2012 – The Best of Hollywood

The following is my list of the best movies that released in 2012.

Ben Affleck in Argo.
Ben Affleck in Argo.

Argo – Arguably the best film of the year, Argo is a nail-biting film that adds a good amount of fiction to the Canadian Caper, a CIA mission to rescue six US consulate workers from Tehran. As an entertainer, Argo is no surprise as Ben Affleck is well-known for directing two other edgy films – Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

Bradley Cooper, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker in Silver Linings Playbook.
Bradley Cooper, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker in Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings Playbook – This comedy-drama is about a bi-polar man trying to fit back into the world he wrecked. Featuring several prominent actors such as Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker and India’s own Anupam Kher, Silver Linings Playbook hurls a grenade filled with emotions with well-scripted scenes and finely acted characters.

The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises – A fitting sequel to  The Dark Knight and a marvelous adieu to Nolan’s vision, The Dark Knight Rises has all the ingredients to be one of the best superhero films of all time.

Daniel Craig's James Bond and Sean Connery's Aston Martin in Skyfall.
Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Sean Connery’s Aston Martin in Skyfall.

Skyfall – 50 is just a number, and the aging James Bond proves it in Skyfall. A smartly written, old school Bond film, Skyfall left out several key ingredients, but compensated with a Bond and M we have never seen or heard of.

L-R: Ezra Kramer, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
L-R: Ezra Kramer, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – A bravado if any, The Perks of Being a Wallflower infuses comedy and drama with childhood trauma, and dishes out a fine coming-of-age story for today’s youngsters.

Denzel Washington in Flight.
Denzel Washington in Flight.

Flight – As an alcoholic, drug-addled pilot, Denzel Washington plays the badass character of the year, I’ve wanted to see. From flying a plan upside-down to stealthily mixing drinks on a no-alcohol flight, Washington makes it easy for the Academy if they were wondering on who should take the Best Actor Oscar. With a whirlwind first hour and a tense second hour, Flight is Robert Zemeckis’ comeback to making hardcore cinema.

L-R: Billy Murray, Frances McDormand, Eddie Norton and Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom
L-R: Billy Murray, Frances McDormand, Eddie Norton and Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom – Set in 1965, this smart comedy drama revolves around two teenagers who elope. The starry cast includes Billy Murray, Frances McDormand, Eddie Norton and an enigmatic Bruce Willis.

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