So here we are, at the end of 2012 and it’s time to look back over the last 12 months and pick out what have been the films that have provided us with our best cinema experiences and wowed us with both story and spectacle. So here at Inside Media Track, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 films of the year.
Just to give you an idea of how great some of this year’s cinema has been, we’d thought we’d share just a few of the movies that didn’t quite make our top ten, but are fantastic nonetheless. Cosmopolis looked into the chaotic world that anti-capitalism can cause, Avengers Assemble got the balance right between ensemble superhero screen time, action and humour, whilst Anna Karenina was a fairly decent attempt of a classic novel. Looper became a brave attempt at intelligent tricky sci-fi, while Killer Joe was an ensuing dark comedy drama. All great films in their own right, but our definitive top ten of the year are:
Michael Haneke‘s hard hitting story of a retired couple both dealing with the effects of mental and physical illness on one another. Asking the old age question of what “Til death do us part” really means and taking their love for each other to the most extreme of levels.
9. The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence became the new female hero this year as Katniss Everdeen, embroiled in a survival reality show for the entertainment of the powerful. Blowing away expectations of fans of the books with its dark ideas, whilst pitching its overall darker theme of kids killing kids to a younger movie going audience perfectly.
8. Life Of Pi
Brilliantly delivered visual pleasure on a tricky-to-film book. Ang Lee asking more spiritual questions than he wanted to answer made this an overwhelming, beautifully directed, cinematic experience that became a universal story to all audiences of any faith, with the best use of 3D seen so far.
7. The Imposter
An amazing true story documentary of a French conman Frederic Bourdin, who successfully convinced a Texas family that he was their long-lost child who had been missing for three years. Shocking viewers with his trickery and the family’s acceptance, it’s just an incredible real life story that’s perfectly made for the big screen.
Daniel Craig excelling as James Bond once again, having to rebuild his broken self to save Queen and country once again. Sam Mendes doing a fantastic job introducing darker themes, whilst rejuvenating all the classic conventions. A fantastic modern-day Bond that touched on the franchise’s history in a solidly delivered way.
5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Set in a poverty-hit Louisiana following a great storm, this became a real underrated indie gem as a young girl is quickly forced to learn the skills of surviving in life. Mixing in elements of fantasy, tragedy, even fairy tale, all through the eyes of its fierce but incredible central six-year-old performer.
4. The Dark Knight Rises
The conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy not only became a fitting end to Bruce Wayne’s journey, but delved into ideas of anarchy, corruption and nodding towards a Doctor Zhivago-type revolutionary epic. All within the midst of a star-studded ensemble cast and a huge multi-million dollar blockbuster budget.
Ben Affleck providing a gripping, tense, action thriller following the true story of the rescue of US embassy workers from the depths of politically-torn Iran. A great detailed historical take on a widely unknown story, with its closing act becoming the epitome of true tension to the those unaware of its conclusion.
2. Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence cast brilliantly as they deal with their individual eccentric mental illness and relationship squabbles together in this romantic comedy-drama. Depicting both plausible family life and the film’s issues in a great balance, whilst charming audiences with its heart warming narrative.
1. The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s artistic venture into the exploits of a drifted navy soldier, caught up in a world of cult religion during post war America, is our number one of the year. Unbelievable performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, each playing characters on opposite ends of sanity, combining to produce both a fateful relationship and cinematic brilliance.