2012 has certainly been an interesting year. We survived Sandy, a no-show Apocalypse, Chris Brown & Rihanna, and seeing Prince Harry naked (that part was actually quite fun). And, as tradition would have, along with years of keeping a journal, a quick reflection on the months gone by before leaping into 2013 is in order. Personally, I ran a marathon (although it wasn’t the one I trained for), met Meryl Streep, and fell in love with a band called Of Monsters and Men. (And one called St Lucia. And Lord Huron. And, and, and!)
As for movies, well, here are my “Top 10 Favourite Films of 2012”:
– Searching for Sugar Man: I’ve been going on about this movie since seeing it in January at Sundance. Simply put, it’s story-telling at its best.
– The Surrogate which was changed to The Sessions: this film made me see John Hawkes for what he really is – a brilliant lead actor. His performance left me sunken in my seat after the lights came up, unable to leave the cinema.
– Rust & Bone: this film by Jacques Audiard was another of the year’s rewarding cinema experiences, thanks to actors Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts and the emotive music by Alexandre Desplat.
– Holy Motors: a crazy, wacky film that I’m still not sure I understood most of what it was about, but it stayed with me for days after seeing it in Cannes. Loved the cameo by Kylie Minogue too!
– Amour: another Cannes favourite, having won the Palme d’Or, this film is almost certain to pick up the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Either way, it’s a heart-aching picture of love and old age.
– Argo: when the suspense in a film is so good you start questioning whether the outcome of an historical event was actually different from the way you know it turned out. That’s Argo. Just brilliant!
– Beasts of the Southern Wild: it’s impossible not to let the film’s main character, Hushpuppy, occupy a place in your heart after watching this gem.
– Zero Dark Thirty: impeccably suspense-filled, committed and brazen. This film is 2 hours 40 minutes long, but I never found myself once looking at my watch.
– Les Miserables: the emotion of this one snuck up on me at the end, and Anne Hathaway’s scene stayed with me all the way through this film version of the hit musical.
– Django Unchained: I’m squeamish at the best of times so I often flinch during Tarantino flicks, but the means justify the ends in this one, which some have dubbed a “super-hero slavery film.”
– The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: just because this is a feel-good film, guaranteed to lift spirits just in time for a new year.
As for my fave tunes of 2012, you’ll find those here on Spotify.
And, as we head into 2013, in the words of Imagine Dragons, who had one of my favourite songs this year, It’s Time to Begin...