We Eat Films Presents the Top 5 Movies of 2012!

Written by Spencer Sterritt January 05, 2013

Daniel Craig2012 was a strange year for movies. Blockbuster season in the summer really only had one big winner (“The Avengers“) where as the end of August and the beginning of September, generally the space reserved for duds, was a stellar period, with films like “Looper” “Dredd 3D” and “Seven Psychopaths” rocked our socks right off. We Eat Films gladly presents it’s Top 5 Movies of 2012, as voted by all of the We Eat Films writers and editors.

*It should be noted that since “Zero Dark Thirty” does not get a wide release until January 11, and we did not get a chance to see it in limited release, it isn’t on this list. It’d be right near the top though.

Just to get it out of the way, the worst movie of 2012 will be presented first. And the film with this honour is:

Prometheus (Ridley Scott)

What to say about “Prometheus” that hasn’t already been said? “Prometheus” represents everything that was wrong with blockbusters this year, which is why we voted it our worst film of the year. The plot doesn’t make a lick of sense the moment you start thinking about it, and even though it looks cool, that’s not enough. The characterization is paper thin, and the movie seems to forget points it made only ten minutes earlier. A handful of nifty scenes, like the c-section or the giant ship falling from the sky, can’t save this dud.

Onto the real reason why you came to this article, the Top Movies of 2012.

5. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

“Django Unchained” deserves to be included in our Top 5 Movies of 2012 because it’s finally a Quentin Tarantino movie with a point. He’s still a filmmaker with the sole goal of entertainment, but with “Django Unchained” he manages to give us all the entertainment we expect, with the highlight being a great and purposefully overlong scene with the KKK, while also making everyone squirm in their seats as the atrocities of slavery are shown. It’s uncomfortable, and every viewer can feel Tarantino’s anger at slavery through every frame.

Django Unchained, Top 5 Movies of 2012

4. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)

Riding a swell of fanboy love, “The Dark Knight Rises” enters our Top 5 movies of 2012 at number 4, certainly lower than most of us expected pre-release. It’s got loads of problems, all of which made the internet practically explode, but “The Dark Knight Rises” is big, bigger than anything released this year, and brings The Dark Knight trilogy to a fitting climax, but narratively, and in terms of Christopher Nolan’s filmmaking.

DARK KNIGHT RISES Top 5 Movies of 2012

3. Skyfall (Sam Mendes)

After Daniel Craig’s disappointing second outing as James Bond in “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” slides right into the third spot on out Top 5 Movies of 2012. Hopes and expectations were high for “Skyfall” and it certainly didn’t disappoint, becoming one of the best James Bond films ever. Sam Mendes, who wasn’t most peoples first choice for director, capably handles all of the action and clever beats without using shaky cam once, and brings a contemplative tone to Bond. It is the perfect template for future Bond films, and will be remembered as the movie that made James Bond a real person.

skyfall, England, Bond

2. Silver Linings Playbook (David O.Russell)

In adapting Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name, David O. Russell infuses “Silver Linings Playbook” with so much heart and soul that there’s no way it couldn’t be number two on We Eat Films’ Top 5 Movies of 2012. Bradley Cooper actually acts as Pat, a man just out of the mental institution with a desire to control his mental problems so completely that he’s giving himself more problems. Everyone here is stellar, but attention needs to be paid to Robert De Niro, who gives a raging performance that sheds light on OCD and how terrible it can be. David O. Russell is at the top of his game in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and has given us a dramedy for the ages.

Silver Linings Playbook 3

1. Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard)

Wittily creeping it’s way into the top spot on our Top 5 Movies of 2012 is “Cabin in the Woods,” the brainchild between nerd President Joss Whedon, and amazing up and comer Drew Goddard, “Cabin in the Woods” might not be as scary as some people would have liked, but it’s just so damn funny and witty that it can’t be at any other spot other than number one. It plays so many wonderful games with the viewer, and has such a good sense of what makes horror movies tick, making it one of the most original horror flicks in pretty much forever. It’s also easily the most gory film of the year:

 All in all, it was one Hell of a year for movies.


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Spencer Sterritt: former Editor-In-Chief for We Eat Films, future President of the Men With Beards Club, and hopefully candidate for ruler of the world.

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