Best Films of 2012 [Chris]

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Dec 202012


Here are my [Chris Elena’s] picks for the best films of 2012. Instead of two lists, separating best cinema releases of the year and upcoming releases/festival flicks, I’ve decided to make it just as the one definitive list. It will include some films only shown in film festivals of this year but were still made accessible to audiences this year. The only condition I stick with is all the films included on the list HAD to be released after the first week in January to the end of December in 2012, so you’ll notice some films that were released in the U.S or other countries last year but we only got them this year.

It will merely be a list of the 20 best films I saw this year rather than writing a paragraph for each (much like Sam’s wonderful list). The reason for this being, the movies I truly loved, I reviewed and the ones I didn’t review are the few that should be seen without any prior explanation or description to it so your own opinion can be formed. Films like Django Unchained, This is 40 and other January picks will be saved for next year’s lists, but of course i’ll be reviewing them as soon as I can! It’s annoying more than anything to have to wait for releases that other countries get quite early so I only list and rate those that everyone had a chance to see this year.

Oh and as one known as ‘The Contrarian’ to popular opinions and such, I hope this list provides a surprise or two when you get a chance to glance at it. Whether that surprise is a nice one…or not.

So, without further adieu, my picks are after the jump.


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Best Films of 2012 [Sam]

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Dec 192012

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Here are my [Sam McCosh’s] picks for the best films in 2012. I have created two lists – one is the top 20 cinema releases, which is strictly made up of films which received a cinema release in Australia in 2012. The second list I have called ‘The Best of the Rest’ – this is  a list of 10 films which didn’t receive a 2012 Aus cinema release but I saw in 2012. These include festival films, direct-to-dvd titles and 2013 Aus cinema releases that I have already seen.

I have refrained from writing about the films, instead just choosing to publish a list of films. Most of the films I have reviewed already, and all of them I have tweeted or talked about at length. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me bleat on about them.

In March 2013 I will post my definitive Best of 2012 list – this gives me a chance to see some of the big 2012 films which have not been released in Aus yet (for example, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained). It is likely that this list will be a mash up of the two lists you’ll find on the next page, plus some 2012 releases that haven’t had an Aus cinema release yet.

Check out my picks after the jump!

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