As 2012 comes to a close, many of us are left reflecting on our favorites of the year. Favorite albums, favorite video games, favorite sports moments, favorite movies. But even the most attentive can let great pieces of work slip through the cracks – hey, it happens.
That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list of 10 movies you might have slept on in 2012 – movies that, for whatever reason, failed to attract the attention of the every man. Sit back, relax, and if you see one that catches your interest, know that cold winter nights are perfect for a rental. Or an internet stream, if that’s your cup of tea.
Perfect For: Crime movie buffs.
British crime films always seem to pack an entertaining, completely unique punch (see: Bronson, Green Street Hooligans, anything directed by Guy Ritchie pre-Sherlock Holmes). Following in that mold is Wild Bill, a movie about an ex-con thrust into a father roll after being released from prison. Moving, hilarious and exhilarating, Bill has a little bit for everybody.
Perfect For: People who love searching for Easter Eggs; that guy who tried to get you to listen to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon backwards while playing The Wizard Of Oz.
Director Rodney Ascher’s obsessive take on The Shining sees Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece get tossed under a microscope, and examined to a ridiculous extent. Although it probably isn’t meant for an audience unfamiliar with the original work or unwilling to crawl through some wild rabbit holes, an open mind (and several generous bong rips) will definitely make Room 237 a must-watch. And if you still aren’t sold, Chuck Klosterman wrote a gushing review over at Grantland.
Perfect For: Feel-good movie heads.
A beloved school teacher in Montreal kills himself. An Algerian immigrant with painful baggage takes his place. These may not sound like ingredients for one of the year’s sappiest, most heart-warming flicks, but we dare you to sit through this French-language film (yes, you’ll have to read subtitles) without developing the dreaded sugar lump.
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
Perfect For: Anyone who loves rap; you, most likely.
We’ve waxed poetic about Art of Rap enough. Stop dragging your feet and press play.
Perfect For: Fans of subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor.
Wes Anderson’s latest was an independent release, and was hard to find in theaters unless you lived in a major city. Still, with a cast this rich in talent (Edward Norton and Bruce Willis joined Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman) and a story as strong as any film released from the acclaimed director, you owe it to yourself to watch Kingdom, one way or another.
Safety Not Guaranteed
Perfect For: Quirky dramedy fans.
It may star The League’s Mark Duplass and “Parks and Recreation”‘s Aubrey Plaza, but that’s where the similarities end between these sitcoms and Safety Not Guaranteed. As much a study on the baggage that losing a loved one can create as a goofy, off-the-cuff comedy, Not Guaranteed is one of the year’s best, regardless of genre.
Silver Linings Playbook
Perfect For: Armchair psychologists.
Okay, Silver Linings Playbook will still be in theaters by the time this is published, but this unassuming dramedy will definitely get lost in the mix as movies like Lincoln and Flight jockey for Academy Award considerations. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, …Playbook manages to weave football, gambling, bipolar disorders and extramarital affairs into a film that’s hard to describe in a quick blurb, but one of the most worthwhile cinematic experiences of the year.
Indie Game: The Movie
Perfect For: Gamers.
A documentary about the independent video game market shows that the industry is both thriving and under attack from big-name game companies. As with any other successful form of media, the independent arm of the video game industry operates a bit differently from the more high profile parts; this closer examination will have you think twice about where you invest your hard-earned gaming dollars.
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
Perfect For: News junkies; anyone who has stumbled across a ‘Pink’ item.
Splashing the Cancer Awareness movement with several buckets worth of skepticism, director Léa Pool wags her finger at the “Pink” movement, labeling it an opportunistic money-making machine. It will definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth the next time you stumble across a Pink-labeled product in your local supermarket.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Perfect For: Fantasy buffs.
Set in the bayous of Louisiana, Beasts Of The Southern Wild is a fantastical tale that encapsulates natural disaster, personal loss, and extinct four-legged, horned mammals. Good luck replicating this one in your wildest dream.