By Ben Darkin
A few disclaimers: to make this list I had to have seen the movie and the film had to be released in Australia during 2012 (sorry Django Unchained)
1. The Avengers
This culmination of five years of build up was well worth it. Director Joss Whedon has proved why he is a god to fan boys everywhere, he gave every avenger enough screen time and managed to avoid what many thought would just end up being Tony Stark and his super friends. This is possibly the best superhero flick of all time (that’s right, I said it Dark Knight fans). The final shot of all of the avengers standing in a circle gave me a geekgasm.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This was a great movie and totally unexpected when I went in to watch it. This movie dealt with really hard issues like sexual abuse and suicide, but managed to do so with class and humour. Ezra Miller should get a best supporting actor nod for his role as Patrick (Nothing!), he was phenomenal. Was weird seeing Percy Jackson try and put the moves on Hermione Granger though. Really loved the soundtrack for this too, need to get it.
I knew how this Iranian hostage crisis ended before seeing Argo, but that didn’t matter. The last 30 minutes of this was probably the most suspenseful in film this year, even if you’re aware how this ends up. Affleck was so good I’ve almost forgiven him for Gigli. (Miss Kitty* For those who never saw Gigli it was a really bad yet sort of funny movie starring Ben Affleck and Jenny from the Block while they were dating)
4. Dark knight rises
Great ending to a great series. Chris Nolan has given Batman the series he deserves. Everyone will rave about Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables, but her performance as Selina Kyle should not be discounted. She took a character that was absolutely destroyed in her last theatrical incarnation (thanks Halle Berry) and gave her sex appeal and enough confidence to share a screen with Christian Bale’s gritty Batman. Her performance proved Nolan knows what he’s doing when it comes to casting. Fanboys screamed in disgust when princess Mia was cast as Catwoman, just as they did when Heath Ledger was cast as Joker and we all know how that turned out (posthumous Oscar anyone!!!)
Great return to form from Bond after the average Quantum of Solace. On par with Casino Royale. Was nice to see a bigger role for Judi Dench and Javier Bardem will end up being a classic Bond villain down the track. It was also good to see Q and Moneypenny added to Daniel Craig’s Bond universe. Hopefully the next few bond flicks will start heading back to earlier Bond films with lots of gadgets and plenty of women for Craig to play with.
6. Wreck it Ralph
Nostalgic for anyone who played a Nintendo in the 90s, and definitely the best animated film of the year. The voice cast and story is amazing, Jack McBrayer manages to play himself again, even in animated form. Not sure he will ever get cast in anything where he’s not a friendly yokel.
Great premise and the latest film to convince me Joseph Gordon Levitt has come a long way since the days of Tommy Solomon. His mannerisms impersonating Bruce Willis were spot on. I loved how this movie took a completely unrealistic tale and made it totally believable.
Basically an R-rated episode of family guy, and the best comedy of the year by a long margin. Seth McFarlane has managed to make you care about a CGI teddy bear, so much so that you almost want Mark Wahlberg to ditch Mila Kunis for him.
9. Pitch Perfect
I went in expecting Glee: The College Years, but left a little bit in love with Anna Kendrick. Also had Ace of Base stuck in my head for several days afterwards. Rebel Wilson deserves a mention too, she grabs her role with both hands in a star making turn as ‘Fat Amy’. Really great soundtrack too. (Miss Kitty Top Pick)
Nice return to form from Pixar after the cash grab that was Cars 2. Please get to work on a sequel to The Incredibles now. This film followed on from Jennifer Lawrence and the Hunger Games, giving audiences a feisty bow-and-arrow-loving female protagonist. Something that has been lacking from the silver screen for some time.
Honourable mentions: Hunger Games, Dredd Chronicle, Spider Man, 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3