We’re into the summer months now as we continue onwards with the films I saw for the first time in 2012…
61) The Woman in Black
…I though this and The Awakening were fine returns to old-fashioned horror films, not perfect but certainly promising moves, a change from the busty teens/gory torture-porn stuff that we have been inflicted with of late. While marketing/box-office wise the casting of Daniel Radcliffe clearly paid off, aesthetically he was miscast, surely. It hurt the film. He’s not a bad actor, just too young and innocent-looking. What worked handsomely for the Harry Potter series rather misfires here.
62) The Artist
63) The Rum Diary
64) Run For The Money
… incredibly silly vehicle for Taylor Lautner who plays a Teenager in Danger when he finds out his parents aren’t really his parents, and is caught up in some absurd spy mystery. Like Red Riding Hood, it’s a very silly movie for teens starring accomplished actors (Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina) slumming for money. I know its not at all aimed for people like me but God I hate rubbish like this.
66) The Goonies
…I know, I know, its years old but I never got around to watching it until Lovefilm sent me a Blu-ray rental copy. Alas, maybe it was its age, but it just didn’t click- what on earth was all the fuss about?
68) Perfect Sense
69) The Dark Knight Rises
…DKR gave Prometheus a run in the disappointment stakes. As is becoming increasingly evident, Chris Nolan crafts movies as efficiently as Stanley Kubrick did, but likewise fails to engender any sense of involvement or empathy. All the films he makes have great ideas and are easily admired but impossible to really love. DKR’s finale should have had me punching the air but it just left me detached and almost bored. Considering the talent Nolan has employed in the Batman films, The Prestige and Inception, only for all of them to fail to engage emotionally, leaves me pointing the finger of blame solely at Nolan. The man needs to get a heart.
71) Killer Elite
…yet another bad Nicolas Cage movie. How does he do it? At least I’ll probably never see another now that my Lovefilm rentals are over.
72) Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
73) Machine Gun Preacher
74) Iron Sky
… worst film of the year?
75) Money Ball
77) Another Earth
… I really liked this one. Very similar to Melancholia but far less pretentious without any of that self-important art house crap that makes my blood boil.
78) The Texas Killing Fields
79) The Raven
80) From Paris With Love
…and that’s titles 61-80 of my list. Getting awfully close to the big 100. Twenty films to go but we’re into September now and the Lovefilm rentals stopped in early November. Its going to be tight, I think…