You know him as one of our beer panelists. He is also one of the three guys at 3 Guys 1 Movie. Here is the list of his 10 favorite movies of 2012.
Over at 3 Guys One Movie, as one would expect we watch a lot of ﬁlms. While I watched more than 50 new releases this year, I did not see every film so this list may be a bit incomplete. I have not yet see Lincoln, Silver Linings, Playbook, or Les Mserables. While I have heard good things about these films, I am only including films I have watched on this list. I will, however see the aforementioned films before the conclusion of Oscar season.
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild: 6 year-old Quvenzhane Wallis turns in an amazing performance as Huspuppy, a small girl dealing with the effect of the melting ice caps on her bayou home and the illness of her old man. Also, this is a real pick-me-up if you have any questions about the viability of your own child-raising abilities.
9. 21 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum turn out to be a great comedic coupling in this sort-of remake of the 1980s television show. This may be the funniest film I watched this year.
8. Prometheus: The greatest viral-marketing campaign I have ever seen coupled with wondrous special effects and direction by Ridley Scott almost raise this film to greatness. However, a nonsensical screenplay by overrated scribe Damon Lindelof prevents the film from rising higher on the list.
7. Cabin in the Woods: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard deliver a tender homage to horror films in this tale. The movie has a lot of hot coeds, scooby snacks, zombies and a twisty plot to keep you guessing until the end.
6. Looper: A time-travel ﬁlm that doesn’t dwell on the how and instead focuses on why. While Joseph Gordon-Levitt is rock solid as usual, Bruce Willis really steals the show. Warning: you may want to purchase a blunderbuss by the time the film reaches its conclusion.
5. The Hobbit: Yes its a bit long in running time, but that is sort of like complaining about receiving too many lap dances. It’s an amazing trip back to Middle Earth and Peter Jackson is back at the helm of the franchise.
4. The Raid Redemption: We walked out of the theater looking for someone to spin-kick upside the head. Far and away the best balls-to-the-wall martial-arts flick I’ve viewed in years. It suffers from spartan plot and dialog, but you will not even notice.
3. The Avengers: A near-perfect balance of action and comedy achieved while not alienating Marvel fan boys. Who knew Mark Ruffalo would steal the show as The Hulk? I loved it, the misses loved it, and my four-year-old was more excited than Tony Stark at an open bar.
2. Argo: Ben Afﬂeck delivers a virtuoso performance both in front of and behind the in a film sure to be nominated for best picture. Sure, everyone over the age of 40 who has read a history book probably already knows how this one is going to end. The amazing thing is you are on the edge of your seat regardless.
1. Moonrise Kingdom: Far and away my favorite ﬁlm of the year and not just because of my man crush on Wes Anderson. Arguably the most approachable Anderson film since Rushmore, I was entranced the entire time. When I got home from the theater, I tried to convince the misses to move to a small island in New England.