Weird Cool Dumb’s Top Movies Of 2012

MPAA Green Band2012 was a great year for movies. Let’s explore some of my favorites.

I saw 56 movies in 2012. 17 were new releases in theaters and the rest were an eclectic variety of films I hadn’t yet experienced. There were some disappoints and some flicks that I still haven’t had the opportunity to see, but overall it was a fun year of cinema.

Unlike reading where I set a goal of reading 25 books in a year, I simply try to see as many new releases as my budget/time allows and chip away at my gigantic backlog of “movies I need to watch”. Below are my top films I saw during 2012.

Top 3 2012 Releases

‘The Avengers’ directed by Joss Whedon

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From the beginning The Avengers seemed too good to be true. Joss Whedon, a geek-approved director known for Buffy, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible, was set to direct. All the actors from the stand-alone movies (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor) were returning. The film was given a huge budget. It seemed like so much of a lofty venture that it was bound to fail.

Nevertheless, it’s an extremely fun movie and exceeded expectations in many ways. The day after I saw it, I woke up and went back to the theater and saw it again – by myself. That’s how much I liked it.

‘Life of Pi’ directed by Ang Lee

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I love Yann Martel’s book and the movie is as good of an adaptation as I could have hoped for. The only thing that felt off was the portrayal of the writer by Rafe Spall (felt a little cheesy). Other than that, the cinematography was phenomenal and the film was great!

’21 Jump Street’ directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

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I haven’t seen 21 Jump Street since it was released in March of 2012, but I still remember laughing at it more than anything else I saw in theaters the entire year. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a surprisingly hilarious duo and the movie has an impressive amount of LPMs (laughs-per-minute). Also, the cameo at the end cemented it as one of my favorite recent comedies.

Obviously, I didn’t come close to seeing all of the movies that were released in 2012. In fact, I only saw six of My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012. Better luck in 2013!

Top 3 Documentaries

Below are three fantastic documentaries. I thoroughly recommend seeking these out! Each one will force you to look at different aspects of life and society in a new light.

‘The Century of the Self’ directed by Adam Curtis (BBC mini-series)

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This doc explores how the works of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays were/are used to control people.

‘We Live In Public’ directed by Ondi Timoner

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This doc tells the story of eccentric internet pioneer, Josh Harris, and centers around the loss of privacy in the internet age.

‘Ram Dass: Fierce Grace’ directed by Micky Lemle

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If you don’t know who Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) is, this is a must-watch. On the other hand, if you do know who he is, it’s still a must-watch.

Top Others

I saw these during 2012 and they are great.

  • ‘Win Win’ directed by Thomas McCarthy

  • ‘The Puffy Chair’ directed by┬áJay Duplass

  • ‘Midnight In Paris’ directed by Woody Allen’

One last thing, if you’re looking for something bizarre to watch, I strongly suggest checking out ‘Funky Forest: First Contact’.

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What were your top movies of 2012?

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