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: The Big Lebowski

100 movies of 2012

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!

The Big LebowskiThe Big Lebowski (18/03/12)

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Dude. This was brilliant! Funny as hell. Ever so slightly out there. Expect nothing less from the Coen Brothers. Looking at some of the individual scenes from this film, you wouldn’t think they’re from the same feature. Yet they are. And they all work.

Jeff Bridges’ Dude is fantastic. He’s a bit of a stoner, yet by the end of the film he’s got it all figured out. As ludicrous as it all was. Guess it was all a series of unfortunate events. Or just events. Usually I don’t warm towards stoner dudes, but it’s hard not to love the Dude.

The great thing about this film is that it’s incredibly smart and clever. Hugely so. But … it’s a comedy. It’s a fun movie. Yet it goes a little deeper without making the audience film stupid. At all.

This film gave me more of a warm and fuzzy feeling by the end of it more than any of the recent romance or dramas I’ve seen. And for that, it should be commended. Loved it!
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…