My 50 favorite films I watched in 2012

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1.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ This destroyed me. Probably never going to watch it again (I don't know if I could), but obviously the best film I watched in 2012. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
2.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Exceptionally original and interesting. It makes you pay attention, and I love films like that. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
3.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ I don't know why it took me so long to watch this. Hype is deserved. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
4.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I was under the impression Ed Wood was Burton's best film, but I think this trumps it. Damn near perfect. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
5.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ Chbosky's novel is probably my favorite book of all time, and I don't know if he could have done a better job with the adaptation. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
6.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Best and most original horror movie of the year and the decade thus far. Not sure if it can be surpassed, either. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
7.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Easily could change you as a person. Damn. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
8.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ I don't know if it's possible for me to hate a movie about time travel, especially one this good. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
9.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Another Tarantino masterpiece. The man can do no wrong. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
10.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Perhaps a step down from the magical Fantastic Mr. Fox, but that's the only negative thing I can say about it. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
11.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids. (89 mins.)
Director: Eli Craig
“ Uproariously hilarious and clever, and endlessly watchable. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
12.
Adaptation. (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Boy howdy, I love Charlie Kaufman. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
13.
Like Crazy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (90 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
“ No film I watched this year surprised me more than this did. The (500) Days of Summer of 2011. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
14.
Wait Until Dark (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. (108 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ I enjoyed this more than most Hitchcock films I've watched. Fantastic suspense film. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
15.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ More deserving of the Best Picture Oscar than The King's Speech and The Hurt Locker in my opinion. Lovely. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
16.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Anybody who doesn't like Frank Capra movies isn't a good person. Simple as that. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
17.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ I actually might enjoy the book more, but still super good. Performances are perfect. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
18.
The Last American Virgin (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized... (92 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
“ Transcends the '80s sex-comedy genre it's been lumped into. How this isn't considered a classic alongside John Hughes' best films is beyond me. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
19.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ Cooper and Lawrence, neither of which I was particularly fond of before this, are both pitch-perfect. Watch out for this during the Oscar season. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
20.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ This is the best Chaplin film I've seen thus far, and it might never be topped. Warms your soul. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
21.
50/50 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors performing today, and he carries this one. Funny, sad, and uplifting. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
22.
Stitches (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap. (86 mins.)
Director: Conor McMahon
“ This needs to become a cult classic. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
23.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Yeah, get it, Pacino. This is great, quintessential 70's filmmaking. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
24.
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ D'awh. This is great. Just great. Beautiful animation as well. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
25.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Unlike anything you've ever seen. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
26.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Even Kubrick's "worst" film is damn great. And I don't even like Cruise and Kidman. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
27.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ Favorite documentary I've seen this year. Thought-provoking, though I'd think twice before I recommended it to someone. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
28.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ Swinton oozes perfection. And Ezra Miller is going to be a star. Not a fun watch, though. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
29.
Wings of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ The ending's a cop-out, but beautifully filmed and very well-done. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
30.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (109 mins.)
“ Hilarious. Way better than it should be. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
31.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Chaplin spitting in the face of Hitler. Culturally important and just a great film. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
32.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Gets that apocalyptic feeling down perfectly. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
33.
Attack the Block (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
“ What fun I had watching this. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
34.
God Bless America (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. (105 mins.)
“ Feels a little too preachy and too much like a stand-up comedy routine, but still overcomes its flaws and is a great watch. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
35.
Super (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. (96 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ Probably the most unhinged film I watched this year. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
36.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
“ Much, much better than I expected it to be. Cast is great. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
37.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ Made me dislike the MPAA more than I already did. Great whistle-blowing documentary. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
38.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
“ Michelle Williams is delightfully charming and gives a fabulous performance. Enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
39.
Trick or Treat (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Sammi Curr was a famous, devil-worshiping rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio wave & automobiles and making a few human sacrifices. (98 mins.)
“ So '80s. Should be a Halloween tradition to watch this one. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
40.
The First Turn-On!! (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A group of teenage summer campers and one counselor share the stories of their first sexual experiences when an avalanche traps them in a cave... (88 mins.)
“ I'm a big Troma fan, but I'd never checked out their early sex-comedies. Now I've seen most every one and this is their best. Perfectly clever and dumb simultaneously. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
41.
Getting Lucky (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
School nerd Bill just wants to save the world and to score a date with cheerleader babe Chrissie Schackler... (85 mins.)
“ One of the most out-there teen comedies ever made. Ridiculous, and awesome. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
42.
Little Darlings (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp. (96 mins.)
“ Great character study on sex, with really good performances by up-and-comers. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
43.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Makes you want to be all involved in government and stuff. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
44.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
“ Easily the best Jaws rip-off ever made. And one of the most fun monster movies I've ever seen. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
45.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (120 mins.)
“ Perhaps not exemplary Hitchcock, but it's still a good suspense thriller and you can't say no to Jimmy Stewart. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
46.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
“ Wish Adam Sandler made more movies like this and less movies like everything else he's made. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
47.
The Malibu Bikini Shop (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Two brothers who have just graduated from college inherit a bikini store from their aunt. (99 mins.)
Director: David Wechter
“ I'm a sucker for '80s sex-comedies, and this is one of the best of them. Deserves more of a cult following. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
48.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
“ Such a heartwarming little movie. Might be a little less heartwarming after the whole Kevin Clash lawsuit thing, but whatevs. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
49.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. (144 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ A rare good performance by Keanu Reeves, and with an original plot. Rosemary's Baby-lite. ” - yourmotheratemydog715
 
50.
Help! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ These Beatles movies were way better than they had to be. Silly fun. ” - yourmotheratemydog715