It’s still January, so I guess it’s still not too late to post a list with the films I liked the most last year. I could have and probably should have posted this list earlier, but I was still making up my mind where to put Cloud Atlas, which in the process gradually moved its way up the list. It wasn’t very successful at the box office, but I really enjoyed it a lot and the basic humanity at the story’s core touched me profoundly. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the list (with 1, 2 and 3 being so close, they’re practically interchangeable):

 

01 Drive
02 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
03 Cloud Atlas
04 Searching for Sugar Man
05 Shame
06 TDKR
07 Skyfall
08 Avengers
09 Argo
10 Jane Eyre/Life of Pi

 

The biggest disappointment by far was Prometheus, a gorgeously photographed and beautifully designed movie with the most perfect visual effects I have ever seen in a film but sadly a very underdeveloped script and poor directorial choices.

 

The worst films I had to suffer through in 2012, I saw due to frequent visits at the Streits movie theatre’s sneak preview that frankly had a horrible run last year. These films I loathed for various reasons, but most of all their incredible cynicism and disrespect for even the most basic aspects of humane behavior:
Ted, Killing them softly und The In-Betweeners Movie