12 Awesome Films of 2012

When the going gets tough and the tough gets going- watch a film.

I take 2012 in a kaleidoscope lens- the best and the worst. I have never been this duly dramatic in my entire life to the point that it is as if I am in a constant post-menstrual syndrome. Perhaps you will find it ridiculous, but I thoroughly conclude that it is because I am gradually having a complete grasp about life and the entire gamut that lies inside it. It is a prerogative and a pre-requisite in growing, I suppose.

But you can always find solace in arts. A good film can help you in two, contradicting ways: making you realize you're not the only one thinking of dying, or better yet, you don't deserve to feel like dying because your problem is but a dust compared to other people's and it can take you to a world so imaginative you'll forget (for a moment) how harsh yours is.

1. The Animals (2012)
Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children. (Cinemalaya Website)

2. The Hobbit (2012)
A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

3. 3 Idiots (2009)
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

4. Bwakaw (2012)
Bwakaw is a drama-comedy about growing old, and everyone's fear of growing old alone. Rene is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is Death. (Cinemalaya Website)

5. My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two (2012)
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

7. The Artist (2011)
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

8. Apocalypto (2006)
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

10. Accepted (2006)
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.

11. Insidious (2010)
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

12. The Avengers (2012)
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

* Movie synopsis courtesy of IMdB unless otherwise stated.

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