7. Killing Them Softly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDyaNnrgdp4 One more from Andrew Dominik. Killing Them Softly was one of the edgiest and most intense films of 2012 but still was massively overlooked. Dominik does for the gangster genre with Killing Them Softly the same thing he did for the western genre with The Assassination of the Outlaw Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His direction is incredibly stylized at some points then completely ordinary at other moments which creates a very jarring tonal shift. Normally this would be a bad thing but it really plays to the films strengths. The murder inherent in the crime genre is presented here in a way that doesn't glamorize violence but instead makes it more realistic. There are some scenes of violence that give the viewer a sense of extreme uneasiness that perfectly compliment the bleak tone that runs throughout the movie. When the credits begin to roll at the end of Killing Them Softly you feel like you've been hit over the head with a brick which is just about the greatest endorsement I can give the film.