With no upcoming movies in Australia I’m keen to review, I thought I’d look back at the first 8 months of the year and my favourite movies and performances I’ve seen so far. This was inspired by Alex at And So It Begins
I’ve seen 75 movies this year that I’m classifying as 2012 releases, and I would expect I’d see another 75 or so before the year is out. I’m really excited for Looper and Killing Me Softly amongst others.
10. The Avengers
9. The Dictator
7. 21 Jump Street
5. Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey
4. Cafe de Flore
3. The Raid
2. Moonrise Kingdom
1. The Dark Knight Rises
The Top 4 here really stand out to me, I can’t see them not being thereabouts by the end of the year. Avengers was loved by all, The Dictator is one that I just found so funny that it has to be up there for me. I would say these are all must sees for the year.
While it’s not going to happen, it would be so awesome for Nolan to get recognized at the Oscar’s this year, at least with a nomination. I’m clearly biased as he’s my favourite director, but The Dark Knight Rises was magical.
A clear winner for me, Hawkes was fantastic in The Sessions and will certainly get a Best Actor nomination. I would say he’s the clear frontrunner to win too, his performance was simply superb and heartfelt.
I really struggled finding outstanding female performances this year, but again, Helen Hunt was phenomenal in The Sessions and deserving of my favourite of the year so far. Shirley MacLaine was great in Bernie.
Can I use Dark Knight Rises quotes yet? All his lines were so well set up, but he still delivered them magnificently. You are as precious to me as you were to your own mother and father. I swore to them that I would protect you, and I haven’t. My honourable mention is from left field, but I thought he was quite good in a smaller role. I wanted to give it to Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) but I think it’s pretty clear his role was a lead one.
Best Supporting Actress:
Kara Hayward would be the one I would give this to but I don’t think she was really a supporting actress in Moonrise Kingdom. I looked through all 75 movies briefly and couldn’t pick anyone. I didn’t think Anne Hathaway was that good in The Dark Knight Rises (she wasn’t bad, just not one I would pick out for her performance). Would love some thoughts on this one!
3. The Imposter
1. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
There have been some awesome documentaries already this year and I loved all 3 above. Being Elmo was such a great story and had me moved. Bully touched me as well, whereas The Imposter was just an incredible story shown superbly. The other doco I have seen this year was Indie Game: The Movie which was also great. I’m looking forward to catching Undefeated very soon.
2012 has had a decent start without blowing me away. I haven’t given any A+ grades but with 3 A- and 2 A’s I’m fairly content with that. I also have a fair few movies to catch up on: The Sapphires, The Bourne Legacy, Lockout, Get The Gringo and Marley. Looking forward to the final third of the year.
Let me know what you think of my selections, as well as your top picks!