Tim’s Top Ten Films of 2012

This is my list of Top Films released in the year 2012. I have reviewed each one of them and consider them to be all worthy of their position. If you notice any films that you loved and that are not on the list then this could mean one of two things, either I disagree or I simply didn’t see it (there’s a list at the bottom). I will also be releasing my worst films of the year and what I thought were the best B movies of 2012 (Love me some B movies).

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#1: The Avengers

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#1 on my list is indeed ‘The Avengers’ being one of only two films this year to get 100% and this is why. Joss Whedon has done what many thought would be impossible, creating a film with six superheroes without it being a total mess (Just didn’t see that coming). However the film is not only good 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 that connects a lot of very big films with very big characters. Full Review

My Score: 100%

#2: The Dark Knight Rises

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#2 on my list is a clear contender and is the finale to Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy; ‘Christopher Nolan’ really doesn’t make bad films which is rare in big films. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was a great film to end the epic trilogy Nolan started with Batman Begins and then made better with ‘The Dark Knight’. This film really brings the old school epics such as ‘Ben-Hur’ with thousands of extras running around on giant sets to the modern era of films. But sadly it was the last of this superhero trilogy and possibly the best adaptation of a comic hero we will ever see. Full Review

My Score: 100%

#3: The Cabin in the Woods

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#3 is genuinely my favourite horror film of 2012 not that there were many. The Sci-fi and Horror elements of this movie are best left to watching as talking about them will be a spoiler, 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, it’s also a lot more fun. 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. Full Review

My Score: 95%

#4: Skyfall

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#4 on my list is Skyfall the best Bond film I have seen in a while and I don’t see any reason for die-hard fans to be disappointed. The opening, middle and end to this film are fantastic and action filled, with a surprisingly sentimental look at the previous 50 years of Bond. Daniel Craig does a great job as Bond and Javier Bardem plays a wonderfully creepy villain even if I would have liked to have seen more of him. The story was far more 21st century than any of the other Bond films and is nice to see what direction the next instalments of Bond will be like, respectful of tradition but up to date, serious in its thrills and some complexity in its characters but with the sense of fun that missing from the recent set of Bonds. Full Review 

My Score: 95%

#5: Chronicle

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#5 on my list ‘Chronicle’ has surprised me and has shockingly become one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time, a relatively short list. I have never been a huge fan of found footage movies but in this case I will make an exception because it really does compliment the story and blends well with the characters development. The story is very original and is told artfully in this movie, with impressive but not over the top special effects, the movie does give a feeling that if this happened for real then this is how it would look. The fight scenes and clashes with their powers where very impressive and considering the budget had an epic feel to the power the characters possessed. Full Review

My Score: 94%

#6: Moonrise Kingdom

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#6 on the list is a shocker for me as it’s not normally my forte. This surprisingly funny and weird comedy film is strangely warm with a brilliant all-star cast. I think the film is very unique in that I haven’t seen anything quite like it before but some of the aspects can be found in other films (run a ways etc.). I think this films main strengths come from its acting and impressive directing which is the best combination in any film. The cast are very good and I loved that the children actually have the ability to act, you’d be surprised how many kid actors are just terrible but in this they are fantastic. Oh and it’s got Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Freaking Murray! How is it not going to be great? Full Review

My Score: 93%

#7: Seven Psychopaths

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#7 see what I did there? Lots of violence from the get go and it keeps that going throughout the films storytelling, in that respect I would say that the film was more like a pulp film than a comedy but with its cast it will split your sides. The trailer completely threw me off when it came to what the story was and I think that is a great thing because I was completely surprised how good this film was. The story, acting and dialogue were all fantastic which was something I never got anything I viewed about this film, I love to be pleasantly surprised. This film is my favourite Christopher Walken film I have seen a while and I am glad he got the chance to play such an unusual/dark character, something I have missed. Full Review

My Score: 90%

#8: The Amazing Spiderman

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#8 is a surprise to me as I didn’t expect it to be anything more than a cash grab but it’s wasn’t, it was actually really good. It has a few flaws, but for a first instalment of the rebooted Spiderman franchise it is better than expected and much better than an unwatchable instalment from the previous saga, Spiderman 3! Argh! The characters especially where far better this time around with Andrew showing Toby how to play Peter Parker and Spiderman. I will be looking forward to the next films in this great new Spiderman reboot. But I would love to see flaws I found fixed, mainly a stronger villain character and more of the humour I found in this film. Full Review

My Score: 90%

#9: The Raid: Redemption

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#9 is a foreign film from Indonesia and it’s an action film that’s good, really good. Not a superhero film or Rambo 8 but a good original action film. The film fits into a small genre called ‘pure action’ in which it fits neatly. This film revels in the skill of its actors and convenient plot which puts good vs. evil crammed into one apartment building. There are very few foreign films I truly enjoy mainly due to strange plots or basically it’s a boring drama, glad to see some good fun films coming from Indonesian. Interestingly enough I think this the first film I have seen from Indonesia and it’s so good, keep them coming. Full Review

My Score: 88%

#10: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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#10 I liked it, not my favourite middle earth instalment but a good addition nevertheless. Jackson has at least two more films to bring out greatness from Tolkien’s work so we’ll just have to hope he maintains the pace or does better. It’s really hard not to nerd out when watching these films, by the way I have read the book and I think Peter Jackson did well so far, still haven’t seen Smaug but that’s the next film (I saw its shadow, tail and eye). Loved the dwarfs, normally they are my favourite characters and continue to be in this instalment  I also loved the music and would have given it a perfect score if it had more songs and musical scores, but there are more film for that and you have to view as a platform for what’s to come. Full Review

My Score: 87%

Honourable Mentions: 21 Jump Street, Ted, Looper, Men in Black 3, Prometheus, Brave.


Films I have yet to watch in 2012: War Horse, Coriolanus, The Descendants, Safe House, Contraband, God Bless America, Lawless, Paranorman, Killing Them Softly, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Sinister, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, End of Watch, The Man With The Iron Fists, Life Of Pi.

2012 Has Been Pretty Good

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About Tim The Film Guy

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55 responses to “Tim’s Top Ten Films of 2012”

  1. Ben says :

    Great list. There are too many really good films from this year that I haven’t seen. Good to see Avengers and Dark Knight at the top though.


  2. Daniel says :

    What a fantastic selection !!! The three superhero movies are all top-notch, and it’s nice to see “The Raid: Redemption” getting some attention !!!


  3. adlibitur90 says :

    Yay! Avengers at number one! Can’t believe I saw this like eight times in the cinema. Dedication; I has it!


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