Top 10 Everything of 2012

Top 10 Everything of 2012

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months.

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105 comments
ryonharrison1
ryonharrison1

nowdays its too much to ask of movie-goers to try to think while they watch,  seems to me all people want now is for stuff to be happening fast for no good reason, and some sex just as some frosting.  this culture  is so in  the toilet,  as evidenced by this incredible epic story at the top of the flop list.  God help us!


Hillman
Hillman

Cloud Atlas is the greatest movie I've ever seen, even The Martix can't beat it. I'm sorry that you can't understand the message it said, and I wish my english is better so I can tell you what it's about. I think time should stop this stupid top 10 since art shouldn't judge. and you should watch it once again to understand how great it is.

黃伯穎
黃伯穎

Cloud Atlas is the best movie I saw these years.

It contains so many things, such as reincarnate from Eastern countries.

Don't judge a movie if you don't understand it or it's culture.

jamesxabregas
jamesxabregas

Dear TIME, 

Please abolish you "Entertainment" section. I've been a TIME reader for 20 years, and in that period I have come to deduce that your reviewers are largely morons with no discerning taste.

This is possibly the worst call TIME has made since it declared that Titanic would likely be a flop. 

It may be possible that TIME is simply trying to generate controversy for the sake of attention, but I somehow doubt it.

Many great films have been overlooked and even derided at the time of their release: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Blade Runner, The Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club are just some examples of underrated films that are now considered classics.  I suspect in a few years time Cloud Atlas will be added to that list.

I think I may finally cancel my subscription.

nts4906
nts4906

The theme of Cloud Atlas is centered around the idea that you need not get attached to the characters we play, but instead to the situations we play out. It is based on the philosophical idea of eternal recurrence established by Nietzsche, one of the greatest philosophers to ever live. So to think that many found it cold, is not surprising. It is the best philosophical movie ever made, so naturally, writers for Time would fail to understand it. If, instead of looking for finding connections to the characters, you allowed yourself to just enjoy the meaning in life itself, which is so often brutal and repetitive, you may have found much more meaning in the movie. 

GeromeGarses
GeromeGarses

I agree. Cloud Atlas sucked just as much as Avatar, Inception, Titanic, and Star Wars.

Fvk311
Fvk311

Cloud Altas was one of my favorites this year and John Carter, while not wholly originial, was really entertaining.  Stop bashing!!

kiyomizu
kiyomizu

It's funny that they put this as the worst movie of 2012. I had to laugh! Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars...and i'm sure he's watched a lot of 'terrible' movies in his time. It comes down to personal opinion and taste. I thought this movie was amazing. And yes, it was long...but i didn't mind. I was wrapped up in every minute of this film. And I felt a lot of emotion from it!!

slar
slar

@ Mary Pols

I must admit, I'm baffled by your flippantly sarcastic position on ideas like connection between people, the historical repetition of mistakes, and the fight against oppression. If your primary exposure to and contemplation of such ideas has been "bong-fueled conversations [you] had in college," then I am well and truly sorry -- especially if those conversations were followed by Domino's pizza. However, even if it is an association based on your personal experience, limiting these ideas to stoned conversation fodder for college kids is reductive and oddly ignorant of philosophy. Not to mention religion. As for emotional connection, that's a subjective minefield, but if you didn't feel it, you didn't feel it. So be it. I suppose my question to you is: what other ideas, exactly, would you rather sit down and think about for 172 minutes? Or what other activities would you rather do with that time?

EDUBZ01
EDUBZ01

yeah cloud atlas is up there with matrix and inception, its a classic

daveywhey
daveywhey

Cloud Atlas was undeniably astounding as a piece of cinematic art, and a landmark in storytelling through the medium of film. It is absolutely ridiculous to have it on a list of "Worst Movies", let alone Number 1. In my opinion, to do so shows the intelligence and emotional capacity of the reviewer. 

Botjje
Botjje

@virtualex71 volevo vederlo domani! Non merita?

LMills259
LMills259

Just because you have to put some mental effort - almost like puzzle-solving - into Cloud Atlas, that's no reason to pan it. Perhaps not a great film, but fascinating all the same. Sorry if the reviewer left her  imagination in her college rolling tray, but that's not our problem.

PFAH
PFAH

WTF! TIME. this is stupid criticism.

jherbhardt
jherbhardt

@aliefka @gawiekeyser @_Lamoer_ Heeft gawie ook het boek gelezen eigenlijk?

ThomasD
ThomasD

Mary Pols, you would be surely ranked #1 in the list of the 10 worst critics of 2012.

weidemaitian
weidemaitian

Oh and BTW, I am not going to care about what TIMES is gonna say about movies anymore because of your article. Ridiculous!

weidemaitian
weidemaitian

You are on my worst critic list now. Cloud Atlas is a great movie.

Glenn.
Glenn.

The movie is outstanding.  This is no different then someone who writes about the special effects in the original The Matrix, and says they have no idea about the boring message about religion and what is real.  The editing alone deserves an Oscar - and it was not even nominated.  Using arc storytelling (sort of like a soap opera) it successfully delivers a product that is better then the book -- something that everyone said was impossible.  Cross dressing - where were you?  The message is that sex, race etc does not matter as everyone flows like changing cloud patterns.  The book had characters that would have looked totally different in each life, but here they wanted people to be recognizable to keep people following the "souls" easier -- so a Asian would be made up to look Caucasian, male and female,  and so on.  It was used to help people keep track of the characters.  I watch the silly (junk food entertainment) Hunger Games -- it is a passifier for adults, nothing more (stupid story and the acting .. similar to Love Boat), but I bet you loved it because you did not have to think.

DeniseLaNeve
DeniseLaNeve

You're the one who is disconnected, Mary -- who apparently lacks any 'emotional hook-up.' I suppose that for you, life just goes by like a roller coaster.

a.brt
a.brt

this is an utterly outrageous article! I am wondering, Mary Pols, whether you paid  any attention to the film?! the acting alone was mind blowing and the story, although intricate, was meaningfully beautiful. Some may not regard this film as one of the best, but it is certainly NOT the worst!!  I am sorry to be blunt, but your superficiality is quite frustrating..

tyala6
tyala6

I assume the writer just looking for sensation since obviously I never even heard her name before as a credible movie reviewer, so kindly let me give her 5 minutes of fame as she wish

I can name hundreds of bad movies in 2012 but calling cloud atlas the worst is definitely not. if you don't like it, it's fine but at least be objective about it. are you seriously thinking out of all movies came out in 2012, this was the worst out of them all?

It's awesome how Time as a 'reputable' magazine call subjectivity like this as journalism and it's even more awesome that the writer has the gut of calling herself a movie reviewer

It's like someone who read about a health article suddenly think self-proclaim that she knows anything about the issue 

I suggest Time starts looking for a better journalist

ndrewhouse
ndrewhouse

Utter utter nonsense. Go back to your narrow Hollywood worldview and don't bother me with this infantile assessment of cinema again.

Dblomb
Dblomb

@WagasY Haha, vilka luffare. Undrar i och för sig vad @fredrikzubayr tycker...

dkscorpion
dkscorpion

Really??? I don't need to read more about movies on TIME... You don't understand a thing about it, and that's a fact. Very low IQ for this art my friends, you are just too far from reality. (Dermot could throw another critic away)

nshah
nshah

Cloud Atlas at #1?

Holy moly TIME. Even Armond White trolls less than this.

SamNovak
SamNovak

I'm sickened that Time magazine has the audacity to put Cloud Atlas, one of the most unique and innovative films of recent memory, at the top of this list. It is by far my favorite film in a year of really great ones. I usually cringe when people say "you have to be smart to get it". Well, apparently that applies here. And this is the dumbest critique of the year.

jenovaproject
jenovaproject

@arturo_linares yo también he leído cosas desmotivantes por ahí D:

jamesmcg007
jamesmcg007

So this is where art history majors go to die.

armynod
armynod

Adam Sandler didn't make the list this year? 

psychoclown96
psychoclown96

For the last half hour, all I could think about was throwing you off your balcony :)

MayNarisara
MayNarisara

that shows what you know about films huh. 

cj37
cj37

What a load of crock. Cloud Atlas is nowhere near the worst film of the year. So you didn't like the message? Fine. But how can you discount everything else that made the film incredible? The relationships between the characters--how they are interwoven throughout different periods of time, along with their small quirks and intricacies--are all presented brilliantly. There's genuine emotion in the story-- something not seen in any of the other films you mentioned.. The film is as ambitious as they come, and yet you dislike it because of your own overly-simplified view of the story. What a pity.

Oh, the cinematography and the makeup are all outstanding too. Better than Twilight, which, shockingly, did not make it on this poor list.

KarinaLicursi
KarinaLicursi

They can't judge movies that make money. ;) 'Cloud Atlas' made a quarter of what it cost due to the length of the film and limited screenings, a major concept too large for Hollywood's brain, plus it's independent. It's appalling that 'Twilight' is not even on this list.  

vitamin.kswitch
vitamin.kswitch

@daveywheyit's kind of hard to say it's undeniably astounding when so many have made relevant points as to its shortcomings as a film. the only astounding about it is how average it is. there's nothing particularly remarkable about the ideas it presented, the themes it explored, or the conclusions it led to. to think otherwise shows the intelligence and the emotional capacity of the commenter, especially given the apparent defensiveness in the face of a challenge to one's taste.

not to mention, the way the story was told was needlessly cumbersome. rather than open up new angles or lines of inquiry, it served to drive home the more obvious themes, and, in my opinion, took away from the film, limiting the viewer's opportunity to interpret it. 

*shrug*

virtualex71
virtualex71

@Botjje bah è un'accozzaglia tra Matrix Blade Runner gli ultimi Star Wars e ammiccamenti a Tim Burton e Tree of Life e in USA è un flop.

aliefka
aliefka

@jherbhardt @gawiekeyser @_Lamoer_ lijkt me wel.

SamNovak
SamNovak

@a.brt I saw Cloud Atlas last night for the third time.  The theater was packed and I ended up sitting in the first row.  There was one empty seat left.  Nice to see the movie finally getting the appreciation it deserves, in spite of absurd articles like this one.

slar
slar

@vitamin.kswitch having seen cloud atlas myself, i'd be interested to know what you consider to be "remarkable" ideas, themes, and conclusions, or at least some examples of films that have them. if you meant that other films had already explored the ideas, themes, and conclusions found in cloud atlas, i would be tempted to agree. but the fact that ideas, themes, and conclusions aren't 'remarkably original' doesn't make them any less 'remarkable.' and even if you meant 'remarkably original,' then what about film remakes and films based on books in general?

also, a moment for the have-&-eat-cake logic: first, you turn the previous commenter's insult about intelligence and emotional capacity back on him. then, you imply that his "apparent defensiveness in the face of a challenge to one's taste" devalues his argument. finally, you list off several taste-based reasons why you didn't like cloud atlas.

Botjje
Botjje

@virtualex71 sarà il riempimento di uno stupido pomeriggio tra qualche mese allora :) grazie! Il trailer infatti sembra di 3 film diversi

jenovaproject
jenovaproject

@arturo_linares ya la estoy viendo y no va tan mal D: ya no le voy a creer al internet

Botjje
Botjje

@virtualex71 senza dubbio! Qui da noi ha aperto un nuovo Cinema e costa 5€ il martedì, penso che per Lincoln non mi risparmierò :)

Botjje
Botjje

@virtualex71 certo :) grazie