Here are my personal picks for a fantastic year of films, feel free to leave yours in the comments and discuss each other's picks. (Yes I want discussion on them, that does not mean say 'your picks suck' but feel free to discuss with others about their picks)
Before I make my list, I haven't seen Arbitrage, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Seven Psychopaths, or Amour so they will not be on my list (for now).
First for my honorable mentions
The Dark Knight Rises - This was originally on my top 10 list, but once I saw and had to add in Zero Dark Thirty, something had to go and this ended up being the movie to do it. It was a great movie, despite its flaws, but its flaws really did take it off the list now that im playing catch up.
Looper - I really enjoyed the original twist to Looper and it was the best Sci-Fi film of the year, and it was also originally on my top 10 list but slipped off due to some last minute viewings of films I missed.
Moonrise Kingdom - This was the same as Skyfall for me, it really stuck with me and it was very solid for the small and subtle film it was. A great film and everything in it was well done.
The Secret World of Arriety - It was a fantastic animation, and actually would be on my list but it was actually released in Japan a couple years ago so it isn't exactly a 2012 movie, so it wouldn't have been right for it to be on my list.
Skyfall - It was a great Bond movie, and although I wasn't jumping for joy all over it at first, it did stick to me and I really do like the movie a lot more than I did before (and I liked it a lot before), so I have to give it a mention.
Now for my actual top 10
Everything about the movie was superb, especially the standout performances by Daniel-Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. The fact that a movie about getting an amendment to the Constitution passed could be so entertaining and thrilling means it deserves to be on this list.
Silver Linings Playbook
It was a really funny, dark, and emotional comedy that I didn't expect much from when I went to see it, so when I did it really surprised me making it worthy of being on this list.
By far the best animation of the year, and it was one of my personal favorites of the year. It was surprisingly deep in the emotions shown during some of the scenes and is vastly enjoyable, and it really helps that the Paperman short is tied with it.
This movie was one epic joyride at the theaters and had an an amazing pay-off for seeing the previous Marvel films before it. It is the best action flick of the year, and definitely deserves the major box office success it has. There really isn't much to say that hasn't been said by nearly every single person who has seen this movie (which is pretty much everybody).
For some reason this movie reminds me of some of my favorite candy, in a way that I eat some and it has that perfect amount of sweetness to make me want more. Yes I associated sweetness to this awesome Tarentino flick that had me laughing hard, and then sat in shock at some of the things I saw the next scene. It is a ballsy, great film that can really only be associated with one word, "Awesome".
One of the best thrillers this year, as well as the awesome (as well as true) concept it was based off of, that also had relevancy with current modern events. Add to the fact that there really wasn't a shot fired from what I remembered yet I had more suspense in this than any other movie of the year means it really deserves this spot.
The Beasts of Southern Wild
The film had this magical aspect to it and really stood out as something I have really never seen before and had fantastic originality. With that it also had a meaning that takes multiple viewings and a lot of thinking to really get a grasp of and it leaves you completely captivated in the poetic narrative of the little girl Hush Puppy from some fantastic acting by the young Q. Wallis.
Zero Dark Thirty
This movie was spectacular in the way that it showed everything how it happened and kept you immersed in a hunt that is very familiar and even catches you off guard. It is grueling and great, as well as a fantastic performance by Jessica Chastain (probably one of the best of this year up with Anne Hathaway and Daniel-Day Lewis), definitely deserves to be up here.
Life of Pi
This is a visual masterpiece, and with that it is also a great philosophical one, and filmed one a book considered to be unfilmable, which is a great feat. The movie is a complete thrill to watch, and has an ending that if you get, will leave you thinking about it for a good long while after the film, it truly sticks with you.
Alright, I decided to be a bit biased for my number 1, in the fact it is not something everybody will love due to the subject matter and the fact it 99% sung. However for me, I absolutely loved it, the musical numbers stuck with me, the acting was absolutely phenomenal, and it had me wanting to see more of it, it definitely helps that I am a major fan of the musical, however I loved this more than I thought I would (which I already thought I would really love this movie), making it my number 1 film.