2012: Rated

The films that came out in 2012, that I saw, rated by how much awesome they were. There's a slightly questionably qualifying film - Blood technically comes out next year, but I SAW IT THIS YEAR AND I CAN DO WHAT I LIKE.

I didn't see Skyfall, Dark Knight or Hunger Games and... am not really that bothered by it. I've never seen a Bond film in the cinema, I lost interest in the Bat after the first Nolan film and... just wasn't interested in Hunger Games.

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  • Blood – You Can’t Bury The Truth

    1.Blood – You Can’t Bury The Truth

    ★★★★½

    Yes, technically this film is released next year. I don't care. In fact, this film is so good, I'll probably go see again next year and put it high up on next year's ratings too. The cast in this film is astounding. I love Mark Strong. I love Paul Bettany. They are both spot-on in this film ("spot-on" has pretty much become my go-to end of year saying). The relationships between the characters are rightly at the heart of this film and that's what makes it so good. Forget that it's a police drama. Forget the totally amazing HOLY COW moment. How the brothers related to each other and their father. How they related to their colleagues. Everything. Best film.

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  • Red Tails

    2.Red Tails

    ★★★★½

    Most exciting, edge of seat and constantly heart in mouth film all year. Unexpected too. Wow.

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    3.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★★★½

    I admit, my anticipation of this film had been through the roof. Possibly well up in orbit too, by the time it finally arrived. And rightly so. This was everything I could have wanted from the first instalment of The Hobbit apart from I could have done with another hour of it. Yes, you heard. I wanted it LONGER.

  • The Avengers

    4.The Avengers

    ★★★★½

    When I saw Avengers back at the end of April, I honestly thought that it would be my film of the year and then the week after I did an iLL Manors/Red Tails double bill that was so emotionally draining and incredible and awesome it was like my whole worldview was smashed and rearrange. Nevertheless, Avengers was a great film - and achieved the difficult task of squishing so many awesome characters, who either have their own franchise or deserve one, into the single film. Ok, so the balance could have been better. There could have been more of it. Overall though, it was a good, coherent film.

  • Dredd

    5.Dredd

    ★★★★½

    AMAZING. The blood. The violence. The Dredd being totally Dredd. ANDERSON BEING COMPLETELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. Ma-Ma being BADASS. The 3D in this film was good. I don't usually go to see 3D because the glasses are annoying over my regular glasses and for the most part it's pointless. In this film it really worked.

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  • Argo

    6.Argo

    ★★★★

    I liked it. There's not that much to say. Other than perhaps the performances all round were wicked.

  • Haywire

    7.Haywire

    ★★★★½

    The film was about a woman totally kicking ass and taking names. The rarity of having a female action hero already gave this film some extra points, but the balance of the film was just right, the story was good and the action was fantastic.

  • Looper

    8.Looper

    ★★★★

    WIBBLEY WOBBLY TIMEY WIMEY. It doesn't matter that JGL never really looked like Bruce Willis or that they never really explained how time travel worked in that universe - these things were unnecessary. Investigating just what you might sacrifice to get what you want, the morality of those decisions, whether you could go too far and how far you might go to do the right thing? That's what it was all about and it just happened to be squished into the future. Great.

  • Ill Manors

    9.Ill Manors

    ★★★★

    Unremittingly grim. Unconventionally arranged. Heavy emphasis on music. Referred to as "harrowing" in nearly every review I read. It was great. Sad-making to watch, Drew really brought together all the threads of the individual stories to paint the larger picture really well.

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  • Everybody Has a Plan

    10.Everybody Has a Plan

    ★★★★

    Unexpected stuff happens. Stuff to do with identity and belonging happens. All of this is stuff that I like. Also, Viggo Mortensen.

  • Doomsday Book

    11.Doomsday Book

    ★★★★

  • Antiviral

    12.Antiviral

    ★★★½

    Less body horror for me and more interesting examination of the nature of celebrity.

  • Zaytoun

    13.Zaytoun

    ★★★★

  • Love, Marilyn

    14.Love, Marilyn

    ★★★½

  • The Expendables 2

    15.The Expendables 2

    ★★★½

    Far far far more bloody, gory and violent then I had really expected. Not in a bad way though. My mum loved it.

  • For Love's Sake

    16.For Love's Sake

    ★★★

  • Great Expectations

    17.Great Expectations

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable, but nothing new.

  • Snow White and the Huntsman

    18.Snow White and the Huntsman

    ★★★★

    This one works best if you think of it as a love story (not really a romantic one, more a familial one) between Snow White and the Queen. I still have no idea why the Huntsman was even in the title.

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  • Punk

    19.Punk

    ★★★

    Supposed to be "shocking" and "controversial". Wasn't. Apart from the sliiiight shades of Oedipus. Which wasn't that out there really. It was okay.

  • John Carter

    20.John Carter

    ★★★½

    Only slightly better than Anna Karenina because of Mars.

  • Anna Karenina

    21.Anna Karenina

    ★★½

    Jude Law was awesome in this. Everyone else was a bit meh.

  • Kiss of the Damned

    22.Kiss of the Damned

    ★★½

    This was bad. I hated all of the characters. Even Twilight had one character that I could tolerate (Bella's dad). Disappointing.

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