2012: The year in movies

A list seen this year in Australian cinemas, at SXSW, and the Sydney Film Festival. I group this list by star-rating, and alphabetically within the groupings. It’s too difficult to rank linearly.

I’ve seen a lot this year, and a lot of old films too! 110 in this list plus at least 30-40 oldies. I’ve even tried my hand at filmmaking through the awesomeoness of Kino Sydney, and made two really bad short films; ‘Tearjerker’ and ‘Swings & Roundabouts’.

As to the ratings, I overwhelmingly loved and/or connected with each and every one of the films I’ve given 5 stars to, for many different reasons. If there were faults in them, I did not see them. So yeah, it’s all relative, and stacked top heavy. I rate them as soon as I see them, to avoid any normalising and brain hurting come end of year.

I thought about including original tweets, but looking back at them in retrospect, they’re too uneven, so unless I start writing seriously about every single film, at least the 5 and 4.5 star ones, I’m keeping it as just a list. All my ratings and extended thoughts are on Flixster or against the movies tag on this blog.

5 stars


Beasts of the Southern Wild


Café de Flore

End of Watch

Gangs of Wasseypur (Parts 1 & 2)

Holy Motors


Searching for Sugar Man


The Artist

The Avengers

The Cabin in the Woods

The Imposter

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Raid: Redemption

Trash Dance

4.5 stars


America’s Parking Lot


Big Easy Express

Les Misérables

Lost and Sound

Monsieur Lazhar

Ruby Sparks



The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (U.S.)

The Grey

The Kid with a Bike

The Law In These Parts

The Master

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

When You Find Me

Wuthering Heights

Your Sister’s Sister

4 stars

A Dangerous Method

American Reunion

Black Pond




For Ellen

Funeral Kings


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Killing Them Softly

King of Devil’s Island

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus


Margin Call

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia



Rise of the Guardians

Safety Not Guaranteed

Seven Psychopaths

Silent Souls

Take This Waltz

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Bourne Legacy

The Descendants

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

The Expendables 2

The Intouchables

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Sapphires

Wish You Were Here

Young Adult

3.5 stars

21 Jump Street




Caesar Must Die


Declaration of War



Fat Kid Rules the World

John Carter

John Dies at the End

Just the Wind

Killer Joe

Iron Sky

Le Havre

Liberal Arts


Moonrise Kingdom

Neighbouring Sounds

Pitch Perfect

Shadow Dancer

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


The Angels’ Share

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Sessions

War Horse

3 stars




Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

J. Edgar



2.5 stars

Men in Black III


2 stars

Dreams of a Life


And some of my previous end of year lists.


2 thoughts on “2012: The year in movies

  1. Veezy says:

    RE: Searching for Sugar Manhttp://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/rodriguez-found-but-take-this-sweet-story-with-a-grain-of-salt-20121003-26znp.htmlWe don’t really find out why he gave up music. We don’t find out where the money went, the royalties that were never paid from his South African sales (nor does the director mention the rumour that there’s a pot of money in an Australian account). We don’t find out why he appears so frail. We don’t meet his wife, or learn that he even has one. (The director has said he interviewed her, but she ended up on the cutting-room floor).

  2. c0uP says:

    @Veezy: I’ve only seen this once, and it was at least half a year ago now, but…Didn’t he give it up because nothing came of it and he needed a job to support his family? And isn’t he frail because he’s just, you know, old?! He never seemed like a wildly energetic, hugely built person.I of course can’t speak for the editing decisions, and they definitely played down his success in Australia.Ultimately, I fell for it hook, line and sinker, emotionally. Still listening to his albums too!

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