THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Makes Another Best Of 2012 Top 10 List

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Makes Another Best Of 2012 Top 10 List

Thsi time it's Time Magazine, who's "worst of 2012" list stirred up a bit of controversy a couple of weeks back. Is this one set to do the same? Chris Nolan's Batman swansong is certainly among some high-brow company anyway. Read on for the top 10 in full..

Time Magazine's decision to name Cloud Atlas the worst movie of 2012 in their last top 10 list was met with a bit of a "WTF" reaction from many people - we are talking about a year in which that Total Recall reboot was released after all!. With their best of list they seem to have played it a bit safer, sticking Michael Haneke's critically acclaimed Amour in the top spot, but they have made room for a CBM too, placing The Dark Knight Rises right in the middle at number 5..

1. Amour
2. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
3. Life Of Pi
4. Anna Karenina
5. The Dark Knight Rises
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. Dark Horse
8. Dragon
9. Frankenweenie
10. The Invisible War

Nice to see Tim Burton's great return to form in there too. Here is what they had to say about Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie..

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."

I'm not sure bringing up the theater massacre was really necessary, but I'll leave that to you guys to discuss. Thoughts on the list as a whole and TDKR's place on it?

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Nick56 - 12/11/2012, 2:02 PM
Though I liked both TDKR and Avengers, TDKR is just better. It has entertainment but also a level of intellect. Something the Avengers was lacking.

Top 5 for me so far this year:
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Skyfall
3. Dredd
4. Prometheus
5. The Avengers
mk - 12/11/2012, 2:02 PM
Amour so good
mawilli4 - 12/11/2012, 2:05 PM
Life of Pi was good. but nowhere near the top 10. best movies this year (imho):
2)The Avengers
3)The Dark Knight Rises
xRelentlessx - 12/11/2012, 2:22 PM
Yay Frankenweenie! ^^
oldnoname - 12/11/2012, 2:24 PM
Evewryone stay calm, it's just a normal day. As long as no one mentions the other major comicbook movie that starts with an A.

Damnit Nick56 what have you done?! Every man for himself!

*ducks head and runs away*
RorMachine - 12/11/2012, 2:25 PM
Derpina, I realize it's hard not to be cynical when you're a fanboy, but have you ever considered we post these type of articles to CELEBRATE the fact that a comic book film has made a list like this?, course it didn't. Do carry on.
shiverman20 - 12/11/2012, 2:27 PM
Much preferred Paranorman to Frankenweenie
CaptainAmerica31 - 12/11/2012, 2:27 PM
Maevelites are getting their ass handed to them by Nolan!
dnno1 - 12/11/2012, 2:27 PM
You mean "Frankenwinie" beat "Marvel's Avengers"? "Marvel's Avengers" didn't even make the top ten?
Jollem - 12/11/2012, 2:28 PM
cloud atlas was awesome. screw you, time magazine
RorMachine - 12/11/2012, 2:32 PM
It's quite an arty/high-brow list which is why I'm surprised ANY CBM made the cut. Still, despite a lack of any other big blockbuster type movies most of them are great (that I've seen anyway)
DrHorrible - 12/11/2012, 2:32 PM
WILL THESE ARTICLES JUST STOP?! All they do is start incessant bitching about "Who's better?" between TDKR and every other movie in existence. Man...
Coachella - 12/11/2012, 2:33 PM
I loved this film. If you didnt that's okay but please don't start a flame war. I'm sick of this whole vs thing. Well deserved i hope it gets nominated for Best Picture. The Dark Knight deserved to be nominated also in my opinion.
DrHorrible - 12/11/2012, 2:34 PM
And YES, I know about the whole "We should be glad that a CBM made a list like this" argument thing.
Nick56 - 12/11/2012, 2:35 PM
Glad to see Frankenweenie on the list. Not a fan of most animated movies, but Frankenweenie was well made and enjoyable
cmcb21 - 12/11/2012, 2:36 PM
Mediocre list, TDKR does not deserve to be in any "best of" lists. Here are my top 10 of the year

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Holy Motors
4. Looper
5. Killer Joe
6. Cabin in the Woods
7. Chronicle
8. The Avengers
9. Prometheus
10.The Raid: Redemption

(I still have yet to see The Master which I am guessing will be in my top 3)
Preston - 12/11/2012, 2:37 PM

Squaremaster, the guy that flags everyone for saying anything against the Nolanverse posted this a few days ago:

LFANCH - 12/11/2012, 2:40 PM
I'm glad it made the list. That summary they gave it is a piece of crap though.
TheGambitFreak - 12/11/2012, 2:41 PM
I saw Zero Dark Thirty and Frankenweenie on there... The list is shit...

But that is not to say I really enjoyed TDKR and Life of Pi.
Jollem - 12/11/2012, 2:42 PM
baz luhrmann is a brilliant director. les miserables will be amazing, i believe

@MrEko - life a pi was a movie that affected you. i just wish there wasn't a baby crying in the theater the whole time when i saw it :/
GoILL - 12/11/2012, 2:44 PM
Rises is the only film I saw on this list.
erth2drew - 12/11/2012, 2:51 PM
At nick you have no taste in movies..... those just all the blockbuster. Most of them all good movies. As i wont say dark knight rises was a shitty movie it was a lackluster to say the top five
2.Life of Pi
3.Moonrise Kingdom
5. Beast of the Southern Wild(this movie may be better than the rest, i havent seen it but my guess is it would make this list no problem
GoILL - 12/11/2012, 3:02 PM
@LEVITKUZ and Nomis

He probably is just taking a break from some of the usual stupidity that floods this site.


That gif with the mom is some funny shit.
dezdigi - 12/11/2012, 3:03 PM
This is top of my personal list but I do have many other films to see this year:
Moonrise Kingdom
The Master
Life of Pi
and Lawless
fortycals - 12/11/2012, 3:04 PM
Although I am not a fan of TDKR, Im happy for its accolades. I have never been a fan of bale as batman, but he does play a good Wayne. I guess thats why he spent so much time as wayne and not the bat.
Alexandre - 12/11/2012, 3:05 PM
my top ten (so far. year not over yet. more good ones yet to come)

moonrise Kingdom
Cabin in the woods
The master
The Dark Knight Rises
Lif of pi
The Avengers
Magic Mike
Maximus101 - 12/11/2012, 3:10 PM
End of watch
The raid redemption
The amazing spiderman
batman1216 - 12/11/2012, 3:11 PM
This may shock many of you, since I have actually participated in TDKR vs. Avengers flame war at times, but I actually really think its bullshit that the Avengers has not made any top ten lists. Although I did like a few movies better. The Avengers was a great movie and the biggest blocksuster of the year. Just on imapct alone it should be there. I also really did love TASM, but no one even mentions that movie anymore.
GodzillaKart - 12/11/2012, 3:11 PM
Prometheus would have been my number one "worst of". Not sure what would have been my best of. Life of pi was great, but surely there has been better.
Maximus101 - 12/11/2012, 3:11 PM
@yoss not sure how you can put zero dark thirty on there considering I doubt you have seen it yet being it isn't out for a week ad a half still...
Jollem - 12/11/2012, 3:12 PM
@MrEko - lol. mr. khan's performance really stood out to me, also. and i think there's gotta be something to richard parker staring into the jungle before leaving. #sadness
rockerdude22 - 12/11/2012, 3:14 PM
People, please don't bring up Avengers or "Marvelites" (God, what childish term) in these types of articles. All it does start flame wars.

BTW, be happy that a film you like is being regarded like this, but don't shove it in the face of another fanbase and act like you're all high and mighty because of it.
Alexandre - 12/11/2012, 3:15 PM

lol two words
steven soderbergh
Funsize - 12/11/2012, 3:16 PM
There's lots of great movies missing from that list. At least DKR made it though.
rockerdude22 - 12/11/2012, 3:16 PM
Personally, I would have put TDKR a little lower on this list, but if that's how they feel about it, then more power to them. I can respect that.
GoILL - 12/11/2012, 3:17 PM

Well said my friend.
batman1216 - 12/11/2012, 3:19 PM
My list from what I saw and remember:
2. Skyfall
3. Cloud Atlas
4. Argo
5 and 6. The Avengers/TASM (tie)
7. Dredd
8. Ted
9. Chronicle
10. Prometheus
11. 21 Jump Street
Have not seen, but want to: Looper, Lawless, The Master, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Raid: the Redemption
Alexandre - 12/11/2012, 3:20 PM
Argo was really good but I felt like it was to safe. It wasn't a risky film. It didn't do anything new. It was basically a very good dramatization of real events. That's it.
shamo - 12/11/2012, 3:21 PM
so far..
1) Avengers
3) Lawless
- Looper
- Total Recall
- Killer Joe
- People Like Us
- Love
- Safe House
Alexandre - 12/11/2012, 3:23 PM
i think a movie that had a huge cultural impact but critically sucked was Project X. That movie was the shit.
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