So with the year finally out then (oh Happy New Year to you all) I thought I would bring you a small feature giving you my top films of 2012 followed with my least favourite films of 2012. If you are a regular to my blog you will see I've been reviewing a new film every week and rating them out of ten and judging which ones have been my favourite for the year. As 2012 has been and gone the top list of films of 2012 for me, has been locked in and my top 10 has been confirmed so below is my list with a little blurb of each film. If you disagree, agree please do leave a comment and let me know. Here's the list.
1. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 10 / 10
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
The Batman returns for his final outing in Christopher Nolan's finale to the Dark Knight trilogy. Eight years since Batman took the fall for the White Knight Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne has isolated himself from the City that now hates the Batman. When a mysterious cat burglar breaks into his Manor however Bruce links her to bulky terrorist Bane who is hellbent on destroying Gotham meaning Batman will have to return.
A fantastic end to a brilliant trilogy that has a bit of everything to wrap up the entire narrative. This may be the weakest of the trilogy but for an ending it is perfect and for that reason is our number 1 of the year.
For the full review: The Dark Knight Rises review
2. ARGO 9 / 10
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Directed By: Ben Affleck
The true story of Tony Menez, a CIA extraction expert who is sent into a hostile revolutionary Iran to rescue six US Diplomats. His idea; to pose as a film crew and bring them out via the airport which is guarded by Iranian rebels in search of the hiding Diplomats.
This is a tense film filled with elements of comedy but is also a film that had us on the edge of our seats for the final half hour at least. Some great performances and great direction from Affleck makes this our 2nd favourite of the year but only narrowly missing out on the number 1 spot due to the scale of The Dark Knight Rises. This is a film not to miss.
For the full review: Argo review
3. SKYFALL 8.5 / 10
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
Directed By: Sam Mendes
The latest installment of James Bond sees him survive death right at the start and begin to realise he isn't as invincible as he first thought. With Bond out the way a new threat looms over MI6 but not with the organisation itself but with one member of the team; M. A former agent with a baring grudge plans revenge on his former boss but when Bond returns he does all he can to protect his Mother figure which leads him to relive a troubled backstory that until now the aundience never knew Bond had.
This is Bond back where he belongs. it doesn't feel like a Bond film as it is much more grounded than the usual smart quips he spouts out. This is the Bond between Bonds and is certainly the one that will be putting the franchise back onto a steady track.
For the full review: Skyfall review
4. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 8 / 10
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Directed By: David O. Russell
A former teacher is released from a mental institution and begins to train up to get his wife back. When he finds out she has a restraining order against him he befriends a local widow who has mental issues of her own as he believes she can communicate to his wife for him, however she will only do it if he agrees to be her dance partner at an up and coming competition.
For the full review: Silver Linings Playbook review
5. THE HUNGER GAMES 8 / 10
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Directed By: Gary Ross
In a futuristic world two candidates from different Districts must take part in a televised game devised by an evil President of the Capitol. The Hunger Games pits twelve children to the battle of the death with only one becomming the victor. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen at random to compete, Katniss volunteers to take her place and finds herself battling for her life in the arena.
For the full review: The Hunger Games review
6. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 8 / 10
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
Directed By: Rupert Sanders
A dark fantastical version of the well known fairy tale. A new Queen takes charge of the land and removes beauty and youth from younger women in order to keep herself perfect but when her magic mirror tells her Snow White will surpass her she orders a Huntsman to bring her Snow White's heart. Whilst fighting the dark forest the Huntsman comes across Snow White and instead of killing her takes her side and the two build an army to take down the Queen's evil reign.
For the full review: Snow White And The Huntsman review
7. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE 7.5 / 10
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Directed By: Joss Whedon
When the World comes under threat from the evil God Loki, Super Spy Nick Fury constructs a team including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk to go to battle against the alien creatures Loki plans on unleashing against the World. The biggest problem for the team however is getting along with each other.
For the full review: Avengers Assemble review
8. LOOPER 7.5 / 10
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
Directed By: Rian Johnson
In the future time travel has been invented and Levitt plays Joe, a Looper who is an assassin who kills people sent back in time to be erased from the future. The job is well paid and Looper's live the life of luxury however that soon changes when Joe's next target turns out to be the future version of himself. When the older Joe escapes the younger version must track him down and kill himself before the next thirty years of his life is taken away from him.
For the full review: Looper review
9. TED 7.5 / 10
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
When a lonely young boy makes a wish on Christmas Eve that his teddy bear would come to life he wakes up on Christmas Day with that dream having come true. Twenty odd years later and that young boy John, has grown up and the teddy bear is still around only now he is a pot smoking, foul mouthed, prostitute buying scumbag who John must stop hanging around with in order to grow up, however best friends are for life.
For the full review: Ted review
10. 21 JUMP STREET 7.5 / 10
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
Directed By: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Two useless cops are sent to the forces worst undercover division after bodging their first arrest. The division they join is on Jump Street and their new mission is to go into a high school posing as students and find the suppliers and dealers of a new drug which has killed one of the students, however school has changed somewhat from when they were there and neither of them understand what the word 'cool' really means.
For the full review: 21 Jump Street review
And the ones to avoid, the worst five of the year:-
1. Magic Mike
2. The Cold Light Of Day
3. Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Hunter
5. Dark Shadows
So that is my small review of the year. I highly recommend the films in my top ten as out of the 52 we have seen these are the ones that have stuck in the memory and we thoroughly enjoyed. The worst five I would avoid as best you can as they really are poor movies but with the top quality that floods the top ten it is safe to say that 2012 has been a good year for movies. Roll on 2013 that is already boasting some highly anticipated movies.
Sadly however this blog is coming to an end, my year long project has been completed but I am currently in the process of kick starting a website that will bring you all the movie news and reviews plus music news and previews that will excite movie and music fans alike. Check out this page in the next few days where I will give you the new address that we hope to get up and running as of next week. So fear not my fellow followers the reviews will continue but on a different site. Happy new year to you all.