Dec 24 2012 By Ian Bunting
2012 best movies
Santa has just made his way back up the chimney and discussions fill households about the quality of the Hogmanay TV schedules so that can only mean one thing for film buffs; time to pick your best movies from the past year.
Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 films of 2012:
The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and, best of all, Tom Hardy’s bulky villain Bane combined to create a fittingly thrilling conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time.
Anticipation levels for this were sky high and thankfully director Joss Whedon struck a perfect balance between action, humour and heart. Oh, yeah, and he had a Hulk!
An Indonesian tower block-set martial arts movie directed by a Welshman sounds like a bizarre combination but explosions, hacked-off body parts and some of the best fight scenes ever filmed made this a well deserved sleeper hit.
Who’d have thought the story of a teddy bear come to life would be the best comedy of 2012? But in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s capable comedic hands, this foul-mouthed fluffy creation and pal Mark Wahlberg spouted some of the years best one liners. Ace cameos too.
Ben Affleck continues his career rehabilitation with another fine directorial effort based loosely on a true story and packed with tension, drama and the odd laugh.
The Cabin in the Woods
More than just a horror movie, this paid tribute to the genre with a mind-bending and wonderfully bonkers concept you won’t see coming.
Best slice of sci-fi of the year and another pleasant surprise. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a star of his generation, Bruce Willis had his best role in years and director Rhian Johnson brought us plenty of jaw-droppingly cool sequences.
Bond was back with a welcome return to form in the UK box office’s biggest ever earner. Daniel Craig is the best fit yet for 007’s tuxedo, Javier Bardem’s Silva made a brilliantly bizarre baddie, and future adventures were set up with the reintroduction of some old favourites.
Found footage filmmaking found its way into the comic book movie in this terrific tale of would-be heroes and corrupted power. Hugely impressive special effects too.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Director Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle Earth as Gandalf and some of the old gang join new Bilbo Baggins, a fantastic Martin Freeman, for a memorable adventure filled with dwarves, orcs, goblins, furry feet and the tease of more fiery adversaries to come.
Sadly, 2012 has also churned out its fair share of movies so bad they make the work of cult figure and ‘worst director ever’ Edward D. Wood Jr. look competent.
Here, for their sins, are my 10 worst films of the year, again in no particular order because, quite frankly, they don’t deserve to be:
Gone. The Sitter. The Darkest Hour. Men in Black 3. The Lorax. 360. The Three Stooges. The Watch. A Few Best Men. Alex Cross.