This is the sixth official list in my “Top 5 Discoveries of 2012” series. To see my music list, click here. To see my television list, click here. To see my books list, click here. To see my 2012 movies list, click here. To see my apps list, click here. To better appreciate my approach to making these lists, please read the brief introduction to this series (posted here).
This is a companion piece to my list of the top five 2012 films. In this case, I am focusing on movies that I saw in 2012 but that were released in earlier years. As with my 2012 list, this list is less authoritative than I’d like it to be. I simply don’t have an easy or convenient way of determining what movies I saw in 2012. I can use my Netflix and IMDb ratings histories as guides, but not everything I’ve seen is recorded in one of these ways. So, the list below is liable to contain errors. Also, I’m not aiming to provide you with the absolute best pre-2012 films I saw in 2012. While these are all extremely good films, I’ve aimed to compile a well-rounded list. Possibly, there are one or two films not on the list that outshined one or two films that are on the list. So be it. And now, in no particular order, are my top 5 pre-2012 films that I saw, for the first time, in 2012.
1. Hugo (2011)
2. Higher Ground (2011)
3. Between the Folds (2008)
Netflix and Amazon Prime. Clocking in at just under an hour, this documentary is well worth your time.
4. Apocalypto (2006)
5. In a Better World (2010)