My top films of the year

While I didn’t manage my target of watching 100 films in the year, I didn’t do too badly. Seen a lot of films I’ve been meaning to see and plenty of great stuff in the cinema. For that reason I’m going to cheat and do two lists of my top films of the year. Yes, cheat!

One’s a top 10 cinema releases and the other is a list of my top 10 small screen films I’ve watched from the comfort of my own home.

Both have been pretty tough for me. I reckon it would have been tougher had Les Miserables and Django Unchained been released over this way this year. Though, that’s all here-say!

Enough babbling, here are my lists:


My Fave Cinema Releases of the Year

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises
Yes, I’ve put The Dark Knight Rises in the top spot. Don’t look at me that way. This is my list! The Dark Knight Rises was all I could have hoped for with the conclusion to Nolan’s Batman films. Emotional and ultimately satisfying. Even if I thought the film should have ended a few seconds before it did.

Avengers Assemble

The Avengers Assemble
In at number 2 is the other big comic book film release of the year. To be honest, Avengers is tied with The Dark Knight Rises. I can’t say one is better than the other as they feel like two completely different beasts – incomparable. I loved the ‘fun’ that was packed in this film. Though unlike The Dark Knight Rises I was terrified that Joss Whedon’s big film of the year was going to fail horribly.

Argo

Argo
A political thriller where you forget that it’s actually a political thriller at times. Argo is one of Ben Affleck’s best films. (Though I still rate Gone Baby Gone higher than Argo.) He does as great a job offscreen as the director, as he does onscreen.

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods
Joss Whedon’s second film release of the year and it’s on my list. No, this isn’t just because I’m a ye olde Whedon fan. Honestly think The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best and most unique films of the year. Dialogue that snaps and a genuinely great horror film.

Skyfall

Skyfall
It was a big year for the Bond franchise and it would have gone horribly wrong if Skyfall had failed deliver. Thank you Sam Mendes for not only producing a great Bond film but the most beautiful Bond film yet.

Looper

Looper
Words could not describe how excited I was about this film. And it didn’t fail me whatsoever. Looper isn’t a time travel film. It just uses time travel to tell the story. And it does a brilliant job at that.

Brave

Brave
Sure, Brave hasn’t been one of the most popular Pixar films. But I fell in love with it. It could all be down to Patrick Doyle’s stunning score. Honestly. These days, sometimes a great score is enough, for me, to elevate a film. Sure Merida comes off as a bit of petulant child, but seeing her journey got to me. Big time.

Prometheus

Prometheus
Another controversial film. So many disappointed viewers out there. Honestly, I got frustrated with the disappointment. I wondered what people were honestly expecting that they were that disappointed. It’s a solid sci-fi film for me. It’s been a while since we had one of those.

The Muppets

The Muppets
This only got released here in the first few months of this year, which is why it’s on my list. Songs from Bret Mckenzie. Jason Segel. MUPPETS. What’s not to love?

Headhunters

Headhunters
This film came out of nowhere for me. Man did I love it. A sharp little Scandinavian thriller with that dark sense of humor those guys seem to love.

My Fave Small Screen Films Seen this Year

Britain in a Day

This film popped up on the Beeb and I was not expecting much from it. I was blown away. This film was so much more emotional than I was expecting. I found myself in tears of happiness and sadness throughout the entire film.

The Big Lebowski

Trying to catch up on my classic Coen Brothers films. The Big Lebowski is now up there with being one of my all time favourites from these two. Hilarious and utterly insane.

The Apartment

This is film gets dark. Unexpectedly dark. But with Jack Lemmon playing such an endearing character, it’s hard not to fall for this film. A very lovely film with an almost perfect ending.

Young Frankenstein

Hilarious. Ridiculous. And so much fun to watch. Probably made all the more enjoyable because I’d just recently seen the 1931 Frankenstein film. Gene Wilder, you comic genius.

The Raid

There needs to be one action film in this list and it’s only logical that it’s The Raid. A pure action film that really delivers. I just wished I’d seen it on the big screen.

Lars and the Real Girl

Just thinking about this film gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. On the surface it’s a bit, peculiar, but it will warm the cockles of any cold heart!

Reservoir Dogs

Playing catch up with Tarantino’s films too this year. And this might just be my favourite Tarantino film. The characters and the dialogue make it just that for me.

Watchmen

I remember Watchmen being one of those films that people either loved or hated. There was no in between. I’m firmly in the ‘loved it’ camp. It is a tough film to get through. But the visuals drew me in. A great superhero film.

The French Connection

Excellent police drama/thriller from the 1970s that still holds up today. The opening alone let you know what you’re in for. And that car chase sequence? Loved it!

We Need to Talk About Kevin

I was umming and ahhing about putting this film on my list. Sure, it’s a great film. But it’s one of those films I’m not really itching to see again. An uncomfortable watch at the best of times. But completely engrossing.


There you have it. Picking out small screen films was a little trickier. Seems I’ve seen a fair few average-ish films. But these were definitely the stand outs.