2012 Films

The ones I've seen listed in order of preference from most to least favourite.
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1.
My Way (2012)
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A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978. (148 mins.)
“ My second watch of 2012 films and what a fantastic experience it was! I loved this film and have since purchased the dvd and soundtrack. A film filled with exuberant colour, sound and extravagance counterpointed by a sadness for the central character Cloclo (Claude Francois) whose untimely death in 1978 I vaguely recalled before it happened on screen.

10/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
2.
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
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Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy. (62 mins.)
“ I marvelled. I laughed. I cried and I grieved.

10/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
3.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
“ Very good film, warm and witty, which is a feat in itself given what was happening in the Chile it depicts. Gael is good, as ever. Highly recommended.

Chile, happiness is coming

10/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
4.
Ill Manors (2012)
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The lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes. (121 mins.)
Director: Ben Drew
“ Wow! What a fantastic film: great story that folds back on itself, edgy characters, terrific soundtrack and a real sense of east London.

Second best viewing of 2012! ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
5.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
“ My fourth viewing of 2012 film offerings. Fantastic film that I cannot recommend enough. Provides good characters, humour and sorrow and a compelling insight into Saudi society.

Another 9/10. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
6.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ What a lovely film! Gently humorous and whimsical with so much charm in the characters, story, setting, music and cinematography.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
7.
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012 Documentary)
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Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound. (100 mins.)
Director: Jay Bulger
“ Compelling subject for a documentary and a well composed film with some thrilling footage.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
8.
In the House (2012)
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A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family. (105 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ Brilliant film! Original premis and very witty.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
9.
The Patience Stone (2012)
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In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before. (102 mins.)
Director: Atiq Rahimi
“ Excellent film set in war-torn Afghanistan. Excellent acting, fascinating story related in an original way.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
10.
Amour (2012)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ VERY Haneke! By this I mean: detailed, slow, unremitting and intense. Exceptionally well acted; Emmanuelle Riva was outstanding as Anne, the stroke victim.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
11.
The Artist and the Model (2012)
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Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance... (105 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
“ Wonderful film. The black and white photography adds to the lines of the sketches and sculpture as well as a certain grimness from the period of the film.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
12.
Black & White & Sex (2012)
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Prostitute. Hooker. Sex Worker. Whore. Candid and seductive, Angie is determined to set the record straight about sex... (92 mins.)
Director: John Winter
“ Clever and touching film. I didn't like the last act from Angie which is what stopped me giving this 10/10.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
13.
Death of a Shadow (2012 Short Film)
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Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased soldier Nathan Rijckx collects shadows of dying... (20 mins.)
“ Brilliant short film. Exquisitely shot, full of atmosphere and sorrow. It's almost a solo effort from Matthias Schoenaerts, not that I'm complaining as I could watch him again and again.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
14.
Post Tenebras Lux (2012)
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Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another. (115 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
“ I didn't understand this film entirely but enough to appreciate it. The visuals and sounds were astounding and the characterisations well done in such minimalist style.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
15.
The Paperboy (2012)
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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ This has such a poor rating on IMDb but I thought it was brilliant. So dark, so sad and a great ensemble.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
16.
Round Trip (2012)
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Walid and Souhaire are unmarried lovers, which poses lots of problems for them in Damascus. Souhaire... (73 mins.)
Director: Meyar Al Roumi
“ Hard to find, I saw this at a BFI screening and jolly glad I did. Most interesting story set in countries in upheaval now. Great exploration of relationships and mores.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
17.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ There are several things that make this a great film: It's very focused, has a great soundtrack courtesy of Sixto Rodriguez and, most importantly, Rodriguez the man is an amazing person.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
18.
Hiver nomade (2012 Documentary)
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A 600 kilometre winter trek for 800 sheep, accompanied by 3 donkeys, 4 dogs and led by two shepherds, Pascal and Carole. (90 mins.)
“ Beautiful film following shepherds escorting their flock during winter to new grazing grounds. I love winter snow scenes and they abound in this film.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
19.
Sightseers (2012)
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Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ Brilliant film. Great premis, witty script, strong acting, great cinematography and a terrific soundtrack used well for dramatic effect.

9/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
20.
Lore (2012)
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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. (109 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
“ Visually and audially stunning film telling the end of WW2 from the losers' perspectives and in particular, from that of children. It could be described as a coming-of-age film that is depicted without obvious judgement.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
21.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
“ I didn't want to give this film a high rating because the people in it were ALL thoroughly horrible and despicable. I know that the film's rating shouldn't be about the people featured but I felt violently towards them all and wish that I believed in hell where they would be disembowelled every day. Once I got over that I realised how powerful the film was at allowing the people to speak and relish what they had done and their pleasure at putting together Hollywood style films to depict their actions.

So I give it 9/10. I can't bring myself to give a 10 because I hate the people. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
22.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ Wow! Visually stunning with a lovely soundtrack, this is a paean from the director to cinema, her actors and the operators who made cinema as we knew it possible.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
23.
Horses of God (2012)
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A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. (115 mins.)
Director: Nabil Ayouch
“ This is a depressing film. Seen 10 days after the bombs at the Boston marathon, it was timely. Well filmed, superb acting and a detailed study of the lives of slum dwellers on the outskirts of Casablanca. I saw this with a post-Q/A session involving the novelist of the book on which the film is based. He, the novelist, was an engaging speaker about the research he conducted for his book and his comments on some of the factors that contribute to the development of a 'human bomb' were apposite.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
24.
Kauwboy (2012)
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A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen. (81 mins.)
Director: Boudewijn Koole
“ Very good film: realistic and devastating.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
25.
Fill the Void (2012)
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A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. (90 mins.)
Director: Rama Burshtein
“ Film with a strong aesthetic about a community of orthodox Jews. It's funny how one can find the best personal lessons in films depicting cultures quite different to one's own.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
26.
Kinshasa Kids (2012)
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A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music. (85 mins.)
“ An interesting film; I'd like to know more about its concept and how it was filmed because it seems part-documentary, part-fiction. Ultimately it's an unlifting film in spite of its tragic contents: following the lives of a few of the 25,000 kids living as street urchins in Kinshasa, most cast out by families who believe them to be witches. The 'cast' are funny and sad and unique.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
27.
Snow White (2012)
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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. (104 mins.)
Director: Pablo Berger
“ Beautiful looking black and white film that pays homage to the silent films. A novel telling of the Snow White and 7 Dwarves story.

8.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
28.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
“ Italian giallo homage by the talented director of Katalin Varga. My third watch of 2012 films. This is probably one of the most innovative films I will see this year and shows the director's genius. The soundtrack, i.e. all the noises not just songs/music, was amazing and I'm glad that I watched (and heard) it on the big screen.

Easily 8/10, perhaps a bit more for its genius ... ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
29.
Just Like Brothers (2012)
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Since Charlie is no longer there, the lives of Boris, Elie, and Maxime have been torn apart. These three men... (104 mins.)
Director: Hugo Gélin
“ A film to warm one's hearts. Lots of little things to take in about life in the shadow of death.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
30.
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012)
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Three generations of a French family open up about their sexual experiences and desires after young Romain is caught masturbating in his biology class. (85 mins.)
“ Very funny film with lots of observations about sex, life and family.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
31.
Renoir (2012)
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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste... (111 mins.)
Director: Gilles Bourdos
“ Very beautiful film and an interesting story about Pierre August Renoir, Jean Renoir and the latter's first wife Catherine Hessling.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
32.
Punk (2012 TV Movie)
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An intense and solitary teenager, Paul finds himself caught up in a journey for freedom, full of violence... (90 mins.)
“ My sixth 2012 feature. Edgy art house with a great central performance from the young actor. I loved the punk world that was explored in various ways. Although made for French TV channel Arte, it aired in the UK at the cinema.

An 8/10. Btw, its present IMDb score was 4.1; a crap representation of the film. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
33.
The Angels' Share (2012)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ Great film. Very funny with some LOL moments and a serious story beneath the plot.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
34.
Tango libre (2012)
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A prison guard is attracted to a woman at his weekly tango class. They meet again when she visits her husband in the prison where he works and he is drawn into her complicated romantic life. Meanwhile the prisoners are learning the tango. (98 mins.)
“ A very funny film; quirky and eccentric.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
35.
Anna Karenina (2012)
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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ A sumptuous film, cleverly staged and dealing with the epic themes of love, betrayal and hurt, and, forgiveness. I'm surprised this didn't receive more awards/nominations. Keira Knightley was very good as the brittle Anna K.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
36.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
“ A low key, searing drama about a young boy and the woman he calls his sister.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
37.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ How nice to watch an American film that is reflective and has a sincere story to tell. A fine cast of players, imaginative story telling and beautifully shot.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
38.
L'affaire Dumont (2012)
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Michel Dumont is a delivery boy for a grocery store. Divorced and father of two young children, is accused and condemned for a Sexual aggression that he refuses to acknowledge. (121 mins.)
Director: Daniel Grou
“ A classic film story of an innocent man wronged made more gruelling by the fact that it's a true story. The film makers do not hold back on showing the devastation this wreaks on all concerned, especially the victim of the miscarriage of justice.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
39.
Maniac (2012)
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As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. (89 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
“ Beautiful looking film with a great soundtrack. I thought Elijah Wood was good too.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
40.
The Lookout (2012)
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A detective hunts for the marksman who foiled the plan to catch a notorious team of bank robbers. (89 mins.)
Director: Michele Placido
“ A stylish, if implausible, French film of cop-crook mouse-and-cat game. Oliver Gourmet is superb and Mathieu Kassovitz is a great, intense screen presence.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
41.
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Very well made film and extremely visceral. Its strength lies in recreating the effects of the tsunami on the ocean and what it was like to be buffeted about in the water.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
42.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
“ Fascinating portrait of an uber-rich American couple. Compelling drama.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
43.
After Lucia (2012)
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Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
“ This is a very good film but the content of the film is horrible.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
44.
Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship. (90 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
“ A gently fascinating film about teenage angst and coming-of0age filtered through the fear of nuclear weapons that stalked much of the late 20th century. Very well acted and a handsome film.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
45.
The Sessions (2012)
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A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
“ Moving semi-bio pic. Mostly understated and very well acted.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
46.
Rust and Bone (2012)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ A raw film with good performances all round and a charismatic, if unsympathetic, male lead. Not sure how I feel about this film yet.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
47.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ Good film. Very well acted and one is drawn slowly into the spiralling nightmare of the main character's life.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
48.
I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney (2012 Documentary)
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This documentary tells the story of Mudhoney from their very beginnings, to following them on their recent world tour and everything in between... (100 mins.)
“ Good documentary. Mudhoney are not typical subjects for a music documentary as they're pretty sorted and have worn well for their age and experience. I loved Mudhoney before Nirvana and this helps remind me why.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
49.
La pirogue (2012)
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A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them. (87 mins.)
Director: Moussa Touré
“ A gritty film on a significant and politically charged phenomenon: the risks that migrating people take to reach countries in the wealthy west. Understated in the tragedies that unfold on screen, the film does not waver in showing what one such risky journey is like for those who try and fail. The film has a fantastic soundtrack.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
50.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
“ If you like your films piled high with misery and tragedy then this is for you. It was quite well done and the music was fantastic though sometimes it heightened the sorrow and anguish.

I rate it 8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
51.
When I Saw You (2012)
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1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope... (98 mins.)
Director: Annemarie Jacir
“ A very bittersweet coming-of-age film about a young Palestinian boy living in exile. He decides to quit the refugee camp where he fled with his mother and return home to find his father. On the way he falls in with the Palestinian freedom fighters.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
52.
Shell (2012)
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The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place. (91 mins.)
Director: Scott Graham
“ A minimal cast in a remote and rugged setting tell a complex tale of 'cold hands, warm heart'.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
53.
Caesar Must Die (2012)
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Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." (77 mins.)
“ Really interesting acting and film experiment.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
54.
More Than Honey (2012 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. (95 mins.)
Director: Markus Imhoof
“ Very beautiful documentary. The footage of bees is compelling.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
55.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
“ Intriguing film.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
56.
Our Children (2012)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children... (111 mins.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
“ Low key film inspired by real life events, this is a slow burn into despair and tragedy.

8/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
57.
The Sapphires (2012)
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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (103 mins.)
Director: Wayne Blair
“ Lively, poignant film about being non-white and soul music.

7.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
58.
Compliance (2012)
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A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
“ Truth is stranger than fiction ... well made Indie film.

7.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
59.
A Hijacking (2012)
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The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. (103 mins.)
Director: Tobias Lindholm
“ Good film. Convincing drama about the effect of piracy on a crew and the effects of negotiations involving the crew's company.

7.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
60.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ Highly stylised film that doesn't quite manage to penetrate and sustain the intensity of being Laurence.

Nonetheless it's a good attempt at a difficult subject.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
61.
Silence (2012)
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Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. His reason for... (87 mins.)
Director: Pat Collins
“ An unusual film that explores sound, silence and mortality in a philosophical way that is most understated. Beautiful photography of Donegal.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
62.
White Elephant (2012)
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While working alongside his long-time friend and colleague in building a hospital for the residents of a Buenos Aries shantytown, a troubled priest finds solace in a young, atheist social worker. (105 mins.)
Director: Pablo Trapero
“ A film of too many strands. It's rating of 6.5 is about right although I've given it a 7 for now because of the acting, the atmosphere and the soundtrack. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
63.
Journal de France (2012 Documentary)
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Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker Raymond... (100 mins.)
“ Intriguing documentary that consists mostly of moving image footage shot by a photographer in his home country of France and internationally. The photographer is quite enigmatic and of insignificant conversation. I suppose these traits make him a better photographer ...

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
64.
Atomic Age (2012)
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Two teenagers spend together a night around the town. One tries desperately to kiss a girl while a desire for his friend overwhelms the other one. (67 mins.)
Director: Héléna Klotz
“ Interesting film experiment fusing ambient music and male desire.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
65.
Good Vibrations (2012)
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A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. (103 mins.)
“ Not quite as good as I was expecting but the music scenes were excellent as was the sense of time and history in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
66.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ Good, strong film with a fantastic soundtrack.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
67.
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
“ Interesting documentary. What it adds to the Paradise Lost series is that we see more of the celebrities who supported the case and hear more about the unofficial evidence against Terry Hobbs.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
68.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
“ Well executed documentary film. Not quite as good as I was given to believe and the fictional film starring Marc-Andre Grodin comes off as pretty good in comparison to this documentary.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
69.
Populaire (2012)
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1958. Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world. (111 mins.)
Director: Régis Roinsard
“ In terms of beauty for the eye this film is exquisite. The styling is sharp and vintage and the sets amazing. There are two stories at play and they are linked. One is the relationship of Rose and Louis. The other is the typing competition. The latter is the better of the two stories. Loved the soundtrack as well.

7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
70.
My Brother the Devil (2012)
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Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London. (111 mins.)
“ Quite a good film. The director shows real flair for vision on film in this, her debut. The main lead/character did not work for me and I found it difficult to believe in him or care for his plight.

Still 7/10 as there are other good performances and this part of London life with its good and bad parts is well captured. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
71.
Blood (2012)
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Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed. (92 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
“ My fifth 2012 viewing was on 11/10 as part of the LIFF and was great because Paul was present in person taking Q/As. The film is well done and has some great performances my favourite being Mark Strong. I had high expectations that the film didn't meet and so was a tad disappointed. Still a solid 7/10. ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
72.
Ma bonne étoile (2012)
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The Barthelemys have been training racing horses, trotters, for generations. After tragedy befalls Pierrot Barthelemy, his family's inheritance seems at stake. Can his daughter and his sole mare, Marquise, save the family from ruin? (96 mins.)
Director: Anne Fassio
“ Quite a beautiful film with some great footage of horses. It's an edifying film if somewhat predictable.

6.5-7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
73.
Casa de mi Padre (2012)
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Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord. (84 mins.)
Director: Matt Piedmont
“ Not as bad as I was expecting. I was pleasantly surprised as parts of the film were very funny. I loved Gael Garcia Bernal in this and he and Diego Luna were the highlights. The soundtrack was great as well.

6.5 - 7/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
74.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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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. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ Pretty good film made better by the presence of Mads Mikkelsen, though the actor playing King Christian stole the show.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
75.
The Woman in Black (2012)
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A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ A pretty good film in terms of story, location and sets, and atmosphere. Could have done with more development and being a bit longer and I wasn't sold on Daniel Radcliffe as the lead.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
76.
The Avengers (2012)
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Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ I found the film boring and underwhelming for about 60% of the time, then it picked up for the big fight. Mark Ruffalo was great and I laughed hard at Harry Dean Stanton's cameo; priceless.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
77.
Something in the Air (2012)
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In the months after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. (122 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
“ Quite good. Works well as a period piece.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
78.
Shadow Dancer (2012)
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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare. (101 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ This was a competent film with a great ending. The film never lets you close enough to the characters to care about them and both of the main protagonists do questionable things.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
79.
Argo (2012)
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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 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ A pleasant surprise. A good story although it became a bit schmaltzy at the end. Better than I expected but not sure it was deserving of all the acolades it received especailly the historical lie about other countries, e.g, the UK, which was unnecsaary given the plot.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
80.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ My first watch of 2012. A good and enjoyable film though it doesn't touch Scott's Alien.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
81.
Likeness (2013 Short Film)
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For Mia, beauty is everything. A trophy, a promise, a ball and chain, a wish upon a star. A life sentence. (9 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Prieto
“ Saw this at the 2013 LIFF. It was shown ahead of a feature film. Quite well done but the end credits were almost as long as the film and that irritated me no end.

6/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
82.
The Master (2012)
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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
“ Good acting but overall, meh.

5.5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
83.
Mirror Mirror (2012)
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An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. (106 mins.)
“ Hmm, why didn't Tarsem do this as a Bollywood production ..? It would have worked better although I enjoyed Julia Roberts as the bad queen.

5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
84.
Clip (2012)
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Jasna is a teenage girl living in the poor suburbs in the south of Belgrade, Serbia. She likes to record... (102 mins.)
Director: Maja Milos
“ Not for me. Too diffuse in its exploration of troubled and intense teenagers.

4.5-5/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
85.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ I hated this at first but it grew on me. Not my sort of film at all.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion
 
86.
Kelly + Victor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Kelly and Victor meet at a nightclub and start a sexual relationship, the excitement of which removes them from the dull ordinariness of their lives. (95 mins.)
Director: Kieran Evans
“ Disappointing adaptation of the book. The film goes for the artistic and beautiful whereas the book was bleak and brutal. The film was boring.

4/10 ” - PoppyTransfusion