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Top 10 Films of 2012 - 1/1/2012 6:05:41 PM   
ElephantBoy

 

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1. Nostalgia For the Light (Nostalgia de la luz) (Patricio Guzman, 94 Mins) 10/10
2. Shame (Steve McQueen, 100 Mins) 9/10
3. Rust and Bone (De rouille et das) (Jacques Audiard,120 Mins) 9/10
4. Polisse (Maiwenn, 127 Mins) 9/10
5. The Imposter (Bart Layton, 99 Mins) 8.5/10
6. The Kid with a Bike(Le gamin au velo) (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 87 Mins) 8/10
7. The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 92 Mins) 8/10
8. Even The Rain (Tambien la lluvia) (Iciar Bollain, 103 Mins) 8/10
9. Silver Linings Playbook (David O'Russell,122 Mins) 8/10
10. The Muppets (James Bobin,103 Mins) 8/10
11. Your Sister's Sister (Lynn Shelton,90 Mins) 8/10
12. Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog,107 Mins) 8/10
13. About Elly (Darbareye Elly) (Asghar Farhadi,119 Mins) 8/10
14. The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 115 Mins) 8/10
15. Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki, 93 Mins) 8/10
16. Looper (Rian Johnson, 118 Mins) 8/10
17. Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjellou, 86 Mins) 8/10
18. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley,88 Mins) 8/10
19. War Witch (Rebelle) (Kim Nquyen,90 Mins) 8/10
20. Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon, 143 Mins) 7.5/10
21. Carnage (Roman Polanski, 80 Mins) 7.5/10
22. The Hunter (Daniel Nettheim, 102 Mins) 7.5/10
23. Damsels in Distress (Walt Stillman,100 Mins) 7.5/10
19. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 165 Mins) 7.5/10
20. Damsels in Distress (Walt Stillman, 100 Mins) 7.5/10
21. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 94 Mins) 7.5/10
22. The Five Year Engagement (Nicholas Stoller, 124 Mins) 7.5/10
23. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (Lorene Scafaria, 101 Mins) 7.5/10
24. Paranorman (Chris Butler, Sam Fell, 92 Mins) 7.5/10
25. The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 143 Mins) 7/10
26. Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 103 Mins) 7/10
27. Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 98 Mins) 7/10
28. Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor, 97 Mins) 7/10
29. After Lucia (Despues de Lucia) (Michel Franco, 93 Mins) 7/10
30. 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy, 96 Mins) 7/10
31. The Angel's Share (Ken Loach, 106 Mins) 7/10
32. North Texas Sea (Bayo Defurne, 93 Mins) 7/10
33. Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va ou?) (Nadine Labaki, 110 Mins) 7/10
34. Like Crazy (Drake Doremus, 90 Mins) 7/10
35. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright, 130 Mins) 6.5/10
36. Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter, 90 Mins) 6.5/10
37. Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo Garcia, 113 Mins) 6.5/10
38. Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, 122 Mins) 6.5/10
39. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, 88 Mins) 6.5/10
40. The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 117 Mins) 6.5/10
41. Fast Girls (Regan Hall, 91 Mins) 6.5/10
42. This Must Be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino, 112 Mins) 5.5/10
43. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 100mins) 5.5/10
44. Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders, 127 Mins) 5.5/10
45. Gone (Heitor Dhalia, 94 Mins) 5/10
46. J. Edgar [Clint Eastwood, 136 Mins] 5/10
47. Chronicle (Josh Tank, 83 Mins) 5/10
48. Woman in the Fifth (Pawel Pawlikowski, 83 Mins) 4.5/10
49. Electrick Children (Rebecca Thomas, 96 Mins) 4/10
50. The Iron Lady [Phyllida Lloyd, 104 Mins] 4/10
51. Cosmoplis (David Cronenberg, 108 Mins) 3/10

< Message edited by ElephantBoy -- 30/1/2013 8:35:36 PM >
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 1/1/2012 10:28:33 PM   
Qwerty Norris


Posts: 3971
Joined: 26/10/2005
From: Edinburgh
Looks like I was beaten to the punch this year!

Just a quick run through of the rules in case you're not sure....

For every new film you see that is officially released in 2012 (according to where you live), the idea is to build an ongoing list of the things you end up seeing and rank your order of preference until the conclusion of the year. For every new film watched, simply post the film's title, where it roughly enters your list and a review regarding your thoughts about the corresponding film - which can be anything from a sentence, an essay, a mark out of 10 or all three in some way; it's entirely up to you.

In order to avoid a number of repeated posts, either post your reviews and lists in the same edited post throughout the year or wait until you've seen around five new things before adding things to your list – something which I've been doing the past few years. Feel free to use as little or as many posts as you like - whatever works best for you.

If you want to keep your ongoing list restricted to a top 10 / top 20 / top 50 or as I tend to do things, have it in its entirety as it grows throughout the year, again, that is your call.

The purpose of the thread is to get and help give a good comprehension of the films released in 2012 and to have the opportunity to praise / vilify certain commercial / independent releases that have left an impression on us as they happen.

I still have a handful of things from 2011 before I move onto 2012, but the likely first new entries will arrive in the form of Shame & the Iron Lady.

Happy New Year everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone's ongoing lists of favourites / pet hates from 2012.


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Qwerty's Top 10 of 2013 (so far)

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

(in reply to ElephantBoy)
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 1/1/2012 10:28:49 PM   
Qwerty Norris


Posts: 3971
Joined: 26/10/2005
From: Edinburgh
Qwerty's films of 2012 list.

1. Amour (France/Austria, Michael Haneke, 12) -9/10
2. About Elly (Iran, Asghar Farhadi, 12) -8.5/10
3. Beasts Of The Southern Wild (USA, Benh Zeitlin, 12) -8/10
4. The Dark Knight Rises (USA, Christopher Nolan, 12A) - 8.5/10
5. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 15) - 8.5/10
6. Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life (USA/UK/Germany, Werner Herzog, 15) - 8.5/10
7. The Kid With A Bike (Belgium, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 12A) - 8/10
8. Shame (USA/UK, Steve McQueen, 18) - 8/10
9. The Raid (Indonesia, Gareth Huw Edwards, 18) - 8/10
10. Argo (USA, Ben Affleck, 15) -8/10

11. Martha Marcy May Marlene (USA, Sean Durkin, 15) -8/10
12. Tabu (Portugal, Gomes, 15) -8/10
13. The Master (USA, Paul Thomas Anderson, 15) -8/10
14. A Royal Affair (Denmark, Nikolaj Arcel, 15) - 8/10
15. Holy Motors (France, Leos Caraz, 18) -8/10
16. The Angels' Share (UK, Ken Loach, 15) - 7.5/10
17. Looper (USA, Rian Johnson, 15) -7.5/10
18. The Muppets (USA, James Boban, U) -7.5/10
19. Frankenweenie (USA, Tim Burton, PG) -7.5/10
20. The Avengers (USA, Joss Whedon, 12A) - 7.5/10

21. Skyfall (UK/USA, Sam Mendes, 15) -7.5/10
22. Killing Them Softly (USA, Andrew Dominik, 18) -7.5/10
23. The Hunger Games (USA, Gary Ross, 12A) - 7.5/10
24. Berberian Sound Studio (UK, Peter Strickland, 15) - 7.5/10
25. Barbara (Germany, Christian Petzold, 12) -7.5/10
26. The Imposter (USA, Bart Layton, 15) - 7.5/10
27. Nostalgia For The Light (Chile, Patrice Guzman, 15) -7.5/10
28. Margin Call (USA,J.C. Chandor,15) - 7.5/10
29. Moonrise Kingdom (USA, Wes Anderson, 12A) - 7.5/10
30. The Descendants (USA, Alexander Payne, 15) -7.5/10

31. Coriolanus (UK, Ralph Fiennes, 15) - 7.5/10
32. Shadow Dancer (UK, James Marsh, 15) -7.5/10
33. Rust & Bone (France, Jacques Audiard, 15) -7/10
34. Paranorman (USA, Chris Butler & Sam Fell, PG) -710
35. Ruby Sparks (USA, Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton, 15) -7/10
36. Searching For Sugarman (USA, Dennis Dugan, PG) -7/10
37. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (UK/USA, Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt, U) - 7/10
38. Marley (USA/UK, Kevin McDonald, 15) - 7/10
39. The Grey (USA, Joe Carnahan, 15) -7/10
40. Young Adult (USA, Jason Reitman, 15) -7/10

41. Brave (USA/UK, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman &Steve Purcell, U) - 6.5/10
42. Killer Joe (USA, William Friedkin, 18) - 6.5/10
43. Headhunters (Norway, Morten Tyldum, 15) - 6.5/10
44. In Darkness (Poland, Agnieszka Holland, 15) - 6.5/10
45. Chronicle(USA, Josh Trank,12A) - 6.5/10
46. Tower Block (UK, James Nunn & Ronnie Thompson, 15) -6.5/10
47. Carnage (France/Germany/Poland/Spain, Roman Polanski, 15) -6.5/10
48. The Cabin In The Woods (USA, Drew Goddard, 15) - 6/10
49. Dredd (UK/USA/SA, Pete Travis, 18) -6/10
50. The Five Year Engagement (USA, Nicholas Stoller, 15) - 6/10

51. Prometheus (USA, Ridley Scott, 15) - 6/10
52. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (USA, Stephen Chbosky, 12) -6/10
53. The Woman In Black (UK, James Watkins, 12A) -6/10
54. Michael (Austria, Markus Schleinzer, 18) - 6/10
55. Anna Karenina (UK, Joe Wright, 12) -6/10
56. Bombay Beach (USA, Alma Har'el, 15) - 6/10
57. Lawless (USA, John Hillcoat, 15) -6/10
58. War Horse (UK/USA, Steven Spielberg, 12A) - 6/10
59. 21 Jump Street (USA, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 15) - 5.5/10
60. Haywire (USA/Ireland, Steven Soderbergh, 15) - 5.5/10

61. Red Lights (USA/Spain, Rodrigo Cortes, 15) - 5.5/10
62. To Rome With Love (USA, Woody Allen, 15) -5.5/10
63. Snow White & The Huntsman (USA, Rupert Sanders, 12A) - 5.5/10
64. Safe (USA, Boaz Yakin, 15) - 5.5/10
65. The Bourne Legacy (USA, Tony Gilroy, 15) -5.5/10
66. The Three Stooges (USA, Peter & Bobby Farrelly, PG) -5.5/10
67. We Bought A Zoo (USA, Cameron Crowe, PG) - 5.5/10
68. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (UK, John Madden, 12A) - 5/10
69. Lockout (USA/France, James Mather & Stephen St. Leger, 15) - 5/10
70. The Expendables 2 (USA, Simon West, 15) -5/10

71. The Amazing Spider-Man (USA, Marc Webb, 12A) - 4.5/10
72. Ted (USA, Seth MacFarlene, 15) -4.5/10
73. A Dangerous Method (Canada/UK, David Cronenberg, 15) -4.5/10
74. Two Days In New York (USA/France, Julie Delpy, 15) - 4.5/10
75. J. Edgar (USA, Clint Eastwood, 15) - 4.5/10
76. Dark Shadows (USA, Tim Burton, 15) - 4.5/10
77. American Reunion (USA, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg, 15) - 4.5/10
78. Iron Sky (Finland, Timo Vuorensola, 15) - 4.5/10
79. The Campaign (USA, Jay Roach, 15) -4.5/10
80. Total Recall (USA, Len Wiseman, 12) -4/10

81. Men In Black 3 (USA, Barry Sonnenfield, PG) - 4/10
82. Mirror Mirror (USA, Tarsem Singh, PG) - 4/10
83. Goon (USA/Canada, Michael Dowse, 12A) - 4/10
84. The Dictator (USA, Larry Charles, 15) - 4/10
85. The Iron Lady (UK, Phyllida Lloyd, 12A) - 4/10
86. The Sitter (USA, David Gordon Green, 15) - 4/10
87. Gone (USA, Heitor Dhalia, 15) - 4/10
88. Cosmopolis (Canada, David Cronenberg, 15) - 3.5/10
89. The Raven (USA,James McTeugie, 15) - 3.5/10
90. Day Of The Flowers (UK/Cuba, John Roberts, 15) - 3/10

91. John Carter (USA,Andrew Stanton, 12A) - 3/10
92. The Cold Light Of Day (USA, Mabrouk El Mechri, 15) - 2.5/10
93. Bel-Ami (UK/France/Italy, Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod, 15) - 2.5/10
94. Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (Canada/UK, Rob Heyden, 18) - 2.5/10
95. Battleship (USA, Peter Berg, PG) - 2/10
96. The Watch (USA, Akiva Schaffer, 15) -2/10
97. The Darkest Hour (USA/Russia, Chris Gorak, 12A) - 1/10
98. Jack & Jill (USA, Dennis Dugan, PG) -0.5/10


Months

January - 9
February - 11
March - 11
April - 13
May - 9
June - 7
July - 7
August-
September
October
November


Region

Certificate

< Message edited by Qwerty Norris -- 25/11/2012 3:02:30 PM >


_____________________________

Qwerty's Top 10 of 2013 (so far)

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

(in reply to Qwerty Norris)
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 1/1/2012 10:43:30 PM   
Rebel scum


Posts: 3483
Joined: 2/1/2006
1-The Cabin in the Woods
2-The Artist
3-The Muppets
4-The Avengers
5-The Grey
6-The Woman in Black
7-Shame
8-The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
9-Prometheus
10-The Amazing Spider-Man
11-Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
12-The Raid
13-The Dictator
14-Chernobyl Diaries
15-The Pact

< Message edited by Rebel scum -- 27/7/2012 11:54:12 AM >


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"We are not safe! A dark menace rises to the east! Duckies go quack! Cows go moo! I want ice cream. Verily, will you two hobbits join my quest?"

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 1/1/2012 11:14:16 PM   
impqueen


Posts: 7474
Joined: 24/7/2006
01. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012) AUT/FR/GER
02. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011) USA
03. Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da / Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011) TUR/BIH
04. This Must Be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino, 2011) ITA/FR/IRE
05. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists (Peter Lord/Jeff Newitt, 2012) UK/USA
06. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, 2012) USA
07. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012) USA
08. Nostalgia de la luz / Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán, 2010) FR/GER/CHL/SPN/USA
09. También la lluvia / Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín, 2010) SPN/MEX/FR
10. Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012) UK


11. A torinói ló / The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr / Ágnes Hranitzky , 2011) HUN
12. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012) USA
13. Jagten / The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) DNK
14. Le gamin au vélo / The Kid with a Bike (Dardennes, 2011) BEL/FR/ITA
15. Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, 2011) UK
16. Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011) FIN/FR/GER
17. Keyhole (Guy Maddin, 2011) CAN
18. The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012) UK
19. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik, 2012) USA
20. Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011) USA

21. Blackthorn ((Mateo Gil, 2011) USA
22. Alois Nebel (Tomás Lunák, 2011) CZE/GER
23. The Angel's Share (Ken Loach, 2012) UK/FR
24. From the Sea to the Land Beyond (Penny Woolcock, 2012) UK
25. Ovsyanki / Silent Souls (Aleksei Fedorchenko, 2010) RUS
26. The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011) USA
27. Shadow Dancer (James Marsh, 2012) UK/IRE
28. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin, 2011) USA
29. ParaNorman (Chris Butler / Sam Fell, 2012) USA
30. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012) USA

31. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012) USA/NZ
32. The Myth of the American Sleepover (David Robert Mitchell, 2010) USA
33. En kongelig affære / A Royal Affair (Nikolaj Arcel, 2012) DNK/SWE/CZE
34. Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011) CAN
35. God Bless America (Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011) USA
36. Bernie (Richard Linklater, 2011) USA
37. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012) UK/USA
38. The Muppets (James Bobin, 2011) USA
39. Ha-Sippur Shel Yossi / Yossi (Eytan Fox, 2012) ISR
40. Sound of My Voice (Zal Batmanglij, 2011) USA

41. Grabbers (Jon Wright, 2012) IRE/UK
42. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012) UK
43. Wild Bill (Dexter Fletcher, 2011) UK
44. Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011) RUS
45. Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011) USA/UK/GER
46. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Constance Marks, 2011) USA
47. Excision (Richard Bates Jr, 2012) USA
48. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos, 2010) CAN
49. Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow, 2012) USA
50. Goon (Michael Dowse, 2011) USA/CAN

51. Afghan Luke (Mike Clattenburg, 2011) CAN
52. Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012) USA
53. Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012) UK/RSA
54. Rampart (Oren Moverman, 2011) USA
55. Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010) USA

56. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011) UK
57. Young Adult (Jason Reitman, 2011) USA
58. The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012) USA
59. The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2012) BSN/USA
60. The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2011) USA
61. Terri (Azazael Jacobs, 2011) USA
62. Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012) USA
63. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012) FR/CAN/POR/ITA
64. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012) CAN/FR
65. Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011) FR/GER/SPN/POL
66. Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012) USA
67. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, 2012) USA/UK
68. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) USA
69. John Carter (Andrew Stanton, 2012) USA
70. Brave (Mark Andrews/Brenda Chapman, 2012) USA
71. Une vie de chat / A Cat in Paris (Jean-Loup Felicioli / Alain Gagnol, 2010) FR
72. Un monstre à Paris / A Monster in Paris (Bibo Bergeron, 2011) FR
73. Rise of the Guardians (Peter Ramsey, 2012) USA
74. The Amazing Spiderman (Marc Webb, 2012) USA
75. 21 Jump Street (Phil Lord/Chris Miller, 2012) USA
76. De rouille et d'os / Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012) FR/BEL
77. Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012) USA
78. Iron Sky (Timo Vuorensola, 2012) FIN/GER/AUS
79. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Everyone at DW, 2012) USA
80. Cockneys vs. Zombies (Matthias Hoene, 2012) UK
81. The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012) USA
82. Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore, 2012) USA
83. The Woman in Black (James Watkins, 2012) UK
84. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright, 2012) UK
85. The Decoy Bride (Sheree Folkson, 2011) UK
86. The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 2012) USA
87. Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders, 2012) USA
88. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011) UK/GER/CAN/CH
89. Intouchables / Untouchable (Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano, 2011) FR
90. Texas Killing Fields (Ami Canaan Mann, 2011) USA
91. The Five Year Engagement (Nicholas Stoller, 2012) USA
92. Ted (Seth MacFarlane, 2012) USA
93. Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy, 2012) USA
94. Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White (Tarsem Singh, 2012) USA
95. Wrath of the Titans (Jonathan Liebesman, 2012) USA
96. Total Recall (Len Wiseman, 2012) USA/CAN
97. The Pact (Nicholas McCarthy, 2012) USA
98. Johnny English Reborn (Oliver Parker, 2011) UK / FR / USA
99. Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012) USA
100. The Dictator (Larry Charles, 2012) USA
101. Dark Shadows (Tim Burton, 2012) USA
102. The Tall Man (Pascal Laugier, 2012) USA/CAN
103. The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd, 2011) UK/FR
104. War Horse (Steven Spielberg, 2011) USA
105. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (Debbie Isitt, 2012) UK

< Message edited by impqueen -- 29/12/2012 8:40:15 PM >


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Yes, always.


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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 1:40:03 AM   
Ultimo Lee

 

Posts: 1705
Joined: 17/7/2007
From: Manchester
Watched UK Cinema Release's 2012
The Intouchables
A Cat In Paris
21 Jump Street
The Descendants
The Kid with a Bike
The Giants
God Bless America
Young Adult
Take This Waltz
War Horse
Carnage
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Five Year Engagement
Into the Abyss
The Cabin In The Woods
Les Lyonnais
Babycall
Moonrise Kingdom
She Monkeys
The Sitter
Wanderlust
Cafe de Flore
Jeff Who Lives At Home
Carancho
Prometheus
The Grey
Mirror Mirror
Dark Shadows
Haywire
The Dictator
X: Night of Vengeance 90min

New in Bold

Total: 32

< Message edited by Ultimo Lee -- 28/10/2012 12:42:18 AM >

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 5:56:45 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


Posts: 77554
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Central Park Zoo
My spot.

** = Cinema

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 5/5**
2. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists - 5/5 **
3. War Horse - 5/5 **
4. The Artist - 5/5 **

5. The Muppets - 4.9/5 **

6. The Avengers - 4/5 **
7. Brave - 4/5**
8. The Dark Knight Rises - 4/5**
9. Skyfall - 4/5**
10. John Carter - 4/5 **
11. The Cabin In The Woods - 4/5 **
12. Promethus - 4/5 **
13. The Bourne Legacy - 4/5**
14. Battleship - 4/5
15. Frankensweenie - 4/5**
16. Snow White and The Huntsman - 4/5*
17. Dark Shadows - 4/5 **
18. Dredd 3D - 4/5**
19. Zombibi - 4/5
20. Argo - 4/5**
21. Looper - 4/5**
22. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - 4/5
23. We Bought A Zoo - 4/5
24. The Hunger Games - 4/5 **
25. Lawless - 4/5**
26. Chronicle - 4/5
27. The Grey - 4/5
28. Iron Sky - 4/5
29. Taken 2**
30. Man On A Ledge - 4/5 **
31. The Amazing Spiderman - 4/5**
32. Goon - 4/5
33. A Dangerous Method - 4/5
34. Ted - 4/5**
35. This Means War - 4/5
36. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 4/5*
37. Wrath Of The Titans - 4/5 **
38. Haywire - 4/5

39. Lockout - 3/5
40. Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed - 3/5
41. Men In Black III - 3/5
42. Rock Of Ages - 3/5
43. Martha Marcy May Marlene - 3/5
44. Mirror Mirror - 3/5
45. The Raven - 3/5*
46, The Lorax - 3/5
47. Underworld: Awakening - 3/5
48. The Woman in Black - 3/5
49. Safe House - 3/5
50. The Darkest Hour - 3/5

51. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengance - 3/5
52. Contraband - 3/5
53. Bloodstorm - 2/5
54. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - 2/5

55. Jurassic Shark - 1/5

< Message edited by Gimli The Dwarf -- 15/12/2012 11:12:56 AM >


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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 10:36:05 AM   
Dr Lenera

 

Posts: 3935
Joined: 19/10/2005
1/ Avengers Assemble 9/10
2/ The Dictator 9/10
3/ Red Dog 8.5/10
4/ Paranorman 8.5/10
5/ War Horse  8.5/10
6/ The Master 8.5/10
7/ The Artist 8.5/10
8/ Argo 8.5/10
9/ The Muppets 8/10
10/ Ted 8/10
11/ The Expendables 2 8/10
12/ Red Lights 8/10
13/ Frankenweenie
14/ We Bought A Zoo 8/10
15/The Lorax 7.5/10
16/ The Raid 7.5/10
17/ Snow White And The Huntsman 7.5/10
18/ Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter 7.5/10
19/ Chronicle 7.5/10
20/ Men in Black 3 7.5/10
21/ Salmon Fishing In The Yemen 7.5/10
22/ The Pact 7/10
23/ Looper 7/10
24/ Skyfall 7/10
25/ The Woman In Black 7/10
26/ Dredd 7/10
27/ Ice Age 4: Continental Drift 7/10
28/ The Grey 7/10
29/ Savages 7/10
30/ Sinister 7/10
31/ The Devil Inside 7/10
32/ John Carter 7/10
33/ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 7/10
34/ Brave 6.5/10
35/ Anna Karenina 6.5/10
36/ Premium Rush 6.5/10
37/ The Possesion 6.5/10
38/ The Cabin In The Woods 6.5/10
39/ Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! 6.5/10
40/ The Raven 6.5/10
41/ Silent House 6/10
42/ A Monster In Paris 6/10
43/ The Dark Knight Rises 6/10
44/ The Bourne Legacy 6/10
45/ Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World 6/10
46/ Safe 6/10
47/ Mirror Mirror 6/10
48/ Wrath Of The Titans 6/10
49/ J Edgar 6/10
50/ Taken 2 5.5/10
51/ The Amazing Spiderman 5.5/10
52/ Rock Of Ages 5.5/10
53/ Battleship 5.5/10
54/ Red Tails 5.5/10
55/ Hotel Translyvania 5/10
56/ Total Recall 5/10
57/ Piranha 3DD 5/10
58/ Dark Shadows 5/10
59/ House At The End Of The Street 4.5/10
60/ Gone 4.5/10
61/ Haywire 4/10
62/ Paranormal Activity 4 4/10
63/ Prometheus 4/10
64/ The Iron Lady 3.5/10
65/ The Darkest Hour 3.5/10
66/ Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance 3/10
67/ The Watch 3/10
68/ The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part Two
69/ This Means War


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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 11:15:34 AM   
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 11:22:51 AM   
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January
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - 8/10

February
A Monster In Paris - 7/10

March
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - 8/10

April
Mirror Mirror - 7/10
Avengers Assemble - 8/10

May
The Dictator - 7/10

June

July
Ice Age 4 - 7/10
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises - 9/10
The Amazing Spiderman - 7/10

August
The Lorax - 7/10
Brave - 7/10

September
Keith Lemon: The Movie - 0/10
ParaNorman - 7/10

October
The Campaign - 7/10
Hotel Transylvania - 7/10
Madagascar 3 - 8/10
Frankenweenie - 7/10

November
Skyfall - 8/10

December
Rise of the Guardians - 8/10

Coming Soon: The Hobbit

Top 10 of 2012
1) Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
2) The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists
3) Avengers Assemble
4) Skyfall
5) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
6) Madagascar 3
7) Rise of the Guardians
8) The Amazing Spiderman
9) Hotel Transylvania
10) Ice Age 4

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 1:48:44 PM   
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Mine - going to try and do a better job of updates this year
  1. Looper (Johnson) 10
  2. Caesar Must Die ("Cesare deve morire") (Taviani) 10
  3. Prometheus (Scott) 9
  4. The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan) 9
  5. Argo (Affleck) 9
  6. Amour (Haneke) 9
  7. The Master (Anderson) 9
  8. The Descendants (Payne) 9
  9. Shame (McQueen) 9
  10. End of Watch (Ayer) 9
  11. Undefeated (Lindsay/Martin) 9
  12. Headhunters ("Hodejegerne") (Tyldum) 9
  13. The Raid ("Serbuan Maut") (Evans) 9
  14. Killing Them Softly (Dominik) 8
  15. Silver Linings Playbook (Russell) 8
  16. The Hunger Games (Ross) 8
  17. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia ("Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da") (Ceylan) 8
  18. Lawless (Hillcoat) 8
  19. Chronicle (Trank) 8
  20. Life of Pi (Lee) 8
  21. Even The Rain ("Tambien la Lluvia") (Bollian) 8
  22. Margin Call (Chandor) 8
  23. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin) 8
  24. The Cabin in the Woods (Goddard) 8
  25. Skyfall (Mendes) 8
  26. Intouchables (Nakache/Toledano) 8
  27. The Angels' Share (Loach) 8
  28. Frankenweenie (Burton) 8
  29. Carancho ("The Vulture") (Trapero) 8
  30. Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson) 8
  31. Young Adult (Reitman) 8
  32. Pitch Perfect (Moore) 8
  33. Jack Reacher (McQuarrie) 8
  34. Coriolanus (Fiennes) 8
  35. Martha Marcie May Marlene (Durkin) 8
  36. War Horse (Spielberg) 8
  37. Trishna (Winterbottom) 8
  38. The Bourne Legacy (Gilroy) 8
  39. Snow White and the Huntsman (Sanders) 8
  40. Beauty ("Skoonheid") (Hermanus) 8
  41. The Hunt ("Jagten") (Vinterberg) 8
  42. 21 Jump Street (Lord & Miller) 7
  43. The Muppets (Bobin) 7
  44. Premium Rush (Koepp) 7
  45. Seeking a Friend For The End of The World (Scafaria) 7
  46. The Imposter (Layton) 7
  47. Red Lights (Cortes) 7
  48. Safe (Yakin) 7
  49. Anna Karenina (Wright) 7
  50. Sightseers (Wheatley) 7
  51. West of Memphis (Berg) 7
  52. Marvel Avengers Assemble (Whedon) 7
  53. Brave (Andrews/Chapman) 7
  54. Magic Mike (Soderbergh) 7
  55. Killer Joe (Friedkin) 7
  56. Rampart (Moverman) 7
  57. Ted (McFarlane) 7
  58. Carnage (Polanski) 7
  59. The Dictator (Charles) 7
  60. Madagascar 3 (McGrath) 7
  61. Berberian Sound Studio (Strickland) 7
  62. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (2D) (Lord) 7
  63. Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Duplass) 7
  64. The Woman in Black (Watkins) 7
  65. The Amazing Spider-Man (Webb) 7
  66. Room 237: Being An Inquiry into The Shining in Nine Parts (Ascher) 7
  67. Jackpot ("Arme Riddere") (Martens) 7
  68. A Royal Affair ("En Kongelige Affaere") (Arcel) 7
  69. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Madden) 7
  70. Breathing ("Atmen") (Markovics) 7
  71. North Sea Texas ("Noordzee Texas") (Defurne) 7
  72. Shadow Dancer (Marsh) 6
  73. Contraband (Kormakur) 6
  74. Mirror Mirror: The Untold Story of Snow White (Singh) 6
  75. The Sweeney (Love) 6
  76. Samsara (Fricke) 6
  77. Bel Ami (Donnellan & Ormerod) 6
  78. Man on A Ledge (Leth) 6
  79. Friends With Kids (Westfeldt) 6
  80. Dark Shadows (Burton) 6
  81. A Dangerous Method (Cronenberg) 6
  82. Lockout (Mather/St Ledger) 6
  83. Safe House (Espinoza) 6
  84. My Brother The Devil (El Hosiani) 6
  85. What To Expect When You're Expecting (Jones) 6
  86. Haywire (Soderbergh) 6
  87. J. Edgar (Eastwood) 6
  88. Total Recall (Wiseman) 5
  89. Taken 2 (Megaton) 5
  90. Men In Black III (Sonnenfeld) 5
  91. Savages (Stone) 5
  92. The Wedding Video (Cole) 5
  93. Wanderlust (Wain) 5
  94. Sound of my Voice (Batmanglij) 5
  95. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Jackson) 5
  96. The Campaign (Roach) 5
  97. The Sitter (Green) 5
  98. American Reunion (Hurwitz/Schlossenberg) 5
  99. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Daldry) 5
  100. Damsels in Distress (Stillman) 5
  101. Casa di ma Padre (Piedmont) 5
  102. Albert Nobbs (Garcia) 5
  103. This Means War (McG) 5
  104. Goon (Drowse) 5
  105. Rock of Ages (Shankman) 4
  106. Alex Cross (Cohen) 4
  107. The Iron Lady (Lloyd) 4
  108. Cleanskin (Hajaig) 4
  109. Battleship Berg) 4
  110. The Cold Light of Day El Mechri) 4
  111. W.E. (Madonna) 4
  112. Tales of the Night ("Les Contes de la Nuit") (Ocelot) 4
  113. Gambit (Hoffman) 3
  114. The Darkest Hour (Gorak) 3
  115. The Watch (Schaffer) 3
  116. The Raven (McTeigue) 2
  117. Gone (Dhalia) 2


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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 2/1/2012 8:59:11 PM   
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Yeah are two or three from the last year I still hope to see, but from the new year think I will give the Iion Lady a go first.

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 4/1/2012 9:44:46 PM   
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 4/1/2012 10:20:20 PM   
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OK, in the past I've started with good intentions, and ended up letting things slide. I'll try to do better this time. My first one will probably be Tintin, which was released here on Boxing Day, and which I haven't got oround to yet.

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 7/1/2012 6:46:50 PM   
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Odd first week of new releases in London as whilst the rest of the UK gets a wide release for the likes of The Artist and The Lady which came out in London at the end of last year, there is a rather limited slate of new releases.

Took in Goon (5/10) today as I wasn't in the mood for a Thatcher biopic.  It's certainly something of an oddity - co-written by Baruchel and Seth Rogan's usual writing partner Evan Goldberg about ice hockey players brought into the game solely to fight.  Given its pedigree, you won't be surprised to learn that it falls back on the usual slacker-stoners with father issues that recur in Goldberg related scripts. 

Seann William Scott is an affable lead that I have a lot of time for and Liev Schreiber's Canadian accent was quite funny and yet for a comedy there were very few laugh-out loud moments.  In fact, in a screen which was about half full, I don't think I heard anyone else laugh at all for 85 minutes.  Hardly a promising statistic!

It's Number 1 for now but it won't stay there long (if it does, it doesn't bode well for 2012) and I suspect this film will bomb in the UK as we have never as a country particularly "got" ice hockey and the concept of players brought in solely to fight doesn't compute the football/rugby/cricket crowds.


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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 8/1/2012 8:54:11 PM   
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Have to be honest and say I might give the Goon a look based on Kermode and Peter Brawshaw's promising reviews this week, the trailer does make it look pitiful, and just what you might expect from this sort of thing, but I will go in with an open mind none the less.

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 8/1/2012 9:03:53 PM   
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Top Films Released in 2012



    ****

  1. The Muppets
  2. The Artist

    ***
  3. The Descendants
  4. Carnage
  5. Young Adult
  6. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  7. Haywire
  8. A Monster in Paris
  9. A Dangerous Method

    **
  10. Chronicle
  11. The Grey
  12. Safe House

    *
  13. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Fincher)
  14. The Iron Lady
  15. The Woman In Black
  16. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 9/1/2012 10:25:35 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq

Where M:I and TGWTDT officially 2011?


Yes.


As for me, what a cracking start to 2012....


THE IRON LADY

Thatcher may have been a decisive PM, but the one thing everyone can agree on is that this is one mediocre film. Perhaps that's to be expected from the director of Mamma Mia, but that doesn't make the flaws of The Iron Lady any less excusable. Rather than attempt to portray the reason she earned that nickname in the first place, it reduces the political insight to a series of clichéd & montage-heavy flashbacks that do nothing more than skim through the key moments of her premiership. What we get instead essentially is a film about an elderly woman struggling to deal both with the loss of her husband and the dementia old age can bring. Obviously this is in place to bring both humanity to an individual many regard as a monster and give the Iron Lady a commercially viable angle. Sadly though it also makes things far less interesting and much more worthless. Streep however is brilliant.

4/10



Coming up next; Shame & War Horse.

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2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 10/1/2012 1:12:18 AM   
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 11/1/2012 3:44:09 PM   
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The Iron Lady
Exactly what Qwerty said . Though I did a proper review on the Reviews thread.
3.5/10

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 12/1/2012 4:58:17 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

The Iron Lady
Exactly what Qwerty said . Though I did a proper review on the Reviews thread.
3.5/10


And a very good one at that!

Second entry, and the year keeps getting better!

GOON

Perhaps I'm not the target audience for this; but I struggled to find anything funny & engaging about a ice hockey-based "comedy" with constant dick jokes & excessive use of the F word - the occasional crack of a smile was the absolute very best I could muster. Things improved any time Shaun William Scott shared a scene with either Alison Pill & Liev Scheiber, but more often than not I was irritated rather than entertained. Fine within its field I guess but absolutely not for me. Jay Baruchel's character is also really, REALLY annoying!

4.5/10

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2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 14/1/2012 11:08:30 AM   
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Had a double-helping at my local Wolrd of Cine last night....

WAR HORSE

Takes forever to get going & predominantly feels like a drag until the stuff in the trenches occur - resulting in one excellent & poignant scene that you'll be in no doubt what it is when you see it.

Good performances (the excellent Niels Arestrup the stand out), some traditional well-executed Spielberg set-pieces & a couple of inspired moments. Overall pretty decent - but that's largely thanks to the last 40 minutes or so.

6/10



SHAME

Excellent & well-measured piece about the debilitating nature of addiction & the personal denial & shame (see what I did there? ) that follows.

Both Fassbender & Mulligan are brilliant. McQueen's directorial hand (like Hunger) is sublime as well.

My favourite new film of the year so far - but given what I've seen so far that's not saying much at the moment.

More in-depth review to follow on my 2nd viewing.

8/10


Will probably check out The Darkest Hour midway next week,

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8. Beyond the Hills
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 14/1/2012 1:59:38 PM   
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Your not doing very well so far are you? By the sounds of it, Darkest Hour might suck also.

I was going to see Shame this weekend, but sadly my useless local Vue aren't showing it! So I will have to wait, which leaves a choice between the Goon and TIL? Decissions, Decissions!

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 14/1/2012 2:27:33 PM   
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Your not doing very well so far are you? By the sounds of it, Darkest Hour might suck also.

I was going to see Shame this weekend, but sadly my useless local Vue aren't showing it! So I will have to wait, which leaves a choice between the Goon and TIL? Decissions, Decissions!



Man I feel for you; if I was to make a recommendation for you it'd be The Iron Lady. It's the more misjudged film overall - but at least there's stuff in there to talk about and admire (specifically the performances of Streep & Olivia Colman).

Unless you're a fan of ice hockey; Goon is just...meh.

I am reliably informed The Darkest Hour is rank, but I do have an irrational interest for alien invasion flicks!

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7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 14/1/2012 2:36:21 PM   
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Yeah it is just I have heard reasonably reviews of The Goon, plus the Iron Lady I can see a bit cheaper when it pops up at my local picturehouse. Also feel like something a bit light, so The Goon it may have to be

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 19/1/2012 12:16:34 PM   
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THE DARKEST HOUR
Yet another bad alien invasion movie [why is it so hard to get those right these days?], which, for the most part, isn’t fun enough to be a ‘good bad’ movie; it’s mostly just bad. A reasonably good first fifteen minutes and a hilarious dumb final fifteen minutes don’t really compensate for the tedium of the rest.
3.5/10


 WAR HORSE
Coming on like a film from a bygone era, with even the supposed realistic depictions of war conspicuously lacking in blood, Spielberg’s latest is nonetheless his best in quite some time.  The episodic but extremely compelling narrative is crammed with stunning images and certain scenes portray the insanity of war in a brilliant way.  Corny and sentimental maybe - but I've rarely found a problem with that!
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 20/1/2012 10:07:43 AM   
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THE DARKEST HOUR
Yet another bad alien invasion movie [why is it so hard to get those right these days?], which, for the most part, isn’t fun enough to be a ‘good bad’ movie; it’s mostly just bad. A reasonably good first fifteen minutes and a hilarious dumb final fifteen minutes don’t really compensate for the tedium of the rest.
3.5/10



Dr Lenera, it must be said you've been FAR too kind!


THE DARKEST HOUR (...and a half....boom boom!!)

Where to start with this colossal turd? In the opening moments, as soon as the hapless Emile Hirsch opens his mouth with an attempt at wise-cracking over the "no mobile phones switched on when on a plane" situation, I hated him instantly. As he & his arsehole of a friend then arrive at Moscow airport & start musing over their fantastic enterprising internet idea that will surely make them millions & millions - I hated the pair of them equally. And as soon as we're introduced to that lassie from Juno & that Aussie one from Transformers prancing around Red Square displaying their obnoxious touristy behaviour, I hated EVERYONE I was supposed to empathise with for the films duration - bugger.

Yet even a set of loathsome characters may end up being a good thing if the film opts to put them through utter misery (casing point the Final Destination series), unfortunately though the only ones likely to suffer immensely through the Darkest Hour is the audience themselves. After 15 minutes of vile, imperialistic exposition; the aliens thankfully arrive & start killing everybody in sight - forcing our "heroes" to forget about any character arcs they've attempted to build up in the opening stages, switch into bland / personality-free "survivalist mode" and lock themselves in a kitchen cupboard alongside the routine cowardly, jerk-like figure who is obviously neither American or Russian & will inevitability perish in the later stages.

And then the boredom, OH THE BOREDOM! The following hour attempts to evoke the apocalyptic empty atmosphere defined by the likes of 28 Days Later, The Omega Man & Day Of The Triffids, yet instead creates the feeling you've been locked in a darkened room against your will for 4 weeks. We lurch from one tedious "lets go here" storyline to, "actually no wait, let's go here instead" plot thread - meeting a collection of scarcely-drawn Russian's along the way who occasionally need a little dose of westernised wisdom in order to combat their cowardly, sexist Eastern bloc tendencies and behave appropriately in a crisis-ridden situation.

We'll even face the scenario of plot logic breathtakingly leaping out of the window over & over again. With electricity being the catalyst for the ridiculous outer space creations to impose their aggressive will against humanity; a character will freak out over a pocket radio switched on yet she’ll be quite content with around a dozen lights illuminating the room they find themselves in at the time. A singular bus amongst many will manage to take on a life of its own in a sort of Maximum Overdrive kind of way, despite the absence of a foot on the accelerator. We'll have a bunch of mobile phones that'll ring as warning signs despite nobody actually attempting to call them in the first place. Our heroes will invent a special gun that can kill the badly-rendered baddies yet will still resort to classic "Russian bullets" that previously failed. The characters will face a capsizing boat, propelling one of them to make it to shore & run a good 2 miles in the opposite direction of where they actually need to go (about the length of the average swimming pool), hide within a bus & launch a flare they previously had no knowledge of acquiring...And then the jewel on the crown of shite; despite the cataclysmic devastation wiping out much of the earth's power supply, a character will still manage to receive a text message on board a nuclear submarine - presumably their network provider wasn't O2?

All of this nonsense would be somewhat forgivable if it were hilariously fun, it isn’t. It’s a hateful exercise in boredom & Western consumerism disguised by the premise of an alien invasion flick. It’s insistence on going “look there’s a McDonalds, a Starbucks, a shopping centre full of your favourite shops you’ll find back in the good ol’ US of freaking A – so you see, us Russian’s are just like you...but in Russian like, ya know?” is reminiscent of the worst possible tourist – the kind that goes to a foreign country yet only invests money in everything they already have access to back home. The Darkest Hour? If only it felt that short....

1/10


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2. No
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4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 20/1/2012 2:35:07 PM   
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Really! Is it that bad? I might just have to see it now Still no 2012 films for me

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 22/1/2012 10:46:52 AM   
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1. The Avengers- 9
2. Argo- 9
3. Ruby Sparks- 8
4. Chronicle- 8
5. Moonrise Kingdom- 8
6. The Dark Knight Rises- 8
7. Silver Linings Playbook- 8
8. Life Of Pie- 8
9. Ted- 8
10. The Raid- 8
11. Frankenweenie- 8
12. The Cabin In The Woods- 8
13. Skyfall- 8
14. The Master- 8
15. 21 Jump Street- 8
16. Dark Shadows- 8
17. Carnage- 8
18. The Descendants- 8
19. Damsels In Distress- 7
20. Looper- 7
21. Men In Black 3- 7
22. The Amazing Spider- Man- 7
23. The Hunger Games- 7
24. Prometheus- 7
25. The Muppets- 7
26. The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists!- 7
27. Dredd- 7
28. Brave- 7
29. The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey- 7
30. Young Adult- 7
31. Paranorman- 7
32. John Carter- 7
33. Seven Psychopaths- 7
34. War Horse- 7
35. The Bourne Legacy- 7
36. Taken 2- 6
37. Rock Of Ages- 6
38. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted- 6
39. Total Recall- 6
40. Magic Mike- 6
41. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance- 6
42. Rise Of The Guardians- 6
43. The Dictator- 5
44. Resident Evil: Retribution- 5
45. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2- 5
46. Ice Age: Continental Drift- 5

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RE: Top 10 Films of 2012 - 22/1/2012 1:17:19 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ElephantBoy

Really! Is it that bad? I might just have to see it now Still no 2012 films for me


Short answer. No, it's worse....

If you do decide to sit through it though, I implore you to obtain it illegally!

More new entries.....

THE SITTER

In many ways this was actually better than I expected, but not by a great deal..

Watching it frequently felt like a nightmare. Full of goolish, horrid individuals who made the skin crawl - both adult & children alike.

The laughs are cheap but I'd be lying if I said it didn't get any out of me. Even if he's dealing with extremely mediocre material, Jonah Hill as a comedic presence is always watchable. The nervy kid who looks like a young Win Butler was actually okay as well & brought a bit of heart to a fairly nasty film. And even if his character & performance is completely all over the place, Sam Rockwell could stand up on a stage, scream continuously in the mic for 2 hours & I'd still be entertained by him (although his character's HQ was beyond bizarre in the creepiest possible way). Can't go wrong with a Method Man cameo either!

A pretty poor, cliché-ridden effort that fudges the balance between sleaze & sentiment. That said, after the horrendous Your Highness, this is definitely a step up in the confusing directorial career of David Gordon Green.

4/10



HAYWIRE

There are definitely things to like in this, but overall I'd say that Soderbergh's realist take on the action thriller delivers mixed results - even if it's nice to see a film of this genre not resign itself to seizure-enduing cuts every second.

When it works, it tends to be when he resorts to the stripped down nature of no music & hand to hand combat situations (specifically one particular encounter in a hotel room), whilst the script itself is refreshingly free of obvious contrivance. When it doesn't however, it's usually because the aesthetic results in a lack of required suspense in certain scenes (the arrival of supposed FBI agents in a forest for example), a flashy montage to condense a specific scenario (Barcelona) & a hugely inappropriate score (David Holmes' efforts work for the likes of Oceans 11 but it completely confuses the tone in this).

Gina Carano certainly has the physical presence but not so much of a dramatic one - leading to a number of the more quieter scenes feeling pretty flat. That said; there is potential in her to be a female no-nonsense action hero & that's certainly a good thing.

A solid if ultimately flawed cinematic experiment.

5.5/10


Will be checking out Coriolanus, Margin Call, W.E. & J Edgar over the next few days.





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Qwerty's Top 10 of 2013 (so far)

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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