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Every 2012 Movie I’ve Watched, Ranked

It’s getting close to that time of the year when we’re flooded with Top 10, Best 10, Worst 10 and all sorts of other lists featuring people’s selections of this year’s films. I’m getting a jump on it by offering a look at ALL the movies I’ve watched this year (as well as a few still to see) and ranking them in various categories ranging from The Best to Good to Awful. I’ll update as the list of films in the “Still to Watch” category get seen. For now, this is what I’ve come up with…

*Updated categorized films denoted with asterisk.

Updated 1/15/13: New year, but finishing off the last bit of films that I didn’t get around to watching last year.  Added another movie to my Best Films list and a few get shuffled into the Pretty Good and Just OK sections. Next update will be the final one to this list as I sort out the last 10 films.

Updated 12/31: Before we slip into the new year, one last update for 2012. Welcome Silver Linings to the Best Films category while a few others get shuffled in the Pretty Good and Just OK areas. And then there’s Jack Reacher.

Updated 12/26: Two movies crack the Best Films category and a couple of Pretty Good films. Of course, the Just OKs and Not Very Good movies end up as the majority though. Bummer. But at least none of them made the Awful section. 26 movies still to watch, most of them on home video in January & February 2013.

Updated 12/7: Seven more movies sorted. Going to dive into some award contenders this upcoming week. Best Films could change a bit.

Updated 11/27: Eight more movies sorted out. None in the Best Films list, but Piranha 3DD lands where I expected it would.

Updated 11/12: Five more films get sorted out, including Skyfall, Lincoln and Silent House. Also added Pirates! which I had left off during the initial construction of this list and added *shudder* October Baby.

Updated 11/2: Not a good week for 2012 movies. Although one managed to surprise me.

Updated 10/26: One film joins the Best Films category, two in the Awful and a couple in the Just OK and Pretty Good files.


最高映画 – The films so good, they have me naming the category in my second tongue. BTW, that  kanji says “Saikou Eiga” meaning The Best Films.

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in A ROYAL AFFAIR.

A Royal Affair

The Raid: Redemption

Killer Joe


The Avengers


Seven Psychopaths

Moonrise Kingdom


The Master

21 Jump Street

Safety Not Guaranteed

Django Unchained

Zero Dark Thirty

Silver Linings Playbook

* Ruroni Kenshin


The Pretty Good – All in all I enjoyed these films. There’s a few guilty pleasures in here as well.

Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Beauty and the Beast 3D

Underworld: Awakening

The Secret World of Arrietty

Act of Valor


Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

The Cabin in the Woods


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


The Dark Knight Rises

Raiders of the Lost Ark: IMAX

Finding Nemo 3D

Beasts of the Southern Wild


Rust and Bone

Think Like a Man

The Invisible War

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Key of Life


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Girl in Progress

* The Sessions


The Just OK’s – Meh, saw these films once and don’t really need to or want to see them again. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t great either. Just, as the title says, OK.

Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano in HAYWIRE.


Miss Bala

The Grey

The Vow

Titanic 3D

Casa de Mi Padre

The Hunger Games

Men in Black III

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted


The Amazing Spider-Man

Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Expendables 2


Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Anna Karenina

Wreck-It Ralph

Lola Versus

Cloud Atlas

Jeff Who Lives At Home



Silent House

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


Rock of Ages

Thermae Romae

Aku no Kyoten (Lessons of Evil)

Craigslist Joe

Sadako 3D (Ring 3)

Life of Pi

Les Miserables

Chico & Rita

The Deep Blue Sea



The Woman in Black

* Ruby Sparks

* Tai Chi Zero


The Not Very Good – Getting into the forgettable movie category here. Either these movies lacked something (a decent story, characters, etc.) or my expectations were too high.

Kate Beckinsale in TOTAL RECALL.

Total Recall

Norwegian Wood


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Safe House

American Reunion


To Rome With Love

The Bourne Legacy


The Man with the Iron Fists


Turn Me On, Dammit!

The Lorax

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The Island President

Jack Reacher

This is 40


The Awful  – It takes a truly unpleasant movie to wind up in this category. I don’t expect a lot of films to fall this low, but unfortunately, some will.


Snow White and the Huntsman

Let the Bullets Fly

The Five Year Engagement

Man on a Ledge


October Baby

Piranha 3DD


Still To Watch: (These are on my way via DVD/discount theaters and will be sorted into the above categories after I finish watching them)


The Intouchables


Pitch Perfect

Searching for Sugar Man

Nitro Circus

Robot and Frank


Girl Model

End of Watch





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