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December 31, 2012
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Best of 2012: Film

Best of what I watched in 2012, released in 2011-2012. Suspect I saw Drive in 2011, but still…

 

Life of Pi was the biggest surprise, as good as reading the book and the 3D added rather than distracted. Ignoring Prometheus (because I didn’t hype myself up for it) and The Hobbit (which I haven’t seen, saw Life of Pi instead) the biggest disappointment for me was Skyfall, which my son and I now use as a bad benchmark: “Better than Skyfall?” “Worse than Skyfall?!”

 

Drama

Life of Pi (3D) – ★★★★☆
– when anyone says a novel is unfilmable, say Ang Lee filmed Pi. In 3D

Wild Bill★★★★☆
– feel good fucked up family mis-fortunes. See also: Shameless (US, TV)

Margin Call – ★★★★☆
– action without guns and car chases, just the money

Moneyball – ★★★★☆
– a baseball movie for the rest of us (I know nothing about baseball)

 

Thriller

Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) – ★★★★☆
– as good as seeing Die Hard for the first time in the cinema in the ’80s

Drive – ★★★★☆
– great car chase art house action

Headhunters★★★★☆
– madly brilliant art heist action

 

Honourable mentions
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy★★★★☆
– no idea what was what but it worked

Killer Joe – ★★★☆☆
– wonderfully fucked up

 

Action

The Raid: Redemption★★★★☆
– how to do a fists and guns fight movie

The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX) – ★★★★☆
– how to finish a trilogy

Avengers Assemble (2D) – ★★★★☆
– possibly scored this a bit high in anticipation of a Johannson spin off, but still…

 

Horror

Tucker and Dale vs Evil★★★★☆
Cabin in the Woods was the hyped meta horror, but this did it first and possibly better

The Cabin in the Woods – ★★★★☆
– the reward for watching all those horror movies on VHS in the 80’s and 90’s

Kill List – ★★★☆☆ / ★★★★☆
– dark dark dark

 

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December 7, 2012
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Recently watched

Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution

Sabotage – ★★★☆☆
– old films are dreamlike with their shadowy peripheral vision

Shameless (tv) – ★★★★☆
– William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum superb. As good if not better than UK version

Resident Evil: Retribution – ★☆☆☆☆
– nothing but crappy videogame levels after a great opening four minutes

The Bourne Legacy – ★★☆☆☆
– Bourne transformed Matt Damon(!) into a superagent. No transformation here

Ill Manors – ★★★☆☆
– grim

The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX) – ★★★★☆
– perfect end to a great trilogy

Looper – ★★★☆☆
– entertaining time jumping – why pick holes?

Savages – ★★☆☆☆
– violence in Mexico is horrific, not sure Savages love story captures that horror

Gangster No. 1 – ★★★☆☆
– brother worked on this, nice to see his name in the credits

 

Shameless

Shameless

 

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August 5, 2012
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Recently watched

Lost and Delirious

Lost and Delirious

The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX) – ★★★☆☆
– good end to Nolan’s trilogy

Law Abiding Citizen – ★★☆☆☆
– Death Wish + Saw

Lost and Delirious – ★★★★☆
– love story between Piper Perabo and Jessica Paré – how did I not hear about this?

Line of Duty (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– typical British double crossing police crime drama (crima)

Newsroom (tv) – ☆☆☆☆☆
– can take it no more. Dire

 

Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen