Films: 2012by ihrtfilms | created - 24 Dec 2012 | updated - 21 Sep 2014 | Public
...In alphabetical order.
I've done pretty well this year - two film festivals, Sydney and Melbourne helped bump up the numbers on this list, as did some long haul flights.
There have been some real wonders - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Shame and The Master amongst them and some real duds - To Rome With Love, Damsels in Distress and including, sadly, too many Australian duds - Mental, A Few Best Men & Hail.
Most of these films were seen on the big screen, including the Qatsi trilogy with a live accompaniment by Phillip Glass & Orchestra playing the original music and The Master in it's original 70mm format. Many were seen on DVD, some on TV and some on the smallest of screens - a seat back airline screen.
Most were first time viewings - some were revisits for the first time in years - Point Break, Picnic at Hanging Rock and some are regular viewings - Big Business, I am Love.
In total 253 films.
And as for the best - well, my top 5, in no particular order:
Searching for Sugarman Shame Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present The Imposter Beasts of the Southern Wild
Here's to 2013...
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1. 2 Days in New York (2012)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives.
Votes: 13,447 | Gross: $0.63M
2. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 486,450 | Gross: $138.45M
3. 50/50 (2011)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Votes: 304,511 | Gross: $35.01M
4. A Dangerous Method (2011)
R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Votes: 94,541 | Gross: $5.70M
5. A Few Best Men (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A groom and his three best men travel to the Australian outback for a wedding.
6. A Letter to Momo (2011)
Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »
7. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Votes: 41,652 | Gross: $1.55M
8. A Simple Life (2011)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.
Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $0.19M
Stunning, heartbreaking stuff.
9. A Star Is Born (1954)
Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Votes: 14,460 | Gross: $14.93M
10. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old, whose images defined our sense of beauty over the last... See full summary »
Brilliant - what a line up of people.
11. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.
Votes: 205,610 | Gross: $77.59M
12. Albert Nobbs (2011)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.
Votes: 22,507 | Gross: $3.01M
14. Alps (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.
Votes: 8,925 | Gross: $0.01M
15. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Votes: 86,641 | Gross: $6.74M
Beautiful in everyway. Gut wrenching in everyway as well.
16. The Angels' Share (2012)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
Votes: 22,135 | Gross: $0.30M
18. Anonymous (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.
Votes: 38,294 | Gross: $4.46M
19. Arbitrage (2012)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Votes: 47,633 | Gross: $7.92M
20. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 544,007 | Gross: $136.03M
21. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Votes: 70,163 | Gross: $19.20M
22. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 219,866 | Gross: $44.67M
23. August (III) (2011)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance
August tells the story of two former lovers, Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a long ago painful breakup. After spending several years in Spain, Troy returns to Los Angeles and decides ... See full summary »
24. Avalon (2011)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Thriller
Janne, a 60 year old party promoter is arranging a nightclub at the annual tennis week in the small coastal town of Båstad, where he also teams up with his older sister Jackie. But an ... See full summary »
26. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 78,172 | Gross: $12.80M
Stunning. Just Stunning.
27. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
PG | 80 min | Documentary
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.
Votes: 6,510 | Gross: $0.30M
29. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 54,496 | Gross: $9.20M
30. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 86,953 | Gross: $46.41M
31. Bestiaire (2012)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary
Along the rhythm of the seasons, beasts and humans regard each other. 'Bestiary' unfolds like a picture book about mutual observation. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, tranquil and indefinable elements.
Director: Denis Côté
Votes: 367 | Gross: $0.00M
32. Bewitched (2005)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched (1964).
Votes: 66,214 | Gross: $62.25M
33. Big Business (1988)
PG | 97 min | Comedy
Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.
Votes: 11,139 | Gross: $40.15M
My all time favourite film. Is it wrong I know the script?
34. Blow-Up (1966)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.
Amazing to see this after so many years.
36. Broken (IV) (2012)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.
One of the best films of this years Melbourne Film Festival
37. Buck (2011)
PG | 88 min | Documentary
An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.
Votes: 3,074 | Gross: $4.02M
39. Bully (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary
A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
Votes: 9,658 | Gross: $4.04M
40. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
R | 95 min | Horror
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Votes: 347,843 | Gross: $42.07M
43. Call Me Kuchu (2012)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »
Votes: 730 | Gross: $0.01M
44. The Campaign (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Votes: 120,270 | Gross: $86.91M
45. Carnage (2011)
R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.
Votes: 113,408 | Gross: $2.55M
Brilliant cast. Winslet steels the show.
46. Carré blanc (2011)
77 min | Drama
Philippe lives in a world controlled by a caste system. Those who play the "game" correctly become higher and more powerful. Phillipe plays the game well but his wife wants him to return to reality. Its a love story after marriage.
47. Carry On Nurse (1959)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Romance
Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks ... See full summary »