American Film Institute’s Best of 2012


The American Film Institute has a list of their choices for the 10 best films of 2012.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

I’ve only seen two (!) of the films on the list so far, Dark Knight Rises and Moonrise Kingdom, and loved both of them.  At some point I expect I’ll catch up with the entire list – those I most want to see are Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.  (Zero Dark Thirty has also been named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review and the Boston Society of Film Critics.)

Along with films, they also listed what they see as the best American TV of the past year:

  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Change
  • Game of Thrones
  • Girls
  • Homeland
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • The Walking Dead

I have no patience for Modern Family.  The situations and humor are just too traditional for me.  I thought Game of Thrones season 2 wasn’t as strong as season 1.  I’ve been unable to get into season 5 of Mad Men.  I would have happily substituted Boardwalk Empire season 3 for any of those; I think this past season was its strongest to date and I’m looking forward to season 4.  Overall, the winner for me this year was Louie.


One thought on “American Film Institute’s Best of 2012

  1. JC

    Modern Family indeed is uber-conventional, but within that constraint it’s uber-well-written and acted too.

    I completely agree that the third season of Boardwalk Empire was its best. How lucky they are to have HBO stick with it for so long.

    Breaking Bad is the star of that lot for me.

    I’ve only seen one, Moonrise Kingdom, which I couldn’t bear. Wes Anderson needs to get a new song. My favourite US film in 2012 is End of Watch.
    Non-US film: Rust and Bone

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