2012 was a great year at the movies, from long-awaited summer sequels to year-end Oscar bait. Established auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Steven Spielberg padded their impressive résumés, while helmers like Joss Whedon and Rian Johnson realized their next level of potential. James Bond got dark, Emma Watson got a haircut, and Liam Neeson got pissed off at Arctic wolves and human traffickers. Former ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Matthew McConaughey experienced a career renaissance while his Magic Mike co-star and current ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Channing Tatum vaulted to the top of the A-list. And the international arthouse scene was as vibrant as ever, bringing us narratives of a tight-knit Louisiana bayou community led by a kindergartner and a shape-shifting professional on a limo ride through Paris.
We asked thirteen of our Screen Invasion writers to submit their ten favorite films this year in numerical order, awarding a point value to each movie based on its position (the top film earned 10 points, the second earned 9 points, etc). The following list represents the site’s collective choices for the best films of the year.
Read on to see what made the cut, what just missed the list, and what Screen Invasion chose as the number one movie of 2012!