The Best Films of 2012 So Far (and where they rank in the 2010s so far)

by George Watches Things

Today, I disappoint you. In the first half of 2012, I only saw 10 films. I list them below, and explain why I am counting them as 2012, if you know them as 2011. I also crown the best of this decade so far.

The year.

  1. Martha Marcy May Marlene — Had an even more limited release than my #2. It came out on DVD in March, I believe.
  2. The Artist — I’m considering counting this as 2012, even though that’s the first time it opened in my town. Ultimately, you decide. Comment with your vote, please.
  3. The Interrupters — It debuted on TV (PBS) in February. It probably played on less screens than MMMM, but it did open in the summer. Then again… this.
  4. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey — This may or may not be a 2012 film. Either way, I hadn’t heard of it until this year, and it wasn’t available on Netflix until this year.
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Le Havre
  7. Bernie
  8. The Announcement
  9. Unhappy Country — Played at my local film festival.
  10. Chronicle — The only one on this list that I did not enjoy.

The decade.

  1. Rabbit Hole (2010)
  2. Dogtooth (2010)
  3. Poetry (2011)
  4. Never Let Me Go (2010)
  5. The Social Network (2010)
  6. Hugo (2011)
  7. Drive (2011)
  8. Weekend (2011)
  9. The Tree of Life (2011)
  10. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2012)
  11. The Artist (2012)
  12. Attack the Block (2011)
  13. Trust (2011)
  14. Moneyball (2011)
  15. In a Better World (2011)
  16. The Descendants (2011)
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  18. Another Earth (2011)
  19. The Interrupters (2012)
  20. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2012)
  21. Inception (2010)
  22. Four Lions (2010)
  23. Melancholia (2011)
  24. Margin Call (2011)
  25. Terri (2011)

Next time (in about a week): my review of the first film in our 2009 festival, Everlasting Moments.

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