Films Of 2012

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I watched this film at a retro screening, the first time to see it since it came out over 20 years ago! Really great gothic storytale. The ladies in the neighbourhood where he moves to are caracatures to say the least (almost like Peggy from "Married With Children"), but Johnny Depp shines (although I don't believe he has any lines?!) and it was good to see a young Winona Ryder. A real classic. ” - saiyuuki
Fright Night (2011)
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After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Very enjoyable remake of the 1980s classic. Quite gory in parts, and recent Dr. Who actor David Tennant is superbly cast as the vampire hunter. ” - saiyuuki
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
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A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home. (99 mins.)
Director: Troy Nixey
“ I found this to be a really chilling horror film, and possibly the first time for me to see a Katie Holmes film. It had me on the edge of my seat, covering my eyes, in various parts, and finished on a bleak note, which was refreshing (I don't like horror films that end happily). A big thumbs up, and I'm now dying to see the original. ” - saiyuuki
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
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Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier. (101 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ Very different from the other films I've seen recently! A really light-hearted、innocent and fun film、and the first time to hear Rowan Atkinson speak in years. He was cast perfectly as the unlikely hero. I could kick myself for not recognizing X-Files' Gillian Anderson in one of the main roles. Although I hadn't seen the previous film、I soon caught up - there were plenty of references to it :) ” - saiyuuki
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
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When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. (86 mins.)
“ The fantastic first film adaptation of the book "I Am Legend" - later remade with Charlton Heston as "The Omega Man" and more recently with Will Smith as "I Am Legend. The black-and-white imagery adds to the eerieness, and there are a few differences from the later versions, most notable the ending. Vincent Price gives a fine performance in the lead role. ” - saiyuuki
August Rush (2007)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
“ A real feel-good movie about a boy who grows up in a care home and has almost a sixth sense when it comes to music... he hears rhythms in everyday sounds etc. Good performances all round、 especially from Robin Williams. ” - saiyuuki
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Excellent thriller, quite long, but kept my attention throughout. I realised partway through that Christopher Plummer is the guy who played the father in The Sound of Music... no singing in this film thankfully :) Great soundtrack, by the way. ” - saiyuuki
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ Really great prequel to Planet of the Apes, nice CGI, lots of angry simians, and an open ending pathing the way for another prequel following on from it. ” - saiyuuki
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
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The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks. (117 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ My first "Twilight" experience - quite different from the usual vampire film in that the focus is much more on the relationships between the characters, the complications of having an ex-partner who's a werewolf, honeymoon complications that arise when you marry a vampire etc. A soap opera aimed at teenagers set in a world of humans, vampires and werewolves. Thoroughly entertaining, and looking forward to the next part. ” - saiyuuki
Shame (2011)
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A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Controversial film of the moment, I believe. To be honest, I didn't think the storyline was that well-developed, and found it to be quite downbeat and bleak. ” - saiyuuki
In Time (2011)
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In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Great sci-fi film, liked the concept of time as currency, with poor people dying young because their time has run out etc., with Justin Timberlake giving a fine performance as the main character who is on a mission to overturn the system. ” - saiyuuki
The Muppets (2011)
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A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ Really nice Muppets film, with lots of homage to classic Muppet songs, TV show and earlier films. The recreation of The Muppet Show intro sequence, and the Muppet Show theatre, after all these years brought a tear to my eye. To top it off, Kermit and Miss Piggy singing together on The Rainbow Connection. It doesn't get much better than this! ” - saiyuuki
Trollhunter (2010)
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A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
“ After the initial shock of this film being entirely in Norwegian (leaving me with no choice but to read the Japanese subtitles!), I found it to be an enjoyable, documentary-like film, with a very simple storyline and impressive special effects - it genuinely felt like the team encountered trolls for real. ” - saiyuuki
Space Brothers (2012)
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As children, two Japanese brothers promise to one day be astronauts and meet each other in space. Years later, the older one has recently lost his job when he remembers that childhood's dream his younger brother is so close to fulfilling. (129 mins.)
Director: Yoshitaka Mori
“ Based on a manga series of the same name, "Space Brothers" tells the story about two brothers who are fascinated with space when they are little boys, and dream that one day they'll go into space. Really nice, feel-good movie about making dreams come true. ” - saiyuuki
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ A modern black-and-white silent movie - it took a lot of courage to make such a film, but I think it paid off. Surprisngly easy to get into, despite the lack of dialogue. I enjoyed this very much, but by the end, I found myself thinking, "Please, somebody, say *something*!" :) ” - saiyuuki
Thermae Romae (2012)
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Ancient Roman architect Lucius is too serious. His inability to keep up with the fast-moving times costs him his job... (108 mins.)
Director: Hideki Takeuchi
“ Strange film based on a Japanese manga comic about a man in ancient Rome who, while bathing, gets sent forward in time to modern day Japan, where he finds intrigue in cultural and technological differences. He tries his best to implement some of the things he finds using old techniques in ancient Rome. Funny at first, but it gets repetitive. ” - saiyuuki
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Interesting film about a father who has to get to grips for the first time with dealing with his two teenage daughters after his wife falls into a coma after a watersports accident. Set in Hawaii, this film explores family relationships and good performances by all. ” - saiyuuki
Dark Shadows (2012)
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An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Dark, haunting mansion, black magic, witches, and a vampire who's just woken up in the 1970s after a 200-year sleep. Very cool, enjoyable gothic romp, and another great Tim Burton - Johnny Depp collaboration. They have a lot of fun working together on these films, I reckon! ” - saiyuuki
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
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In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ Awesome live-action version of the Snow White story that's more akin to Lord of the Rings than the Disney classic. Stunning performance from Charlize Theron, whose face changes from old to young and back so many times during the film I lost count. A chorus of "Heigh-ho" would have gone down well though :) ” - saiyuuki
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ An action-packed film, which goes into how and why Spiderman came to be, which has lots of great CGI. My only question is - why are they restarting the Spiderman series again? (it's like what they did with Batman). Nevertheless, it has a slightly different style from the Tobey Maguire series and I found it very enjoyable. ” - saiyuuki
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Very enjoyable action film, kept me on the edge-of-my-seat. However, it felt more like a Die Hard film than Batman - and when Batman did make an occasional appearance, he seemed a bit out-of-place - I was expecting Bruce Willis! ” - saiyuuki
Sinister (2012)
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Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. (110 mins.)
“ A very creepy ghost story which kept me on the edge of my seat. The piecing together of disturbing footage with horrific past events, plus numerous ghostly appearances, was seriously unsettling. Good performance by Ethan Hawke! ” - saiyuuki
American Mary (2012)
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The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients. (103 mins.)
“ An intriguing film about a medical student who gets lured into the seedy world of strip clubs, gangsters, and controversial surgical operations. Enjoyable, but a bit too much gore for my liking. ” - saiyuuki
Him Indoors (2012 Short Film)
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Gregory Brewster is a serial killer, only problem is, he's agoraphobic. (11 mins.)
Director: Paul Davis
“ Magical little film - billed as a cross between the 1980s TV sitcom "Sorry" and the classic film "Psycho". Reece Shearsmith, of "The League of Gentlemen" TV show fame, is perfect as the agoraphobic serial killer. ” - saiyuuki
Stitches (2012)
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A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap. (86 mins.)
Director: Conor McMahon
“ A laugh-out-loud rollercoaster of a film about a reluctant clown who arises from the dead and goes on a killing spree. Bad taste, gore and Ross Noble. One of my favourite films of the year. ” - saiyuuki
Frankenweenie (2012)
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Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tim Burton does it again with this story about a young boy who resurrects his pet dog after it is tragically killed. Deliciously gothic. ” - saiyuuki
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The Hallowe'en screening of the extended US version of this film was a real treat, with around an extra 24 minutes of footage previously unseen in the UK. Great film, music and scenery. ” - saiyuuki
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
“ What a great film to get into the Christmas spirit! A classic retelling of the Charles Dickens story starring all the Muppet favourites, and a great performance by Michael Caine as Scrooge. Lots of laughs, songs and the occasional poignant moment makes this a winner. ” - saiyuuki
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
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After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ Good second part to the Breaking Dawn story... lots of action, good storyline. I know it's generally aimed at teenagers, but I enjoyed it anyway :) ” - saiyuuki