Roger Ebert Reveals His Top 10 Movies of 2012 with 'Argo' as #1
"A miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery," Ebert writes about Ang Lee's Life of Pi. As we wrap up 2012, every last critic unveils their Top 10 of the year. One critic that I still like to hear from is Roger Ebert, even at 70 years of age, he's still reviewing over 300 films a year and can still put together a damn good Best of 2012 list. His post on Ebert's Journal starts by explaining he "sustained a hairline fracture of my left hip", meaning he couldn't walk on his left leg at all, but he was still able to fit in a record year of watching movies. And his list of favorites is yet another unique selection of outstanding films.
Ebert explains: "The good news is that I've seen the films of one of the best recent years in cinema. I wrote more than 300 reviews in 2012 -- a record -- and it was unusually difficult to leave out many of the quote-unquote 'best' films in 11th place." His list includes a full breakdown of his Top 10 and reasons for each film.
Without further ado and without his commentary, as Ebert states, "here are the Best Films I saw in 2012:"
2. Life of Pi
4. End of Watch
7. The Sessions
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Oslo, August 31
10. A Simple Life
In his post Ebert also names a few Grand Jury Prizes ("titles that were as good, in one way or another, as the others") alphabetically: Central Park Five, Cloud Atlas, Impossible, In the Family, Last Ride, A Late Quartet, The Master, Paradise Lost 3, Prometheus, Rampart, Searching for Sugar Man, West of Memphis.
Honestly, Ebert's choices for this year are mostly spot-on, with some of the best of the year named (Life of Pi, Argo, Lincoln, Beasts) and other unique choices like Oslo, August 31 (a very depressing film) and End of Watch, an intense cop thriller earning lots of acclaim. Ebert also provides additional commentary for each of his Top 10 films on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, so read on for more. In explaining why he chose Argo, he states: "This film takes first place on my best movie list because it is above all else a movie -- pure, strong and sound. It has the classic values of a Hollywood thriller… The new film reveals surprises about a story we all lived though. It is told with classic comedy and tension." Do you agree with Ebert's 2012 picks?