Saturday, 29 December 2012

Ross Bishop's Top Ten Films of 2012

It's been a momentous year in cinema, one that I doubt we will see repeat itself ever again. In 2012 we had five of the biggest movie franchises releasing new films. We had new James Bond (for the 50th anniversary no less), Batman (the concluding part in the Dark Knight Trilogy), a rebooted Spider-Man, returned to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit and the ultimate assemble piece with The Avengers.

So 2012 was always going to be a big year, but where did these films fit into my Top Ten Movies of the year...

Please bare in mind, this is a hobby so I haven't had the opportunity to see every single film that has been released in 2012, I also haven't had the chance to see a couple of films that were released towards the end of the year yet (The Life of Pi and Jack Reacher) which may also need to be included. If so, I'll update this post once I've seen them.

10. The Amazing Spider-Man (8.5/10)
This definitely isn't the best superhero film ever made, but I'm a huge fan of Spider-man and I think the reboot did an admirable job of bringing the character back to the big screen. I also think Andrew Garfield is the best Peter Parker so far which contributes a lot to the overall success of the movie.

9. Seven Psychopaths (8.5/10)
I was a huge fan of In Bruges and although this is a very different film, I still think its great fun with great characters, clever dialogue and an interesting premise.

8. The Hobbit (9/10)
Although I don't think it's technically better than any of the original Lord of the Rings films, the first of the prequels to return to Middle-Earth is still truly epic and great fantasy tale. The fact I can't wait for Part 2 shows how well this sets The Hobbit trilogy up.

7. The Dark Knight Rises (9/10)
I'll be honest if someone told me The Dark Knight Rises wasn't going to be in my top 5 at the start of 2012 I wouldn't have believed them. But here we are, it's an epic end to the trilogy overall and a solid film, but there's no denying the film has problems that prevent it from being truly great. This is the first film I've seen from director Christopher Nolan that relies too much on coincidence and convenience, which frustrate me because so much of the movie is excellent. Despite my gripes (mainly due to my own high expectations) this still fits comfortably into my top ten.

6. The Flowers of War (9.5/10)
A truly shocking story based on true events during World War II. I wasn't expecting this film to have quite the impact it did, but I was engaged from start to finish and truly love this masterful film.

5. End of Watch (9.5/10)
Exceptional acting. Perfect filming. Great characters. One hell of a buddy cop movie. Easily one of the best films I've seen this year. I was on the edge of my sit for the whole film and couldn't stop talking about it for days after. Go. See. This. Film.

4. The Raid (9.5/10)
Some of the best action and fight choreography in a film ever made. A high concept that delivers and hits hard from the get go. If you like action films, you owe it to yourself to watch this.

3. Looper (9.5/10)
One of the most clever and thoughtful films of the year (if not the decade). It ties up all the plot threads but leave enough up to the viewers interpretation that you can get lost talking about it for months if not years. A very special film.

2. Skyfall (9.5/10)
James Bond's 50th anniversary was celebrated with the best film in the series (and by the looks of it the most successful). It mixes up the typical James Bond structure, tells a smaller and much more personal story but in doing so successfully delivers 007's most impactful adventure.

1. The Avengers (10/10)
Whether or not this would be the best film of the year for anyone who hasn't seen all the previous films leading up to it is debatable, but for me this was the most fun I'd had at the cinema with a movie all year. I laughed, I cheered, I was amazed, I was surprised, I was excited and couldn't imagine a better way of bringing these huge characters to the screen in this amazing assemble movie.

Bring on 2013, you have a very tough act to follow...

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey My Thoughts

Peter Jackson's first part in The Hobbit trilogy is finally here, my thoughts follow...

First, I haven't read The Hobbit, so I wasn't looking at the film picking out what had been added or what had been missed I just enjoyed the story unfold on the screen. However, I was concerned when they said they were expanding the book into three films if there wasn't enough content to support it, the films would just be full of filler. The first half hour did feel like this may be the case, as a returning cast member seemed to serve no purpose rather than stop us getting to this films story. However, once we leave the Shire the film really picks up.

I really enjoyed An Unexpected Journey and returning to Middle-Earth. Due to the simple nature of the story this allows the film to be more focused and stay with the main protagonists for the majority of the films running time.

The action sequence are all incredibly well crafted and exhilarating to watch. The CGI is a step above where it was 10 years ago and this adds to the experience. Gollum also returns for one of the films (and maybe the franchises) most memorable scenes!

There's been some negative reviews saying the stakes aren't as high compared to LOTR, which is true but I don't really think you need the world to be ending to create an interesting and engaging story. Once these films are complete and you can watch the six films in order, I think the fact that these films are smaller in scale will serve the overall story much better in the long-term.

My favourite film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was Fellowship of the Ring, which actually works out quite well because The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's structure is pretty much exactly the same. We start in the Shire, the adventure begins after some debating in the Baggins household, after a little travelling the party reach Rivendale to set out on their quest proper and the journey continues with various action sequences and creatures attacking them, before leaving the audience waiting a year for the next instalment.

However, it felt strange having to wait until next year for the next part as because LOTR already exists, you know where the story eventually ends up, but hey that's the inevitable problem with prequels.

Now what about the 48FPS? Well, I've seen The Hobbit in both 2D and the 3D HFR now and although I'm glad I saw it in 24FPS first I really enjoyed the new format. Let me explain, watching the movie for the first time in the usual format meant I could enjoy the film for its story and characters. Then the second time I could marvel at the new visual technology. I'm not going to lie, for about the first 10 minutes or so I was distracted, motion seemed too fast and humans moved uncharacteristically quick, it felt like the film was running at 1.5 times speed. However, after I got use to this you can really appreciate the clarity and smoothness of everything. The 3D looked much better and some shots felt like you were watching the film right in front of you rather than on a screen. Seriously some of the shots in Bagend, were as if they were directly there in the cinema, it was amazing.

This is definitely the future of cinema, to anyone wondering what it's like I'd say its very much like watching 3D on a high end LED TV (but on a screen 100ft wide).

One criticism I've read is that HFR makes CGI stand out more when it's on top of real environments, and although there's one sequence where this is true the sequence looked fake in 2D 24FPS as well. For the most part, I'd actually say all the other CGI actually looked better in 48FPS.

Although, I wouldn't say The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is quite as good as any films in the previous trilogy I'd still say it was a stellar film and Peter Jackson is still the master of the fantasy epic. I can't wait for The Desolation of Smaulg!

9/10

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New Man of Steel Movie Trailer

I was not expecting this to be released today! But my god does it look awesome! The second Man Of Steel movie trailer has been released...



My hair stood on end as he prepared to take off...

What do think?

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Epic Poster for Tom Cruise's New Film Oblivion

I can't wait for the trailer for this, it was completely off my radar but this looks epic in scope and scale.


Hope the trailer delivers when it's released on Sunday.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Star Trek Into Darkness Has An Awesome New Poster

The title says it all..


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