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The American Film Institute names their Top 10 movies and shows of the year. Guess who got snubbed?

Dec. 10, 2012by: Alex Maidy

I love top ten lists. They are the best because they are unique to the person/group who creates them and they can be debated like crazy. With 2012 coming to a close, every critical group will be awarding winners for the best films of the year. I always like the AFI lists because they don't crown a winner, but the ten best of the year.

Now, this being my first year at JoBlo.com, I am trying to make my own list, which you may see very soon, but I am in major disagreement with the AFI this year. Take a look at these lists and tell me if you think anything is missing?

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
MOONRISE KINGDOM
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
BREAKING BAD
GAME CHANGE
GAME OF THRONES
GIRLS
HOMELAND
LOUIE
MAD MEN
MODERN FAMILY
THE WALKING DEAD

The TV list is pretty much on par with my own, although I do think it should have included BOARDWALK EMPIRE, but that movie list has a glaring omission.  Where is THE MASTER?  I am very happy they decided to include THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, but THE MASTER is definitely Top 10.  Hell, it was even Top 5!

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is looking more and more to be a dark horse contender for the Oscars this year.  Could it pull an upset like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE?  Could this be the year that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES gets recognized for direction or even Best Picture?  Time will tell.

Like I said at the top, these lists are made to be debated.  Do you agree with these movies and TV shows?

Note that SKYFALL was not eligible for this list as it was produced and financed primarily in the UK.

Extra Tidbit: I still have not seen a single episode of GIRLS or HOMELAND. Just saying.
Source: AFI

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3:22AM on 12/17/2012
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is like 25 times better than TDKR.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is like 25 times better than TDKR.
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4:03PM on 12/12/2012
SOA! I will always be a Sons of Anarchy fan and this season was the best season since season 2. Besides that I need to see a few more movies if I am going to talk about the films list.
SOA! I will always be a Sons of Anarchy fan and this season was the best season since season 2. Besides that I need to see a few more movies if I am going to talk about the films list.
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1:41AM on 12/12/2012
The Master was boring. My least favourite PTA film, it had no purpose, went in circles and dragged on for too long. Despite all that, the performances were amazing, cinematography top notch, I directing was perfect. So....yeah. Take that as you will.
The Master was boring. My least favourite PTA film, it had no purpose, went in circles and dragged on for too long. Despite all that, the performances were amazing, cinematography top notch, I directing was perfect. So....yeah. Take that as you will.
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10:12PM on 12/11/2012

TV

good list but i would have to put The Killing on the tv list for sure
good list but i would have to put The Killing on the tv list for sure
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2:43PM on 12/11/2012
I agree with most of this , but I think Haven should be included in the TV Lists
I agree with most of this , but I think Haven should be included in the TV Lists
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9:25AM on 12/11/2012
They also left out my favourite movie of the year...
CLOUD ATLAS
They also left out my favourite movie of the year...
CLOUD ATLAS
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8:15AM on 12/11/2012
Love seeing Louie getting recognition. Louis CK deserves all the accolades he's been receiving lately. A tremendous comedian and very likable guy
Love seeing Louie getting recognition. Louis CK deserves all the accolades he's been receiving lately. A tremendous comedian and very likable guy
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5:44AM on 12/11/2012

Seriously? TDKR?

One of the most disappointing movies of the year. What did people like about it? It was awful. Poorly edited, terrible pacing/flow, and ridiculous nonsensical situations. I could go on and on about this movie.
One of the most disappointing movies of the year. What did people like about it? It was awful. Poorly edited, terrible pacing/flow, and ridiculous nonsensical situations. I could go on and on about this movie.
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7:45AM on 12/11/2012
Agreed
Agreed
8:04AM on 12/11/2012
I guess we liked the acting, cinematography, music, special effects, action, symbolism, story and the conclusion... You know, all the elements that make a good movie.
I guess we liked the acting, cinematography, music, special effects, action, symbolism, story and the conclusion... You know, all the elements that make a good movie.
3:06PM on 12/11/2012
For this flick, none of that adds up to a top 10 movie of the year. The plot holes and poor editing are painfully obvious. Anybody who likes this film this much to put it in a top 10 list is likely too much of a Batman & Nolan fanboy to realize the film is awful. Batman gets his @ss handed to him in almost every scene. In the opening scene, they go through the painstaking detail of faking the doctors death in the plane, yet fail to realize nobody would believe a crash where the plane breaks
For this flick, none of that adds up to a top 10 movie of the year. The plot holes and poor editing are painfully obvious. Anybody who likes this film this much to put it in a top 10 list is likely too much of a Batman & Nolan fanboy to realize the film is awful. Batman gets his @ss handed to him in almost every scene. In the opening scene, they go through the painstaking detail of faking the doctors death in the plane, yet fail to realize nobody would believe a crash where the plane breaks apart in that fashion, in 3 places over miles/minutes apart. I hated that Batman's bike had the ability to stop with the wheels flipping over on it's side. The geniuses who made this film thought it was such a great idea, they did it like 3-4 times in the film. It's so over-the-top ridiculous. I have only scratched the surface on my rant against this movie. Don't even get me started on the back fixing method too.
8:38PM on 12/11/2012
Oh, okay, so you're just nitpicking then. You're not criticizing things that actually affect the overall quality of the movie.
Oh, okay, so you're just nitpicking then. You're not criticizing things that actually affect the overall quality of the movie.
9:00PM on 12/11/2012
I don't think it's nitpicking. It's ridiculous plot scenarios that make the whole movie a friggin mess. After a while it adds up to a big turd. Point is, it's not worthy of being on the top 10 list, unless it's a top 10 crappiest list. If it's really about cinematography, music, etc.. there are dozens of indie films that would crush TDKR.
I don't think it's nitpicking. It's ridiculous plot scenarios that make the whole movie a friggin mess. After a while it adds up to a big turd. Point is, it's not worthy of being on the top 10 list, unless it's a top 10 crappiest list. If it's really about cinematography, music, etc.. there are dozens of indie films that would crush TDKR.
1:17PM on 12/12/2012
Oh, please. You're telling me that this, " I hated that Batman's bike had the ability to stop with the wheels flipping over on it's side. The geniuses who made this film thought it was such a great idea, they did it like 3-4 times in the film" isn't nitpicking?

How does that affect the plot, characters, dialogue, acting, cinematography, music, etc.? Oh yeah, it doesn't. It has nothing to do with any of that at all. It's just a cool little special effect. It has absolutely zero affect on the
Oh, please. You're telling me that this, " I hated that Batman's bike had the ability to stop with the wheels flipping over on it's side. The geniuses who made this film thought it was such a great idea, they did it like 3-4 times in the film" isn't nitpicking?

How does that affect the plot, characters, dialogue, acting, cinematography, music, etc.? Oh yeah, it doesn't. It has nothing to do with any of that at all. It's just a cool little special effect. It has absolutely zero affect on the overall quality of the movie.

If you're gonna criticize TDKR, then criticize things that actually matter, like Talia Al Ghul's horribly written character who was only shoehorned into the movie for a cheap plot twist at the end and as a nod to the comics, or how the last hour of the movie seems incredibly rushed to cover everything it needs to before the climax. Not silly, trivial things like "Batman's bike tires flipping is stuuuuuuuuupid" or "Batman gets his ass kicked in every scene". Focus on things that actually affect the movie.
3:58AM on 12/11/2012

zero dark thirty?

Has anyone seen that one yet? The trailers give me the impression that it's just another propaganda piece. Granted, I was pretty underwhelmed by The Hurt Locker as well, but I at least saw why it was reviewed positively. Is this one really impressive enough to be considered for a top 10?
Has anyone seen that one yet? The trailers give me the impression that it's just another propaganda piece. Granted, I was pretty underwhelmed by The Hurt Locker as well, but I at least saw why it was reviewed positively. Is this one really impressive enough to be considered for a top 10?
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2:13AM on 12/11/2012
Triple. Sorry.
Triple. Sorry.
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2:10AM on 12/11/2012
Double.
Double.
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2:08AM on 12/11/2012
Good list. I can't see DKR winning though. Especially if TDK didn't win. While I thought DKR was great, I also though there were movies superior to it out this year, notably Argo, but even Lincoln and Life of Pi. I would argue that Nolan get best director, maybe, as he still does such a fantastic job of crafting his film, but on a whole, DKR just isn't the better film this year. It's still in my top ten, but there are a few others ahead of it.
Good list. I can't see DKR winning though. Especially if TDK didn't win. While I thought DKR was great, I also though there were movies superior to it out this year, notably Argo, but even Lincoln and Life of Pi. I would argue that Nolan get best director, maybe, as he still does such a fantastic job of crafting his film, but on a whole, DKR just isn't the better film this year. It's still in my top ten, but there are a few others ahead of it.
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1:53AM on 12/11/2012
No "Katy Perry: Part of Me"? WHAT THE HELL AFI???!?!
No "Katy Perry: Part of Me"? WHAT THE HELL AFI???!?!
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11:42PM on 12/10/2012
Movies: Glad to see The Dark Knight Rises and Life of Pi on the list. They are my two favorites of the year. Wish The Grey would get some love on some of these top 10 lists. It's also among my favorites of the year. All in all, the movie list is pretty solid.

TV: Glad to see Homeland on the list. It's the best show on television. Love The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad too. Missing from the list: Fringe, Justified, Person of Interest, Revenge and Arrow. Some really awesome shows that
Movies: Glad to see The Dark Knight Rises and Life of Pi on the list. They are my two favorites of the year. Wish The Grey would get some love on some of these top 10 lists. It's also among my favorites of the year. All in all, the movie list is pretty solid.

TV: Glad to see Homeland on the list. It's the best show on television. Love The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad too. Missing from the list: Fringe, Justified, Person of Interest, Revenge and Arrow. Some really awesome shows that were snubbed IMO.
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11:31PM on 12/10/2012
Where is Sons of Anarchy? Each season just gets better & better.
Where is Sons of Anarchy? Each season just gets better & better.
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11:07PM on 12/10/2012
Personally I think that Boardwalk Empire should have been on the TV list... as for The Master it was quite good, but for me it would be more like a runner-up to the Top 10. Technically it's quite the accomplishment, of course, but the storytelling is a bit muddled, I think.
Personally I think that Boardwalk Empire should have been on the TV list... as for The Master it was quite good, but for me it would be more like a runner-up to the Top 10. Technically it's quite the accomplishment, of course, but the storytelling is a bit muddled, I think.
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10:52PM on 12/10/2012

Slumdog Upset(?)

was absolutely not an upset. It won a near sweep of all the critic and guild circles. It was a close to a sure thing for winning BP as possible.
was absolutely not an upset. It won a near sweep of all the critic and guild circles. It was a close to a sure thing for winning BP as possible.
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10:30PM on 12/10/2012
I'm happy to see Argo make the list. I would replace American Horror Story with Sons of Anarchy though.
I'm happy to see Argo make the list. I would replace American Horror Story with Sons of Anarchy though.
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9:33PM on 12/10/2012
I just watched TDKR for the 2nd time last night. Eeehhh... I hate to say it but there was a lot about it I really didn't like on second viewing. The Dark Knight I can't even watch anymore it bugs me so much.
I don't know, I think I'm jaded or too picky or something
I just watched TDKR for the 2nd time last night. Eeehhh... I hate to say it but there was a lot about it I really didn't like on second viewing. The Dark Knight I can't even watch anymore it bugs me so much.
I don't know, I think I'm jaded or too picky or something
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8:46PM on 12/10/2012

I know..

its not like awards sort of thing but isn't Person Of Interest one of the best shows out there??
its not like awards sort of thing but isn't Person Of Interest one of the best shows out there??
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5:41PM on 12/10/2012
TDKR really?! With that many plot holes and copied story from The World is not Enough?!
TDKR really?! With that many plot holes and copied story from The World is not Enough?!
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2:09AM on 12/11/2012
I hardly think that Nolan got his inspiration and ideas for the movie from The World Is Not Enough.
I hardly think that Nolan got his inspiration and ideas for the movie from The World Is Not Enough.
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5:36PM on 12/10/2012
double post. my bad
double post. my bad
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5:34PM on 12/10/2012
I've only seen four on that movie list (Life of Pi, Lincoln, TDKR & Argo). Life of Pi is beautiful, but thats about it. Lincoln was solid, simply because DDayLewis owned that role, and James Spader stole each moment he was on screen. TDKR was good, but heavily flawed and ultimately disappointing. Argo is probably going to sit in my personal top three for the year. Django & Zero look like winners, and when Louisville-area cinemas get around to making Silver Linings Playbook available, I'll
I've only seen four on that movie list (Life of Pi, Lincoln, TDKR & Argo). Life of Pi is beautiful, but thats about it. Lincoln was solid, simply because DDayLewis owned that role, and James Spader stole each moment he was on screen. TDKR was good, but heavily flawed and ultimately disappointing. Argo is probably going to sit in my personal top three for the year. Django & Zero look like winners, and when Louisville-area cinemas get around to making Silver Linings Playbook available, I'll be seeing that too. Moonrise Kingdom does not appeal to me, neither does Les Miserables.

On the TV side, i like their list for the most part. Girls bored me to death and Game Change isn't even out yet. Mad Men and Louie are good but just aren't favorites of mine. Both are tedious at times, Louie especially. I would probably swap Game Change for The Newsroom, as I was absolutely hooked to that show over the summer. Also,throw in some Sons of Anarchy recognition! (Seriously, is that show getting blackballed for some reason?)
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4:29PM on 12/10/2012

avg vs tdkr

cant wait to see how many more noms and wins tdkr gets over avg
nice to see that tdkr made AFI's list
cant wait to see how many more noms and wins tdkr gets over avg
nice to see that tdkr made AFI's list
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4:19PM on 12/10/2012

No ParaNorman?

That was probably one of the best movies released this year, and definitely the best American animated film released this year.
That was probably one of the best movies released this year, and definitely the best American animated film released this year.
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4:15PM on 12/10/2012
How is Skyfall not in that list? Sub that in for The Dark Knight Rises. I had much more fun with it.
How is Skyfall not in that list? Sub that in for The Dark Knight Rises. I had much more fun with it.
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3:51PM on 12/10/2012

Look I'm not trying to start a war here...

you can love the Walking Dead, that's fine, but you can't tell me it's award worthy or one of the "best" shows on television. There's no way.

There's also gotta be something better than AHS.
you can love the Walking Dead, that's fine, but you can't tell me it's award worthy or one of the "best" shows on television. There's no way.

There's also gotta be something better than AHS.
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5:27PM on 12/10/2012
Actually that's EXACTLY what I'm telling you.
Actually that's EXACTLY what I'm telling you.
7:18PM on 12/10/2012
Last year I would have agreed with you wholeheartedly but they finally stepped their game back up this year and has gotten pretty good again. Of course it doesn't hurt that they are using as a template this season arguably the best storyline from the comic book. I only watch a handful of TV shows myself and last year I kept watching the Walking Dead simply with the hopes that it would get good again. This year I've been watching it because I'm actually interested in seeing what happens next.
Last year I would have agreed with you wholeheartedly but they finally stepped their game back up this year and has gotten pretty good again. Of course it doesn't hurt that they are using as a template this season arguably the best storyline from the comic book. I only watch a handful of TV shows myself and last year I kept watching the Walking Dead simply with the hopes that it would get good again. This year I've been watching it because I'm actually interested in seeing what happens next.
7:59PM on 12/10/2012
lipstick on a pig. last season was one of the worst seasons of television I've ever watched. this season is better, but people need to stop acting like the writing doesn't still have massive warts. I still don't really care who lives or dies.
lipstick on a pig. last season was one of the worst seasons of television I've ever watched. this season is better, but people need to stop acting like the writing doesn't still have massive warts. I still don't really care who lives or dies.
8:31PM on 12/10/2012
Just because you don't care who lives or dies, does not mean others feel the same, as 10 million people weekly disagree with you. If they didn't, they wouldn't keep tuning in, and the American Film Institute recognized it, this season has been terrific.
Just because you don't care who lives or dies, does not mean others feel the same, as 10 million people weekly disagree with you. If they didn't, they wouldn't keep tuning in, and the American Film Institute recognized it, this season has been terrific.
11:08PM on 12/10/2012
AHS is not a very well-made show. I'm shocked to see that it would make this list.
AHS is not a very well-made show. I'm shocked to see that it would make this list.
2:13AM on 12/11/2012
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but millions who tune in to watch TWD would tell you you're wrong.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but millions who tune in to watch TWD would tell you you're wrong.
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3:41PM on 12/10/2012

The Master

The Master was garbage. Worst PTA film I have ever seen and one of the worst experiences I've had at a movie theater all year. TDKR was far from perfect but I'd even put that film over the Master.
The Master was garbage. Worst PTA film I have ever seen and one of the worst experiences I've had at a movie theater all year. TDKR was far from perfect but I'd even put that film over the Master.
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3:37PM on 12/10/2012
lol The Dark Knight Rises. Fun movie and I'm a big Nolan fan, but a lot of people sure loved that movie a lot more than I did.
lol The Dark Knight Rises. Fun movie and I'm a big Nolan fan, but a lot of people sure loved that movie a lot more than I did.
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3:34PM on 12/10/2012

:/

Life of Pi, Dark Knight Rises, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln should be off that list. They should add The Sessions. After that season finale for Boardwalk Empire, I don't see how you couldn't add it to the list. That's just me thoug.
Life of Pi, Dark Knight Rises, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln should be off that list. They should add The Sessions. After that season finale for Boardwalk Empire, I don't see how you couldn't add it to the list. That's just me thoug.
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3:44PM on 12/10/2012
Boardwalk's finale was great, but more of that intensity should have been mixed into the whole season. It was like a filler season.
Boardwalk's finale was great, but more of that intensity should have been mixed into the whole season. It was like a filler season.
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3:28PM on 12/10/2012
Parks & Rec > Modern Family
Parks & Rec > Modern Family
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3:44PM on 12/10/2012
This x1000
This x1000
4:15PM on 12/10/2012
Best comedy on tv.
Best comedy on tv.
5:36PM on 12/10/2012
Before this season, I'd agree. I stopped watching this year after four episodes. Just wasn't as funny as it had been.
Before this season, I'd agree. I stopped watching this year after four episodes. Just wasn't as funny as it had been.
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3:26PM on 12/10/2012
I dont get the love for Girls
I dont get the love for Girls
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3:43PM on 12/10/2012
I thought it started off not great, but the last few episodes seem to be more in line with the critical acclaim.
I thought it started off not great, but the last few episodes seem to be more in line with the critical acclaim.
4:17PM on 12/10/2012
I agree with you. It seems like one of those films or shows that come along every couple of years and people say, "this is reality, this is how real people talk," and invariably it bares no resemblance how real people talk or most people's reality at all. It's funny enough in parts, but hardly a game changer.
I agree with you. It seems like one of those films or shows that come along every couple of years and people say, "this is reality, this is how real people talk," and invariably it bares no resemblance how real people talk or most people's reality at all. It's funny enough in parts, but hardly a game changer.
3:20PM on 12/10/2012
It's a decent movie list. There are some movies I would rank higher for sure, but from what I have seen so far, those definitely deserve to be considered for top of the year.

As for the TV one, I just don't get the critical acclaim for American Horror Story.
It's a decent movie list. There are some movies I would rank higher for sure, but from what I have seen so far, those definitely deserve to be considered for top of the year.

As for the TV one, I just don't get the critical acclaim for American Horror Story.
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