My Definitive Cut, 2012 - Half-Time List

My Definitive Cut is an annual list recognizing the Top 10 Films and 5 Best Directors of each cinematic year. Well, only half of the year has gone, so this is a 'half-time' list, a provisional list of sorts. Some of the films will make it to the final list to be unveiled early March 2013, while others will be dropped for more worthy films that will come later this year. 

Nominees in contention (in alphanumeric order):

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE (Marc Webb)
AVENGERS, THE (Joss Whedon)
BRAVE (Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman)
CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE (Drew Goddard)
DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE (Christopher Nolan)
DICTATOR, THE (Larry Charles)
HEDGEHOG, THE (Mona Achache)
MELANCHOLIA (Lars von Trier)
PARANORMAN (Sam Fell & Chris Butler)
POINT BLANK (Fred Cavaye)
RAID: REDEMPTION, THE (Gareth Evans)
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Lorene Scafaria)
SEPARATION, A (Asghar Farhadi)
SIMPLE LIFE, A (Ann Hui)

My TOP 10 Films of 2012 (Half-Time List)

1. MELANCHOLIA
2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
3. A SIMPLE LIFE
4. THE AVENGERS
5. PARANORMAN
6. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
7. A SEPARATION
8. THE RAID: REDEMPTION
9. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
10. THE HEDGEHOG

Honourable Mention

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
BRAVE

My Director's Cut, 2012 (Half-Time List)
1. Lars von Trier (MELANCHOLIA)
2. Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)
3. Gareth Evans (THE RAID: REDEMPTION)
4. Ann Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE)
5. Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION)

Honourable Mention
Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS)






Comments

daniel said…
I havent seen much this year, but here's mine:

1. The Cabin in the Woods
2. Melancholia
3. Raid: Redemption
4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
5. The Woman in Black
6. Moonrise Kingdom

Melancholia was technically a 2011 film. Very disappointing year thus far. The Cabin in the Woods wouldnt even make it into my top 100.

I look forward to The Master, The Hobbit and Django Unchained. But there's just ONE movie that I'm eager to watch :)
Eternality said…
I desperately need to watch BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD! And I am absolutely waiting (patiently) for THE MASTER!
daniel said…
What's your top 10 films of the 2010s decade (meaning 2010, 2011, 2012) thus far?
Eternality said…
Ha, will need to think hard, but a tentative list will look like this:

1. INCEPTION
2. MELANCHOLIA
3. HUGO
4. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
5. SHUTTER ISLAND
6. BLACK SWAN
7. WAR HORSE
8. TOY STORY 3
9. THE ARTIST
10. THE WHITE RIBBON
daniel said…
Hmm thats a nice list. Seen everything except The White Ribbon. What about The Tree Of Life? I think its worthy of being on the list despite its creationist themes.
Eternality said…
Hmm, I considered THE TREE OF LIFE, but I gave the nod to THE WHITE RIBBON in the end.
daniel said…
Mine:

1. Black Swan
2. Drive
3. Holy Motors
4. The Tree Of Life
5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
6. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
7. The Cabin In The Woods
8. Melancholia
9. Inception
10. The Skin I Live In

The Master was a disappointment. Have you seen Haneke's Amour? His second Palme d'or. I've been planning to watch that.
Eternality said…
I haven't seen THE MASTER and AMOUR. Neither have I seen HOLY MOTORS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, and THE SKIN I LIVE IN from your list. Shall give it a few more months to see if they have any kind of theatrical screening here in Singapore.
daniel said…
^ That's the reason why I download films. Lots of films don't get released here.
Eternality said…
I see. I don't really enjoy downloading films. I prefer films to bring me to them, then I bring myself to them. In any case, I do purchase the odd DVD or Blu-ray copy online if it is unavailable in Singapore.

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