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 Raid: Action! Action! Action! Action! Action! Fight! Action! Explosion! Action!
End of Watch: hands-down my favourite cop movie ever.
Descendants: watched it twice now, same impact both times. Great acting.
Headhunters: dark Scandy thriller that’s better than all of the Dragon Tattoo films. Bleak but funny.
Skyfall: The best ‘film’ featuring James Bond, but not 100% true to the ‘Bond Film’ formula.
Cabin in the Woods: an absolute treat for horror fans.
Expendables 2: stop judging me. Bigger, better, louder, wilder, explodier, ridiculouser…
Goon: Inde-spirited sorts comedy that’s sweary but funny.
21 Jump Street: Much funnier than it had to be. Tatum out-comedies a comedian. FUCK YOU SCIENCE!
Reykjavik-Rotterdam: Re-made by Hollywood as “Contraband” the original was far, far superior.
Keith Lemon: the Film: or more accurately – Keith Lemon: possibly the Worst Film Ever.
The Master: not the worst of the year by a long shot but given the director and cast, a major letdown.
Killing Them Softly: dry, boring, slow, offensive, predictable, unoriginal, forgettable.
Piranha 3DD: How could you take a film full of nudity, violence and babes, yet make it this boring?
Best of the rest:
Blow Out: De Palma giving us a seemingly effortless masterclass in direction, storytelling and drama.
Super: a love/hate film that hit all of the right chords with me. Shut up, Crime!
Kill List: Intense, claustrophobic, edgy, black thriller.
The French Connection: more than just the legendary car chase – all killer.
Battle Royale: Never gets old, never gets boring. Hunger Games = Battle Royale with Cheese.
3-Iron: strange but endearing Korean offbeat love story.
Buried: Coffin. Phone. Zippo. 1 Actor. Brilliant film.
Heat: Can’t go wrong with this epic cops ‘n’ robbers story – genre defining.
Anvil: Story of Anvil (Doc): Absolutely heart-warming doc that happens to be about a metal band.
The Good Wife (TV): Another storming series.
Justified (TV): Series 3 is among the best TV I can remember watching. S1 & S2 also great.
Awake (TV): one-off cop drama about a cop with two lives, unsure which is the dream.