Top 11 Films of 2012

Damn, 2012 has gone so darn quick! But whats made it is a another good year for films. Now usually you would have a Top 10 list but because I’m such a rebel I am doing a Top 11 Films of 2012 instead. Why? Well I honestly couldn’t split the last two on the list, so for that reason and the fact its my website I am doing the list like so.

My Top 11 films are pretty much in order this time, at least the first 5 anyway. My only rule is that all films listed are UK cinema release dates only (and frankly it should be the ONLY way in my opinion)

1. 7 SHAME

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Michael Fassbender / Carey Mulligan

Rotten Tomato Rating: 80%

Shame is a brilliant drama that tackles a different type of addiction you might normally see. It’s shot magnificently and we see fine performances from everyone. If there was any justice then Fassbender would be nominated for a few awards for his portrayal of Brandon. A superbly raw and brave film.


Director: William Friedkin

Starring: Matthew McConaughey / Emile Hirsch / Juno Temple /Thomas Haden Church / Gina Gershon

Rotten Tomato Rating: 77%

Killer Joe is a true twisted southern fried trailer park story. A film that I knew little about nor had I even seen a trailer for but that didn’t stop me loving it. Twice in the cinema within 48 hours. Killer Joe boasts Matthew McConaughey’s best performance to date that is truly captivating. A twisted Texan tale that I could see over again.


Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig / Javier Bardem / Judi Dench / Ralph Fiennes / Naomie Harris / Bérénice Marlohe

Rotten Tomato Rating: 92%

This film superb. I mean, it’s the best Bond since Goldeneye – And I seriously fucking love GOLDENEYE. Skyfall mixes the utterly perfect blend of everything! And celebrates its 50 year heritage with dutiful respect. Also a great decision to include Ralph Fiennes, suits the Bond ethos like a glove and so does young Ben Whishaw. Not only one of the best Bond’s ever made but easily one of the years best films with breathtaking scenery.


Director: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman / Emma Watson / Erza Miller

Rotten Tomato Rating: 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was probably the biggest surprise of the year. I had no idea that I would’ve loved this film as much as a did. It’s a wonderful coming of age story that has a lot of heart, but also performances to match it, especially from Erza Miller and with Emma Watson doing a decent yank accent. The film also boasts probably the best soundtrack of the year in my opinion. Absolutely loved it.

5. 11 MASTER

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix / Philip Seymour Hoffman / Amy Adams

Rotten Tomato Rating: 85%

Paul Thomas Anderson is now probably easily one of my Top 5 directors. His latest effort, The Master which has divided a lot of people is probably his least accessible. Even so I found The Master utterly fantastic, but the problem is trying to explain that. And I still can’t really, I just know it has me captivated. The performances are outstanding and with the use of music throughout almost felt operatic.

6. 10 TDKR

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale / Tom Hardy / Anne Hathaway / Michael Caine / Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Morgan Freeman / Marion Cotillard

Rotten Tomato Rating: 87%

In my opinion Nolan has satisfied me with his last instalment of Batman. I’m not saying The Dark Knight Rises is perfect technically but it’s the film I wanted to see none the less. It never reaches the outrun brilliance of The Dark Knight but it combines elements of that and Batman Begins.

The sheer scale of it leaves you in awe with the combination of the story, the visual presence of Wally Pfister’s cinematography or Hans Zimmer’s thudding and best score out of the trilogy. Catwoman was stealing more than her fair share of scenes, Tom Hardy was suitably menacing where as Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a much more rewarding role that anticipated.


Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring: Steve Oram / Alice Lowe

Rotten Tomato Rating: 88%

Sightseers is the third film from acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley, the man responsible for last years Kill List. But unlike Kill List, Sightseers devilishly hilarious with most blackest of black humour I have witnessed in some time! Should also be noted that this is one of the most British films I have seen in some time, I really don’t think anyone outside of the isles would ‘get’ it.

I ruddy loved Sightseers. It’s dark, funny, horrific, bloody and one of the best British films this year. A twisted love story that doesn’t disappoint.


Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Jared Gilman / Kara Hayward / Bruce Willis / Edward Norton / Bill Murray / Frances McDormand / Tilda Swinton / Bob Balaban / Jason Schwartzman / Harvey Keitel

Rotten Tomato Rating: 94%

Moonrise Kingdom see’s Wes Anderson return to live-action in what I can only describe as “wonderfully Wes”. By this I mean its a true trademark film by the man. It’s full of quirkiness with charming performances, especially from the two young leads. Not only that it’s lovely to see Edward Norton back and also Bruce Willis in an unusual role that fully works and suits him. Lovely soundtrack as well.


Director: Rian Johnson 

Starring: Bruce Willis / Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Emily Blunt / Jeff Daniels / Paul Dano

Rotten Tomato Rating: 94%

Looper was easily the best flat-out science fiction film of the year. Rian Johnson’s return was brilliant from start to finish. An intelligent and original story that harbours some great and clever ideas that could’ve “fried your egg like a brain” but keeps it just right. Good performance from Gordon-Levitt and Willis.

10. 1 ARGO

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck / John Goodman / Alan Arkin / Bryan Cranston

Rotten Tomato Rating: 95%

Ben Affleck’s third film is a triumph and makes it 3-for-3 for him, therefore Affleck as a director is now no fluke. Argo is a thrilling drama that keeps you on the edge of your seats till the bitter end. Great acting and great cast. With palpable tension and with some of the best facial fuzz seen on-screen this year Argo sits proudly in this list. Argo Fuck Yourself.

11. 3 LIFE OF PI

Director: Ang Lee

Starring: Suraj Sharma / Irrfan Khan / Rafe Spall

Rotten Tomato Rating: 88%

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a visually stunning piece of work that captivates the story about lost; endurance, friendship, love, family, fantasy, and above all faith. Suraj Sharma’s essential singular performance as “Pi” is wonderful and captivating. Truly one of the years best films.

Honourable mentions that didn’t quite make the list but were still the best films released in 2012 (UK) are:

  • The Muppets (dir, James Bobin)
  • The Avengers (dir, Joss Whedon)
  • Dredd (dir, Pete Travis)
  • Ruby Sparks (dir, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton)
  • End of Watch (dir, David Ayer)
  • 21 Jump Street (dir, Phil Lord and Chris Miller)
  • Killing Them Softly (dir, Andrew Dominik)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (dir, Drew Goddard)
  • Brave (dir, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman)

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