My outlet may have changed, but I couldn’t let 2012 end without continuing my tradition of listing my top 10 movies of the year. As I said when I published last year’s list on Crushable, note that these are not what I’m calling the best films of 2012, but the ones that most entertained me. And while I have a fair bit of experience as a film critic, often if the movie is more entertaining than masterful, it will still make an impact on me.
Where applicable, I’ve linked out to more in-depth reviews/features I wrote on each film, since here I can give you only a short blurb to convince you to rent all of these. Let’s jump right in!
Honorable Mentions: If I could’ve, I would’ve included all three of this year’s major superhero movies on the list, but that seemed somewhat redundant. Still, The Amazing Spider-Man reinvigorated the Spidey origin tale for me, and The Dark Knight Rises was eerily prescient regarding both Occupy Wall Street and Hurricane Sandy. As psyched as I was for Django Unchained, it hit all my expectations but didn’t exceed them.
Thanks to my Kindle and daily commute, I read a ton of books this year! Sure, some were comics trade paperbacks, but I count them all the same. (At the bottom is a guide to comic, Kindle book, and novel[las].) And somehow I cracked 50 under the wire, ending with a crappy chick-lit book I picked up in the Munich airport.
So why don’t we relive the books that educated and entertained me over the last twelve months? Plus, I’ve already started my 2012 list here!
1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
2. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
3. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins
4. Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle
7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Laundau-Banks by E. Lockhart
8. Skinny by Diana Spechler
9. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
10. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen