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Films I've Seen In 2012 - Best To Worst

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People who added this item 230 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Performance (1970)


"I am a bullet" as uttered by James Fox's pistol-wielding Chas, shortly after being on the receiving end of a brutal beating and an alleged gang-rape, is one of those rare, truly extraordinary moments that remind you of how powerful cinema can be. This is a film of many such moments, a violent, sex-filled, psychedelic trip through the mind (or minds) of a gangster on the run that poses questions about identity, gender, sexuality, dualism, vice and versa.On the surface, it's simply a swinging-sixties London-set tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the embodiment of all that of course being Mick Jagger as a reclusive rock star. But there's so much more to it than that. Beautifully shot and scored, featuring music ranging from The Last Poets to Merry Clayton, an incredible performance from James Fox and a truly mind-bending ending, this is simply one of the greatest films I've ever seen and my brief review will not do it justice.
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People who added this item 2643 Average listal rating (1612 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Vertigo (1958)


Admittedly I don't like the ending (it's far too abrupt, even by Hitchcock's standards) and it's far from my favourite film from the master of suspense but I can't help myself from being swept up in it all, particularly the majestic use of colour.
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People who added this item 4529 Average listal rating (2789 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Taxi Driver (1976)


This is, simply put, one of the best and most compelling character studies ever put on film.
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 1432 Average listal rating (904 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Goldfinger (1964)
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People who added this item 1467 Average listal rating (814 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 2385 Average listal rating (1628 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)


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People who added this item 1807 Average listal rating (1226 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Skyfall (2012)
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People who added this item 1459 Average listal rating (907 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dirty Harry (1971)
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People who added this item 756 Average listal rating (489 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9


It is perhaps disappointing that Lewis Gilbert and Roald Dahl's screen adaptation of You Only Live Twice strays so far away from possibly Ian Fleming's greatest novel, but, nonetheless, this remains a terrific James Bond cinematic outing and a fascinating look at post-war Japan. Beautifully shot and boasting incredible sets, a luscious score, exotic women and action on a truly epic scale, You Only Live Twice holds its own alongside the other great Bond films of the sixties. Tetsuro Tanba and Akiko Wakabayashi stand out from the cast, turning in excellent performances. My estimations of this film have risen greatly.
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People who added this item 1163 Average listal rating (672 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 1404 Average listal rating (960 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 421 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Magnum Force (1973)
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People who added this item 1674 Average listal rating (1029 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Road (2009)
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 906 Average listal rating (513 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Control (2007)


I'm a big Joy Division fan, so seeing this biopic of lead singer Ian Curtis was a no-brainer.
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People who added this item 1494 Average listal rating (821 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Hunter (1980)
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Harper (1966)
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People who added this item 4851 Average listal rating (3156 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Prestige (2006)


Admittedly I'm not the biggest Christopher Nolan fan - the status that both The Dark Knight and Inception have gained is quite ridiculous. Both films are outstanding blockbusters, sure, and it's great that Nolan does not take cinema-goers for mugs, but are any of his films really among the greatest of all time? I don't pretend to be all knowledgeable in such matters, but I shouldn't think so. I enjoyed The Prestige immensely though. However, as is often the case with Nolan films, the proof in the pudding will be the second viewing. This is currently my favourite Nolan film by far (although as of time of writing, I have yet to see Memento or The Dark Knight Rises), it kept me guessing, it kept me on the edge of my seat and at it truly left me at the end thinking "Wow".
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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Deathtrap (1982)
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People who added this item 394 Average listal rating (282 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Death Wish (1974)
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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Sleuth (1972)


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People who added this item 229 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7


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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
The Big Shave (1967)


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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Triple Cross (1966)
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People who added this item 4503 Average listal rating (2880 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Trainspotting (1996)


First time I've sat down and watched the whole thing properly. The ending doesn't work for me as a satisfying conclusion to a standalone film, but it does leave things open for the potential sequel based on Welsh's Porno. It's not as good as Shallow Grave for me but the characters are stronger and McGregor puts in an excellent performance (probably the highlight of his career). This is about as far as I'll go with Boyle - from the bits and pieces I've seen of Sunshine, that can remain unwatched for now.
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People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Klute (1971)
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People who added this item 2993 Average listal rating (1935 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Gremlins (1984)
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People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (190 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Torn Curtain (1966)
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9
Firefox (1982)
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People who added this item 370 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Dead Pool (1988)
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Gold (1974)
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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Below Zero (1930)
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People who added this item 2028 Average listal rating (1345 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)


It's not Alien and it certainly isn't Blade Runner but I found it to be one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences I've had in a long time, although strictly a great visual experience as opposed to an intellectual one - the first act in particular and the introduction of David is amazing in 3D. But great visuals is something to be expected from a Ridley Scott film and they do not make up for a messy final act.

I don't agree that Prometheus is pretentious, I feel it does a noble job at trying to please both the thinking man and those who love blockbusters without trying to be predominantly one thing or the other. I like the faith and belief angle, even if it is only briefly touched upon. However, in trying to appease the blockbuster-hungry audience, Scott has yet again copped out, much like how Robin Hood became typical, mundane and by-the-book instead of the unique interpretation of folklore that was originally intended.

I liked Fassbender, I liked Rapace and I liked Elba. Beyond those three, the characters and performances are forgettable and AVP springs to mind. Even Resurrection has a stronger and more memorable supporting cast than this. Shaw and Holloway (and I mean the characters, not so much the actors) must be one of the most unbelievable screen couples I have ever seen. Holloway is an arsehole and Shaw is several classes above him. Also, the Scottish actress who plays the medic is utterly horrendous. Theron isn't much better, particularly in the scene between her and Pearce which comes across as a bizarre nod to the "I wan't more life, father" scene from Blade Runner. Her line delivery here is particularly awful and the supposed 'mystery' as to whether she is a robot or not is extremely poor, predictable and unnecessary, especially considering that you already have one robot who may or may not have sinister intent.
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I won't say that this was disappointing as, after Robin Hood, I wasn't expecting much. I enjoyed the ride immensely and it's a satisfying prequel to the original film. But this could have been so much more and, outside of the cinema, this probably won't amount to much. Hopefully a director's cut may be one the way but, as it stands, it's not quite the return to form from Scott that I was hoping for.
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People who added this item 2740 Average listal rating (1604 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 306 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Enforcer (1976)
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People who added this item 1140 Average listal rating (773 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 643 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Following (1998)
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
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People who added this item 171 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Enduring Love (2004)
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
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People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Girl (2012)
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2010 List : http://www.listal.com/list/films-ive-seen-2010

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Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Oct 7 4:55
liked and enjoyed reading your reviews :) good job! great list, I'd love to see comments on all movies though because I liked your writing style. :)

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