Sunday, April 15

Top 10 Films of 2012


Here are 10 Films to get exited about in my opinion. I could have included Dark Knight Rises, Amazing Spiderman, Avengers, Men in Black 3 and The Hobbit but then that would be boring.

10. The Raid - 18th May 2012

A SWAT team becomes trapped in a treatment run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

The only film on the list i have seen and its not only one of the best films to come out of Indonesia but one of the best heist films ever that i have seen and Looks like a film Quentin Tarantino will be itching to remake. I must stress its not for the faint hearted.

9. Silent House  -  4th May 2012

Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, A young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.

The film is one continuous shot filmed on a handy cam starring the incredibly talented actress Elizabeth Olsen. The original spanish film by the same name is available on dvd if you with to prepare yourself for the remake.

8. Friends With Kids - 29th June 2012

Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, So they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.

Directorial debut for Jennifer Westfeldt best known for her role as Meredith Reed in 24 and including a large selection of cast members from Bridesmaids (2011)including the films lead and SNL regular Kristen Wiig and Mad Man himself John Hamm as well as Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd. 

7. Premium Rush - 14th September 2012

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Staring Regular Joe of or better known as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and written by David Koepp best known for the screenplay's for Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way and Mission Impossible.

6. Anna Karenina - 7th September 2012

Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy starring Kiera Knightley and directed by the always dependable Joe Wright. Joe Wright directed both Atonement and Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightley and has also done very well with The Soloist and Hanna.  

5. Moonrise Kingdom - 25th May 2012

A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

A Wes Anderson Classic written all over the trailer staring his pals Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. No doubt he is a acquired taste but if you like the taste your gonna love this just for the quirks he shows in the trailer. We will have to wait and see if it is going to be as good as The Darjeeling Limited or The Royal Tenenbaums but we can hope. 

4. The Gangster Squad - 9th November 2012

A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.

Emma Stone in her latest roll that see's her acting next to Ryan Gosling again as well as Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. The part I find Most surprising is that helming this project is Zomibeland and 30 Minutes or Less director Ruben Fleischer. Whilst i wasn't the biggest fan of 30 Minutes or less i do love Zombieland and i struggle to see a cast of that caliber  putting on a bad show.

3. The Great Gatsby - 26th December 2012

Nick Carraway, a Midwestener now living on long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Based on the literary classic by F Scott Fitzgerald there seems no better director to bring this classic to life than Baz Luhrmann who has epic in his blood. Leo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan seem to be perfect casting decisions as Jay and Daisy.If its going to be anything like Luhrmans inventive retelling of Romeo and Juliet also starting Dicaprio this is going to be a very exiting project and judging by the timing of its release it would seem to be going for a few of the awards next year and very likely to be a big contender at the Oscars.

2. Prometheus - 1st June 2012

A team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Is it a prequel to Alien? Seems it is. Will it link Blade Runner and Alien together? Possibly. Will it be one of the best films to be released this year? Undoubtedly!!!

A Sci-Fi film directed by one of the forefathers of Sci-Fi sounds like its start to a great film. Then i mention Damon Lindelof creator and writer of the award winning tv series Lost and then there's the cast, Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michael Fassbender (Shame),Noomi Rapace (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo),Guy Pearce (The Kings Speech),Idris Elba (The Wire) and Patrick Wilson(Young Adult).

Prometheus has such a talented bunch of actors it makes The Great Gatsby seem like its slacking. 

I will forget to mention his co-writer Jon Spaihts's who's only writing credit is the disappointing Action Horror The Darkest Hour released early this year.

1. Skyfall - 26th October 2012

Bonds's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

There is not much I need to say it's a James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, Directed by Oscar winning Director Sam Mendes, Written by 007 Usuals Neal Purvis and Robert Wade with the help of writer of the moment John Logan.The supporting cast include Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris,Judi Dench,Adlbert Finney and a very interesting casting choice of Ben Whishaw as Q the shoes of the legendary Desmond Llewelyn.

After Quantum of Solace us James Bond fans are owed a good Jame bond film and i have good faith that Skyfall will deliver it all.

A trailer is to be released in about 4 weeks but until then here is the first video blog of Skyfall.

D. Waterman

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