Mr C’s back for his second roundup of the 2012 year. Last week it was all about music, this week it’s all about the visual arts. To recap the rules, initially we wanted this to be a “top five 2012 films seen in 2012” but the problem is we run about six months behind thanks to windowing and all that nonsense. Instead, the rules are relaxed a little to include the 2011 films that we didn’t catch in time last year, plus the 2012 films we have managed to see so far.
Enough from me, let’s see which five Mr C has gone with in what has been another painful pruning exercise:
- Moneyball. “Without doubt my favourite sports movie in the history of all movie-making, and all sports movies that I’ve ever seen ever. Plus, I need a Pete in my life – someone following me around with an Excel spreadsheet telling me which decisions to make and why.” [Film Watch link]
- Avengers Assemble. “What a cast! What a film! What a riot! I can’t say enough good things about this film, the only thing it didn’t have was a Pete.” [Film Watch link]
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. “The first time I’ve ever got vertigo sitting on my couch. A dizzying rollercoaster of action. Light years ahead of the rest of the franchise.” [Film Watch link]
- 21 Jump Street. “Surprise of the year. Didn’t think it would be as good as it was from watching the trailer, hadn’t heard anyone raving about it. Low expectations going in but loved it from beginning to end.” [Film Watch link]
- Ted. “A walking, talking chainsmoking bear. What more do you want? Totally ruined Hootie and the Blowfish’s entire back catalogue for me in one brief scene. Patrick Stewart = best.narrator.ever.” [Film Watch link]
Honourable mentions: Contagion – “like Moneyball, not your typical Hollywood movie but another masterpiece.” The Hunger Games – “didn’t know anything about this going in, enjoyed it muchly, still no intention of reading the books.” The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists – “possibly the only film I’ve ever seen back-to-back four times.”