Dustin’s Top 10 Films of 2012
I still remember the feeling I had immediately after watching Beasts of the Southern Wild; my heart was beating out of my chest, a long-lasting smile was on my face, and I had that feeling that I just watched something great. Regardless of the title, it is special when a film can make you feel this way. So it should be of little surprise that Beasts of the Southern Wild is my number 1 film of 2012. But the main purpose of this preface is to highlight potentially important films that I did not get a chance to see before making the list. Some of these films include; The Sessions, Amour, The Comedy, Cloud Atlas, and The Silver Linings Playbook just to name a few.
Also to note, Paradise: Love is absent from my list (although it would have likely been in the Top 3). This is because of the rules we set up, only films with a North American release date of 2012 can count. Therefore it will have to appear on the list next year.
Dustin Jansick’s Top 10 Films of 2012
#1 Beasts of the Southern Wild
A mesmerizing lead performance by Quvenzhane Wallis pairs perfectly with a magnificently shot poetic film by Benh Zeitlin. It the most imaginative and moving film of the year.
Beasts of the Southern Wild Review | Watch Trailer
#2 Your Sister’s Sister
#3 The Master
#4 Jeff, Who Lives At Home
#6 Beyond The Black Rainbow
This highly stylized head-trip of a film has a Midnight Madness feel to it and has cult classic written all over it. Maybe the most bizarre film of the year.
Beyond The Black Rainbow Review | Watch Trailer
#7 Sleepwalk With Me
#8 Moonrise Kingdom
You cannot deny that Wes Anderson has his own unique style and this film solidifies that statement. It screams Anderson and has a great ensemble cast to go along with it.
Moonrise Kingdom Review | Watch Trailer