It’s Oscar weekend, which means it’s once again time for The Haiku Review to reveal its best films of last year. And thanks to Ben Affleck, waterboarding, vengeful slaves, a French pillow, and one exceedingly incompetent fast-food restaurant staff, 2012 turned out to be a fantastic time at the cinema. So without further ado, here are the ten best movies of the year.

1. Zero Dark Thirty

Detractors will be
tortured. It’s like catching him
all over again.


argo2. Argo

It just feels so weird,
respecting Affleck again
after all these years.


master3. The Master

We’re NOT making fun
of you, Scientology,
we totally swear.


ai weiwei4. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Good news, kids! Giving
the middle finger can now
be considered art.


compliance5. Compliance

Those fast-food guys will
strip-search employees, but not
get your order right.


Beasts of the Southern Wild6. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Thanks to Hushpuppy,
the year’s most magical place
was in the Bathtub.


amour7. Amour

‘Cause love means never
having to say you’re sorry
for helping mmphff mmmmphff


burn8. Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

Brave folk fight fires in
a city so engulfed you
could see it from space.


Lincoln9. Lincoln

The film loses points
for skipping over all of
the vampire hunting.


django unchained10. Django Unchained

To Tarantino,
reparations come in the
form of six-shooters.


Now the Haiku Review wants to know: what films did think were the best of the year?

By Daniel J. Hoag