As I reflect on the 2012 movie year, I find that I'm a lot more enthusiastic than I was this time last year, looking back at 2011. It's a bit strange to be saying that, given that there is no film from this year about which I feel even remotely as passionate as I did last year's top 2 picks, but taken as a whole I feel like 2012 was a more satisfying movie year than 2011 - perhaps even the most satisfying since I started blogging in 2007 (which was, incidentally, an unusually great year for movies).
Though there are admittedly few films from 2012 that I would describe as "great," there are a number of films which I think come achingly close to that distinction and an abundance of films which I would describe as "good." If I had to pick one word to describe 2012, it would be "consistent." It was a consistently good year for movies.
There are still a couple of movies that I need to see before I start making my top ten lists (chief amongst them Zero Dark Thirty and The Impossible), but I've seen enough to offer a few notes on the year that is coming to a close: