I haven’t seen half the amount of films that I wanted to this year. We used to live two minutes up the road from a cinema, but in September we moved to a town where the nearest cinema was a bus or train ride away, so it became a much bigger effort. Films I’ve not gotten round to yet include Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook. Of course, there will also be films missing off this list that I have seen but not liked as much as most other people, such as The Woman in Black, Ted and Les Miserables. So, without further ado, here is my top ten of 2012 (in agonising order)…
10. 21 Jump Street
Why I loved it: I know he’s meant to be this big heart throb but I prefer Channing Tatum in comedies. Plus I’m really loving Jonah Hill these days. And the cameo? Genius!
9. The Cabin in the Woods
Why I loved it: Anything associated with Joss Whedon is a must for me. The guy is such a friggin’ legend. Plus it has some of the usual suspects in the cast – my favourite being Dollhouse’s Fran Kranz.
Why I loved it: I’m not a huge lover of the Alien films – I’ve seen them all bar the Predator ones – but I really enjoyed Prometheus, more so on the second viewing. Who says blockbusters can’t be intelligent?
7. The Amazing Spider Man
Why I loved it: The director of (500) Days of Summer + Emma Stone + Andrew Garfield = one helluva blockbuster! Can’t wait for the sequel.
6. The Avengers
Why I loved it: I‘m surprised this didn’t rank higher in my list, but when it came to prioritising the remaining titles, it was quite a tough job! Nevertheless, fantastic cast, super-talented director, great script. Film heaven!
5. The Dark Knight Rises
Why I loved it: DC had the edge over Marvel for me. Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is (in my opinion) the greatest trilogy ever made, and this was a brilliant conclusion. I love that it ended with hope for future stories, despite knowing that Nolan had called it quits.
4. Safety Not Guaranteed
Why I loved it: Quirky journalist gal, the hottie from New Girl and an indie time travel plot? Perfect!
3. Django Unchained
Why I loved it: Sure, it’s no Inglourious Basterds, but it’s right up there in Tarantino’s Top Five. This guy is getting better with age. And Christoph Waltz? Fucking legend! And a bloody good soundtrack to boot.
Why I loved it: I wasn’t particularly keen on the second half of the film the first time round – mainly because the kid was freaking adorable in One Tree Hill! But after seeing it again, it’s right up there as one of the highlights of the year. Jo-Go + Paul Dano + the guy who did Brick + Emily Blunt = another intelligent blockbuster. What a year!
Why I loved it: Now, I’ve seen every single Bond film ever made but I’m not the biggest fan. Daniel Craig has really raised the stakes, in my opinion (despite not thinking much of Quantum of Solace – rape is a step too far for a Bond film in my mind). Anyhoo, this film is damn near perfect. Helluva supporting cast (Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Naomi Harris, Albert Finney), amazing cinematography (Roger Deakins is a genius) and directed by one of Britain’s greatest working filmmakers. Hells to the yeah!
So 2012 was a great year for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Joss Whedon, with two films each. Here’s hoping 2013 will see more cinema trips. Or at the very least, more DVD purchases.