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Empire's Best Films Of 2012
The Empire staff choose their top 20 of the year - is your favourite on the list?

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Beasts Of The Southern Wild

DIRECTOR Benh Zeitlin
STARS Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

Exasperated commentators too often complain how movie pipelines are choked by sequels, remakes, reboots, adaptations… 'Where is the originality?' comes the recurring whine. Well, if Benh Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild didn't cheer them, we've no idea what could. It is a genuine American independent: made by a first-time writer-director-composer through lo-fi innovation and a sharp eye for otherworldly found locations, entirely free of the studios and starring a collective of unknowns including the fiercely luminous, firework-haired Quvenzhane Wallis. It defies genre: social-magic-realism occurring in an alternate/post-apocalyptic/semi-fairytale Louisiana. Part-Malick, part-Sayles, part-Herzog, part-Gilliam — yet never derivative — it comes gloriously unpackaged, almost as if it's a captured dream, somehow tattooed on the collective subconscious, although crafted deftly and surely by the 30-year-old, one-time New Yorker Zeitlin. So Zeitlin's proved his talent, delivered his calling card and wrapping himself in Tinseltown now, right? No, he's prepping his next movie in Louisiana with the same collective. Living proof, as is Beasts itself, that there is always far, far more to American cinema than Hollywood.
DAN JOLIN

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1 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

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You're a funny guy Empire, I like you. Thats why I'm going to kill you last. my list 2012 1) Django Unchained 2) Flight 3) Rust and Bone 4) Cloud Atlas 5) Safety Not Guaranteed 6) DREDD 7) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8) Ted 9) Life of Pi 10) End of Watch Read More

Posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012, 14:35 by Oldb0y

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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

4 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


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