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:

100 movies: Britain in a Day

100 movies of 2012

[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]

Britain in a DayBritain in a Day (11/06/12)

On Saturday 12 November 2011 an eclectic range of British people turned the camera on themselves, capturing the entertaining and mundane, the exciting and unusual, the poignant and the everyday. The result, Britain in a Day tells the fascinating story of the British public in their own words.

I didn’t have much of an intention of watching this. But my Monday evening was left empty with no new Game of Thrones and this just happened to be on. Something to fill the time, is how I looked at it.

Britain in a Day is the, I guess, spin-off from Ridley and Tony Scott’s Life in a Day. This time it’s all filmed by Brits here on our sunny isles on Saturday 12th November 2011.

I was expecting, mostly, a bunch of incoherent clips put together in a haphazard puzzle. Expectations quashed. Instead, we’ve got some really touching moments, hilariously funny clips, just plain bizarre and some amazingly honest videos from all sorts of people.

Yes, I cried. I know why I cried. I was relieved that there were other people out there who had the same worries and concerns about life as I did as well as being genuinely moved by some of the videos that were put into the film.

It’s extraordinarily well put together with the themes of clips gradually transitioning from one to the next. A story, of sorts, is told. Mostly what I took away from it is that life is best enjoyed together. Together with someone. That made me equally quite happy and quite sad!

The last piece of music played on the piano was a lovely way to end the film. A remarkable little documentary.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…