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Best of 2012 – The Year in Review

Best of 2012

We have now reached the end of the year, a time that we can now look back and think about our favorite moments of the year. I will use this post to capture my favorite experiences of the year, looking at my personal list of the best movies, games, and albums of the year. I will award the best movie, video game, and album with “___ of the Year” honors and also give out some special awards and mention runners-up. Let’s begin:

Top 5 Films of 2012

5. Cloud Atlas

4. Looper

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Prometheus

2012 Film of the Year

Moonrise Kingdom poster

1. Moonrise Kingdom

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Top 5 Video Games of 2012

5. Mass Effect 3

4. The Walking Dead

3. Far Cry 3

2. Journey

2012 Game of the Year:

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1. Borderlands 2

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Top 5 Albums of 2012

5. Sigur Rós – “Valtari”

4. Circa Survive – “Violent Waves”

3. Bloc Party – “Four”

2. Caspian – “Waking Season”

2012 Album of the Year

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1. Between the Buried and Me – “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”

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Runners-Up and Special Awards

Sleeper Hit of the Year

Caspian - Waking Season

Caspian is a band that I know many are not familiar with. Post-rock in and of itself is a niche genre, yet there exists so much talent and great music within its sounds. Case in point, Caspian’s latest release, “Waking Season”. I have greatly enjoyed their past work, with “You Are The Conductor” being one of my favorite post-rock albums. Yet, “Waking Season” astonished me with its wonderful progressions and its ability to evoke so much emotion through its sounds. Do yourself a favor and listen to “Procellous” or “Halls of Summer” and experience the wonder that Caspian has to offer in this album (that few will hear, I’m sure). You can see my full review of this album here.

Disappointment of the Year

With controls that remain clunky, repetitive gameplay, and an extremely poor ending, the much-anticipated Assassin’s Creed III is an average game that could have been so much more. You can see my full review here.

Surprise of the Year

I had low expectations for Argo going in, and was completely surprised to experience a tense story, exceptional writing, and some great cinematography. Argo is a great film, and if not for my soft spot for sci-fi (Prometheus), would be one of my Top 5 Film of the Year.

I had low expectations for Argo going in, and was completely surprised to experience a tense story, exceptional writing, and some great cinematography. Argo is a great film, and if not for strong competition, would be one of my top 5 films of the year (full review, here).

The Couple’s Choice Award

Ruby Sparks Poster

Award and discussion courtesy of my fiance: “‘Ruby Sparks’ is the perfect film for a date night. Its unique storyline and fun-loving characters make it a film that brings something to the table for men and women alike. It has romance, comedy, and drama all wrapped together in a well-written script. Every guy or girl has dreamed of creating their perfect other half, and this film displays both the positive and negative aspects to having someone tailored to your exact specifications [not that I’m complaining 😉 ].”

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And with that I bid farewell to 2012 and look forward to 2013, a year that seems to have a good deal of interesting projects in store (“Bioshock Infinite”, “The Last of Us”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “Man of Steel”, and “The Afterman: Descension” are a few of those that I am looking forward to). I hope you enjoyed this past year of great releases as much as I have, and hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year.

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