I saw a lot of movies this year, and not all of them were from this year, but I am making my list of my top 10 favorite films that I saw this year, not the top ten made this year, and not even the top ten technically best films I saw this year, these
are the ten movies I enjoyed the most this year.
10) The Sessions, released in 2012 and earning an Oscar nomination for Helen Hunt in the process, a performer who I can't usually stand but loved in this movie, The Sessions tells the story of a
quadripalegic man who wants to experience sexual pleasure and the woman who helps him to do it. It is an extremely well done film and the two lead performances from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes are both incredible. The film is funny, sad, and all
9) The Evil Dead, I love good horror and this film is everything you would want a remake of the Evil Dead with a bigger budget to be, gory, ultraviolent, funny, scary, and relentlessly entertaining, one of the best horror films of the
8) Take This Waltz, also released in 2012, this is an incredible film with amazing performances from Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, and who would have thought Sarah Silverman, her final scene is breathtaking and real, anyone who has ever dealt
with any sort of addiction problems will be floored, but this is a love story and a story about the power of desire to blind us to what is real in love, this is a story about so many things and only serves to further prove Sarah Polley as one of the best writer
directors working today.
7) Stories We Tell, another Sarah Polley film, this time a documentary, this one a different sort of observation on love and family. I was riveted from start to finish and I have not met anyone who has seen this who didn't
absolutely love it, it is currently sweeping the year end documentary awards and rightly so.
6) Prisoners, watched this last night and if I gave this list a few days it would probably move up even further as it is the type of movie that really needs
time to sink in. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall have never been my favorite actors but they have never been better than they are in this movie and the plot is very intricate and holds up under scrutiny, very well done
5) The Purge, again I love
horror and this one may not be full blooded horror but it is a great little piece of genre film making, suspenseful, dramatic, well acted and never excessively violent or gory, I loved this movie, truly entertaining withoout a single boring moment and it never
overstays its welcome.
4) Sinister, again a film released in 2012 but I didn't see it until this past winter, one of the creepiest films I have seen in a long time, the scene with Ethan Hawke walking down the hall while all the spirits of the dead children
are darting behind him makes my skin crawl every time I see it, well written, well acted, well paced and well directed
3) The To Do List, I loved this movie, and not just because I was in high school at the same time the movie takes place, it is laugh
out loud funny but also has characters that you care about, the scene at the end with Wind Beneath My Wings is still playing over and over in my head
2) The Conjuring, this was going to be my number one but then another movie came along, this is without
a doubt the best horror film of at least the past twenty years. The acting is top notch, Vera Farmiga and Lilli Taylor give full bodied and emotional performance, the effects are all practical and the scares will make you scream out loud, there is little
or no violence and little or no gore, it is a haunted house movie that you will never forget.
1) Dallas Buyers Club, quite simply the most emotionally resonant film I have seen in a long time with astounding performances all around but featuring the
most heartbreaking and charismatic performance you are likely to see this year or any year in Jared Leto's portrayal of Rayon, and it is in his least showy scenes that he really delivers. I was floored by this film, and if Leto doesn't take home an Oscar
they will no longer hold any relevance for me.