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    January 6, 2013

    TOP 20 BEST-REVIEWED MOVIES OF 2012: PART ONE

    In 2012, I have watched about 106 movies all together and sorting it into the top 20 is not an easy job. While I only manage to review a handful of those physically on this site, I have rated those missed out, offline. Continuing the tradition of ushering into a new year for the fifth time in a row, Green Tea Movie will be looking back at the year’s movies as a whole. On the second part of the three-part year-end feature, we will be looking back at the year’s top honours. Today, I present to you the first part in the list of 20 best-reviewed movies of the year for which you can read after the jump. The recap for the best of 2011 for which you can read all about at this link.

    NOTE: (1) The list is highly-based on Green Tea Movie's opinion and does not reflect external or general consensus. (2) The list covers movies watched from 31 December 2011 till 30 December 2012. Some movies released in 2011 may have been included, for example The Darkest Hour which was watched on 1 January 2012. (3) The scores are based on several criteria including Green-Tea-O-Meter and rating for Plot.


    (20) DREDD


    The most engaging and unorthodox remake which served the purposes by showcasing the enigma, crispy and bloody violence on its well-written plot and mesmerizing two leads. Definitely the best remake of the year!

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 75.41%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed


    (19) TED


    Ted does nothing to attempt to raise the standard bar on the raunchy comedy by offering a familiar theme and relies on the usual romantic problems. But Ted does so well by executing the vibrant freshness on the concept, excellent acting and a deliberate on the spot humor.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 75.54%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed Specifically


    (18) THE CABIN IN THE WOOD


    This must be a Joss Whedon's year! This is an excellent piece of horror plus comedy that blends into a feast of plot twisting and smart dialogues.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 76.19%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed


    (17) SINISTER


    An excellent and well-made supernatural horror by Scott Derrickson which sets itself distinguishable and running on a thread-mill of unexpected twists.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 76.37%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed


    (16) LES MISERABLES


    A spectacular and viable musical adaptation of the famed stage play, which in turn is based on Victor Hugo’s finest novel. The graceful performance by Anne Hathaway and fine storming direction by Tom Hooper seems to offset the madly rushed pacing and some derivative weak musical numbers from hurting the true potential of the movie.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 78.94%
    REVIEW: http://greenteamovie.blogspot.com/2012/12/movie-review-les-miserables.html


    (15) COLD WAR


    Despite the convoluted plot and twists, Cold War is an annual celebration of the Hong Kong's finest political-crime-thriller-drama with wonderful casts and plot exploration. If Hollywood needs some idea, try to adapt this!

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 79.24%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed


    (14) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY


    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is still a great movie to watch with plenty of familiar faces around, great acting and good plot development, even when there are some disappointments in terms of the epic scale of the plot and the tiring experience of 166 minutes.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 79.48%
    REVIEW: http://greenteamovie.blogspot.com/2012/12/movie-review-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-jouney.html


    (13) WE BOUGHT A ZOO


    It could have been cliché and predictable to some extent, but ‘We Bought A Zoo’ works well because it knows how to make one feels for the grief of the central characters. It works because it knows how to make use of its strong ensemble casting. It works because the movie delivers an emotional plot that hinges with heartwarming elements for the movie. [Watched on January 3, 2012]

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 80.20%
    REVIEW: http://greenteamovie.blogspot.com/2012/01/movie-review-we-bought-zoo.html


    (12) THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER



    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an honest movie that gives a throw back of some fond-able memories down the lane; boosted by great lead performances, great plot progression and playable lovely-dovey elements.

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 81.52%
    REVIEW: Not Reviewed


    (11) MIDNIGHT IN PARIS


    ‘Midnight in Paris’ is a charmer Woody Allen’s film that possesses its unique classical and sentimental values with a strong embracement for the vivid nostalgia and living in the modernism Esquire of life. With a boost of an enjoyable and mesmerizing plot; combines with a range of beautiful castings, ‘Midnight in Paris’ is the movie to catch. [Watched on January 31, 2012]

    GREEN TEA MOVIE SCORE: 84.57%
    REVIEW: http://greenteamovie.blogspot.com/2012/02/oscar-movie-review-midnight-in-paris.html

    Stay tune for the last part tomorrow.
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