Dec 242012
 

Project-X

2012 has been an amazing year for films. It was almost impossible to nail down a top 20 list, and the list of films that just missed out went really deep. But with the good, comes the bad, and 2012 has been no exception – it has been a particularly bad year for comedies and lame action flicks. After the jump, check out our picks for the worst 10 films of 2012.

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Dec 202012
 

2012

Here are my [Chris Elena’s] picks for the best films of 2012. Instead of two lists, separating best cinema releases of the year and upcoming releases/festival flicks, I’ve decided to make it just as the one definitive list. It will include some films only shown in film festivals of this year but were still made accessible to audiences this year. The only condition I stick with is all the films included on the list HAD to be released after the first week in January to the end of December in 2012, so you’ll notice some films that were released in the U.S or other countries last year but we only got them this year.

It will merely be a list of the 20 best films I saw this year rather than writing a paragraph for each (much like Sam’s wonderful list). The reason for this being, the movies I truly loved, I reviewed and the ones I didn’t review are the few that should be seen without any prior explanation or description to it so your own opinion can be formed. Films like Django Unchained, This is 40 and other January picks will be saved for next year’s lists, but of course i’ll be reviewing them as soon as I can! It’s annoying more than anything to have to wait for releases that other countries get quite early so I only list and rate those that everyone had a chance to see this year.

Oh and as one known as ‘The Contrarian’ to popular opinions and such, I hope this list provides a surprise or two when you get a chance to glance at it. Whether that surprise is a nice one…or not.

So, without further adieu, my picks are after the jump.

 

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Dec 192012
 

the master

In what might be my favourite list of winners from any awards ceremony thus far this year, the Toronto Film Critics Association just yesterday announced award winners with Best Picture being awarded to The Master (yay), which also won Best Screenplay, Best Director (Both awards going to Paul Thomas Anderson) and Best Supporting Actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Best Actor went to The only other actor this year who was on par with Joaquin Phoenix in The Master and that was Denis Lavant for Holy Motors who played about 700 different characters. Best Actress went to Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea (no, not the shark film) the Terrance Davies’ post WWII drama, which I agree was also deserving, if not surprising.

Other winners included Gina Gershon for best supporting actress for Killer Joe (Finally, someone recognised!) and Amour for best foreign language film. Runner-ups included current Oscar favourite, Zero Dark Thirty, Frankenweenie, Daniel Day Lewis and Phoenix were both runner-up’s in the acting department and even Cabin in the Woods came as runner up in the ‘Best First Feature’ award. As stated earlier, I believe these to be the most deserving winners of any awards list or organization so far this year, with The Master and Holy Motors both getting the recognition they deserve. The panel, made up of 45 film reviewers working in Toronto in either online print, broadcasting or otherwise. Here’s the full list of winners and runner-ups:

Best Picture: “The Master”
(Runners-up: “Amour,” “Zero Dark Thirty”)

Best Actor: Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”
(Runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”; Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”)

Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
(Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”)

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
(Runners-up: Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”; Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”)

Best Supporting Actress: Gina Gershon, “Killer Joe”
(Runners-up: Amy Adams, “The Master”; Ann Dowd, “Compliance”; Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”)

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”
(Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”; Leos Carax, “Holy Motors”)

Best Screenplay: “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson
(Runners-up: “Lincoln,” Tony Kushner; Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal)

Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
(Runners-up: “Holy Motors,” “Tabu”)

Best Animated Feature: “ParaNorman”
(Runners-up: “Brave,” “Frankenweenie”)

Best Documentary: “Stories We Tell”
(Runners-up: “The Queen of Versailles,” “Searching for Sugar Man”)

Best First Feature: (tie) “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin and “Beyond the Black Rainbow, ”Panos Cosmatos
(Runner-up: “The Cabin in the Woods,” Drew Goddard)

Best Canadian Film: (finalists) “Bestiaire,” Denis Côté; “Goon,” Michael Dowse; “Stories We Tell,” Sarah Polley

By Chris Elena

Dec 192012
 

2012 (1)

Here are my [Sam McCosh’s] picks for the best films in 2012. I have created two lists – one is the top 20 cinema releases, which is strictly made up of films which received a cinema release in Australia in 2012. The second list I have called ‘The Best of the Rest’ – this is  a list of 10 films which didn’t receive a 2012 Aus cinema release but I saw in 2012. These include festival films, direct-to-dvd titles and 2013 Aus cinema releases that I have already seen.

I have refrained from writing about the films, instead just choosing to publish a list of films. Most of the films I have reviewed already, and all of them I have tweeted or talked about at length. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me bleat on about them.

In March 2013 I will post my definitive Best of 2012 list – this gives me a chance to see some of the big 2012 films which have not been released in Aus yet (for example, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained). It is likely that this list will be a mash up of the two lists you’ll find on the next page, plus some 2012 releases that haven’t had an Aus cinema release yet.

Check out my picks after the jump!

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Dec 182012
 

cabin_in_the_woods_poster_mondo

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Warm non-denominational, all-inclusive greetings to all of you. With the end of year (and perhaps the end of the world) nigh, there are heaps of fantastic 2012 round-up posts popping up daily for our reading pleasure. Those along with reviews of some of the year’s biggest films and more make up this holiday edition of Film Link Goodness.

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Dec 152012
 

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

Have you ever been to a film that you didn’t enjoy, only to turn to your friend at the end who is sitting there with a big grin and totally loved it? You wonder, ‘did we see the same film’? It is true that you can’t love everything, but the 3 films we each picked were almost universally loved and acclaimed. We don’t want to call them overrated (that’s a dirty word )…..let’s just say we missed the bus on these and don’t get the love.  See our picks after the jump.

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