One of Ryan Gosling's strongest roles in an already glittering career, Nicolas Winding Refn's movie is in turns heartwarming drama and nightmarish violence. Classy and dark with a fabulous soundtrack to match.
Richard Ayoade's debut film is moving, beautiful, funny and reminiscent of many an 80s childhood. Excellent turns from the young leads whilst Paddy Considine's grotesque spiritualist is also a highlight.
Lars Von Trier continues to amaze me with his dark and nightmarish visions, with Melancholia proving no exception. A film of two halves, it shows both a director and its stars at the top of their game, whilst being full of dread and sadness. Again, another interesting and believable insight into mental illness.
Confusing, scary and fascinating, Black Swan is a purely one-off movie. Natalie Portman is divine as the mentally confused dancer whose life is taken over by the role of her career. It is visually and emotionally powerful and the effects stay with you for a long time.
A scary insight into the world of the internet and how things are not always what they seem, Catfish is a film of the modern age. Whether it be truth or fiction, the filmmakers are definitely people to watch.
A full on Western complete with snippets of Coen charm and humour. Jeff Bridge's Rooster Cogburn is a thing of bold actions and little subtleties. Ultimately the plot is its weakest point, but as a visual package and piece of acting it is brilliant.