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5:00 PM on 03.05.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Most Underrated

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...

Thor Latham

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Film photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best Film
by Matthew Razak

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 year. 

What's great about giving out awards each year is it gives us a chance to honor films that might have flown past other awards' radar. We've got a diverse staff who love all sorts of movies, and it makes our awards far more varied. Of course, much like last year's winner, this year's was an underdog for best film everywhere else, but it won here.

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Flixist Awards 2012: The Pterodactyl photo
Flixist Awards 2012: The Pterodactyl
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

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 took it handily, but this year there's much tougher competition, both literally and figuratively. There's law-enforcers and law-breakers, time travelers, and even the one dude who can literally break Batman. It was really one hell of a year for awesome characters.

All of the nominees really are pterodactyls in their own right, but only one can truly represent Flixist's official dinosaur.

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Flixist Awards 2012: Best 'OH SH*T!' Moment photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best 'OH SH*T!' Moment
by Thor Latham

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 in a fit of sheer excitement. Figuratively of course, because to literally jump out of your seat would probably worry the people sitting close to you, but the point is there are those moments in a movie that just want to make you yell 'OH SH*T!', either because you've just been caught completely off guard or something purely awesome has just occurred before your very eyes.

2012's nominees covered the spectrum of 'OH SH*T!' moments. We had horror (deconstruction), action from gunslingers and superheroes alike, tense international escapes, and a terrible misuse of time travel that leaves poor fellows in desperate need of a leg up. There was no shortage of scenes to yell expletives at, and there's nothing more satisfying than having a film grab hold of your attention and beating it into submission until your on the edge of your seat dying to see what happens next. Here's what made us collectively yell 'OH SH*T!' in 2012.

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Flixist Awards 2012: Most Overrated  photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Most Overrated
by Thor Latham

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 bored, so willing to ride all the way to 'Letdownville'. This year (and every other year ever) was no exception, and there was a bevy of films that had us frothing and the mouth to see, only to wonder why we ever got so worked up in the first place.

We were witness to the fall and resurrection of a dark knight; we saw the return of Ridley Scott to a genre of film he helped define decades ago; Katherine Bigelow double dipped into military drama, following The Hurt Locker with a dramatization of the assassination of the world's most wanted man; we got an adaption of an adaption of a timeless piece of literature, and for good measure we were also given an adaption of a contemporary piece of literature that looked as if it had been dunked into a wet rainbow and was left out to dry. All of these films were highly anticipated, if not for the contribution they were to have to their respective canons, then because of the pedigree of their source material and directors. But the higher your hopes reach, the farther they fall to the jagged crags of reality. So without further ado, 2012's most overrated film was...

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1:34 PM on 03.02.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Documentary

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...

Matthew Razak

Flixist Awards 2012: Most Promising New Performer photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Most Promising New Performer
by Hubert Vigilla

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, and practice.

So when a relatively young actor or actress makes a screen debut that hits and hits really hard, not only is it remarkable, but it makes us especially appreciative of an innate talent. If that's the big breakthrough and it's basically their first time on screen, it seems like they can only get better. (But what's better than amazing?)

There were great nominees this year, most of them young. You've probably guessed the winner already.

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Flixist Awards 2012: Most Promising New Filmmaker photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Most Promising New Filmmaker
by Hubert Vigilla

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 the filmmaking, which leaves its mark on your imagination or, if it's especially good, your worldview.

To experience something fresh and invigorating by a new voice -- whether it's a movie, an album, or a book -- gives you this sudden feeling of endless possibility. More than that, you're left wondering what that person will do next if this was just the first effort.

Of all the debut films last year, there's one movie and one filmmaker who left just such an impression.

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2:00 PM on 03.01.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Horror

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...

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 03.01.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Action

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...

Geoff Henao

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Foreign Film photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best Foreign Film
by Hubert Vigilla

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 darlings on the festival circuit and in limited runs across the country.

Two of the most notable foreign-language releases of 2012 were Amour, which won Michael Haneke his third Palme d'Or at Cannes, and Holy Motors, which marked the return of Leos Carax. Both films received excellent reviews and landed on numerous top ten lists for 2012, and it's no surprise that both of them were among this year's contenders for the coveted Golden Pterodactyl.

But even with such a strong field, there can only be one.

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7:00 PM on 02.28.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Cinematography

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...

Nathan Hardisty

10:00 AM on 02.28.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Comedy

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...

Geoff Henao

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actor photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actor
by Liz Rugg

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.

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3:00 PM on 02.27.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Original Soundtrack

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 ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 02.27.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actress

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...

Liz Rugg

8:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Supporting Actor

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...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Screenplay

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...

Nathan Hardisty

4:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Supporting Actress

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...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Worst Film

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...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 02.25.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Animated Film

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...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Director photo
Flixist Awards 2012: Best Director
by Matthew Razak

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 spending the next week honoring the best films of 2012. To kick things off we're opening with a big one: Best Director.

Our nominees this year are basically a who's who of directing ranging from seasoned pros like Steven Spielberg to indy darlings like Wes Anderson. It's a telling fact about the wide variety and quality of film we got last year that we have such depth to our nominees. We also didn't forget about how truly good The Master was unlike every other person who watches movies. It was definitely a good year for talented directors to show us their best, but only one could win...

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