Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012: Movies edition

Aaaaah, Boxing Day. It tends to mean several things in Australia:
1. The Boxing Day test.
2. The start of the Sydney to Hobart.
3. Sales.
4. Eating leftover turkey.
5. The opening of pretty much every decent movie ever for the entire year.

Given the last of these, it seemed only appropriate that I continue my Best of 2012 series with my favourite movies from this year.

Now, the majority of these were released this year, while a couple are movies that I saw for the first time in 2012. I'm gonna go ahead and shove them into the one post because it's my blog and I do what I want I'm lazy.

Les Misérables
I saw this on Sunday, and holy hell you guys. Eventually I'm going to do a Movie Monday post about Les Misérables. Probably after I see it at the movies for the second or third time. For now, my thoughts can be summed up as "OMFG I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS AND EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY ALL THE UGLY CRIES AND DOWNLOAD THE SOUNDTRACK". Yes. It turns me into the epitome of a Tumblr fangirl. It was THAT good. If Anne Hathaway doesn't get an Oscar for it, I will probably die of surprise. And Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe were both incredible. If you need more of a recommendation, the entire cinema broke into applause when the credits rolled. That never happens in Australia. NEVER.

I saw this well after it came out, after hearing numerous positive reviews from various friends and family members. You guys, it is so freaking good. For a story where you already know the ending (well. You do if you have any knowledge of history, anyway!), it still managed to be full of tension and "OMG ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE IT????" moments. It was also a welcome change from the norm in that it wasn't filled with big Hollywood names. Instead, it was full of people where you spend half the movie going "What the hell do I know that guy from??" and then you look it up when you get home, and it's a cult movie like Ten Inch Hero or Empire Records. Brilliantly done.

The Avengers
There are no words for how much I love this movie. I think it might actually be up on a pedastal with Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean as my all-time favourite movie. I got it on DVD for Christmas, and I'm honestly surprised that I've made it to 6pm on Boxing Day without breaking it out of the plastic. I may well end up watching it tonight after the Doctor Who Christmas special. I mean, how can you not love a movie that's written and directed by Joss Whedon, and which stars so many actors who are genuinely nice and incredible people?! (Including but not limited to my future husband, Tom Hiddleston...) I literally bounced up and down in my chair at the cinema while I was waiting for it to start.

The Decoy Bride
Yes, it's insanely cheesy. And yes, it was such a flop at the movies in the UK that they released it straight to DVD in most of the world. But I suspect, much like Firefly, it's one of those things that slipped under the radar and will come into its own now that it's available on DVD. How can you not love David Tennant in anything, especially in this where he makes lots of sneaky Doctor Who references?! If you haven't seen it yet, do so immediately. It's available for streaming on Netflix, America. Merry Christmas.

The Hunger Games
I love the crap out of this series, and I'm crazy excited about Catching Fire coming out next year. Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal, and Josh Hutcherson is quite possibly the most adorable thing ever. I thought they did a fantastic job of sticking to the book, but also ADDING to the story by showing what's going on behind the scenes. It saved a lot of boring explanation scenes. I wasn't a huge fan of the amount of intentionally shaky camera work, but it seems to increasingly be the way for action scenes. Thankfully, the makes-you-want-to-hurl side effect is dramatically reduced on the small screen!

The Help
I missed this one at the movies when I was in the US last year, so when I got home, this was pretty high up my Quickflix queue (you know, behind Dawson's Creek and The X-Files...). I've since read the book, and I know that a lot of people weren't particularly happy about some of the changes that were made. But I loved it. The casting was fabulous - anyone who says they don't love Emma Stone is lying, and Octavia Spencer earned the HELL out of that Oscar. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to rectify that.

Pitch Perfect
Back in October, I got an email from Deidre that basically read "OMG, PITCH PERFECT. Please come see it with me?????". Sadly, it didn't come out in Australia until the start of December, by which time we had a LOT of expectations around it. I, for one, was afraid of Anna Kendrick's hairline terrifying me through the entire movie, as happened in Up in the Air. Thankfully, this wasn't the case. It was pretty bad, but in a good way. If that makes any kind of sense. With the news that they're in talks to develop a second film, we can but hope that the first person to be cast in it is Rebel Wilson, and that they manage to dig up some attractive men who can sing to join the cast. Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit wouldn't go astray, now that they're done with Les Misérables!

I was a little apprehensive going into this, because I HATED Quantum of Solace. I got to the end of that without knowing the name of the villain OR the interchangeable Bond girl, and now have absolutely no memory of anything relating to it. But Skyfall? Is a completely different beast. I loved that they included so much Bond backstory - it helped to humanise a character who's so often almost superhuman. I also loved that they brought back some of the more traditional Bond elements, which I won't specify - spoilers, sweetie! Judi Dench was fantastic as M, Javier Bardem was brilliantly creepy, and I think it'll be really interesting to see where the Bond series goes in the future.

So, that's my favourites from 2012. (I have yet to see The Hobbit, because it only came out today in Australia, but we can probably just assume that that'll be automatically added to the list of favourites!)

What have your favourite movies been this year?

K xx


  1. What I got out of this post was that there is a movie with David Tennant in it that I need to put in my Netflix Instant Queue RIGHT NOW!

    1. OH MY GOD, YOU *HAVE* TO WATCH THE DECOY BRIDE. It's so freaking good.

  2. Currently sitting on 20 viewings of The Avengers. Will likely double that by the end of January. //end fangirl fail

  3. Loved the Avengers, Decoy Bride and Pitch Perfect. Still waiting to see Argo. Apparently Rebel Wilson WAS the first one signed for the Pitch Perfect sequel, so all is well there! :)

    1. Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!! I can't wait.

  4. I didn't see a ton of movies this year, sadly, but I did see The Avengers and the Hunger Games, so it's like enough awesome to last me a whole year!

    Wait, I also saw the Hobbit. BAM.

    I tried to get Penny to watch Argo with me at a little indie theater we stayed next to in Seattle but I think it was too hipster for her, and she refused. Sad.

    Guess I'll be watching that David Tennant movie tonight on Netflix! Prepare for Twitter squees.

    1. DID YOU WATCH IT YET OMG LOR YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT. Ahem. Penny is ruuuuuuuuuuude. <3

  5. When the besties and I saw Pitch Perfect four days ago...well. I don't think I need to tell you that my singing self LOVED THE SHIZZ OUT OF IT. I was ready to join an a cappella college group. We both know I'm no longer "at college", i.e. at uni. Ha!

    I really want to see The Avengers...methinks I'll love it. I can imagine all the Whedonage. Ahhh. And Argo!


    1. WAIT. YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE AVENGERS YET?!?!?!?!?! I can't even.

  6. I still need to see The Help. I read the book and loved it. Mom read the book after seeing the movie and said she's okay with the changes. But it's not on Netflix Instant so that situation has yet to be rectified. Anywayy...

    The Hunger Games is obviously fantastic. Loved it. Just finished rereading the series to see if I approved of Catching Fire casting (which I do, for the most part). If you watch all of the behind-the-scenes features (which I always do), Gary Ross (director) talked a lot about how he chose the hand-held camera angles (which by default results in more shakiness) specifically because he felt if all of the action shots (like the bloodbath at the Cornucopia) were all clean and slick and put together, it would seem like the movie was celebrating exactly what it's criticizing -- the commercialization and desensitization of crazy amounts of violence. He explains it a lot better, but yea.

    Also...The Avengers is amazing. I want to watch all of them all the time and for them to be my friends. Minus the whole world falling apart thing.

    Skyfall...loved it. I don't recall necessarily hating Quantam of Solace, but, like you, I really don't remember a single thing about it other than that a lot of die-hard Bond fans hated it.

    I know exactly what you mean when you say Pitch Perfect is a good kind of bad. When people ask me about it, I basically say, "Well, the plot is really cheesy, the dialogue is cheesy, there really isn't a lot of character development...BUT SINGING."

    And you already know the story of my fangirl freakout when I saw the Les Mis trailer whilst going to see Pitch Perfect. I saw it twice in two days. Very much enjoyed it, but do have some definitive opinions.

    I don't think Russell Crowe was necessarily the best choice for Javert, but I don't think he was OMGAWFUL like a lot of my friends have said. Basically, Javert is one of those iconic, prestigious, soaring tenor roles in musical theatre and Russell Crowe just doesn't quite have the right voice to fit the part. And I must be honest, after hearing Norm Lewis sing Javert stuff...not much else can compare. Also, Anne Hathaway made me have all sorts of feels and cries and I agree that if she doesn't get an Oscar people are crazy. And Eddie Redmayne was good and such, but I don't get why people are all kinds of raving about him instead of Aaron Tveit because OMGBEAUTIFULSINGINGMAN. Like, for reals. Red and Black, just, so good. Much prettier than Eddie Redmayne and I liked his voice way, way better. He can be my passionate revolutionary any day. And he got an epic death scene.

    Oh, and it's Hugh Jackman, not Hugh Grant. -.o But it's all good, because I used to mix the two of them up allllllll the time. :)


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