Time Magazine lists the top 10 films of 2012. (Dark Knight Rises among them)

Time Magazine lists the top 10 films of 2012.  (Dark Knight Rises among them)

Time Magazine writer Richard Corliss lists his personal top 10 film list for the year. Dark Knight Rises nestles at number 5.

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5. The Dark Knight Rises


"Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and an idealistic young cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) must save Gotham from a blight named Bane (Tom Hardy), with occasional help or intrusion from a lovely philanthropist (Marion Cotillard) and the revived Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). All five are orphans in masks; they repress or express their true natures by playing roles. Christopher Nolan’s stupendous climax to his Batman trilogy is a masquerade too. Nolan is pretending to be a director of comic-book entertainment, when he’s really out to excoriate Americans’ greed, laziness and implicit yearning for an omnipotent father figure, whether superhero or demagogue. In a tragic coincidence, another masked man strode into an Aurora, Colo., movie house in a Bane-like gas mask during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and slaughtered a dozen people. The killer, identified as James Holmes, hadn’t seen the movie, but he underlined its mordant thesis: that in the real America, the creature that emerges from our dreams and into the night sky is as likely to be a madman as a savior."
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superotherside - 12/7/2012, 4:50 PM
WITW?!
FirstAvenger - 12/7/2012, 4:50 PM
How was the dark knight rises on this list and the avengers wasn't?
superotherside - 12/7/2012, 4:52 PM
thefirstavenger97 Nolanites! :P j/k

Glad for Bats it was a great film and an epic ending. :)
nowtheresaBATman - 12/7/2012, 5:00 PM
this guy is batshit

TDKR would be in my top 5 though for 2012
DukeAcureds - 12/7/2012, 5:11 PM
My Top 10:
1. Prometheus.
2. The Avengers.
3. The Hunger Games.
4. A Dangerous Method.
5. Chronicle.
6. The Dark Knight Rises.
7. Young Adult.
8. Dredd.
9. Argo.
10. John Carter.
thanos83 - 12/7/2012, 5:21 PM
cloud atlas was a masterpiece
marvel72 - 12/7/2012, 5:27 PM
ten films that i enjoyed the most in 2012 in no particular order.

1.looper
2.the raid
3.moonrise kingdom
4.the avengers
5.prometheus
6.the grey
7.the cabin in the woods
8.god bless america
9.chronicle
10.ted
rockerdude22 - 12/7/2012, 5:36 PM
I haven't even heard of half of those films! Still, if those are his favorite films of the year, then more power to him.

Me, my two favorites from this year are Skyfall and Avengers
Preston - 12/7/2012, 5:39 PM
@Intruder

This guy must have been smoking a boulder of crack.



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It's funny because it's true.
CaptainObvious - 12/7/2012, 5:45 PM
What lies ahead in the comments:
marvel72 - 12/7/2012, 5:47 PM
cloud atlas don't come out until february 2013 in the uk.
batman1216 - 12/7/2012, 6:03 PM
I agree with this list for the most part. I would put Skyfall and Argo on there as well. Sorry Marvel nerds, but Avengers hype is dying down. The Dark Knight trilogy will live on for years to come. The Avengers was a fun never before seen superhero team up flick. It was well done popcorn entertainment, but really nothing special. Time will expose this. There are a shit load of better comic movies then Avengers. They just might not be as immediately gratifying to children of all ages.
Spideyguy94 - 12/7/2012, 7:01 PM
@batman1216 yeah the highest grossing superhero movie and 3rd highest grossing movie of all time with critical acclaim isn't going to be remembered . You nolanites are pretentious assholes who really need to get over themselves. By the way do you read comic books? i know ALOT of you nolanites don't
Happy11 - 12/7/2012, 7:02 PM
Yeah I agree with the avengers hype dying down to be honest its not even in my top ten CBMs but neither is TDKR. TDK is the greatest CBM of all time.
Happy11 - 12/7/2012, 7:08 PM
Skyfall was excellent and a real good film to watch on the big screen. That's what will ruining the Marvel franchise is the amount of films being released. We had a 4 yr hiatus since quantum even TDK was also 4 yr ppl will get bored with 2 or 3 marvel films a year. Maybe not the hardcore following but the ordinary paying public who make the difference between a 200/300 million to a billion movie. The trick is missing these films so when there is a few year gap you really want to see it.
marvel72 - 12/7/2012, 7:13 PM
the dak knight rises at 5......

did we watch the same movie?
Nick56 - 12/7/2012, 7:16 PM
Avengers was fun the first time around but wasn't half as good the 2nd. TDKR is easily the best film of the year with Skyfall in second for me. I wouldn't even put Avengers on top 10 for superhero films

@batman1216 100% agree.

@Spideyguy94 You don't need to be a nolanite to recognize that Nolan's Batman trilogy is good. I'm a marvel guy and I'm more than willing to admit that TDK trilogy is fantastic. And yes Avengers did make a lot of money but honestly its not that great of a film when compared to other far superior marvel and dc films. Sure its fun but the writing, acting, and character development is a mess or non-existent, most of the film is cliche
nuclearpriest - 12/7/2012, 7:26 PM
Time to state the obvious, Time magazine is a Warner Bros. property as is DC comics and Warner Bros Films. Mr Corliss is just insuring his further employment by brown-nosing his employers. No one in their right mind could possible favor a limping dog like TDKR over The Avengers. Nuff said!
Bandido - 12/7/2012, 7:45 PM
@Marvel72: what's that saying? Different strokes for different folks? I personally LOVED the movie and its my favorite for this year
Your list is very similar to mine (other than TDKR and the grey) I haven't had a chance to watch moonrise kingdom tho...is it good?
marvel72 - 12/7/2012, 7:54 PM
@ bandido

yeah mate,its really good my brother watched it & found it boring i watched & love it.

mate of mine has got lawless on download & i must try & watch argo this weekend,heard nothing but good shit about that movie.
Bandido - 12/7/2012, 7:58 PM
@marvel72: hmm I should look for it on amazon then and I haven't seen Argo because college keeps me busy but I'm luckily about to start my Xmas break

Lawless is another movie i gotta watch, heard hardy was badass on that

And hobbit is coming out soon! [frick] yeah!
nuclearpriest - 12/7/2012, 8:30 PM
@Derpina

Just because RottenTomatoes decided to report the numbers accurately doesn't have anything to do with Richard Corliss and his "opinion" list.

So there goes your explanation.
AUSSYACE - 12/7/2012, 8:35 PM
Supes17 - 12/7/2012, 9:37 PM
This will be interesting
danyu - 12/8/2012, 2:53 AM
I finally decided to watch Dark Knight Rises recently and despite my initial feelings after seeing the less-than-riveting trailer, I was getting hyped because of all the positive reviews.

And all I can say - People must be in denial or something. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the worst superhero films to date.

-Poor audio on all levels.

-Poor narrative and storytelling.

-Poor scene transitions.

-Poor focus on Batman.

Honestly this movie should be placed somewhere between Daredevil and X-Men:The Last Stand.

It's sad because I would easily put Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in my favorite Top Ten.
EarOne - 12/8/2012, 3:57 AM
Corliss's a pretentious hip-wannabe critic..y'know HOW i know that? cuz he's included the clearly much-flawed and pretentious TDKR on his list.
batman1216 - 12/8/2012, 8:11 AM
Yes I read comic books and I actually read a lot more marvel then DC and I sure read a shit load of Batman. You can test my knowledge of the character and I can guarantee I know a hell lot more then you. The Avengers while good and entertaining was not that great of a movie in my opinion and with a lot of adults my age that I know personally. I feel it was way too jokey and silly and lacked any gravitas at all. Before you call me a "nolanite", which is a absurd stupid Internet term made up by jealous marvel fans, understand that I too love marvel and marvel movies. I count x-men 1 and 2, spider-man 2 and ironman amongst my favorite movies. I felt they were all better the avengers. Just because it made a lot of money doesn't mean it is going to be remembered as highly as many other movies it just means it was a well marketed and produced fad. Avatar made a lot more money then the avengers and how many people do you know that really care or remember it now, or speak higher of it then a million other movies that stood the test of time. I am sorry, but the Nolan trilogy was revolutionary for genre film making and each one of those movies is on another level then any other comic movie. They can only be compared and debated about amongst themselves. Asa far as the nitpicking of potholes in TDKR, it is just that nitpicking. It made total sense and flowed coherently enough that you can understand the themes, story and everything going on. If it didn't have enough Batman for you, then you didn't realized that this was a more adult story about Bruce Wayne. Who is Batman by the way.
batman1216 - 12/8/2012, 8:23 AM
Also avengers fans keep talking about the avengers reviews on rottentomatoes, but TDKR is rated much higher on both imdb and metacritic. Also avengers was reviewed differently then TDKR. It was reviewed with a much more serious and critical eye, especially following TDK. When people review TDKR, they review it as as an award caliber movie. When people review the avengers they review it as mindless popcorn fun. Which admittedly it excelled at. It was all flash, jokes and silly entertainment. No substance at all.
dezdigi - 12/8/2012, 8:38 AM
@batman1216, wait, you mean you like Marvel and DC? You just blew my mind, man!
@tea, is that The Littlest Hobo song??? Those end credits always made me so sad.
JokerFan21 - 12/8/2012, 3:15 PM
Okay.
SageMode - 12/8/2012, 10:14 PM
"Nolan is pretending to be a director of comic-book entertainment........"


Pretty much sums up why I dislike TDK and TDKR.
WorldsGreatestdetective - 12/9/2012, 6:01 AM
Love the smack against religion in this guy's comment about the desire of an omnipotent father. A reason I love this trilogy is because essentially the tale of bruce wayne is a humanist tale. The desire to become a symbol and the building of human institutions to play on the psychology on the people of Gotham to become good people is an amazing theme. Plus with the joker's anchro-nihilism, Dent's desire for fairness in a cruel world and the league of shdaows' belief in the ever prevalent need to restart society, no matter the cost, shows these movies take on a huge amount of philosophical content that you won't see in many other movies let alone CBMs
ComicFanMan - 12/9/2012, 10:15 PM
@batman1216

your right about the reviews TDKR was superior review wise, marvelites are just crazy people who talk of non existent "nolanites" and live by marvel law. They just wont admit and wont accept that TDKR might actually be slightly better. By the way both films were amazing...

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