It’s that time of the year to put out the annual top ten list. After much scrutinizing, I finally feel like I’ve seen everything I need to fill out my top ten. Links to the films I’ve previously written a full review of are provided…I will start with the 6 honorable mentions I have this year, in no order:
…These honorable mentions are the films that were in consideration up until the last minute but just barely missed the cut.
- 10. Rust and Bone
- 9. The Impossible
- 8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- 7. Django Unchained
- 6. Cabin in the Woods
- 5. Safety Not Guaranteed
- 4. Zero Dark Thirty
- 3. The Dark Knight Rises
- 2. Life of Pi
- 1. Cloud Atlas
Powerful. Heartbreaking. Superbly acted. Rust and Bone tells the triumphant story of man’s will to survive against all odds
A fascinating true story of a family determined to survive a devastating natural disaster. This is a disaster movie that puts Roland Emmerich to shame, in both special effects and human emotion.
A refreshingly charming coming of age tale. Somewhere, John Hughes is watching this film and smiling.
A brutal, blood-soaked revenge tale from Quentin Tarantino. Wildly entertaining and hilarious. Revisionist history at its best.
I shouldn’t say anything about this movie. It is really good.
A great little indie/sci-fi film. An exploration of what it takes to trust someone rejected by society and believe in the impossible. Tremendous emotional payoff at the end.
Completely mesmerizing from start to finish. Outstanding acting and directing. The best and most tense final act of a movie you will see this year.
Blew me away. Obviously not as good as The Dark Knight but what is? If you say The Avengers, you’re wrong. Nolan has completed the perfect Batman trilogy.
Gorgeous, profound, visually spectacular and the best film I’ve seen in 3D to date. Life of Pi has it all. Come for the adventure, and stay for the enlightenment. Ang Lee’s best.
Six different stories weave their way through this epic tale and seamlessly connect both plotwise and thematically. Groundbreaking editing. So beautiful and ambitious. An absolute blast to watch. The best movie of the year.