2012 in the cinemas – opinionated view by Blondoner

Also a little bit before the Oscars.

Adele will most probably bag one for the theme song from the latest James Bond film ‘Skyfall’.

I should probably do a Top 10 of 2012. I wasn’t as lucky in 2012 as I was back in 2011 – I haven’t watched as many films as I would like to. I did do a little bit of catching up with old classics and I did do a little bit of catching up with American TV series. I will do a short few posts about what is or has been on with regards to both American and British TV.

Now just feature films, just those that were in the cinemas in 2012 or were made in 2012.

Here it is:

Please note Top 10 is as always presented in no particular order.

1) The Dark Knight Rises by Christoper Nolan. Sadly this film will be remembered for a long time because of the Aurora massacre when during one of the first screenings a phD student killed 10 and wounded over 70 people.

The film was good. One particular detail that caught my heart was how Batman nominated his heir and follower – Robin.

2) On the Road by Walter Salles. Adaptation of the cult classic road novel by Jack Kerouac. Beautiful in the attention to detail in costume, interior design, gadgets.

3) Argo by Ben Affleck. Because I like fact fiction, because I admire how well the costume designer has done their job. Because it kept tension until the last second like a good old action movie. Because I felt like back in the 1970’s and I felt like I watched a good old classic made back in the golden age of Hollywood – the magic 1970’s.

4) Dans la maison by Francois Ozon. Because despite the fact that I hate voiceover in book adaptations, this one does make sense.

5) Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell. Because Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles steal the show and because Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are an amazing pair of freaks on screen. And the dialogues are written well beyond genius.

6) The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey by Peter Jackson because it’s The Hobbit!

7) Shadow Dancer by James Marsh – because everyone should see this film to see the craft, the subtle psychological nuances and how hard can life be without the basic liberties.

8) Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson – because of how he showed the bliss of childhood.

9) Tomboy by Celine Sciamma (technically made in 2011, but I haven’t seen it until 2012) – for the universality of her story.

10) Skoonheid by Oliver Hermanus – because I admire the bravery and courage of making such a film about obsession, beauty and innocence + plus how the three clash brutally.

TOP post-edit (at least one of the films mentioned above was not made in 2012 or even released, and I forgot to mention  one of 2012 personal favourites):

Skyfall by Sam Mendes – for the classic wink at the audiences more than once, for the return back to the roots, for the best Bond villain ever in the persona of Silva played by the incredible Javier Bardem. And for Daniel Craig. Again, for he is the best Bond impersonator of current times.

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