The best (and worse) in movies of 2012


This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

It's time now for my annual year-end list of stand-outs and industry embarrassments. Some choices are obvious, most hopefully, are not. Thanks for reading and have yourself a great 2013.

-- Best Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"

-- Best Lead Actress: Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

-- Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"

-- Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"

-- Best Ensemble Cast: "Lincoln"

-- Best Director: Ang Lee for "Life of Pi"

-- Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson for "Looper"

-- Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner for "Lincoln"

-- Best Documentary: "Searching for Sugar Man"

-- Best Foreign Language Film: "The Intouchables"

-- Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"

My Top 10 favorite (though not necessarily best) films:

  1. "Looper"

  2. "Hit & Run"

  3. "Lawless"

  4. "Safety Not Guaranteed"

  5. "Searching for Sugar Man"

  6. "Blue Like Jazz"

  7. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  8. "Moonrise Kingdom"

  9. "Lincoln"

  10. "Django Unchained"

The remainder:

-- Alcohol + drugs + smart phones + hip-hop and heavy metal = stupid: "Project X"

-- Best 3-D: "Life of Pi"-- Best (sort-of) musical: "Pitch Perfect"

-- Best action/disaster flick: "The Grey"

-- Best against-type performance: Amy Adams in "The Master"

-- Best James Bond movie of the last two decades: "Skyfall"

-- Best cinematography: "Anna Karenina"

-- Best concert movie: "Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day"

-- Best date movie (clean): "Safety Not Guaranteed"

-- Best date movie (risque): "Your Sister's Sister"

-- Best film shot in Georgia: "96 Minutes"

-- Best film with a no-name cast: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

-- Best final scene: "Looper"

-- Best guilty pleasure: "Hit & Run"

-- Best horror flick: "Cabin in the Woods"

-- Best looking film shot in Georgia: "Trouble with the Curve"

-- Best motion-capture performance: Andy Serkis in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

-- Best movie (almost) no one saw: "2016: Obama's America"

-- Best movie based on an old TV show: "21 Jump Street"

-- Best movie for AARP members: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

-- Best movie with religious overtones: "Blue Like Jazz"

-- Best original song: "Skyfall" by Adele from "Skyfall"

-- Best performance by a juvenile: Quvenzhane Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

-- Best performance by a non-human: The Bengal tiger in "Life of Pi"

-- Best performance in an only so-so film: Bill Murray as FDR in "Hyde Park on Hudson"

-- Best political film (comedy): "The Campaign"

-- Best political film (drama): "Lincoln"

-- Best remake: "Total Recall"

-- Best retelling of a classic work of literature: "Snow White and the Huntsman"

-- Best risque chick flick: "L!fe Happens"

-- Best road flick: "Hit & Run"

-- Best romance: "Hit & Run"

-- Best scenery chewing: Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"-- Best sci-fi flick: "Looper"

-- Best score: "Life of Pi"

-- Best soundtrack (traditional): "Flight"

-- Best soundtrack (obscure): "Not Fade Away"

-- Best special effects: "Life of Pi"

-- Best stylistic throwback: "Moonrise Kingdom"

-- Best surprise: "Men in Black 3"

-- Best thing to happen to movies since Meryl Streep: Once again, Jessica Chastain

-- Best train-wreck: "Queen of Versailles"

-- Best trend: Improved 3-D

-- Best use of profanity: "Ted"

-- Best villain (female): Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

-- Best villain (male): Guy Pearce in "Lawless"

-- Best way to ruin a great memory: The first installment of "The Hobbit" trilogy

-- Biggest disappointment: "The Dark Knight Rises"

-- Biggest flop: "John Carter"

-- Biggest oops!: Kristen Stewart caught sleeping with her (married with children) "Snow White" director while living with her "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson

-- Both creepy and unfunny: "The Oranges"

-- Both good-looking and vacant: "Cosmopolis"

-- Don't quit your day job: Tyler Perry in "Alex Cross"

-- Dude, seriously -- you need a new agent: Nicolas Cage

-- From "Drive" to this?!: Albert Brooks in "This is 40"

-- Girls' night out: "Magic Mike"

-- Kids' soccer and psycho soccer moms don't mix: "Playing for Keeps"

-- M.V.P.: Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Lincoln," "Looper," "Premium Rush," "The Dark Knight Rises")

-- Maybe there is no life after "Harry Potter": Daniel Radcliffe in "The Woman in Black"

-- Most accurate portrayal of the South: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

-- Most bizarre (and true): "Bernie"

-- Most blatant money-grubbing: Re-releasing the worst "Star Wars" movie (Episode I) in 3-D

-- Most chilling re-enactment of a natural disaster: The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in "The Impossible"

-- Most clunky title: "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"-- Most likely to be the subject of a 2013 movie: David Petraeus

-- Most obvious casting: Barbra Streisand in "The Guilt Trip"

-- Most optimistic view of the Apocalypse: "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"

-- Most original concept: "Ruby Sparks"

-- Most overrated film: "Les Miserables"

-- Most overrated performance: Hugh Jackman in "Les Miserables"

-- Most pointless sequel: "Wrath of the Titans"

-- Most underrated film: "Looper"

-- Most violent: "Django Unchained"

-- Most welcomed exit and thank God it's finally over: The "Twilight" franchise

-- Odd presentation but it actually worked: "Anna Karenina"

-- Oddest, yet most fitting use of an old, obscure pop song: "I Got a Name" by Jim Croce in "Django Unchained"

-- Proof that music, God and comedy don't always mix well: "Joyful Noise"

-- R.I.P.: Jack Klugman, Charles Durning, Sylvia Kristel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Phyllis Diller, Tony Scott, Ernest Borgnine, Celeste Holm, Andy Griffith, Nora Ephron, Ben Gazzara and Whitney Houston

-- Really, weren't two sequels enough punishment?: "American Reunion" (aka "American Pie 4")

-- Sexual without any actual depicted sex: "Hysteria"

-- Sexual without in any way being sexy: "The Sessions"

-- Smartest chick flick: "Think Like a Man"

-- Stay retired, please: Jane Fonda in "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding"

-- Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

-- The new Adam Sandler: Andy Samberg

-- Worst adaptation of a stage musical: "Rock of Ages"

-- Worst reboot: "Alex Cross"

-- Worst continuing franchise: "Paranormal Activity"

-- Worst date movie: "This Means War"

-- Worst bad luck hat-trick of the century: Taylor Kitsch in "Battleship," "Savages" and "John Carter"

-- Worst modern-day resetting: "The Three Stooges"

-- Worst movie based on a board game: "Battleship"

-- Worst movie based on an old TV show: "Dark Shadows"

-- Worst movie of the year: "End of Watch"

-- Worst movie set in Atlanta: "What to Expect When You're Expecting"-- Worst movie with good intentions: "For Greater Glory"

-- Worst movie with religious overtones: "October Baby"

-- Worst remake: "Red Dawn"

-- Worst retelling of a classic piece of literature: "Trishna" ("Tess of the D'Urbervilles")-- Worst sequel: "Step Up 4: Revolution"-- Worst trend: (mMstly) lousy Christmas week movies-- Worst waste of an otherwise good ensemble cast: "The Oranges"-- Wow, he really can act (tie): Dax Shepard in "Hit & Run" and Jack Black in "Bernie"

Finally -- to Carolyn Sloss and the entire staff at Allied Integrated Marketing for their tireless behind-the-scenes efforts -- thank you very much.