Best of 2012

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

As we go in to a new year, we cannot help but look back at the best pop culture of 2012. Smash hits proliferated the box office and we found ourselves singing unforgettable songs all year.

In the spring, the much- anticipated Hunger Games film kept audiences on the edge of their seats hoping “the odds were ever in [their] favor.” The brave lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, along with handsome co- stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Helmsworth, depicted the anguish of the 74th Annual Hunger Games fiercely.

Around this time, Carly Rae Jepsen’s playful song “Call Me Maybe” entered many students lives. Many different organizations from sports teams to camp groups made music videos to this song. Mr. Ferguson’s, the twelfth grade English teacher, favorite song of 2012 came out around this time too. “Too Close” by Alex Clare was a great song with a unique sound and strong lyrics.

As summer brought out the inner moviegoer in all of us, movies like The Amazing Spiderman, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers were hits.  Mr. Ferguson confirms his favorite of 2012 is The Amazing Spiderman. These gut- wrenching films were not only action packed, but also had great digital effects and heroes.

Summer tunes of 2012 like “Some Nights” by F.U.N. and “Somebody that I Used to Love” were favorites too.

Even when school got back in session, 2012 continued to put out great films like Skyfall, Argo, and Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis depicted one of the most iconic men in American history- President Abraham Lincoln himself. Some people describe the resemblance as “freaky”; all I can say is it was brilliant. Daniel Craig played James Bond, a character that will always be near and dear to pop culture, in the entertaining and clever film Skyfall. Ben Affleck acted and directed Argo, telling the raw story of the Iran hostage crisis.

Even in the last few months of 2012, great films were released. CHS Student Sarita Sooklal eloquently describes Pitch Perfect as “a classic.” The charming film features a campus competition between the male and female singing groups at Barden University. Many students now engage in the infectious cup trick and song from the movie. Last, but not least, is one of my favorite films of 2012- Les Miserables. The “stacked” cast beautifully delivers Jean Valjean’s tale amidst 19th- century revolutionary France. With internationally recognized performances, music, and acting, this film has definitely ended 2012 on a high note.

Still, we must also pay homage to Mr. Ferguson’s favorite television show “The Regular Show: Christmas Special.” The show features best friends Mordecai and Rigby’s adventures that often take them to other worldly dimensions.

2012 had some truly unforgettable hits, but we can only start to wonder what 2013 will have in store.


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