pounds, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Australia, Ballast, The Class, Rachel Getting Married, Happy Go Lucky, Waltz With Bashir, W., The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Paranoid Park, Baghead and My Winnipeg.

let the listing begin...

DON'T FORGET (BEST)

  1. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
  2. THE FALL/THE CLASS(ENTRE LES MURS)
  3. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
  4. THE DARK KNIGHT
  5. THE WRESTLER
  6. MILK
  7. YOUNG PEOPLE FUCKING
  8. MAN ON WIRE
  9. TROPIC THUNDER
  10. TELL NO ONE/WENDY AND LUCY

don't forget (honorable mention): Teeth,  The Wackness, Elegy, Frost/Nixon, Wall-E, Be Kind Rewind, Body Of Lies, Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired, Synecdoche New York,

FORGET (WORST) 

  1. RIGHTEOUS KILL
  2. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  3. JUMPER
  4. VANTAGE POINT
  5. 21
  6. WANTED
  7. THE DAY THE EARTCH STOOD STILL
  8. THE INCREDIBLE HULK
  9. UNTRACEABLE
  10. BURN AFTER READING