My Top 20 Films of 2012

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.)

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Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

(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.

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Comment: Apparently it Does Matter if You’re Black or White

(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.

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Trailer Trash Feature: 28th April – 11th May

(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.

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2 Amazing New Spider-Man Posters

(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.

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Trailer Trash Feature: 11th – 17th Feb

(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Hello fans of the multiplex and welcome to my first weekly feature rounding-up the latest film trailers. From a remake of a Nicolas Winding Refn classic to Ewan McGregor’s salmony bits, a lot has been released on the web this week to get us excited for a number of great, and some not so great, films that are set to be released over the next couple of months. So have a read and I’ll tell you what I think of these new releases, but feel free to comment at the bottom of the page to let us know your own opinions as well.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Captures A Brand New Synopsis & Image In His Web

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Columbia Pictures has released the official synopsis for director Marc Webb‘s reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man, as a new image of Andrew Garfield in his web-slinging costume is also featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The Amazing Spider-Man, which features Garfield in the lead role, also stars and Emma Stone as his love-interest Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. It is set to open in 3D and 2D cinemas on 4th July, 2012.

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Films To Look Forward To In 2012

2012 has only just begun, and we’re already talking about some of the amazing films that are set to be released over the next year. With many anticipated films that have already been released in the US that we are yet to see, to the many Marvel films that we are frantically waiting for, we won’t be short of great films to put on the ‘to see’ list. Let’s not forget Peter Jackon’s The Hobbit as well, of course.

So, films of 2012, assemble! Here’s a list of what to look forward to this year, and also a few that you may want to avoid.

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New Photos and Confirmed Sequels for The Amazing Spider-Man

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The official website for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man has gone live this week, revealing a bunch of brand-new images, as well as the official synopsis and some character descriptions, which promise that this film is the first of several in the works.

Something else that’s been noticed from the new website is that Irrfan Khan, originally said to be playing a character named Van Adder, is now credited as Dr. Ratha.

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Amazing Video and Photos From ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Set

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This week we have new images from The Amazing Spider-Man shoot that took place in New York and a video of the set showing the web-slinger in action.

The pictures give us sneak-peak at Marc Webb’s reboost of the Spider-Man franchise, showing the cast in their character roles both during and after takes.

The images include Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and love-interest Gwen Stacy cosying up, and what I presume to be an effect of Spider-Man at work as a hapless criminal hangs strung up by his boxers outside the local police department.

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It’s Been a ‘Super’ Week for Marvel and DC

This week sees the trailers of two of the most anticipated and upcoming superhero films, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, and Marc Webb‘s first in a series of rebooted Spider-Man films, The Amazing Spider-Man. Captain America is out in cinemas next week and a (good quality) trailer is due for The Avengers shortly. With the Comic-Con these week as well, everyone has gone Marvel and DC mad.

First up there’s Captain America which is released in UK cinemas next week on 29th July. Only a short time to wait to the year for the following three films. However, Captain America is the last of The Avengers team that we need to meet so it’s about time. Captain America is the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who is deemed unfit for military service and volunteers for a top-secret research project, thus turning him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

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