In 2012, we saw a man jump from the stratosphere, two quarterbacks redefine “rookie” and the birth of “Gangnam Style”.
But that wasn’t all.
Join us as we recount the very best of the last twelve months.
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Dirty basement rock at its finest. Featuring sweat-soaked verses and scream-along choruses, the Vancouver duo put their name on the map with one of 2012’s best albums. If you feel like getting nostalgic about your teenage years, this disc is for you. If you don’t believe me, download “The House That Heaven Built.”
Psi – “Gangnam Style”
It may not be the first song at your wedding, but you definitely know about it. With over a billion YouTube views, Psi’s “Gangnam Style” took the internet by storm this summer. It hasn’t slowed down since.
Gotye’s voice and odd video propelled “Somebody That I Used To Know” to the top of 26 national charts. With over 10 million digital copies sold, it’s one of the most successful singles in recent memory.
Robot & Frank
Arguably the most powerful (and overlooked) film of the year, this futuristic comedy/drama focuses on the relationship between an aging jewel thief suffering from Alzheimer’s (Frank Langella) and his caretaking robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). Set in the near future, the dynamic between Langella and Sarsgaard effectively blurs the emotional line between man and machine. Stick around for the closing credits, featuring a terrific song by Francis and the Lights.
If you’re looking for cinematic excellence, find another film. But if you’re looking to re-live the out-of-body experiences provided by Entourage in its first four seasons (while also reminiscing about the inevitable chaos that accompanies high school parties), this is your movie. Using inexperienced actors and a found-footage format, Project X plays out like a documentary you wish you experienced.
The writer and director of In Bruges teams up with Collin Farrell for another sharp black comedy. Farrell plays a floundering writer searching for inspiration to launch his next novel. Ultimately, he finds more than he bargained for, as nearly everyone in his life is revealed to be a psychopath or serial killer. The film is brutal, surreal, clever, and a little Tarantino-esque. Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson co-star.
Robert Griffin III
With a 104.1 QB rating and a 4:1 (20)TD to (5)INT ratio, Robert Griffin III is more than a promising playmaker. He’s arguably the most dynamic player in NFL history. To put RGIII’s numbers in perspective, Michael Vick eclipsed a 100 QB rating once in his career, and has thrown for 20+ TD’s twice. He’s not just a great rookie, he’s a great player.
He may not have the numbers of RGIII, but Andrew Luck has some remarkable intangibles. To put his season into perspective, Luck took a 3-13 squad to a 11-5 record and a playoff berth. Despite the loss of Peyton Manning (whom Luck was drafted to replace), the Colts should be safe at quarterback for quite some time.
Lebron was (finally) able to silence his critics in the 2012 playoffs, averaging 30.3 points per game and leading the Miami Heat to their second NBA championship. He’s shown no signs of slowing down this season, as his Heat sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 20-8 record.
After suffering an ACL tear in late 2011, Peterson returned in 2012 to many health-related question. After this season, the questions won’t be about his health. They’ll be about his legacy. Finishing the season with 2,097 yards, Peterson amassed the greatest statistical season by a running back since Eric Dickerson in 1984.
London 2012 Olympics
Any time the world’s best come together, it’s an event to be remembered. 219.4 millions Americans tuned in to the spectacle, making it the most viewed Olympic games in television history.