It’s getting to that time of the year where people start constructing their Top 10 lists of the best films from the past twelve months. I will of course not be doing this. Hell, I still haven’t gotten around to doing my 2011 list yet. You might remember a list I made back in January where I named all the 2011 films I wanted to see before I finalized my Top 10. Well, I still have eight movies or so left on that one.
Still, that’s no reason to not look to the future, or present, or what have you. I’m fantastically behind in my 2012 watching as well, as you can imagine, due to a combination of delayed Swedish release dates, laziness, and an ongoing desire to catch up with not just the newest stuff, but also 100+ years of cinema. I don’t imagine I’ll ever be ahead of the pack, but I’ll continue doing what I can to keep up.
Without further ado, here are the films I want to see before I put out my Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2012 list. Maybe they won’t be great, and maybe there are others I’ll see that will be, but this is my current personal check list. It could change in the future, I should point out. In alphabetical order:
Amour – because I ought to watch more Michael Haneke anyway.
Argo – because there is no reason to abandon the Ben Affleck train yet, considering how great Gone Baby Gone and The Town were.
Bachelorette – because I like comedy.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – because of the image above.
The Campaign – because Will Ferrell is funny, and so is Zach Galifianakis.
Celeste and Jesse Forever – because it’s always interesting to see funny people branch out.
Cloud Atlas – because ambition should be rewarded.
Cockneys vs Zombies – because even if only a few people are talking about it, they all seem to love it.
Compliance – because the premise intrigues.
Cosmopolis – because a friend emphatically told me that it would be right up my alley.
Django Unchained – because it’s Quentin Tarantino. Duh.
End of Watch – because it somehow seems unfair to watch Rampart without seeing this one too.
Flight – because it’s Robert Zemeckis doing live action.
For a Good Time Call – because, much to my perplexity, someone told me I might possibly love it.
Frankenweenie – because in the middle of working on this blog post, I took a break to listen to the Oscar Talk podcast, and they had a lot of compelling praise for this one.
Hitchcock – because The Remains of the Day recently reminded me of what an amazing actor Anthony Hopkins is.
Holy Motors – because I have no idea what to expect from it.
Hyde Park on Hudson – because no matter how mediocre critical and public response has been, it’s still Bill Murray.
Killer Joe – because everyone seems to dig it.
Les Misérables – because big musicals need to bounce back from some critical duds the last few years, and being a fan of the genre, I will gladly support this endeavor.
Life of Pi – because the religious aspects seem to be something everyone likes, which is quite frankly insane. When have people ever agreed on anything religion-related before?
Magic Mike – because it’s Steven Soderbergh. And because Kevin Nash is in it.
The Master – because I was only missing Hard Eight to complete Paul Thomas Anderson‘s filmography, and I won’t let this one ruin my percentage.
The Paperboy – because there has to be something to all these award nominations Nicole Kidman keeps scoring, no?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – because I’ve been confusing it with On the Road for quite some time, and I’ve seen that one now.
Premium Rush – because someone made an off-hand comparison of it to Crank, which I fucking love.
Safety Not Guaranteed – because it’s time travel.
Savages – because it looks so vibrant and colorful.
Searching for Sugar Man – because it’s supposedly one of the best documentaries of the year, and I like good documentaries.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – because of the basic idea.
The Sessions – because the story sounds like something I’ve never seen before, and because it’s John Hawkes in a rare leading role.
Seven Psychopaths – because In Bruges was great, and the cast is promising indeed.
Silver Linings Playbook – because when awards bodies start paying attention to comedies, it’s usually a sign that I’ll love the movie in question.
Skyfall – because it’s Sam Mendes.
Take This Waltz – because 1) it’s Michelle Williams, and 2) see the note on Celeste and Jesse Forever.
This is 40 – because I’m not yet even remotely tired of Judd Apatow.
Wreck-It Ralph – because in addition to being a movie lover, I’m also a gamer.
Is there anything else from 2012 that I really desperately absolutely ought to check out? What 2012 film do you still feel like you need to see?