Top 10 Movies of 2012 (Trailer Collection)

What were the Top 10 Movies of 2012?

The Top 10 Movies of 2012 reveal my interest in the Action and Super Hero genres but a few surprises also made it on to the list. Comedy and a family favourite or two round out my top 10 with one classic tale retold from Ralph Fiennes directing debut.

A top 10 compilation will always be subjective and there are probably other worthy winners like the expected 2013 Oscar nominee movie Zero Dark Thirty. This was another factor in the compiling of my list that the movies had to be released in New Zealand in 2012. This eliminated two movies that would be at the top of any list I created. The first being Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the second the anticipated and celebrated Les Misérables. It also meant Coriolanus and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made it. While both are officially 2011 releases, both movies were released in 2012 for New Zealand. Here are the judges decisions on 10 great movies to watch and collect with some honourable mentions.

1: Skyfall

This episode of Bond has crafted in some classic spy story elements as well as positioning the franchise for more healthy adventures. Well done to Daniel Craig for signing on for two more movies for the staggering amount of $60million. He can now afford to be the Blonde Bond and make movie history. Definitely my favourite movie for 2012.
My Review

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2: The Hobbit

Peter Jackson sneaked his ground breaking 48fps HFR movie into our 2012 list and it is continuing to keep ahead of the pack in holiday viewing. At the time of writing it had a global box office of 600 million in three weeks which should be encouraging for the producers with two more episodes to come. With a new level to aspire to in on screen imagery this was a superb way for me to end 2012 at the movies.
My Review

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3: Avengers

“Avengers Assemble” was a catch-cry that many thought couldn’t deliver. How could an ensemble cast work after the past works with the likes of the Fantastic Four not gaining the hoped for momentum. Hats off to Josh Whedon for pulling it off. The DC team know they have a lot of catching up to do and with 2013 showcasing more Marvel wonder from Iron Man and THOR they will need a Super Human effort to do better than the Avengers popcorn busting onscreen performance.
My Review

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4: Looper

The best SciFi movie of 2012 would have to go to Rian Johnson’s Looper. The unique story line gave a new edge to the time-travel genre and a great platform for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brice Willis. While many movies of this style tend towards the predictable this had a freshness in every respect. The anticipation was worth the wait.

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5: Dredd

I’ve said for sometime that there are more movies to be made from the annals of the English 2000AD comic book series. Our first commercial introduction to Judge Dredd through Sylvester Stallone was a big let down. Thanks to Pete Travis directing a great cast including Karl Urban’s chin and Lena Headey’s scars we were not disappointed in 2012.
My Review

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6: Coriolanus

This was my creative masterpiece of the year. Ralph Fiennes took the plot and characters of a Shakespearean play and painted a modern day backdrop on the story. As well as acting alongside Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave his directing was superb and everything from the staging to the fighting choreography was masterful.
My Review

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7: Margin Call

Occasionally we have a hobby horse of a concept and for me Margin Call was the under appreciated movie of the year. Delivered late into the New Zealand market it lost momentum when the cast including Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons delivered so much more. For a unique perspective on the puppet masters of the GFC this is well worth a DVD night.
My Review

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8: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises rounded out Christopher Nolan’s time at the helm of his Trilogy in a way that left us asking “Is it Over?” The character is left in such a way that fans will be looking for how Batman, and for that matter Robin will move forward. I have to say I never understood Bane playing a primary villain so the storyline was a pleasant surprise and left me even more wary of Marion Cotillard’s roles on screen.

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9: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sleeper hits come in all sizes and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from John Madden was a sledgehammer sized economy pack. With his expertise in movies as diverse as Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and The Debt, this was a fine repertoire to put alongside a cast including Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel.

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10: Dr Seuss – The Lorax

It was touch and go between Brave and The Lorax as to which kids movie would make it into my Top 10. When it came to the complete package I couldn’t go past the Dr Seuss classic. Danny DeVito embodied the orange fluffy Jiminy Cricket and the Zac Efron and Taylor Swift gave sufficient sweetness to carry us through a story that taught a few life lessons amongst the candy floss world we saw on screen. When it came down to it. This was a gut call and The Lorax was a real winner on the day.
My Review

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Honourable Mentions

In any competition there are the Winners, the Losers and the ‘Almost Made-Its’. Here are a few movies I really enjoyed but they just didn’t make the Top 10 material.

Brave

As I said above, it was tough call between this Scottish tale and the Lorax but this is also a great animated adventure and should be in a family DVD collection.

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The Hunger Games

I couldn’t believe my action-phobic 14yo could drag her Father to see this movie at 12:01am on opening day but such was the hype created by the books, there we were in line with hundreds of other teenagers. Gary Ross did a great job of showing just enough of the violent intent without making it the bloodbath it could have been. Whether it helped us see Reality TV as a wake-up call through a modern parable is yet to be seen.

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Prometheus

Prometheus returned Ridley Scott to the SciFi genre with a superb story, great special effects and a award winning performance from Michael Fassbender but it still didn’t seem to have the recipe just right. This wasn’t a bad movie but it could have been more than great. I see a sequel is scheduled so lets hope we get the oven temperature right on the next batch.

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The Bourne Legacy

Lets start by saying I’m a big Jeremy Renner fan. As each trailer came out I was pumped to see how he would bring more ‘raw’ to the Bourne franchise. Sadly this movie didn’t deliver. I can’t put my finger on why. Most of the people I know who saw it think I’m being two hard and they’re probably right. Must have been too much salt on the popcorn. I still think it was a ‘contender’ and I’m off to see it on DVD to see what was the missing piece to the puzzle.
My Review

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John Carter

This movie is my rant moment. I noticed today that someone on IMDB asked ‘Why all the hate towards Disney’s John Carter?’ I tend to agree. There has been much discussion from critics and observers about Andrew Stanton’s marketing plan as the Director. Whatever the case I went with a 12yo and 17yo sons and we had a blast. The movie was everything we expected and more. I’m hopeful that we will see more of this character even if Taylor Kitsch doesn’t feel life on Mars is for him.
My Review

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Spiderman

The reboot of Spiderman was a jaw-dropping on screen performance worth every popcorn but it just didn’t create the edge I enjoyed with other 2012 contenders like Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Spiderman has always been my favourite super-hero and I tend to think that he works well for a younger audience. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone made the most of their onscreen and off-screen opportunities but Rhys Ifans wouldn’t have been evil without CGi claws and teeth.

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