Wednesday, 2 January 2013

My Top Ten films of 2012

This year I have actively tried to watch more films due to merciless teasing by 2 men who shall remain nameless (JK and CP...). 

These are my Top Ten films of 2012.

10. John Carter
Didn't do very well at the box office, but I really loved this epic film.  It has some faults but they are tiny.  I thought that Lynne Collins was fantastic as Dejah.  Deserved to get a bigger audience.

9. Frankenweenie
Tim Burton's best film to date. A tribute to the genre, the movie nods to many old horror films from Frankenstein to Godzilla, Gremlins to the Wickerman. A classic.

8. Skyfall
A great addition to the James Bond archive.  Definitely the most beautifully shot of all the Bonds, particularly the Scottish Highlands scenes which were visually stunning.

7. The Hobbit
Martin Freeman was born to play Bilbo.  The book feels very much like a kid's fairytale and I thought that the film was just a bit more grown up.  I didn't like the 48fps, but then I hated 3D when it first appeared and now I appreciate it's place. 

6. The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale blows my mind.  An amazing actor and a brilliant Batman.  Intense, visual and completely engrossing.

5. Dredd 3D
Sexy graphics, glittering backdrops and theatrical music. Read my review here.

4. Avengers Assemble
Superhero movie with a heart. Balanced, witty and refreshing. We enjoyed it so much we went to see it three times. Also can't forget Jeremy Renner.  Read about the film here.

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Alcoholism and child neglect are softened when viewed through the eyes of a young girl. The storytelling is what stands out in this film. And the amazing acting ability of a 5 year old girl, Quvenzhane Wallis.

2. Looper
Intelligent sci-fi with a great twist, this film almost made it to the top.  An original concept, great script and perfect cast.  Joseph Gordon Levitt is one to watch. 

1. Life Of Pi
Wow. This film is what 3D was made for. My favourite book of all time. I am amazed that it managed to make the jump over to film. Glimmering shots of beauty and a real investment by the young actor Suraj Sharma. A story within a story within a story, the film has themes of faith, religion and trust. I spent the last half hour with tears running down my cheeks.

There are a couple of films I have yet to see, which might make the list such as Argo, Moonrise Kingdom and Chronicle. 

Honourable mentions from the kids: Real Steel, The Hunger Games, Snow White & The Huntsman, Hugo and Brave.

What amazing films have I missed in 2012?

Happy New Year!



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