2012 Review

Another year, another film review site and another list of the films that are worthy of another mention. The stinkers aren’t so well-represented this year due to a more rigorous selection process.

The Best:

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The Raid: Action! Action! Action! Action! Action! Fight! Action! Explosion! Action!

End of watch Jake Gyllenhaal Michael Peña Natalie Martinez Anna Kendrick David Harbour Frank Grillo America Ferrera Cle Sloan Cody Horn

End of Watch: hands-down my favourite cop movie ever.

The Descendants Alexander Payne George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Rob Huebel

Descendants: watched it twice now, same impact both times. Great acting.

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Headhunters: dark Scandy thriller that’s better than all of the Dragon Tattoo films. Bleak but funny.

Skyfall 05 Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Rory Kinnear, Ola Rapace, Ben Whishaw

Skyfall: The best ‘film’ featuring James Bond, but not 100% true to the ‘Bond Film’ formula.

The Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods: an absolute treat for horror fans.

The Expendables 2 Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Expendables 2: stop judging me. Bigger, better, louder, wilder, explodier, ridiculouser…

Goon Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Marc-Andre Grondin, Allison Pill, Eugene Levy, David Paetkau, Kim Coates, Richard Clarkin

Goon: Inde-spirited sorts comedy that’s sweary but funny.

21 Jump Street 2012

21 Jump Street: Much funnier than it had to be. Tatum out-comedies a comedian. FUCK YOU SCIENCE!

Reykjavík-Rotterdam Contraband Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Victor Löw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Óskar Jónasson

Reykjavik-Rotterdam: Re-made by Hollywood as “Contraband” the original was far, far superior.

Stinkers:

Keith Lemon The Movie Bang Tidy Smash your back doors in ooooosh

Keith Lemon: the Film: or more accurately – Keith Lemon: possibly the Worst Film Ever.

The Master Turkish Poster Joaquin Phoenix Philip Seymour Hoffman Amy Adams

The Master: not the worst of the year by a long shot but given the director and cast, a major letdown.

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly: dry, boring, slow, offensive, predictable, unoriginal, forgettable.

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Piranha 3DD: How could you take a film full of nudity, violence and babes, yet make it this boring?

Best of the rest:

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Blow Out: De Palma giving us a seemingly effortless masterclass in direction, storytelling and drama.

Super Rainn Wilson Ellen Page Liv Tyler Kevin Bacon Nathan Fillion Michael Rooker Crimson Bolt Boltie

Super: a love/hate film that hit all of the right chords with me. Shut up, Crime!

Kill List, Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer

Kill List: Intense, claustrophobic, edgy, black thriller.

French Connection Popeye

The French Connection: more than just the legendary car chase – all killer.

Battle Royale 2-1

Battle Royale: Never gets old, never gets boring. Hunger Games = Battle Royale with Cheese.

3 Iron, Korea, Jae Hee, Lee Seung-yeon, Kim Ki-duk

3-Iron: strange but endearing Korean offbeat love story.

Buried Box Ryan Reynolds Coffin José Luis García Pérez Robert Paterson Stephen Tobolowsky Samantha Mathis Erik Palladino

Buried: Coffin. Phone. Zippo. 1 Actor. Brilliant film.

Heat 02 Robert De Niro, Al Pacino,  Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Kevin Gage, William Fichtner, Jon Voight, Hank Azaria, Natalie Portman, Dennis Haysbert, Mykelti Williamson

Heat: Can’t go wrong with this epic cops ‘n’ robbers story – genre defining.

Anvil Story of Anvil Steve Lips Kudlow Robb Reiner Sal Italiano

Anvil: Story of Anvil (Doc): Absolutely heart-warming doc that happens to be about a metal band.

The Good Wife Season series 3 finale diane lockhart alicia florick eli gold will gardner kalinda sharma david lee Derrick Bond Wendy Scott Carr Julius Cain Luis Canning Cary Agos Zachary Grace

The Good Wife (TV): Another storming series.

Justified Season 3 2

Justified (TV): Series 3 is among the best TV I can remember watching. S1 & S2 also great.

Awake Jason Isacs Laura Allen Steve Harris Dylan Minnette BD Wong Wilmer Valderrama Cherry Jones Laura Innes Daniela Bobadilla Penguin

Awake (TV): one-off cop drama about a cop with two lives, unsure which is the dream.

2011 in review
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2 comments
  1. Loved this.

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  2. sanclementejedi said:

    Happy to see some love for The Raid Redemption !!!! Best action flick I have seen in ages.

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