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)

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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)

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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)

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

4. Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon)

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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)

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Great performances all round and a well crafted script.

6. Argo (Ben Affleck)

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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)

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

8. Dredd (Pete Travis)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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