Best Films of 2012 – Part 1

It’s one of my amazing special posts, yay! (Nobody really cares, just look at the pretty pictures). Friday I will be posting a ‘Best of Christopher Nolan’ because of the Dark Knight Rises release.

Ok so we are now into the 7th month of the year so I thought I would put my favourite films of the year into monthly winners for the first half of 2012. Obviously part 2 won’t be coming out until January next year so keep an eye out for that when I will also reveal my winner of the year in genre categories (nobody really cares, just look at the pretty posters). Each winner is only put in a mini review but has been linked to the full reviews if you want to read more.

Haywire – January

This is an interesting action film with a good plot and brilliant characters and actors. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


I did like the father daughter relationship in this film even though it was a bit short, this was mainly because she is such an interesting character that you want to know why she is the way she is and where she came from. Now with some action films what happens next can be very predictable thanks to the music, but in this the music is very low tempo and throws you off the scent a bit. I do like a good “I won’t keep running away anymore” line out of action films so I am glad this one has it. Well done Steven Soderbergh.

Read my full review here 


Chronicle – February

Chronicle has surprised me and has shockingly become one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time, now that’s an impressive feat considering the last movie I did that with was Transformers.Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.


The characters were portrayed perfectly by the main cast who genuinely acted like three young guys who discovered telekinetic powers, by this I mean they didn’t go fight crime but they did use a leaf blower on the cheerleaders. Usually the downfall for movies like this are their end but for chronicle I think it’s one of its strengths and the relatively short time of 83 minutes was perfect for the whole set of events to be played out without it being too long or short for character development.

Read my full review here


John Carter – March

Think I may be crazy, because I actually really liked this film. The film deserved a better rap than it got and the films advertisement was terrible. The main reason I would say the film didn’t make much money was the advertisement because even I didn’t go see it at the cinema and that’s really saying something. A massive surprise to me! That’s some good Sci-Fi. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Now then the plot was actually very good for me because I already knew about the original book and remember thinking that the trailer looked like it went completely off base with the original story. Then like every other assumption I had with the film it turned out to be wrong because it was actually very close to the original story. From the Jeddak to the Thern the whole story of his adventure on the planet worked really well and I just loved it. Just the name of everything sounds great to any fully fledged nerds out there (me, and you probably if you are reading my reviews).

Read my full review here


The Cabin in the WoodsApril

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. That’s the description released by Lionsgate, so does it it live up to its hype? Well I went to see the cabin in the woods recently and so I can safely state that yes it certainly does and I give it my recommendation for people to get to the cinema and watch that film as soon as possible. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended


The Sci-fi elements of this movie are best left to watching as talking about them will be a spoiler I am afraid but I will state that it’s a fun experience and that what Sci-fi elements there are will not be as important as the trailer will lead you on. This film will definitely make an impression on everyone who sees it and would recommend it to a broad spectrum of people whether it’s for gore soaked horror or side splitting dark comedy it works on many levels.

Read my full review here


The AvengersMay

Joss Whedon you beautiful man you. Well he has done what many thought would be impossible creating a film with six superheroes without it being a total mess. The film is not only not bad but in my opinion pretty damn perfect. By perfect I mean I honestly don’t have any complaints, no stupid stuff, no boring scenes, it’s just a great action film. Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


The characters are surprisingly well performed by the cast and where written as being more human than any of their own films have portrayed before, this had to be displayed for the story to play out but let the viewer see more of the characters flaws and what really pushes their buttons. In this film you can see some of Joss Whedon sense of humour gets worked into nearly every scene and will appeal to everyone who watches even if you haven’t seen any of the characters before. My favourite line would have to be “he’s adopted” you will only get it after watching but you will laugh.

Read my full review here



It’s a good Sci-Fi film with great acting and an interesting plot, but sadly it wasn’t a great Sci-Fi film and definitely wasn’t this generations Alien. But I would love to see a sequel which could easily fix the problems I found with this film. Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a ground-breaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended, just don’t expect it to be as good as Alien.


Just as always I will not be giving away any spoilers so you don’t have to worry about reading this review before seeing the film, although you may wish to wait until you have seen the film. To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very professional and you could feel the emotion but the main flaw I found with the characters and the film in general were that you couldn’t connect with the people. The main character Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was the exception to this with a fantastically realistic but strong character who survives at all costs, credit goes to her with a great performance as Ellen Ripley replacement. Sadly the characters you start to like (Captain Janek) get very little screen time and the one you don’t really care about (Charlie) get time that was more boring than interesting. Then there’s my main fault with this film, the crew don’t really mix very well and you get this feeling like their all in their own little worlds rather than experiencing something as a group so in that respect it loses some of its authenticity.

Read my full review here


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23 responses to “Best Films of 2012 – Part 1”

  1. alleyandthemovies says :

    Though I didn’t care for Haywire, I’m glad to see Chronicle on here. And John Carter is good, huh? I made a Best of 2012 (So Far) list too:


  2. Mark Walker says :

    Good list there man. Nice to see Chronicle and the underrated Haywire in there.


  3. Parlor of Horror says :

    Damn, still haven’t seen Cabin in the Woods, thanks for reminding me. And Haywire looks like ‘The Borne Identity’ with a female lead.


  4. mistylayne says :

    Chronicle was much better than I thought it was going to be and not nearly as bad as I’d heard. STILL need to see Cabin in the Woods (which I’m sure I’ll love). HATED The Avengers. I was bored to tears.


  5. Ripley Connor says :

    What everyone finally learned from Prometheus—we aliens created humans.


  6. ianthecool says :

    Wow, no votes for Prometheus. I’m sorry, I just don’t see the criticism for that one. But I still have to go with Avengers.


  7. atothewr says :

    Prometheus – not so sure about that one. Great list. I still need to see Cabin in the Woods.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      What would you replace Prometheus with?

      And yeah cabin in the woods is great 😀


      • atothewr says :

        Tough question. There really wasn’t that much in June. I guess putting personal feelings aside you might be right on Prometheus as being the best. Ted came out then, but I haven’t seen it so I can’t judge how good it is.

        By the way, dig the icon. Predator is one great movie.


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