Best and Worst Films of 2012

It's annoying when films that were released in the United States in 2011 don't get released in Australia until early 2012. So, a few of these films were part of last year's Oscar buzz.

Top 10 best films of 2012:

1) Les Miserables – One of the world's most beloved stage musicals has finally been adapted well onto film. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway should win Oscars for their performances.

2) The Artist – There's a reason it won best picture at the Oscars.

3) The Avengers – After several disappointing superhero films of late, writer/director Joss Whedon finally showed the world what a real superhero film should be. A flawless film.

4) Hugo – This is essentially Martin Scorcese's love letter to cinema. It's beautiful.

5) Argo – Based on a true story, this film is exciting and bizarre. Hollywood helped the US and Canadian governments rescue people trapped in Iran during political turmoil? Really? Amazing.

6) The Dark Knight Rises – A great conclusion to Christopher Nolan's epic Batman franchise. But is it too late for fans to demand more films? They're all so good.

7) Carnage – Hilarious; easily the best comedy of the year. I never thought watching Kate Winslet throw up could be so entertaining.

8) Looper – Mind blowing and entertaining, this film will keep you on the edge of your seat. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic and Bruce Willis is his usual tough guy self.

9) The Intouchables – Yes it's a foreign film, a French film in fact, but I promise it's worth seeing. A funny, sweet and sincere story with an unusual bromance between a quadriplegic and a man from the wrong side of the tracks.

10) The Way – A beautiful, heartfelt and unconventional road trip film. Very moving and the cinematography is stunning. A passion project for Emilio Estevez and his father Martin Sheen.

Notable mentions:

J Edgar – An underrated film. Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic and this film offers a rare insight into the life of one of America's most secretive, feared and respected men.

The Descendants – Daggy Clooney is almost unheard of and Daddy Clooney is definitely unheard of but we get both in this film. Great performances and great cinematography.

On The Road – Garrett Hedlund stole the show. I almost believed he was Dean Moriarty. It's a shame he has been overlooked for awards. Die hard fans of the book will always have some scepticism of the film but the cast helps make this film a winner.

Lawless – Two words. Tom Hardy. Amazing performances from all the leads. This film is a fun and gruesome look at the prohibition era.

Shame – Unique and complex, with a powerful performance from Michael Fassbender.

Bully – Interesting documentary that should encourage further debate about how to tackle bullying.

Top 10 disappointments of 2012:

1) The Master – Easily the most overrated film of the year. Nothing engaging about this tale.

2) Mental – Worst Australian film of the year in what was a pretty bad year for Australian films. Missed the mark completely and was quite offensive.

3) The Darkest Hour – Felt like it went on for several hours. Nothing scary about this film. Just lame.

4) Wrath of the Titans – Sam Worthington said he wanted to make this film to improve on the first film. Clearly, he failed.

5) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – As ridiculous as its title would suggest.

6) Rock Of Ages – So cringe worthy I laughed in the first minute. Talk about butchering 80's rock music.

7) Wuthering Heights – Painfully slow and disappointingly only told half the story of the classic novel.

8) Man On A Ledge – The title sums it up, really. Not a good year for Sam Worthington.

9) A Little Bit of Heaven – Who thought it would be a good idea to make a romantic comedy about a dying woman?

10) Alex Cross – You know it's a bad film when you can't even sympathise with a protagonist who has lost someone he loves.

What are your hit and miss films of the year?


  1. Didn't like any of the films on your worst list either!

    Good to see some TDKR love, Nolan truly is phenomenal!


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