Favourite films of 2012.

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The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ The story of two socially complete opposites: an aristocratic quadriplegic Phillipe (Francois Cluzet) and an offender from a poor neighbourhood Driss (Omar Sy). Phiillipe chooses him as his carer because of his attitude to his disability: he does not pity him but instead makes fun of his handicap wiithout offending him and makes him laugh. Directed by Oliver Nakache & Eric Toledano. ” - brianjohn-mills
Paris-Manhattan (2012)
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A romantic comedy centered on a Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist and her would-be lover. (77 mins.)
“ Alice (Alice Taglioni) is obsessed with Woody Allen. He is her mentor who expounds his philosophy of life from a wall poster to her every moment of the day when she needs it. Her love-life is a mess and her family are frantically attempting to match her with a suitable suitor before she is out of her thirties and gathering dust on the shelf with her Allen DVDs. Directed by Sophie Lellouche. ” - brianjohn-mills
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts. (90 mins.)
“ Robert Weide shows Woody's world: rummaging through scraps of paper with scribbled ideas written on them, discarding each before finding one that may be the core of his next movie. He is a workaholic, immediately starting work on his next film after completing his last and typing out his scripts on a 60 year old Olympia typewriter. Diane Keaton, Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Scarlett Johansson claim he is a dream to work with. ” - brianjohn-mills
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
“ A devoted octogenarian couple, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are forced to face the fact that their relationship is being severely strained by Anne's immobility as a result of a stroke. How Georges copes and cares for Anne is the power and strength of his love for her.
Directed by Michael Haneke. ” - brianjohn-mills
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) are sufferers of bipolar disorder. Pat has just been released from a mental institution and is free with a restraining order. Tiffany's life went to pieces when her husband was accidentally killed. When they meet, their bonding is obvious, even discussing which medications they have taken. At times heart wrenching and comical. Directed by David O Russell. ” - brianjohn-mills
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ A magazine editor asks her staff to come up with a good idea for a story. Jeff (Jake M Johnson) reads a classified ad: "Man seeks a companion for time travel, must supply own weapons, safety not guaranteed." Jeff gets the assignment and takes two interns with him to find the man who placed the ad.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow. ” - brianjohn-mills
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Unlike other Bond films, this one is character-driven; we see vulnerabilities; we care for them. Bond is both physically and mentally unfit to return to duty that he can't even shoot straight. M is facing problems of guilt and Bond's nemesis Silva ( Javier Bardem) reveals how he suffered when once a special agent. At last a Bond film that is confident enough to take its tongue out of its cheek. Dir: Sam Mendes. ” - brianjohn-mills
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.)
“ Mads Mikkelsen won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for his performance as Lucas, a likeable kindergarten teacher who is accused by one of his young pupils of indecent behavior and consequently loses his job and is persecuted and ostracised by a whole village: physically beaten by staff of his local supermaket and having rocks thrown at him. Lucas fights for his innocence and his life. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. ” - brianjohn-mills
Ruby Sparks (2012)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
“ Calvin (Paul Dano) is a successful novelist bathing in the success of a book which is as revered as Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", but now faces writer's block. Then he dreams of a girl named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) and falls in love with his creation. Matters get extremely complicated and awkward when Ruby appears in his life as a real person. Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris. ” - brianjohn-mills
Welcome Aboard (2012)
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Despite his fame, Taillandier has suddenly stopped painting. Deeply depressed, the sixty-year-old decides to go away... (92 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
“ Taillendier (Patrick Chesnais) is an artist who can no longer find the inspiration to paint, a married man with a loving family which he can no longer love. He has totally lost the will to live and seeks to end it all but then meets Marylou ( Jeanne Lambert) a girl he gives a lift to who has been kicked out of her home. The two lost souls have much in common despite their age difference. Directed by Jean Becker. ” - brianjohn-mills