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My Top Five Films Of The Year...So Far

Tuesday 26 June 2012, 17:38

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Here is my mid-term report in which I reveal my five favourite movies of the first half of 2012.

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    Comment number 1.

    Am seeing A Royal Affair tomorrow so will go in with high expectations. Only other one I've seen out of your five is MMMM, and it creeped the living daylights out of me. Reminded me of how creeped out I was by Repulsion the first time round.

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    Comment number 2.

    I have not seen a lot this year so far ... and not a lot of good pictures in particular. Haven't heard much about those mentioned by Mr. Kermode but these sound like some good recommendations to check out.

    I thought "Martha Marcy May Marlene" was actually from last year. Well then, my number one pick so far would be a film also released last year (in the US at least, not where I live). That would be without any doubt "Take Shelter" by Jeff Nichols, stunning piece that literally took me by storm.

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    Comment number 3.

    Very interesting list, Mark. I must point out - and I'm sure I'm not alone in this opinion - that this year, so far, has produced some very fine films. I've yet to see A Royale Affair, however, I probably won't get the chance to any time soon given that I sadly live in a purely multiplex-infested city. However, I have been able to catch up with some of this year's "arthouse" flicks via DVD. Here's my top 5 so far:

    5. Into the Abyss
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    1. The Kid With a Bike

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    Comment number 4.

    Some choices you may hate Mark and some you may like. So here goes.

    1. Prometheus (A really solid sort of prequel that is by far and away the best Science Fiction Film since Minority Report and that was 10 years ago.)

    2. The Hunger Games (A Haunting and Somewhat Fascinating Adaptation of a popular Book. However disappointed that no one ranted against the Government in that film.)

    3. The Intouchables (I really liked the fact that this film was sucessful not only in France but elsewhere and if you haven't heard yet, it is one of the top grossing films of 2012 worldwide. Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet have great chemistry and I was really moved by the great friendship between them.)

    4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (I liked the film for the simple reason that it was a very honest film in that it didn't change what it promoted itself to be. Great performances all round especially from Tom Wilkinson.)

    5. The Raid (Well Mark you said nearly everything I would have said about it. But I think this was one of the finest and best choreographed Action Films I had seen in a long time certainly not since probably (and don't laugh), Hot Fuzz.)

    If I had to pick a film that will knock off another film in the upcoming year, it would most certainly be the cliched choice of The Dark Knight Rises.

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    Comment number 5.

    My top 5 of the year:
    1. Avengers Assemble - A great fun action ride which reminds the film going public of just how important good action scenes combined with witty dialogue and characters are like in the summer blockbuster world of Michael Bay

    2. Moonrise Kingdom - I don't really know how to describe why I thought Moonrise Kingdom was so good but the offbeat style of filming, writing and acting all form together to form a really entertaining and emotional film.

    3. Chronicle - I walked into Chronicle expecting some bog standard found footage rubbish but I found a film with some really likeable characters and which finds a way to make it so found footage films don't give the audience a headache

    4. The Muppets - The musical on my list and the most fun I've had watching a film for a while, the film is so happy and fun that you can't help feel happy after watching it, helped by the fact that the Muppets are still just as funny as ever

    5. The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists - A true return to form for Aardman after the CGI films which didn't capture the feel of Aardman and this captures the same style of big-jokes-for-kids-small-jokes-for-adults humour that made Aardman the British powerhouse in animation.

 

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