It’s that time of year again, so here’s my top 20 films of what 2012 has had to offer.
I think it’s fair to say that it’s been a very hit and miss year for film this year with some exceptional releases scattered throughout 2012, but with some completely disappointing films filling in the months between (Anything involving Taylor Kitsch, I’m looking at you!). From the end of trilogies (The Dark Knight Rises) to the start of new ones (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man), to the combination of many film characters into one big blockbuster (Avengers Assemble) and to some brilliant novel adaptations (On The Road, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), we’ve certainly had it all. Read below to see what I thought of the year in film, and feel free to let me know what you thought about the year too.
I still need to see a couple more films, of course, so for a more up to date list you can visit my Letterboxd page. (Also, please note that I go by UK release dates.)
My Letterboxd account documents what films I am watching, usually films for the first time but occasionally a film I haven’t logged before.
Here’s a summary of the films I have watched this month, including a rating and short review for each.
A film guide for July 2012 including reviews for:
– Magic Mike
– The Amazing Spider-Man
– The Dark Knight Rises
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In Retrospect is a monthly film publication that I make just for a bit of fun, visit the blog here.
(Published in Issue 12 of my publication In Retrospect)
After the huge success of The Avengers earlier this year, this month sees the release of Marvel‘s latest film, The Amazing Spider-Man. Directed by Marc Webb, the film is a reboot of Sam Raimi‘s original Spider-Man trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire in the lead role. Now with Andrew Garfield taking the role as Peter Parker, a.k.a the web-slinging superhero that is Spider-Man, we see a different, more personal side to his story. As Peter finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young, his path puts him on a collision course with his father’s former partner Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), whose current experiments with animal stem cells will change the lives of them both.
(Edited version of my competition entry. Click image to view layout on ISSUU)
Racism is something we’re all aware; we hear about it constantly in society, in football and in our everyday lives, but what about in film?
It’s likely that you would have heard stories about directors, writers and producers typecasting characters and it’s not uncommon to see particular actors play the same racial stereotype all of the time. What is a rarity, however, is an audience’s reaction when they don’t agree with the race of a character cast in a certain role.
The Hunger Games has done extremely well since its release last March, making over $350M worldwide and clinging on to the top of the box office for four whole weeks. But not everybody had good things to say about it.
(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)
The past two weeks have been pretty big trailer wise, including the latest releases for three of this summer’s most anticipated films including Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. Could it get any better? Aside from a couple of other new trailers, namely the first for Ruben Fleischer’s The Gangster Squad, not really. Whilst we do have quite a few new films to discuss in this week’s feature, they just don’t include any dark knights or a Ryan Gosling. Still, we can’t always be that picky.
(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
Spider-Man has caught two new posters in his web this week, further highlighting that The Amazing Spider-Man does look pretty amazing.
Featuring Andrew Garfield in the lead role, Marc Webb’s reboot of Marvel’s web-slinging superhero follows Peter Parker’s journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held; a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man.