The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Top 12 Movies of 2012

Posted by Kendall Harmon

This year's best-of lists could make a history class curriculum, with films about the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the final months of Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. All will factor into an Oscar race that won't be as clear cut as last year's coronation of "The Artist."

Four movies filmed in part or full in Pittsburgh opened in 2012 -- "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Won't Back Down" and "Jack Reacher" -- with a fifth, "Promised Land," due in theaters Jan. 4.

Read it all. I am interested in how many you have seen, and what you make of their list--KSH.

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Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Terry Tee wrote:

Has the French film Amour hit the US yet?  If so it would only be arthouse movie theaters - I know you folks do not like subtitles.  Plus, it is the opposite of a feel-good movie.  Yet, haunting, and moving.  It stayed with me for days afterwards.  My pick for the top three of the year, I would say.  BTW in case the title misleads you it is not a triple-X movie.

December 28, 8:17 pm | [comment link]
2. m+ wrote:

I haven’t seen any of them.  I want to see Brave, but I’m not interested in any of the others.

The one movie I did go see in the theater isn’t on there. I thoroughly enjoyed Prometheus. It’s not in the same class as the movies on the list but it did lead to a good theological discussion with a parishioner.

December 28, 11:45 pm | [comment link]
3. Teatime2 wrote:

I saw “Brave” on a longhaul flight and found it tedious. It was like the little girl was created solely to make a feminist statement (oh, and be stereotypically, fiercely Scottish). Wasn’t impressed and lost interest. I really can’t see how this was one of the best of the year.

I agree with The Dark Knight Rises choice. Fabulous film. I can’t understand why Les Miserables wasn’t on her list. Perhaps she didn’t see it before she compiled the list? I haven’t seen the other films.

#2 m+—Just curious about your rave on Prometheus? I wanted the two hours of my life back that I spent on that one. It never answered the question posed and, as I understand it, that’s because a Prometheus II was planned and is in the works. To me, it felt like a total fraud.

December 30, 12:15 am | [comment link]
4. m+ wrote:

#3 Teatime2- You make a valid point about the film not answering its questions. I went in hoping it wouldn’t because Damon Lindelof, who wrote the script also did a chunk of the writing for Lost. Lindelof is really good at posing interesting questions and setting up intriguing plots.  Lost demonstrated he is unable to adequately resolve what he sets up.  Also, in old (think late 70s early 80s) interviews about Alien Scott indicated the crashed ship was running weapons.  Add in a passing knowledge of Von Daniken’s Chariot of the Gods and mix it with Geiger’s heavy handed imagery and you know exactly where the film is going within the first minute or two.  I enjoyed watching how Scott put it all together, and I appreciated the fact that they asked some pretty heavy questions, even if they never got around to answering them.

December 30, 1:50 am | [comment link]
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