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Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 5:47:50 PM   
Dr Lenera

 

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If you have been reading my reviews this year and my Bottom Ten Films Of The Year, you’ll know that I think this has been a pretty weak year for films, a year where ambition and originality have been in short supply, a year where the obsession with getting that all-important ‘PG-13′ or ’12′ rating and simplifying everything so a ten year old can understand has dominated, a year where every other film seems to be in that Big Con known as 3D, a year where once again bloody Batman left me mystified as to its supposed ‘quality’. You get the idea. Very few visits to the cinema have had me leaving with that great feeling you get when you exit the screen with the wonderful sense of having experienced something special. There has been good stuff though, especially for me from the animated movie which in my opinion is increasingly a source of creativity of a kind that is increasingly lacking elsewhere. Partly because I’ve struggled to be impressed, and actually partly I think because some films I was just not able to see because they weren’t showing locally [a good example being Beasts Of The Southern Wild which seems great], you’ll probably find this a very odd list, something I make no apologies for. At the very least though, it’ll probably surprise you, and I stand by every film I include!

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 5:49:10 PM   
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I reiterate, most of you will find my choices very odd. Some of you will laugh. All I can say is it is my opinion!

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:16:25 PM   
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20/ THE WOMAN IN BLACK


Well it certainly scared me. Despite some nonsensical complaints by snobby horror fans that it was too tame and aimed at Harry Potter fans, The Woman In Black was a lovely old-fashioned ghost story, with that peculiar mixture of comfort and terror that spook tales of this nature have, though I was just as pleased that the revived Hammer films now had a solid hit. Mr Radcliffe, I will say, did not impress me in his role, but when he is alone in that house, sitting at his desk or wondering down the halls, in scenes that stretch out the suspense to an unbearable point and were really quite brave [think of it, a third of the film is one guy alone] in a film aimed at a mass audience, the film really impressed me and had me all nervous and edgy in the best possible way. Though of course if I finally get round to seeing the BBC adaptation I may change my opinion a bit.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:17:02 PM   
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Oh dear.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:18:12 PM   
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19/ TED


I often seem to find myself moaning at modern comedies, which seem to be mostly boringly samey in their tiresome crudity and have cleverness and genuine comedic skill in woefully short supply. I thought Ted would be a dull one-joke exercise, but was most surprised when not only was it often very funny but even managed to be rather touching at times, to the point where I actually cared about a bloody teddy bear that swears, in a film whose themes of growing up and putting away childish things are not ruined by the profane, cruel humour, which may not have worked if it wasn’t delivered so well. Even Mark Wahlberg impressed me in this movie. As for Seth McFarlane, I decided to check out Family Guy for the first time just after watching Ted and couldn’t believe what I had been missing.


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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:19:59 PM   
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Didn't like Ted much. The premise is great, but the execution...not so great. A couple of laughs, but nowhere near enough.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:29:46 PM   
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Ted finished 93rd out of 106 on my own list for 2012. I wasn't a fan.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:31:47 PM   
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Woman in Black could have been released in any year and finished in the bottom five.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:33:13 PM   
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My experience of Ted was pretty much destroyed by the atrocious audience in the cinema. Had its moments.

Woman In Black's ok.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:43:00 PM   
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Not a fan of Ted. I think there's only 3 or 4 half decent jokes that raised a chuckle. Patrick Stewart was the best thing about it.

Haven't seen The Woman in Black yet. I think some of the opinions about it on here have put me off it.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:50:01 PM   
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Yeah, I wish rawlinson would stop banging on about how great it is.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:56:21 PM   
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Well it's either that or talk about what a comedic genius Ricky Gervais is.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 7:59:55 PM   
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Woman in Black - scared off by Rawlinson
Ted - single joke they nicked off Supernatural and did a dreadful job with


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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:03:56 PM   
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I like the director of Woman in Black, but do think the casting of Redcliffe is problematic, however will give it a watch at somepoint.  Could be wrong but I can't see it being as terrible as some make it out to be.

Ted is another one I can take or leave, but the reviews have been strong so again might give it a go at some point.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:08:23 PM   
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Woman in Black - scared off by Rawlinson





One more scare than you'd get from the film.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:10:00 PM   
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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:16:27 PM   
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You know he's doing The Cripple of Inishmaan? I admire his attempts to stretch himself since Harry Potter, but I think him delivering McDonagh dialogue will be funny for all the wrong reasons.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:18:44 PM   
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I thought Young Doctor's Handbook was pretty good. 

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:25:26 PM   
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"Because rawlinson hates you, Daniel. That's why."

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:27:14 PM   
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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:31:34 PM   
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I'd forgotten about Inishmaan, it seems like it was announced ages ago. I like Radcliffe he seems like genuinely good guy, I wasn’t wholly convinced by Woman in Black and Potter is well Potter and I feel bad for him because it is constantly brought up no matter what he’s doing. I thought he was decent in My Boy Jack and I do admire his work ethic and I like that he is trying to stretch himself, it might not always work but at least it’s a start. I’ve not seen Handbook yet but I have it to watch but I’m not all enthused about Jon Hamm. He has some curious projects coming out this year (Horns, Kill Your Darlings) and I’m interested to see how he does.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:35:16 PM   
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I felt no desire to watch Handbook, and given that the last t.v. show Elab told me to watch was Terriers, I'm really in no rush now.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:39:39 PM   
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I felt no desire to watch Handbook, and given that the last t.v. show Elab told me to watch was Terriers, I'm really in no rush now.




I’m a fan of Mikhail Bulgakov (though I've not read anything in years) and I enjoyed A Country Doctor's Notebook so I have an interest but eh Hamm.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 8:44:49 PM   
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I haven't read that and didn't even realise the series was based on his work. I do like The Master and Margarita though.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 18/1/2013 11:37:23 PM   
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The Woman In Black is great. Radcliffe is miscast because he's too young, but he was still pretty good in it.

I loved Ted.

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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 21/1/2013 12:40:30 PM   
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18/ ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER


This got mostly poor reviews and failed to set the box office alight either, but I, one of the few who likes Van Helsing, happened to thoroughly enjoyed this immensely fun combination of historical biopic and bonkers action/horror movie, cleverly written by Seth Graham-Smith, which makes it hard to believe that this year he also scripted the mess that was Dark Shadows. Timur Bekmambetov uses 3D in the way it should be used, as a gimmick,and after Wanted delivers another thrill ride whose over-the-top silliness and excess is part of the fun, while also showing that he could easily make a more true-to-life, sober film if he wanted to. Apparently they changed virtually everything from the graphic novels, but I don’t care, I’ve never read them.



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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 21/1/2013 12:43:27 PM   
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17/ WE BOUGHT A ZOO


Typical. The first Cameron Crowe film I really liked, as opposed to just liked, and it gets a weaker reception than usual for his films. Maybe it did have more Hollywood schmaltz than normal, but Hollywood schmaltz can be great at times, and damn it if I wasn’t getting desperate for them to save that bloody zoo. Saying that, even if it is basically an inspirational tale of a broken man who regains some meaning to his life, it doesn’t soft-peddle the depression aspect, and even Crowe’s penchant for using pop songs like score, something I find a little irritating, works really well here. And at last Scarlett Johansson, in the first of two films this year, has began to act and stop pouting all the time. A real heart warmer in the best way, and we all need that sometimes.



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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 21/1/2013 1:04:52 PM   
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18/ ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

but I, one of the few who likes Van Helsing,




Lincoln's a great film. Loads of fun.

I agree with pretty much every word you say about We Bought a Zoo. That film took me by surprise.



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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 21/1/2013 1:12:01 PM   
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18/ ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

but I, one of the few who likes Van Helsing,







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RE: Doc'sTop Twenty Films Of 2012 - 22/1/2013 4:21:15 PM   
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Starting to think if this list is a comedy list

ALVH holds some novity value and a good cast, but the Zoo films just looks awful.

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