DIRECTOR Jason Reitman STARS Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
While Young Adult marked the creative reunion of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, it didn't make the same impact as their Juno. But it shouldn't be dismissed as a lesser work, and more than earns its place on this list. In fact it's the smarter film of the two, and (no offence to Ellen Page and co) the better performed. You definitely won't have seen a stronger turn from Charlize Theron this year, who is ideal casting as one-time prom queen Mavis Gary, a woman rendered dysfunctional by her own misguided self-belief, repeatedly reliving a mistily remembered version of her youth through the morally dubious young adult novels she ghost-writes. And that dubious morality applies the black comedy to the dramas she spins up around her on her return to the hometown she so loathes, making this a kind of anti-rom-com in which Mavis casts herself as the protagonist who 'deserves' to 'rescue' her teenhood sweetheart from the mundane clutches of his wife and child. The results are brilliantly excruciating, with Theron never quite allowing us to sympathise with Mavis while simultaneously ensuring we're not fully alienated by her: a tightrope act of a performance that deserves rapturous applause. DAN JOLIN
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RE: Avengers was a hugely entertaining movie, as was skyfall and there worthy of there positions! Should swap TDKR (the godfather 3 of the batman movies!) for the hobbit though! Read More
Posted on Thursday January 3, 2013, 17:07 by tfett
RE: You're a funny guy Empire, I like you. Thats why I'm going to kill you last.
my list 2012
1) Django Unchained
3) Rust and Bone
4) Cloud Atlas
5) Safety Not Guaranteed
7) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
9) Life of Pi
10) End of Watch Read More
Posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012, 14:35 by Oldb0y
RE: Totally agree with seven28uk - The Grey was brilliant, totally sucked me in and I have never researched so much about wolves until after seeing that film! Cabin in the Woods, although different, not exactly a film of the year top 20. I have only seen half of the films on the list - Headhunters a good call. Avengers, hmmmmmmmmmm.... Read More
Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 14:52 by owenyunfat
RE: You Fools! L: oxfordlover
Seriously why isnt The Hobbit on the list, it was amazing, anyone who who complains about it is just hating on a successful film, just like Titanic all over again!
What a load of idiotic nonsense! Read More
Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 13:49 by Filmfan 2