Col Needham's Best Movies of 2012
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“ #8 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Writer-director Lorene Scafaria brings us an uplifting tale of love and redemption set in otherwise depressing circumstances. I loved the chemistry between Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. The scene set to The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" is my favourite of the year. ”
“ #6 Argo
I continue to be a fan of Ben Affleck's work as a director with both of his previous features making my Top 10 in their respective years. The particular skill here is crafting a tense atmosphere despite already knowing the end of the story.
I first saw this at The Toronto International Film Festival in September at a public screening with many locals, which added to the enjoyment with clapping and cheering at appropriate moments for the Canadian contribution! ”
“ #4 Safety Not Guaranteed
This charming movie has romance, comedy, mystery and thrills, all set around a time travel theme. Great chemistry between leads Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. Watch for a fun cameo by Lynn Shelton as the mom at the football game.
This was my favourite movie at The Sundance Film Festival in January and is also the movie I have seen most this year (four times). ”
“ #2 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Director Stephen Chbosky brings his own novel to the screen in such a wonderful fashion with engaging lead characters played by Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. David Bowie's "Heroes" will always means something extra to me as a result of this movie.
This was my favourite movie at The Toronto International Film Festival in September. ”
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“ #1 Prometheus
Finishing the list at #1 for 2012 ... since Aliens (1986) is in my all-time top 10 movies list, I had high expectations. I was not disappointed and the movie "had me at hello" with the stunning opening scene. It is technically brilliant, has interesting characters, familiar elements taken in new directions and asks big questions. What more could a fan want?
I first saw this at its world premiere in London in May. ”
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