Thursday, February 7, 2013

Best of 2012 : Oddities

An unscientific, biased and sometimes mean-spirited tally of cinematic observations from 2012
  • Worst film of the year: Wrath Of The Titans
  • If you didn't like this film, you can't be my friend: Life Of Pi
  • So sue me, I liked this film(s): Mirror Mirror, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Worst film with monkey: The Hangover II
  • Best film with monkey: Chimpanzee
  • Best film awaiting distribution : Its A Disaster, 7 Boxes
  • Most self-important film: The Dark Knight Rises
  • Film I liked that everyone else hated: Cloud Atlas
  • Film I hated that everyone else liked: The Master
  • Most unhinged film (that is still oddly compelling): Holy Motors
  • Most underrated film: Celeste and Jesse Forever, Friends With Kids, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, People Like Us
  • Best film that should have received a better deal at the box-office: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • Most unexpectedly disappointing film: Trouble With The Curve, This is 40
  • Most unexpectedly great film: End Of Watch
  • Most unexpectedly somber film: Skyfall
  • Most unsettling film: Bestaire
  • Most offensive film: Crazy and Thief
  • Most unjustly deplored film: John Carter
  • Most inventively structured adaptation of a classic: Anna Karenina
  • Most uninventively structured adaptation of a classic: Les Miserables
  • Most ambitious film: Prometheus, Cloud Atlas, Looper
  • Best film you haven't heard of (but is available on DVD): Sleepwalk With Me
  • Most depraved (in a brilliant way) film: Killer Joe
  • Best reason to watch documentaries: Searching For Sugar Man, Queen of Versailles, How To Survive A Plague
  • Most redundant evidence that Ben Affleck is a considerable director: Argo
  • Better of two (!) films this year featuring, how should I say this, an actor's sexual tension being manually relieved by his female costar: Hyde Park On Hudson (the other being The Master)
  • Funniest use of nudity: Gina Gershon in Killer Joe
  • Most healthy inclusion of nudity: The Sessions
  • Most unhealthy lack of nudity: Skyfall
  • Most queasy sexual tension: Juno Temple and Matthew McConnaughey in Killer Joe
  • Best film with gratuitious violence: Hit and Run
  • Worst film with gratuitous violence: Django Unchained
  • Most unrecognizable actor: Hugh Grant in Cloud Atlas
  • Most unexpectedly impressive actor: Matthew McConnaughey (Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Magic Mike, Bernie)
  • Most unexpected acting revelation: Channing Tatum's comic timing in 21 Jump Street
  • Most tense seven minutes in cinema this year: Noomi Rapace's self-induced gestational termination in Prometheus
  • Most unappreciated actor: Rashida Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Most overlooked actor: Kristin Scott Thomas and Rachael Stirling in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Most unforgivably underused seasoned actor: Debra Winger in Lola Versus...
  • Best use of a seasoned actor (female edition): Susan Sarandon in Jeff Who Lives At Home, Salma Hayek in Savages
  • Best use of a seasoned actor (male edition): Christopher Walken in A Late Quartet and Seven Psychopaths
  • Best actor deserving a better career (female edition): Melanie Lynskey (Hello I Must Be Going)
  • Best actor deserving a better career (male edition): Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
  • Best film poster: Promotheus

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