Top 12 Movies of 2012

THEHOBBIT

1. THE HOBBIT

Based on the 1937 novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and brought to the screen by Peter Jackson
The Hobbit tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his companions, 13 Dwarves led by
the mighty Thorin Oakenshield in a Middle Earth adventure
set 60 years before The Lord Of The Rings.

CABININTHEWOODS

2. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

From director Drew Goddard & co-written by Joss Whedon comes The Cabin In The Woods.
The movie follows five friends who travel to a remote cabin to have some fun, the
laughter soon turns to screams in one of the most original horror movies for many a year.

THERAID

3. THE RAID : REDEMPTION

Holy Bruce Lee! If you like your martial art movies bloody & violent then take a look at
Gareth Evans The Raid, it’s one hell of a ride. Iko Uwais (Rama) is a rookie cop going with 20
other cops to an apartment block where one serious bad ass crime lord hangs out
the order is to take him out!

MOONRISEKINGDOM

4. MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom co-written by Roman Coppola and starring Bruce Willis,
Bill Murray, Edward Norton & old faithful Jason Schwartzman. Wes Anderson’s style of filmmaking
is unlike any other, he’s incredible and this movie is his best to date – a beautiful heartwarming tale.

SKYFALL

5. SKYFALL

James Bond is back with Skyfall one of his best adventures in recent years. Sam Mendes gets
the best out of Daniel Craig in his third outing as the British Secret Agent, Mendes makes full use
of the Movie Locations starting with Istanbul & ending in Scottish Highlands – truly spectacular!

AVENGERS

6. THE AVENGERS

Joss Whedon has done what many predicted as the impossible, he has brought The Avengers to
the big screen & done such a good job that we all can’t wait for the sequel. Seen this on the IMAX
and it truly blew me away, a towering action packed superhero movie – loved every minute!

CLOUDATLAS

7. CLOUD ATLAS

Cloud Atlas is one of them truly confusing movies that you just can’t stop watching. I was in
awe at the costume design, great acting, and overall story telling from the filmaking duo –
this is a great cinematic experience that you just can’t stop thinking about!

PERKSOFBEINGAWALLFLOWER

8. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALL FLOWER

This movie was the surprise package of 2012, reminding me of a John Hughes picture
from the 80’s. Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed this wonderful story, just don’t go
into this thinking it’s just another high school flick, it centers on some important
social issues – real, emotional, yet fun!

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9. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

Another surprise package Trouble With The Curve follows an ageing baseball scout who
develops sight issues, having to rely on the help of his daughter to scout a player one last time.
Although this movie is not directed by Clint Eastwood his acting is a pure delight,
he owns every scene he is in – truly wonderful!

DARKKNIGHTRISES

10. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The final movie in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy seeing our superhero Batman up against
a new type of enemy Bane played brilliantly by Tom Hardy. In my opinion this is Nolan’s third best
Batman flick behind Batman Begins and Dark Knight but it’s still great cinema!

AMAZINGSPIDERMAN

11. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

“Oh how I hate movie remakes” i’ve been accused of muttering that was until June 2012
when I first clapped eye’s on Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield
and boy was I blown away, the thrilling action scenes & the dark mood I sensed throughout
had my spidey senses tingling for the sequel!

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12. SAVAGES

After a couple of average Oliver Stone movies – Wall Street 2 & W I am delighted to
say that The Stone is back and with a bang. Savages is a terrific, dark, violently graphic
movie following a Pot Growing Love Triangle, a Crooked Cop and a Drug Lord
all making for a damn good thriller!

Movies that nearly made the Top 12:
Looper, Battleship, Lawless, The Grey, Flight, Lincloln,
Jack Reacher, Snow White & Huntsman, Chronicle

Movies not seen as yet in 2012 include:
Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Argo, Wreck it Ralph, Amour

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Top 30 Directors – No.24

Tony Scott

Tony Scott – born on the 21st June 1944

Brother of fellow movie director Ridley Scott

In 1986 Tony Scott directed Tom Cruise
in the classic action movie TOP GUN 

Horror Master John Carpenter turned
down the chance to direct the movie

In 1990 Scott & Cruise joined forces once
more for racing movie DAYS OF THUNDER 

In between the two Cruise collaborations
came the sequel to Beverly Hills Cop

I think I was alone in liking the sequel
starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley

Then in 1993 came a movie written by
Quentin Tarantino and directed by Scott
the wonderful TRUE ROMANCE

Apparently Tony Scott gave Patricia Arquette
the Cadillac featured in the film as a gift.

In 2010 came action thriller UNSTOPPABLE
the fifth movie Scott has directed Washington

In 2011 Tony Scott agreed to helm the
sequel to TOP GUN

My Top 5 Tony Scott Movies:

1. True Romance
2. Top Gun
3. Crimson Tide
4. Beverly Hills Cop 2
5. Man on Fire

 

Top 30 Directors – No.27

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki was born on January 5, 1941
He is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli

My love for Ghibli & the work of Hayao Miyazaki
began a few years back when I discovered the
wonderful My Neighbor Totoro since then I
have bought every Ghibli movie & love them all.

Howl’s Moving Castle was released in 2004 &
was based on the novel by by Diana Wynne Jones

The movie went on to gross $231 million worldwide
and was nominated for an Oscar at the 78th Awards

Porco Rosso is a personal favorite of mine, it
is the 6th directorial feature of Hayao Miyazaki

The movie features an Italian world war flying
ace who now works as a freelance bounty hunter.
Once more demonstrating Miyazaki’s lifelong
fascination with aviation, a theme that is
evident in many of his movies.

Ponyo was the last movie directed by Miyazaki

My Top 5 Hayao Miyazaki Movies:
1. My Neighbour Totoro
2. Porco Rosso
3. Howl’s Moving Castle
4. Spirited Away
5. Kiki’s Delivery Service

Top 30 Directors – No.29

Frank Capra

Frank Capra was one of the top directors
during the 1930s winning 3 Oscars as Director

It Happened One Night (1934)
The first Movie to win the Oscar Slam
Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director & Screenplay

Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Capra & Stewart combine in this Inspiring Classic

Arsenic & Old Lace (1944)
Cary Grant & Priscilla Lane – Comedy at it’s Finest

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
James Stewart in an all time Movie Classic
Nominated for Five Oscars

Frank Capra born on May 18, 1897 (Sicily)

Fact
: Hosted the Academy Awards in 1936 & 1939

My Top 5 Frank Capra Movies:
1. It Happened One Night
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
3. Arsenic & Old Lace
4. Mr Smith Goes To Washington
5. Mr Deeds Goes To Town