The top ten movies of 2012 – Brad's list

I feel that 2012 had more good movies than other years, but it didn’t have as many great movies as what we’ve seen in previous years.  It was a good year for movies, but I feel it was missing that one mind blowing movie that we usually get every year.  But below is my list of the ten best movies of 2012 and I’d like to point out that although I’m generally considered a movie snob, almost all of the movies below were mainstream, big budget films.

Don’t forget to check out Nathan’s top ten movies of 2012 for a different take on the year’s best.

10. TED – My ten spot is always reserved for the movie I had a blast watching, but wouldn’t necessarily consider a “good” movie.  This year, TED fits that description perfectly.  The talking bear had me rolling throughout and it’s one that I could re-watch over and over.  It also deserves special recognition for making me like Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane.

Christmas box office: Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

9. LES MISERABLES – Of all the movies on this list, LES MISERABLES is probably the one I fought with the most.  On one hand, I enjoyed the grandness of it all, but on the other hand, I think director Tom Hooper made some questionable decisions.  But the great performances from Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman place it on the top ten.

8. PROMISED LAND – The Matt Damon and John Krasinski film seems to have gotten lost in the Oscar shuffle, but I liked the environmental message and great performance from Damon.  It’s a “nice” film in that it’s important without being preachy and superficial enough to not lose too many audience members.  The battle between doing what’s right and doing what makes money is one a lot of us go through and PROMISED LAND told the story very well.

Daniel Craig in SKYFALL

7. SKYFALL – It sounds ridiculous, but my biggest issue with Sam Mendes’ James Bond film is that it felt too much like a James Bond film.  That said, it’s still infinitely better than 21 of the previous 22 Bond films, coming just shy of besting CASINO ROYALE as my favorite Bond movie.  I liked seeing a more vulnerable Bond and then liked seeing that Bond kill everyone at the end.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street

6. 21 JUMP STREET – You might be thinking this is a movie better reserved for the ten spot, but I was so impressed by how funny and smart this movie was, I had to give it special recognition.  With all due respect to TED, 21 JUMP STREET was the funniest movie of the year and with some great performances and hilarious nods towards the show, it’s a comedy that actually deserves to be respected.

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