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:

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Film Score Favourites

Not content with compiling just a list of my favourite films of the year, I’ve felt the need to compile yet another film related list. My favourite film scores of the year.

This year’s been more miss for me than hit with film scores. Some of the big films failed massively with their scores and then there were some unexpected films which had fantastic pieces.

In fact, there’s only five films I can pick out of the cinematic releases this year (That I’ve seen. I can’t listen to a film score when I haven’t seen the film!) where the score has made an impact on me.

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100 movies: Brave

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

Brave Brave (19/08/12)

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery to undo a beastly curse.

It has been years since the last original Pixar film. So expectations were high for Brave. Not just because it’s been years since a non-sequel Pixar film. But also because of last year’s impossibly unnecessary and silly Cars 2. In comes Brave and doesn’t exactly light up the critics and viewers. Though it totally won me over.

So what was it that won me over? I put it down to Pixar magic. Brave is a simple story. I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a very un-Pixar like film. Though I beg to differ. They all have a simple message at their heart. But it’s a message that’s set in a story that itself is set in such beautiful artwork and animation and cracking voice talent.

Brave had all of this for me. There were two things that really made this film for me. The first thing was the visuals. The film is stunning! Merida’s hair. The Scottish landscapes and castles. They all looked real and not a computer animation. The movements of the animals. Pixar never fails in that respect.

The second was Patrick Doyle’s score. This year’s not been a fantastic one in regards to film scores for me. There have been a handful of good ones and even fewer great ones. Patrick Doyle’s is one of my favourites of the year. It’s totally enchanting and magical. Perfect for the film. It was strong, but not over powering. Supported the film perfectly.

The story itself had me in tears from the beginning. Seriously, I need help! It was predictable. But it wasn’t the bad sort of predictable where I was bored. It was the sort of predictable that I could accept. If that makes sense. Merida, the independent and head-strong young woman wanting to lead her own life and not one that’s been put in front of her by her mother. It’s a story, I reckon, almost everyone can relate to. Despite being in my late 20s, I really related to Merida. I sort of wished I was her. Is that something someone my age should be admitting?

I’ll admit, it’s probably not one of Pixar’s strongest films. But Brave is up there as being one of their best for me. A beautifully told fairytale that I got completely caught up in.

Almost forgot to mention the pre-film short – La Luna. As is tradition, it was stunning. I’ve used beautiful one too many times in this review already, but it’s the only word I can use to describe La Luna too. Very whimsical and plain adorable. Loved the music and the 3 characters. Great little story.
Rating: 5/5

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