Sunday, 23 December 2012

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 comment:

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

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