#1: The Cabin in the Woods
Remember what I said about thanking the movie gods for Joss Whedon? Well, this year it goes double. Not only did the man deliver us The Avengers, one of the greatest superhero titles of all time, but his pairing with director and long-time collaborator Drew Goddard also led to what I think is the best film of the year: The Cabin in the Woods.

The film is armed with a generic title and premise that we have heard a thousand times before, but it really is anything but. From the very beginning when we meet technicians Sitterson and Hadley (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) it becomes immediately clear that what’s going on in the movie isn’t anything we’ve seen before, and it fully explores every inch of its creative brilliance. While I still refuse to give any big details away because I still think not nearly enough people have seen the movie and I don’t want to give anything away, the explosive third act is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and inspired one of the longest jaw-drop moments I’ve ever had sitting in a cinema. The Cabin in the Woods is an unforgettable experience destined to find a cult following (if it hasn’t already), and hands down the best time I’ve had watching a film in 2012.

Great Movies That Didn’t Make The Cut: Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Wreck-It Ralph, Ted, Moonrise Kingdom, Skyfall, The Grey, The Master, The Raid: Redemption

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