The Best Movie, Album, Song, Show, and Videogame of 2012!!!

The Best Film of 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Past #1 Film Picks…
2011: Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
2010: Mother (Joon ho-Bong)
2009: Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
2008: Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
2007: There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2006: The Queen (Stephen Frears)
2005: A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
2004: Kill Bill vol. 2 (Quentin Tarentino)
2003: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
2002: Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
2001: Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)

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The Best Album of 2012:

 

The Seer by Swans

Past #1 Album Picks…
2011: Amplifier (The Octopus)
2010: Gorillaz (Plastic Beach)
2009: Porcupine Tree (The Incident)
2008: Crystal Castles (Self Titled)
2007: Blonde Redhead (23)
2006: Muse (Black Holes and Revelations)
2005: Nine Inch Nails (With Teeth)
2004: Nick Cave (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus)
2003: The Mars Volta (De-Loused in the Comatorium)
2002: Beck (Sea Change)
2001: Tool (Lateralus – best of the decade!)

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Best TV Best Show of 2012:

Game of Thrones (season 2)

Past #1 Television Picks…
2011: Game of Thrones (season 1)
2010: Breaking Bad (season 3)
2009: Lost (season 5)
2008: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 5)
2007: Frisky Dingo (season 1)
2006: Battlestar Galactica (season 2.5)
2005: Arrested Development (season 3)
2004:  Fullmetal Alchemist (season 1)
2003: Angel (season 5)
2002: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 7)
2001: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6)

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The Best Video Game of 2012:

Halo 4

Note: I’ve never placed a first person shooter as #1 and as much as I would have like to continue that tradition Halo 4 offered the best overall experience (graphics, single player mode, multiplayer and co-op) in what was otherwise the weakest year for video games in recent memory. 

runner up…

 FTL: Faster than Light

Past #1 Video Game Picks…
2011: Portal 2 (PS3)
2010: Mass Effect 2 (Xbox360)
2009: Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3)
2008: Fallout 3 (PC)
2007: Persona 3 FES (PS2)
2006: Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
2005: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
2004: Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
2003: Deus Ex: Invisible War (PC)
2002: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC)
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)

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Best Novel of 2012

Fate of Worlds by Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner
(Niven’s landmark Ringworld/Fleet of Worlds series ends on the highest note possible)

tied with…
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
(the best Star Wars book ever written)

2011 Best Novel:
Ready Player One by Earnest Cline and A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin.

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Best Theatrical Performance

Liam Neeson in The Grey

runner up…

Carl Urban in Dredd
(not joking; underrated performance)

Past #1 Picks…
2011: Steve Coogan in The Trip
2010: Ben Stiller in Greenberg
2009: Sam Rockwell in Moon
2008: Christian Bale/Heath Ledger/Aaron Eckhart, all for The Dark Knight
2007: Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood
2006: Helen Mirren in The Queen
2005: Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine/Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode III and Ray Winstone in The Proposition
2004: Tom Hanks in The Ladykillers
2003: Bill Murray in Lost in Translation
2002: Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love
2001: Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive

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Full lists coming as soon as I catch up on a lot of missed movies and albums.
Also, all #1’s listed below subject to change once the full lists roll out.