Wills’ Top 11 Films of 2012

Looking back at 2012 and the amount of films that are left in my ‘nearly made the top 10’ column, it looks like it was a good year for film.

Yes, I know there are 11 entries on this list, but the last film I only just saw and I could not leave out.

Even though a couple of these films were up for awards consideration last year, they did not receive UK releases until 2012, so I have listed them here.


1. Shame (Steve McQueen)


McQueen follows up on the promise he showed in Hunger with this brilliant film; Michael Fassbender’s performance should have at least been Academy Award nominated .

2. Liberal Arts (Josh Radnor)


Reminiscent of Before Sunset, director/writer/star Josh Radnor is definitely a talent to keep an eye on.

3. The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)


Brilliant in its simplicity, The Kid With a Bike is the most emotionally affecting film of the year.

4. Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon)


Whedon skilfully balances a large cast and big action scenes whilst perfectly pitching the tone. He did it!

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)


Great performances all round and a well crafted script.

6. Argo (Ben Affleck)


If someone had said to me 10 years ago that in 2012 Ben Affleck would direct maybe the best film of the year, I doubt I would have believed him or her. Argo is a finely constructed thriller, and Affleck is the next Eastwood or Pollack.

7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)


Anderson’s best film since The Royal Tennenbaums, and Bruce Willis’ finest performance since god knows when; funny and sweet.

8. Dredd (Pete Travis)


Deserving so much more than the terrible reception at the box office it received in America; Travis’ film is fun, bloody and action filled.

9. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)


Elisabeth Olson was the actress of the year. A fantastic central performance compliments Durkin’s observant directorial style; I found this the creepiest and most unsettling film of the year.

10. Ruby Sparks (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)


Zoe Kazan’s script is brilliant, and even though it took Dayton & Faris 6 years to bring out another film, I will happily wait that long for the next if they continue to be like this.

11. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)


The last film I will see in the cinema this year, and I am really glad it was this. The 3D was brilliant, but never overshadowed the delicate emotion in the script. And Richard Parker wins the award for best tiger of the year.


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