Flixist Awards 2012

Everyone loves an underdog
This is the kind of list that is very hard to narrow down every year. You have to account for everyone's tastes, try to figure out exactly what qualifies a film as 'underrated', and then chop the nominees down to just five. T... read feature

The best film of the year... period
We've gone through a lot of awards over the past week honoring some of the best films in pretty much every way we can, but now we come to it. No more genres or categories, simply put, what follows is the best movie of the yea... read feature

Ultimate badassery
Of our year-end awards, I think that the Pterodactyl is probably my favorite. Looking back on a year's most badass characters is a good way to remind yourself of just good (or bad) a year was. Last year, Ryan Gosling's Driver... read feature

'OH SH*T!'
Warning land lubbers! These waters be rife with spoilers! From scares to tense thrillers to ass kicking action, there's nothing better than a scene (or entire act, as is the case of some) that makes you jump out of your seat ... read feature

The year of disappointments?
Despite our best intentions, there is always something that we can't help getting excited about, usually well beyond reason. We hear the whistle of the hype train coming into station and just rush to the platform ready to bor... read feature

Best Documentary

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Documentary


It's better when it's real
Mar 02
The much maligned documentary gets an unfair shake. You say documentary to someone and they think talking heads and boredom. However, as this year's nominees show, that's pretty much one of the most inaccurate statements ever... read
These actors and actresses turn the 10,000-Hour Rule on its head
Sometimes it can take years and years of work to become good at something. Malcom Gladwell cites the 10,000-Hour Rule a bunch in his book Outliers to suggest that genius in various professions requires that much time, effort,... read feature

Whose directorial debut shows the brightest future ahead?
Every year there's a movie that people can't stop talking about. They champion it to friends, they analyze it closely, and they can't stop thinking about it afterwards. If not the movie itself, then it's the pure bravado of t... read feature

Best Horror 2012

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Horror


Spoiler alert: It's not The Apparition
Mar 01
Every year, there are a ton of horror movies that come out, and every year, the bad far outweigh the good. Fortunately, 2012 had some reallygood horror to offset the bad. Cabin in the Woods, which finally came out after sever... read
Best Action Award

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Action


Kick, punch, it's all in the mind.
Mar 01
2012 had all kinds of punching, kicking, shooting, killing, murdering, and bleeding, all in stylish flair. In the past year alone, we had the most successful super hero film with Marvel's The Avengers, Skyfall comme... read
A good year for foreign-language movies, but only one gets the dactyl
It was another good year for foreign-language films in 2012, especially given the fine output coming out of South Korea and Taiwan. Plenty of worthwhile films received a strong push at the end of the year, many of which were ... read feature

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Cinematography


Which incredible camera shot crafter had us hot and sticky?
Feb 28
Cinematography is what gives film its most unique visual qualities. We often talk about film in terms of characters, plot, setting and writing but what really separates film as a medium is cinematography. The way things are s... read
Best Comedy Award

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Comedy


Which film gave us the most LOLs?
Feb 28
One of my favorite things to do in life is laugh. Ironically, comedies aren't my favorite genre. Funny how that works, right? However, 2012 offered a wide range of comedy films. From a fake teddy bear doing sex with grocery s... read
Who gave Flixist's favorite male preformace of 2012?
This year's Best Actor category had some fairly strong competition, between Daniel Day-Lewis' beloved portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, Denzel Washington's troubled airline pilot in Flight and Joaquin Phoenix's hauntingly disturbed character in The Master, Flixist almost had a three-way tie! Ultimately though, I believe we settled on the right choice. read feature

Hint: I need a 100 of the winner.
Soundtracks are the nervous system of a film. You don't see them, but if it stopped working for a few seconds, the film dies. A soundtrack or orchestration is just as important as the actors and actresses on screen. And some ... read feature

Best Actress 2012

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actress


Who gave Flixist's favorite female performance of 2012?
Feb 27
Much like this year's Best Actress Oscar nominations, our Flixist Award nominees ranged from girls about 9 years old to women about 90 years old. Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild was a lot of people's... read
For the actors who help the leads look better...and then overshadow them
As you may have noticed, we've begun awarding awards to things that deserve awards. The Supporting Actor category is one that's generally ignored for various reasons. One, the lead actors were too damn good, and two, sometime... read feature

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Screenplay


Which wordsmith(s) won our hearts?
Feb 26
As a hopeful screenwriter, Best Screenplay is the one award I pay the most attention to in every awards. Our kind isn't so often publicly recognized, no matter how handsome we all are. Screenplays are important thou... read
Best Supporting Actress

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Supporting Actress


When supporters eclipse their leaders
Feb 26
Perhaps the most interesting thing about 2012's award season was how much stock was put into some of the supporting performances. Usually, supporting actors and actresses play second fiddle to the leading characters, and when... read
Worst of 2012

Flixist Awards 2012: Worst Film


When things went wrong, they went really wrong
Feb 26
As we award the best of 2012 with shiny golden dino statues it's important to note that sometimes movies aren't good. Sometimes movies are really, really, really, really, really, ridiculously bad. And we don't mean bad simply... read
Best Animated Film

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Animated Film


Spoiler: It isn't Brave
Feb 25
I have never really cared too much about animation. I like animated films for the most part, but I rarely seek them out. I don't actually know why that is, and it's very possible that that will change in 2013. Why? Because 20... read
They have arrived and this is the first one
The 2012 Flixist Awards (known as the Golden Pterodactyls by those in the know) have arrived. Now that those far less important awards have come and gone, it's time to get down to the ones that really matter. We'll be spendin... read feature







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